ipsy Review, June 2017

ipsy, $10 per month for US orders; add $4.95 shipping for Canadian orders

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I took this picture less than a week ago and this little one already looks so much different!  It's starting to look like a mini version of an adult bunny!  

ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription that costs only $10 per month.  Subscribers receive five items each month plus a cute makeup bag.  ipsy customizes the products based on subscriber profiles, but they tend to be heavier on makeup than skincare.  You'll get a mix of both drugstore and higher end brands in an ipsy bag.  Most items are deluxe sample size and occasionally even full size. 

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Here's what I got this month:

My June ipsy was worth $65.98.  That's over 6.5 times the price of the bag!  I got three makeup products, a skincare product, and a nail polish.  It was a little heavy on makeup, but that's common for ipsy and I'm okay with that.  Three of the products were also full size!

The bag design this month wasn't my favorite.  It reminds me a bit of a Thursday Friday bag that Glossybox sent a couple of years ago.  It's just very plain this month.

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Swatch of NYX Professional Makeup Whipped Lip and Cheek Soufflé in Pink Cloud

Swatch of NYX Professional Makeup Whipped Lip and Cheek Soufflé in Pink Cloud

First up, we have the NYX Professional Makeup Whipped Lip and Cheek Soufflé in Pink Cloud.  I didn't like this on my lips at all.  It had very little pigment and it didn't go on all that smoothly.  It gave my cheeks a natural pink tint to them.  I liked it much more as a blush.  It had a weird smell to it, though, that almost reminded me of Play-Doh.  The scent bothered me, but it wasn't all that strong, and I didn't notice it after it had been on my cheeks for a minute.

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I love Hey Honey!  The Hey Honey Take it off! Mask is one of my favorite masks ever, so I couldn't wait to try their new mask, Uncover.  Uncover contains Dead Sea mud and propolis.  The mud draws out impurities from the skin and keeps oiliness in check and the propolis kills off acne-causing bacteria.  That's exactly what I need this time of year!  You apply the mud to your face, allow it to set for ten to fifteen minutes, then rinse.  This left my skin feeling much less oily, but not too dry, and my skin felt extra smooth and soft.  I wouldn't recommend this for people with dry skin, but, if you have oily or combination skin, you'll love this mask.  Even if you have really oily skin, you'll want to apply a moisturizer after rinsing the mask off.

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Swatch of PEEK Beauty Multi-use Black Primer

Swatch of PEEK Beauty Multi-use Black Primer

PEEK Beauty's Multi-use Black Primer is supposed to keep your eye makeup in place all day and deepen the color a bit.  This didn't work quite as well as Urban Decay's eyeshadow primer, but it worked pretty well.  I noticed a slight deepening effect with light colors shadows, but there wasn't much of an effect with medium or dark eyeshadows.  ipsy also recommends using it to deepen lipstick colors or use on its own as an eyeshadow.  The worst thing about this, though, was the packaging!  This is probably the worst packaging that I've ever encountered.  The tin has a very thin cover and bottom and it's just about impossible to get a grip on either one.  It took me a long time just to get the tin open.  I'm sure a lot of subscribers just gave up on trying to get it open and weren't even able to try the product.  While I called this product full size, it's not packaged like the product PEEK sells.  The amount of product in the tin was the same as the amount listed for the full size on PEEK's website, but the product they sell is a tin with a cover that slides off and that contains a white primer and a black primer. The total weight of the product with both primers is the same as the sample.  It's possible that is incorrect, but that's what they have listed.

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PÜR Fully Charged Magnetic Mascara is supposed to cover your lashes with a "positively charged electric veil," which is supposed to lift and separate the lashes.  It also contains vitamins to condition your lashes.  I found it gave me a lot of length and just a little bit of volume.  It didn't clump.  I prefer length to volume when it comes to mascara, so I liked the results.  If volume is what you're looking for, this won't be the mascara for you. 

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I love Trust Fund Beauty nail polish, so I get excited when ipsy sends another full size one out!  That said, this color wasn't for me.  It looks pretty in the picture, but, in real life, it looks like a slightly more coral shade of hunter orange.  It's very bright!  This would be a good color for a day at the beach, but I can't see myself wearing it.  Trust Fund Beauty's nail polish formula is amazing -- you just need one to two coats for full coverage and the polish stays on my nails for a few days without significant chipping.  

This was a good month, but not a great month, for ipsy.  The Hey Honey mask was my favorite product, but I also really liked the mascara.  The NYX product and the PEEK primer were mostly misses.  I love Trust Fund Beauty, but the Game Changer color just wasn't for me.  The bag was also one of my least favorite ipsy bag designs.

What did you think of the June ipsy?  Did you get better products than me?