Don't ask what took me so long to sign up for Ipsy, I really don't know. I was a subscriber of Birchbox for a year and I liked it. It is high end beauty products, a ton of skin care, and 3 out of the 5 things were almost always samples/deluxe samples. Every so often, I would get a full size product. Ex: Laura Gellar Baked Blush n Brighten. I still have it and it is my favorite bronzer. After a while, the full size products stopped. With Ipsy, all of my five items were full size. The one drawback is that Ipsy is more of the lower end of makeup products and I have yet to see anyone get any skin care products in their Ipsy bag. In that respect, Birchbox and Ipsy are not really the same. I don't mind low end makeup, obviously. In fact, I love low end/drugstore makeup.
When I first opened it up, I was like "wow!" "wow!" "this is so cool!" Even though I have seen tons of videos/blog post's on the Ipsy stuff, I was pleasantly surprised. Every single thing was full size and every single thing was a makeup product.
Ok first up:
NYX Rouge Cream Blush
I love NYX lip products, this is the first blush I have tried. It is a peachy rose color with an orange undertone. I own a Mark Cream Blush and it is more of a powdery cream, while this cream blush is more of an oil based cream. It has nice pigment, and almost acts like a stain. A lot of brighter lipsticks do this, so I think I can attribute that to the color. I am speaking on this particular shade only.
J. Cat Sparkling Cream Palette
This is not an eyeshadow. It is a body glitter...I cant think of anything that I would want that glittery besides my eyes. I love a good shimmer on the body, and even the hair. But straight up glitter, I have no ideas. The palette is a cream. It does feel creamy when you swatch it, yes. But after all thats said and done, it is really just bigger, chunky, glitters bonded by some type of invisible gel/cream. It is so pretty. I wish I could use it on my eyes. Maybe someone else I know will want this.
Ivory Lace Highlighter
This was my favorite thing. I was happy to see it in bag. It's shape is perfect for the inner corner, underneath the brow, and in the cupids bow. It would even be nice for an all over base, perhaps. Anywhere tight places that you would want to highlight, this is a great product for it. I used it in my inner corner and under my brow with nothing else the one day. It went on really nice and it added a nice brightening effect. It isn't shimmery so it almost looked like a natural highlight. I think it is something I will use every day.
Tickle Me Pink
Am I the only one that loves the smell of a lip liner? I love the wood smell. It reminds me of using my Mumum's makeup when I was little. Anyhow, whats not to love about a pink lip liner? It seems really nice and isn't so creamy that it's going to come right off your lips. It isn't to dry either to where it is tugging. I like it.
Cailyn Line-Fix Gel Liner
This is a nice deep purple cream liner but can we talk about the brush? It is nice and soft and has a really nice tip. It can get really precise. I like to use cream liner in the inner rim to add definition to my lashes. I used it to do just that yesterday, and it didn't translate to a really deep, deep purple but it did make my lashes look thicker to a certain extent. As for adding any pigment to my water liner, it fell short. It wouldn't transfer off of the brush onto my water line. As of right now, I like my Physician's Formula Cream Liner's over this one. The liner wasn't bad but I am loving the brush.
The only thing that is dumb about the Ipsy subscription is that it didnt come with any kind of index card telling me exactly what each thing is and a little more about it. If it wasn't for my cousin, I would have never known that the J. Cat palette is for your body only. You have to go to the site to find out about those kind of things. I know people think those cards are worthless in the Birchbox but now I wish I had one from Ipsy.
Are you a subscriber of Ipsy?
What do you think of it?