I was surprised when I went to get the mail today, I haven't received any announcements from IPSY about shipment or my glam room. But my glam bag has already arrived. I'm thinking that DHL is trying to reestablish itself and not have ipsy switch services, because of the big issues they had last month. I did want to mention we did receive a one use sample of 3 eye shadows and 1 blush from a life palette from the EM line. I have tried the blush, which was a beautiful light peachy coral, it didn't retain any color on my light skin, and there was only enough product for one cheek.
The actual bag of this month is a cobalt blue with a black lace print. There are a ton of different types of lace prints, when I look at this I think of patterns from doilies, lace, and a lot of different overlays. It's kind of just a mishmash of different patterns, but I don't dislike it.
This months bag is themed around a classic beauty. When I think of a classic beauty I think of Marilyn Monroe and those types of figures that wear the winged liner, big voluminous lashes, and the red statement lip. Typically I see lighter shadows that are similar to the skin color of that person when I think about the classic beauty. But I do sometimes think of a matte natural smoky eye. So it all just really depends on who you think is iconic for the classic beauty look. I was impressed that four out of five products were full-size this month.
The first product that I got was the Starlooks khol eye pencil in Obsidian. It isn't the darkest shade that this company makes which is, onyx. So I was a little disappointed in the pigmentation, but it is a lighter black but definitely not gray. This is a full-size product and retails for $12.
The next thing I got was from Victoria Jackson, which is a makeup brand that I had never heard of before. Off the bat looking at their website it looks like a little bit more expensive version of Victoria's Secret type of make up line. There really isn't a ton of make up on the website. Victoria Jackson had their taupe eyebrow pencil, and after looking I found that this is the only color that the company makes, which I thought was a little weird, but I am excited to try it out. I am labeling this as a full-size product, but there isn't much information about how much product is in the package online. To me it seems like a full-size container, but with not as much product. The box states it has .23 grams, and for comparison I grabbed my Essence eyebrow designer pencil which contains 1 gram of product. So I'm really not sure if this is actually a full-size product, but retail is $14.95.
I was excited to see another Cailyn products in the bag of this month. I think everybody received the same color who got this product, which is the tinted lip balm in big apple, which is a nice classic red shade. I was a little bit curious to see how much pigment came from the tinted lip balm, and it really has an immense amount of color to it, which you will see in the swatch below. Cailyn offers 17 other shades in this tinted lip balm. This is a full-size product and retails for $19.
The one product that we all knew was going to be coming in our bag was the NYX single eyeshadow. We received an email early in the month stating that we would all get one of these. So with my understanding every single person got this product with variations of colors, I assume. I have to say I've been pretty spot on with the classic beauty that I personally think of, until now. I feel bad complaining about products when we really get an amazing deal for $10 a month. But I got a baby blue eyeshadow from NYX in the shade velvet suede. It is a frosty baby blue, which has small shimmer particles as well. The formula is extremely sheer with one layer of product, and if it were my first time trying and NYX eyeshadow I would think twice about purchasing one from them. I do know they have a ton of great quality single eyeshadows, I just really dislike this formula, as well as the color. It's products like this that are being sent out in mass quantities that kind of bother me. Typically they send out colors that nobody is buying, in my opinion. We already completely made the $10 from the bag with the three previous products, I almost just wish that they would've left this out or given it to someone who would've actually enjoyed it. I feel guilty having this product and possibly throwing it away because I know that I won't use it. I will probably save it and take a ton of products that either didn't work for me to the local women's shelter soon. It is a full-size product, and retails for $4.99.
The one deluxe size sample that we did get was the Elizabeth Mott it's so big volumizing mascara. I was a little bit hesitant to even open the sample, because of how terrible the Pixi lash booster that we received a sample of last month was. I don't think I've ever run into a mascara that was so bad, and especially one that was $17.00. I do think I will be trying this product out, it has a semi interesting brush That has a normal size middle and widens as it reaches both ends into an hourglass shape. This full-size product retails for $19.99, which is 10 mL. The sample we received was a 4 mL, or $8.00 work.
|3 layers of NYX shadow, Starlooks Obsidian,|
Victoria Jackson Taupe, Cailyn Big Apple
I did notice that there was a plethora of different brands this month, which means that there aren't going to be a lot of similar bags sent out. I'm interested to see what you guys got, what products you're excited about, what color eyeshadow did you get. Just let me know, I'd love to hear back from you!