IPSY is a beauty subscription service that sends you an assortment of four to five beauty items in a cute, decorative bag for $10.00 USD. To see what came in the August 2016 Glam Bag, then read this article.
I know this is very late, but it's time for another unbagging of the IPSY Glam Bag and August is probably one of my top favorites. If you don't know what IPSY is, you can read up on it on my IPSY Unbagging from May. But just like the IPSY Unbagging from July, I will list any codes that each brand has at the bottom of the page.
The first item in the bag is actually two skincare items from a Korean brand (that includes English intructions) and it's the Secret Garden Ampoule Masks in Olive Oil and Camellia Oil from Sally's Box.
I'm personally not a fan of getting one-time use masks from beauty subscriptions because with skincare you need to use them over a period of time to see any improvement in the quality of your skin. There are some skincare products that you can feel a difference in just one use, but that's an exception. Though, one or two times is normally enough to gauge for a skin reaction, which I'm going to try the olive oil mask first. If my skin reacts to that one, then I'm either going to give away the camellia oil mask or chuck it.
Now, what sets these masks apart from other Korean skincare masks that I've seen is that these are actually a two-step system. The first step is a serum that's located at the upper right corner of the packaging and the second step is the actual mask, which is probably their most innovate and biggest standout as a skincare mask product. Though, I'd like to say that their really cute picture packaging is a standout for me. I might cut out the pictures and use them to decorate a folder or something later.
The next item is a travel size pack of Makeup Cleansing Wipes by Symphony Beauty, which their products are based in Korean skincare with more natural and luxurious formulas that are supposed to work for all types of skin. I believe they're a US brand because they're based in New York, but their stuff is made in Korea.
At one point, I did run out of my normal makeup wipes (the generic ninety-seven cent ones at Walmart that I probably shouldn't be using) and ended up dipping into the travel pack a couple of times. These wipes actually leave my face feeling refreshed and hydrated. It feels like my morning skin where it's been exfoliated, moisturized, and left to settle away from the elements so I wake up with nice, soft skin.
It might just be me cause I use really cheap wipes, but these feel kind of thick and hold product for a longer period of time. I've had wipes taken fresh from the pack completely dry out in the middle of taking off my foundation and even rip, but I can take off a whole face of it with one of these. I don't use makeup wipes to remove eye makeup, but these are gentle enough for those delicate areas and I can actually wipe over the same area more than once without my skin feeling like it's getting rubbed raw. My favorite thing about it is that you can buy these in sixty count packs. That doesn't seem like a big thing, but I normally don't see a pack above a thirty count in the store for the same price, so I'm probably going to put that code to use.
Next item is from a brand that I have reviewed before on my blog and it's the Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator in Gleam by NYX Cosmetics. I personally prefer powder highlighters because it feels like they have a bit more weight to them so I feel like I'm getting my money's worth, but I have been meaning to pick up one of these.
Sun Beam, which is a pale pink shade, is what I would have preferred to get because I like my highlight to either be super light or a crazy color. I don't care too much about not getting it, but Gleam is a golden peach shade that is just a color I normally don't wear: golds, bronzes, and peachy colors just aren't my thing. If I was wearing bronzer or a corresponding blush color that day, then maybe.
When swatched on the back of my hand, Gleam blends into the skin leaving a shimmery sheen, but it can be built up for more color payoff. My hand is darker with more pronounced yellow undertones, so anyone with a light to medium complexion is going to look more natural in it. If you're more fair-skinned, the color and the gold shimmer of the highlight is going to be more prominent and might make your face look dirty when worn by itself.
|'Gleam' Born to Glow Liquid Illiminator blended out.|
What the 'Gleam' Born to Glow Liquid Illimuinator would look like built up.
For me, the level of shimmer is subtle. When the coverage is built up, it looks to be slightly less reflective than a light layer of a Jeffree Star Cosmetics' Skin Frost. For a more natural beauty, a light layer should be fine though.
The fourth item in the bag is from Lord & Berry (a brand based out of Italy) and it's the 20100 Maxxi Matte Lip Crayon. Like the name suggests, this lip crayon is a matte finish without being overly drying and is very comfortable on the lips. Honestly, it doesn't really feel like I'm wearing anything at all and it glides on with ease with full coverage and color.
The particular shade I got is called Intimacy, which is like a pink-mauve shade (my color describing skills aren't very good...thank goodness for pictures). I'm trying to describe it based on a comparison shot (picture below) with the Meet Matt(e) Huges Liquid Lipstick in shade Committed. In certain lighting situations, they're almost dupes for each other.
However, in the picture, you can tell the difference in their undertones. Committed is a lot warmer (to where it looks more orange), while Intimacy is more cool-tone and a lot more pink. Also, while this doesn't have the same transfer resistance as a liquid to matte lipstick, it has relatively little transfer compared to regular matte lipsticks that come in the tube.
|Lip swatch of 'Intimacy' 20100 Maxxi Matte Lip Crayon.|
Comparison shot of 'Committed' Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipstick (left) verses 'Intimacy' 20100 Maxxi Matte Lip Crayon (right).
Overall, this product is great for wearing during the day for a lot of people because it's a wearable color that doesn't need a lot of touch-ups.
This eyeliner is supposed to be blendable for UP TO TEN SECONDS after application and once it dries, it's waterproof and not going to move. Does it do as advertised? YES! For those that don't know, eyeliner that is waterproof or made to last for long periods of time (e.g. 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils by Urban Decay) aren't made to be smudged or blended out. When you do try to blend them out, it has to be done very quickly. This eyeliner provides plenty of time to smudge or blend and does it effortlessly. Also when it dries, it will last.
'Perversion' 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (top) verses 'Black Magic' 24-7 Eyeliner (bottom).
And that's everything from the IPSY Glam Bag for August. I've listed any codes for any brands shown at the bottom and if you're interested in getting a subscription to IPSY, you can sign up at ipsy.com. See you soon.
CODES VALID UNTIL 09/30/2016
Symphony Beauty: IPSY3008 for 30% off any purchase
*Valid for United States and Canada use only
Beauty For Real: IPSY20 for 20% off any purchase
*Not valid for use for gift sets of BFR Essential Lip Duo and Essential Collection
NYX Cosmetics: IPSYGLOW for 20% off Born To Glow Liquid Illuminators
*Valid for United States use only
Sally's Box: No brand code.
Lord & Berry: No brand code.