Tuesday, April 11, 2017

IPSY Glam Bag UNBAGGING: March 'Tres Jolie' Glam Bag 2017

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 March 2017 Glam Bag, then read this article. 

It’s that time of the month again for the unbagging of the IPSY Glam Bag for March. This month, I had a variant selection of skincare, makeup, and a beauty tool. But like the February Glam Bag unbagging, I’ll include any brand codes at the bottom of the page.

To start off, the theme for March is 'Tres Jolie,' which is French for very pretty (or it is according to Google Translate…). It’s a soft and pretty, French story with the bag (that got stained by I-don't-know-what) to match. 

Like the last three months, it’s an understated bag, but with a twist. In pictures, it shows a blush-colored bag with a pink flap that has a black weave, which makes it look like a little clutch. In actuality, the blush and the net sides are two different sides of the same bag and when you lift the flap, it reveals that the bag is much bigger than a normal Glam Bag. It’s a neat trick, but what I don’t like is the netting because it looks cheap when it’s in front of you versus how it looks online. 

The first item is the Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics (DLS) 'Kitty Pink' Blush, which I’ve reviewed their 'Bellisma' Baked Highlighter in a past post. DLS was founded in 2014, so they’re a relatively new brand. Kitty Pink is a dusty peach, matte powder blush that is said to flatter a variety of skin tones. It’s supposed to be blendable and buildable with a long-lasting formula for all-day rosy cheeks.

I beg to differ on that because I’m fair-skinned and I find this shade to be really light; one layer barely shows up on my skin. It did get good marks on the IPSY site, but it seemed that most of the reviews were from people of a lighter complexion. To be honest, I doubt that this shade will show up on someone with a deeper skin color. It’s buildable, but it requires a lot of layers to get to a good intensity. I’m not swiping or dabbing — I had to literally swirl my brush in the pan several times. In the picture below, I did a one-swipe comparison of this blush with a similar shade from the BH Cosmetics' Professional 10 Color Blush Palette, and also included what Kitty Pink looks like when built up for more intensity. 

One swipe swatch of blush shade from Professional 10 Color Blush Palette from BH Cosmetics (left) and 'Kitty 
Pink' Blush from Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics (middle), and 'Kitty Pink' Blush with built-up coverage (right).

On top of that, it’s not that long-wearing - had to reapply it after less than six hours of wear. Since I got it, I do still use it and reach for it on light days where I’m only wearing this. If you’re light-skinned and want a subtle flush, or want a little color for low maintenance days, then you might like this product. 

The second item is the Skone Cosmetics Luxe Pro Blending Brush, which their brand name means beauty in Afrikaans. 

In addition to brushes, they do sell makeup that isn’t tested on animals, but a select few of their brushes are made from animal hair. However, the Blending Brush that I got from IPSY is made completely of synthetic hair. 

Overall, I do like the Luxe Pro for blending and have also used it to sweep some shadow into my crease for light makeup days. Normally, I prefer brushes that have stiff, dense bristles like the E300 from Mikasa Beauty (that I am an affiliate with - use code LEEGRIFFMUA25 for 25% off) because I feel like I have more control and it fits nicely in my eye socket. But the Luxe Pro does distribute color and blends my eyeshadow out nicely, plus the bristles are soft and luxurious-feeling, which I greatly appreciate. I’ve used some very coarse brushes in my time that have left my skin feeling irritated or raw after use. While I’m not picky about brushes, I do pay attention to quality. 

Next item is the Tarte Cosmetics 'Rose' Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint, which is a popular, high-end brand that’s been in plenty of past glam bags. 

I believe these lip paints are a relatively new product because I know they released new shades not too long ago. Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paints are supposed to be a liquid lipstick with a velvet matte finish — not too matte nor too glossy — that’s quick drying, full coverage, and transfer-proof. 

Lip swatch of 'Rose' Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint.

The shade I received is Rose, which is a rosy nude. In general, I’m not the biggest fan and don’t own that many lipsticks of this color, but I did find that theBalm’s Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipstick in Committed is similar but redder.
Comparison swatch of Tarte Cosmetics' 'Rose' Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint (left) and theBalm's 'Committed' Meet Matt(e) 
Huges Liquid Lipstick (right).

It’s one of a few liquid-to-matte lipsticks I’ve tried that doesn’t exaggerate the dryness of my already desert-dry lips and also has a very comfortable, long-wearing formula. It won’t come off when you wear it. Even when I was trying to take it off, it was much harder to remove than my other liquid-to-matte lipsticks. But if you eat something oily, it will — that’s to be expected with most liquid lipsticks. The only thing I don’t like is the color, but I love the formula and would recommend it. 

The fourth item is the Neogen Coconut Milk Pure Mild Cleanser, which is a Korean Brand, but they do have a lab in the United States and are sold in Sephora. They also have several research patents, and as a biochemistry student that wants to work in that part of research and industry, it captured my interest. 

Anyways, Korean skincare has been something that a lot of companies have adopted from because they've been known to be more superior at lower prices when compared to what we have in the United States. So naturally, I did have some high expectations for Neogen. 

The Coconut Milk Pure Mild Cleanser is formulated from coconut oil and extracts and made for all skin types - gentle enough for sensitive skin too. It’s supposed to break down stubborn makeup, brighten, and deep cleanse the skin, leaving it feeling soft and hydrated. 

At first, I was thinking, “Ugh, not another coconut product!” because I had gotten coconut ingredient-infused products in the past two bags that I didn’t really like. However, what left me both confused and pleasantly surprised by this cleanser was that it didn’t smell like coconut — it smelled like shampoo. After I got passed that and tested it out for a couple weeks, I noticed that my skin did feel softer, cleaner, and my acne was clearing up a bit, which is a plus for my acne-prone skin. In addition to being acne-prone, my pores are horrific and get clogged very easily. To tackle the pore-clogging, I have to exfoliate twice a day. But when I started using the cleanser, I could feel it unclog and deep-clean my pores, and was able to dial back on the exfoliating.

And the last item is the Chella Beauty 'Ivory Lace' Eyebrow Highlighter Pencil. They’re not only a beauty brand, but also a brow bar with a few locations in California. The Eyebrow Highlighter is used for brightening to give you a lifted and brightened look. It can be used under the brow, on the inner corner, and even in your water-line. This comes in four shades, so most people should be able to find one to suit their complexion. It’s also supposed to double as a concealer to cover pimples and untweezed brow hairs.

Based off my experience using it, the Eyebrow Highlighter is creamy and applies smoothly. It said that their lightest shade, Ivory Lace, is a light neutral shade, but it looks like a light peach (to me, anyway). It might look more yellow in the picture below, but it looks peach in real life.

Because it is peach, it works well on light skin as a brightener and color correcting concealer as orange cancels out blue-tones. At one point, I was trying it out and applied it all over my under-eye, and it color corrected my dark circles with ease. Has enough coverage to cover acne, but you would need a shade-matched concealer in conjunction. But my favorite place to use the Eyebrow Highlighter is in the water-line because it’s long-wearing and opens up the eye.

If you’re interested in signing up for IPSY, you can sign up at www.ipsy.com.

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