August 2013: Ipsy Review

Ipsy Glam Bag | August 2013Ipsy’s Glam Bag‘s theme this month is Glamour Academy! Which, I gotta say.. is eerily similar to Birchbox’s Finishing School. I always wonder how they come up with these themes and if there’s major competition between these two makeup subscription boxes. I wonder if they get tips about each other’s themes and if they try to outdo one another…

Any way… Glamour Academy! This month’s theme is supposed to be all about giving you the beauty essentials you need for a school bag or next big party! And, looking over this month’s samples, there are a lot of great items for your purse and a couple you can use every day!

In this month’s Ipsy Glam Bag I found:

  • Urban Decay | Revolution Lipstick (69)
  • Pixi | Lash Booster Mascara in Blackest Black
  • Smashbox | Photo Finish Foundation Primer
  • MicaBeauty | Eye Shadow in Bronze
  • Michael Todd | Pumpkin Nutrient-Rich Facial Mask

Urban Decay | Revolution Lipstick (69)Urban Decay | Revolution Lipstick (69)
Sample Value: $7.86
Full Size Cost: $22.00
Buy at Urban Decay (Free Shipping Coupon Code IPSY)

To start things off we got a sassy little lipstick from Urban Decay. First of all, I love Urban Decay, so right off the bat, I’m happy with the quality. The color is a rich, deep red. Hello! The color is called 69! What else would you expect? And, while this isn’t something I’d wear every day… it’s definitely something I’ll use when I’m on stage at the local community theater or even for a night out. It’s super sexy and fun and something I’m glad to have in my collection!

Pixi | Lash Booster Mascara in Blackest BlackPixi | Lash Booster Mascara in Blackest Black
Sample Value: $2.00 (Approx)
Full Size Cost: $17.00
Buy at Pixi Beauty (20% Off Coupon Code PIXI+IPSY)

When I saw there was a mascara sample in this month’s Glam Bag I was STOKED! My mascara is running low and I couldn’t wait to try a new one. The product is called LASH BOOSTER Mascara in BLACKEST BLACK, and I got to say… I don’t think this product lives up to its name. I just feel like it’s pretty weak. I don’t think it did anything to boost my lashes and I had to put a ton of coats on in order to notice it at all. So, kind of a disappointment!

Smashbox| Photo Finish Foundation PrimerSmashbox | Photo Finish Foundation Primer
Sample Value: $9.00
Full Size Cost: $36.00
Buy at Smash Box (Free Mascara with purchase of Primer, Coupon Code IPSY)

Now this is a product I’ve been reading about and eyeing for a while! This is a high-quality primer and I’m so glad I got a sample of it! I really love the soft finish it leaves on my skin and it really helps my makeup stick around throughout the day. This coupon code is also really tempting… you know I need a new mascara and getting one free with the purchase of this primer is really tempting!

MicaBeauty | Eye Shadow in BronzeMicaBeauty | Eye Shadow in Bronze
Full Size Sample Value: $14.95
Buy at MicaBeauty (25% Off Coupon Code IPSY25)

Now this product confuses me. The capsule says it’s a bronzer but Ipsy says it’s an eye shadow. Who knows! I’m not really one for bronzers (pale people unite!), so using this as an eye shadow seems like a better fit for me. It works fine. But, it doesn’t really last all day. The color is really pretty and right up my alley. I haven’t tried it with an eyelid primer, but I feel like that would help this guy stick around a bit longer.

Michael Todd | Pumpkin Nutrient-Rich Facial MaskMichael Todd | Pumpkin Nutrient-Rich Facial Mask
Sample Value: $10.00
Full Size Cost: $34.00
Buy at Michael Todd True Organics (30% Off Any Purchase Coupon Code AUGIPSY)

When I pulled this out of the Glam Bag I immediately went, “YES!” I love facial masks and I was immediately intrigued by the Pumpkin! I literally went straight to the bathroom to try it out! And, the best way I can describe it is that it’s literally like putting pumpkin pie on your face. What surprised me was it heats up and kind of tingles! Didn’t expect that from my pumpkin pie! Definitely something I enjoyed and will use again!

The Verdict
Cost: $10.00
Total Value: $43.81

As always, Ipsy knocked it out of the park in terms of value and I got a ton of high-quality products that I was excited to try. It’s probably pretty obvious my least favorite item was the Pixi | Lash Booster Mascara in Blackest Black. It was a major let down. I kind of have a hard time picking a favorite, but I got to go with the Smashbox | Photo Finish Foundation Primer, because it’s something I’ve used every day since getting it in the mail. 

What did you think of this month’s theme? Did you get anything cool that I didn’t? Would love to hear about your Glam Bags! Ready to try it out for yourself? Sign up now!

Disclosure: This product was not received in exchange for a review. All views in this post are the opinion of the author. Just Louise Please will not accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain referral links. Complete Disclosure Policy.

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