Earlier this month IPSY advertised a five sample skin care product filled mystery bag for $12. As I am always looking for the best skin care products, I decided to purchase the bag and see what it held. The package came in at the same time as my regular IPSY bag, so shipping was fine. It was well packaged and came in a gold bubble envelope instead of a pink one. The bag itself looks like one of the regular $10 IPSY bags and in fact spoilers for next month (August) show that it is the same (or too close to distinguish as different from internet pics) to the bag that the regular IPSY products will fill.
One thing that I didn’t like was that there was no card to let you know about the products in the bag. Since it is a separately sold product and not one of their monthly subscriptions, there is no break out information on their site about the products in your bag. With no card in the bag, if you want more information, you have to look up each product individually (which I did). While most of them are self-explanatory (creams are used as creams, cleansers as cleansers) I like extra information and I did have some questions before I used a couple of the products.
In addition, I have been using the products for the last few weeks so that I can get an accurate feel for them since skin care usually takes a few weeks to get an accurate picture of how they work. As they were sample sized, two weeks used all of them up.
So without further ado, let’s get inside the bag.
First up is the Belief: The True Cream Aqua bomb. Full size retails for $62. It is described as:
A comforting cushiony moisturizing cream that provides dry, flaky, and dull skin with a flood of intense 26-hour hydration, leaving it supple, smooth, and deeply nourished. Ideal for normal to dry skin types.
I don’t have especially oily skin. I occasionally claim combination, but I think I am actually more in the normal range. This was too much hydration for me. I used miniscule amounts, barely covering my skin and it took forever to soak in enough for me to continue doing the rest of my makeup. If you have a routine where you can put your morning moisturizer on and then wait an hour to do the rest of your face, then this is fine. It just took a while to soak in.
On the plus side, since I was using so little, the really small amount of product in the jar did last a while. I could see this being of more use to me in the winter when my skin is dryer, but it is not good now. If I were to get another sample of this, I think I would hold off trying it until the weather changes and I do my seasonal skin care shift. I think that is when this product would save the day. It has no real smell and it does hydrate, however I do not think I would be paying the $62 price for a full sized jar anytime soon.
APTO skincare Nourishing Mask blue spirulina with a full size price of $16, was the next sample to come out of my mystery bag. In general, I love masks. There are very few I don’t end up giving positive reviews for. I love the way my skin feels after using them, I love the time out using them provides to me. This one however, I didn’t really care for. After washing it off, my skin felt waxy and I had to use a cleansing product to make my face feel clean again. Usually once a mask is washed off a light splash of water and a towel pat dry and I am good. With this I had to wash my face. Not good and not going on my favorites list.
At this point in my bag I was feeling pretty low, however the next product made up for it. The Feel Renewed Pumpkin Walnut Facial cleanser made the bag worth buying. It is listed as a deep skin treatment with gentle exfoliation and a full size bottle costs $28.
Normally, I am concerned when they list walnut as it can be super abrasive, but this product uses walnut powder so the pieces are pulverized super small. It does exactly what it claims. It is a very gentle exfoliate that can be used daily (at least by me) with no issues. It smelled great, left my skin silky and clean (always good in a cleanser). I really liked it and will definitely be putting it on my to be purchased list.
Feeling happy with the cleanser I moved on to the First Aide Beauty coconut skin smoothie priming moisturizer. A full sized bottle costs $28. The product description is:
Formulated with Coconut Water and other superfood ingredients, this natural, complexion-enhancing moisturizer instantly brightens, hydrates and smooths in one simple step, while helping blur the appearance of pores and imperfections.
Makeup meets skincare with this two-in-one moisturizer and makeup-gripping primer. Formulated with superfood ingredients that are rich in vital proteins, electrolytes and minerals and infused with a natural coconut scent, this priming moisturizer hydrates and smooths skin as light-reflecting Micro-Pearls impart a subtle, dewy luminosity. The result is beautiful, healthy-looking skin when worn alone and long-lasting makeup when used as a prep step.
First of all, I detected no coconut smell at all. It did however lack the brand’s signature nasty smell. Actually, the last couple of products I’ve tried from them have lacked it, so maybe they fixed it.
As a primer it works well. It is sticky enough to help grip the products layered over it. There was very little blurring that I could see and I saw no dewy luminosity. Once on the skin it becomes invisible and helps other makeup last longer. I’m not sold on the moisturizing aspect, but it is a fairly decent basic primer. It is light weight which I really like in the summer and it did its main job. While I wouldn’t mind using it again, it isn’t going to make my must haves list.
The final product in my mystery bag was the Purlisse Watermelon energizing two minute polishing peel. The full size retails for $24. I love Purlisse and their Watermelon Aqua Balm is fantastic. So I was happy to see this product.
It smells exactly like a watermelon jolly rancher, which I kinda like. It works well which I was surprised by for a two minute use time. However, it does what it says and after using it my skin felt like glass. I was thrilled. There is one issue I have with it though. The packaging states it can be used morning and evening. I really hope they meant that it doesn’t matter what time of day you use it, but the wording leads me to believe you are supposed to use it twice a day. While I loved this product, it is the kind of exfoliator that I would only use once a week. More often than that would clearly be too much. That being said, I would definitely add this to my weekly routine and as you use such a small amount only once a week it would last a long time. I am fine with the $24 price on it and could easily make space on my shelf for it.
Overall, I am glad I purchased this bag. There were a couple of products that weren’t for me. Finding that out now, will keep me from purchasing them later to test on my own, so I can’t say that is a waste. In addition, there were a couple of products I will be adding to my personal wish list for later purchase. In my world of skin care, that is always a win.