For those who don’t know or remember, IPSY Glam Bag Plus is a $25 per month subscription in which you get five full sized products to try each month. Next month they are also adding a makeup bag to each order as well. For more official information, please check out ipsy.com.
Now for this month’s bag. It was an interesting mix for me. Two of the products weren’t my favorite, but the other three were fabulous. So We’ll cover the not so great first. For that we will start with the APTO SKINCARE Pomegranate Mask. (retail $36)
Now first things first, I love pomegranate in pretty much anything. The only thing I’ve tried from this brand before was a spirulina mask which I didn’t like too much. It was sticky and left a residue on my skin. But lots of companies have a few products I don’t like and a couple I love so I was willing to try it again. So the claims:
This mask contains powerful antioxidants, like pomegranate and green tea, to restore your skin’s ability to repair itself. Azelaic acid gently removes dead skin cells to promote cell turnover, which helps create a brighter complexion. Redness? This soothing mask will calm redness and inflammation, including rosacea and overexposure to the sun. It’s made with ethically-sourced, vegan, and cruelty-free ingredients.
On the back of the bottle it says to leave for a total of ten minutes then wash off. I applied a layer of product to my face and felt a tingling almost immediately. Usually that is a good thing. It makes me feel like it is working. At about the five minute mark my face felt hot, really really hot. Like burning hot. The words chemical burn floated through my brain and I washed the mask off immediately. While my skin was very pink, it was not burned. After a couple of hours the pink faded and I will admit my skin felt nice and soft.
While it does fulfill its claims of a brighter completion and worked well in the end, it was not a comfortable product for me to use. I don’t know if I have a sensitivity to the Azelaic acid they use or what since that was the only ingredient I was unfamiliar with in the list. I think I am going to pass this on to someone with hopefully less of a sensitivity.
Next up was the ILLAMASQUA Antimatter Lipstick in Midnight. (retail $27) I really like Illamasqua products so I had high hopes for this lipstick. On the screen it looked like a true red and I have been searching for a true deep red lipstick for a while. The formula for this one is lovely, the color is just too much in the orange shade for me. The shade was literally the only thing that was wrong for me. Otherwise it matches all of the claims it is a:
…semi-matte, semi-satin lipstick gives you the best of both worlds—creamy texture with full coverage.It’s long-wearing and non-drying for a comfortable wear all day long. Your lips will thank you for the added boost of conditioning moisture. Midnight is a true red made for evening adventures, but great for when you want a daytime power lip.
Except for the orange tone, it was a great product that met every one of its claims. So the quest continues.
The next item in my Ipsy Plus box made me very happy. I saw it and my inner teenager started to giggle with delighted anticipation. This was the NOMAD COSMETICS Berlin Underground Intense Eyeshadow Palette.(retail $37) I’ll list the claims first:
This palette was inspired by Berlin’s rebellious 90s counterculture and all its grunge, punk, and techno nightlife. There are 15(!) shades in a mix of metallic, matte, and duo-chrome finishes. The pigmentation is off the charts, so you get a serious color payoff. No caking or flaking. Hemp Seed Oil helps nourishes lids and keeps your look fresh all day (or night) long.
I love the color scheme of this palette. It fits with the colors I worked back in high school and I absolutely adored the punk skulls pressed into some of the powders and I could not wait to use them. They are a mix of finishes like they claim, some of the shadows are easier to work with than others. I am going to have to play around with it a bit longer before I post a full review, but I will post a full review of this palette separately (probably sometime next week). For the Ipspt Glam Bag plus review, I will keep it short and simply say that I really enjoyed seeing this palette in my box.
The next item in the box was the CIATÉ LONDON Extraordinary Translucent Powder. (retail $22). It is a really finely milled powder and doesn’t give me a white cast when I use it as a finishing powder. I’ve had a tiny samply sent to me before and I used every bit of it. I am pleased to see a full sized version and I plan to use every powdery bit of it as well.
Finally, there is the GLAMGLOW TROPICALCLEANSE™ Daily Exfoliating Cleanser. (retail $34).While I love their masks, the last cleanser I tried from them was hard to wash off. This was great. You only need a little to wash your face, the exfoliator bits aren’t too harsh for the skin and can not only be used daily but rinse clean away with relative ease. I really like this cleanser and will be using it completely.
Three out of the five products included were absolute winners for me. The other two were good products, just not for me. I will pass them on to others who will enjoy them more. Over all the value of this box was $156. Not bad for a $25 box. In my opinion it was certainly worth the price. I for one can’t wait to see what they come up with next month.