I know it is a little strange that this box review is coming a little late. After all, if you are familiar with my Make up Bag posts you’ll see that many of these items were chosen for this week’s bag. I was attempting to get the Look Fantastic and Glossy Box reviews posted before those boxes sold out for the month. It didn’t work as they both sold out super quick but that was the attempt.
The IPSY Ultimate Glam Bag actually came in last Thursday so I was able to choose some of the items that arrived to test this week as I generally pack my new makeup bag Thursday night for the following week. So if you find the items familiar, that may be why.
So for those who don’t know IPSY is a Beauty subscription service. They have three tiers The Glam Bag ($12/mo), The Glam Bag Plus ($25/mo and the Ipsy Ultimate ($50/ mo). I am currently signed up for the Ipsy Ultimate so that is what I am reviewing.
In my box I receive a make-up bag eight full sized items and four deluxe sample sized items each month. IPSY started this tier in October of 2019 and to be honest it has not always been the greatest of subscriptions. Some months they hit it out of the park and some month’s they completely tank. So let’s see what June ended up being shall we?
This month the theme was Making Waves and the card that came with the box listed five tips to maximize your SPF. While handy, I would have preferred more information about the products. However even when they do list the prices, they only list the prices for the full sized items not the deluxe sample sized ones. The prices I am using for this post are taken from the IPSY website.
The first item out of my June box was the Laura Geller Spackle Mist Restore with Coconut Water. It is not only supposed to cool the skin on a hot summer’s day but to act as a primer to increase wear time. It retails for $32. At the moment I have one decent setting spray and one that is very pretty but not very effective so I am happy to try out another one. I put this in my make up bag for the week so I will see how it performs right away. I generally like Laura Geller products so I’m expecting good things. Incidentally Laura Geller is having a sale at the moment. I’ll post the link here.
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CIATÉ LONDON also made an appearance in this month’s box with the Wonderwand Mascara in Black Magic. It is a deluxe size and I will be setting it aside until I work through my already opened mascaras. I am trying to keep only three or four open at a time so I can use them up before they go bad. I think I might actually have the full sized version of this already open, but will have to check.
As I finish the old ones I’ll rotate the newer ones in (or I’ll just get too excited to see one and open it anyway, I try to be good but I’m just not very good at it.) We’ve been seeing a lot of Ciate London lately and I am not mad at that. I really like Ciate products. I think I am missing a bronzer and a primer, but beyond that I may actually be able to do a complete face with Ciate products. Who knows I may pick up those items and have one makeup bag from the same brand. And I have heard their bronzer is pretty good. Something for future me to think about.
Next up was the Huda Beauty Basic B Sponge (retail $17). It too was added to this week’s makeup bag to try out. Mostly because the sponge I was using was at the end of its life. I may have to do a tool review this week in addition to the palette and foundation posts as I also added the Laruce Beauty Essentials Brush Set (retail $154) that came in this month’s box to my weekly make-up bag. And yes you read that right it is a five piece brush set with a retail value of $154. I’ll have to let you know if I think it is worth it’s high price tag.
My next sample size was the Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra Clarifying Acne Treatment Face Oil. While I had several break outs, I’ve been using the Peace Out dots on them for the past week or so and everything is pretty much cleared up. So I will put this away to try on the next string of break outs. With the way my skin reacts to stress, I’m sure it won’t take long for it to be needed. And unlike the Martian Toner, it has not been discontinued.
This month I received an IL MAKIAGE Infinity Long-Wear Matte Lip Cream in the shade Dreamy (retail $22). It is full sized and was added to this week’s make-up bag so you won’t have to wait too long to hear my thoughts on it. I will say right off the bat, the packaging feels super lux and made me want to use it right away. I swatched it immediately. I’m afraid it might be a little too pinky orange for me, but as I have never tried the formula I will be using it to see if I like the formula. I may augment the color with a lip pencil if I don’t like it, but it will be worn this week. (or has been worn this week actually and spoiler, I really like the formula, not so happy with the color.)
While not in my makeup bag, I did put the sample sized NAKED COSMETICS Lip Scrub in Vanilla Crème in my bathroom to try this week. With the summer sun beating down and repeated sunscreen applications, I have been using lip scrubs almost as much as I do in the winter months so I was happy to have a new one to try. I’ll have to let you know if it makes the cut.
This month I received two eyeshadow palette in my IPSY box. The first I pulled out of the box was THEBALM COSMETICS AUTOBALM® PIC PERF (retail $26.50). I was surprised to get two eyeshadow palettes in the same box, but also rather pleased. I like The Balm shadows in general and I am curious to try the cream lid primer that comes in this palette. That’s right the neutral primer is a cream while the others are all powders. I have to say I kind of like that the primer is a little tinted instead of just being super pale white. But then again I spent most of the past couple of weeks realizing almost everything I have in my makeup drawer is my winter shade and not summer so there is that.
Another brand that has been cropping up lately in IPSY Boxes has been SHAINA B MIAMI. This month brought the Mini Miami Blush and Highlight Palette It has two blushes and two highlighters. I haven’t tried them out yet and it is one of the few items that didn’t make it into this week’s Make-up Bag. Perhaps I’ll give it a go next week. The palette is considered full sized despite having mini in the title and you can see why as it has pretty large pans. It retails for $20.
The second eyeshadow palette from DOUCCE, the Freematic Limited Edition Smokey Pro Palette (retail $65) to be exact, was the shadow palette I chose for this week’s Make-up bag. I’ll be reviewing it on Thursday so I won’t go into too much detail here, but I like that it is a reusable palette. It also feels quite sturdy in the hand.
Finally, we come to the last item in this month’s Ipsy Ultimate. It was the item that I picked when given a choice. Each month you get to choose one item from a few options. As the past few months, my bags have been heavily skin care I decided to choose the makeup option this month to see if I could slide it the other way as I am trying to work my way through a bunch of skin care. If I remember correctly this was the only makeup item in my selection and I think I laughed that it was a makeup product from a skin care company.
The choice for the July item is June 24th at 9 am EST in case you are interested. It opens at 9am each month and remains open for 24 hours I believe. Last month the item I chose for this month was the DR BRANDT SKINCARE Pores No More® Luminizer Primer (retail $38).
For me it seemed a no brainer. I have a weakness for primers and the few items I’ve tried from Dr. Brandt I have really liked. Their night mask is one I tried out and I know I will repurchase. And yes, I added it to this week’s make up bag so you’ll be hearing all about it on Friday as well.
Over all I really liked this month’s IPSY Ultimate Box. The items are ones I will use, that I like, and that I am excited to try out. For my $50 purchase price I received $374.50 worth of items.
Admittedly $154 of that was the five piece brush set from Laruce Beauty, but even so I feel it was a very good value. It felt like a really good box to me. It is kind of interesting that it was so make up heavy this month when it has been so heavily weighted towards skin care the past few months. I didn’t change up my profile but this month I didn’t choose any of the skin care options during choice. I don’t know if that made any difference whatsoever, but that is how it ended up shaking out. Perhaps they just decided June was a make-up month.Either way I enjoyed my Ipsy this month and at the moment I am happy to continue my subscription for another month.