I’ll admit it. I couldn’t resist the pouch. IPSY tends to have a selection of Mystery bags for sale and occasionally I end up picking them up. Sometimes it is because of the theme or one of the products offered (Yes, I did pick up the Masking Bag and received a deluxe sample of my favorite Generation Clay Purple Brightening mask). This mystery bag showed nothing that was inside and Cozy could have been referring to the corduroy of the bag rather than the products inside. (which having now seen them, I think it did).
But the bag was too cute to resist. The limited edition Mystery bag was $14. While there was some tax, IPSY doesn’t charge for shipping so I think it added only about a dollar and change to the price. In all fairness I have to admit that I sort of forgot that I ordered it. I saw it when I went on to review this month’s bag for points and thought, that looks nice, why not? Ordered it and completely forgot about it. I didn’t actually remember it until I pulled it out of the mailbox.
The front of the bag is a light lilac and the flap and back are a more reddish purple. It fastens with a rather sturdy snap and has a wipe able interior liner. I like the fact that even though the inside is clearly makeup bag interior, the outside is cloth. I could actually see using this as a simple clutch as well as a makeup bag. My cell phone might be a bit too heavy for it to take, but my id, a compact, lipstick, a few breath mints and an extra face mask would comfortably fit no problem.
But as cute as the exterior is, it is the inside that counts. So what’s inside?
The first item out of the bag was a mattifying Primer from First Aid Beauty. Oddly enough while I have tried many skin care products from FAB I don’t recall ever trying their primer. And I’m sure by now, everyone knows I love my primers. Especially the mattifying ones. So already I am pleased.
Next up there is a Luxie 1010 Small Contour brush. I really like Luxie Brushes. I especially like the ones that have the curved cut out in the handle. I find them really easy to control and work with. So item number two is definitely a win.
The third item is a bullet lipstick from Context skin. It is in the shade 103 Say Love. While a little on the pink side for me, I could probably make it work with a darker liner or a topper. I’ve tried the formula before and it is a pretty good lipstick formula. It isn’t very drying and lasts a while.
The other Context lipstick isn’t my favorite shade either so I tend to blend it as well. The formula is nice and creamy though and really does blend well. I tend to apply it and then mix in a liquid lip on top and wear it that way. Actually I have a Bite Beauty Liquid Lip that is slightly too brown for my skin tone and it works wonderfully as a mixer.
The next item is a pen style eyeliner from the brand Aurora. I’ve never heard of the brand before but the liner swatched well. And it is a brown eyeliner. While I have a boat load of black eyeliners, I only have a couple of brown ones.
Given some of my favorite neutral shades the brown liners tend to work really well for me. I love that they are also now on trend with brown liners popping up pretty much everywhere. On the hand swatch photo it looks a little darker than it is in real life.
It is very much a dark brown rather than a tan or warm brown shade. However, if you notice, it didn’t seep into any of the fine lines of my skin. This gives me high hopes for this liner.
The fifth and final item in my mystery bag is the cutest little single eyeshadow from IBY. It is in the shade Fire and Ice. While unassuming in the pan, the swatch is very encouraging. This past spring I used a pastel themed palette from IBY that actually changed my thoughts on pastel palettes. I really like the shadow formula and am pleased to have a non-spring like shade from them to try out. When swatched this comes off as an old gold kind of shade. It will be fun to see how it performs on the eyes.
So that was my $14 mystery bag from IPSY. I think there are some variations in the bags, which is probably why they didn’t show the items included. However I believe the bag is still available at the time I am writing its if anyone wants the bag and is willing to take a chance on the contents. Personally, I really like the bag and am looking forward to playing around with the contents. So for me it was a win win scenario. As well as a fun surprise I wasn’t really expecting.