One can hardly go wrong with a theme like “Classic Beauty”, but I have to admit that I was a little surprised that Ipsy chose to go that route after their August bag, themed “Glamour Academy”, focused on basics and beauty essentials. Classic looks tend to be fairly simple and universal – that's what allowed them to become classic in the first place! I'm guessing the bag will have iconic red lipstick, mascara, and black eyeliner – the basic ingredients for make-up from the 1940s-1960s.
The bag itself is royal blue with a black lace print all over it. I don't love it, I don't hate it – I feel rather neutral toward it. The fact that it's made of a weird plastic-like material disappoints me, but it's the same fabric Ipsy's been using for a lot of their bags so it's not a surprise.
I am really happy with the items that came in this bag, though!
butter London Nail Lacquer in La Moss: This is a rich dark red – perfect for fall! My friend K swears by butter London, and since she works in the beauty industry (for Ipsy, in fact!) I know that if she says it's good, it's good. I am really, really excited to try this once my current nail polish chips off a little more, necessitating a new coat. The bottle is about a third of the size of the normal butter London Nail Lacquers, so I'm gonna value this at $5.00.
Cailyn Cosmetics Tinted Lip Balm in Big Apple: Clearly, Cailyn Cosmetics and I have different definitions of “tinted lip balm”. Big Apple is an extremely bright red; it looks and feels like lipstick, not a lip balm! The waxy texture doesn't feel moisturizing at all. I had to rub a lot of it off because it was just too much color. I do like that the lid has a brush in it; in fact, the packaging is quite cute. I just think it's a bit off to call this a lip balm when it's clearly a color product. This full-sized product usually retails for $19.00.
Elizabeth Mott It's So Big Volumizing Mascara: It looks like this mascara is being pre-released to a “focus group” - the Ipsy audience. That's interesting, that subscribers have become a test market for at least one cosmetic company. Anyway, it's a mascara, which I'm a little disappointed to find in my bag because I just had a mascara in my bag last month. But volume for my eyelashes is good, right? A full-sized tube will cost $20, and at less than half that size this is probably a $7 or $8 value.
Nyx Cosmetics Single Eye Shadow in Nutmeg: I don't see this color listed on the Nyx website, but it's a sorta neutral brown with a bit of shimmer. The color pigment doesn't seem too rich, so it goes on really light. But it's nice when you want a clean, natural look. In fact, it reminds me a bit of bronzer. Each Nyx Eye Shadow costs $4.50. I received a Nyx blush in my June Ipsy bag.
Starlooks Kohl Eye Pencil in Obsidian: Everyone needs a basic black eyeliner, right? But I don't have one with me here in Utah (and I might not even have one in the makeup case back home) so I'm really happy to see this in the box. Now, if I can just start waking up early enough in the morning that I actually get a chance to do my makeup before work... Starlook pencils retail for $12.00 each. I received a Starlooks lip pencil in my June Ipsy bag.
The bag's probably worth somewhere between $45 and $50. Everything that was in this bag was something that I wanted to try. No “Why on earth was I sent this?” concealers or highlighters this time 'round, which is fantastic! There was even a little sample of some of Michelle Phan's new Em Cosmetics line on a card – just some swatches, enough for one or two uses maximum – so I can see how her new project is shaping up.
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