Quick Run-Down: $10 a month beauty/makeup subscription service; five (maybe more, but it's rare) deluxe/travel/full size products, along with a unique makeup bag; more likely to get full size products, but more likely to get online-only brands (which may or may not be overpriced); also more likely to get color cosmetics, but again, more likely to get products from online-only brands; earn rewards points for reviewing samples, but rewards are "expensive" (cost a lot of points) and are limited to what Ipsy is offering at that time (very similar to how Sephora reward points work); tends to have a higher value in products than other similarly priced subscription services, but again, some products are from online-only brands that have a tendency to be overpriced.
Ipsy continues to have the least informative information cards, though it's a little different this month; instead of encouraging us to share our bags on social media for a chance to win a free year of Ipsy, it just gives us a little blurb about the theme and how to look up more information on the items we got online in our Glam Rooms.
I've gotten a few Elizabeth Mott products in sample boxes and I've generally liked them, though I believe this is one of those online-only brands that charge just a bit too much for their products. I also didn't realize that Elizabeth Mott makeup is Korean-inspired, and some products are actually made there, such as this blush, which is pretty cool!
Next up is a tarte LipSurgence lip creme in the color Wonder. Based on spoilers and pictures of other people's bags, this was one of the products that a bunch of people got, and everyone who got it got it in the same color.
Tarte's LipSurgences are just chunky, twist-up lip crayons, and they come in a variety of finishes (this is just a straight creme). I really don't like these lip crayons; they have a lot of peppermint oil, so they smell and taste super minty (like toothpaste) and they irritate my lips. I would like these a lot more if they didn't have peppermint oil, but I also know that a lot of people like the minty taste/smell, so it's really a personal preference.
The color is surprisingly bold; I'm used to these being a little more sheer. It's a pretty color, but nothing unique and, since I don't like these lip crayons in general, I'm just going to pass it on. A full size is 0.1oz for $24, so this 0.05oz sample is worth $12.
This shadow seems very pigmented and easy to blend, with no fallout. Granted, these shimmery/metallic shades are pretty easy to get right, but that change the fact that this is indeed a nice shadow! Since Nomad only sells products in palettes, I'm not 100% sure on the value of this shadow, but I guesstimate that it's worth around $4.
Overall, I got three (two if you count the masks as one sample, which I think was Ipsy's intention) full size items and two deluxe-sized samples for a total value of about $51.49, which is on the higher end for Ipsy. Yay!
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