I think I hit the jackpot this month from both of my $10 subscription bags: Ipsy and Sephora Play. Although I didn’t get any makeup brushes this month, the travel size and full size products I received were top notch IMO. Surprisingly, I got the same product in both bags lol.
Let’s take a look. We’ll start with Ipsy.
The burgundy lace imprinted makeup bag looks more impressive in the sunlight because the light shows off the lace pattern that I didn’t notice when I first took the bag out of the familiar shiny raspberry mailer. The theme this month is Spellbound, fitting with Halloween, and there’s a cute little black bat on the bag’s zipper.
This is what I received:
- First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, travel size, $12: I love this intensely hydrating cream. Perfect for winter.
- Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion, travel size: Although I don’t need another black eyeliner pencil, I do love the Perversion formula so I’m sure I’ll use it.
- Pretty Woman Nail Medic Charcoal-Infused Nail Polish, shade Lava, a lavender-grey, full size $7.99: I wasn’t familiar with this nail care brand that’s sold at Walmart, but it appears to be a 5-free brand that helps treat nail problems. I didn’t know what the benefit of “charcoal-infused” is, but here’s what it says on Ipsy about it: “This polish has actual bits of charcoal in it to make your nails stronger and protect them from toxins and pollutants.” Also, it is supposed to be seriously chip-proof. I’m game to try it, and I’ll let you know!
- Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid Foundation, shade R230, travel size: I was thrilled to receive my shade of my favorite foundation! Thank you! I will be so handy to have this travel size, and I wish I had had it when we went away last weekend.
- Dirty Little Secret Eye Shadow, shade Bronzed, full size, $12: I wasn’t familiar with the brand, Dirty Little Secret, but I love this deep brown shimmer shade “Bronzed”. It’s so pretty!
The Spellbound Ipsy bag is certainly worth more than the $10 I paid for it. In fact, three of the five products are worth $32. I will be using everything in my Ipsy bag this month. I’m definitely satisfied.
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The only not so positive thing that I have to say about Ipsy is not about the bags but about their relatively new “cash back program”. They now have a 30% cash back offer going on to sweeten the deal, but frankly, I am afraid to take the chance to use it. A month ago when the program first started, I purchased a tube of MAC Upward Lift Mascara, and I was supposed to receive 20% cash back which would have been $4.60. I never got the cash back. I contacted Ipsy Support right after I placed the order when I didn’t receive a confirmation from Ipsy, and they were no help. I contacted them several times again. They keep asking me for screenshots of my purchase made over a month ago. I did find the online confirmation from MAC, and I just sent a screenshot of that. I’ve spent probably 3 hours to get back $4.60. Oh, the customer support person said she would let me choose in advance one of my Ipsy bag products for next month to make up for my inconvenience. Oooh, consolation prize. I won’t do this again. For me, it isn’t worth the risk since they don’t seem to have their act together on this program, and their customer support leaves something to be desired. Have you tried the Ipsy cash back program yet? If so, how was your experience with it?
Sephora Play Complexion Companions
The theme of Sephora Play for October is Complexion Companions, and all of the travel size samples except the perfume are face products. Here’s what was inside:
- BECCA First Light Priming Filter, travel size, $18: I think I got a different BECCA primer in a Sephora Play bag earlier this spring. I’ve gotta go back and look. This one is a ever-so-slightly iridescent lavender shade. It’s a bit liquid-y, but it dries down immediately. In fact, I don’t think this is hydrating enough for me with my super dry skin, but I’ll try it underneath a very hydrating BB or CC cream and see if how it looks.
- Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid Foundation, travel size, shade Y225: So this is the other travel size MUFE foundation that I got. Unfortunately, Y means Yellow and nothing yellow is right for me. I wish I had gotten my shade like I did from Ipsy. Oh well, next summer when I have a bit of a tan, I could probably get away with this.
- Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Skin Booster, travel size: I tried a small sample of this at Sephora several months ago, and it didn’t seem quite hydrating enough for my winter dry skin. However, I was happy to get this slightly larger sample so I can try it again. I think I’ll end up sticking with my beloved IT Cosmetics No. 50 Serum, but I love to try new things!
- CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops, shade Moonlight, travel size: I am super-psyched to try this lovely rose gold radiance boosting liquid in my foundation. The color is gorgeous.
- Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder, travel size: Though I’m not a huge fan of loose setting powder, I will definitely give this a try because it gets such high marks. Who knows, maybe I’ll become a convert!
- Chanel eau de parfum Gabrielle sample: Unfortunately, not my type of fragrance.
Although these are all travel size products, they are worth well over $10. Plus they are all products from prestige brands that I’m eager to try. I like it!
BTW, here are the two MUFE Ultra HD Foundations side by side: on the left Y225 and on the right R230.
What did you get in your Ipsy and/or Sephora Play bags this month? What did you think?
LotusRx HairCare Giveaway Winner
The winner of the LotusRx Shampoo and Conditioner is Laurie N. Congratulations, Laurie! And thank you to all of you who entered, tweeted, followed, and helped spread the word about LotusRx and the giveaway. Please stay tuned because there are more giveaways coming down the pike. I’ve just gotta write them up!