Ipsy — July 2016 Glam Bag “Hot Summer Nights”

My July Ipsy (referral link) bag arrived on Tuesday, so it’s a bit late this month. I suspect it has to do with the Canada Post negotiations that have been prompting every online shop to which I’m subscribed to send a constant stream of emails about how they plan on dealing with a possible postal service shutdown.

This month’s bag contained some decent items that I can definitely use—lots of makeup! yay!—but it was also a little bit disappointing due to none of the brands being new to me (and come on, still no new nail polish?!), and many of them being brands I’ve still only ever heard of via Ipsy.

Ipsy Glam Bag, June 2016, Rebel Rebel
Image: ipsy.com

What I Received

  • theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow (from Trimony Palette) in Matt Kumar (0.5 g; full size US$42 for 21.6 g palette of 9 (2.4 g) shades)
  • Cake Beauty Delectable Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream in Lemon & Cream (2 oz travel size; full size 4 oz for US/CA$12)
  • Luxie Beauty Small Angle Eye Brush in Rose Gold (full size for US$10 / CA$13.05)
  • OFRA Lip Liner in Maya (full size 0.04 oz for US$13)
  • trèStiQue Mini Highlight Stick in Maldives Luminescent (0.04 oz deluxe size / full size 0.21 oz USD$19)
  • Ipsy makeup bag

Ipsy Coupon Codes

  • theBalm: 20% off any purchase with code IPSY20 (through 7/31, US only)
  • Cake Beauty: 25% off any $50 purchase with code IPSYLEMON (through 8/31, US & Canada only)
  • Luxie Beauty: 30% off any purchase with code IPSYANGLE (through 8/31)
  • OFRA: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 8/31)

Here are some more detailed product shots:

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Single in Matt Kumar from Trimony Palette
theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Single in Matt Kumar from Trimony Palette (0.5 g)
theBalm’s products are cute and fun, so it’s nice to get a sample from them. I don’t have much from the brand other than a previous mini eyeshadow single (also from Ipsy) and Cabana Boy blush, which is amazing. I have to try their nail polish, someday! [Made in USA.]

 

Cake Beauty Delectable Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream in Lemon & Cream
Cake Beauty Delectable Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream in Lemon & Cream (2 oz full size)
Honestly, I really like Cake Beauty, and love that it’s a Canadian company, but there’s only so much hand cream I need, having already received this product from Topbox and Luxe Box. Still, I love lemon so at least I got a great scent. [Made in Canada.]

 

Luxie Beauty Small Angle Eye Brush in Rose Gold (full size)
Luxie Beauty Small Angle Eye Brush in Rose Gold (full size)
I’d never heard of Luxie Beauty until I received one of their makeup brushes in a previous Ipsy bag—my first, for which I didn’t post a blog entry. I don’t usually need an angled eyeliner brush, but I’ll give this a go either. I do like that the brushes are synthetic (and thus cruelty-free) and hypoallergenic. The quality of the first brush I received was just OK, though. They are super pretty in pink and rose gold, though! [Does not disclose where it’s made, on packaging or on website.]

 

OFRA Lipliner in Maya (full size)
OFRA Lipliner in Maya (0.04 oz full size)
Like Luxie, I’ve also only ever seen OFRA in subscription boxes! This is a deep red lipliner pencil, which I’m happy to use as I do like lipliner and I am in need of a deep red for the vampies I’ll start wearing more in the fall and winter. However, I am usually happy with inexpensive liners by Wet n Wild, Jordana and L’Oréal (and haven’t liked some higher end ones like MAC), so I’m unlikely to spend a lot on any lipliners. [Does not disclose where it’s made, on packaging or on website.]

 

trèStiQue Mini Highlight Stick in Maldives Luminescent (sample)
trèStiQue Mini Highlight Stick in Maldives Luminescent (sample)
Once again, trèStiQue—can I just say how much I hate the styling of their name?—is a brand I’ve only seen in subscription boxes. I got a Mini Shadow Crayon in a previous Ipsy bag. The products seem nice, though, with very usable colors, so I should really give these a try. This highlighter looks really pretty and wearable. [Content made in USA (presumably the product is packaged elsewhere).]

 

Ipsy makeup bag, July 2016, Hot Summer Nights

The Ipsy makeup bag this month has that trendy holographic thing going on, with a beach umbrella motif. Love it!

 

Some other Ipsy items this month that I would have liked to try:

  • Elizabeth Mott Show Me Your Cheeks Blush in Peach Pink (yep, back again this month)
  • Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash
  • Margaret Dabbs London Miniature Crystal Nail File (who can’t use a mini crystal file?)
  • Shu Uemura Anti/Oxi Skin Refining Cleansing Oil
  • Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in No Filter (Hello Ipsy?! I want to try more nail polish!)
  • Vasanti Professional Eyeshadow Brushes (I have an old Vasanti brush and it’s nice)

There’s also a line Ipsy have included this month, called em cosmetics—a new line by Ipsy founder Michelle Phan. I have a feeling I’ll be trying out something from (th)em in my next few Ipsy bags…

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5 thoughts on “Ipsy — July 2016 Glam Bag “Hot Summer Nights”

  1. I’m lukewarm about the contents of this bag. I would have liked to see the MUFE mascara and the Shu oil. But, I know we always complain about not getting enough makeup items and so here we are!
    Em Cosmetics isn’t that new – my friend received a sample way back in 2013, I think? She gave it to me and it sits unopened in my sample pill. It was a mini palette that included a couple of eye shadows and a blush. I haven’t heard the greatest reviews on the line – pigmentation lacking, difficult to blend. Although Em Cosmetics did part ways with L’Oreal so perhaps things are changing (improving hopefully).

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