This is super late, because my first Ipsy bag for August never arrived! After a long time waiting, I finally checked my tracking number in late August and it said it had already been delivered! Which did not happen, or at least I never received it.
I thought that, technically, Ipsy could just say that the bag was delivered and so it isn’t their fault that I never received it. But I thought I’d contact them, anyway, and lo and behold—they were awesome about it. They responded to my email within a couple of hours, and my new bag was shipped the next day!
I was slightly worried that I wouldn’t be getting the same items I was supposed to be getting (I was pretty happy with my August bag), and it would be unfortunate but understandable if they didn’t have the exact items left. Yet, my bag arrived yesterday and it is exactly what I was supposed to have received, except for the eyeshadow from theBalm (they sent a same-sized sample of Bahama Mama bronzer in its place). Big kudos to Ipsy!
So, here’s my August bag…
The Ipsy cosmetic bag came in three variations last month; I didn’t get the one I most liked (“Peace Love Lipstick”; I got “Good Vibes Only”), but it’s just a makeup bag and I’m not especially in love with August’s designs, anyway. The typography feels a bit off to me. I do like the little gold tassels, though!
What I Received
- theBalm Bahama Mama Bronzer, Shadow & Contour Powder (0.57 g sample; 7.08 g full size US$20)
- Juliette Has a Gun Not a Perfume (5 mL spray; 100 mL full size US$135)
- Naked Cosmetics HD Finishing Translucent Powder (0.35 oz full size; US$23.99)
- Pacifica Coconut Blush Duo in Beaming & Tenderheart (0.14 oz each; can’t find retail item, but Pacifica’s Blushious is 0.10 oz and retails for US$12)
- sundays Nail Polish in No. 28 (14 mL full size; US$18)
- Ipsy makeup bag
I think the value of my August bag is over-inflated due to the Naked Cosmetics powder (which is on sale now for $14.99) and the Pacifica duo not actually being available, so I had to add the retail prices of two regular blushes. Of course, it goes the other way with theBalm’s sample being so damn tiny. The values don’t really matter that much to me, anyway—for example, I prefer the Juliette Has a Gun perfume sample to the Pacifica blush duo.
Ipsy Coupon Codes
- theBalm: 20% off any purchase with code IPSY20 (through 09/30/2017; US only)
- Juliette Has a Gun: 15% off any $50+ purchase with code IPSY15 (through 09/30/2017; US only)
- Naked Cosmetics: 30% off any purchase of full-priced items with code IPSY30 (through 09/30/2017)
- Pacifica: 20% off any purchase with code Blush20 (through 09/30/2017)
Here are some more detailed product shots:
theBalm — Bahama Mama Bronzer, Shadow & Contour Powder
0.57 g sample; 7.08 g full size US$20
Yeah, I gotta say I’m pretty bored of getting these minis from theBalm. I’d have slightly preferred the eyeshadow that I was supposed to get, instead of this replacement bronzer, but either way I think I’ll end up trying Bahama Mama as an eyeshadow. Look at that teeny little pan! [Made in USA.]
Juliette Has a Gun — Not a Perfume
5 mL spray; 100 mL full size US$135
I am a fan of some of Juliette Has a Gun’s rosier perfumes, like Miss Vengeance, but had not tried Not a Perfume. It consists of just one perfume note: the synthetic Cetalox/Ambroxan (possibly slightly different compounds, depending on the manufacturer), which is normally found in modern perfumes as a base note. This synthetic is meant to imitate ambergris, an ingredient derived from sperm whales, and was used as a perfume base. It’s an intriguing idea for a perfume, and I’m happy to get a generous sample to try out. [Made in France.]
Naked Cosmetics — HD Finishing Powder in Translucent
0.35 oz full size; US$23.99
Back in February, Ipsy sent me a this same powder in Banana, which was pretty nice. This is not the most exciting product, but I’ll definitely use it up! The size is great, too; some powder samples are tiny and impossible to get a powder brush into. [Made in USA.]
Pacifica — Coconut Blush Duo in Beaming & Tenderheart
0.14 oz each; can’t find retail item, but Pacifica’s Blushious is 0.10 oz and retails for US$12
Pacifica powder cosmetics always come in such pretty colors, but I find the formula to be dry and a bit lacking in pigmentation. They’re usable enough (I’ve been using the eyeshadow trio I got from Ipsy last year, on occasion), but that’s about it. Chalky blush isn’t my thing, so I’m not sure when I’ll get around to trying this. I actually received one of the Blushious blushes in January, but my son partially destroyed it and I haven’t gotten around to trying it. [Made in China.]
sundays — Nail Polish in No. 28
14 mL full size; US$18
This is my absolute favorite item in the bag; I actually requested it (well, I asked for either the polish or an SLMissGlam blending brush). I’m so happy it finally made it to me in the chic grey, and not the pink nude alternate, which was cute but not the kind of color I prefer. It does seem a little pricy for something made in China, but the packaging is quite lovely and the formula is 10-free. [Made in China.]
Ipsy Glam Bag “Good Vibes Only” Makeup Pouch
Meh to the design. It’s a handy pouch, though, being water-resistant and easy to clean. I might try to repurpose the tassel somewhere else.
Glam Bag Verdict
Overall, I really like my August Ipsy bag. Everything is usable for me, and I particularly love the sundays nail polish and the Juliette Has a Gun perfume. Best of all, I loved Ipsy’s customer service this month in replacing my missing bag!
Other items I was interested in this month (here’s the full item list):
- JUARA Rice Facial Cleanser
- SLSMissGlam T35 Precise Blending Brush
- Seraphine Botanicals Ginger + Gold Illuminating Peach + Gold Blush
- belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb
- Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara Rice Facial Cleanser
They actually had a Catrice product, too! I’ve been dying to try that brand, but it was a highlighter, so…meh. Maybe they’ll bring out some Catricce eyeshadow or nail polish, soon.
‘Cause you made it all the way down here, I’ll leave you with a summery, 1960’s-inspired tune. Mr. Fivezero has gotten Peanut hooked on the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 soundtrack (and no, Peanut has not actually seen the movie!). I’ve had to listen to a lot of E.L.O. and Cheap Trick.
Here’s “Fox On the Run” by Sweet (1974); Peanut can recite the entire Guardians scene here, plus a lot of the song lyrics. I can only imagine he thinks the song is literally about a running fox.
I’m just gonna go play Peanut some nice Sam Cooke, right now.