I’m back with another Ipsy review and I think this is my favorite yet! The May 2016 bag had a great mix of items and even though I didn’t really like every single one, the box felt very carefully curated and not like someone had just thrown some samples together and put them in a bag. The bag itself is a very cute little envelope with an international travel motif which I am seriously digging. Inside my bag I found:
Hikari Shimmer Bronzer in the shade Radiate
This bronzer is breathtaking. Though it is a quad, it’s meant to be applied with all three (two repeat) colors mixed together. Radiate includes a deep coral, two shimmery golds, and a matte brow. I’ve never really had this issue before, not that it’s even really an issue, but this product is SO incredibly pigmented. I brushed a small amount across my cheeks and I looked like an insane clown, despite having tapped off the excess on my brush. The middle swatch above shows you just how pigmented the product is after a very light swipe of my finger. Again, not really a complaint. More like a word of warning. Overall though the quality is spectacular and the combination of colors is fabulous.
Crazy Rumors Hibiskiss
I had high hopes for something with such an impossibly cute name, but Hibisskiss let me down. It let me down real hard. As you can see from the swatch on the right, the color is a strange copper with large chunky sparkles, very reminiscent of lip smackers from the 90s. The smell is an awful mix between something that could possibly be hibiscus and cheap wax. It was also so waxy that I didn’t really feel it was doing much for my lips in terms of hydration. Not a fan.
IT Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner
I have tried very few IT Cosmetics products that I didn’t like and despite my high expectations from them, this liner actually blew them out of the water. The liner is creamy and smooth and applies like a gel but is packaged like a pencil, giving the stability of a pencil liner. I’m also very impressed with the formula. The color is a deep, rich black and has some of the best staying power of any eyeliner I’ve ever tried. After swatching it yesterday morning, I woke up to a still perfectly intact line on my wrist. The color had faded a little but it didn’t smudge and still looked like it could have been wearable.
Gel Effect Aurora Nail Polish in Old School Pink
I haven’t gotten a chance to swatch this yet because I currently have sparkly blue nail wraps, but as of right now this polish isn’t really anything to write home about. The color Old School Pink is an almost unwearable neon pink. It might be great for some, but I try to stay away from the neons. Though I haven’t tried it, I will say this: the colors shown on the company’s website are nowhere near the same colors as what you get. According to their website, Old School Pink looks like this:
As you can probably tell from my picture above, this is nowhere near the same color as what I got. If you plan on buying any polish from this brand I highly suggest checking out a few swatches.
Vera Mona Brush Shadow Brush
Honestly I didn’t really know of Vera Mona until I got that shadow sample in a previous Ipsy, but so far I like what I’m seeing. This month I got a small, flat, shadow brush. It’s a soft synthetic brush with really dense, compact bristles. I tried looking for it on their website and the closest I could find was the dual-ended one, though this one has just one side. The two sided brush retails for $9.99 which seems like a great deal if the quality is the same as the single sided one I received.
And that’s it! Did you see any products you liked or didn’t like? Let me know in the comments below!