I’ve read some comments from other people about how they dislike the bag and think it’s tacky. Personally, I like it. I love the mesh and neon colors that were chosen. It was designed to resemble a running shoe, and although you can’t see it in the photo (whoops), the zipper has little shoelaces attached. It’s funny that I would like an athletic style makeup bag, since I’m not into sports or running, but somehow I do.
Real Chemistry: Fresh-Start Foaming Cleanser
Upon using this cleanser for the first time, I suddenly realized why the packaging is brown. It smells like the inside of a porta potty. Gross. Maybe not quite as smelly, but it still reminded me of it. It has a very foamy texture, but other than that I did not like this cleanser because I just can’t get past the smell.
Dermelect: Microfacial Exfoliating Mask
This mask has a very gritty texture, which is good because it’s meant to exfoliate. It definitely felt like it was gritty enough to remove the dead skin when I was rubbing it on in circles. My skin felt soft afterwards as well. It actually reminded me of the Dermalogica microfoliant that I mentioned in another post.
Vasanti Cosmetics: Kajal Waterline Eyeliner
This is the third black eyeliner in a row that Ipsy has sent me. Believe me, I was really peeved when I saw I was getting yet another one. Especially since I had mentioned in my reviews that I was tired of receiving black eyeliners every month. However, I will say that this is one I will actually be using. Some of the other eyeliners I received recently just aren’t my cup of tea because they are more well suited for the top lids. This is a waterline eyeliner, which is perfect for using on your bottom lids (and can be used on top too), and I usually always wear eyeliner on my bottom lids. It glides on pretty smooth, and I also like that it’s retractable, so need for sharpening.
Kokie Cosmetics: Liquid Lipstick (shade Mad About Mauve)
I wasn’t sure what to think of this lip cream just by looking at the tube. At first glance, I was thinking it might be too dark. My experience with some lip creams is that they end up drying into a darker color than they appear in the tube. However, that was not the case with this one. I was relieved that it was pretty true to the tube color, and it actually looked quite well on me. I also liked the texture of this when I applied it. It kind of reminded me of velvet as I was putting it on. A lot of lip creams are like a gloss when you first put them on, and then they dry into matte. This cream already felt semi-matte from the very moment you put it on, but it was still easy applied. I ended up really liking this, and I will definitely get some use out of it.
theBalm Cosmetics: Mary Lou-Manizer
I get that a lot of people like this brand, but I just can’t seem to get into their products, no matter how many times ipsy sends me their stuff. Believe me, it seems like every other month I am getting something of theirs in my glam bag, but I rarely end up using it. This is no exception. I do think their packaging is super cute and the product names are creative, but I just never really enjoy the products themselves. This particular item is a highlighter, in a very generic beige color. I already own a multitude of highlighters in this same shade. Nothing new or exciting here. I did give it a go, and it was more pigmented than I thought it would be. It didn’t seem to be very long-lasting though. I put some on to go get food, and by the time I got back home 40 minutes later, you couldn’t even see the highlight anymore.