Sorry it took me so long to review this bag. My month has been absolutely crazy-busy due to work. This is the first time all month I’ve had to truly unwind!
Pop Beauty Bright Up Your Life Eyeshadow Trio in Smokin Hot – I was wondering why this was called “Bright Up Your Life” when it was monochromatic. Apparently, the Pop Beauty website only offers these shadows in a 10 shade palette that includes more colourful hues. Am I alone in thinking that’s weird? I liked this, don’t get me wrong; they were blendable and soft, if a bit messy. I’m not sure I’d pay $24 for the full set, but these were nice as an Ipsy bag item.
Be a Bombshell The One Stick in Girl Crush – This was a pale, bluish pink creme stick, meant to be used for all-over colour. I hated the product. The initial application felt greasy and it’s just not something I’d want to smear on my cheeks or eyelids It went on quite sheer, but felt really heavy. For $16, I’d rather buy separate products.
Mirabella Eye Blender Brush – Haaaated this. The brushed metal texture feels a bit like it should be giving me splinters. It’s so deeply etched that I expect it to collect grime. I think the brush fibers are synthetic, They’re very long and pretty wibbly–using this as a blender was actually a bit difficult because the bristles kept bending over in half. They charge $27 for this sucker. I recommend buying a blender that’s a bit shorter, but still fluffy.
JCat Beauty Big Lip Pencil in Red Rose - Eh. I feel like this was too red for me and a little slippy on. I’d need to use lip liner to pull this off, and that feels like it defeats the purpose of a lip pencil to me. Still, it’s $3.99, so it’s hard to hate. I bet a lighter, more natural shade would be perfect for me.
Jesse’s Girl Holiday Frosted Gum Drops Nail Polish in Sugar Plum Fairy – I’ve been dying to try this sort of textured nail polish for ages. When I opened my ipsy bag, I smelled nail polish and was terrified to open the bag. It turns out that none had spilled, but some of the polish had come out under the lid. The grit of the polish made it nearly impossible to open. The polish took one really thick layer to be opaque, or just two coats. It takes forever to dry, but the result is a nice texturey polish and I love the shade. At $4, I think this is a definite buy!
The overall: I think this was a decent bag, and a nice theme for the holiday season–just in time for New Year’s Eve! I liked this actual bag; it was kind of a bubbled textured bag with a zipper on the face instead of the top seam. Cute. I didn’t love all of the products I got, but I still feel like my $10 was well spent! Need a referral link to join? http://www.ipsy.com/r/3ljv