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Ipsy’s June theme was Swim into Beauty! The bag is black, with “ipsy” stitched all over the front polyester side and neoprene material on the black side. The zipper is an orange-pink that almost matches the mini Formula X nail polish I received! I personally thought this month’s bag was okay. The front material felt cheap, and I’m not a huge fan of brand names/logos on items, regardless of the brand. The back neoprene side felt kind of flimsy and thin. Sadly, these bags are not waterproof, according to a Facebook comment by Ipsy—it would be nice if they were!
What’s in my June Ipsy bag:
- Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer, $8.00
- Formula X Power Source nail color, $3.41
- NUXE Gentle Exfoliating Gel, $5.20
- BeFine Cucumber Facial Mask, $6.25
- tre’StiQue Mini Shadow Crayon in Aspen Pine, $10.67
Total value of my June Ipsy bag = $33.53
Overall impressions: Eh. This was an okay bag. The products will be used/gifted, but I’m not particularly excited about any of the products. The skincare products and primer will be used, the nail polish might be used, and the eyeshadow will be given away. I’ve come to realize that my skincare routine is fairly regimented, so I’m not as excited about receiving most skincare items anymore and changed my quiz accordingly. The value of this bag was also on the lower end for me (and no full-size products). However, I’m really looking forward to my July bag, which should be arriving next week!
Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer
Estimated retail value of $8.00 (based on sample size of 0.25 fl oz and travel size retailing at $16.00 for 0.5 fl oz)
I remember trying this several years ago and being amazed at how silky and smooth it made my skin! It’s on the pricier side, but you only need a small amount to cover your whole face. This is light and absorbs quickly, leaving your skin supple and smooth. I’ll be using this for days when I need extra staying power during the day. Interestingly enough, the travel size (0.5 fl oz) retails for $16, while the full size (1.0 oz) retails for $36, so it’s cheaper to buy two travel sizes than the full size and receive the same amount of product; you would save $4. Just thought that was interesting to note.
Formula X Power Source nail color
Estimated retail value of $3.41 (based on sample size of 0.13 oz and full size retailing at $10.50 for 0.4 oz)
I’m indecisive over this color, since I generally go for more neutral colored nails. I painted my nail with this at Sephora to see if I would like it, and the quality of the nail polish is very nice. Without a base coat or top coat, it lasted for days without chipping. It applied smoothly and dried quickly. It’s also a good size for me, since I can never finish using a nail polish before it gets too old and clumpy.
NUXE Gentle Exfoliating Gel
Retail value of $5.20 (based on full size retailing at $26.00 for 75 ml / 2.6 oz)
This is a nice, gentle exfoliator with a light and pleasant rose scent. It’s not too harsh, and there are bits of rose petal throughout the gel. Overall I think this is a nice product, and it would be great for traveling!
BeFine Cucumber Facial Mask
Estimated retail value of $6.25 (based on sample size of 1 oz and full size retailing at $25.00 for 4 oz)
I’m not sure how I feel about this yet. After applying this out of the shower, I apply a light layer to my whole face, and I feel like like it burns around my nose for a while. However, it does seem to be hydrating and smells refreshing, like cucumber. I will need to use this a few more times before I decide whether to keep using it.
tre’StiQue Mini Shadow Crayon in Aspen Pine
Estimated retail value of $10.67 (couldn’t find the size of the full-size product; estimate based on 3 minis retailing for $32)
This brand seems to have recently launched, and many (all?) of their products are in stick form. The packaging and size of this sample is quite nice, but I rarely use eyeshadow, and I can’t imagine myself using green eyeshadow. I think if I had received a more neutral color, I would really enjoy this product and use it for more purposes (highlighting/contouring). On a side note, I thought the packaging is interesting: the cap looks like it is part of the actual product. This seemed to fool some subscribers, and some people thought this product was sent without a cap.