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Ipsy March 2018: First Impressions!

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So for my grand entrance back (hopefully I won’t disappear for a month after this post, heh), here’s another first impressions for a subscription service! You guys know I wasn’t a big fan of Birchbox, so I was curious about how ipsy would compare.

What I liked: There was a pretty lengthy questionnaire about my preferences, and I think it’s pretty important! They seemed to stick to it pretty well, too – so far, I’m pretty happy with what I received and I feel like it’s actually tailored to my liking.

What I didn’t like: All the sharing and waitlisting. Wanna know what’s in the next bag? Share ipsy. Wanna get off the waitlist? Share ipsy. I don’t think their waitlist *actually* exists – I think it’s just a marketing ploy, to be honest. I’m also far too shameful for that, so I waited a grand total of probably 3 days to get off the waitlist.

So without further ado, here’s the things I got in my bag, and my impressions of them!

adesse new york oh cabana boy

Adesse New York Gel Effect Nail Lacquer | I got this in the shade Cabana Boy, and oh boy is it pretty! It’s a shade I’ve been eyeing for a while, but I’ve been hesitant since I wasn’t sure if it was something I’d love. I tend to gravitate towards greiges and darker shades, but this one’s an absolute delight. The only complaint I have is that it’s a little bit streaky, but it’s not that noticeable.

Air Repair Complexion Quenching Facial Mist | This is supposed to be targeted towards dry skin, which I have! I haven’t been using it as a facial mist though, and more as a toner – it has a thicker consistency, similar to the Klairs Supple Preparation toner. It works well enough for me, though I think the full size is on the pricier side.

Tonymoly Painting Therapy Pack | First of all, HOW CUTE IS THE PACKAGING??? I’ve been using a lot of watercolors lately, and this looks like it’s packaged in a watercolor tube! Even though I have dry skin, I still love clay masks. It has a really light and fresh scent, and tingles a little bit. I’m not sure if my skin is sensitive with particular ingredients, but most tingling/heating masks make my skin feel like it’s burning. Luckily this one is on the milder end, though it’s borderline burning for me. It’s tolerable, but not something I’d like to try again!

Slmissglam N15 Eyeshadow Brush | One can never have too many eyeshadow brushes! Ipsy teamed up with Slmissglam to create this cute brush with ombre bristles, and to me it’s too… safe of an option? I’d rather have a pointed liner or blending brush, but that’s just me. Again, like I said before, there’s no such thing as too many eyeshadow brushes, even if it’s a basic one. That just means more time in between washing them 😉

Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes the Shadow | I received the shade Mermaid Teal. While I love the shade, I already have shadows that are similar so I’ll probably end up giving this away to a friend.

Overall, I’m pretty darn impressed by ipsy, and I think it blows Birchbox out of the water. One thing I *did* like about Birchbox was the actual boxes – they come in handy for storage, and they look good. Ipsy’s bags, however – I don’t know what to do with them?? I’m not so much a bag person, so I’ll probably end up giving them away and/or let them collect dust. Let’s hope next month won’t let me down!

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