ipsy Glam Bag Review: February 2014

This is not a sponsored post. I pay for my own ipsy sample subscription each month. 

It’s that time again.

Let’s explore what I found in my February ipsy bag.

ipsy bag

This month’s theme of, “The look of love,” seems fitting since the bag arrived the day before Valentine’s Day.

Oh wait, that’s today!

I retook my ipsy profile quiz regarding my beauty preferences and wondered if I’d notice an effect:

Foundation edited

At first, I was excited when I pulled this tube from the bag. I am running out of my sunscreen/moisturizer and hoped I could use this next. This foundation appears much darker than I expected and looked practically orange on my skin.

When I looked up the product reviews on ipsy, I noticed others had similar complaints regarding its color and the fact that there’s a miniscule amount of product in the largish tube. Seriously, it’s a waste of good tube. I really had to squeeze and squish it to get the sample dab.

eye shadow edited

I’ve never tried a liquid eye shadow before. I really like the metallic earth tone color, plus it’s a full-size.

The color of the shadow may look concentrated, but appears sheer and discrete when I apply it to my eyelids. I will incorporate this shadow into my simple, morning make-up routine.

Blush edited

This is a striking, pink-peach melon color. I actually don’t even have a blush brush, so I will have to purchase one before I can try it. I’m not in a hurry, though, because I’ve been really enjoying the Be a Bombshell One Stick in Flustered from my December bag. I can apply it with my fingers and it’s a sheer color that’s easy to blend.

This is also a full-sized product, though it has the lowest retail value.

lip gloss edited

I never get tired of lip products. This product claims to function as a gloss, stain, and plumper. I think this is a sample size, but could not find the volume of the full-sized product so I can’t provide an estimated value of what I received.

Personally, I love this raspberry color and think it compliments my skin tone and dark hair. My critique is that the texture is sticky and doesn’t glide onto the skin smoothly or feel very moisturizing.

According to the product’s description, peptides, avocado, and jojoba oils act as plumpers. Personally, I think lip plumpers are scary so I never buy them. I did not notice any significant plumping effect which eases my mind. I also think the description’s use of the word “peptides” is hilarious.

How the use of the word peptides is helpful in explaining this product’s lip pumping properties to customers is beyond me.

Nevertheless, I like it. I will wear this.

nailpolish Collage

Finally, we have a third, full-sized product. Baby pink nail polish in a Big5Free formula meaning it does not contain chemicals including formaldehyde and phtalates.

Usually I avoid traditional nail polish colors in pinks and reds, but I tried a single coat on my index finger and kind of like it. Plus, Jake thinks the color is pretty, so I can see myself trying this  when I want to dress up for a work event or special occasion.

Final Thoughts
As always, it’s fun to receive a mysterious bag full of beauty samples each month in the mail. I’m not sure adjusting my profile preferences quiz had a huge effect, but it was worth a try.

I am enthusiastic about the lip gloss, eye shadow and nail polish, just ok with the blush, and really hate the foundation. Why must you include foundations, ipsy, why?

For $10 a month, though, not bad.


  1. Beth Ann Chiles

    I hope I get the liquid eye shadow and nail polish in mine!!! 🙂 Jenni at Sincerely, Jenni got false eyelashes. I am certainly hoping those are not in mine!!! I think I would put my eye out trying to get them on. 🙂 I do love these bags when they come! Thanks for sharing yours !

    • Jeni Flaa

      I hope you get those too. The other nail polish color is pretty as well. I really hate false eyelashes. I already got some, but I’m not sure what’s worse. Those or a foundation sample that doesn’t work.

  2. Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek

    I got the same lip gloss and it made me look like a barbie.
    And the eyeshadow I got was the same, but PURPLE! PURPLE! I was a cheerleader in Webster City – I wore enough purple eyeshadow in that time to last me the rest of my life.

    I gave both products to a fellow WC cheerleader’s daughter for her 6th birthday. She was thrilled, although her momma says she’s been wearing the eye shadow on her lips. ha!

    • Jeni Flaa

      Oh no! I’m not sure many of us are going for the Barbie look:/ It’s a fantastic product, but yikes, purple. I’m slowly collecting things I don’t like. If you ever see something you want, I’m happy to mail it over!

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