First up is Ipsy.
Zoya Nail Polish in Neve ($8)
When I first saw the Fall 2013 Cashmeres and Satins Collection, this is the color that really jumped out at me. I’m so excited to have it! It’s a glossy blue with purple shimmer. Very rich looking and great application/coverage (like all Zoyas). Discount: Buy 2 get 1 free plus free remover at Zoya.com with code ipsyz3 through 11/10/13.
Wet n Wild Fergie Collection Photo Op Eyeshadow in Desert Festival ($4.99).
I was apprehensive about this one because people used to rave about the awesome quality of Wet n’ Wild shadows, but then the reviews took a turn for the worse. The colors are so pretty in the packaging, so it can’t be all bad, right?
No, it wasn’t as bad as I’d feared, although it wasn’t awesome, either. The pigmentation was actually pretty good for the price, although the shimmery brown ended up being more of a black with brown sparkle and the sparkle disappeared immediately upon application. I was really excited once I saw the pigmentation of my initial swatches:
Unfortunately, both of the brown colors ended up with a really uneven finish and were basically impossible to work with. BOTH TIMES I tried to add the brown shadows in, I got a muddy, smudgy mess. That’s right, it was so bad the first time that I washed it off and started over, only to end up with another disaster. Horrible.
The orange shades and beige highlight were pretty decent, though. Maybe not quite as good as BH Cosmetics or Coastal Scents, but pretty close, and definitely better than most drugstore products. It would certainly do in a pinch.
All in all, I wouldn’t really recommend this one unless you don’t mind sticking just to the light colors and leaving the two dark shades alone. Ipsy also didn’t provide a Wet ‘n’ Wild discount this month. I guess these are cheap enough already.
Coastal Scents Medium Eyeshadow brush ($2.50).
This brush looks great and I do love Coastal Scents, but I have several similar brushes already. I think I’ll put this away for a future giveaway. There’s a nice discount, though: 25% off at coastalscents.com with code CS25 through 11/17/13.
Sexy Hair Spray Clay Texturizing Spray Clay ($18.95, $8 for travel size).
Another product I would never buy for myself but that could come in handy for following hair tutorials. I’ll let you know if I end up trying this. I’m pretty excited about it.
Discount: $5 off $25 sexy hair purchase at ulta.com with code 105339 through 11/15/13.
La Fresh Eco-Beauty Oil-Free Face Cleanser Wipes ($9.99). Like last month’s cleansing towelettes, these are pretty standard but I can always use more. It’s useful and still a worthwhile thing to get if not the most exciting item. Discount: 30% off at http://lafreshgroup.com with code ipsylove30 through 11/15/13.
And now BB. This Birchbox was weird. Not bad, just weird? I mean, one of my items was a washcloth.
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser Starter Kit ($24.50). You can also buy the “Pure Muslin Cloth” separately ($6.99 for 2).
This cleanser was nice, and the muslin cloth helped to exfoliate I guess, but the cloths don’t last long and you’re out of your mind if you think I’ll keep shelling out $3.50 a piece for the *special washcloth*. Come on, Momma didn’t raise no fool.
Alison Raffaele Reality Base Foundation ($38.00).
This is so tiny. I mean, I’ve gotten plenty of samples this tiny before, but the packaging just makes it look hilarious. ANYWAY, it also wasn’t good, so I don’t mind the small size. The shade was off (which is BB’s fault and not the makeup’s) but it also simultaneously didn’t cover well AND showed up in my pores, if that makes sense.
I would never, ever use this. I got weirdly angry about how bad it was considering the price.
POP Beauty Aqua Lacquer in Flowering Fuchsia ($14).
This one had a super weird applicator. It looks like it would have a standard nozzle applicator, but instead it’s a weird plastic paddle, almost like a doe foot applicator was supposed to be there but then the felt slipped off. I’m not really into glosses any more, but I thought I’d give this a shot.
It wasn’t bad. The color is definitely nice and it had surprisingly decent staying power for a gloss. It wasn’t sticky, yet it felt thick, which was kind of strange. I guess I’ll keep it around for days that I feel like jazzing up my lipstick, but honestly I doubt I’ll use it much right now since it’s more of a summer product.
ChapStick® Hydration Lock ($2.99).
BB is making a foray into the world of cheaper products, which is nice. I like getting samples from both ends of the spectrum, and there were times when BB felt pretty out of touch with younger buyers. The last few boxes have been much more democratic. That said, this Chapstick was very hydrating. It claims to make lips appear plumper and while I couldn’t be sure of that, my lips did feel soft and smooth. BB also included a coupon for $1 off more Chapstick.
Another point that I wanted to make – BB made a big fuss on their sneak peek video and on a note in the box about how the Chapstick was a bonus item and did not replace any of my 5 samples, but I still only received total 5 items (4 if you count the face wash/washcloth as a set), so that’s a lie. I’m fine with what I got, but I don’t feel like they were completely true to their word.