Hello boo-tifuls! (Sorry not sorry for all of the puns). Are you as excited as I am for the October glambag?! It is sooo cute! I didn’t post early access this month because I wanted my bag to be a surprise – and I am actually quite happy with my bag this month! I only received one full-sized product, but all of the products I did receive work fairly well, and are very usable for my everyday makeup routine!
Let’s start with the glambag itself. The design was a collaboration between Ipsy and the animation artist Valfré! If you don’t know who Valfré is, I suggest you go to her site and look at her artwork – it’s super cute! The bag’s design goes with the theme of the month – Black Magic – and it’s not the typical Halloween orange and black color scheme which I like. The bag is actually a light lavender shade with black Halloween graphics all over it. The best part? The zipper is a ghost with hearts for eyes!! I love this bag!!
Here is a list of the products in my bag:
- Ciaté London Fierce Flicks Eyeliner
- the Balm Cosmetics Hot Mama Blush
- ModelCo Instant Brows Brow Pencil in Light/Medium
tre’StiQue Matte Lip Crayon in Belize Bordeaux
- pūr~lisse Daily Lip Nourisher with Mango and Shea Butters
Although only one product was full-sized, all of these products are quite functional for me!
The Ciaté London Fierce Flicks Eyeliner surprised me! This was my favorite product in my bag! I don’t wear a lot of winged liquid liner anymore, if I wear any eyeliner at all, but this eyeliner works amazing! It’s a true matte black and goes on smooth. The felt tip of the pen is accurate and precise as well. I can see myself reaching for this product a lot!! It reminds me of the Lancome Art Liner (which I’ve used and LOVED!), but the Ciaté liner is actually MORE pigmented. The Lancome liner doesn’t smudge as much as this one, but the Ciaté liner stays put pretty much all day. The only smudging I noticed was a little in my outer corners at the end of the day.
My second favorite product was the Balm Cosmetics Hot Mama Blush! I don’t buy a lot of blush, but the Balm never disappoints me with their products, so I knew this blush was going to be amazing. The color works well with my skin tone, and it stays pigmented and fresh looking all day long! I love this, and am considering picking up a full-sized pan! The only think I didn’t like was that this blush has a shimmery tint. I generally prefer my blushes matte, but this one was a nice exception.
The ModelCo Instant Brows Brow Pencil in Light/Medium was a disappointment. I enjoy the precise tip and the brow brush on the cap, but this color and formula didn’t work well for my eyebrows at all. The formula is not waxy, and the color is a little too warm for my hair color. I feel like when I wear this product, people can tell I filled in my brows (which is opposite of the effect I want from a brow pencil). I love brow pencils, but for this one I’m going to have to pass.
The tre’StiQue Matte Lip Crayon in Belize Bordeaux was another sort-of let down product in my bag. I like the buttery formula of the lip crayon, but the color doesn’t work for my skin. It makes my teeth look yellow-ish (when my teeth aren’t really yellow), and the shade doesn’t look right on my skin at all. I was hoping I was going to receive the other color (Florence Fig), which is a neutral pink. Nonetheless, the color I received is not going to give me a lot of use.
Finally, the next and final surprising product in my bag was the pūr~lisse Daily Lip Nourisher with Mango and Shea Butters. It is matte liquid lipstick season, and I am ALWAYS trying to moisturize my lips before I apply my liquid lipsticks. This products is AMAZING. It keeps my liquid lipstick from drying my lips out too much, and it leaves my lips feelings soft and supple. I will definitely be purchasing a full-size of this product once the late fall and the beginning of winter come. If you need a good product to prep your lips for liquid matte lipstick, this is it!
Overall, I’d give this bag a 4 out of 5 stars (1 being the worst, 5 being the best). I was a little disappointed with only one full-sized product, but I am so excited all of the products are so functional and useful for colder weather. I am also super happy with how well-developed the theme of this bag was, and how the design of the bag makes sense with the theme.
Halloween is only 10 days away!! What did you receive in your Ipsy Black Magic bag this month? Are you happy with your bag? What was your favorite product?
Until next time ghouls!