This is my last makeup review before Stuff in a Powder Puff goes dark for 2 weeks. I will resume makeup reviews with my small Ulta order I got in mid-April once I get back from vacation.
Let’s talk about some Ipsy makeup!
In April, Ipsy sent me a sample of Elizabeth Mott’s Show Me Your Glow Shimmer Shadow and Highlighter. This retails full size for $25.00 ($70.82/oz). I scored it at a 16.
- This product is nicely pigmented. A little goes a long way.
- This product is buildable. You can really build up the highlight.
- It lasts all day with noticeable product remaining well into a 12-hour day.
- As an eyeshadow, this can be used with a wet or dry brush. With a wet brush, it almost looks like a metallic eyeshadow rather than a shimmer eyeshadow. I don’t recommend using this with a wet brush as an inner eye highlight – it will burn. With a dry brush, this is a versatile eyeshadow that can be used for brow/inner eye highlighting or as an all over lid shade.
- The sample sent to me is stupidly small. I can get an eyeshadow brush in the pan but I struggled to get my smallest highlighter brush in here.
- This is super dusty. I had powder all over my desk after trying to get a brush in the pan.
- The sample packaging is cheap, thin plastic. When I opened my glam bag and started throwing trash away, I mistakenly threw this product away with some other trash. Twice.
I am a bit miffed by the super stingy sample size of this product. It is a pressed powder and a little goes a long way but this thing is so small that it just makes it hard to try out. I don’t know much about this company but I feel like they could have used a larger, shallower pan for their sample and still provided the same amount of product. Overall, I’m too frustrated with it to give it a glowing review. I’m going to say this is an “eh” product. I may try to take the pan out of the plastic clamshell and see if that helps at all.
Ipsy also sent Ciate London’s Bamboo Highlighter in the shade Palm Island. This is their mini size but the retail size goes for $28.00 ($80.00/oz). I scored it at an 18.
- This is pigmented. It shows up well.
- There isn’t a ton of fall out.
- This lasts all day.
- This is pigmented. Blending is crucial.
- There are only 2 shades for this product.
I really don’t use bronzers much so I have mixed feelings about this product. I like the brand but I wouldn’t pay $28 for a single function product. Add in that the shade range is abysmal and I’ve got another “eh” product on my hands. This particular shade is actually a good match for me according to my mother. I, however, feel like it is a tad bit dark. I “lightened” it the few times I used it with translucent powder. That probably did nothing but it made me feel better at the time. lol