IPSY Ultimate December 2020 Unboxing

It has arrived! Let us all dance and sing.  My final IPSY Ultimate bag has made it to my house and oddly enough it made it safe and sound. Not a single thing was broken.  I’m guessing it just decided it wanted to spend the holidays in Atlanta.  Perhaps it took in the sights.

Regardless of the sightseeing adventures, my final IPSY Ultimate is here. And it isn’t only my final IPSY Ultimate.  IPSY has cancelled the Ultimate Tier.  I have to say it had its ups and downs. It started off poorly, but did get better before shipping issues took over. The last few months I think they have had problems getting product in as well as shipping boxes out. 

Hopefully that will settle down soon.

So let’s take a look at the last IPSY Ultimate bag.

First the bag itself has sort of a faux lamb’s wool exterior.  I kind of like the bag but the interior is that thin parachute type material and while most bags are lines with it because it is easy to clean out if something spills.

For some reason I don’t like it paired with the bags exterior.  I don’t know if it is the rustling sound or what, but somehow the combination  feels somewhat off.  Perhaps filled and in use it will work out.  I’ll have to see.

The first item I pulled out of the ultimate box was one that I chose.  It was the ARTIST COUTURE: Diamond Lights Finisher in Nebula (retail $25).  It is a shimmer shadow that can also be used as a highlighter, body illuminator or lipstick topper. To be honest, I didn’t choose it because I found it exciting, it was just the least blah of the choice items.  It was not a good month for choice. But perhaps once I use it, I will ,love it.  It certainly looks pretty in the little pot.

The CLARITYRX: Glimmer Of Hope™ Shimmering Facial Oil (retail $48) was my second item this month.  It is supposed to deeply nourish skin while also fighting dullness, sun damage, and unwanted texture. It has lots of good things in it.  I don’t know what it smells like yet as I left it sealed for the moment.  I am currently using the Malin + Goetz Recovery oil and want to finish that up before moving on to another product.  And once you open skin care the clock starts ticking on the expiration date. So it remains sealed until I use it.

The COMPLEX CULTURE : Full Time Eye Shadow Palette – The Party Edit (retail $28) was the full sized eyeshadow palette in my box this month. I have to say I am sort of on the fence about it.  I haven’t tried the shadows so I can’t speak to the quality yet but in the pan it doesn’t look like there is a lot of range.  It looks like a lot of brown and silver.  Which is fine, I wear a lot of brown and silver at the moment.  And perhaps it will be a fantastic formula.  Plus the shadows may look different when they apply.  I’ll have to schedule it for a try out soon and see how I feel about it.  The packaging is really nice though.  It is sleek and feels substantial. So fingers crossed the shadows perform well.

My first sample size this month was the CRABTREE & EVELYN :Smooth + Refine Body Lotion. I know it is supposed to be a deluxe sample, but to be honest it seems really small for a body lotion sample.  I think it has enough product for one use so I will take it into the shower with me and after bathing use it up in one go. Perhaps it will be fantastic. We shall see.  I just find really small body lotion samples kind of amusing.

swatch on hand

This month there was a DOSE OF COLORS: Stay Glossy Lip Gloss in the shade Happy Hour (retail $17).  While I love the matte lipstick formula for Dose of Colors (although it is a little drying), I haven’t tried out their gloss formula so I am happy to give it a go.  The shade is not fantastic, but I will at least get to test the formula.  Later I’ll blend it with another color if the formula works out so it won’t go to waste. But that pink with orange tones is not really my shade.

swatched on hand

While it is hard to get excited about a black eyeliner, I have not tried the ESTATE COSMETICS: Precision Liquid Liner (retail $12) before so I will happily give it a try.  I have tried several powder products from Estate before and quite frankly, none of them worked out for me.  Perhaps I will like the liner better.  I swatched it on my hand and it didn’t bleed into the fine lines of my hand so I have hope for it. I just have a lot of black eyeliners and I don’t wear a lot of eyeliner any more.

The FIRST AID BEAUTY: Ultra Repair Oil-Control Moisturizer (retail $32) is I believe supposed to be one of the full sized items in the bag.  It is not the full size from the First Aid Beauty Website.  It is larger than a deluxe sample. I will certainly be able to get a full skin care trial out of it, but it is not the same size as the ones pictured on the website. Either way, I tried a sample of one of the First Aid Beauty moisturizers (although I don’t think it was this one) and I will enjoy trying out a more in depth test of the product.  I am always sort of hit or miss with First Aid Beauty.  Somethings I really, really like, others just aren’t for me.

The FLORENCE BY MILLS :Built to Lash Mascara in Black (retail $14) is supposed to be a lengthening mascara and I do like lengthening mascaras.  I am putting it aside to be opened once I use a couple more of the open products up. It shouldn’t be too long a wait as I have several that are soon to depart my dressing table. It is nice to have a mascara waiting in the wings.  And as I have yet to try anything from Florence By Mills it will be interesting to try the brand out.

One thing I can’t complain about with the KENRA PROFESSIONAL :Platinum Restorative Reconstructor (retail $28) is size.  This is a really large tube of keratin infused hair mask. I have several hair masks I am trying to use up at the moment, but once I clear out a little space, I will be circling in for a long test with this one. Quite frankly I am rather excited about having it arounf to try as I have heard good things about the brand from friends.

I can’t actually say the same for the MURAD: Clarifying Cleanser.  I’ve heard that it can be quite drying.  However I have never tried it before and at the moment I am trying (and really enjoying) a Murad Toner, so perhaps this will work well as a combination. 

Or my skin could be different from the friend who complained of dryness.  We shall see.  Even though Murad has been around a while, it is not a brand I have much experience with.  I think it is because the historian in me sees the name and thinks Ottoman Empire rather than skincare. I’m sure it is just my brain linking them, although I will have to look it up at some point just to prove it to myself. It will be interesting to see how this cleanser performs for me.  And to be honest, subscription boxes don’t send a lot of cleansers or at least they haven’t to me, so I am pleased to have a cleanser appear in my box.

I am also happy to see a Primer, but that is because I love primers. The STUDIOMAKEUP: Silk Hydration Face Primer ($30) was in this month’s Ultimate box and I am looking forward to trying it out.  I did receive an eyeshadow Palette from the brand  but as the colors were all ones I had in my collection and it was a palette that appealed to my mother, I passed it on to her.  She apparently loves the formula. I think it might be her go-to palette at the moment.  Hopefully the primer will perform as well for me.

Another category I am always happy to see represented is powder. While loose powder occasionally appears in subscription boxes, pressed powder is a rarity, at least for me.  I’m not entirely certain why.  For me it is an everyday item and one that I will consistently use up. In my box this month was the Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder from IT cosmetics.  It is a sample size, but it is a large enough size that I should be able to form an opinion about it before it runs out. And having a new powder to test out may keep me from automatically replacing my No. 7 right away, as it has sadly journeyed to my empties bin.

So that was my last IPSY Ultimate.  The Retail Value was $222 for a $50 bag. Which is fine.  The products are ones I’ll use although some of them weren’t the most exciting items I’ve seen.  I am looking forward to the hair mask most of all.  However good or bad, this subscription is ending.  I have shifted over to the Glam Bag Plus (January will be my first month receiving this) and I signed up for the quarterly Glam Bag X.  At the moment it is making the same grand claims that IPSY Ultimate made when it was first released.  I hope they learned from the Ultimate and will be as fantastic as the claims make it sound.  Because last year I kept seeing really nice samples that I wanted to try out appearing in the regular $12 IPSY bag (but somehow never making it to the Ultimate).

I did sign up for the regular Glam Bag.  I don’t know how long I will try it out. I may keep it a few months and then cancel or it could become a staple.  In January I always feel the need to shake up my subscriptions.  By March I should pretty much have my subscription line up for the year squared away. I just always try new things at the first of the year. Many will fade away before spring.  It will be interesting to see what IPSY stays  now that things have shifted.  At the end though I have to say that even though there was a lot of hatred aimed at the Ultimate Glam bag, over all I did rather like it.  Due to circumstances that were beyond their control they sort of ended on a slightly down note, but it was a subscription that overall was quite positive for me. Hopefully it will remain positive moving forward. Fingers crossed.

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