If you’ve been privy to my make-up buying habits over the years, you’ll know I’m a sucker for cute packaging. It’s the reason why you could talk up your Benefit dupes until your skin turns blue, for example; but I’ll still drop a hundred quid on the stuff in a single sitting. My latest beauty discovery features some of the cutest packaging I have ever seen, but at a far more competitive price point. Ladies, allow me to introduce you to bagsy.
First, let’s talk about the name. The bagsy ethos (the lower-case “b” is intentional) is based around beautifully-designed, innovative products you can fit in your handbag, with some of them even acting as dual-purpose space savers. But, as my fellow Glaswegians are no doubt wondering, they’re also pretty covetable – indeed, my sister “bagsied” the makeup bag, bronzer and eye pencil (“but it’s my colour!”) at first sight.
In MC’s defence, of the two of us she’s the one that has turned the sun-kissed look into an art form: when you like to keep yourself as pale as I do (here’s a reference, no filter other than, ooh, about seven years) you tend not to have a need for bronzer. But if I was ever going to give it a try, I’d go for bagsy’s Ray of Sunshine (£18) – it comes beautifully packaged in its own drawstring pouch and with a feelgood quote etched into the surface of the powder, and I have it on good authority it looks absolutely gorgeous on. Plus, online stockist Feel Unique is selling it with a third off right now, so there’s no better time to give it a try.
Now, since I can hear you rolling your eyes at yet another post where I let my sister help herself to all my lovely samples even from over here, I’m going to show you the two bagsy products that are my current handbag staples (actually, my handbag is a satchel and “satchel staples” sounds even better, so I don’t know why I did that). First up is the Wonder Wand (£18), which combines a concealer and highlighter into one single crayon. Now, I like to think I’m a bit of an authority when it comes to concealers: the exhaustion that comes with my mental health shenanigans means I am prone to dark circles, so I need something non-greasy and with excellent coverage. This handy pencil, which is so much easier to use on the go than my previous go-to concealer, is exactly that. A little seems to go a long way too: I’ve been using this steadily for a couple of weeks now and haven’t yet needed to expose more of the product. My big concern with something like this, as cute as the two-in-one gimmick is, would be if I used it up so fast that it wasn’t good value for money. However, I have no complaints so far and the highlighting half of the crayon is great for faking dewy skin when going from office to event.
I’m also in major love with the Lip Velvet (£12), a cute little product that looks like a gloss but applies like a lipstick. I love the matte look on others, but hate how dry matte lipstick feels on my lips. Lip Velvet is the perfect halfway house, thanks to the addition of lightweight emollients which keep the lips feeling soft and prevent drying. I’ve been wearing Living The Dream – a gorgeous dusky pink – but I’ve got my eye on the Rush Hour red…
Again, if we could just take a minute to admire how gorgeously packaged bagsy’s products are: while the lip and eye products incorporate their uplifting little quotes and phrases into the packaging rather than directly onto the product itself as in the case of the bronzer, it still makes me smile. Yes, I know it’s a little twee, but I think we all find everyday make-up a bit of a chore at times so it’s nice to get a little pick-me-up even before you put on the product.
These eye crayons, which come with their own sharpener, are a frankly ridiculous £7 at Feel Unique right now as an introductory offer. I’m pretty certain my Urban Decay sharpener on its own cost me that, and how gorgeous is that metallic blue..?
Have you tried any bagsy products yet? Are you tempted?
DISCLAIMER: This post contains PR samples, but all opinions are honest and either mine or my sister’s. See my full disclosure policy.