Lip Monthly Makeup Subscription Box Review – July 2014
UPDATE FROM LIZ: Some subscribers have reported being double charged for this subscription, so I recommend holding off on purchasing a subscription for now. I’ll update again if things change.
FYI from Liz – This is a newer subscription that is sending out some discontinued and older products that may have been purchased via third parties and not directly from the makeup brand. (Haley discusses the discontinued products in depth in the review). Just a heads up if you are thinking of subscribing!
Lip Monthly is a new subscription box of everything lips! Every month, they send a new curation of lip sticks, glosses, balms or stains right to your door.
The Subscription Box: Lip Monthly
The Cost: $10/month
The Products: A selection of lip products, including lipstick, glosses, stains, and balms.
COUPON: Use promo code SUMMERLIPS to get your first box for $6.99
Ships to: US, Canada, and International ($5 shipping outside of the US).
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Every Lip Monthly box comes with an informational card, detailing the items included and a note from the company to their subscribers. They do not currently have themed boxes, but they will begin to next month. On the bottom left of the card they say that if you do a video review and send them the link, you’ll get an extra free product in your next box!
City Color Cosmetics Lip Lush in Charm – Full Size! Value: $2.99
Stila Lip Glaze Stick in Orange – Full Size! Value: $18?
This City Color Lip Lush is more of a brown shade than what it looks like in the photo, and doesn’t work well with my complexion – this will be getting swapped!
I love Stila products, so I was very excited to see them in this month’s box. However, I couldn’t find this Lip Glaze Stick anywhere online and I haven’t seen this packaging from Stila recently, so I’m assuming it’s actually a discontinued item. Getting discontinued beauty products in boxes is one of my pet peeves, so I’m a little disappointed, but I will probably still use it. Even though it’s orange, it’s sheer enough to look coral on my lips. Also, I have no idea why it’s not listed on the informational card.
Revlon Color Burst Lip Gloss in Sunbaked – Full Size, Value: $7.50
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Straight Fixation Smoothing Creme – 1.5 oz, value: $2?
This hair product was a “Monthly Mix-Up Extra.” On the John Frieda website, this particular item seems to be discontinued (an error pops up saying so when you click “buy now”), but I can find it on sites like Walgreens and Walmart, so I’m not sure if it actually is. However, this packaging is outdated (meaning they’ve re-packaged their products since this specific bottle of product was produced), so even if it isn’t a discontinued product, it’s still probably somewhat old.
City Color Lip Balm in Light Pink – Full Size, value: $2.99
Appeal Cosmetics Lipstick in Red Light District – Full Size, value: $22
The color of this Lip Balm is probably my favorite shade in the box – it’s just an easy light pink.
I’m not familiar with the brand Appeal Cosmetics, so I was surprised to see that they value the lipstick at $22, but I’m glad to be introduced to a new brand!
The Verdict: I estimate the value of this box to be about $55.48, if you use original retail values of the products, which an awesome value for a $10 subscription box!
I didn’t mention this yet, but this month’s packaging was interesting – as you can see in the second photo (the one with all of this month’s products in the box), Lip Monthly’s box is very, very small. It’s literally the length of the Revlon Lip Gloss. Because of this, the box came to me inside of a bubble envelope, and all of the products were loose outside of the box in the envelope except for the Appeal lipstick and City Color lip balm, which were inside the box. I think the box’s packaging itself is really cute, but I don’t quite understand the point of having it if most your products don’t fit in it. (I would think most full-size lip products in general wouldn’t fit in this box, so I hope they make the box bigger unless they decide to start featuring samples and products that are more the size of chapsticks or lipsticks.)
I love that all of the lip products were full-size, but I’m disappointed that they included two discontinued/outdated items. Something I think is a really smart idea is that they give the incentive of a free item in your next box for doing a video review! That’s a great move to get their name out there. Their website features photos of brands like Revlon and NYC next to Sephora and Mac products, so I hope their future boxes incorporate varied price-point tiers like they give the impression of on their site.
Lip Monthly does not currently personalize boxes to each subscriber’s preferences/complexion, but they plan to begin offering some variance between boxes soon, according to their website. Also, according to this month’s info card, they’ll be launching a lip shop on their site in the next few weeks. It sounds like they’re doing some smart things with the company from here, and I have hope that they will improve their curation as they begin including monthly themes, personalization, and better establish their system and identity.