Lip Monthly Subscription Box Review + Coupon – August 2015
Note from Liz: On reviews of Lip Monthly last year, several readers had commented that they had double-billing issues with Lip Monthly. We stopped reviewing the boxes for a few months due to these issues. Since then I’ve had several readers reach out asking why we stopped reviewing the boxes. I’m a little torn on what to do with Lip Monthly reviews. On one hand, I want to see new boxes succeed, and I think Boxycharm is a great example of a box that had a bit of a rough start, and then dramatically improved. And I like to review every box that MSA readers are subscribing to so we can discuss! On the other hand, double billing is a serious issue.
Lip Monthly is a subscription box of everything lips! Every month, they send a new curation of lip sticks, glosses, balms or stains right to your door. The boxes come in variations, so the products I received may be different from others sent out.
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: Lip Monthly
The Cost: $10/month
The Products: A selection of lip products, including lipstick, glosses, stains, and balms, plus a “monthly mix-up” item that is not a lip product.
COUPON: Use code “LIPLOVER” to get your September bag for $5
Ships to: US, Canada, and International
Every Lip Monthly box comes with an informational card detailing the items included and a note from the company to their subscribers.
Starlooks Ultra-Matte Longwear Lip Stix in Dragon Fruit – sample size, value: ~$7
This Starlooks pencil doesn’t have a size or weight specified, but it’s valued at half the price of the full-size, so I’m guessing it’s a half-size sample. It’s a matte formula and it’s a bright pink shade. I like how smoothly it goes on and the matte formula is nice. Also, I’m very happy to see on Starlooks’s website that it’s a newly released item! This is definitely exciting to see after having some previous issues several months back of Lip Monthly including older or discontinued items.
Mirabella Lip Pencil in Pop Velvet – full size, value: $25
This Starlooks pencil doesn’t have a size or weight specified, but it’s valued at half the price of the full-size, so I’m guessing it’s a half-size sample. It’s a matte formula and it’s a bright pink shade. I like how smoothly it goes on and the matte formula is nice.
Mirabella’s lip products have shown up in a few beauty boxes, and I really like this one. It’s definitely a red-orange and has a shinier finish. It feels buttery and moisturizing, and the stay power seems pretty nice!
Here are swatches of these two for you – the Starlooks Pencil (left) and the Mirabella pencil (right)
So Susan Light Diffuser – full size (3g/.11 oz), value: $18
This So Susan bronzer/highlighter combo is the non-lip bonus item. I’m not sure that these colors/undertones will work on me, but I was pleased to see when I swatched them that they come off very light so it seems like you can control the pigment well (you can see the swatch photo below). I also like that this product is free of lots of chemicals and such – it has no parabens, phthalates, or mineral oils, and is made with ingredients like dark cocoa, papaya, and kelp extracts.
City Color Cosmetics Lip Butter in Sweets – full size (2.5g/.088 oz), value: $3.99
City Color’s Lip Butter is a balm, and I’s infused with aloe and coconut oil. The pigment is very sheer and definitely isn’t overwhelming at all.
Left to Right: the So Susan bronzer, So Susan highlighter, and the City Color Lip Butter
The Verdict: This was a pretty nice Lip Monthly bag. I’m glad to have some new products to play with! Also, I’m glad Lip Monthly has different patterns of bags they use, but so far I feel like they’ve been rotating about 5 different bag patterns – I think they’d do well to send a different bag every month (especially if they didn’t make the main pattern/design their logo – this is just some extra feedback I’ve read online and from our readers). That being said, including a newly-released item is definitely yet another improvement for them!
What do you think about Lip Monthly?