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Lip Love Subscription Box Review + Coupon – March 2016


Lip Love is a monthly subscription service that sends 4 full size beauty items in a canvas bag.

Lip Love sent us this box for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)


The Subscription Box: Lip Love

The Cost: $20.95 a month

COUPON : Use code LIPLOVE1 to get a free bag when you purchase a 6-month subscription!

The Products:  Four full sized beauty items (plus a cute canvas bag)

Ships to: anywhere! (free shipping)

Check out the Beauty Subscription Directory and make sure to add Lip Love to your subscription list or wishlist!



Each box comes with a card detailing the month’s products and prices.


So Susan Crème Couture (.11 oz.) – $16.00

The Crème Couture blush I received was the Paprika color. It’s a pretty peach shade. The formula is very blendable and not too bright which I like. It dries to a more powdery finish than the other cream blushes I’ve tried in the past. The card didn’t mention a color so I don’t know if everyone got the same shade. On the So Susan website the blush is priced at $19.20. I’m not sure why on the card it’s listed as only $16.00. This formula is made without mineral oil, phthalates and is also fragrance free.


Supercharged by Jelly Pong Pong (.07 oz.) – $22.95

This shadow is made without mineral oil, phthalates or parabens and is vegan. The blue color is too pigmented for me as a shadow but I may try it as a liner. The bronze color is great for me! Both colors have some sparkle in them which I like.


Trifle Lip & Cheek Jam (.20 oz.) – $22.95

This water-based lip and cheek tint is a too bright for my fair coloring. I’ve yet to find a tint that works for me unfortunately. This formula is made without mineral oil, phthalates or parabens.


So Susan Luminaire (.11 oz.) – $19.95

This creamy stick illuminator is made without mineral oil, phthalates and is fragrance free. It’s a beautiful color and I love wearing a highlighter like this on my cheeks and above my eye brows so this will come in handy. I feel like I rarely see highlighter sticks in my beauty subscription boxes so I love this addition! The Luminaire is selling for $23.94 on the Su Susan website – more than the price listed on the card (just like for the Crème Couture) so I’m wondering if they recently raised their prices.

Verdict:  I enjoyed my first Lip Love Pouch. The retail value of the items (including the pouch) in this month’s Lip Love totals approximately $94 which is a great value! The bag is adorable and I’ll definitely use the crème couture and luminaire . While not every item is personally for me I liked the variety of items sent. I also learned that Trifle, Jelly Pong Pong and Su Susan makeup are all made by the same So Susan company. Unlike some beauty boxes which carry products made by various manufacturers, it appears this bag sticks to So Susan brands only.

What do you think of this month’s Lip Love? What are your thoughts on full-size product beauty boxes versus sample size beauty boxes?

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Written by Jessica Telesmanich

Jessica Telesmanich

Jessica’s addiction started off slowly enough with Birchbox, but it has grown and grown over the last three years. An elementary school librarian and mom of two she loves boxes that are child-centric. But she’ll never turn down a good fashion, beauty or tasty treat subscription.

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Makeup Subscription Boxes, So Susan Color Curate Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: So Susan Color Curate | 16 comments

Comments (16)

  1. Cute subscription. I will have to watch it because I’m paring down my monthly subscription items.

    Welcome, Jessica!

    • Thank you!

  2. I like the curation but this month’s bag is full of stuff I don’t need. Interested in next month’s spoiler though!

  3. I subscribed to this for several months, and like fabSB found that there were a lot of repetitions, even if the brands were different. It also seemed that there were a lot of peach-toned cheek colors, which didn’t work for me at all as I need more pink/rose tones. The bags are really nice: good-sized with great sayings on them (and I love that they’re canvas). And I now have a really good supply of illuminators/highlighters. I do hope you’ll continue to review this subscription, because if they ever do less of the illuminators/highlighters and more of the pink/rose shades I would probably re-subscribe.

  4. I had this sub from March until December of last year.
    I loved the inspirational bags plus ‘bonus’ items which tended to be a piece of cute costume jewelry (you can see a lot of the past bags on their site).
    The former price of 15.95 w/free shipping was phenomenal, considering it comes from the UK.
    All products are made in Italy with adorable packaging (that’s made in China).
    They are environmentally conscious – recycled paper, low-waste packaging, formulas are cruelty free, and usually free of mineral oil, phthalates, and parabens.
    All products are better quality – great pigment, no offensive scent (most seem unscented), and many are new creations that you can’t find elsewhere.
    However some cons:
    *Twice the bag was delayed through customs – I got it both times right after I emailed them, so maybe emailing helps them to get the hold cleared.
    *I found many repetitive variations through the months – similar items (like highlighter in the form of a pencil, cream, liquid bottle, pressed powder, tube) PLUS those same ones from ‘different brands’ – so what looks exactly the same in the exact same unique package but in a slightly different color and under a different brand/name of product. With so many companies (Beauty Crop, Serafina, Jelly Pong Pong, Truffle, SoSusan, to name a few) they can repackage the same handful of products many times. Since they are very fond of sending luminizers/highlighters, bronzers, and lip/cheek creams in multiple formulas and brands, I have enough to last a lifetime.
    *For full size products, most are on the smaller side but I usually consider most a usable full size…foundations and lipsticks have always been a true full-size. But body lotions and loose powders are beyond tiny – and the cuticle-oils turned out to be smaller than a pen cap – perfume samples are bigger! Some items are normal, most are a usable size albeit small, and others are ridiculously tiny.
    *Changes to site and pricing: when I signed up they did not offer any multi-month subs – only a prepaid 15.95 charged each was a complete steal so I would have been fine with paying a few dollars more… Not a jump by $5 with zero extension or reward for loyal customers OR any written notice or transparency. They emailed us that we were encouraged to sign up to use their new cratejoy site that had more account features, but they declined to say that the price for the sub on there is 20.95 instead of 15.95. So I kept the old until my card expired – I contacted cs to fix the cc# on file and was told that I could change it if I registered on the new site, otherwise the only way it could be changed was if I were to place an online order for makeup on the old site where I would put in the new cc# at checkout. When I mentioned that I hadn’t registered because of the price change, they did nothing to offer me a loyalty discount or anything – for such a steep price change, usually you are notified and they give the existing subscribers a few months at the old rate or some kind of discount. There is no appreciation for loyal customers – they didn’t even email me asking me to come back or to fix my card. I still get the monthly bag spoilers and I can honestly say that there is nothing in it that I don’t have a variation of already. Around the time of the price change, they seemed to step-up the bags with better stuff (foundation, brow palette, lipstick) but it only lasted a couple of months and now it seems to be back to the same ‘ol stuff at a higher price and they started skipping the bonus jewelry item too..

    Also each purchase (including your sub) used to earn you points to convert to dollars off purchases – points can be rolled together and converted to codes but codes can’t be combined with others…not sure if you get points on the cratejoy site.

    So in summary for looong writeup (sorry) – this box is fun, cost-effective, charming, eco-friendly, good quality, and the inspirational bags are adorable IMO. The products and price are good enough that I recommend trying it for awhile, but eventually you will have a lot of similar products since they don’t sell a huge variety of products [and don’t sell things like gloss, liners, and primers]. Enjoy!

  5. I previously subscribed; but the February bag was such a HUGE disappointment that I cancelled. The “full sized” products were about the size of a quarter or smaller. And the prices are definitely inflated. Can’t tell from your review how large the products were in March.

  6. Ooh I love her products. Sign me up!

  7. Swatches would be great to see. 🙂

  8. This looks nice – I just signed up! Does anyone know if I will get the March bag, or will it start with April?

    • From So Susan: you “will receive the April Lip Love bag which will be dispatched on April 1st.”

  9. I love the So Susan packaging!!

  10. Jessica, I have a question. The design on the canvas bag looks like it was ironed on, not screen-printed into the fibers. Do you get the impression that it will peel off? Thanks.

    • Hi Julia!
      It is more like a sticker on the canvas bag. It seemed like the kind of thing that with a lot of use might start to come off, but it certainly isn’t peeling off at all now new. Hope that answers your question!

      • Thank you! Also, gotta wonder about the name “Lip Love”, when only 25% of the contents were for the lips…

      • I think when it first launched it was mostly lip products, then the following month or two later they added more beauty items and not so many lip products.

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