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Medusa’s Make-Up Beauty Box Review – February 2017

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Medusa’s Make-Up Beauty Box is a vegan and cruelty-free makeup box. Each month you will receive a delivery of 3-5 vegan products.


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The Subscription Box: Medusa’s Make-Up Beauty Box

The Cost: $15.95 (Free shipping for US, $4 USD for International)

The Products: Each month you will receive 3-5 vegan products to try. The box is curated by Medusa’s Make-Up team and has a value of $40.

Ships to: Worldwide

Good to know: Orders ship out within 3 business days of your payment. You can cancel anytime.

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Each box comes with a card listing out the items included.


Now, onto the items!


Medusa’s Makeup Kabuki Brush – Value $14

This vegan makeup brush is super soft, and it goes perfectly with this next item:


Medusa’s Makeup Highlighter in Moonlight – Value $12


This loose powder is made from 100% natural mineral powder, and the pigment and shimmer are excellent!

(Swatched in lower photo.)


Medusa’s Makeup Eye Dust in New Wave – Value $7


This is another beautifully pigmented loose powder. (So far every eye dust I’ve received from Medusa’s Makeup has had excellent pigment.)

The shimmer is fab, too!

Here it is swatched above the highlighter:


Verdict: This box has a value of $33. I think that’s fantastic for a $15.95 beauty box that sends full-size vegan beauty products with free shipping. This is a great way to try out Medusa’s Make-Up at a deep discount, and it’s definitely pushing me out of my comfort zone!

And one thing I’ve learned from this subscription is that the products don’t always swatch the way I’d expect, so it’s nice to sample so many colors at a discount!

What do you think of the Medusa’s Make-Up Beauty Box?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. Omg…that brush is so wrong for that highlighter. It’s really pretty but really sparkly and best used with something that gives a much more precise application. I used it and got white-gold sparkle all over my face and sweater. Loving the eyeshadow.

  2. I have been loving my boxes! Especially the eye dust and glitter. I do not like their lipstick or lipgloss at all and was pleased that there was none in February box, although it would have been nice to have a glitter included (pink) for February but I am really enjoying my highlighter,brush and the blue eye dust!!! I anxiously await each month!!!

  3. I received a Medusa’s Lip Paint in February’s Benevolent Beauty. I really liked the color (it was a mauvy-pink). I only swatched it on my hand, but I let somebody else try it, and they said it felt really thick & sticky on their lips. So much so, that their lips kept sticking together, and they had to consciously think about it when they opened them, and I could see how their lips stuck together when they tried to open them… they didn’t just naturally open like normal. This made me reconsider keeping it, but I’m still on the fence as I haven’t tried it out for myself yet. Has anybody else experienced this? Is there a way to make the product less sticky (maybe adding a bit of powder on top)? I’d really like to keep it because the color was so beautiful. Thanks!

    • I like it a lot and had no such sticky experience. I almost exclusively wear liquid matte lipsticks so I’m used to how they feel. If it went on sticky, since it’s not the formula itself as I can attest, it typically means too much product was applied. You don’t layer on more than a single coat. You can add a gloss over top of it once it dries down. And about drying, you have to give it a minute to dry down and don’t rub your lips together like a standard creme lipstick. My only complaint, which really isn’t a total complaint anyway, is that this was insanely long wearing and required makeup removed and a good rubbing to remove all traces.

      • Thanks for the tip! I think that’s exactly what she did… rubbed her lips together, and didn’t let it dry down before complaining of the stickiness. I’ll keep that in mind when I use it. 🙂

  4. Also, they’re having a sale this weekend. I haven’t tried their lip paints yet, but their lip glosses and lipsticks both are not strongly pigmented. They have a sale about once a month, usually 10-15% off, sometimes 20%, sometimes $2 off every item, which was pretty awesome for buying the $8 eye shadows that had been reduced to $4, and so were $2 each.

    “Give our Lip Paints a try and take 15% off of your entire order.
    Use code: take15 at checkout
    Offer expires Sunday at midnight”

  5. One of my favorite MM eye dusts is Bruiser. It’s a blackened purple plum color. I have all the non matte eye dusts all the pigment is true on them all. If you purchase the eye dusts directory from the Web site they come loose all do I recommend purchasing the set of sifter they sell. The glitters come loose as well.

    • My set of makeup brushes I got from MM about eight years ago is still in good shape and I have not had problems with them. The pressed shadows have nice pigment though not as bold a punch as the loose which means you can build the colors. I recommend using eye primer and glitter glues with all MM eye products. They sell a couple of affordable onea. Shipping is reasonable and has alway been very fast.

    • “directly” not directorry.

  6. I remember gunnie sax and blue eyeshadow as well. Seems like there’s a market for boxes for gen x to boomer gals. I just retired from my VP marketing gig at 50. Thought I would travel and do a bit of consulting. What I should do is curate a box for non millennial women. I was excited for my first FFF box, but it looks like I am gifting the Coachella box to my 17 year old niece!

    • You should do it, Michelle! A sub box for older gals who have no intention of going to Coachella! I like trendy things but the FFF spoilers were just not for me so I canceled. My favorite spoiler of today’s MSA is a copper frying pan so there’s definitely a demographic difference between some of us readers!

      • Lol, the copper frying pan caught my eye too! I’d already subscribed for a year of FFF after seeing the winter box and receiving the editors box, I’d cancel if I could. This one is skewing pretty young for me but it looks like my niece’s birthday shopping is done!

  7. Liz, it’s stupid question time: How the heck to you get the sifters to work?! I had a couple that had space to get my thumbnail under the sifter to pop it off, but on some there just isn’t room. I’ve tried stabbing holes in the holes with needles and safety pins, but that hasn’t worked either. I bet there’s some really easy method that will make me roll my eyes at myself.

    I wonder if we’ll all be getting the same colors. I’ve noticed the lippie shades have varied, but the eye dust and glitter haven’t much. Which is fine, it just makes me wonder.

    This is my first kabuki brush! I mostly only have brushes that are like $7 for a set of 10, so my first thought is “$14 for a makeup brush?!!!” and to swap it away… but I guess that more expensive brushes must get better results, otherwise there wouldn’t be such a market for them.

    • I’m not Liz, but those sifters usually have a sticker over the holes (as you probably noticed when you tried to stick pins through). I can never get my fingernail under it, but I DO have a nice angled tweezers and I use one of the legs to scrape up the edge of the sticker a little bit. When there’s enough pulled up, I grab the edge with the tweezers and pull the sticker off the rest of the way.

      • Thanks, Emma! Yeah, I realized after I posted that that it didn’t have to be Liz to answer, obviously. I haven’t noticed stickers on them, but I might not have been looking very well.

  8. I’m dating myself, but I wore bright blue eyeshadow in the 70’s and it was a normal thing to do, no kidding. Maybe it’s making a comeback!

    • i’m right there with you, Julie B! Blue was the mainstay of eyeshadow and we all wore it, no matter what our eye color was. As I recall, though maybe it was only because I bought the cheapest stuff I could find, the pigment wasn’t great, and girls of color had to use a ton for it to even show up. Then along came books with titles like Never Wear Blue Shadow. I’d say it definitely is making a comeback, partly because these days every color seems good, including red and bright yellow (two colors that I’ve bought recently and swatched, but haven’t actually worn yet).

      • Me 3 Julie and Kimberly! I see lots of 70’s looks that are “cool” again. All those retro, festival styles. High waist bellbottom jeans, platforms, halter tops. Anyone remember Gunnie Sax? Let’s hear it for loose, flowing Maxis! Nobody knows if I skip a day of shaving and it hides the grandma tummy that was once a waistline. I’ll still be rocking mine long after they’ve gone out of style again. Can I get an “Amen!” to big hair and 34.9 cent gasoline?

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