Deck of Scarlet Subscription Box Review – March 2017
Deck of Scarlet is new makeup palette subscription. Every other month, they’ll send you a complete palette (from their in-house brand) that you can use to achieve multiple looks.
This is the second box from Deck of Scarlett – Edition 01 (Edition 00 was the very first box).
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: Deck of Scarlet
The Cost: $29.95 ($80 value)
The Products: You’ll receive one palette that contains two looks inspired by a top Youtuber. One daytime and one nighttime look. Products are 100% cruelty-free, paraben free, and made in the USA.
Ships to: U.S. for free, Canada and U.K. for $7
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
The Youtuber who designed the first palette is Evon Wahab – she made video tutorials for using this palette (now on Deck of Scarlet’s Facebook page.)
Now, time to look at this palette!
The top has two separate magnetic flap closures, so you can keep one side covered if you like.
The back side of the palette’s packaging (it came in a paper sleeve) has a description of the palette and the ideas behind it, as well as the ingredients for each pan inside.
Evon describes this palette saying she picked “super wearable, flirty shades.” Personally, that’s not how I’d describe this palette, however, I have to say after playing with it a little, I think the shades are more wearable than I initially thought and when you incorporate the whole palette in versatile ways you can get a lot of different looks. As far as flirty goes, well, the coral (and green) colors can definitely be funky and playful and it’s easy to smoke out your look a little with the green and brown shades.
To summarize, I think many people may have opened this palette and been a little intimidated or at least feeling somewhat challenged to push their makeup comfort zone boundaries.
The palette includes two lip glosses (coral kisses, almond), three eyeshadows (fudge, sunshine, mermaid), a highlighter (halo) and a bronzer (sandstorm). In December, the palette included a space to hold an eye or lip liner, but this month they cut down the packaging and that’s not included.
The pigmentation of all of these products was really good! The formulas were a little powdery and I experienced some fallout, but it wasn’t too bad. The lip glosses were really goopy, though, so I think the formula for those would make me concerned about tossing the palette in my purse or traveling anywhere where it may be warmer than room temp with them. I can see them melting and dripping everywhere.
The eyeliner this month is a pretty, shimmery green called “chameleon.” I don’t wear much green on my eyes but I like this color! The formula was nicely pigmented and creamy, too.
The lip liner is a pretty, darker nude shade called “cake pop” that matches the Almond lip gloss shade. This formula was nice – pigmented, smooth, and dry enough to lock down my lipstick but no so dry to be hard on my lips.
Good to know: both the lip and the eyeliner have a built in sharpener on the end.
Here is everything swatched! (Eyeshadows on top, highlighter/bronzer, lip glosses, and then lip and eye liner)
Here’s my own look (more pictures below). I decided to play around with it myself and figure out a look that was a little more day-to-day than the tutorial looks they show. I’m wearing the Almond shade on my lips, layered over the lip liner, and you can see a better look at the shadows below.
For this look, I used the highlighter for all over my lid. This helped to tone down the orange eyeshadow a little as well as offer a more neutral shimmer shade to blend into at my inner lid. Next I pat the orange shade on the center of my lid. I blended the green shade into my crease and used the brown shade to blend a small “v” shape to define my outer lid. Lastly, I used the eyeliner on my top lid and the outer half of my lower lid. One thing Evon did in one of her looks is use the coral lip gloss on her lid, topping and setting it with the coral eyeshadow – this really makes the coral color pop! I thought that was a cool technique and showed versatility and interesting ideas with the glosses.
Verdict: I am pleased with the formulas in this palette and have had fun playing around with it! I know they value everything at $80, but to me I’m looking more at what I get for the $30 price, and for that I’m happy with what I got.
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