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Sweet Sparkle Makeup Subscription Box Review + Coupon – April 2017

Sweet Sparkle
4.3 overall rating
3 Ratings | 1 Reviews

Note from Liz: I’m so happy to introduce our newest reviewer to the MSA team! Welcome, Tiffany!

Sweet Sparkle is a monthly beauty subscription box. Each box includes five full-sized, curated products to create an entire makeup look.

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

This month’s box is being reviewed thanks to an MSA reader request!

The Subscription Box: Sweet Sparkle

The Cost: $24.50 monthly + free shipping worldwide. Discounts are available for longer commitments.

COUPON: Use code MSA17 to save 10% off any subscription!

The Products: “Step into spring with this month’s Hues of Beauty box. This dreamy, watercolor-inspired look will brighten your winter skin with just a hint of shimmer. Be prepared to have all eyes on you.”

Ships to: Worldwide with free shipping. You can check out the list of countries they ship to here.

Check out the Beauty Subscription Box Directory for more makeup boxes and make sure to add Sweet Surprises to your subscription list or wishlist!

Each box comes with a card detailing the brands and items included.

Now, onto the items!

Appeal Cosmetics Ultra Shine Liquid Lipstick in Nude – Value $21

This pinky-nude lip color had a thin, non-sticky texture and applied easily with the doe foot applicator. It was not shiny like the info card showed, but more of a semi-matte. I wasn’t a big fan of the way it looked applied. It was a bit cakey and really accentuated the lines on my lips. It did not dry down like many liquid lip colors, and though it claims to be long-lasting, transferred onto anything that touched my lips. It had no detectable fragrance which is nice because I try to stay away from fragranced lip products. You can see it swatched below.

J. Cat Beauty Triple Crown Baked Eyeshadow in Grape Gelato – Value $5.99

I don’t typically wear pink eyeshadows, so I was a bit apprehensive about this shadow trio. Once I blended everything in, the colors were pretty and very springy. These aren’t super pigmented and it took several layers to get the color to stand out but they did blend easily. I ended up wetting my brush and got more of a foiled look. You can see swatches and the full look below.

Manna Kadar Paradise Pearlized Blush – Value $19

This is a peach-pink color with just the right amount of shimmer. But, wow, this blush is pigmented! I ended having to blend it out with some powder. My skin tone is light and I only needed one tap of my brush to pick up enough product. This would be pretty on an olive skin tone that is at least a few shades darker than me. Initially, I thought “This is a small size for the price,” but quickly realized it will last a while.

Be A Bombshell Metallic Eyeliner in Blacklisted – Value $6

I use liquid liner all the time so I was excited about this smoky metallic liner. Unfortunately, the only good thing about it was that once it was applied, it stayed put. The applicator was hard and the liner dried so quickly on the wand that I was having to dip it every few seconds. The end result was not as smooth or opaque as I like. I think there are much better liquid liners out there and I probably won’t pick this one up again.

Blinque Eyelashes False Lashes in Dazzling #503 Sweetpea – Value $3.49

Ugh, fake lashes. We love them and hate them all at the same time. These were no different. They are 100% Remy human hair and I found them surprisingly easy to apply. Luckily, I had a tube of eyelash glue handy because they do not come with any. They were way too obvious for me and didn’t look natural at all. I prefer a more wispy look. You can see a photo of my look with and without the lashes below. I ended up taking them off after an hour because they felt sharp on the edges. These will go in my costume makeup stash and will be perfect for Halloween.

All of the items swatched from top to bottom: eyeshadow trio, blush, eyeliner, lip color.

The makeup look using all of these products except for the lashes. I think it is soft and pretty and I will definitely play around with these eye colors more.

The same look but with the lashes applied.

A detail of the eye look.

Verdict: Sweet Sparkle’s “Hues of Beauty” was a fun box and allowed me to try some shades I wouldn’t normally pick up for myself. It is nice to have a mix of some higher priced items with some more affordable brands. I also like that all of the items this month are cruelty-free and, as always, full-sized. The value of this box totals about $56, which is over double the cost of the box (which includes free shipping).

What do you think of the this month’s Sweet Sparkle box? Have you tried any of these products?

"Full-size products. Thoughtfully curated. Each month, Sweet Sparkle subscribers score a box filled with our latest beauty picks so they can create the looks they crave."
Tiffany Waldorf
Tiffany Waldorf
Tiffany found out about subscription boxes from a friend who followed MSA. The curiosity started with mystery beauty boxes and grew into an addiction from there. Beauty, clothes, home...she loves the sight of a subscription box in the mail.

Tiffany Waldorf
Tiffany Waldorf
Tiffany found out about subscription boxes from a friend who followed MSA. The curiosity started with mystery beauty boxes and grew into an addiction from there. Beauty, clothes, home...she loves the sight of a subscription box in the mail.
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22 comments

Anne L

Did you trim the lashes to fit your eyes? Almost no one can wear false eyelashes without trimming them, that could be why they felt sharp! They looks like nice lashes. Not too bold, but who wears fake eyelashes looking for a subtly?

Lisa

Sorry I’m late,but it is such a pretty look on you,try to like it.The look amazing not fakey fake at all!

Michelle

Has anyone actually bought a Manna Kadar Item? I am curious how they arrive at their values when their items are always in a $10 or $20 sub box. In my eyes that has devalued it greatly.

Bonnie

I haven’t actually purchased one, but I had the same curiosity you did so I went to the site. These are the prices on the site. I personally think their products are good, but their packaging, especially on that hard-to-open blush we all have 3+ of, could be much better.

Tiffany

Thank you all for your positive feedback. I’m really happy to be reviewing for you!

Anie

You look so pretty! Those eyeshadows really look nice on you.

Jann

Great review Tiffany! You covered the good and tactfully the negatives, which is what these reviews should be about. The eye shadow looks lovely on you!

Chanell

Thank you for your honest review and Welcome!

Katy

Hi Tiffany! Thanks for such a great review. The box itself is pretty blah. The quality of the makeup doesn’t really match the price point and the blush and eyeshadow have already made rounds in many other boxes. And I don’t think fake lashes belong in makeup subscription boxes. At all. Lol

Linda

Agreed! Definitely not a subscription I’ll be picking up, at least for the moment, and for the price, I would expect something better.

shawn

Welcome Tiffany!

Luna

Welcome Tiffany! Thanks for showing the makeup applied. I always wish that was done more often in the reviews. 🙂

Bird

Gosh all of you at MSA are gorgeous! That’s all I’m going to say!

Jackie

Welcome Tiffany! The makeup looks great on you, but I agree MannaKadar makes me run in the opposite direction. No thank you.

Carlak

The shadows look beautiful on you! Welcome!

Svetlana7e

The shadow are gorgeous. I am going to see if I can get it on E-Bay. As of subscription, as soon as I saw MannaKadar, immediately said NO. I love her product, but it has been pushed on us by every single box.

Bonnie

JCat shadows and other items from their line are at Ulta.com. http://www.ulta.com/triple-crown-baked-eyeshadow?productId=xlsImpprod13361025#

Amber P

MannaKadar and BaB – I don’t think any thing can get me to run in the opposite direction of a sub faster than those two things, haha

Kristin

Haha so true

Svetlana7e

Amber, what is BaB? Are you talking about brigodeo dont despair thing?

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