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Sweet Sparkle Makeup Subscription Box Review + Coupon – May 2017

Sweet Sparkle Makeup Subscription Box - Berry - May 2017

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

Sweet Sparkle Makeup Subscription Box - Berry - May 2017

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!

Sweet Sparkle Makeup Subscription Box - Berry - May 2017

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 all of our Sweet Sparkle reviews and the Beauty Subscription Box Directory for more makeup boxes!

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Sweet Sparkle Makeup Subscription Box - Berry - May 2017

Sweet Sparkle Makeup Subscription Box - Berry - May 2017

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

Sweet Sparkle Makeup Subscription Box - Berry - May 2017

Sweet Sparkle also includes a coupon for 20% off your next purchase (not including subscriptions).

Now, onto the items!

Sweet Sparkle Makeup Subscription Box - Berry - May 2017

Sweet Sparkle Makeup Subscription Box - Berry - May 2017

Manna Kadar Fantasy 3-in1 Blush, Highlighter, Eyeshadow – Value $19

I think that this subscription box likes Manna Kadar. I received a blush last month and, much like that, this product is intense. It claims to be an all-in-one product and is described as a “nude, blush pink”. I think it is a really pretty color and perfect for inner eye and brow highlighting. I can’t say I love it as a face highlighter because it is too pigmented for lighter skin. It probably would work great on more of an olive skin tone (which I’m finding to be true about the Manna Kadar items that I have tried) as a highlight. I can’t see this as a blush unless you like a very shimmery cheek, but if you do, you can certainly get it. The container has a twist off top which is a lot easier to get into than the blush container.

Sweet Sparkle Makeup Subscription Box - Berry - May 2017

Sweet Sparkle Makeup Subscription Box - Berry - May 2017

Hikari Cosmetics Eyeshadow Quads in Emma – Value $15

These shadows are soft and easily blendable with minimal fall-out and decent lasting power. They also have good pigment and can be layered for more depth. The colors create a warm, neutral look. I think the compact they come in is bulky and a bit cheap feeling – if I were to drop it, I feel like it and the pressed powders would break.

Sweet Sparkle Makeup Subscription Box - Berry - May 2017

Sweet Sparkle Makeup Subscription Box - Berry - May 2017

Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara – Value $24

I like this mascara and its ability to get fuller, longer lashes without having to work at it. The brush is huge and the tip brings a lot of product out with it so you have to wipe it off or it will be all over the place. I like lots of separation and volume and I was able to use only one coat to get that look. Actually, when I tried a second coat, things got ugly. I felt like I had spider lashes and ended up having to brush them out and separate them. I guess less is more here. It does last all day with no smudging or flaking.

Sweet Sparkle Makeup Subscription Box - Berry - May 2017

Kokie Cosmetics Waterproof Velvet Smooth Lip Liner Pencil in Berry Plum – Value $6

I haven’t really delved into the world of lip liners. I associate them with a dated look and haven’t wanted the “lined” look. This liner surprised me though. It goes on velvety and opaque with no tugging or clumping. I tried this as a true liner and it was ok. Then I tried it by itself and blended it all over my lips and loved it. There was still color after lunch, through coffee and multiple lip balm applications.

Sweet Sparkle Makeup Subscription Box - Berry - May 2017

Starlooks Ultra Longwear Matte Lip Paint in Royalist – Value $19

This liquid lip color says it will leave you with “irresistibly kissable” lips, but whatever you kiss while wearing this product will be wearing it too. I don’t think it is long wear because it never truly dries down and smudges around easily. But, it is rich in color and applies smoothly with the doe-foot applicator. It is heavily scented with, I’d say, Fruity Pebbles (I prefer unscented lip products). I am going to try this again and see if blotting it off helps to make it more of a stain. Bonus, this shade makes your teeth look whiter!

Sweet Sparkle Makeup Subscription Box - Berry - May 2017

All of the items swatched from top to bottom: highlighter, eyeshadow quad, lip liner, lip paint.

Sweet Sparkle Makeup Subscription Box - Berry - May 2017

The makeup look using all of these products. This look got dark very quickly. I wanted to show you everything, but in reality, I tend to wear a dramatic eye OR lip, not both.

A detail of the eye look.

Verdict: Sweet Sparkle’s “Berry Crush” was an improvement over last month in value, but the theme doesn’t seem like it fits summer. I love berry shades, so I can’t complain, but the look altogether is so very “fall”. I will use most of the items and a couple may be better suited to some of my tanned friends, but sharing is caring, so that’s fine. I do like that all of the items this month are, as always, full-sized. The value of this box totals about $83 plus free shipping.

What do you think of the this month’s Sweet Sparkle box? Any tips for these items?

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Written by 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.

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Makeup Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women, Sweet Sparkle Reviews| Tags: sweet sparkle | 10 comments

Comments (10)

  1. I liked the Manna Kadar blush/highlight product. I think mine was plummier than what your picture looks like, but very shimmery/highlightish. I liked the mascara and the lipliner. An obvious line around your lips is dated, but using a lipliner to shape and fill in your lips is very now. The lipliner was easily spreadable. I didn’t really like the lip stain. It did get all over everything and looked like an injury. When I swatched it on my hand, my boyfriend thought I was hurt. And the shadow quad was the worst. I got a different color combo than you, more gray, but I thought the pigment was awful and so was the fallout. I don’t know how I got so much on my cheeks yet not on my eyelids. I would definitely not repurchase that.

    That said, I actually really like Sweet Sparkle. I think I’ve subbed for about 5 months now and I always get pretty things. They do a lot of jCat beauty that isn’t in the other boxes. Things like that.

    • It’s funny you say that about the stain swatched on your hand. i did the same thing and everyone thought I had a burn. 🙂

  2. What sub box DOESN’T like Manna Kadar???! #overit 🙄🙄🙄

    • More Manna Kadar…ugh..u think they’ll get the hint when we let them know how we feel about that brand? theyre worthless, unswappable, ..overpriced..and they dont even belong in high -end category…just a waste of item

  3. That lip color looks great on you!

    • Thank you!

  4. I agree with your assessment of Manna Kadar being in the box a lot! Unfortunately it is in EVERY box all of the time. I’ve never had to purchase a single item from them and yet I own at least 20! Ditto for the rest, I have to put a drop or two of sterile saline eye drop solution in the Doucce to thin/declump the formula. I think they clear out inventory by selling enmass to the Beauty boxes. And the Hikari eyeshadow packaging indeed feels very lightweight and cheap. The colors are good though and blend fairly smooth. This looks like a nice box, but the fact that all of these products and brands are in most every other box makes me hold off on ordering for the time being since I already have it all. Great review though and I’m keeping my eye on this one for future purchase!

  5. At first I misread the name of the box to be ‘Sweet Spackle’. I’m glad it’s not.

    Those Manna Kadar shimmer all over colors make great eye shadows when you don’t have time or inclination to prime/base/apply/contour/blend/ your eyes. I just dab it on with my finger (eyelid and crease and a bit above the crease) and move on.

    • I agree! I did that today in my morning routine as I didn’t have time to do my whole face. So I pulled out the Manna Kadar shimmer eyeshadow and applied it all over my lid with my finger and then some eyeliner and mascara. It’s a very soft look than what I’m use too so I usually will do a bold lip to even it out.

    • I’ll have to try it as an all-in-one eye product one morning instead of just being the highlight. Thanks!

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