Deck of Scarlet Subscription Box Review + Coupon – July 2017
Deck of Scarlet is a makeup palette subscription box. Every other month, you’re sent a versatile palette from their in-house brand. The palettes are sometimes accompanied by extra eye or lip liners. Use the included items to create multiple looks!
This is the fourth installment from Deck of Scarlett – Edition 03 (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 intro card makes it quite clear that this limited-edition palette is full of sexy shades!
This month’s palette was designed by Nazanin Kavari, Deck of Scarlet’s Artist-in-Chief. A big fan of glam, July’s color scheme revolves around shimmery peach tones, seductive nudes, and sweet pinks.
Let’s get to the makeup goodies, shall we?
The palette arrived in a protective paper sleeve that offered some extra detail around the concept of the month. “Get your pink on. Darlingly fun. Fabulously flirty.” is the headline on the back. The enclosed hues are described as “perked up pinks and airy pops of peach.” All ingredients are listed as well.
Simply slide the palette out from one end.
I loved the design of the palette and the fact that it has two opening flaps (one side for lipsticks, the other for powders).
Pretty handy for keeping everything tidy — especially if you’re taking your palette with you on-the-go. The large mirror is awesome for travel, too!
This palette includes the following:
2 lip colors:
- Majesty – Sheer, corally pink
- Birthday Suit – Deeply pigmented warm nude
- Sho Cute – Sparkling light, cool pink
- Taj – Medium neutral brown matte
- Feeling Peachy – Peach shimmer
2 cheek colors:
- Yasmin – Light peachy pink highlight
- Baby Doll – Bright, cool pink
A felt-tip black liquid liner is also included.
Here’s everything swatched! L-R: Birthday Suit, Majesty, Sho Cute, Taj, Feeling Peachy, Yasmin, Baby Doll, Koko Kavari eyeliner. My skin is about an NW20 for context.
And here’s my own look! Aside from tinted moisturizer, concealer, mascara, and brows, all items used are from the Deck of Scarlet palette.
I was immediately drawn to the Birthday Suit lipstick, so I knew I wanted to go for a look that was peachy, summery, and a little out of my comfort zone (I normally go for a poppy lip and pretty basic eye). Birthday Suit is noticeably creamier and more pigmented than Majesty, which is more balm-like in consistency. I couldn’t find my lip brush, so I actually applied Birthday Suit with my finger and cleaned it up a bit with a small concealer brush. Makes things a little tough touch-ups-wise — I’d advise using a lip brush if you have one handy. I feel like Birthday Suit could also easily melt if you decide to throw the palette in your bag and encounter warmer than usual temperatures. As you can (hopefully) tell from the photos, it leans a bit brown in color and has impressive coverage.
Side note: Majesty is a really pretty, fresh pink. It feels like more of an everyday shade for someone like me who prefers bright but sheer lip hues and easy application. Both of these lip colors are amazing neutrals, though. Really beautiful!
On my eyes, I used Taj as a blending shade. I applied it to the crease and along my lower lash line. I followed that up with Feeling Peachy across my lids. It provided a subtle shimmer, and I found this shade to have the most payoff out of all 3 shadows. Sho Cute added a bit of sparkle to my inner corners, and I added it to my lower lashline, just along the inner third of my eye, as well. All three shades blended into each other quite nicely! I did find that there was a bit of fallout, but nothing out of the ordinary. Sho Cute was especially lacking in pigmentation, but that very well could have been due to its light color more than anything.
I finished my eyes with the felt tip liner. Huge fan of this design! It’s been awhile since I’ve used a marker-style liner (liquid pen is my usual jam), and I’ve totally been missing out. I also found this liner to be extremely long lasting, and it presented no issues with flaking or irritation. The color is a slightly muted black — very wearable for every day.
To finish up my face, I blended a bit of Baby Doll blush on the apples of my cheeks outward. I normally apply blush a bit farther back, but I’ve been playing around with this technique again to achieve more of a flushed look for summer. It works great with this blush shade in particular. The cool tone of this bright pink creates that perfect just-woke-up-from-a-nap-in-the-sun vibe. Yasmin highlighter went on my cheekbones, browbone, inner corner, and cupid’s bow. It creates a subtle, angelic sheen. Just might be my new go-to highlighter, honestly.
Verdict: I was super impressed with my first ever Deck of Scarlet box. All of the peachy, pinky shades were right up my alley, and I loved playing around with them. Ideal for the season! I think my next look will involve Majesty on the lips with a bit of a heavier hand using Taj for a smokier effect. My only minor critique would be that I wish that the shadows were a bit more pigmented and saturated in their coverage.
Value is listed at $80, and I’d agree that this set is worth somewhere around that range. This is a terrific value considering the $29.95 price tag. If you love experimenting with your look, this box would be amazing for you. Can’t wait to see what future palettes have in store!
What do you think about Deck of Scarlet?