Deck of Scarlet Subscription Box Review + Coupon – November 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 sixth installment from Deck of Scarlett – Edition 05 (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!
This month’s palette was designed by social media influencer, Amy-Rose Walker. Known for her fierce, full-on glam looks, this month focused on high-impact hues, balancing textures, and shimmer. Check out her tutorial for this month’s Deck of Scarlet box here.
Let’s get to the makeup!
The palette arrived in a protective paper sleeve that mimics that design on the palette itself. Deck of Scarlet does such a good job with their exclusively black-and-white palette designs! “Pop the Prosecco and get the party started ” is the headline on the back of the sleeve. All ingredients are listed there as well.
This palette’s design isn’t at striking as previous months’, but there’s a simple elegance to the allover floral print. Other Deck of Scarlet palettes actually included two opening flaps (one side for lipsticks, the other for powders). This one doesn’t, and it’s definitely a feature that I miss. The separate opening flap for lipsticks was convenient for travel.
However, the perk with this new design means… larger mirror.
This palette includes the following:
2 lip colors:
- Pinky Promise – Rosy nude
- Sass Queen – Bright, hot pink
- Luna – Matte cream
- Gold Digger – True yellow-gold shimmer
- Luna – Deep purple shimmer
2 cheek colors:
- Prosecco – Rose gold sheen with subtle sparkle
- Dusk – Subtle bronze shimmer
2 pencils are also included:
Longlasting Lipliner in Belle, a rosy nude.
Long-lasting eyeliner in Twilight, a deep purple (I think — it’s hard to tell, honestly!).
Here’s everything swatched. L-R (or bottom-top): Pinky Promise, Sass Queen, Dream, Gold Digger, Luna, Prosecco, Dusk, Twilight, Belle. 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 this Deck of Scarlet palette.
This palette definitely caters a bold look, so I knew that my first experience with testing these products would involve a somewhat dramatic face. Given that the eyeshadows are all fairly high contrast, the most mid-tone hue, Gold Digger, was my natural choice to dominate the eye look.
I started with Dusk, the bronze cheek shade, in my crease for some light definition. I also used it in the hollows of my cheeks and along my hairline. Prosecco acted as a 2-in-1 highlight and blush. It has just enough rosiness to give it a bit of life beyond your regular ol’ champagne-toned highlight shade.
My eye look was actually pretty simple. I packed Gold Digger all over the lid and along the lower lash line. I added Dream to my brow bone, but I found this shade to be pretty lackluster. The color payoff isn’t really impressive, and I already have a million other light matte shadows from other palettes. After curling my lashes, I smudged Twilight liner along the upper lash line and top and bottom water lines. I then used a small angled brush dipped in Luna to further define the eyes. Though I liked the idea of the contrasting yellow-based Gold Digger and purple-based Luna, the result of these shades together didn’t really appeal to me. I tend to prefer more wearable, bronzy golds to more yellow-toned ones. This shade looked really unnatural on me, and adding Luna only accentuated that.
I finished my eyes with mascara on top and bottom lashes.
For my lips, I first lined them with Belle to create an even base. I then used a lip brush to add Sass Queen, a super bold hot pink. I love statement shades like this one! Sass Queen is the kind of shade that could stand on its own with very minimal eye makeup or a simple cat eye. The other lip shade in the palette, Pinky Promise, is a nice rosy nude, but I found that is washed me out a bit. Admittedly, I’m not a huge fan of nudes though — I prefer a wash of color.
Verdict: I’m loving the quality of Deck of Scarlet‘s palettes and accompanying liners. This was my third box. Though I was impressed with the package overall, these colors weren’t my favorite. I do appreciate that they pushed me outside of my comfort zone, but I would have preferred eyeshadow shades there weren’t as high-impact.
The listed value from Deck of Scarlet is $80, and I’d agree that this set is worth somewhere around that range. This box is a terrific value considering the $29.95 price tag. If you enjoy experimenting with your makeup, this box would be perfect for you. I can’t wait to see what future palettes have in store!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, as of publication, this Edition 05 box was still available!
Coupon – For a limited time, use this link to save 30% off your first box!
What do you think about Deck of Scarlet?