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Deck of Scarlet Subscription Box Review + Coupon – January/February 2018

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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!

Deck of Scarlet January 2018 - open box

This is the seventh installment from Deck of Scarlet: Edition 06 (Edition 00 was the very first box).

Deck of Scarlet January 2018 - open box

This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Deck of Scarlet January 2018 - all items

About Deck of Scarlet

The Subscription Box: Deck of Scarlet

The Cost: $29.95 ($80 value)

COUPON: Save 10% off your first box! No coupon needed - just use this link.

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

Deck of Scarlet January/February 2018 Review

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This month’s palette was designed by makeup artist Nikkia Joy. Known for her effortlessly cool style of bold lashes and sculpted skin, this month focused on “smoked out grays, dramatic rust, and a dash of champagne.”

Deck of Scarlet January 2018 - note 2 back of card

Check out Nikkia Joy’s tutorial for this month’s Deck of Scarlet box here.

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Each box also comes with a cute personalized note. Always a nice touch!

Deck of Scarlet January 2018 - note

Let’s get to the makeup, shall we?

Deck of Scarlet January 2018 - palette

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! They’re always bold, modern, and unique. 

Deck of Scarlet January 2018 - back of palette

“Explore the shadows. Catch the Starlight. ” is the headline on the back of the sleeve. Looks like we’re going to find lots of shadowy greys, dark hues, and subtle sparkle inside. All ingredients are listed here as well.

Deck of Scarlet January 2018 - palette without sleeve

This palette’s graphic reminds me of a cross between a watercolor painting and a pencil illustration. I love that each edition plays off of the same black and white design style so that they all feel like a cohesive collection. It’s also awesome that this month’s palette includes a separate opening flat for lip colors (last month’s didn’t, but most other had this feature).

Deck of Scarlet January 2018 - lipsticks

Convenient for travel!

Deck of Scarlet January 2018 - full makeup palette

The included mirror is nice and generous for on-the-go touch-ups, and, at first glance, all of these makeup hues appear to be very wearable!

Deck of Scarlet January 2018 - all makeup colors in palette

This palette includes the following:

2 lip colors:

  • Astro – Mauve-y tan with a mostly matte finish
  • Venus – Bright, deep magenta with a creamy sheen

3 eyeshadows:

  • Aurora – Light gold champagne shimmer
  • Space – Warm, matte grey
  • Gravity – Dark, cool grey with subtle sparkle

2 cheek colors:

  • Stardust – True champagne sparkle
  • Stellar – Mostly matte mauve

A felt-tipped eyeliner is also included:

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Long-lasting Eyeliner in Galaxy – Dark grey with subtle shimmer

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Here’s everything swatched. L-R (or bottom-top): Astro, Venus, Aurora, Space, Gravity, Stardust, Stellar, Galaxy. My skin is about an NW20 for context.

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And here’s my own look! Aside from tinted moisturizer, concealer, mascara, and brows, all items used are from this Deck of Scarlet palette.

I’m pretty comfortable with grey hues, so I was excited about this palette! Since I knew that this would be a daytime look (i.e. subtle tones!), I started my look by applying Aurora all over the lid. It’s really nice that these shades can cater to day with a light hand, but they easily transition to evening with slight adjustments in application approach. Space went in my crease and was blending out towards the brow bone. I actually used a bit of Stellar, the cheek shade, here to bring some warmth to the eyes. I added Gravity in the corners for a bit of extra definition as well. If I was going for a more glam eye look, Gravity would definitely work as a lid color with Space as a blending shade.

Stellar is nice because it’s bright and saturated enough to act as a blush, but it has enough depth to work as a contour as well. For this reason, I skipped bronzer and simply applied Stellar along my cheekbones finishing with the Stardust highlight on top and along my temples. Stardust was also applied on my cupid’s bow and inner corners of my eyes.

I finished my eyes with Galaxy liner and mascara on top and bottom lashes. I’m starting to really love felt-tipped liners, and this one was great! Easy to use, and the product distributed evenly. I really like the complement of a dark grey liner with these shadow hues as well. It makes everything that much more wearable for day.

Deck of Scarlet January 2018 - makeup look

Since my eyes aren’t particularly dark, I thought a pop of color on the lips would be nice. I reached for Venus, a dark magenta, and applied it with a lip brush. It has a much creamier consistency than Astro, and I found it to be comfortable on my lips.

Verdict: I’m loving the quality of Deck of Scarlet‘s palettes and accompanying liners. This was my fourth box and probably my favorite one ever. The ‘shadowy’ hues were beautiful and versatile, and I’m always excited to get a liquid liner that isn’t your standard black. 

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 06 box was still available!

Coupon – For a limited time, use this link to save 30% off your first box!

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Written by Jess Cole Payne

Jess Cole Payne

Jess’s love for subscription boxes began with a makeup and skincare fixation. She’s looking forward to broadening her horizons in discovering new products within the lifestyle and food world of subscription boxes.

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Deck of Scarlet Reviews, Makeup Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: Deck of Scarlet | 13 comments

Comments (13)

  1. Is this $29.99 a month but the palette comes every other month?

    • No, it is only charged the months you accept the palette so at most would be every other month.

  2. I love makeup and have tried just about every brand. The quality is great and the color combos are wonderful. The only complaint is they have charged my credit card two different amounts this time totally over $60 this month. I tried calling, but it is a recording saying to email them. So i did. I am hoping they will fix this. If not, I will be cancelling.

    • They charged me 4 times and i only had it for a month they aren’t answering my email! I got one Pallet and i like it but not work 4 charges

      • The emailed me back right away and credited my account immediately.

  3. You look gorgeous!

    I’m really happy to see that this is made in the US and not China and that it’s cruekty free. With the 30% off code I can’t resist.

  4. This is my first palette from Deck of Scarlet and I am loving it.

  5. I was excited to see “dramatic rust” in the description, but I don’t really see any colors that I would call rust. I would have loved it if it had some rust tones in there! How is the staying power for the makeup?

    • I’ve found them to be really good. I really look forward to getting my palettes. I just wish you could buy additional items once you have found a must-have. I receive the perfect dark nude not long ago (cool-toned, not too brown) but I couldn’t buy more. People wanting to buy your products is a good problem for a company to have.

    • I’m trying to figure out where it said a rust color. Was it a spoiler for next month? I don’t see anything in the description that says rust. I’d love to know if it’s coming in March/April.

      • This month’s palette was designed by makeup artist Nikkia Joy. Known for her effortlessly cool style of bold lashes and sculpted skin, this month focused on “smoked out grays, dramatic RUST, and a dash of champagne.”

  6. I like the color curations they’ve had these past few months.

    I just can’t get over having creams & powders in the same palette. I’m too messy for that!

    • There is a separate flap that folds down over the creams while you are using the powders. Works great!

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