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Sweet Sparkle Makeup Box Review + Coupon – January 2018

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Sweet Sparkle January 2018 - Box

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

Sweet Sparkle January 2018 - Box Open Sweet Sparkle January 2018 - Box Open Detail

Sweet Sparkle January 2018 - Box Contents

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

Sweet Sparkle January 2018 - Contents

About Sweet Sparkle

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: Five full-size, curated products to help you achieve a full look for the month’s theme.

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

Sweet Sparkle January 2018 Review

This month is all about rosy cheeks and lips. Let’s see what there is!

Sweet Sparkle January 2018 - Info Front Sweet Sparkle January 2018 - Info Back

Each month, an info card is included with an intro to the theme and the product names, descriptions, and retail values. This month’s theme is “Color Me Rosy.”

Sweet Sparkle January 2018 - Lip Sweet Sparkle January 2018 - Lip Open

Appeal Cosmetics Ultra Shine Liquid Lipstick in Nude, 2g – Retail Value $21

This liquid lipstick goes on smooth and opaque and feels light and non-tacky on my lips. I love the pinky nude shade. I wouldn’t say this was super shiny, more like a satin finish. When it dried down after a few hours it left a matte stain even after eating and sipping coffee. I’m happy with how it never made my lips feel dry and cracky and stayed inside of my lip line for the most part.

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Starlooks Cream Blush in Abstract, 2.5gRetail Value $12, Listed Value $5.50

I believe this blush stick is exclusive to Starlooks’ “Perfect Size” collection which offers cosmetics with about 70% of the volume of a full-size item. I don’t know why that would be worth a whole separate line of product but I won’t complain because this is a great cream blush. The color is a matte dusty pink (no shimmer) and is the only shade offered (I guess it is supposed to be universal?). It blends well and is able to be layered to achieve whatever level of flush you want. I have no issues applying it layered over powder or liquid foundation. It lasts all day too!

Sweet Sparkle January 2018 - Eyeliner Box

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Glam21 One Shot!!! Sniper Gel Eye Liner in Shot Cappuccino, .5g – Retail Value $15.03

I love bronzy colored liners for days that I want a more subdued look. They give just the right amount of definition. This shade has a slight metallic finish that catches a little bit of light but is still subtle. It is fairly smudge proof, which means it lasts, but that also makes it tough to blend when you put it on.

Sweet Sparkle January 2018 - Sorme

Sweet Sparkle January 2018 - Sorme Open Sweet Sparkle January 2018 - Sorme Detail

Sweet Sparkle January 2018 - Sorme Sharpener

Sorme HD Chubby Eyeshadow Pencil with Sharpener in Wide Eyed, 4.59g – Retail Value $17

This eyeshadow stick is hard to work with. It applies very sheer and kind of chalky and just doesn’t blend well onto the lid. At most I think I would use this as a highlight in the corners of my eyes, but I have products that work much better for that already.

Sweet Sparkle January 2018 - Manna Sweet Sparkle January 2018 - Manna Open

Manna Kadar Glo Illuminator, 20ml – Retail Value $29

Oh, this guy again! This illuminator has been included in several boxes I’ve received lately. It’s not bad but I really enjoy trying new brands and products so I’m not crazy about repeats from a brand we all know. Anyway, this liquid highlighter can be mixed in with a foundation to make it dewy or dabbed on to the high points of the face for a subtle highlight. I usually use powder foundation or tinted moisturizer so I don’t mix anything in, but it makes for an ok highlighter.

Sweet Sparkle January 2018 - Swatches

All of the items swatched from top to bottom: liquid lipstick, cream blush, eyeliner, shadow stick, and illuminator.

Sweet Sparkle January 2018 - Face Sweet Sparkle January 2018 - Face 2

Here I’ve done my version of “Color Me Rosy”. I started by highlighting my cheekbones with the Manna illuminator which left a super subtle glow. Then, I dabbed on some of the Starlooks cream blush onto the apples of my cheeks and blended with my fingertips. My eyes got a thick line of the Glam21 eyeliner on the top lid and a thin smudge on the bottom lid. I applied the Sorme eyeshadow stick, but as you can see, it kind of just looked chunky and dry. Lastly, I applied a layer of the Appeal liquid lipstick over my bare lips.

Overall, I really enjoy this look for days when I want to look bright and, well, rosy.

The Verdict: Sweet Sparkle’s “Color Me Rosy” box has a value of $94.03 plus free shipping. The values have increased over the past couple of months and it’s been reflected in the product quality in terms of better formulas and brands. I can’t pick my favorite between the blush, eyeliner, and lipstick! I did get one dud in this box, the eyeshadow, but the rest will certainly be used. All of the items, as always, are full-sized and coordinated to create an entire look. I like that Sweet Sparkle makes a point to provide subscribers with everything needed for the themed look and even give some inspiration on the info card. I hope next month includes a brand I haven’t had a chance to try yet.

To Wrap Up:

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

Value Breakdown: At $24.50 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Appeal Cosmetics Ultra Shine Liquid Lipstick in Nude: $5.47
  • Starlooks Cream Blush in Abstract: $3.13
  • Glam21 One Shot!!! Sniper Gel Eye Liner in Shot Cappuccino: $3.92
  • Sorme HD Chubby Eyeshadow Pencil with Sharpener in Wide Eyed: $4.43
  • Manna Kadar Glo Illuminator: $7.56

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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.

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

11 Comments

  1. I’ve been considering this box and am glad to see a review.

  2. Nice review but I would never pay more for this than I do for Boxycharm.

  3. This box was a let down I think. Boxes just need to do away with that MK highlighter….like right now.

    • But the reviewer makes everything look pretty!

  4. People see Manna Kadar in a box they get grouchy. LOL. I have two or three of the one in this box and none of them are from this box. Overkill

  5. I know they can’t please everyone, but all these nude colors I can’t wear at 54 years old they make me look totally washed out. Wish I could wear them as many as I have accumulated.

    • Try them at 64…lol…I don’t wear them either. .I think I have single handedly provided the women’s shelter with cosmetics..😄 for life..

    • I’m in my 20s and have the exact same issue. Nude shades have never and will never look good on me. I have very fair skin so “nude” lipsticks always look like death on me haha

  6. The dreaded Manna Kadar Glo… hahaha, I’ve received that before 😀

  7. Smaller sized “full-size” products are becoming more popular, especially with all the beauty boxes out now. Less product means you can probably use it all before it expires or goes funky, and a smaller size is handy for carrying in a purse or clutch.

    • That is an excellent insight, Amber! I like smaller products in general, as I’m usually home most of the time & only wear make-up when I go out. I might get 10 or so uses out of a full size mascara before the recommended 3 month toss out date comes around. It sounds like a good idea to me.

      Great review Tiffany & I love that lip color. It’s just my shade. 😊

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