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So Susan Subscription Box Review + Coupon – April 2018

So Susan Color Curate is a monthly subscription service that sends 4 full-size beauty items in a makeup bag. All products are 100% Cruelty-Free, Vegan and Paraben-Free!

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

The Subscription Box: So Susan Color Curate

The Cost: $20.95 a month + free shipping

The Products:  Four full sized beauty items (plus a cute canvas bag). 100% Cruelty-Free, Vegan and Paraben-Free.

Ships to: Worldwide

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Each box comes with a card detailing the month’s products and prices.

Now, on to the items!

Jelly Pong Pong Liptensity Hydrating Lip Gloss in Sumptuosity – Value $19.95

This is a bold lip gloss that packs a good amount of shine and a lot of pigment!

(Swatched in lower photo.)

So Susan Lip Dew in Berry Burst – Value $19

When I hear tinted lip balm, I think lots of moisture and a little color. This lip balm is the opposite of that. It’s really pigmented and provides some hydration.

And it has a berry scent to match its name! (Swatched in lower photo.)

So Susan Cashmere Matte in Cardinal – Retail Value $21

I’m a little disappointed to see this in the box since we just received a Cashmere Matte (in a different shade) in the February box.

This lip crayon is a cool, bold red shade. I didn’t find it to be long-lasting, but the pigment is great if you are OK with reapplying throughout the day.

(Swatched in lower photo.)

Trifle Cosmetics Bon Bon Bling in Avocado Jam – Retail Value $15

I am SO impressed with this eyeshadow! The pigment and shimmer are outstanding!

Subscribers will either receive this shade, or Kiwi Smoothie, or Pistachio Jam.

Here it is swatched beneath the lipgloss, the lip balm, and the lip crayon:

And each So Susan Color Curate comes with a new makeup bag:

Limited Edition Makeup Bag – Value $12

The bag is made of a spill-proof vinyl material with a fabric lining:

Verdict: This month’s So Susan Lip Love bag has a value of about $86.95! I think that value is fantastic for a $21 ingredient-conscious makeup subscription box. This box felt a little heay on the lip products, but we’ve received palettes in the past few boxes, so I’m OK with a lippie month. 

If you are looking for a vegan, ingredient-conscious makeup subscription, I can’t recommend this one enough. The value is great, the formulas are great, and the bonus bag is always super cute!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes! Sign up this month to receive this box as your first box.

Coupon – Use code LIPLOVE1 to get a free bag when you purchase a 6-month subscription!

Value Breakdown: At $20.95 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Liptensity Lip Gloss: $4.81
  • Lip Dew Lip Balm: $4.57
  • Cashmere Matte Lip Crayon: $5.06
  • Bon Bon Bling Eyeshadow: $3.61
  • Makeup Bag: $2.89

What do you think of this month’s So Susan Lip Love subscription?

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Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Makeup Subscription Boxes, So Susan Color Curate Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women, UK Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: So Susan Color Curate | 16 comments

Comments (16)

  1. Darn it! I LOVED last months and didn’t cancel in time and I really don’t like getting 3 lip products in one bag. Green shadow is pretty but I don’t like loose formulas so I won’t be using that one either. Waste of money for me.

  2. I have answers from So Susan about where their products are made.
    First of all, ” Formulated” means ” where this was first developed in a lab.” It is a bit of a snob term if the product was ” formulated in a Swiss lab” or ” From French chemists”. That’s all it means- ” Where the product was first developed from a group of ingredients.

    Next, they split hairs. I knew they did. They say
    1) All skincare item are FORMULATED and MADE in Europe, with packaging and packaging printing made in Italy. ( How much skincare you getting in those bags? )

    2) Regarding the color cosmetics, which is what I had questions about, they give two different answers in two sentences:
    “For makeup or color-based items, our products are FORMULATED in the EU and our packaging is made in China”.

    ” For products whereby we have to manufacture in large qtys, the bulks are FORMULATED in the EU & are then FILLED in China as this enables us to meet very strict delivery deadlines.”

    Notice that they do not say where the cosmetic items made in small batch lots is MADE ( Manufactured).
    I believe it all is ” formulated” ( the colors mixed to the desirable hues and consistencies) in Europe, and China MAKES all the color cosmetic orders, because I know some of these brands were made in China when I dropped the bag for that reason.
    As far as I know, So Susan doesn’t have many instances of “small batch color cosmetics”, or doesn’t have in their bags, so that leaves ” formulated in the EU and filled ( MADE) in China”.

    Not my circus any longer, but someone might actually care about the pretty obvious ” confusion” on the color product containers.

    Lancome’ may have formulated eye serum 30 years ago in Paris, but if it’s now made in the USA they are honest enough to say ” Made in the USA”.

  3. I’ve been looking at the reviews for So Susan for a while. I was put off by all the liquid highlighters they were including a while back (I can’t do highlighters, and can’t even use the liquid ones for eye shadow – they’re always too smeary and too bright), but I like the colors of these lip products so much that they might finally get me to join.

    I am sooooooooo sick of nude lip products – they make me look dead or sickly, and my other sub bags send them constantly (and none of my friends want them either, so I can’t even gift them). These reds and pinks are so much closer to what looks good on me.

  4. I subbed to this bag until I realized that 4/5 products every month, sometimes all, are made in PRC ( China) for the So Susan brands.

    • Interesting. Are you positive about this information? By the way, lots of cosmetics both high and low end are manufactured in PRC also known as Taiwan or even China itself. Whenever I’ve read my products that come in these bags they say formulated in Italy and packaging made in China. Just rechecked everything I’ve received and it all says formulated in Italy.

      • Your correct Chandra, thank you for clarifying that for everyone as I love So Susan Cosmetics and read exactly what you read.

  5. If they would eliminate the phrases on the bags, I’d like to subscribe to this one.

    • I agree! I love the print and colors of this BUT for the words!?! Why????? Sub boxes have so much stuff with words or phrases and, based on the blog and forum comments, so few people seem to like it. I don’t get it.

      • LOVE the WORDS……my whole reason for trying this!

    • I just wish they’d source their quotes like they used to.

    • I wonder if it’s meant to appeal to the under 30 crowd? I’m mid 30s and would prefer no text as well. When I think of print on clothes, I think of the Pink stuff from VS which is definitely meant for a younger demographic.

      • I have the same feeling about the sayings. I would feel a bit embarrassed to be seen with some of those affirmations on my stuff (although this month’s words are OK), but it’s sort of sweet for teenagers. The art is beautiful – I wish the sayings were on just the postcards.

  6. Is it me or does Berry Burst look more brownish than berry colored?

  7. I like the bag itself (although I wish it didn’t say anything,) and the bon-bon bling looks really nice (I pretty much like any shade of green shadow.) However I’m not crazy about the lip items; the berry blast is probably the only one I would wear. The shades are so different it is doubtful the same person could wear all three successfully.

    It would be neat if a bags, especially at a price points above $15, had variations for skin-tone, so you could sign up with your season (Autumn, Spring, etc.) and not get colors that completely clash with your skin. Or any variation that wasn’t random (e.g. select dry, oily, or combination skin; select gloss or matte; etc.)

  8. Really bold colors, might only work for a few people.

  9. A whole bag of things I won’t wear and it’s my last bag. Not impressed.

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