Lip Monthly Subscription Review + Coupon – September 2018

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Lip Monthly is a subscription box that sends everything lips! Products included are glosses, sticks, balms, and stains. Each month you receive a makeup bag filled with 4-5 full-size lip items.

Note from Liz: We’ve had multiple requests to start reviewing this box again. We’ve also had some MSA readers report issues with billing/customer care. If you are considering subscribing, make sure to read comments in past reviews

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

About Lip Monthly

The Subscription Box: Lip Monthly

The Cost: $12.95 per month (free shipping) or $155.95 annually (free shipping)

Products: 4-5 full-size lip products

Ships to: US, Canada, and International

Lip Monthly September 2018 Review

This month’s theme is “Flawless” and they included a note about how these colors will help us transition to fall. 

Please Note: I was sent an incorrect informational card this month, as it listed a different variation of the bag. Customer service was quick to respond and provided a digital card!

Each month, Lip Monthly sends their products in a little makeup bag. I love that it is a smaller bag, just a bit bigger than my iPhone plus (which doesn’t fit inside) and has a soft material on the outside with cute fall leaves and colors.

Before we get into the lip items, let me just say that Tiffany makes it look so easy and always looks beautiful showing off the colors on her lips. I ended up with a lot of funny faces (and many deleted photos that I hope will never resurface) trying to get good images of the lipstick on my lips so you could see them clearly. Hopefully, you’re able to get a good idea of the colors from my images! Now that that’s out of the way, let’s see what we got:

Hikari Lip Crayon in Fireside – Retail Value $13

This crayon is much darker and has a bit more pink to it than it looks like on the Hikari site. I love the name fireside and it makes me think of more of a mulled wine color. It is a matte crayon but has the subtlest shine to it, and a little gloss over top (not pictured) really makes it pop. You can see that it goes on much brighter than it looks like in the tube. It wears down to a nice stain and I think this may be my go-to fall color.

Starlooks Lip Pencil in Untamed – Estimated Value $12

This lip liner looked so brown to me in the tube, but when I applied it to my lips, it was actually very close to my natural lip color. I think I could definitely wear this with a sheer gloss for a subtle, natural look. They also recommend that you use this to create an ombre look on your lips, which I think I might just try!

The one complaint I do have is that this seems to be a “perfect size” product which is only 70% of the full-size volume and Lip Monthly is supposed to be full-size products only. I’m also a little confused as to why they listed the value as $19 when the most expensive lip pencil on the Starlooks site is $16 (and looks nothing like this). A little research shows me that there was a “Sublime” lip liner that they were selling at one point for $19, but it was a plumping pencil and this is not, so maybe this is a case of having the wrong cost listed on the card based on other variations? Unfortunately, the Starlooks site doesn’t have sizes listed so there is no way to confirm whether this is a full-size product or not.

Portland Bee Balm in Oregon Mint – Retail Value $2.99

I suffer from horribly chapped lips in the winter time, so I am always happy to see a lip balm. Especially one that is natural and made with organic ingredients that I am familiar with! This has just a hint of mint and the beeswax feels very moisturizing on my lips. I also love that this is handmade and helps in supporting bees and their keepers in Oregon!

Appeal Cosmetics Luxurious Lipstick in Spank Me! – Retail Value $29.01

This lipstick was not listed on the original card. I received this instead of the listed Steve Laurant lipgloss (which I might have preferred because there are some beautiful colors there!), but this is actually a higher value, so I can’t complain. I’d consider this color a Barbie pink and I like the packaging of this lipstick although the tube did keep sliding back down while I was trying to photograph it. It has a bit of shine to it, but it quickly wore down to an almost chalky, matte finish. Not what I’d expect of a $29 lipstick, but a primer or gloss over top might help prevent this. I think it’s still a fun color to have when you want a pop of pink, although I’m not sure I’m bold enough to tell everyone what the color is called. 

This is the Hikari lip crayon layered over the Starlooks lip pencil. It gave it sort of a deeper wine-colored hue and I really liked the way they worked together! I added a bit of gloss over top and got a few hours out of this before it wore down to a light stain on my lips.

Just in case you’re wondering about that awkward shoulder hanging out in the last photo, this is my behind the scenes look! And yes, I did test the lipstick out by kissing him on the forehead. Neither the crayon nor lipstick were baby-kiss-friendly, FYI!

Swatches from top to bottom, Starlooks lip liner, Appeal lipstick, and Hikari crayon.

Verdict: This was my first Lip Monthly delivery and I think that it was a pretty decent selection of items that I can actually use. It seems that the colors played it safe this month, which I appreciate as it makes them a bit more wearable for me since I don’t make it out as much these days! I like the lip pencil, but if it is not truly a full-size product, then I think that is misleading for subscribers, which is never acceptable in my book. Overall, I was happy with the items I received as the $57 value is well over the $12.95 cost. 

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, if you sign up now, you’ll get next month’s box as your first box.

Coupon – Save 25% off your first box! No coupon required, just link here.

Value Breakdown: At $12.95 for this sub, and a total value of $57, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Hikari Lip Crayon – $2.95
  • Starlooks Lip Pencil – $2.73
  • Portland Bee Balm – $0.68
  • Appeal Cosmetics Lipstick – $6.59

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Written by Brandi Dowell

Brandi Dowell

Brandi has loved the idea of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013. Finding new products to test out and possibly fall in love with has always excited her. Now, as a mother of 3, she loves discovering new products that can help make parenting a little easier! Her favorites are FabFitFun and Target Baby boxes.

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Cheap Subscription Boxes, Lip Monthly Reviews, Makeup Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: lip monthly | 17 comments


  1. Every color looks good on you!!! Great review.

  2. I was upset that my last bag from them didn’t come in a makeup bag! I feel jipped.

  3. I love the Hikari on you. The baby kiss test is a good idea also for what not to wear to a wedding. I remember one bride ending up with a kiss mark on her dress.

  4. You look gorgeous in all the colors and that baby is divine! What a cutie 💙💙💙

  5. Glad I did not decide to sign up for this

  6. loved the hot pink on u!!! i get rhis box..n let me tell u there bags are getting better…

  7. Thanks for this review, Brandi! I really appreciate when a reviewer is able to model the makeup, and you look great in in all variations. Thanks too for showing us your little cutie!

  8. I love the lilac Appeal shade, Vamp.

  9. Cool! The lip liner looked very good on you!

  10. Wow every color looked great on you! That first shade in fireside looks so gorgeous!

    • Thank you! I think I’m going to wear it out for date night tonight! 🙂

  11. Haha! I did wonder about the off the shoulder look! That was funny! Great review, you rocked all the colors!

  12. Love this review! What an adorable wee fella!

  13. Great review. Love the behind the scene photo!

    • Thanks, Jess! 🙂

  14. I’d never heard of this sub before. Came for the review, but fell in love with that cutie! 😍 He is adorable.

    • Haha thanks, Laura! 😊

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