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Sweet Sparkle Makeup Box Review + Coupon – October 2018


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Sweet Sparkle Box October 2018 - Unopened Box Top

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

Sweet Sparkle Box October 2018 - Opened Box Front

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

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

Sweet Sparkle October 2018 review

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 October 2018 “Purple Potion” Review

Sweet Sparkle Box October 2018 - Info Card Front Sweet Sparkle Box October 2018 - Info Card Back

Each month Sweet Sparkle includes an info card with an intro to the theme, products sampled and their retail values. This month’s theme is “Purple Potion” featuring four makeup products and one makeup tool.

Sweet Sparkle Box October 2018 -Doucce Cheek Blush Front 1 Sweet Sparkle Box October 2018 -Doucce Cheek Blush Front 2 Sweet Sparkle Box October 2018 -Doucce Cheek Blush Top

Doucce Cheek Blush in Feeling You – Retail Value $28

The look and weight of this compact is so impressive; I am really digging the sleek, reflective gunmetal packaging. I am not one to switch up makeup for seasons, but this deepened coral blush seems like it could the perfect pop of color for fall. I barely touched my brush to this powder and it was saturated with color, so I’ll just have to remember to use a light hand with this one. All in all, I am very happy with the performance of this blush!

Sweet Sparkle Box October 2018 - Kokie Cosmetics Liquid Lip Poudre in Stunner Front Sweet Sparkle Box October 2018 - Kokie Cosmetics Liquid Lip Poudre in Stunner Open Front

Kokie Cosmetics Liquid Lip Poudre in Stunner – Retail Value $7

Kokie Cosmetics is a brand I’ve sampled several times, thanks to Ipsy, and I am always really happy to see them in subscription boxes. I have this lippie in a dark mulberry color, and I actually really like this formula. It is a liquid lip that doesn’t dry out my lips (right away), and it doesn’t get clumped up or tacky when reapplying. Straight out of the tube, I wasn’t sure I’d like this light, nude color, but I think it grew on me.

Sweet Sparkle Box October 2018 - Hikari Cream Pigment Eye Shadow Front Sweet Sparkle Box October 2018 - Hikari Cream Pigment Eye Shadow Top

Hikari Cosmetics Cream Pigment Eye Shadow in Cosmic – Retail Value $13

This shadow is the focus of the entire box and for good reason! The info card describes this purple as “dramatic and sultry” which pretty much sums it up! This cream pigment was easy to pick up on my finger and built up very nicely on my lid. The packaging is a cheap plastic, and I struggled to twist the lid back on every time I opened the jar, but other than that, I think this eye pigment is awesome!

Sweet Sparkle Box October 2018 - Iby Dual Brow Highlighter Front

Iby Dual Brow Highlighter – Retail Value $8

I’ve tried a few brow highlighters, but I don’t really feel like it is a necessary step in my makeup routine. Both sides were pretty stiff and rough to apply; I tried to warm them up on my hand before using them on my eye area, but it was still a bit of a struggle. I used the shimmery side blended under my brows, but the peachy shade was way too dark to do any highlighting on my pale skin. Overall, I just think I have too many products that can multitask as a brow highlighter, and this may just take up valuable real estate in my vanity.

Sweet Sparkle Box October 2018 - e.l.f. Cosmetics Kabuki Brush with Box Front Sweet Sparkle Box October 2018 - e.l.f. Cosmetics Kabuki Brush Front

e.l.f. Cosmetics Kabuki Brush – Retail Value $6

This is my first e.l.f. Brush! I like kabuki brushes for face powders and bronzers, and it seemed to do a good job dispersing and blending out product. It is a soft brush, but it isn’t as soft as my Real Techniques or It Cosmetics brushes–but if you’re into beauty on a budget, I would definitely check this one out!

Sweet Sparkle Box October 2018 - Swatches Side

Swatches of the makeup (left to right): Doucce blush, Kokie lippie, IBY brow highlights (shimmer then matte), Hikari shadow.

Sweet Sparkle Box October 2018 - Look 1 Front Sweet Sparkle Box October 2018 - Look 2 Front Sweet Sparkle Box October 2018 - Look 3 Front

Here is the look I came up with using the blush, shadow, and lip product. I also used the brow highlight, but it didn’t show up like I wanted. I used Hikari cream pigment in Cosmic on my lid and lower lash line, deepening the outer corners with Uncut eyeshadow by Urban Decay. I also spiced up the inner corners of my lids with Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in PYRO.

I loved this look and will definitely be recreating it in the future!

Verdict: Sweet Sparkle really came through this month! I loved my eye look, thanks to the Hikari shadow, and I will definitely get a lot of use out of the Kokie lippie and Doucce blush, too. The only item I wasn’t fond of this month was the brow highlight, but that is definitely a huge step up from last month. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality products in this month’s box, and I hope that Sweet Sparkle keeps the surprises coming!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. Your first box will be the current month’s box. So if you sign up in the month of November, you will get the November box.

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

Value Breakdown: This month’s box has a total retail value of $62; I think that is pretty good for a box that costs $24.50. At $24.50 for this box (with free shipping), here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Doucce Blush – $11.06
  • Kokie Lip Poudre – $2.77
  • Hikari Shadow – $5.14
  • IBY Brow Highlighter – $3.16
  • E.l.f. Kabuki – $2.37

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What do you think of this month’s Sweet Sparkle box?

Written by Abby Holsinger

Abby Holsinger

Abby has been a box enthusiast since July 2011, finding her calling with Birchbox. That was the start of a new era for Abby, because she is now hooked on the subscription box life; she loves the idea of receiving (several) thoughtful treats from genius curators such as Lisa Sugar and Rachel Zoe. A few other loves of hers would be her dog named Bill Murray, Bill Murray and chocolate babka.

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.

6 Comments

  1. Well aren’t you adorable! I had this box and liked it a lot. I had to cut some of my subs, but I really enjoyed that there was always a full look in the box.

    • This was my second box, and I was pleasantly surprised by all the good picks 🙂

  2. I’m not mad at this box and would get it if they lowered the price a bit. Unless they keep improving. I

  3. Oh my, you are beautiful, and the makeup looks fantastic!

    • Thank you! I had some good products to work with 😉

      • 🙂

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