Lipstick Junkie Review + First Box For $5 – February 2019
Lipstick Junkie is a monthly subscription box that sends full-size lipstick and lip care products. Their focus is on bold colors and trying new products, so if you are a lipstick lover or want to step outside of your comfort zone, this might be perfect for you!
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).
About Lipstick Junkie
The Subscription Box:Lipstick Junkie
The Cost: $18 per box, or save with longer subscriptions ($16.67 per box for a 3-month subscription, or $15.83 per box with a 6-month subscription)
The Products: 3 full-size lip color and lip care products (no drugstore brands)
Ships to: free for the US, $7 for Canada, $9 for International
Lipstick Junkie February 2019 Review
While there was no official theme for the box this month, the info card describes the feeling they were going for as “curated to bring a brighter palette of colors while still keeping in style with the Winter season.” I think that sounds perfect for February!
The info card also describes details about each of the products included. Now, onto the fun part – the lipsticks!
Sorme Lip and Cheek Stick in color “Naughty” – Retail Value $20.00
This is a multi-tasking stick that functions as both a lipstick and a cheek color. The color is a beautiful burnished bronze and features a twist-up base. The pigment feels silky to the touch. My first thought when seeing this color is that it would be a great eyeshadow! See below for the swatches and how I used this for my makeup look.
Phase Zero Makeup Liquid Matte Lipstick in color “Gingerbread” – Retail Value $9.75 (buy two shades here for $13.50)
This is a gorgeous, deep brown/red liquid lipstick. I’d never heard of the Phase Zero brand, and according to their website, they are based out of the UK. They have a line of pretty, natural colors that I liked! This warm color is definitely my style, and I was excited to see it in the box. The wand made the color easy to apply, and the pigment lasted for several hours. The information card says that this lipstick is hydrating while being a matte color, and I did find it to be less drying than most liquid lipsticks. It wore down into more of a stain, which I loved! See below for the swatches and how I wore this!
Mollie Jacob Deep Moisturizing Lipstick in color “Muted Peach” – Retail Value $22.00
First of all, how cute is this packaging?! I’m a sucker for buying makeup just because it looks pretty, and this lipstick is definitely up my alley. I love the gold finish, and the texture on the outside of the lipstick makes it easy to hold. The color is a very nude peach, and while I love the look of it in the tube, this is just not a color I can wear. I know from experience that I tend to look as if I’m suffering from the flu when I wear lipstick this nude and/or pale, and this lipstick was no exception. I’m bummed that I can’t wear this shade, because the formulation of this lipstick is wonderful! It’s creamy and comfortable to wear. See the swatch below!
Bonus: Appeal Pigment in color “Bronze”, Full Size – Retail Value $21.00
This was included as a bonus item in the box, and no information about it was included in the info card, so this could possibly be a variant item between boxes. The color of this bronze pigment is gorgeous! It’s shimmery without being sparkly, and it looks like it could be used pretty much anywhere – on eyes, cheekbones, or on your shoulders/collarbone for a little extra glow. My one complaint is that it’s difficult to get out of the container when you want to use it. It’s packaged so that it has shaker holes on the top, and when I tried to tap a little bit of the product into the lid, the powder floated right up into the air and got all over my table. See the swatch below!
From top to bottom in the picture: Sorme lip and cheek color, Phase Zero liquid lipstick, Mollie Jacob lipstick, and Appeal bronze pigment.
All three of the lip products were highly pigmented and gave a great amount of product in one swipe. In the swatch shown I did two swipes with the liquid lipstick (shown second from the top), but the other two are only one swipe. The bronze pigment is loose and diffuse, and I think it would give you a great bronzy glow!
Here’s my makeup look using products from this box! I love bronze shades for eyeshadow, so I tried out the Sorme lip and cheek color as an eyeshadow stick, and I love how easy that was to use. I tapped a small amount of the Appeal bronze pigment on top of it to set the color and to add a little bit of shimmer. I then deepened my crease and the corners of my eyes with a matte taupe shade for a bit of depth. I then finished my look with deep brown eyeliner and two coats of mascara. On my lips, I’m wearing the Phase Zero liquid lipstick in Gingerbread. I think this is the perfect shade of warm, brick red. It’s bolder than my usual daily look, but I love how easily wearable it is.
Verdict: This month’s Lipstick Junkie has a value of about $72.75, which is incredible for an $18 subscription box! Even without the bonus item, the total value comes to $51.75, which is still an amazing value for the cost, especially since all of the products are full size. I also think it’s a great way to try new things you wouldn’t typically pick up for yourself. I really liked that all of the products seemed to go together this month – they were all in the warm color family and play off of each other nicely. I like the idea of trying a few different products that all tie into the same theme, and then being able to pick your favorite or which one works best for you.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will receive the March box. From Lipstick Junkie:
We ship on the first week of each month, usually on the 1st! Order by the end of the month to receive your box.
Value Breakdown: At $18 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:
- Sorme Lip and Cheek Stick – $4.95
- Phase Zero Liquid Matte Lipstick – $2.41
- Mollie Jacobs Moisturizing Lipstick – $5.44
- Appeal Pigment – $5.20
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