Sweet Sparkle Makeup Box Review + Coupon – January 2019


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Sweet Sparkle January 2019 - Box Review

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 2019 - Open Box Review

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Sweet Sparkle January 2019 - All 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 2019 Review

Sweet Sparkle January 2019 - Info Card 1

Sweet Sparkle January 2019 - Info Card 2

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 “New Year Glow” featuring 5 makeup products plus one bonus item.

Sweet Sparkle January 2019 - Tony Moly Petite Bunny Gloss Bar 1

Sweet Sparkle January 2019 - Tony Moly Petite Bunny Gloss Bar 2

Tony Moly Petite Bunny Gloss Bar – Retail Value $8

Tony Moly always has the best packaging! I love sheet masks and hand creams from this brand, so I was excited to try this Gloss Bar in Juicy Grape. The grape flavor (yes, you can taste it!) reminds me of a purple lollipop, and I love the moisturizing tint left on my lips. Plus, of course, I am excited to have this Petite Bunny by my side!

Sweet Sparkle January 2019 - Bang Beauty Eyeshadow in Mystical 1

Sweet Sparkle January 2019 - Bang Beauty Eyeshadow in Mystical 2

Bang Beauty Eyeshadow in Mystical – Retail Value $16

At first glance, this appears to be a lackluster pale pink shadow, no bells or whistles, but when I swatched this shadow I was pleasantly surprised; this pot has a white to pink duochrome, and she is pigmented! The texture of this shadow is cream to powder, and I think that is why I had some trouble blending its thicker consistency into other powder shadows. I love the pigment, but it was also a little challenging to layer it for a more concentrated color. She is complicated, but I think applying this after any other shadow is key to getting a better blend.

Sweet Sparkle January 2019 - Dirty Little Secret Baked Highlight in Bellini 1

Sweet Sparkle January 2019 - Dirty Little Secret Baked Highlight in Bellini 2

Sweet Sparkle January 2019 - Dirty Little Secret Baked Highlight in Bellini 3

Dirty Little Secret Baked Highlight in Bellini – Listed Value $15 (Buy here for $14)

Here is another product that seemed a little boring at first glance, but the pinky-purple glow this highlight gives off is an ethereal dream! Bellini didn’t exaggerate or accentuate my pores, and the glow it produced was not stark but subtly majestic.

Sweet Sparkle January 2019 - Hikari Liquid Eyeliner in Fawn

Hikari Liquid Eyeliner in Fawn – Retail Value $17

This liquid liner has a felt tip that was intimidatingly thick; I was able to get a thin line (like I prefer) by applying this liner very slowly, using only the very tip. I appreciate when receiving any color other than black in makeup subscriptions, so I was happy to see Fawn is a black/brown.

Sweet Sparkle January 2019 - Kokie Cosmetics High Brow Pencil in Blonde 1

Sweet Sparkle January 2019 - Kokie Cosmetics High Brow Pencil in Blonde 2

Kokie Cosmetics High Brow Pencil in Blonde – Retail Value $10

Kokie’s High Brow is reminiscent of my beloved Anastasia Brow Definer, and I would have loved it if the color wasn’t so light. I couldn’t see this warm blonde pencil working for anyone with light brown or darker hair, which probably excludes a lot of subscribers. The angled tip makes application so quick and easy, just like the Brow Definer, so I am definitely going to give this a try in my color.

Bonus Items:

Sweet Sparkle January 2019 - A’PIEU Milk Sheet Mask in Strawberry 1

Sweet Sparkle January 2019 - A’PIEU Milk Sheet Mask in Strawberry 2

I try not to use a lot of fragranced skincare because my skin is so sensitive, but I could not pass this strawberry wonder up. It has a light strawberry scent that didn’t seem to irritate, and my skin felt refreshed and hydrated after leaving it on for about 15 minutes.

Sweet Sparkle January 2019 -Swatches

Swatches of the makeup (left to right):

Tony Moly Gloss Bar in Juicy Grape (barely visible), Bang Beauty Eyeshadow in Mystical, Dirty Little Secret Highlight in Bellini, Hikari Liquid Liner in Fawn, Kokie High Brow in Blonde

Sweet Sparkle January 2019 - Me

Here is a quick look I did wearing each product. Check out that highlight! The eyebrow pencil made my brows way lighter than I prefer, and the Bang Beauty shadow in Mystical’s texture was a little too thick to blend nicely into a powder shadow. Other than that, I was pleasantly surprised with the Dirty Little Secret Highlight in Bellini, and I could wear the Tony Moly Gloss Bar every day and not get tired of the smell, tint and moisture it provided.

Verdict: Every month I enjoy including each product sampled from Sweet Sparkle into one look, and this month’s (look) wasn’t especially exciting, but I found a few great products making this month’s box a great fit for me.

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 listed value of $73, not including the two bonus items. At $24.50 for this box (with free shipping), here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Tony Moly Gloss Bar: $3.11
  • Kokie Cosmetics Brow Pencil: $3.89
  • Bang Beauty Shadow: $6.22
  • Hikari Liquid Eyeliner: $5.83
  • Dirty Little Secret Baked Highlighter $5.44

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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.

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5 Comments

  1. Abby, this is one of the prettiest makeup looks I have seen on you. The look is so fresh and dewy. Your skin looks amazing!

    • Thank you! I’ve been through the wringer with my skin, so that means a lot 🙂

  2. I can’t wait to get that bunny gloss…I have one coming in cherry, from ipsy.

    Everything looks pretty on you, too!

    • Me too! Can’t wait 😊

  3. That gloss is really cute!
    I don’t like putting eyeshadow above my lid either.

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