So Susan Color Curate Subscription Box Review – May 2019


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Color Curate May 2019 makeup subscription review

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

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About This Box

The Subscription Box: So Susan Color Curate

The Cost: $20.95 a month + free shipping

The Products:  Four full-sized beauty items + a makeup bag. 100% Cruelty-Free, Vegan and Paraben-Free.

Ships to: This subscription ships to the US only; you can purchase older bags and have them shipped worldwide here

May 2019 So Susan Color Curate Review

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Included this month is an info card with a list of all of the included products. It looks like this bag has a listed value of $111.50!

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Limited-Edition Makeup Bag May 2019  – Retail Value $12.00

This is just a spring dream! I love the calla lilies against the pretty green background. The inside of this water-resistant bag is a cheerful butter yellow.

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Trifle Cosmetics Berry Gel Lip & Face Gloss, 7 ml – Retail Value $7.50

I am obsessed with this fruity, shiny, pink tinted gel! It smells like berry candies and is so wonderfully glossy without being sticky. I love the pretty pink glow it gives to my lips. You can also use this formula on your eyelids, cheeks, and collarbones, though I think this would be weird, at least for me and my routine. And I could never waste this wonderful formula by using it anywhere else but my lips. Formulated with sunflower oil and strawberry extract, it is moisturizing as well as pretty. For $7.50, this is probably my favorite new summer gloss.

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So Susan Cosmetics Halo On High Cream-To-Powder Luminizer in ‘Candles & Kisses’, 6 g – Retail Value $25.00

These highlighters have made a few appearances in this sub recently: a single in March and a super similar quad in February. I am a little luminizer’ed out, especially as these shades are always too dark for me to use as an actual highlighter. The shade is a lovely metallic copper, and the formula is super smooth and highly pigmented. I can always use something like this as an eyeshadow, but once we get to the product below you will see why that would be a little redundant!

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Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics Plasma Palette Ultra-Saturated Eyeshadow Palette, 10 g – Retail Value $45.00

This again feels an awful lot like a highlighter from last month’s bag. While the eyeshadow last month was a single and this is a quad, it would have been nice to get a different color from a different family. The formula is really great and the pigment is intense. This spongy eyeshadow feels very much like a true cream to powder texture and wears for a really long time. These shades are a little autumnal for my taste (especially for a springtime bag) but they are very versatile and will be easy to wear by a ton of different people.

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Top to bottom: Berry Gel, Candles & Kisses highlighter, Plasma Palette Quad

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Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics Diamond Twinkle Shadow Buffing Brush – Retail Value $22.00

Finally, we received a very pretty shadow buffing brush that is coated in metallic rainbow colors. Really nothing not to love here: the brush is springy, dense, wonderful for blending powders, and vegan. I didn’t think it worked very well with the cream shadows that also came this month, but it worked well with the luminizer and some of my pressed powder shadows at home.

Verdict: So Susan Color Curate might benefit from some variety. I have seen a few repeats over the last few months and there has been an overabundance of bronze/gold/browns. While the shadows would be wearable for almost anyone, the highlighter is going to be harder for cooler skin tones. I do feel I have to say that if I had not gotten the previous month’s bags, I would absolutely love this month’s items because they are all solid formulas with tons of pigment payoff. I just have so much of them now! I absolutely adore the lip gel and totally plan on buying more. The shadow brush is of good quality and would make any shadow or brush collector very happy. This month had a value of $111.50, which is (as usual) great for this $21 bag. 

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes! If you sign up in May, the May box will be your first box.

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

  • Makeup Bag $2.25
  • Lip Gel $1.41
  • Luminizer $4.70
  • Eyeshadow Quad $8.46
  • Eyeshadow Brush $4.13

Alternatively, each of the 5 featured items in the box has an average cost of $4.19.

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Written by Megan Kirkland

Megan Kirkland

I love natural/vegan beauty products, Korean skincare, unique jewelry, and weird candies from far away places. When I am not waiting for my next exciting box you can find me painting or taking photographs of interesting people. I never leave home without pug hair somewhere on my shirt and a bold lipstick on my smile.

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5 Comments

  1. I should be getting mine any day! I actually love the color choices, though they do feel more autumn than spring. If nothing else it will get tucked away until later in the year.

    I was so curious about the berry gel, thank you for the review Megan, looks like a great choice for a spring/summer lip. 🙂

    The bag itself is adorable, I have way more than I need, but might be cute for a notions present to my mom.

  2. I do wish the colors were different. I am so bored and overwhelmed with earth & bronze tones from every box this past year. The lip gel, bag & brush are super cute. I like all the brands but I want pinks, blues & greens for a change.

  3. I’ve been using the Halo on High Luminzer/highlighter as a bronzer instead! Including the single from a couple months ago and the quad one before that… absolutely love it as a bronzer! My go-to “bronzer” now 🙂

  4. Love the bag!

  5. I love this month’s products (especially the bag)! How easy is it to subscribe and cancel/skip with this box? If they’re as repetitive as it sounds, I’d like to be able to cancel and resub as needed.

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