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Vegan Cuts Makeup Box “Poolside Glamour” Review – Summer 2019

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The Vegan Cuts Makeup Box is a quarterly box from Vegan Cuts. It joins the Vegan Cuts line up of the monthly Beauty Box and Snack Box.

opening the box

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

This review is of the Makeup Box, which is $39.95 per quarter.

a shot of all of the box contents together

About the Vegan Cuts Makeup Box

The Subscription Box: Vegan Cuts Makeup Box

The Cost: $39.95 per quarter + free US shipping

COUPON: Use code MSA to save $5 off your first box!

The Products: “Full-size vegan & cruelty-free makeup to match each season. From lipstick to mascara to luxe nail lacquer, we’ve got all your needs covered and will customize your box based on your beauty profile.”

Ships to: US, Canada, and International (Canadian quarterly price is $46.90, International quarterly price is $54.95)

Vegan Cuts Makeup Box “Poolside Glamour” Summer 2019 Review

cegan cuts info card back with photo of a cute wolf info card with all the products, info, and pricing

Each Vegan Cuts Makeup Box comes with an information card detailing the items for that quarter.

Let’s dive in!


Deco Miami Nail Art Stickers – Retail Value $8.00

I have crappy nails that feel and are very small. A few months ago I would have missed out on actually using these cute stickers but I have been treating myself to acrylic overlays every 2 weeks (basically an acrylic nail sans tip!) and now my nails are longer and have more surface area for fun. I love eyes and moons, so these stickers were immediately on my nails. They stick pretty well on their own, but if you want to make sure they stay put, use a clear topcoat.

Obligatory photo of my hand holding a crystal while rocking some nail stickers.


100% Pure Fruit Pigmented® Cocoa Butter Matte Lipstick in ‘Plume Pink”, 4.5 g – Full Size! Retail Value $30.00 (Plume Pink is currently on sale for $15.00, along with other shades)

I received a tube of this previously back in a Love Goodly Box and I like it then too! This shade is much more pink and girly, which suits me just fine. I love a bold lip color, and this medium pink is really saturated and flattering. It is a matte formula, but I don’t find this stuff drying at all. It is certainly not transfer-proof, but the smooth and hydrating texture is a more than fair trade-off in my eyes. It has a very old-school lipstick scent that is nostalgic for me. 

lipstick swatch



IBY Beauty Poolside Eyeshadow Palette, 1.5 g -Full Size! Retail Value $20.00

Woo, this palette has a ton of colors! The twelve shades are so summery. Per IBY they are described in the following way:

Staycation – Pearl shimmer
Dive In – Candy pink shimmer with a silver shift
Caliente – Gold shimmer
Splish, Splash – Peach shimmer with a gold shift
Margz – Dusty Rose
80 & Nice- Cerise pink
Get Soaked- Pottery pink
Floating- Blushing Raspberry
BYO Bikini- True teal
No Running- Electric purple
Cabana – Sun-kissed deep bronze shimmer

I honestly only really like about half of this palette. Some of the shades are way too pink (bordering on blush or lipstick colors) and a couple of them are too ’90s style frosty for my tastes (Staycation, Dive In). Overall, they are quite smooth and nicely pigmented, and someone more creative will likely get a little more use out of those wilder shades than I will.

palette swatches

Top to bottom: Sunny Skies, Staycation, Dive In, Caliente, Splish Splash, Margz (LOVE)

more palette swatches

Top to Bottom: 80 & Nice, Get Soaked (another fave), Floating, BYO Bikini, No Running, Cabana


Manna Kadar Cosmetics Diamond Dust Roll-On Eyeshadow in ‘Pixie’, 2.5 g – Full Size! Retail Value $19.00

I am surprised at how much I like this little roll-on. It contains the most delicate pale pink shimmer that looks great on my lids or as a highlighter. The rollerball makes the application a total breeze and the shimmer is so bright that I only need a little bit. It gives a perfect amount of lid sparkle for a minimal makeup look and stays put through heat and sweat.  

shimmer roller swatch

Lots of shimmer, but in person, it is a little more pink than champagne.


Bali Balm Grapefruit & Bergamot Lip Balm, 15 ml – Full Size!  Retail Value $27.00

I don’t think I have ever seen a tube of lip balm packaged so finely! The white box is heavy-duty, detailed in the same orange as featured on the balm tube, and perfect for gifting. The tube itself is even wrapped in tissue paper! The formula is super smooth and light, leaving no waxy feel behind, just soft lips. The scent of bergamot is a nod to my fave tea (Earl Grey life!) and the added grapefruit aroma gives it a summery finish.

Verdict: This box has a retail value of $104.00 which is a good value for the $39.95 cost. I really enjoyed every product, though the eyeshadow palette is not exactly my style. The lip color is stunning, and I have been wearing it ever since I opened the box. I also loved the shimmer roll-on and the impressively packaged lip balm. How can I forget about the adorable nail stickers? Overall, I really enjoyed this box, though I wonder if just one more item might have pushed it over the top for me.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yep! Click here to grab the summer quarterly box.

COUPON: Use code MSA to save $5 off your first box!

Value Breakdown: At $39.95 for the box, you are paying approximately the following per item:

  • Nail Stickers $3.07
  • Matte Lipstick $11.52
  • Eyeshadow Palette $7.68
  • Diamond Dust Roll-On $7.30
  • Bali Balm $10.37

Alternatively, each item has an average cost of $7.99.

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Written by Megan


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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Comments (4)

  1. The IBY palette looks nice! I got one of the samples in an Ipsy bag & it a super fantastic pigmented matte. 😍

    I’d love to swap for the lip balm &/or the nail stickers!

    • the colors are really pretty, and so summery. This was my first IBY palette and pigment wise, I was impressed.

      Also, you totally need the nail stickers. Everyone does!

  2. That’s my favorite lipstick! I think that sale ends today or tomorrow, so snap up more if you like the formula!

    • oooh don’t tempt me!

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