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Sweet Sparkle Makeup Box Review + Coupon – March 2020

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

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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: Worldwide for free. You can check out the list of countries they ship to here.

Sweet Sparkle March 2020 Review

 Sweet Sparkle didn’t include an info sheet for me this month, but they usually have one with the products and their prices listed.

 

Dome Beauty Diamond Shadow in Patina – Retail Value $23

Metallic shadows are some of my favorite beauty products, but we received a shadow last month that is very similar to this one with a cooler tone. This color has a little more sparkle to it, but I was surprised by how similar the two are and that Sweet Sparkle would pick pinky metallic singles two months in a row. I do, however, prefer this shadow because it is much softer and has more dimension. I was shocked by the retail of this shadow since I’ve never even heard of the brand, and I think it is a little overpriced.

The top swatch is Dome Beauty Diamond Shadow in Patina and below is Luna by Luna Eyeshadow in Plum. Not identical, but close enough on the eyes to speculate.

 

J. Cat Blinkle Shimmer Eyeshadow in Tiger Eye – Retail Value $4.99 (on sale for $2.99)

My least favorite shade of eye shadow is silver; I can’t make it flatter my complexion! This shadow is a frosty, shimmering silver with a beautifully soft texture. I was also shocked that Sweet Sparkle also chose to include two eye shadow singles this month. I have a vast collection of singles that I just don’t reach for since I’d rather use a palette that has more options that work together. Honestly, I love this very pigmented shade, but it just doesn’t does work for me.

 

Patchology Flashmasque Hydrate Masque – Retail Value $8

I always enjoy Patchology sheet masks, and this is actually my favorite one. Once you set the sheet in place it stays put for however long you’d like (the instructions recommend 5 minutes, minimum). I really like the way this mask hydrated my face, and it also improved the texture of my dry skin. This mask’s moisturizing ingredients hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 quickly sink into your skin leaving it feeling refreshed, rehydrated, and smooth.

 

L.A. Girl Matte Flat Velvet Lipstick in Sweet Revenge – Retail Value $5

Mattes are not my favorite lip finishes; I find that they exaggerate the lines on my lips, and they make my lips seem even smaller than they already are. They are usually very drying, too, but I did not have that problem with this lipstick. It felt very comfortable on my lips, actually! I was surprised at how light it appeared on my lips (it looks much darker inside the tube). I only needed one swipe of this pigmented lip color for an even application, and shea butter helped it glide on with ease.

 

Cailyn Gelux Eyebrow in Birch – Retail Value $22 (on sale for $15.99)

Brow products are always awesome to receive in boxes, especially when they send the right color. I didn’t think this color would work for me, but it was perfect to fill in my brows. The description claims this formula is a gel, but it seems like more of a pomade to me. It crumbled when I inserted my brush into the product, and I really had to dig around to get enough on my brush. I’d imagine a gel would be much easier and smoother to work with. I liked the application of this product, but it didn’t quite fit the description of what it claims to be. This packaging is also not my favorite since it is so bulky, and I never end up using the brush hidden inside the lid.

Swatches of the makeup (top to bottom): L.A. Girl Lipstick in Sweet Revenge, Cailyn Gelux in Birch, Dome Eyeshadow in Pink Prism, J. Cat Blinkle in Tiger Eye

Here is the look I came up with using all of the products from this month’s box. I actually like the lip color more in this photo than I did when I looked in the mirror. The metallic eyeshadows popped, but I still am not convinced that I can pull off an icy silver.

Verdict: March’s Sweet Sparkle was an interesting collection. I liked using the brow product and the face mask, but I am not sure why they sent out two metallic eyeshadow singles. The colors they sent out this month weren’t my favorite, but I will likely use the pink eyeshadow again. This month’s retail value came to $54.98; that is double the box cost, which is a pretty good value.

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 March, you will get the March box, etc. 

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

Value Breakdown: At $24.50 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Dome Beauty Eye Shadow: $10.23
  • J. Cat Eye Shadow: $1.33
  • Flashmasque Mask: $3.56
  • L.A. Girl Lipstick: $2.23
  • Cailyn Gelux Eyebrow Gel: $7.12

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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.

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Makeup Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women, Sweet Sparkle Reviews| Tags: sweet sparkle | 14 comments

Comments (14)

  1. I think if this box was $10 a month, it would be fine. For the $25 price point, I would expect either truly “indie” brands, a palette every month, something to make it stand out.

  2. abby…you look very nice and sweet….however the box is just not for me…I love skincare and good makeup…this looks like something for a 15 or 16 year old girl..

  3. I love your reviews. Especially when you put it all together and give us a look at the end! Thank you :3

    • Thanks for reading! 🙂

  4. So same price as ipsy GBP (minus a few cents), but with GBP you get to pick one of the items and you get a pretty bag.

    • Yeah Ipsy GBP is the way better deal at this price point – actual brand name items and not shady or dollar store brands. I know brand isn’t always everything, but yeesh for a sub as expensive as this one, I would expect more than one or two of the items to be known and nice brands

      • To be fair, I’ve received four of these five brands in regular ipsy bags, and all four were full-size items.

      • To be fair, regular Ipsy bags are $12, not $25. No comparison and absolutely no fairness.

  5. Every review I read of this box makes me think less and less of it. it’s usually filled with really low end items, and, at least there’s a concept when you can create a complete look from the contents, but this was just a terrible mish-mash. Just think of how much more value you can get with your $25 by going with another box like Allure, IPSY, Birch Box, or so many others.

  6. I’m sorry but this is a terrible box. Cheap cheap cheap. Better off shopping the clearance section of your local department store.

  7. While I don’t want to defend this box full of cheap cosmetics (compared to other boxes of similar cost, not to mention they seem to be fans of the DLS brands…) but the two pinkish shadows you compared are not similar at all. One is silver and one is gold.

    • I agree, the tones are totally different, but when you apply both on the eye you really can’t tell a difference; they just blend right into each other!

  8. I’ve never heard of that lipstick brand before but I wouldn’t be mad if it someday ended up in my Ipsy bag. LOL

  9. This wouldn’t be a box I would go to every month for $25.

    Past reviews.. Just kinda plain & dull. Not so much of a WOW factor.

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