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Sweet Sparkle Makeup Box Review + Coupon – May 2020

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

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

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 May 2020 Review


IBY Beauty Deluxe Eye Shadow in Pearl Glow – Retail Value $9

Sweet Sparkle has been sending eye shadow singles out for a few months now. The color is a nice frosty white highlight color, but it is so boring! I have one hundred different frosty white shadows, so this really isn’t anything exciting. It didn’t last long on my eyelid, but when I first applied this shadow it had great payoff.


LA Girl Glide Gel Eyeliner in Deep Bronze – Retail Value $3

I am impressed by LA Girl’s products. I’ve tried quite a few from this subscription, and even though the price point is cheap, the formulas are always very nice. This liner made lining my eyes so easy; it slid on with full pigment and smudged out for a fast kitten flick. I really prefer this bronzy brown shade to an everyday black, too.


Oh K! Bubble Sheet Mask – Retail Value $2.99

Oh K!’s Bubble mask is meant to exfoliate and cleanse your skin using willow bark and cinnamon bark. I applied this to my face, and it started bubbling immediately. I left it on for 10 minutes and rinsed the product off after removing the bubbled sheet.

I really didn’t notice any purifying or exfoliating effects on my skin. It really didn’t even make my skin feel soft like most sheet masks do. The bubbles were fun to watch, but I wouldn’t recommend this mask if you’re really looking to shed some old skin cells or get a deep clean.


J. Cat Diamond Pris-Metal Chrome Eye Mousse in Melted Crystal – Retail Value $5.99

Mousse and liquid shadows add awesome dimension to a look, and it is always fun to play with different textures. This shadow has a lot of sparkle and no fallout to report! You can build up the shine very easily or apply a quick swipe for a wash of color. The effect was pretty, but unfortunately, it did not last long on my oily eyelids. I did not apply this over a primer (I don’t usually use one, especially for non-powder shadows), but I will definitely try one next time to see if it improves on wear time.


Rude Notorious Liquid Lip Color in Radical Red – Retail Value $4.50

There is nothing I like about this loud lipstick, except for the shade. It is a gorgeous red hot red — absolute fire! Liquid lipsticks dry my lips out, and this one dried so rapidly, which would make the application really time-consuming since it would have to be perfect; it also stains like crazy, too, so there is no room for any errors when applying. I am not sure what the white crust is on the tube of this product, but I didn’t like the look of it, which prevented me from using this on my mouth.


Unicorn Blossom in Sweet Strawberry – Estimated Value $3.34 (Buy a set of 3 for $10)

This lip gloss felt very young to me. The flowers are a nice touch, but the packaging is ultimately very cheap looking and the sticker on the top makes this feel like a gloss meant for adolescents. The flavor wasn’t anything spectacular, and the gloss just provided a shine on the lips that didn’t last very long. Another very blah product for me!

Swatches of the makeup (top to bottom): Rude Liquid Lip in Radical Red, IBY Eyeshadow in Pearl Glo, LA Girl Deep Bronze Eyeliner, J. Cat Pris-Metal in Melted Crystal


Here is the look I came up with using most of the products from this month’s box. I am wearing both eye shadows, the eyeliner, and lip gloss from this month’s box.

Verdict: May’s Sweet Sparkle had some decent finds for me this month. I liked the look I was left with thanks to all the eye products, but the two lippies weren’t impressive and neither was the sheet mask. This month’s retail value came to $28.82; you are basically paying full price for each item this month, which is definitely not what I look for or expect from a subscription box. The products and value of this month’s box were overall very underwhelming.

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 July, you will get the July 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:

  • IBY Shadow: $7.65
  • J. Cat Eye Mousse: $5.09
  • Oh K! Mask: $2.54
  • LA Girl Eyeliner: $2.55
  • Rude lipstick: $3.83
  • Blossom Gloss: $2.84

Check out all of our Sweet Sparkle reviews and the best beauty subscription boxes of 2020 for more makeup boxes!

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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 | 12 comments

Comments (12)

  1. Ugh! Drug store makeup basically paying full price for? What’s the point? Where is the value? HARD PASS!!

  2. Why keep reviewing this, Abby? The sub money can be put to better use.

  3. Great review of a terrible box. Why would someone subscribe to this box? Even though they can be a mess, I would rather sub to Boxy for that price. At least you will get some higher end items!

    • Thanks for reading!

  4. Boxycharm and Ipsy Plus are the same price and at least give full size brand name products for the most part. This looks like all the junk left over from a dollar store clearance sale. I’m embarrassed for anyone that signed up for this crap.

  5. Amazing that someone buys this box

  6. Wowzers.. There is absolutely no value in this box at all whatsoever. I can’t imagine why anyone would buy this.

  7. I could easily find 5 similar products equally as good at DollarTree. No, thanks.

    • Exactly!

  8. You put time and great talent into producing a review of a box with some products that I would, personally, throw away, and cancel the subscription immediately.

    Thank you for the review. Please don’t take it personally, but an honour that I fully trust your reviews if you are honest, whichever direction the reviews ultimately go.

    • Thanks for reading! This month’s liquid lip went straight into the can 😛 no hesitation!

  9. I don’t see the point, honestly. $25 for this?

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