Medusa's Make-Up Beauty Box is a vegan and cruelty-free makeup subscription box from the popular indie brand of the same name. Each month you'll receive a box of 3-5 vegan beauty products for just $18.95 with free shipping. The shades and colors are always unique and the packaging is super fun!
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
About this Makeup Beauty Box
The Subscription Box: Medusa's Make-Up Beauty Box
The Cost: $18.95 + free shipping. Save with longer subscriptions.
The Products: 3-5 full-size vegan products curated by the Medusa's Make-Up team with a total value of around $40.
Good to Know: Canadian subscriptions cost $22.95 a month including shipping and international subscriptions cost $26.95 a month including shipping.
Also Good to Know: Orders ship out within 3 business days of your payment. You can cancel anytime.
Medusa's Make-Up October 2020 "Hocus Pocus" Review
Along with my beauty items, I received an info card that details what items are in the box. I love how detailed this info card is (compared to some other boxes' info cards)!
The theme this month is "Hocus Pocus" – perfect for Halloween!
Let's unpack this box!
Medusa's Makeup Setting Spray, 1 fl oz - Retail Value $11.00
First up is the original formula of Medusa's Makeup setting spray. At first, I thought this was a sample size (it's 1 fluid ounce), but it's actually the full size that they sell on their website. It's the perfect size to tuck into your purse or travel with, so I was excited to try it out. The spray is super lightweight and dries almost instantly, which I love. I hate setting sprays that feel sticky or wet when you spray them on - I feel like it makes my mascara smear when they are like that, and this one definitely isn't, so that's a win in my book!
I used this before going to brunch this weekend, and my makeup stayed put perfectly throughout the whole morning. I even took a small post-brunch nap and while my eyeliner was smeared, nothing else had budged from my face while I slept (including the mascara shown below)!
Medusa's Makeup False Eyelashes - Retail Value $7.00
These false lashes are fluttery and not too long, which is great! I love that they come with their own bottle of glue, too. I'm not too much of a false eyelash type of girl, but these don't look too intimidating. Maybe once our stay-at-home days are over and I have events to go to again, I'll be brave and try these out!
Love Byrd Tinted Lip Balm in "Kiss" - Retail Value $8.00
Love Byrd is a sister brand Medusa's Makeup that is focused on all-natural skincare. We haven't received a Love Byrd item in a box yet, so this was an exciting item to try this month. This is a tinted lip balm in a dusty rose color. It's very moisturizing and such a lovely color - this is the best item in the box for me! My only complaint is that the size of the stick is on the larger side, so I found it hard to apply this to my lips without it getting all over. I found that if I just applied it to my lower lip and then rubbed my lips together to spread the color that worked the best!
Medusa's Makeup Witch Lash Mascara - Retail Value $12.00
Okay, guys, I'm super impressed with this mascara. I'm notoriously picky on my mascara - I want it to be thickening, lengthening, stay on all day with no smears, and not be heavy or bother my sensitive eyes. This mascara checks at least 3 of these boxes - it seems to gently lift my lashes and keep a curl better than most mascaras I've tried, and it's also fairly lengthening. The only slight imperfection is that it doesn't create a lot of thickening effect, even though it proclaims to be a thickening mascara. Applying 2-3 coats definitely helped with that, but I would say this mascara gives much more of a natural finish rather than a dramatic, super-thick lash appearance.
Cocobetty Coconut Oil Wipe - Estimated Retail Value $0.86 USD (full size of 25 wipes sells for $29.99 AUS/$21.46USD)
The extra this month is a coconut oil makeup remover wipe. It was very saturated with liquid upon taking it out of the package, and while it removed my makeup wonderfully, it left a very thick film of coconut oil on my skin. I tried to let it soak in for a few minutes before going to bed, but I ended up having to wash my face after using this because I hated the slimy feeling too much. However, if you're a person who likes using coconut oil on their face these might be worth checking out!
One thing to note - the company must have recently changed their website and branding because the Cocobetty website listed on the packaging is not correct - the website is now called Bettyface (linked above).
Here's my makeup look using the mascara and lip balm from the box this month! I tried to show how curled my lashes look after using the mascara - can you see the definition I'm getting with it? Also, the earthy rose color of the balm is my perfect fall shade, and I know I'll be reaching for this product again and again.
Verdict: I thought that this month's Medusa's Make-Up Beauty Box was the best one yet! You can never go wrong with a classic mascara, and I love the color of the lip product this month. The setting spray worked really well, and I know I'll try out the false lashes in the future. The retail value for these items comes to $38.86, which is almost double the cost of the box.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Orders are generally processed within 1-3 business days, so you will likely receive October as your first box if you subscribe before the end of the month.
Value Breakdown: At $18.95 for this box, here's what you're paying for each item:
- Setting spray - $5.36
- Eyelashes - $3.41
- Lip Balm - $3.90
- Mascara - $5.85
- Wipe - $0.42
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What do you think of this month's Medusa's Make-Up Beauty Box?