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So Susan Color Curate Subscription Box Review – October 2020

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!

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 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% vegan, cruelty-free, and paraben-free.

Ships to: The US only; you can purchase older bags and have them shipped worldwide here

October 2020 So Susan Color Curate Review


Our included info card had a super cute shell design and a list of all of the products inside.


Limited-Edition Makeup Bag, October 2020 – Retail Value $12.00

The pattern this month was a vibrant ode to fall leaves. The interior was a pale yellow.


So Susan Cosmetics Butterstain Palette in ‘Rose Flesh’, 12 g – Retail Value $35.00

Most of you know I enjoy a nice cream blush palette but I have to admit I was underwhelmed with this one. Sure, you can also use it on your lips too, which adds some versatility. I actually liked this texture better on my lips. It feels a little slippy for my cheeks and the way the blush settles seemed to maximize my pores. On my lips though? Really pretty and soft. I think the colors are very soft and wearable, but something about this trio just wasn’t 100% there for me.

Top to bottom: Buttercream, Latte, and Biscotti


Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics Cosmic Light in ‘Prism’, 2.3 g – Retail Value $35.00

I feel like loose pigments have become an every month deal with this bag, and I really wish they weren’t. This is mostly because I am a total disaster and I always spill them but also because sometimes the pigments are actually really rough glitters that are never, ever going anywhere near my eyes. This was luckily more of a soft powder and the pearly shade was very pretty and had a very subtle pinkish shift.

This is a very pretty shimmer.


So Susan Cosmetics Liquid Crystal in ‘Spiced Latte’, 5 mL – Retail Value $21.95

I thought this might be a little too brown when I swatched it, but on my naturally flushed lips, it was actually super pretty and very, very fall! I liked the color a lot. I could do without the scent of this formula. It reminds me a little of bathroom cleaner. This is a shame because I would use this a lot otherwise. But, alas, my lips are awfully close to my nose. In terms of texture, this was an almost sort of matte finish that never truly dried down and never got flaky, which was a plus! I hope that I wake up tomorrow less bothered by this scent because this is a dream in terms of autumn lips.

It looks less brown on my face.

Even makeup-free (and red AF!) this is still a very pretty color.


So Susan Cosmetics LipoPout in ‘Parrots’, 3.5 g – Retail Value $18.95

The cute packaging of this bullet had me really excited about this one. My reservations began when I swatched it. It is a very pale pink. Like… real pale. It still looked ok on my arm, so I applied. Y’all, this was dreadful on my face. Yes, I am redness-prone and my lips are naturally darker than this shade, but wow. I was unprepared for this. Even with a face finished with a perfect foundation and zero redness, I can’t see this working. It’s a shame because I liked how buttery smooth this formula was and even the scent was fine. But this is a big no from me.

“That looks pretty!”

I… I will not be wearing this again.

Verdict: So Susan Color Curate has a value of $122.90 this month which is a good value for a $20.59 bag. I just wasn’t feeling it this month. I didn’t like the scent of one lipstick (but that color!!) and the color on the second was a huge, huge miss despite the adorable packaging. The loose pigment was pretty but nothing super exciting and the palette was just ok. Hopefully, I have better luck next month. 

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, your first box will be the November box.

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

  • Makeup Bag $2.37
  • Palette $6.92
  • Pigment $3.56
  • Liquid Lip $4.34
  • Lipstick $3.75

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

Check out all of our Color Curate reviews and our other favorite makeup subscriptions!

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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.

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Makeup Subscription Boxes, So Susan Color Curate Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: So Susan Color Curate | 4 comments

Comments (4)

  1. Thank you Megan for always modeling the lipstick and make up products. It is refreshing to see how you aren’t afraid to show a red face, funny lipstick colors, and masks (clay, sheet and everything in between!) on the internet. Your honesty is extremely welcomed 😊

    Also, I just have to say I absolutely love your writing style. I always feel like I’m being taken for a nice, enjoyable ride when I read your reviews. You are certainly talented!

  2. Excellent review! Thorough and honest. 🙂 Thank you!

  3. That pink. Oof. It looked so pretty on your arm! 😂 The other lipstick was much better. And I love your glasses!

  4. Your review of the second lip color made me laugh! And I’m not really sure who that color would flatter?

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