Happy ass Friday my lovely undead readers!
I have SO much going on in my life right now that I can barely stop to take a breath above water. My blog has been terribly neglected and I hope to remedy this in the months to come. I have so many swatches and looks I want to do for you all! I'm loving reviewing products but I do want to do more looks and play with my makeup more often.
That being said, let's move right along.
I was given the opportunity to review a Lip Monthly subscription box to share with my readers.
"For only $10/month, Lip Monthly helps you discover brands with the best lip products on the market. Every month we’ll send you a unique box straight to your door and help you discover the best of Lip Glosses, Lip Sticks, Lip Balms, Lip Stains and much more."
Sadly, this isn't going to be much of a *glowing* review.
First off, I've done some research on this company and have seen in a few different videos/posts that the products were nicely packaged in a clear plastic sleeve and placed in a bubble mailer. Each box also came with a description card which outlines each product and it's cost. My products were thrown into the bubble mailer, there was no description card, and they products weren't even secured in the lip monthly box that comes in each package.
So, I was underwhelmed immediately.
This is the box that normally contains a few of the products and the description card. Mine was empty as everything had fallen into the bubble mailer.
Inside the mailer. I have no idea how much each product retails for, as I did not get an item breakdown. I did a little research online and couldn't find some of the items offered on their corresponding websites. I'll go into that more later.
Appeal Cosmetics: "Red Light District" lipstick
Stila Cosmetics lip glaze in "Orange"
City Color lip pencil in "Chic"
City Color lip balm in "Salmon"
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Straight Fixation 1.5 oz tube
When my package had arrived, the Stila "Orange" pencil had no protective sleeve or plastic wrap so the lid had come off and the product had melted, as you can tell from the tip of the pencil. "Chic" had also melted a bit into the lid but there was protective wrap around the tube.
As I did a little research after receiving my package, not only could I not find some of the products on their respective websites, but I stumbled upon THIS post which really sent up red flags. I'd hate for any of these products to be outdated or discontinued from certain companies and I have a feeling that is the case with the Stila lip glaze.
According to the Appeal Cosmetics website, "Red Light District" retails for $22.00 and is currently sold out.
I could not find the lip glaze pencil "Orange" on the Stila website and I'm assuming it's been discontinued. I can't tell what it would have retailed for.
I found "Salmon" on the Color City website retailing for $2.99. "Chic" also retails for $2.99 on the City Color website.
I also located the John Frieda Straight Fixation creme on various websites and it retails for roughly $4.00.
Taking into account the prices I was able to locate, the box is a good deal, but because of some of the other issues with it, I think it's wise to spend your money elsewhere. It seems the boxes are really hit and miss. Some people have received lovely packaged boxes with extras in them and some people have received really badly packaged boxes. I believe this comes down to customer service- there should be someone double checking every package that leaves their facility. I guess it comes right down to your preferences and if you're OK with receiving discontinued or outdated lip items . Lip Monthly does not customize your box in any way, so you'll get what you get. ;)
There was nothing fancy or special about this box to me and some of these items can be easily picked up online or at a drug store. I'm really bummed I didn't receive the description card as I think that's a really fun touch in these monthly subscription boxes. I do love the concept of a monthly box with nothing but lip products, but the box I received falls short of amazing. :(
Are you subscribed to Lip Monthly? What are your thoughts?
*products in this post were kindly provided for review purposes only. All opinions are my own and 100% honest.