I am something of a subscription box junkie. I just love the idea of having stuff delivered right to my door and getting a surprise treat every month. This is a brand new subscription service called Lip Monthly. This is their fourth month on the market I believe. Now, I’ll be honest and say I don’t have the best relationship to lip color. Shopping for lipsticks and glosses and stains makes me nervous because I don’t think I’ve figured out exactly what colors look the best on me yet. So, when I heard about this service that sends you 3-4 full-size lip products per month for only $10? I was totally on board because it would take out the guess work for me and expose me to products or colors that I might not have picked up. That’s the point of these boxes, right?
That said, I have heard some not great things about this new company starting out. I watched a lot of Youtube reviews of the previous months and people were complaining that the products were old and discontinued or that the brands were no longer current. I cannot speak to that because, as you will see below, that has not been my experience of the company, but you can find my overall thoughts on this bag and subscription service at the very end of the post.
This is my August bag. This is the first month that has come in an actual makeup bag (previously it came in a small box and clear cellophane bag) and this is the first month with a theme – “Lips 101.” As you can see the bag is a pretty basic makeup bag that is blue and says Lip Monthly all over it. It’s a great size though and feels like really good quality. You really can never have too many little bags like this though. Each bag also come with a little card detailing the theme, the products you got, and the prices of each product. I’m going to go through each product and I will leave a picture of the swatches down below.
The first product I got is Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics Liquid Glass Lip Gloss in Lip Lock. This is full-size, but it’s a nice small gloss. I have heard of Jesse’s Girl but never tried any products. I believe you can only buy them at Rite Aid and there isn’t one near me in Chicago. This is a really pretty bubble gum pink color and it is a sticky gloss. It also smells like Play-Doh, which is odd. It retails for $4.99 and on the Jesse’s Girl website, it looks like the packaging may have changed. So yes, this is a potentially old product, but it came fully sealed in clear cellophane.
The next thing I got is City Color Cosmetics Magic Balm. I have a cream eye shadow from this brand that I really like. It is a cheaper brand – I don’t think they sell anything over $10, but the brand isn’t bad quality. This product is in really cute packaging. It’s a sheer pink balm that looks like a lipstick. I kind of wonder if this is one of those balms that changes color based on your skin and body temperature. It definitely took on different pink hues when I swatched it on my arm versus my lips. It’s really pretty and lightweight, and it feels really moisturizing on. I will be honest and say that I could not find this product anywhere on the City Color website, but again it came completely sealed. My card says this retails for $3.99
Next is a City Color Cosmetics Be Matte Lipstick in Phoebe. This is a full-size lipstick that retails for $3.99. It’s a dark berry color that is really pretty, definitely great for fall. It is a little drying, but that is pretty typical of matte lip products. This also came completely sealed and is current; you can buy this on the City Color website right now.
Up next is a City Color Cosmetics Lip Balm in Ultra Pink. Again, this is full-size and retails for $2.99, and it came fully sealed. This smells like cherries to me. It’s a really pretty red-orange color and it goes on so smoothly. I really like this as a balm with a bit of color. This is also a current product available on the City Color website.
My final product is what they call the “monthly mixup.” In addition to your lip products, each month they send you another beauty related item. This month it is a Lid Last Shadow Pen by Pixi in Gentle Gold. I have been seeing a lot of Pixi products both from Ipsy and Birchbox, but I’ve never gotten to try one. This is an eyeshadow pen that goes from cream to powder. It is silky smooth and the color is a light, shimmery gold. It’s a great neutral color and I’m probably the most excited about this, of everything that came in the bag. It is full-size and retails for $18. It is also current and available on the Pixi website.
That is everything that was in my bag this month. It is a $10 bag and I got $31 worth of products, which is pretty good value. That being said – I’m not sure I want to keep this subscription. It is a new company, so kinks are still being worked out I’m sure, but there are a few things I’ve noticed. For starters, this subscription isn’t customizable yet. You don’t take a beauty quiz or anything like that, so the colors that get sent out seem random. That may be something they are going to change in the future though. Specific to this bag, I am really not thrilled about getting three products from one brand. I do subscriptions to try lots of different brands, so getting three things from City Color is a little disappointing. I also think it says something that the item I am most excited for in a lip product subscription box is not a lip product at all. As far as some products being old, that doesn’t particularly bother me. Everything came individually sealed, so these products aren’t used. Makeup has a shelf-life if it’s unopened, anywhere from 1-5 years depending on the product. Nothing smells or looks rancid, so getting older products isn’t a huge deal to me (though I don’t feel like I got any old products this month).
Overall, not super impressed by this bag. I want to give it one more month, just to see if they’ll send a better variety of products next month. If you want to read more about the company, you can click here to go to their website (this is not a referral link, it just goes to the Lip Monthly homepage). They are currently running a promotion to get your first box for $6.99 if you use the code SUMMERLIPS. I hate to leave this on a bummer note, but I’m not feeling it from this bag.