Lip Factory Box May 2014 review, unboxing

Lip Factory May 2014 beauty box review, unboxing
There is no doubt at all that the generously-packed Memebox has spoilt me thoroughly and increased my expectations from other beauty boxes. But, even if you take Memebox out of the equation, there are beauty boxes that I used to love, which had a very decent standard. Then, a few boxes down the line, they became downright disappointing. Glamabox was the first to go down that route, sending slimming "wraps", Cetaphil and chocolate before I decided to cut my losses and run. The next to bite the dust was A Beautiful World, who sent a tea bag and 5ml pots for 32 quid. And now, it is Lip Factory's turn, after a marvellous six-month run, where I had declared each month's box their best-ever. All I can say is, I hope they pick up next month, and I hope Memebox remains consistent forever. Read on to know why this tirade.

Here is my unboxing and review of the May 2014 Lip Factory beauty box.


Before I get started on this month's box, I must bring in the April 2014 box, reviewed here - they had sent me products which were absolutely opposite to the ones indicated in my profile, and when I said so, they said it was an error because of new staff and promised to send me replacement colours with the May box. The replacements have not been sent in this box, adding to the disappointment.

Packaging of the May 2014 Lip Factory box:

This time, Lip Factory changed last month's brown external box to a new black external box without the red lips logo but the name. At the same time, they have continued to avoid the inner box. Lip Factory has changed around the packaging quite a bit over the last couple of months. The inner box is a must, and you will see why shortly.
Lip Factory May 2014 beauty box review, unboxing
The product card is pretty and this box is Spring-themed.
Lip Factory May 2014 beauty box review, unboxing

Here are the contents of my May 2014 Lip Factory Box:

  1. Pari Beauty Lipstick in Ballet Flats
  2. Medusa's Makeup Eyeshadow in Voodoo
  3. MeMeMe Cosmetics Blush Me! in Pink
  4. NCLA Nail Wraps
  5. Teeez Trendy Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Roaming Mauve
Lip Factory May 2014 beauty box review, unboxing
Five full-sized products there. A quick glimpse at each.

Pari Beauty Lipstick in Ballet Flats

I always love receiving lipsticks in beauty boxes. But this shade is definitely going to wash out my skintone. The camera has made it look darker than it is; it should suit those who are NC25 or paler.
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Worse, what are those boils on the surface of that lipstick? Not condensation droplets - those are actually part of the lipstick product. I know it is summer everywhere, but there are plenty of lipsticks out there which do not break out in boils in the heat, but leave that privilege to my skin. Or is it a fungal infection? Ewwww!
Lip Factory May 2014 beauty box review, unboxing

Medusa's Makeup Eyeshadow in Voodoo

This is why Lip Factory should have persisted with the external box. The eyeshadow is well and truly smashed into smithereens, powdered into particles, mashed into microparticles, destroyed into dust, ground into granules, pounded into... okay, you get the idea. I love words and could not find anything sufficient to express my disappointment.
Lip Factory May 2014 beauty box review, unboxing
Lip Factory May 2014 beauty box review, unboxing
Worse, the powder got everywhere when I opened the box - on the lipstick, on the nail wraps, on my camera, on my hands and so on, as you can see below.
And the powder was so fine that I proceeded to sneeze my way through the unboxing until I took an antihistamine.
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MeMeMe Cosmetics Blush Me! in Pink

My beauty profile clearly insists on peach or coral-based blush and insists on no pinks, which will not suit my medium skintone. No one has read my beauty profile this month either.
Lip Factory May 2014 beauty box review, unboxing
Lip Factory May 2014 beauty box review, unboxing

NCLA Nail Wraps

If ever I wanted to scout around for evidence of extra-terrestrial life, I would wear these nail wraps on my nails, go out into some plain without any trees, on a clear day, and wave towards the skies. These are bright enough to be seen from outer space with the n@ked eye and I am sure that alien life forms, if any, would want to get in touch and/or wave back. Thankfully, I sat next to my teenaged neighbour for tea as we watched the new Prime Minister take oath of office, and when I told her about it (she helps herself to a lot of things I cannot use), she snapped them up on the spot. She did not want the boiled-up lipstick. Or the super-pink blush. And, like me, she hates gloss. Oh, and these are priced at $16 on their product card. Seriously?
Lip Factory May 2014 beauty box review, unboxing

Teeez Trendy Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Roaming Mauve

Le sigh. What part of "I cannot use lip gloss, please do not send me any" is so difficult to understand? I know I get glosses in Memebox but they do not allow customisation at all, and add other generous samples instead. Mind you, Lip Factory used to diligently avoid sending me lip glosses until two boxes ago. Why the sudden ignoring of my beauty profile? I love Teeez so much but wish they had sent me another set of nail wraps instead of this.
Lip Factory May 2014 beauty box review, unboxing
And do not be taken in by that colour. It goes on clear and stings my skin so much so that I removed the swatch from my forearm before I took a picture.
Lip Factory May 2014 beauty box review, unboxing
Summary
So what can I use from this month's box, which cost me $32 as usual including shipping? The nail wraps were welcomed by the kid next door. In effect, I paid $32 for a set of nail wraps which were gifted away.
I know I sound super-harsh, but whatever happened to those great beauty boxes that Lip Factory sent out in October, November, December, January, February and so on, where my reviews were drool-fests? If you see those, you would agree with my sentiments.
I am all the more disappointed that they did not deliver on their promise to send me a replacement lipstick and something else in lieu of lip gloss for last month. They had acknowledged that the lipstick colour and the inclusion of lip gloss in my April box were mistakes, but not only is there no replacement yet, but the error seems to have recurred this month, with lip gloss cropping up again. What they could do is to cancel out the personalisation or customisation option, like Memebox. I have told them about the damaged products and other concerns and will see what happens.
Unless the next couple of boxes are as good as the pre-March boxes, once my subscription runs out in August, Memebox alone it is. Unless they, too, change track, but I doubt it - do check out the boxes they have on sale here and previous unboxings here.
If you wish to subscribe to Lip Factory, you can do so at lipfactoryinc.com and quote 385650 as a reference to get 50 points, which you can redeem for something later.
P.S. These things are subjective and personal; there will be those who love the blush, wraps and gloss. For my part, I had clearly mentioned my preferences in my beauty profile, which has largely been ignored for the last two months.
  1. Brunwen (brunwen.blogspot.cz)May 26, 2014

    Now I feel like my first time subscription since this box was a mistake... :( I'm not even looking forward to it now. And I was already charged for the June box. If I cancel my subscription now, will they still send me the June box? (I have to cancel it even if it was great, cause I have to spare some money).

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  2. What you wrote about NCLA nail wraps had me in splits. But I really understand your pain over receiving a sub-standard box. The eyeshadow would have been a lovely, wearable colour, had it reached you intact.

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  3. Matilly RoseMay 27, 2014

    I was very disappointed with last month's box all the shades I received were Goth Purple, Goth Silver/grey and Goth Black. Not my idea of a Spring box. Doesn't look like I am going to be impressed with this month's offering either. I will be cancelling my subscription once again. I wonder what went wrong?

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  4. gosh.. $32 in drain... this is so disappointing... You should email them pictures of products received

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  5. Brunwen (brunwen.blogspot.cz)May 27, 2014

    Now I'm not even looking forward to my May box. :( It is my first one. And I have already been charged for the June box. To cancel or not to cancel? ... :(

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  6. Aw, I'm sorry this was disappointing! The products looked so promising! <3

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  7. MyBeautyJunctionMay 28, 2014

    My sheets disagree, as does the camera. Both hate the colour lol. But this is not funny anymore, throwing $32 away on unusable products and much-hated lip gloss.

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  8. MyBeautyJunctionMay 28, 2014

    Terrible. Remember how we drooled over the boxes this time last year? It was the best beauty box that shipped worldwide. It remained that way, more or less, until the March box, and it all went downhill from there. I hope it is not a case of their not caring anymore. That would send the customers running far away.

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  9. MyBeautyJunctionMay 28, 2014

    I did :( Awaiting a proper reply because of Memorial Weekend holidays.

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  10. Chic and AlluringMay 28, 2014

    Wow, sorry to hear. :-/
    That box sounds so disappointing. While there's no denying that the products are beautiful, they're also useless if you can't use them (obvious statement of the century. LOL).

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  11. I just joined lip factory so the may box will be my first.... if they ever decide to ship it...... but I am looking forward to the Teeez lip gloss as I subscribed hoping to get Teeez cosmetics. Question though because maybe I subscribed wrong but where is this customization that everyone talks about because my beauty profile offered is very simple only asking my basic physical characteristics and not any preferences at all....

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  12. MyBeautyJunctionMay 28, 2014

    Have you got your shipping notification for May? The box should almost have reached you. I think, unless you get a shipping notification for a box, they let you cancel. I could be wrong, though. I am stuck with a long-term sub until August where I paid upfront to save 5%.

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  13. MyBeautyJunctionMay 28, 2014

    Lol! Thank you. My only issue is that if you allow personalisation to any degree and promise that level of customisation, then you should send out products that the customer is asking for.

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  14. MyBeautyJunctionMay 28, 2014

    Hey Sasha! At the end of your beauty profile, there is a space for comments. Lip Factory encourages you to make use of that box and tell them if you don't want a product in forever, like "no false lashes or glosses ever, please" or even colours. Until February, they used to read every word and stick to whatever I had written :(

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  15. Oh, well that makes sense, thank you! :) I guess I will update that as I agree with you that false lashes are unwanted... like ever. And I'm sorry your box was disappointing; Hope they do get better because it could be the dream box of all subscription boxes.

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  16. So disappointing to hear about this. I used to subscribe to Lip Factory, but had to take a break because of financial reasons. I loved almost every box and even when there was a mess-up, it was fixed immediately. It's sad to hear that quality has gone downhill. :(

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  17. Brunwen (brunwen.blogspot.cz)May 29, 2014

    Yep, I got my shipping notification for May box, so the box should be on its way. And I got charged for June, so I would like to get that box for my money as well. I will probably cancel after that, because I'm afraid I won't get the June box if I cancel now, even though I paid for it.

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  18. iswarya laxmiJune 02, 2014

    Huh...Extremely disappointing....Hope they improve their service by next month else you should eat their brain.. I love the way you have written this

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