First Lip Love Monthly Beauty Bag review, unboxing

A full-sized, cruelty-free makeup-only beauty subscription!

Inaugural Lip Love Monthly Beauty Bag 2015 review, unboxing

Beauty boxes generally send out a lot of skincare; very few subscriptions give more importance to makeup, especially full-sized makeup products. For makeup lovers and for those who prefer cruelty-free beauty products, here is a new subscription - the Lip Love Monthly beauty bag from So Susan Cosmetics (see their website here). They ship worldwide!
The company is founded by Susan Chyi, who had also set up Jelly Pong Pong - remember those products in Glossyboxes? She began her first venture into the cosmetics industry aged 19, while at the LSU. The brand is headquartered in Essex, UK, and is paraben-, phthalate- mineral-oil- and 100% cruelty-free. They had a nail polish subbie named Lacquer Love until recently; it made way for Lip Love.
Lip Love features a beauty bag with four products, of which at least three will be lip-based. They may or may not be multifunctional. All products will be full-sized. Best of all, they send you previews so you can skip a month if you don't like the look of the contents. The inaugural number of the bag is themed Red Carpet Stars.

Check out my review of the first edition of the Lip Love Monthly Beauty Bag from So Susan Cosmetics.



The bag is not one of those cheap vinyl affairs. This is good quality canvas. And cute to boot!
Inaugural Lip Love Monthly Beauty Bag 2015 review, unboxing

The product card.
Inaugural Lip Love Monthly Beauty Bag 2015 review, unboxing

What I received:

  1. Eco Chic Canvas Makeup Bag 7.5 inches x 5.5 inches
  2. Lip Dome in shade Melon
  3. Jelly Pong Pong Supermodel Stain quad
  4. Lip and Cheek Jelly
  5. Red Carpet Stars Silver Anklet Chain
  6. The product card says Concealer Quad but I've got a single concealer named "Cream"
Inaugural Lip Love Monthly Beauty Bag 2015 review, unboxing
Right. First impressions.

Lip Dome in shade Melon

They sent me a subtle, neutral lippie. I wonder how they knew that! I had not spoken to them or mentioned my blog but just hit checkout. Containing goji berry, mangosteen and hyaluronic acid, this lip tint, like everything from So Susan Cosmetics, combines makeup with skincare goodness. I've swatched everything at the end of the post.
Inaugural Lip Love Monthly Beauty Bag 2015 review, unboxing

Jelly Pong Pong Supermodel Stain quad

This is a quad of four colours that can go on the lips and cheeks, according to the label. Two of these shades are way too pale for my lips and will wash me out, so they will only serve as mild cheek stains. But one of the shades is gorgeous, as you will see below in the swatches. I love the cute packaging on all these items.
Inaugural Lip Love Monthly Beauty Bag 2015 review, unboxing

Lip and Cheek Jelly

Does anyone remember The Body Shop's lipstain tubes? This is a thicker and more viscous version. It is my Mum's favourite fuchsia shade, so with Mothering Sunday around the corner, I might give it to her. I would like to see different shades in this beautiful formula in future bags, especially in neutral shades.
Inaugural Lip Love Monthly Beauty Bag 2015 review, unboxing

Concealer Quad

The product card says Concealer Quad; the website PROMISED a concealer quad (displayed in the photograph and written in the description so there is no way I misunderstood), but I've got a single concealer named "Cream", which is simply too pale for me. I wrote to their customer care and they replied saying they had run out of the quad and sent me this instead! I'm not pleased to miss out on the quad; I think you should provide all customers with the same thing your promise. I hope they send out the same thing promised to everyone in the next box and avoid this sort of mess up, which will only give rise to cries of bias.
Inaugural Lip Love Monthly Beauty Bag 2015 review, unboxing

Red Carpet Stars Silver Anklet Chain

I will be wearing this on my wrist. I cannot stand anything on my feet anyway - can you imagine the biggest fidget of the decade wearing anklets?
Inaugural Lip Love Monthly Beauty Bag 2015 review, unboxing

Swatches

Left to right: Lip Dome in Melon; Cheek Jelly; Supermodel Lip Stain quad; Concealer in Cream.
Inaugural Lip Love Monthly Beauty Bag 2015 review, unboxing

Verdict and how to buy

This Lip Love beauty bag from So Susan Cosmetics is a great first effort. Cute packaging, great product selection and nice value - the bag's worth has been pegged at $92.95 or £68. The bag itself costs $20.95. If there is one thing I was not too pleased about, it was the single concealer they sent me instead of the promised quad, so I hope things will improve next month onwards?
As I said before, you can sit out a month if you don't like the preview they send you. Everything is full-sized and cruelty-free and they only send out makeup, so the price point is definitely worth it. Get your bag here.

    1. The makeup bag is adorable and the products look fabulous! And I totally remember Jelly Pong Pong. I miss that brand!

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    2. What a bummer about the concealer quad! I like the makeup bag, though.

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    3. Other than the concealer mixup (the shade would be great for me lol), it sounds like a great box. Love that you can pass on a month if you don't like the products

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    4. Bummer about the quad - especially when the replacement isn't your color. I like that you can preview each month, and I love lippies!

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    5. This looks like a nice service and the products are so pretty. The colours... Right in my wheelhouse, for sure.

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    6. Have I mentioned, I love your new name? :D

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    7. I would be irked about the quad. Especially if you didn't pass on this months bag because of the item they decided to sub. The lippies do look great, though!

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    8. That bag is freaking adorable! Totally looking into this service!

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    9. What a shame about the concealer quad! I always get bummed out when I miss out on the Birchbox monthly picks, so I can understand your frustration. That lip quad has really pretty colors and I love that they can be used on the cheeks as well!

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    10. so I seriously LOVE that bag. I've used and loved so many of their products but never tried any lip! I need to do that asap!

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    11. I've really liked all the Jelly Pong Pong items I've gotten in various services!

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    12. This is so interesting. I'm always amazed at how many subscriptions there are. I wouldn't have minded a single concealer if the shade worked for me but I can see why you'd be disappointed.

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    13. That anklet is super cute! I like the look of the cheek jelly as well!

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    14. In fairness, this bag is totally worth it. I've read nice things about So Susan, I'm interested to try some!

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    15. I hadn't heard about this service. Love that everything is full sized, and that bag is adorable!

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    16. You got some really cute shades that are very spring.

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    17. I love how cute that makeup bag is. I have not heard of this service before... but I think that it does over great things since everything is full size. That's always a plus.

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    18. SUCH cute packaging! Love all of it!

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    19. I love the makeup bag - it's absolutely adorable!

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    20. I love the Jelly Pong Pong products I've tried so far!

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    21. I've swatched it for this post (with a brush) but it is untouched apart from that - if you want to give it a try, I'd be glad to send it to you!

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    22. Thank you! I took the plunge after seeing you rebrand!

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    23. Isn't the bag pretty?

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    24. I love full-sized products! Too many subscriptions sent out foil sachets and 1ml vials. Ugh!

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    25. I'm loving the lippies!

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    26. Isn't it? I can't wait to see the March bag!

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    27. They are great quality lippies! I want to try their foundations and bronzers as well.

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    28. The lippies are great!

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    29. Am sure you'll love it - it's great for the price!

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    30. And it doesn't cost a bomb!

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    31. I love the preview option as well! I don't use lip gloss so I'd rather skip months where they're included.

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    32. The cheek jelly is super-long-wearing!

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    33. The lip quad is quite long-wearing (at least, the two lip colours are!) and creamy.

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    34. I really wish it had worked for me; it was so creamy and easy to blend.

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    35. Glossybox members got a concealer quad in their March box so I suspect that's where the shortage from our box went.

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    36. Such a beautiful packaging, love the bag!

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