Oh, and to anyone who stumbled across this post via Google search or Facebook, sorry. I promise we'll get to reviewing the Starbox in just a second. And yes, I always am this self-indulgent and introspective. Feel free to stick around for more!
And as this is my first Starlooks review, let me take a minute to tell you a bit about the company. Instead of sending out makeup they source from different companies (i.e. Ipsy & Birchbox), Starlooks is a makeup brand that sends their own products in a subscription service. Their cosmetics are made in the USA, using the same high-end labs as M*A*C, Smashbox, and Dior. However, their prices are much lower! Their subscription service is $15/mo (Plus $2.68 in shipping), and you receive FOUR FULL SIZE makeup items from their line! I have loved every item I've received from this company, and their customer service is amazing. The best part is, they sell any extra Starboxes for $25 (free shipping). So if you don't want to take the gamble of the subscription, just check out their website, because $25 is still an awesome deal!
April's Starbox theme is "Festival." Now that the weather is warming up, I need makeup that is light, wearable, and doesn't melt in the hot sun. So I was really thrilled when they released the sneak preview "lookbook" for this month!
We started getting hints through the Starlooks Facebook page that this month was concentrating on long-lasting looks that didn't need touching up in the hot summer sun. So when the box landed in my mail today, I squealed with excitement (don't worry, my neighbors are used to it by now) and ran inside!
|Yup, that's an azalea on my address.|
The box comes in a USPS envelope, stamped all over with "FRAGILE". So guess what? There was a huge dent in the bottom of my box! Womp womp.
|The box (dent not visible!)|
|Here's the dent!|
Ok, so I know what you really want... What's on the inside?
|Translucent Mineralized Powder, $19|
|Sensation Mascara Primer, $15|
Oh, LOVE! You see, I have long lashes, but they're not very thick. This mascara primer not only moisturizes the lashes and helps promote growth, but it thickens lashes up to 50%! Which means that when I apply my mascara over it, I will have long AND thick lashes! I've seen similar products, but the ones with good reviews were quite expensive. If the primer works as advertised, I can totally afford a refill!
|Tendergloss Lipstick in Polish, $11|
Oh thank goodness! Every other sub has been sending me super-bright colored lip stuff! It's actually nice to get a neutral item. This is a sheer, shimmery lipstick that is also quite moisturizing. Starlooks sent out several different colors, and Polish is a great shade on me! Here's a swatch:
|Kind of a rosy, shimmery, pink. Perfect!|
On my lips, this is definitely much less "frosty" than it appears in the tube. I'm wearing it right now, and my lips are much more hydrated than when I wear a "normal" lipstick.
And last but not least:
|Starlooks Lipbalm, $5|
Just in case your lips aren't hydrated enough, slap on some SPF 15 mint lip balm! Although this item is valued at $5, it's not currently available through the website! This item is a Starbox exclusive item. In addition to receiving their tried and true items, Starbox subscribers often receive an item that hasn't launched yet! Last month we received a vanilla lip scrub, and the box contents card suggests applying the mint balm after using the vanilla scrub for a sweetmint flavor! YUMMMMM.
The total value of this box is $50. Wowza!
I love my Starbox. Don't you?