Lip Monthly Subscription – August 2015 Review and Unboxing!


This is my second Lip Monthly subscription bag and it’s a good ‘un!  Please forgive the stock photos – I have been moving house and haven’t been able to take my own photos this time.

Lip Monthly is an US subscription service, but we can get it here in the UK.  It is very similar to the beauty boxes I usually review, apart from that it is almost solely lip products.  In case you haven’t read my previous post, you can choose from several plans with this service – a one month subscription for $12.95 a month, which you can cancel whenever you want to; a four month subscription for a one-off payment of $38.95 or an annual subscription for a one-off payment of $129.95.  If you live in the USA, postage is free.  If you’re in the UK, it is an extra $5, which is fairly reasonable.


Lip Monthly claim that ‘every month their experts travel across the country to find the best products, so that you don’t have to’.  Each month, you will receive a curated bag filled with lip products – from lipsticks to glosses, balms and stains.  You also receive a card detailing the products and their usual prices.  I also received one non-lip product last month, but not this month, so I assume it is something that happens every so often.

I wasn’t a fan of this month’s bag (the bag itself not the contents!)  It is pink, which I like, but I don’t really like the printing on it and it looks and feels very cheap.  I didn’t sign up for the bag though, so it’s not really an issue for me.  Here’s what was inside it:

Mirabella Velvet Lip Pencil in Pop

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God I love this!  It is such a gorgeous, vibrant colour.  It is a vivid orange with a hint of poppy red.  As my mum said when I was wearing it, “I just can’t take my eyes off your lips”… I don’t know if that was in a good way or not though, haha.

Mirabella claim this lip pencil is creamy and moisturizing with a fluid-like texture that glides on, creating a flawless satin finish with intense, long-wearing color.  I have to say, I agree with all of this.  It applies smoothly and is easy to apply from the tube, with no need for a brush.  It leaves a satin finish – not glossy but not fully matte.

Once this was on, it did NOT BUDGE!  It was indestructible!  I put it on at lunchtime, so it survived two meals, several drinks and lots of chatting and was still intact when I removed it at around 10pm!  This is almost unheard of for lip products I try – even the ones that claim to last all day never do.  I applied a bit of lipbalm over it later in the day as it dried out a little, but the colour was still vibrant.  I love this and would like to try the other shades.

This is a little expensive in my view, at $25 (around £16) but probably worth it for the quality and staying power.  Buy it here.

Starlooks Matte Ultra Long Wear Lip Stix Pencil in LL3 Dragon Fruit

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A second absolute hit for this bag!  At first look I thought this was a lip liner as it is quite thin, but it is a lipstick pencil.  It is described as ultra-matte but I would say it came out more of a satin/matte finish on me, which I really liked.  Dragon Fruit is a gorgeous vibrant but dusky rose pink – definitely my kind of colour.

It is described as long-lasting, and it certainly lasted really well on my lips.  It could use a top up after eating but apart from that it’s really durable.  The texture feels lovely and creamy on the lips.  The only downside is that due to the size, it may not last too long – although how often does anyone actually finish a lipstick anyway?!  Or is that just me because I have too many?  Haha!

This costs a fairly reasonable $14 for the full size (around £9).  You can buy it here.

Be A Bombshell Lip Gloss in Hooked

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This is a full cover colour lip gloss.  It shows up on photos as quite red, but in person it is more of a darkish brown with a hint of red.  Be A Bombshell claim that this lip gloss formula offers long-lasting colour and high shine.  The gloss is quite thick and sticky, which is actually how I like them as it tends to stop them from slipping around on your lips (although I know some people don’t like this texture).

You can apply normally for a liquid lipstick effect or you can apply lightly and then blot for a more sheer colour.  I do like this gloss but it’s really not my colour unfortunately, so I will probably pass it on to a friend as it doesn’t really suit my colouring.  I think I would like some of their other colours though, particularly this one!

This costs $14 (around £9) and you can buy it here.

City Color Lip Butter in Swirl

City Color Swirl

The final product from this month’s bag is a lip balm from City Color.  This lip butter is a sheer balm that adds a hint of natural colour.  It contains Aloe Vera and coconut oil to keep your lips hydrated and nourished.  It comes in 6 shades, this one being a pinky red colour in the tube (although just a light flush of pink on the lips – it is very sheer).

This lip balm is hydrating and a really good price at just $4 (around £2.50).  Find it here.

Overall I really enjoyed this month’s bag.  I adore the Mirabella and Starlooks pencils and will get a lot of use out of both of them.  I use a lot of lipbalm so that will also come in handy.  I will probably pass the Be A Bombshell gloss on but only because I’m not keen on the colour.  I feel like I still got great value for money!

What do you think of this bag?  Have you tried any of the products?  Let me know in the comments box!

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