I don’t suppose there’s any point in denying it any longer: I have a problem with lipsticks. Also lip glosses, lip balms, lip tints, lip crayons, and lip liners. They are scattered around my house and half the contents of my purse is lip stick and lip gloss. When I came across Lip Monthly, a monthly subscription service that is focused on lip products, I was drawn like a moth to a flame – especially with a low $10/month price tag. I may be an addict, but I’m an addict with a budget 😉
I will tell you that I am now a Lip Monthly affiliate, so if you were to sign up yourself, I’d get a small commission. I think it’s worth it, and I do think Lip Monthly is a stellar return on my investment each month. I have received only full-sized products so far, many of which are cruelty-free, and I’ve been introduced to many great companies that I probably would not have heard of or tried otherwise. But we’re all here for the lipsticks, so let’s review!
The June bag included a pink zebra-print bag and four full-sized products, with a retail value of $54.44.
- The Be a Bombshell lipstick was definitely my favorite in June’s bag. I love coral lipsticks and this was a nice reddish-coral shade. It had good staying power and felt very light and creamy. I would put it close to the same quality as my MAC Amplified lipstick. Be A Bombshell does not test on animals. Website: BeABombshellCosmetics.com
- So Susan Colour Hybrid bills itself as a “velvety lip/cheek mousse” and frankly, I thought it was kind of weird. It has incredible staying power, but after application, it felt like how I imagine chalk paint feels. With a gloss over it though, the weird chalk feeling wasn’t there. It’s cruelty free, so I’m sure that’s a selling point for many of you. Website: SoSusan.com
- The lip/cheek cream from Jelly Pong Pong was SO vibrant! Think “bright fuchsia!” It wore well and had good staying power, it just wasn’t a good shade for me. Jelly Pong Pong and So Susan are both the masterminds of Susan Chyi, by the way. Busy woman, right?! Website: JellyPongPong.com
- I like the J. Cat eyeshadow in “Ticket to Stardom” a lot. I’ve wore it quite a few times already. I think the packaging is wonderful for something that is only $3! It has some fallout, and it doesn’t stay in place all day but I also have oily lids so no eye shadow really stays all day anyway. J. Cat has 48 individual shades in the Flying Solo line, which is pretty impressive. The products are also cruelty-free and free of a whole lot of bad stuff, like sulfates. Website: JCatBeauty.com
The bag for July was a cute bright blue one with four full-sized products and a retail value of $59.94. Yes, you read that right: I received $60 worth of product for $10. Now you see why I think it’s worth it?
- The Lord & Berry lipstick crayon, shade #20100, is so cool. It’s almost my favorite product so far. It’s vibrant, it has staying power, and it doesn’t feel dry. I would wear it pretty much anytime, anywhere. I couldn’t find mention of whether their products are cruelty free though. Website: Lord&Berry
- The Mica Beauty Cosmetics tinted lip balm in “Velvet Rose” is the kind of vampy lip balm I’d wear paired with a smoky eye for date night or a hard rock concert. I don’t see myself wearing it unless “dark” was a theme I wanted to go for. Someone who isn’t Paley McPalerson like me could definitely get away with wearing this on occasions other than rock shows and Halloween 😉 Mica Beauty is a mineral makeup, but I couldn’t find mention of whether their products are cruelty free. Website: MicaBeauty.com
- My favorite from the last two months is a brilliant shine lip gloss from Milani in “Pink Grapefruit.” I knew I’d love this as soon as I pulled it out of the bag, because I love Milani products. This is just the perfect shade of pink for someone pale like me. It has a hint of peach, and just the right amount of pigment. It also sticks to my lips better than a lot of other gloss I’ve used, so it stays on longer than I expect from a gloss, even while drinking and using my e-cig. Milani has vegan products, which wins them even more points in my book. Website: MilaniCosmetics.com
- The last product in July’s bag and that I’m reviewing today is my least favorite: A honeysuckle-scented mini-roller perfume (8.8 mL) from Harvey Prince called “Sincerely.” I’m very sensitive to smells, especially synthetic/chemical smells, so I don’t wear perfumes. If you like the smell of a honeysuckle candle, you’d probably like this, but that’s one of my least favorite scents. I do give points for being organic and having the roller ball applicator. Website: HarveyPrince.com
I have branched out and wore lipsticks in shades I otherwise wouldn’t have since I started getting a Lip Monthly bag. I’m not too crazy on getting a new literal bag every month because I really dislike clutter, and I do wish there were four lip products in each bag instead other makeup products, but the overall value to me as a customer is well worth continuing to pay $10/month. I look forward to the gold envelope arriving each month and will continue with this service indefinitely.
If you’d like to check out Lip Monthly for yourself, click on the banner below (this is my affiliate link, I will get a very small commission if you sign up through me).