Saturday, January 26, 2013

January Lip Factory Box - My First!

Hi beauty lovers! I finally received my first lipfactory box today, and I honestly found it mediocre. Lipfactory costs $22 per month. Here's a little write up from their site.  Lip Factory Inc is an exclusive, affordable, makeup subscription service.  We provide the easiest and most economical way to explore the makeup brands that you have always wanted to try. New brands and color palettes are delivered to your door each month.

Included in my box for January was:

Cult Nails Nail Lacquer in Deception
Naked Advanced Skin Cream
Burt's Bees Rejuvenating Lip Balm with Acai Berry
Smashbox Lipgloss in Fame (I think this might be from the Lip Enhancing Line, but it doesn't state so anywhere)
Two Cosmetics Lips Gloss in Sun-kissed
Senna Cosmetics Lipgloss in Sugar Cookie
NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in ECP01 Black/Gray
C158 Angle Liner/Spoolie
E.L.F. Eyebrow Stencil Kit
Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
Dermalogica Sheer Tint spf 20 in Medium
2 Beauty So Clean Cosmetic Sanitizer Wipes

The Cult nail polish went on very sheer. The light will catch a faint pink hue, but overall I'm not impressed with it, and I would have preferred some of the other shades I saw in other blog posts and pictures. I also found it very runny. In the picture, I am wearing three coats.

I found the Naked Cream hydrating and I liked the light texture. I read that some ladies didn't like the scent, but I found it inoffensive, and it smells like many of the unscented creams I own. I really like this cream!

The Burt's Bees Lip Balm was wonderful. It had a sweet smell and was very moisturizing.

The Smashbox Gloss in Fame was probably my favourite item of the group. Not just because of the name, but I liked the shade and the pigmentation. Just a personal preference, I think.

The Two cosmetics lipgloss was quite sheer on me as you can see from my swatch. The gloss was non-sticky and had a nice texture, but I doubt the longevity of it. I know I should't judge it before giving it time, but I have glosses that feel similar and just don't last past one drink.

The Senna Lipgloss was much stickier than the Two lipgloss, but still felt soft. It was also slightly more pigmented. I think I prefer this to the Two lipgloss. But still, can I have something with more pigment please? This just isn't my style. I prefer a bold lip or a bright, pretty colour to something so neutral.

Unfortunatley, I won't ever use the NYX eyebrow powder. It's in a black/gray shade. My brows are pretty dark. I'd say they are close to black. But actually using a black powder on them seems way too bold. I think I'm happy with my Smashbox brow powder, in brown. It did however come with the most adorable little spoolie I've ever seen. :)

The double ended brush/spoolie is kind of cute. I will probably try this out, but I'm not a huge fan of double ended brushes. I probably would have preferred just a liner brush. Sorry I'm so picky. :)

I've actually tried the ELF brown stencil kit a couple years ago, and I wasn't impressed. I found the stencils far too thick for my face. They are quite large! I think I'll pass these on to someone with a larger face.

I haven't tried the Dermalogica Cleansing gel.

The Dermalogica Tinted Moisturizer is lovely. The shade fits me well, and I found it light and moisturizing. It has a scent that I didn't mind. I would definitely consider purchasing this in a full sized product.

I haven't tried the Sanitizer Wipes. The packages say they are to be used to wipe clean cosmetic products, like lipsticks, gloss, cosmetic pencils etc. I may or may not try these. I'll report back if I do.

Overall, I wasn't overly impressed with my box this month. I did however love the Smashbox gloss, the Naked cream and the Burt's Bees Lip Balm. I would have been a lot happier had my nail polish been a different shade and the glosses, more pigmented. I look forward to being happier with next month's box. :)

Her'es the Cult Nail Polish in Deception:

Here's a picture of the the three Lipglosses. Smashbox Fame, Two Sun-kissed and Senna Sugar Cookie:

Thanks so much for reading! :)


  1. For a lip box there weren't very many lip products, strange. Do you think you will keep this one? If not you should try Starlooks if you haven't already. I'm sure your sister would have a high opinion of the same. Great review!

    1. Hi Priscilla! :) I honestly thought there would be more lip products as well. But I am definitely considering joining Starlooks for February! My sister does speak highly of them, and I've taken a look at past boxes. I'm totally loving them. Thanks so much! :)

  2. I've never heard of this box but there are a TON of products! :0

    1. I know! There's a lot! :) What boxes do you subscribe to, Steph?

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  4. Great review, Steph! I love the colour fame as well. It's such a pretty neutral pink and nicely pigmented! Sucks that you didn't love everything, but you have a sister to trade with!! ;) haha xoxo And yes...Starlooks is the best!!!

    1. Haha, yes...I thought of you and that you might like to try some of them. :) And I hope Starlooks responds to me!

  5. Hello.. love our blog..

    Just wanted to comment that the nail polish from Cult Nails you received is supposed to be a Top Coat, so, it's not going to have the color pay off of one of their normal polishes. That's also why it's a little thinner than their traditional polishes.

    From their website: "Deception is a sheer top coat that lays a pink/purple sheen over your existing polish."

    I'm a HUGE fan of Cult Nails.. they're an awesome indie polish brand.. so, just wanted to let you know so you didn't think there was something wrong with their polishes.

    1. Thanks so much! :) And thanks for the info as well! Someone else mentioned that to me, and I guess I should have looked up the product before writing my review. :) I'm definitely going to give it a try over another shade and see how it turns out. I'm sure I'll be a lot happier with it. Thanks for stopping by!

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