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About So Susan Color Curate:
Color Curate (previously So Susan Lip Love) is a monthly vegan makeup subscription by So Susan Cosmetics that includes a variety of full size natural, paraben-free, 100% cruelty-free cosmetics plus a cute makeup bag for $20.95 per month with free shipping in the US! You’ll receive a mix of full size palettes, eye shadows, blush, highlighters, beauty tools, lip color, and more by popular cruelty-free makeup brands including Jelly Pong Pong, Trifle Cosmetics, So Susan Cosmetics, and more! If you’re looking for a fun, cruelty-free makeup subscription box that provides consistently high-quality vegan makeup, Color Curate is a great option!
Each Color Curate bag comes with a card that lists each item in the bag and their retail values.
Color Curate bags are sold separately each month on So Susan Cosmetics’ website. The March bag is vibrant with multi-patterned flowers and cacti. This bag is so cute that my husband volunteered it as a gift for his mother, who is also named Susan!
Here are the contents of this month’s bag! The brands included in this Color Curate bag are So Susan Cosmetics, Trifle Cosmetics, and Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics.
Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics Lip Patine in Hermit – $22 retail value
This lip product by Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics is a creamy bright red metallic lipstick with a gold shift. The formula includes plum and passion fruit extracts. While I don’t recommend eating your lipstick, I can report that the taste reflects the ingredients. On application, it feels incredibly hydrating on. At first when I discovered this lipstick was metallic, I was disappointed. I prefer my lipsticks without any glitter or shimmer because I feel that metallic lipsticks can look tacky. On wearing it, I was pleasantly surprised. This bold color makes quite a statement when paired with understated winged liner and false lashes. I could see this looking amazing for a summer wedding or a family barbecue. The gold shimmer is so subtle that it almost doesn’t seem like a metallic lipstick. In a different look (posted later on in the review), I used this lipstick as blush by rubbing it onto the back of my hand and applying it with a stippling brush. It is really pigmented for this purpose and adds a healthy glow to the cheeks. At $22, this lipstick might be a bit overpriced. It does feel like a high end lipstick, but I wouldn’t buy it at that price. In any case, I’m glad this lipstick was included and allowed me to try something different!
So Susan Cosmetics Halo on High in the shade Presidential – $25 retail value
So Susan Cosmetics included one of their creamy Halo on High highlighters in the shade Presidential. It is a champagne gold most suited for medium to deep skin tones. This shade was included in the Stratosphere highlighter palette we received in last month’s Color Curate bag. I believe this was an oversight on the part of the editors of this bag to send a repeat item. While I’m disappointed that I don’t get to try something new, I’m happy to pass this highlighter onto a friend so that they can try it out. The price on this item is jaw droppingly expensive. To illustrate this, Anastasia Beverly Hills sells it’s extremely popular highlight in collaboration with the influencer Amrezy for $28. That highlighter contains a whopping 9 grams of product while this one contains 4 grams of product for $25. I might buy this highlighter for $10 because I find it pretty and versatile, but there is no way I can justify buying it at full price. Overall, I can’t say that this product adds value to the bag considering I already have it.
Trifle Cosmetics Fruit Punch Palette – $22 retail value
This Fruit Punch Palette is truly a sweet treat. It includes four creamy and shimmery eyeshadows in an orange compact with a large mirror. The formula reminds me of Colourpop Supershock Shadows — the shadows are bouncy and pack a punch. You can press into them and your finger will leave an imprint. The shadows are made with peach and pineapple fruit extracts leaving the palette with a slightly fruity scent. The shades are a mid-toned purple, yellow-gold, light teal blue, and a duochrome brown with a pink shift. They glide on almost like an oil. On application, the color sheers out a fair amount, but I was able to use my fingers to layer on more. I ended up having to layer on similarly colored powder shadows to get the intensity that I wanted. I don’t feel this is too much of a negative since these colors can be used on their own with a sheer application. This would make the shades more wearable for daily use. The price for this palette is fair, and I feel like this is the stand out product for the bag!
Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics Luna Light Liquid Luminizer in the shade Aurora (10 mL or 0.34 fl oz) – $19 retail value
This liquid luminizer from Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics is considered a bonus item. The shade Aurora is a champagne rose gold, and it has evening primrose and eyebright extracts. Liquid highlighters are a more advanced level product for application. If used incorrectly, they can smear your foundation. I used a light hand and applied it with a stippling brush. I was worried while applying it that I had used too much, but thankfully, the formula blends like a powder the more you work it into the skin with your brush. After reading Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics’ website, I’m kicking myself for not mixing this in with my foundation! I live for a dewy all-over glow. Another use I thought of was for the center of the lids on a minimal makeup day. Again, the full price for this product ($19) does not match the value of the product. The squeeze bottle is tiny at 10 mL. I have used a similar product by NYX called Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator. A 13 mL tube of the NYX product is currently on sale for $2.80.
Here I am with all of this month’s products on my face! I wore the Jelly Pong Pong Lip Patine as blush.
March 2019’s Color Curate bag has a combined total value of $100. I believe this is high, but I do think this bag is worth more than the $20.95 you can purchase it for with a subscription. Although there is no theme for this month’s bag, all of the items are shiny and glittery in some way. This makes the bag cohesive, and the variety of products makes it well-rounded. Color Curate’s strength as a makeup subscription bag is that it pushes the limits on color. I was excited and feeling really creative when I played with these products. There’s always some level of fear associated with colorful makeup since people don’t want to look “crazy”. These items can be altered and used in ways so that color is not as scary as it appears. Despite my thoughts on the retail values of these products, I would recommend purchasing this month’s bag just for the sake of experimentation!
Is this Color Curate bag still available?
Yes! As of the publishing date of this article, if you sign up now for So Susan Color Curate, your first bag will be March 2019!
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