Vegan Cuts Makeup Box Winter 2016 Subscription Box Review

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Vegan Cuts quarterly makeup box includes 4 or more FULL-SIZE vegan makeup products inspired by the season. My box was a bit squished — my postal carrier made a noble attempt to try and fit it in my mail compartment on December 24th so I wouldn’t have to wait until the 28th to pick it up! The makeup box includes customisation — a survey is sent out a month prior to shipping allowing you to give first and second choices for shades.

We were sent four items for the Winter Wonderland theme — I spy something by Ofra and Juice Beauty!

Ofra Rainbow Lips in Ritz Gloss ($24) This wheel of lipglosses is very pretty and portable, but I tend not to like products like this that require me to bring a lip brush as well for touch-ups on the go. Additionally, I experienced some consistency issues — literally with the consistency! While most of the shades were a harder balm like gloss, the dark red on the right was a very liquid texture — and my finger literally hit pan when I swiped with the same amount of pressure needed for the other shades.

I forgot to swatch the middle clear shade, but you can see how liquid the red is compared to the others.

Juice Beauty PHYTO-PIGMENTS Cream Shadow Stick ($22) In the fall box we got to try the lipgloss from Gwyneth Paltrow’s collaboration with Juice Beauty, and now we get to try the eyeshadow! I received Stone, which is a taupe colour I was able to request during the survey sent out. This is a very flattering warm taupe and I found the formula really idiot-proof — you can apply it sheer, or keep swiping to build up the colour. Stay tuned for more swatches down below!

Thrive Causemetics Triple-Thread Colour Stick ($36) This multipurpose stick can be used on the cheeks, lips, and eyes. Olivia is a beautiful shimmering coral shade. I’ve never used a buffer brush for cream products — I find it easier to use my fingers — but I actually really liked how easy the brush made it to smooth and buff out the edges of the colour. It was a very natural look.

PHB Ethical Eyeliner ($11)  PHB is actually a brand from the UK, so price has been converted accordingly. This is a smooth, creamy formula. It claims to be smudgeproof, but in my swatch below I did rub a finger over it and it did transfer, so if you need something waterproof this isn’t going to do it all for you. It’s still a nice liner, and didn’t tug my skin when I swatched.

Swatches, part 2! From top to bottom — PHB, Juice Beauty, Thrive.

The winter box is worth $115! I am thrilled with the highlighter and another Juice Beauty product; the lip gloss was a miss for me and the eyeliner isn’t an item I can’t live without, but I am really enjoying the Vegan Cuts curation and selection. It’s great being sent full size, high value products that are vegan and cruelty free. While I can’t bring myself to give up certain items that are holy grail to me, I am definitely having my eyes opened to alternatives and other fantastic products.

What did you think of the winter Vegan Cuts Makeup Box?

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