Expanding your make-up horizons is not a cheap exercise. However, there's a more cost-effective way to trial new products every month. Beauty subscription boxes provide the perfect opportunity to sample a variety of products for a fraction of the cost.
While there are a few beauty boxes you could sign up for (which come with a mix of skin care and make-up products), if it’s new colours you crave to keep your daily makeup looks fresh and on-trend, then a makeup-exclusive subscription box is what you should buy. They'll ensure your make-up kit is always up-to-date and constantly evolving, and you can do it all online without having to step foot in a store.
Unfortunately, there are no make-up subscription boxes in Australia, but LiveGlam in the US ships to Australia for a reasonable price and have a great selection of three cruelty-free sample boxes to choose from. Plus, their boxes contain full-size products, not make-up samples. What we also like about all of these LiveGlam makeup subscription boxes is you can cancel at any time, pause your subscription, or ‘trade’ the box for something else if you don’t like/want what’s in it. Just manage your preferences on their website.
Everyone knows an artist is only as good as their tools; make-up artists included. The LiveGlam MorpheMe monthly delivery ensures you’re well-stocked with all the necessary brushes to nail the latest make-up looks and techniques. Each box contains anywhere from three to eight new make-up brushes, ranging from powder brushes and contour brushes to foundation brushes, eyeshadow brushes and eyeliner brushes. You’re guaranteed to receive at least USD $30 worth of Morphe brushes, which equals a savings of about 30 per cent with each brush box.
Review: “For me, this is the perfect way to try out the brand, and build my brush collection as well. So far I am extremely impressed with the quality as they are super soft, and apply product like butter!’ Amanda, LiveGlam customer
Cost: USD$19.99 every month (plus USD$4.99 international shipping)
A swipe of colour on your lips is the easiest (and fastest) way to update your look. With a monthly subscription to these lipstick boxes, you’ll receive three new lip colours every month. Expect a bold colour every now and again that pushes you outside of your makeup comfort zone. All the products are highly-pigmented, long-lasting liquid lipsticks and like all the LiveGlam makeup products, these lipsticks are cruelty-free and vegan. The formulas are also paraben-free, gluten-free, non-comedogenic and phthalates-free.
Review: “Absolutely in love with all the colors and the formula - I can understand why you’re so confident about us loving the lippies! Thank you for the free lippie, too.” Linda Phi, LiveGlam customer
Cost: USD$19.99 every month (plus USD$3.99 international shipping)
We all have that one eyeshadow palette we can’t live without. We reach for it almost every day - you know the one, it’s got all the nudes, neutrals and smoky eye shades covered. But our makeup kit needs colour, too. From keeping up with the latest trends to having a selection of shades on hand for when you need to match an outfit or make a bold statement, a girl has to have options. With the LiveGlam ShadowMe trial makeup kits you get six to 10 new eyeshadows every other month. Each palette has a range of highly-pigmented bold and neutral colours in matte, sparkle or shimmer finishes.
Review: “I like how you get 6 shadows. The packaging is really nice and it doesn’t feel cheap and you get a mirror. The shadows are highly pigmented and really rich - very easy to blend. Personally the formula reminds me of the Jaclyn Hill Palette.” Lupita, LiveGlam customer
Cost: USD$19.99 every two months (plus USD$5.99 international shipping)