I've been wanging on for forever and a day saying how great a make up only beauty box would be - whyyyy has it not been done?! Then lo and behold, I recently stumbled upon Starbox - which is exactly that. The only difference from the box in my head is that Starbox contains only their own brand of make up, Starlooks, but even so - it's a great way to try new products you wouldn't usually lean towards - colour, finish and formula-wise.
Starbox offer a monthly subscription for $15 - yes, it's an American company - shipping within the states is $2.68, but they do ship internationally - you have to contact them for a quote for anything outside of USA.
As in the Birchbox's and Glossybox's - what's coming each month is left as a surprise, but if you want a sneak peek, you can view the 'lookbook' for that month on their website - which is photos of a model wearing the make up.
I was sent the February box, which is a collaboration with one of their affiliates, Lauren Clark, who is a make up artist. The box itself is cute, the fact it's a lot thinner than the empty beauty boxes taking over my home was welcome - maybe it will make a nice lipstick holder!?
Each month there are 3-4 full sized Starlooks make up items in the box. This month the products were selected by Lauren Clark herself.
Inside the box was a lavender lipgloss, pale pink eyeliner, pink liquid blusher, and orange lip liner. I never would have picked up any of those pink items - pink eyeliner?! But it actually makes a great base for eye shadow. The pink blush in that formula is something I just would never have gone for, but again, it's wearable and I'm glad to have tried it. My favourite item in the box - and I would have bought this and would rebuy it now, is the lip liner - its so creamy and gorgeous!
So you're sent these make up items you never would have gone for - and then what? Where do you go from here?! In the information included there are a couple of face charts with ideas for how you can wear your new make up, with step by step tutorials. They do use other Starlooks products that aren't in the box, so if you wanted to follow it step by step you'd need to go on their site to see what kind of product it was and use something you already own that's similar.
I used the face charts as inspiration to create my own look with the products in the box.
Here I'm wearing the eyeliner as an eyeshadow base, the fluid blush and the lip gloss. I also made a video showing the products and swatches.
So.... what do you think of this idea? Is it the kind of thing you'd use or would you prefer a box with make up from different brands in?
You can find out more and subscribe at the Starlooks website