Medusa’s Make-Up Monthly Subscription, Worth Subscribing?
Since this past October, I have chose to receive Medusa’s Make-Up Monthly Subscription. Medusa’s Make-Up is a vegan and cruelty-free makeup brand that puts out its own subscription box. Each month has brought a variety of different products. Every item has been of good quality with the only faults being because of my preferences (such as color). For this box, I will go through each item and my first impressions of each. This month all subscribers received the just released Witch Lash Mascara to try out. I am additionally going to talk about my personal feelings for the brand as a whole and some of the cosmetic ingredients they use, which are not uncommon if you look in your makeup stashes.
About the Subscription:
Medusa’s Make-Up is an Indie makeup brand that is both cruelty-free and vegan. They have a monthly subscription priced at $15.95/month that includes 3-5 full-sized items from their website. In my experience, this subscription usually contains 4 items and has a value of $30-45, which is great for $16 considering that they are full-sized items and are all sold for purchase on their online store. It’s a month to month subscription, no lengthy commitment needed, so it is a great way to try items from a new brand. The subscription automatically renews monthly, but it is easily canceled if you decide that you no longer wish to receive it. I pay for my subscription and Medusa’s Make-Up is in no way affiliated with this post.
Per usual this month’s subscription contained 4 items, all full-sized, but Medusa’s Makeup did something special this month. Not only did Medusa’s Make-Up tease us with a spoiler, which is unusual, the spoiler is a brand new product that the company released this month. I’ve been pretty excited to try the new vegan mascara. The Witch Lash Mascara is advertised as a lengthening and volumizing mascara “for guilt free long, luxurious lashes”. It has a $12 value.
The next item is a gold glitter named Gold Digger. All of their glitters are safe for use on face, eyes, and lips. Gold Digger is metallic gold in color with rainbow iridescence. It has a value of $7.
For the third item, Medusa’s Make-Up chose a blush called Dangerous Liason. At 10 grams, the blush is larger than those of other brands I looked up. In the pan it looks dark, bright pink with some shimmer. The blush compact, yes there’s a mirror, has a value of $12.
The last item is a lipstick called Sugar Daddy. It is a traditional style lipstick in a nude color. The value is listed as $12.
The value of this month’s Medusa’s Make-Up Subscription is $43. At a cost of $15.95, I find that to be a great value.
Let’s start with the Witch Lash mascara, it definitely lengthens lashes fairly well. I have tried mascara’s I like better and those I like far worse. The applicator is plastic and when applying the mascara rarely clumps. For me, the formula is a little dry. I like a stickier formula and I don’t mind the occasional clump. It’s definitely a good mascara, just not for me. I will be passing it on to Kristen as she has different mascara tastes than I do.
Without versus With 2 Coats of Medusa’s Make-Up Witch Lash Mascara
Gold Digger is a very fine milled glitter, probably the smallest glitter I’ve ever used. It is all gold colored. As the light hits the little pieces, different colors of the rainbow reflect off. It is a very pretty glitter.
Dangerous Liason is a large pan of blush. It’s quite a bright color for me, but does blend out well. The key is to use sparingly because it is very pigmented. I think it’s a color that would look better on deeper skin tones. There are tiny silver sparkles in the blush so if you like your blushes matte than this one’s not for you.
- Top to Bottom: Sugar Daddy Lipstick, Dangerous Liason Blush (left unblinded, right blended out), Gold Digger Glitter
Sugar Daddy is a traditional lipstick in bullet form. It is a light nude with caramel and peachy tones, very close to my own lip color. A great color for everyday or when paired with a bold eye. Applied, it glides on and is opaque in one coat. The formula is very moisturizing and comfortable, but like all traditional lipsticks does not have lasting power. Good thing that the packaging is cute, it’s black with an old gold colored brand label and squared edges, to carry around for touch ups.
I have been generally happy with the Medusa’s Make-Up Subscription with this month being one of my favorites. The mascara is one of the better vegan mascara’s I’ve tried, but I am passing it on to Kristen. We have different ideal mascaras and this one fits what she likes better.
One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to REALLY start paying attention to cosmetic ingredients and to start making the hard decisions where the ingredients outweigh the price point and my personal feelings on the product quality or appeal. Medusa’s Make-Up uses Talc, Mineral Oil, and Parabans prominently in many of their products. To some this may not be an issue, but to me it is. Because of these ingredients, this will be my last monthly subscription from Medusa’s Make-Up.
This is one of those cases where I had to put the ingredients before the price point and my thoughts on the quality of product, which is good if not great. The best products I tried were their glitters, lipsticks, loose shadows, and the mascara wasn’t bad, just not for me. If you liked what you saw, I’m going to leave a link to their site right here:
I am going to leave a few links below about the ingredients I mentioned. The EU and/or Canada have banned Talc and 5 Parabans, but the US has not. Last I checked, (and these numbers may have since changed) the US has banned 11 ingredients whereas the EU has banned upwards of 1300 ingredients. I will link an article below. In the US, we have to learn to be conscientious consumers and gain the knowledge for ourselves. As of yet, we do not have the same governmental protections as other countries do.
As always, there are arguments for both sides. I am not here to tell you what or what not to buy and I am no expert. I will leave it up to you to make your own decisions about Parabans, Mineral Oil, and Talc. Thank you for reading as always. What are your thoughts on Cosmetic Ingredients? We would love to hear them.
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