Sol Theory Box #1

Crazy hair, don’t care!

This was PROBABLY taken in the Dunkin’ Donuts drive through.

If you haven’t heard of Sol Theory yet.. don’t feel bad, because neither had I. I was approached by the service and asked to review their subscription box for them. In return they created a code for me so that if anyone who reads this blog wants to try the service themselves they can do so for 20% off their first box. The code is: TIAM07.
Sol Theory has A LOT of options to choose from, but in each box you can expect to receive at least one pair of sunglasses (I think that’s their main thing). They have boxes for men and women, and you can add additions like jewelry or full sized makeup items.
Here is their website -> Sol Theory, and don’t forget your discount code 🙂

Box #1
The glasses

Unsure of brand – retails for $15?

My first impression is that these glasses are super cool looking. They’re black shades with gold frames. Based on Sol Theory’s Instagram page, it looked like there were a lot of colors offered this month (blue and pink most notable as ones I’d have loved to have received), but I’m not terribly upset that I got black. Black and gold is classic, right?
They’re a little big on my face, and either they’re crooked or my ears are uneven. Let’s hope it’s the former, because I can at least fix that one!

The makeup
Luna by Luna Highlighter in Ariel – retails for $23

I’m a huge fan of baked highlighters. They tend to last a long time and have a lot of shimmer. I thought that the Ariel highlighter looked really interesting in the pan. It’s a very bright coral/pink and, as you can see from the swatch, it’s pretty pigmented. I was kind of excited to try it, because the color was so different in comparison to anything else I own. Unfortunately, I don’t know if maybe it would be more suited from someone with a darker skin tone, but it kind of looked silly on me. It looked like I had a weird sunburn, or some odd skin condition around my cheeks, eyes, and nose. It’s definitely not for me, but I’ve tried and loved other Luna by Luna products before so I’m happy to see this brand in my box.

Profusion Lipstick – retail value difficult to find (estimated at $5?)

I really like this lipstick! I think it’s meant to be more of a stain, but other than finding out that Target carries the brand I can’t seem to get any information about it online. It would be really nice if the box came with this kind of information. The lipstick goes on smoothly and is comfortable to wear. There are some issues with transferring, so be prepared to reapply throughout the day (especially if you’re eating). I think it’s a really beautiful pink and for sure a wearable color, even casually.

Jontéblu Velvet Matte Lipstick in Esmerelda – retails for $7

This lipstick is a gorgeous berry red. It goes on smoothly and it’s comfortable to wear, like a satin, but has a matte finish. I found it to be long-lasting although it did give me some issues with transferring, so stick it in your purse, because you will have to reapply throughout the day if eating. I’ve never heard of this brand before, but for $7 I might pick up a few more of these!

bellápierre 12 Color Pro Matte Lip Palette – retails for $50

Gosh, I’m just going to say it.. I don’t know if this palette is worth $50. Even to say that all of these shades are matte is a little bit of a stretch in my opinion. Let’s talk about the actual palette first. It’s really pretty. I love the choice of white, because it makes it pop with all of the bold colors, and there’s also a mirror included (which is bomb). The colors are all very pretty, but most of them (especially the lighter colors) are not full coverage and require a lot of layering and building. I think this palette was made for people who like to experiment and mix their lipsticks together. I’m more of the “I bought this color because I like it and not because I’m trying to make something else” kind of girl (some would say.. lazy?). The colors were really fun to try on, and I did find that I loved one of the colors a lot. Can you guess which one?

Swatches are from left to right and I’ve marked the colors I struggled with the most with an asterisk *

Top: Doe, Incognito, Nude
Bottom: Hot Head, Vivacious*, Black Dahlia

Top: Muddy Rose, Aloha, White Out*
Bottom: Aqua*, Canary*, Cobalt Blue

I hope you guys liked those, because my lips did NOT. Ouch, haha!

So, here’s my final impression: I think I really like this service. The addition of the sunglasses makes it a really neat deviation from your standard beauty box, and the value is amazing. The bellápierre lip palette alone retails for $50 (now whether it’s worth that much is another argument for another time, but you get the picture). The entire box retails for $100 (based on what Sol Theory tells me. I couldn’t locate half of the retail value myself online). Not too shabby! My only qualm is that I hope future boxes have more variety in them. Don’t get me wrong, I love lip products (maybe even more so than most girls), but getting three out of four items for lips seems really excessive to me. I look forward to seeing what next month has to offer!

Thanks for taking the time to read my little blog! 🙂
– Tia

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