I guess the theme this month is... steampunk? I try to ignore the themes on my subscription boxes because they never make any sense. (Maybe I just take things too literally. But seriously, how is brown eyeliner "steampunk"?)
The bonus for this month was a little packet of candy corn. I know that candy corn is a divisive subject, but I ADORE IT. It's my favorite tricolored, corn-syrup-flavored, autumnal sugar-acquisition method.
I chose Modern Beauty this month, which is the all-product box. I picked it because one of the two products, the Mask Noir, seemed particularly intriguing. The second product, the Kajal Eye Glider, came in every box save for It Girl, which is the all-polish box.
I really like the packaging on the Mask Noir; I think it looks really modern. Furthermore, the idea of having a white package for a black product is just viscerally appealing.
I love peel-off masks in general because they remind me of that scene from Back to the Future 2 when Doc peels off his face and looks exactly the same underneath. (Why that makes me so happy, I do not know.)
The actual product is BLACK. Like, they are not joking about the black. It's not quite Sharpie black, but it's definitely Sharpie-knockoff black.
Unfortunately, this has one big downside: if you are white, it reeeeeally looks like you are wearing blackface when you put this on. Reeeeeeeeeeally. A lot. I was going to take a picture of myself wearing the mask, but once I put it on, I realized that I couldn't, because there was just no way that the picture wouldn't get taken out of context. The parts of your face that you avoid (like your eyebrows) don't help, because it just looks like sloppy blackface, which isn't any better.
The mask took about twenty minutes to fully dry and it peeled off about as well as any peel-off mask does. Here's where the black comes in handy, though: you can see where all the gritty parts that didn't come off properly are! My other peel-off masks are clear. As a result, I end up shedding little stringy hunks of mask onto my pillow at night because I think I got it all... but I didn't. With the black, it's easy to see, so you know for sure that you removed everything.
I really enjoyed this product, but I'd say that the full price of $32 for 2.5oz ($12.8 per ounce) is a bit high, just because it takes a lot of slathering to get a good mask going. Note that this is ounces, NOT fluid ounces; 2.5oz of a heavy product like this is a much smaller volume than 2.5 fl oz. Just eyeballing it, it looks like maybe 1.5 fluid ounces. At this price point, I start rationing my products because I don't want to waste them. (It's even worse when I love the product. My favorite clothes literally never get worn because I'm so worried I'll spill something on them or rip them or something.)
The second product in my box was the Kajal Eye Glider and Sharpener. The packaging on this is really bulky because they added in that eyeliner sharpener, meaning you get a mondo box for a skinny little liner.
I used the eyeliner sharpener for the sake of this review and it's fine, but hardly special. I actually haven't found a difference between eyeliner sharpeners across price points. Since this doesn't have a hole for jumbo pencils, though, it's only half-functional for my personal pencil-sharpening needs.
The double-ended eyeliner pencil has two colors: a sparkly medium brown and a "not-quite-as-black-as-I'd-like" black.
|One swipe vs heavy swatch of both the brown and the black.|
|Julep Kajal Eye Glider on Human Face|
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