Lippebox is a cratejoy subscription that just started up. They were offering a free first box for subscribers but you can cancel anytime so I thought why not, I’ll get the free box and see what it’s like. They advertise two full size lip products a month. It sounds like a good deal right? Yeah… but only if the products are legit.
Before I received my products I read a review by LucyTriesBeauty which pointed out that the products are either very old, or very fake. Likely both. The only products I’ve seen in reviews are a Mac and Anastasia Beverly hills lipstick with obvious typos in the product labeling. There are a few reddit forums discussing the fakes.
I found THIS disclaimer on the Lippe Box website today:
Disclaimer: Lippe Box maintains no responsibility for the authenticity of the brands. Lippe Box is a small company that cannot dictate standards to manufacturers. However, all lipsticks are worn by staff to assess quality. Simply, if we do not like it, we do not ship it to subscribers. If you are concerned about safety, rest assured that there has NEVER been a poisoning case due to lipstick.
Lippe box will not be take any responsibility nor can they be trusted to provide you with real products. Where’s the accountability? Stating that no one has ever been poisoned isn’t a good enough reason for me for keep this subscription. Just doing a quick google search reveals studies about lead and other metal content in lipsticks. Not enough to kill you, no, but using a product that may or may not contain the ingredients on the label does not sit well with me. If Lippe can’t guarantee the contents of their boxes they shouldn’t be in business, simple as that.
I got a Mac Lipstick in “MAC Red”. It doesn’t Match the website swatch and it has the same weird things that other subscribers noticed.. It isn’t heavy enough, has a weird sheen, no vanilla smell, an A16 label, and spaces in some of the packaging words..
Most people seem to have got the Anastasia Beverly Hills Milkshake lipstick (Or Milksuake, according to the product typo). I received a “Lime Crime” Velvetines lipstick in “Pumpkin”. The packaging discrepancies I can find on this one are a space in the word Cruelty on the packaging so it reads “CRUEL TY” and also the ingredients list Ultramarines and Ferric Ferrocyanide on the packaging but not on the Lime Crime website. If you look HERE this blogger has full pictures of the packaging which doesn’t have the extra ingredients or the space in the word. The shade is VERY close to the real thing (despite my pictures), but I’m not convinced this is legitimately Lime Crime.
I give Lippe Box (now Kissy Box) a 0/5 rating for inconsistency, fraud, and the statement they posted after the complaints started trickling in. Stay the hell away from Lippe. If they could tell you exactly where the products were coming from I would be a little more understanding but they clearly don’t even know what they’re sourcing! I don’t know if these products meet proper guidelines for cosmetics or not. I won’t be using either of these lipsticks, they’re going straight into the trash. I’m glad I didn’t pay for the box, and I won’t be paying for any in the future.
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