The Controversy that is Lippe Box

The Lippe Box Controversy

Lippe Box 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.

The Lippe Box Controversy - Fake Mac LipstickThe Lippe Box Controversy - Fake Mac Lipstick

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.

The Lippe Box Controversy - Fake Lime Crime Lipstick
The Lippe Box Controversy - Fake Lime Crime Lipstick

Final Thoughts

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.

Join the conversation! Have you ever received fake products in a sub box? 

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  1. How Awful, even my MAC lippies that are 4+ years old still have the vanilla scent – the labelling doesn’t look legit to me either. I’d be disappointed to get a lime crime product in my box due to the controversy around the owner, but would have been definitely annoyed with a fake of that too!

    Sounds so shady for them not to take any responsibility, they should be shut down! They don’t think about allergies people might have to the toxic/lead or whatever nasty ingredients are added, if you can normally rely on a MAC lipstick and all of a sudden you react to it, it puts a bad name towards MAC too if you didn’t know!

    • June 6, 2016 / 10:49 am

      I haven’t ever bought Mac lipstick so unfortunately I had nothing to compare them to but luckily other reviewers were commenting on the lack of scent and typos. I hope they get shutdown, I know complaints have been made to cratejoy and the reviews are awful so hopefully people won’t subscribe and they will go out of business anyways..
      I agree, people need to know what’s in the products they use so they don’t have reactions! I don’t have any allergies but if I had thought these were real I would have assumed all Mac products were like this and never bought anything from them for no fault of Mac themselves.

  2. June 5, 2016 / 8:15 am

    That’s awful and also poor planning on their part. Like, if I were going to try to scam people, I’d send out authentic stuff in the first box and then switch to this fake stuff after people started paying. Not that I’m trying to give them any ideas, but they’re not even clever about their scamming! And that I really can’t forgive.

    • June 5, 2016 / 10:16 am

      I totally agree! It wasn’t smart on their part at all lol. And I’m sure they could have come up with a better defense statement after people started noticing!

  3. June 3, 2016 / 11:05 am

    Whoa, talk about sketchy. Thanks for the post!

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  5. May 21, 2016 / 3:33 pm

    Ridiculous! Honestly, when I read this I thought something good was going to come out of it! They do realise that fake makeup can burn skin etc? Such a shame! I don’t know how they can brush it off, it’s not ok!

    • May 21, 2016 / 3:43 pm

      They are going to have a really hard time getting off the ground after this, I would rather pay full price for real products! It’s unacceptable what they’re doing. Hopefully they make changes asap!

  6. May 21, 2016 / 3:11 pm

    I don’t know why a company which is trying to establish its self would even do this? Isn’t it better to build a good reputation instead of a bad one? Crazy! Thanks for posting this!

    • May 21, 2016 / 3:31 pm

      I thought so too, I was appalled by the statement they released after the fact. I thought they would apologize and do something about their sourcing instead of brushing it off as ok

  7. May 21, 2016 / 2:17 pm

    Wow! This is so good to know!! Thanks so much for sharing.

  8. Christine Gavin
    May 21, 2016 / 2:09 pm

    Wow. Thank you for posting this. I hope they are out of business soon.

    • May 21, 2016 / 2:12 pm

      I hope so too! There are so many better subscriptions that are better run than this one.

  9. lizzgold
    May 21, 2016 / 2:27 pm

    That’s terrible! It’s like they’re saying ‘yeah it might be fake but we tried it and it’s fine’?! Plus, what if people have allergies to certain ingredients or if you’re vegetarian/vegan? How could you trust them? Good for you for spreading the word!

    • May 21, 2016 / 3:29 pm

      Exactly!! Allergies are a big thing, I don’t trust the ingredients on the packaging at all. Just because Lippe is willing to wear it doesn’t make it authentic or safe!

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