This summer my friends and coworkers have gotten me into a lot of different makeup subscriptions, and I’ve been trying them all out so that I can narrow the number down once the school year hits and I’m on a tighter budget. I’ve been meaning to do a big pros and cons comparison post of them all, but I dug into my Deck of Scarlet palette today and wanted to review it on its own as well.
Deck of Scarlet is a subscription that nobody I know has really heard of. Even my makeup collecting coworker who is subscribed to every subscription service under the sun had never heard of it! It popped up on my Facebook feed one day as a sponsored post and it looked promising, so I clicked on through.
Essentially, DoS sends you a makeup palette plus a full sized pencil item of sorts every two months. Each palette has a different YouTube beauty guru as Artist-in-Chief who picks and names the shades in the palette. It includes three eyeshadows, two face options (either blush, highlighter, and/or bronzer), two creamy lip shades, and then the pencil product (liquid eyeliner, pencil liner, or lip liner, etc). You get to preview the palette and have the option of skipping it at no cost if the shades don’t suit you.
No. 3, the first one I’ve received, looks something like this:
It has separate magnetic flaps for the powder and cream sections, which is great for reducing the amount of fallout that gets stuck in creams and stops the creams from drying out as quickly. The packaging is very compact and I was glad that it included a decent quality and decent sized mirror.
As for the makeup itself, I wouldn’t say it’s high end, but it definitely would be great quality drug store makeup or cheaper high end if sold separately. The powders are soft and blend well, and you can build up good pigment. You get the most colour payoff with your fingers of course, but I used brushes and didn’t have any problems either.
I gave this makeup a really good test run today! Before are pics I took right after doing my makeup. My eyeliner is ridiculously uneven because A) I need to practice more with liquid liner and B) my sinuses felt like they were going to explode out of my head. But that’s okay!
With this makeup I had watery eyes because of my sinus pain at times, eye drops leaking everywhere because of the eye dryness that accompanies my migraines typically, tons of sweat from the hot weather, and about an hour of being splashed and submerged in a chlorinated pool while spending time with my partner and my step-kiddo. I didn’t think it would hold up well, but it did!
Some of the eyeliner had cracked off from where I had rubbed my eyes (oops) but the majority of it stayed put with pretty much no smudging. I was genuinely surprised and impressed by the eyeliner to be quite honest.
The lip products had a very similar consistency and look to ELF’s lip palette products, but DoS’s were a little bit thicker.
Coming in at about $35.00 CAD every two months for this subscription, it’s a decent amount of makeup you get for the price. It’s nice that you can’t get this palette anywhere else, and it is really beginner friendly. It’s not an overwhelming colour selection, but it gives you enough makeup to create multiple entire looks. As well, there are always YouTube tutorials that accompany the palette and teach you how to use it. The format stays the same each month so you know what you’re going to get, and the “deck” format is nice for those who like to collect. I can’t say for sure which subscriptions I’m going to end up cancelling, but right now I’m leaning more towards keeping this one as long as I can.
Edit/update: I just tried to remove my makeup, wash my face, and shower before bed. Normally I use an oil cleanser from Tatcha to remove my makeup and eye makeup, so I used that before my shower, and the eyeliner still. Did not. Budge. Damn!