Starbox by Starlooks – a true cosmetic subscription box at last


Whenever I talk about subscription boxes I hear complaints that people don’t need or want more fragrance or skincare samples. They are inundated with them and plain old tired of them. Yes if the boxes had one of those samples and included cosmetics then people would be happy. Instead they are loaded with samples that will probably never get used. But Starbox by Starlooks  is different – they are just what you have been asking for: COSMETICS!! Just about everything in the box will be cosmetic. What a dream come true.

Starlooks for October

I have the latest box from Starbox and it’s what I’ve been hoping for all along. Full size cosmetics and lots of them. Each month you’ll receive 3-4 FULL SIZED pieces of makeup, hair product, or accessories by STARLOOKS. Each month will include a different mix of product types including colors, styles, formulas, etc.

A box costs $15 a month and there is a small charge for shipping (usually $1.98). Starbox cosmetics are created by the company. They have a very complete FAQ section, much better than any I’ve seen.

Let’s get to what was in my October box and why I’m so happy. There were 3 full size cosmetics that create a beautiful look plus a fun extra.

Gold Dust eyeliner pencil

Gold Dust swatch

  1. Starlooks Eye Pencil in Gold Dust. This is one of 20 shades that Starlooks makes. The shade is perfect for holidays especially. It’s a beautiful gold that isn’t brassy or too yellow. It applies smoothly and evenly. I find if I warm up the tip with my fingers that I can even use it as an eyeshadow. You can buy the pencils at the Starlooks store for $8.

    Starlooks Posh pigment

    Pigment jar opening

    Posh pigment swatched

  2. Starlooks Pigment in Posh. If you love pigments and you love purple then this is for you. It’s a beautiful slightly iridescent shade of purple that isn’t glittery. It applies like a dream. A little goes a long way. What’s so amazing about this pigment is that it lasts so well. I like using a tacky base with a pigment (lately it’s Mally Beauty Eye Primer) and Starlooks Posh pigment is easy to blend over it and lasted me the entire day. You can buy one of the 21 shades for $12.



  3. Starlooks Lipstick in Masquerade. This lipstick surprised me in a few ways. First I opened it and wondered why they’d send a red brown lipstick with purple eyes. Boy was I wrong. Masquerade is a beautiful red with a slight brown undertone that doesn’t show up that way on my lips. I’ve worn it straight from the tube and also applied with a lipbrush. I prefer the lipbrush because I like a softer look if I’m going to wear red lipstick. The other way it surprised me is that it doesn’t have fragrance. Anyone who has read Beauty Info Zone knows that I’m very fussy about fragrance. When I smelled it (I always smell products, one of my idiosyncrasies) I noticed nothing. When I applied it I noticed no fragrance but lots of moisture. Starlooks has me in their lipstick corner now. The online swatch is very accurate for Masquerade so I’m sure that the others are too.

    Online swatch for Masquerade

    Starlooks carries a whooping 89 lipstick shades at $11 each.

    Gold Dust pencil, Posh pigment, Masquerade lipstick

  4. Now for the surprise in the box. It’s called Eye Rock and it’s a set of Eye Tattoos.

    Eye Rock Eye Tattoo

    To use them you start with clean skin without any makeup or creams on. Play around with them to figure the right placement and see if they need to be trimmed. Wet the paper back thoroughly and then let the water soak in for about 40 seconds before you remove the paper. Now wet the area around your eyes liberally and smooth on the tattoo. Wait about 5 minutes for them to dry and seal. Eye Rock has dozens of designs and they cost $5.99 at

If you’ve been doing the math you’ll see the box would cost $36 if bought separately but it sells for $15 total, no hidden costs. As with all subscription boxes, you take a chance because you don’t know what you’ll get but I can assure you that this is an amazing box for a great price. While it will be my 18 year old niece who ends up with Eye Rock tattoos, I’m happily using all the other products.

Starbook December teaser

Starbox December special

Now here’s the best part, Starlooks sells eyeshadow palettes for $99 but if you pre-order the December Starbox subscription you’ll be getting one for $15.  If that doesn’t persuade you to pre-order the December box I don’t know what will. It would make a fabulous gift too for any cosmetic lover on your list.

I see Starboxes in my future, do you? — Marcia

*sent for an honest review


  1. Finally, a subscription box that I can get into! I love the idea of a makeup-only box, since so many of the other ones focus on skin care. I’ll be trying one out.

  2. So glad they recognized the need for a cosmetics-only subscription.

  3. This actually looks like a really great subscription box!!!

  4. I can’t wait for the November box to come. I was very impressed with this box. Something for the makeup junkie at last.

  5. Isn’t it about time! I love the three cosmetic items in this.

  6. Retrodiva, I can’t wait to see what else they offer. The November box is going to be customized so you can pick Light, Medium or Dark for skintone.

  7. They sent me the same box and i love it too.its not like other boxes that gives the silly tiny miny samples.
    hope you’ll check my post too.

  8. shotgun housewife says:

    I am ordering the subscription but they are charging me $1.98 for s&h. Is there a code or special that inclides s&h for the $15.00?

    Thank you.

  9. Thanks for pointing that out Shotgun Housewife. Here’s what their site says: Are there any hidden fees? Nope – all you pay is your subscription. There is a small shipping/handling fee for the monthly Starbox, but the price will NEVER change, and no additional charges will ever be added. Lucky you!
    I’ll update the review to show that information.

  10. shotgun housewife says:

    I did pay the s&h, Beautyin. I will call them on Monday and rectify the situation. Thank you for your help. Samples used to be free but now the companies have figured out how to charge outrageous amounts of money for samples and I will not do that, but this box looked like a great value. I hope it is.

  11. Yay finally! Interesting products.

  12. I can’t wait to try more cosmetics from them. The December box is going to be outstanding and a bargain.

  13. That sounds like a great beauty subscription box, and the products look good. I may skip the box and purchase individual products from this line, as I have my eye on a specific few.

  14. Iris, what I’ve experienced from them is great. The box is a bargain, especially the Dec. box.

  15. So if I ordered this week I would get the December box?

  16. Sha, I’m not positive. I’d email the company to ask. They told me that I have a November box coming but they haven’t sent a shipping notice.


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