Birchbox CEW Prestige Box Review – 2015
Every year, Birchbox teams up with the CEW Insiders’ Choice Beauty Awards to put together boxes featuring award-winning beauty products in both the prestige (aka higher price point), and mass market (drugstore brand) categories.
This review is of the Prestige box. (I’ll have the review for the mass appeal box up soon!)
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The Box: Birchbox for CEW Prestige Box
The Cost: $18
Also don’t forget to add your free sample pack on orders of $35 or more!
The Products: Each box includes:
Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Push-Up Liner – Sample size
COOLA® SPF 50 Sport – Mango – Sample size
Fekkai Hair Fragrance Mist – Crème Vanillée – Travel size
GLAMGLOW POWERMUD™ Dualcleanse Treatment – Sample size
GLAMGLOW THIRSTYMUD™ Hydrating Treatment – Deluxe sample size
Marula Pure Marula Facial Oil – Sample size
NUDESTIX Lip + Cheek Pencil – Full size (shades will vary)
Each box comes with an info card detailing the items included.
Coola SPF 50 Sport in Fresh Mango – .5 oz Value $3.20
I’ve received this sample before from Birchbox, and I’m obsessed with the scent! If you love a natural mango scent, I highly recommend it!
GLAMGLOW ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment – .24 oz Value $9.75
I’ve liked every GLAMGLOW product I’ve tried, so I’m excited to try this hydrating treatment next! Unlike other GLAMGLOW masks, this can be used as an overnight mask, or as a 10-20 minute daytime treatment. (The formula of this product is nothing like other GLAMGLOW masks – it’s more like a gel/cream).
This also came with a bonus foil packet of GLAMGLOW PowerMud DualCleanse Treatment (.1 oz, $4 Value). This one is “mud to oil” – it transitions to a cleansing oil when you wipe it off. I tried this before thanks to the May GlossyBox, and I really like how soft/clean it makes my skin feel.
Fekkai Hair Fragrance Mist in Creme Vanilee – .33 oz Value $4
This is a light and sweet fragrance made for your hair. The info card also says it provides shine, but I didn’t notice any differences – I would consider this is a hair fragrance product only.
Marula Pure Facial Oil – 5 ml Value $8
I like the essential oil fragrance blend of this oil, and the formula is pretty lightweight too. (The only issue I have with this sample is that it is pretty difficult to get the oil out – at least I don’t have to worry about it leaking!)
Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Push-Up Liner – .003 oz Value $3.60
NUDESTIX Lip Cheek Pencil in Blush – FULL SIZE! Value $24
This NUDESTIX is my favorite discovery in the box – I can’t get over how creamy and moisturizing the formula is – it goes on so smoothly! I love the Blush color, and I plan on buying another shade or two as well. (Blush shade swatched in last picture).
One thing to mention on the NUDESTIX pencil – it is listed as full size in the CEW product list, but this full-size version cap is plain, and the cap on the full-size version from the Birchbox shop includes a pencil sharpener. This one is also listed with a size of 2.49 grams, and the full-size version from the Birchbox shop is listed as 1.41 grams. So… I think this pencil is larger than the typical full-size pencil, but it doesn’t include the sharpener cap. This entire paragraph may be TMI, but I was staring at the product detail page wondering where my sharpening cap was, so I thought I’d call it out!
This Benefit Push-Up Eye Liner sample is interesting. Unlike the full-size or travel-sized versions, instead of clicking to release the eyeliner product, you actually have to push it up with your fingers:
The formula of this eyeliner and the application angle give an amazingly precise line, but just a head’s up – it isn’t exactly the same application experience you would get using the full-size version. Swatched below:
Verdict: This box has a value of about $53. I’m really happy with all the products in this box – I will use absolutely everything, and I’m a little obsessed with this NUDESTIX pencil! What do you think of the CEW Prestige Box?