Essence Beauty Box Subscription Box Review – February 2016
Essence Beauty Box is a beauty subscription service geared for Women of Color (WOC). Each month, the Essence Magazine beauty team puts together a box to give you the opportunity to discover brand new products and Essence’s staple favorites.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: Essence Beauty Box
The Cost: $15 a month (Discounts available with 12-month subscription)
The Products: A variety of hair care, beauty, and lifestyle products
Ships to: US only
The insert card has a list of all the products included this month as well as some great tips! The note from the EBB Team says they themed February’s box around red carpet season. They ask, would we be paparazzi prepped if cameras flashed the moment our feet stepped out the door? (That’s an easy “No” for me. Not even on my best day would I want to find candid photos of myself in the grocery checkout.) The goodies included this month should help us get ready to “Shine Like A Star”!
Dark and Lovely Au Naturale – Soak It Up Oil Cocktail – 4.1oz – Value: $9.99
Featuring Coconut and Moringa Oils, this cocktail is said to easily absorb into the hair, preventing dryness. I found this product nowhere close to what I consider an oil. It’s not oily enough. I find it just disappears into nothing. I feel this would be better suited as a freshening spray if it came with a pump. Otherwise, it made my hair smell fantastic and it was nice to try.
We’ve been using Honest Company toothpaste for years now. I think this is the first toothpaste I’ve received in a beauty box too! Cool….no really, this toothpaste made my mouth feel very cool afterwards. It’s really strong to me, I’m so use to my regular toothpaste. I gave this to John, he travels quite often and I always give him my toothpaste samples from dental visits for his toiletry tote.
Kiss – Looks So Natural Lashes in Flirty KFL02 – Value: $3.99
Does anyone else’s anxiety level go from 3 to 80 as soon as you try to put on lashes? Just me! Ok, fine. I know I just need to practice more. I have a ton of lashes, and I don’t mind having another pair to play with…but not today.
Broadway Eyes – Strip Lash Adhesive with Aloe in Clear DGLG02 – 3g – Value: $1.99
I’m so happy they sent adhesive as well. Sometimes the glue gets grubby around the edges. It’s good to change it out after 6 or 12 months depending on the brand. I think this is the second deluxe sized adhesive I’ve received in a subscription service. Years ago, I may have received one through Ipsy or Wantable, I’m not sure. Considering how often I wear/play with lashes, getting a deluxe sample rather than the typical included mini, feels humongous.
Cover FX – Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment – .16 oz – Value: $5.00
This is my second favorite primer next to Becca’s Ever-Matte Poreless Primer. I’m very oily and I need to use the very thick Becca primer when I’m wearing foundation to work or other long periods of time. The Cover FX primer is great for the weekends, especially for Sundays when I’m really only wearing makeup for just a few hours at church. I love that the formula has salicylic acid and doesn’t irritate my skin. It’s a must try if you haven’t done so already.
Miss Jessie’s – Coily Custard – 1 oz – Value: $1.60
Everyone raves about this product online, and I’m excited to test it out on the kiddos. It’s says it works great to collect frizzy hairs and add definition. I hate that it’s in a foil packet and might I add, an un-notched for easy opening type of foil packet. Ugh, the worst! So this has been dropped in the “must try soon, when I have the patience” pile. LOL!
Iman Cosmetics – Luxury Moisturizing Lipstick in Taboo – Sample Size – Value: $1.00
Subscribers may have received a lipstick or lipgloss from Iman’s brand. Aww, what a cute little sample and it’s a beautiful deep purple color! My favorite lip color. I love the semi-dry sort of texture after it sets! Unfortunately, it smells like Playdoh. I cant get pass the scent, I tried mixing it with some of my BareMinerals Moxie glosses that I love, but I can’t seem to mask or mute the overpowering scent! It’s too pretty on me to let go or toss. Solution, I’m going to put it on the back burner and pray the scent wears off. To be continued…
Verdict: The February Essence Beauty Box had an estimated retail value around $25.00 Not bad at all and it’s almost double the subscription cost. This wasn’t my favorite Essence Beauty Box, but I love the variety of products and the curation! I’ve always wanted to try the Iman Cosmetics brand, but my local drug store does not carry it. Though this month wasn’t a high dollar box, I’m enjoying the overall Essence experience and love that they invite subscribers to think outside the box. They have been consistent in bringing awareness of self-love and a positive outlook on beauty. What are your thoughts on the February Essence Beauty Box? Are you Red Carpet ready?