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Birchbox CEW Prestige Box Review – 2015

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Birchbox CEW Prestige Box Review - 2015 Box

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.

Birchbox CEW Prestige Box Review - 2015 Open

This review is of the Prestige box. (I’ll have the review for the mass appeal box up soon!)

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Birchbox CEW Prestige Box Review - 2015 Items

The Box: Birchbox for CEW Prestige Box

The Cost: $18

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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)

Birchbox CEW Prestige Box Review - 2015 Info

Each box comes with an info card detailing the items included.

Birchbox CEW Prestige Box Review - 2015 Glamglow

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.

Birchbox CEW Prestige Box Review - 2015 Marula

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!)

Birchbox CEW Prestige Box Review - 2015 Lip

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!

Birchbox CEW Prestige Box Review - 2015 Benefit

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:

Birchbox CEW Prestige Box Review - 2015 Benefit

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:

Birchbox CEW Prestige Box Review - 2015 Swatch

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?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. I snoozed I lost …. sold out completely

  2. Are these sold out ? I cannot add it to my cart

  3. Are these sold out? I cannot add it to my cart.

  4. Liz I had thr same problem with trying to get the oil out. I removed the inner plastic part. Just use tweezers or something to pull it out. The oil flows out super easy now.

  5. I got both CEW boxes and LOVED pretty much everything in them! I was so pleased! Thanks for the heads up on them!

  6. Got both boxes – Thanks Liz – and love them both. I will use everything in this box which is rare!!

    • Yay! 🙂

  7. Fekkai Hair Fragrance Mist in Creme Vanilee sounds great!

    [Heads to swap site.]

  8. I love the fekkai spray best. Equal with nudestix anyhow. I have three various eye pencils from them and they’re handy for packing small purses with an item or two. I grabbed both of the boxes here, and the mass appeal box was pretty great also for value.

  9. I got the Nudestix in Sin in my Ipsy baf a little bit ago so I was happy to have this in another color. I also got Blush in my Birchbox. I love the Fekkai and actually wore it as regular perfume yesterday. Love this box.

  10. I loved the hair perfume. It smells like vanilla frosting. The nudestix was a nice color/texture.

    As I type this I am wearing the glam glow mask. OMG does it stink. At first I thought I liked it better than the licorice smell of the original masks. Then it started to remind me of baby food. That being said I am glad I got to try this as ipsy never sends me glamglow stuff.

  11. I got mine in the mail on Friday. That samples sizes were smaller than I expected but value was there and I really love the fragrance of the Fekkai Hair Fragrance – Yummy.

  12. Fine! You win this round Liz…and every round….I now have to go buy both boxes instead of one :p

    • Haha! 🙂

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