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)
COUPON: Use code MSA20 to save 20% off!
The Products: A variety of hair care, beauty, and lifestyle products
Ships to: US only
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Each month the the EBB Team provides an insert card detailing every item we have for the month. July’s theme is “Summer Soiree”. It says our box is packed full of essential products for a summertime party.
I received a product from this brand a while ago. I’m excited to try another conditioner. This one smells sweet and it says it has mango, honey and shea butter to style and moisturize hair from the roots to the ends.
I haven’t used this shave gel yet. I have another shave product in use at this moment. There’s not much fragrance to it. It doesn’t smell as I thought it would, but it’s not horrible. The directions say to wet your skin, massage in gel and shave.
Dickinson’s - Witch Hazel Towelettes - 3ea - Value: $1.00
I wouldn’t call these makeup removers. They clean the skin but it’s a tad harsh around the eyes so don’t get too close. Otherwise my face felt removed of dirt and excess oils.
This lip conditioner works well to rehydrate dry lips, but unfortunately this formula leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I’m passing it to John since I’ve already used it a few times already.
I hate that I can’t get pass the taste, my lips really enjoyed it. I loved how it soaked into my skin versus sitting on top like a gloss. The insert says that subscribers could have received one of other skincare products from this brand. Let me know in the comments if you got something else.
I believe this shade is discontinued. I linked a similar color available for purchase instead. The bottle is so tiny and cute. I also appreciate the how well made the applicator brush was. It was as thick as you would expect in a full sized nail polish.
This was my least favorite product this month. Unfortunately the pencil is not very pigmented and took over 10 swipes to pull enough color for a proper swatch. Also after applying, I attempted to blend the product to see how well the sponge applicator performed, and found that the color removed easily. It wasn’t blending, it was only removing the product completely onto the sponge.
Verdict: This July, Essence Beauty Box had an estimated retail value over $36.00. It’s a great value considering the cost of the subscription. I didn’t fall in love with any new to me products this month, but was happy to be introduced to a few new brands. That’s one of the main reasons I still love subscription boxes.
What are your thoughts on the Essence Beauty Box? Did you have any favorites this month?