Essence Beauty Box Subscription Review – September 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
FYI – This is the last box from Essence Beauty Box – the subscription has ended.
The Cost: $15.00
The Products: A variety of hair care, beauty, and lifestyle products
Ships to: US only
Good to know: You can still purchase past boxes for $10 (while supplies last)!
September will be the last BeautyBox from Essence. This card advises subscribers that the they have included a brush set and how pre-paid subscriptions will refunded. For further assistance, contact customer service.
This month the theme is “Runway Ready”. The EBB team provided a product card detailing every item we received for the month. It says summer is ending and to remember to give our beauty routine a seasonal shift. They have included products to revive our hair, skin and nails!
Beauty Pouch with 4-piece Brush Set – Value: $10.00?
This is the bonus item for all subscribers. It’s really cute! I already have a small beauty pouch in my purse, I pulled the brushes and I’m using this to store the highlighters and pens I keep in my purse for notes. I love it.
Zoya – Nail Polish in Rue – Value: $10.00
Simply beautiful! Rue is described as a nude, cool pink. It pairs well with other nudes and can be worn under glitter polishes or clear nail wraps for effects.
KeraCare – Silken Seal Liquid Sheen 1oz – Value: $5.25
Spray this protectant on freshly washed hair before heat application. The formula is non-greasy but provides a nice sheen and allows hair to retain moisture. I like the soft scent, it reminds me of baby oil. We rarely use heat to dry our hair, so I will pass this along to a friend.
Black Radiance – Body Building Mascara – Value: $1.50
I love getting mascaras in subscription boxes. It helps me to remember to toss ones that have been in use for a while. I’m still working on a few others so I didn’t open this one yet. It says to apply one coat for a natural look, and to apply two coats of mascara for thickness.
Boscia – Cool Blue Calming Mask – Value: $2.50
I’ve been able to try just a handful of Boscia products thanks to Sephora samples. I haven’t found anything that I’m in love with, maybe this peel-off mask will be the one. It’s made with fine ingredients to cool the skin and calm inflammation.
Cutex – Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover Pads 3ea – Value: $1.50
I love using polish remover pads. They are practically mess free and so convenient. Cutex isn’t my top choice for removers anymore because Abigail is sensitive to the acetone. But I don’t mind using it on myself when she’s not around. One pad removes all the polish on a pair of hands or toes! I’m taking these to store at my desk at work.
Cougar Beauty Products by Paula Dunne – Face and Body Highlighter & Shimmer 0.18oz – Value: $31.68
Cougar Beauty Products is a mineral makeup company based in the UK. Their website says you can lightly dust their highlighter/glitter from head to toe for just the glow. I used very little product for my swatch and unfortunately I could see that my skin was casted off white/gray underneath. It was hard to photograph correctly with the lights. Against my skin tone, in person you would have thought I mixed a tiny bit of baby powder with the highlighter to get that effect. I will definitely pass this along to a friend. It’s very beautiful though!
Here’s a closer look at my swatches:
Verdict: This September, Essence Beauty Box had an estimated retail value of over $62.00! I’m so glad EBB finished the subscription with a great value. Personally, this was not my favorite box from this subscription. My favorite products with month are the nail polish and the brush set. I will miss the curation and discovering even more beauty brands.
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