Benevolent Beauty Box Review + Coupon – February 2017
Benevolent Beauty Box is a brand new, cruelty-free beauty subscription! They send cosmetics, skin care, hair care, and beauty tools each month. When you sign up, you provide some personalization preferences, such as your hair and eye color, and whether you prefer both or neutral colors, etc. Benevolent Beauty offers a VIP monthly box and a Mini monthly box.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This review is of the Monthly VIP, $29.95 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: Benevolent Beauty Box
The Cost: The Monthly VIP Beauty Box costs $29.95/month and the Monthly Mini Beauty Box costs $15.95/month (3- and 6-month prepay options available, which equal out to slight discounts per month) – all with free shipping (shipping is extra for international)
COUPON: Use code MSA2017 for 15% off your first month!
The Products: Benevolent Beauty sends out strictly cruelty-free items in the categories of cosmetics, hair care, skin care, and beauty tools.
Ships to: U.S. & International
Good to know: The cut-off date for ordering is the 25th of each month
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Every box includes a folded info card.
The inside of the card provides details about each item and the retail values. I think it’s cool that they use a mark to indicate every item that is also vegan.
Moody Sisters Herbal Blend Dry Skin Cream – 4 oz, Value $22.50
The label says that this cream melts into your skin, and that’s exactly what it does. I love the scent and the peppermint in it, and it hydrates intensely.
The consistency is like a really soft body butter – it’s thick but easily scooped/spread. The Benevolent Beauty Box info sheet says it’s best for dry, mature and sensitive skin, but any skin type can use it on dry patches (I think it could be great as a nighttime foot moisturizer too!).
It also contains lavender, peppermint, and juniper berry essential oils – a lovely combination and I think I have to try that out in my diffuser now.
High Endurance Cosmetics Sweat Pretty Setting Spray – 4 oz, Value $13
My first impression of this setting spray is a good one. It’s talc-free, cruelty-free (obviously, as everything is in Benevolent Beauty Box), and paraben-free. It performs well, too – although I must admit I didn’t try it over a workout because I usually workout in the morning before doing my shower/makeup. I do wish the nozzle produced a finer spray and more of a mist for more even coverage, but if you hold it a good distance away from your face and give it a minute to dry/settle then you shouldn’t have issues.
Palmetto Derma Rejuvenating Anti-Oxidant Mask – 1.75 fl oz, Value $64
I was really excited to try this mask – an “antioxidant treasure trove,” and designed to leave your skin bright, radiant, and promote lift and plumping. When I first applied it, it felt cool on my skin which was definitely refreshing. As I let it sit, it felt tingly (but not painful at all).
However, I had some kind of reaction – and I DO NOT have sensitive skin. Because I was squeezing time for this mask into my precious nap time (well, they baby’s nap time), I didn’t leave it on for a full 15-30 like the label says; I washed it off at around 5-10 minutes. And honestly, I’m glad I did because once I washed it off, my face was red exactly where I had applied the mask! I could see the outline of where I had applied it. I followed with a gentle toner and moisturizer, still with no pain. However for about an hour afterward, my face felt really warm, as if I had been sunburned.
I’m really surprised because, like I said, I don’t have sensitive skin. Admittedly, I’m at fault for not patch testing it, but because I almost never have problems I didn’t make time for it this time. I’m going to have to see if I have the same reaction on my hand or arm, though, because if I just discovered that I’m allergic to something in here, I want to make a note of what it could possibly be!
Mirabella Velvet Lip Pencil, “Love Velvet” – Value $25 (currently on sale for $12.50)
This is a bright-colored lip pencil, and the formula pleasantly surprised me! It’s very creamy and super pigmented.
The shade is a bright red, almost coral-leaning. It’ll be more my comfort zone come spring and summer.
Medusa’s Makeup Lip Paint, “Shag” – Value $12
I haven’t tried much from Medusa’s makeup, and never any of their lip products. This lip paint is intense! Definitely make sure you like the color before applying because this has serious staying power.
(Good to know for swaps: this comes with a plastic seal around the entire bottle)
Once this dries down matte, it’s there to stay – make sure that if/when you do remove it, it’s with an oil-based makeup remover. This color, Shag, is a pretty pink that should work on many people. It’s more pale of a color than I’m used to wearing on myself, but I like it alright.
Here’s a swatch of the Medusa’s Makeup Lip Paint and the Mirabella pencil. You can really see how pigmented the pencil formula is here.
Here’s what the lip colors look like on me. The left is the Mirabella pencil (love) and the right is the Medusa’s lip paint (which looked slightly paler in person than it does in this photo). I like them both!
Verdict: As usual, the February Benevolent Beauty Box brought me a new discovery that I love (the dry skin cream), but overall it wasn’t my favorite month. I am glad to discover every product in the box, though obviously I’m bummed the mask didn’t work for me especially because it’s the most expensive item in the box. As far as value goes, though, everything adds up to over $130! I have come to expect between $90-100 in value from this sub, so this month is actually on the higher end of what I’ve seen from them!
What do you think about Benevolent Beauty Box? Did you have any kind of reaction to the mask like I did?