Proscription Beauty Essentials Box Review – Summer 2019
This is a review of the Proscription Beauty Box Beauty Essentials Box, which is no longer available. Sign up for the Fall 2019 box!
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About Proscription Beauty Box
The Subscription Box: Proscription Essentials Box
The Cost: $75 a quarter ($260 value)
The Products: deluxe-sized and full-sized makeup products “curated for makeup enthusiasts and artists alike.”
Ships to: the US for free
I also received a bonus goodie bag for choosing the Beauty Essentials Box:
The day before the main box arrived, I got the bonus gift that all customers who pre-ordered the box received.
What’s inside may vary, but I loved that it included a handwritten note.
Here are my bonus items! I tried to organize this review in the order of using the products, so the items are dispersed below.
Proscription Beauty Summer 2019 Beauty Essentials Box Review
Here is the info sheet for more of the products.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30, 2.5 oz – Retail Value $22
I love Kiehl’s, but I didn’t love this product as much as I expected to. It is a moisturizer with SPF, and it has the typical sunscreen smell that I do not love. If you have trouble committing to wearing SPF daily, though, this could be a great product to get in the habit of protecting your skin.
Hum Nutrition Glow Sweet Glow, 60 ct – Retail Value $25
I have tried samples of these supplements before, but I am stoked to receive the full-size container! This has hyaluronic acid and vitamin C to help hydrate skin, and they have a pleasant orange flavor. It would take 4-6 weeks of consistent use to really see if these make a difference, but so far so good.
Patchology FlashMasque Illuminate Eye Gel – Estimated Value $3 (buy a pack of 5 pairs for $15)
I love Patchology! These eye gels are made with green tea and vitamin C to help with dark circles, and I find them incredibly cooling and comforting to wear. Eye gels are one of my favorite self-care rituals, so while you only have to leave these on for five minutes to get the benefits, I leave them on for much longer.
Beautyblender Original – Retail Value $20
I love my beautyblender sponge, and I will always be excited about getting a new one. I have used other sponges, but the performance of this one just does the job so well I somehow justify shelling out $20 for a replacement. This is my favorite makeup sponge that I have used, and it works well for applying foundation and setting powder as well as blending out liquid or cream blushes and highlight.
Lashes in a Box #21, 1 pair – Retail Value $8
These lashes are made of human hair, and they made me realize I have no idea what material the other false lashes I use are made of. I trimmed these down a bit and didn’t have much trouble applying them, but the end result was actually so natural that I wasn’t a fan- I can get just as a dramatic look from layering mascaras without having to fuss with these.
Make-Up Atelier Eyelash Adhesive, Full-Size! Retail Value $7
You can’t have fake lashes without lash adhesive, and this is a big container that should last me a while. When I apply fake lashes, I apply a strip of glue to the back of my hand, wait a few seconds, and then press the band of the lashes to the glue. I wait a few more seconds before positioning them on my lash line, and then I hope for the best. This glue lasted all night but didn’t remove any real eyelashes when I yanked these off at 2 am, so I am a fan.
Smashbox Studio Swag: Eye Trio – Estimated Value $15?
I started with the eyeshadow primer from this Smashbox kit, and it really impressed me with how long my eyeshadow stayed on and how vibrant the colors were. I didn’t realize until after, but this is more so designed to use for concealer under your eyes rather than on your eyelids- oops.
Viseart Petite Pro 5 Soleil Eyeshadow Palette – Retail Value $30
I am in love with this palette- specifically the shade BonBon, a shimmery purple duo-chrome that leans pink. It really makes my eyes pop, and I have been wearing this shade every chance I get. I think all of the shimmers in this palette are fantastic, but the mattes perform well, too. Overall, I have been wanting to try eyeshadow from Viseart, and I would buy a different mini palette from them in the future based on my experience with this one.
Here are all of the shadow shades swatched.
For my eyeshadow look, I started with Pastile all over my lid as a base shade.
I then went in with the shade Lavender on the outer corners of my eyes and blended until my hands were tired.
Next was the gorgeous Marmalade on the inner third of my eyes.
I finished off with BonBon applied in the middle of my eyelid with my fingers.
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, 1 oz – Retail Value $36
This is the OG primer- though it has gotten a makeover or two, it still has that same velvety texture that makes my makeup glide on so smooth. It has a silicone base, so it won’t work well with water-based foundations, but I really like how it looks under my concealer and powder foundations.
After that, I applied the Smashbox primer to my face and my usual foundation with my beauty blender.
BONUS: The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer, Full-Size! Retail Value $20 (not counted towards the box value)
I have never been big on contouring, but I do like using bronzer to add warmth to the edges of my face. This is a matte bronzer that reminds me a lot of Benefit Hoola, and I appreciate that it doesn’t have orange undertones.
It looked dark when I first applied it, but it blended out nicely.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Rose Gold , 1.7 oz – Retail Value $41
A full-size Becca highlighter in a box? Yes, please. The shade rose gold is a rosy-gold with warm pink undertones, so it isn’t the best match for my fair, cool-toned complexion. It is a little dark to use directly as a highlighter, but I really like how it looks mixed with my foundation for a soft, all-over glow.
Here is how I applied the highlighter.
And here is how it looked after blending.
BONUS: Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner in 83, Full-Size! Retail Value $16 (not counted towards the box value)
I love that we received an eyeliner in a color other than black- and this dark purple ended up complimenting the eye look I went with really well. This had good staying power and didn’t smear.
I used a random liner brush I had received from a subscription box at some point and pressed it against my upper lash line to add some definition.
BONUS: Becca Ultimate Lipstick Love in Mauve, Full-Size! Retail Value $24 (not counted towards the box value)
This hyaluronic acid-infused lipstick has a satin finish that was extremely comfortable to wear. I didn’t use a lip liner when I applied it, and I had no issues with feathering.
I finished my look with a coat of the Smashbox primer, two coats of the Smashbox mascara, and the Becca lipstick.
Fitish Cool Down Spray, 4 oz – Retail Value $28
This is made with aloe, coffee extract, peppermint oil, and hemp oil. I found it slightly irritating that instead of coming out and saying this was made with cannabis oil, they used a plant emoji online, but the actual product packaging lists the ingredients fully and accurately. This was so cooling to spray on- it was refreshing while also setting my makeup, which is exactly what I need on these hot and humid summer days.
I used it to set my look, and I was really happy with the end results!
The Verdict: If you are a makeup lover, this box is a must buy. I was impressed with the number of full-size products and quality brands that were included, and this was a good mix of products I already know and love and brand new brand and product discoveries for me. If you include the value of the mystery bundle, this box has a total value of $295. Without the mystery bundle, the value comes a bit short at $235. Overall, I am still happy with the value I received, but that is something to be aware of!
The Wrap Up
Value Breakdown: This box cost $75 with free shipping and I calculated a total value of $235 not including the bonus bundle. That means you are paying approximately the following per item:
- Kiehls: $6.93
- Smashbox Eye Trio: $4.73
- Hum Nutrition: $7.89
- Smashbox Primer: $11.34
- Patchology: $0.94
- Beautyblender: $6.30
- Make-up Atelier: $3.15
- Lashes in a Box: $2.52
- Viseart: $9.45
- Becca Highlighter: $12.92
- Fitish: $8.82
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