My First Essence Beauty Box! | Unboxing + First Impression

By | 3/01/2016 Leave a Comment
H E Y  B E A U T I E S !

I'm excited to share with you all my first impression of Essence Beauty Box, a subscription box service powered by Essence Magazine (of course). As many of you know, I'm huge on packaging, not just rose gold lipstick tubes, but shipping boxes and logos as well. I love colorful logo and box. Its eye grabbing and makes me anxious to know what's inside. 

3 Full Size products, and 3 Sample Size Products. 

Kiss Lashes, Broadway Lash glue, Colgate Optic White Travel size, Dark & Lovely Au Naturale Soak it up Oil Cocktail, Miss Jessie's Coil Custard Sample, and Iman Lip Shimmer lip gloss.

M Y  R E V I E W

My initial response to the box/items was that it was okay. I wasn't wow'd by the box, however, I knew I wasn't really giving it a real chance. So that's when I told myself to stop thinking like a spoiled blogger who gets free stuff all the time (just being honest.) For the everyday woman, this box and the items inside are perfectly curated. It literally has you covered from your hair to your teeth.

I received a number of subscription boxes to review, I never used everything in the box. I may have used 1 item out of the 8 I received. However with this box,  I'm sure I will use everything except the Miss Jessie's Coil Custard. I have Locs and its simply too heavy for my hair. Which doesn't bother me too much because its a sample size. I'm super excited about the Dark and Lovely Soak it up oil Cocktail! I have a feeling that my hair will love it. 

Would I pay $15 for this box? Absolutely. If you go on under the 'In The Box' tab, you can see the previous boxes you've missed and the items that were inside. I can honestly say I would have enjoyed all of them.  I love that the website links to where you can buy items featured in each box. It would also be cool if there was an option to buy boxes you missed in the past. That's assuming more were available, but I doubt it. Even so, I understand how that might be too much to keep up with over time. 

In this box, I'm most excited about the Cover FX Mattifying Primer. I currently swear by their Anti-Aging Primer and have been meaning to give this one a try as well. Now I can be sure I'll love it (which I'm sure I will) before buying the full size for my kit. 

My only con is, based on the website my February box should also include an Iman Lipstick. So I'm missing one item. Definitely something I would've liked to try. 


Its reassuring knowing that a team of black women are creating beauty boxes monthly for women like me. No one understands the black woman more than Essence, and this is why their subscription box is a complete WIN. I wish they would've thought of it sooner.

J O I N ( click here )

Like I mentioned previously, the subscription service is only $15 on a month to month plan. However, if you sign up for the 6 or 12 month plan, you can score each box for $12.50 each! The only catch is that you have to pay it all upfront. I know people who spend $20 a day at StarBucks, so $12.50 to $15 a month for a box with over $35 worth of product in it isn't hurting anyones pockets. 

If you are looking to join a subscription box service, definitely go with this one. Its worth it, and most importantly they literally think about YOU (your skin tone, hair type, and colors that compliment them) while putting each box together. 

Until Next time,
<3 Bee


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