Essence Beauty Box Review

Essence Beauty Box Review

When Essence announced that they would be selling a beauty box, I jumped on board.  I’m no stranger to the subscription box scene, so a beauty box for women of color was right up my alley.


Essence asserted the box would be, “a subscription service curated by our trusted beauty experts delivered directly to your door each month. In it, you’ll have an opportunity to test some of the latest and most innovative products, as well as our proven favorites.”

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 We had to wait two months for our order to ship out (Essence told us up front there would a wait), but I didn’t mind. As we all know by know, I have enough beauty products to last me three lifetimes.


Let’s take a look at the inaugural box:

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I give Essence’s first beauty box a solid B Grade.  The L’occitaine hand cream as well as the Deluxe sized Eden’s leave-in conditioner were the best items in the box.  The perfume didn’t do anything for me, and I’ve never tried a Curls product that actually did anything other than make my hair hard and unmanageable.  Perhaps the biggest loser of the box, however, was the The Brow Architect by Tarte


I tried to use the product on three separate occasions and on each try, I was left with a broken point as shown above. I’ve tried eyeliners that cost less than $1 that were smoother and more pigmented. After three failed attempts and three broken points, I was out of my Brow architect. I did, however, manage to get a swatch so you can see the pigmentation and color of the product:

tarte-brow-architect swatch

As you can see the color is on the ashy side, and I’m not quite sure how one could effectively utilize the sponge applicator to actually put the concealer to use. The product is priced at $23 so it was nice to see a high priced item included in the box; it’s too bad it was a dud.

The monthly price for the Essence Beauty box is $15, however you can sign up for 6 months for $90 or a year for $165.

Have your or will you be trying the new Essence Beauty Box? If so, share your thoughts below!
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