Women of color! Check out the ESSENCE BeautyBox

19 Dec 2015

Hi everyone! I received the ESSENCE BeautyBox the other day and I have to say: this is by far the best beauty box I’ve received this year! The best! The packaging, its size, the design, the concept behind it and of course the contents. I’m sure you’re familiar with ESSENCE magazine, right? I myself have been a subscriber of the magazine ever since I moved here from the Netherlands. Well, now ESSENCE has come out with a subscription box!

The subscription to the ESSENCE BeautyBox is completely separate from the magazine. If you sign up for the BeautyBox, they will ship you a box containing sample or trial sizes of 5 hair and beauty products. The products will vary from month to month and are selected by the experts of ESSENCE. The idea behind it is that you’re getting the best in beauty for women of color. Love that.

ESSENCE beautybox subscription beauty box

What it is

The ESSENCE BeautyBox is a service to help women of color discover beauty products. ESSENCE understands the challenges and frustrations in finding a variety of products for our shades and skin tones, identifying the products that work, and learning more about what’s new and next.

Curated by trusted beauty experts, the ESSENCE BeautyBox will deliver unique and coveted beauty finds to your door each month. You’ll have the opportunity to test some of the latest and most innovative products, as well as some of our all-time proven favorites from a wide range of brands.

What’s different

To honor and support the talents and entrepreneurial spirit within the black community each ESSENCE BeautyBox will feature a product from an independent, Black-owned business.

ESSENCE beautybox subscription beauty box

How to sign up

Select your plan
From monthly to annual (the most affordable plan), there’s a subscription option that works for everyone.

Receive and unwrap
Each month, ESSENCE’s team of beauty experts will carefully select the products to send, and you’ll receive your beautiful box with 5 products to discover and enjoy.

Connect and share
Visit the site to see reveal videos and to learn about each of the products and how best to use them. You’ll be able to leave reviews, share your photos and ideas for future boxes.


A monthly subscription box, with 5 makeup, skincare and hair products from big (black-owned) brands selected by the people from ESSENCE for women of color? Sounds good, right? I was sent the November box to see if I would like it. It was called November’s Surprise and Delight; scroll down to see what was inside. 🙂


ESSENCE beautybox subscription beauty box

ESSENCE beautybox subscription beauty box

ESSENCE beautybox subscription beauty box


Black Opal Luxe Matte Lipstick
black opal ESSENCE beautybox subscription beauty box

Fekkai Hair Fragrance Mist
Fekkai ESSENCE beautybox subscription beauty box

Suave Moroccan Infusion Body Lotion
Suave ESSENCE beautybox subscription beauty box

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara

DevaCurl No-Poo Decadence and one Condition Decadence
DevaCurl ESSENCE beautybox subscription beauty box

I love the contents of this box! I was surprised to see how big the samples are, they’re definitely de-luxe sizes, comparable to the 100 or 500 perks you get at Sephora. I’m most excited for the Fekkai Hair Fragrance Mist, it’s supposed to give your hair a boost with shine and scent. I’ve never used a hair mist, so I’ll be trying it this weekend.
I also love the design on the box itself, I won’t be throwing this one out. 😉

Had you heard of the ESSENCE BeautyBox before?
Click HERE for more info.

I received this box for free in exchange for an unbiased review.


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