Review: Benevolent Beauty Box, Is It Worth Subscribing?
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Around the Holidays, Benevolent Beauty Box offered a Special Edition Box in addition to their regular monthly subscription. As soon as I saw the first two box teasers I knew I wanted it so I asked to get the Benevolent Beauty Special Edition Box as a Christmas gift. The box was originally sent out before the Holidays, so yes I am a little behind, but I still wanted to post about it. It was that good!
The Subscription Boxes
Benevolent Beauty is a cruelty-free subscription that offers two different sizes for their monthly boxes. The Mini Monthly subscription contains 2-3 full-sized items and costs $15.95. The VIP Monthly subscription is $29.95 and contains 4-7 full-sized products. Both sizes of monthly subscriptions focus the products on cosmetics with the addition of some skin, body, and hair care. There are some vegan items included, but a fully vegan option is not yet available. I will leave a link to box at the end of the post if you are interested in checking it out.
This was the brand’s first Special Edition Box and it sold for $62. As a teaser the company advertised the box to contain over $200 in skin care and makeup (WOW!). I already mentioned, I received it as a Christmas gift so the box is no longer for sale. The reasons I still decided and want to post about this box are that it is new cruelty-free subscription that just started last September and the products in the Special Edition Box are similar to past Monthly boxes. I am also extremely happy with the products included in the box. So those of you out there looking for a good cruelty-free subscription box, check out my review below. Benevolent Beauty Box is definitely a subscription I am considering receiving.
The Special Edition Benevolent Beauty Box contained 6 products, 4 makeup (2 have skin care properties as well) and 2 skin care products. All of the products contained are of high quality and the box introduced me to 3 new brands. As a bonus, at least to me, every product in the Special Edition Box is vegan!
The box came with a pamphlet containing all of Benevolent Beauty Box’s information including how to reach them and Social Media contacts. Inside the pamphlet, each product is listed with prices, descriptions, benefits, directions, tips and also information on each company including web addresses and Social Media sites.
Manna Kadar Cosmetics, a brand that I am somewhat familiar with, had their Day Dream Palette included in the box. It includes 6 eyeshadows (2 Matte, 4 Shimmer), 1 Blush, 1 Contour Shade, and 2 Highlighters. The palette is on the compact side, a good size for travel. The packaging is sturdy cardboard with a strong magnetic closure. The shadows in the palette are on the neutral side and run from a champagne shimmer to a warm peachy brown to a dark purple burgundy shimmer. All of the face products have shimmer including the blush and contour shade, which to me is more of bronzer. The highlighters are a similar shade of champagne, but one is more subtle while the other can make you glow to the moon. The palette has a retail value of $39.
Manna Kadar Day Dream Palette Eyeshadow Swatches (Shown in opposite order that they appear in palette)
Manna Kadar Day Dream Palette Blush, Highlight, Bronzer, and 2nd Highlight Swatches
The next item included is by Mommy Makeup, a brand new to me. It is their Stay Put Matte Lip Cream in Heather. Heather is a darker nude shade, a little darker than my lips naturally, with a dusty mauve base. It is a very pretty color, easily dressed up or worn everyday. The formula is comfortable as well. It contains Vitamin E so the lip cream has staying power, but isn’t drying on the lips. I would love to try some of their other shades. The lip cream has a retail value of $22.
The Makeup Plus Skin Care
I am familiar with Bellápierre Cosmetics and have had good experiences with their products. TheirBB Cream Derma Renew was included in the box. This makeup item includes skincare benefits. I received the shade Light (you specified skin tone when ordering). It gives medium coverage that evens your skin tone, covers minor imperfections, and is moisturizing. The information says it’s a mixture of advanced skincare and full skin coverage. It is an anti-aging formula that acts as 4 products in 1, a concealer, foundation, SPF 15, and moisturizer. The product is mineral-based and includes ingredients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and Jojoba Oil. This is my favorite product from the box. I love it. It feels great on my skin and it makes my skin look like my skin, but better and with a dewy glow. And I guess it should with a retail value of $75!
(I was able to find this product on Amazon for MUCH less. Over $50 less which I am SO excited about because it just makes my skin look SO good!)
Next is the Baiser Beauty Formula No2 Lumineux. I had never heard of this brand. It is listed as a liquid face highlighter. The product can be used as a traditional highlighter, a makeup primer, by itself without makeup, or mixed with foundation. Formula No2 Lumineux has only 5 ingredients, 2 each of facial and essential oils and mica. It is basically a facial oil with pink champagne colored shimmer. The product separates naturally so before each use it needs a good shake. My two preferred methods of using it are under my makeup as a primer or mixed with my foundation. Both methods give a subtle glow to my entire face, extra moisturizing, and dewy finish I love. This product’s retail value is $35.
Swatches from Benevolent Beauty Special Edition Box Products. Top to Bottom: Baiser Beauty Lumineux Highlighter Blended then Unblended, Bellapierre BB Cream, Mommy Makeup Stay Put Matte Lip Cream in Heather
The Skin Care
Franklin & Whitman Walnut Hill Face Serum was the first skin care item I was interested in. This is another new product and brand to me. It is described as a richly concentrated anti-aging treatment that deeply hydrates and nourishes your skin. The serum has an ingredient list that boasts just 5 ingredients. It includes Moroccan Argan Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, and Vitamin E. These oils have so many benefits, many of which are listed in the booklet. I usually put my facial oils on either mixed with my moisturizer or after my moisturizer, but the directions say this is a serum so I have tried applying it before my other skin care. Regardless of how I apply it, my skin loves it. I’m looking forward to seeing the long term results of this product. Its retail value is $39.95.
The last item is Mullein & Sparrow Lemon Rose Face Wash. I have heard of this brand, but never tried it. At first, I was unsure of this item. It’s listed as a gentle cleanser, but it is also ideal for all skin types. The gentle I liked, but I have dry skin that can be sensitive so the “for all skin types” made me a bit wary. Happily to my surprise, the first ingredient is coconut oil. This cleanser has a great light citrusy scent and removes makeup very well. It did not dry my face out, but it did leave an oily residue which makes it perfect for when I want to do a double cleanse. I have been using this when I have makeup to remove and following it with MyChelle Dermaceuticals Fruit Enzyme Scrub, one of my skin care staples. The value for this item is $32.
The total value of the box is $242.95, which is almost 4x the cost and amazing for any box especially a vegan and cruelty-free one. I am happy with all 6 items in the box and may have found a few new favorites. The only item that may not get as much use is the Manna Kadar Palette, but that’s a personal thing. I own more than my share of eyeshadows and already have some favorites that in my opinion surpass this palette. The fact that EVERY item was vegan was an extra treat. I hope in the future Benevolent Beauty offers more completely vegan boxes.
For favorites, I am absolutely loving the Bellapierre BB Cream. It is on the pricier side, but I was able to find it on Amazon for $20-25 so it will most likely be a repurchase. It comes in shades from Fair to Dark (all available on Amazon) so if you’re interested it’s a wonderful product and I’d scoop it up if I were you. My other favorite is the Franklin & Whitman Walnut Hill Facial Serum. It is a dream for a dry skinned girl. I have been using it both as a serum and a facial oil depending on the day.
There are two other products that I am really liking, the Mullein & Sparrow Lemon Rose Face Wash and the Mommy Makeup Stay Put Lip Cream. I need to use the cleanser more to make a definite decision, but I am definitely glad I was able to try a product from this brand. That’s how I feel about the Mommy Makeup brand as well. I am excited at investigating other products from this brand in the future.
The Benevolent Beauty Special Edition Box surpassed my expectations. I have been checking out the monthly boxes and have decided starting next month that I am going to sign up for the VIP box, the larger subscription. I will leave the link to the box at the end of the post. One of my resolutions for this year is to begin using products with healthier ingredients and this box seems to be a good place to discover new brands with great ingredients. I am excited to continue using the products I received and cannot wait to start getting the subscription. Look for a review next month on my first monthly box.
Do you receive Benevolent Beauty Box? What do you think about it? If not, does it look like a box you’d be interested in? What cruelty-free subscription boxes do you receive?
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Here is the link to the Monthly Benevolent Beauty Box. As a reminder there are two sizes, a smaller and larger, and it is a cruelty-free subscription box that contains some vegan items.