I received my first CC Beauty Box, the ‘November’ box, end of last week. When I seen one of the items to be included this month I could not resist subscribing especially as I got 20% off, as it was my first box (if you are thinking of subscribing and it is your first box use the code 1STBOX20OFF to get 20% off as well)
CC Beauty launched in 2014 with a vision to give customers elite beauty products at low-cost prices. It is a monthly subscription beauty box which costs £29.99 a month (including p&p), 3, 6 & 12 month subscriptions are also available. More details via link here.
Products came packaged in a larger outer black magnetic closure box with white /gold lettering and a yellow ribbon tie closure at front – there is no shredded / tissue paper included but two pieces of silky material are included with products, initial thoughts looks good but maybe better for bubble wrap to be used on fragile items.
This month’s box contained the following five items (classed 2 samples as one item):
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filter Soft Matt Longwear Foundation (shade 170) – FULL SIZE 32ml £26- this is the main reason I got this months box as have been wanting to try this foundation and the lighter shades were not available when I placed my recent Fenty Beauty order. Shade 170 is one of the lighter shades (light to medium) and is perfect for me as blends in so well, so delighted to see it included in this months box but know a number of people will be disappointed with this, which I totally understand, though I seen on social media that CC Beauty advised that they had only been able to get one shade but to make up for this they would replace it with a different item if this shade did not suit (but not a ‘Fenty Beauty’ item, so a number of people still disappointed). The price of this alone covers the price of the box and as I had intended to purchase this foundation anyway I really got the rest of the items for free with almost two pounds saving. Love the packaging, very sleek and practical – has a pump applicator and has a quite runny creamy consistency. Does apply really easily on the skin but dries pretty quickly as well so need to blend in quickly – as long as skin is well moisturised, hydrated I find it does not settle into pores, fine lines but be sure to not use too much at a time. It does dry to a matt finish and has a light to medium coverage and is buildable. It is a lovely base to apply concealer, bronzer, contour and blush. I find it really long lasting and although I prefer a slightly more dewy finish there is still a v slight glow. Initially v impressed and although it is not as good as my favourite IT Cosmetics foundation at this stage think it may become a good runner-up. However need to use for a longer period of time to confirm results – intend to do a full review of all my recent Fenty Beauty purchases shortly so will include a full review of this foundation then too;
L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Creamy Concealer – FULL SIZE RRP £4.99 – this is a screw up thick pen type concealer. I received the ivory shade, which is perfect for me (available in 4 shades). I was surprised how creamy this concealer was, applied really easily, tip also gives more precise application. Does cover slight blemishes well and lasts well with finishing powder, do not really like it for under the eye area, prefer an even creamier concealer for this – also need to apply a number of times over heavier blemishes. Results better than I expected as had never tried this concealer before and good product to take with you for retouching throughout the day if needed;
Too Faced La Matt Colour Drenched Matt Lipstick IN ‘Rebel Heart’ (cool red colour)- FULL SIZE RRP £22 – nice to see a full size lipstick included and although have never tried this lipstick before do like a number of products from the Too Faced range. Not a fan of matt lipsticks as just find them too drying however this is creamier than most and although I found this colour a bit patchy when applied, you need to apply few times (but this is the same with a number of red lipsticks) was surprised how comfortable it felt on the lips. After a period it gets a bit drier but not uncomfortable so some matt lipsticks are. Would like to try a different colour to see if colour payout better but initially a lot better than expected;
Swatches, left to right: Foundation, concealer & lipstick
Velvet 59 My Fair Lashes Mascara – Another FULL SIZE RRP £18 but reduced to £14.99 on CC Beauty site – Packaging looks a bit like Too Faced packaging and as I do love mascaras, glad to see it included, but as have so many opened at the moment, have not opened / tried this one. However will post a review when I do. Nice to see another full size item included;
Lastly two perfume samples were included – Perry Ellis 360 & Trish McEvoy samples – not a fan of perfume samples being included in beauty boxes as fragrance is such a personal thing and you can usually get samples in stores if you want to try something new. However as the other products are all full size do not mind on this occasion and it is still a good way to try something new. Both smell quite floral/fruity and although not too overpowering just not sure yet if they are for me.
Delighted with my first box but this may be due in part to me getting a product I wanted anyway for less than I would have paid, as well as getting all the other items for ‘free’. It is a lot more expensive than a number of beauty boxes but the products appear to be in line with the cost – majority full size high quality items. I intend to get at least the December box and then I will look at all my subscriptions to see which ones I want to continue and which sadly I will cancel, for a while at least. I definitely would recommend checking the CC Beauty box out especially as you can currently get 20% off your first box (also states that: Discount code will be valid for all previous customers who were not able to redeem this code for their first box). Great way to try the Fenty Beauty foundation as well if you think the shade would be suitable.
Would love to know if you are already subscribed to this box, what you thought of this month’s box?
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Thank you – take care.
Best Wishes Liz x