Each year, Birchbox teams up with CEW to curate a prestige and mass appeal box to showcase the best in beauty in both the highend and affordable categories. I recently placed an order for a Swell water bottle and needed a few more dollars to reach free shipping so I thought the CEW prestige box was a pretty good deal. For $18 you get a full sized Nudestix Lip + Cheek Pencil (which retails for $24!) and six samples.
I like that they included something from a range of beauty categories: makeup, skincare, hair and body. For hair, they included the Fekkai Hair Fragrance Mist in Crème Vanillée which is a nice to have but I would have preferred a hair mask or treatment. The Coola Classic Sunscreen SPF 45 Sport in Fresh Mango is the body item and it smells fabulous. The sample size is probably a little too tiny for a full body application but it's a nice handbag size.
I mainly got this because of the full sized Nudestix pencil because I've been hearing a lot about the brand. I believe the shades vary from box to box and I received the shade Blush, a wearable nude pink that would look lovely on lips and cheeks. I was also interested in testing out the Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! Push-Up Eye Liner because it's such a different approach to eyeliner. I'm a bit dismayed to see how small the sample is. I will probably get one or two uses out of it.
I'm excited to test out the Glamglow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment which is supposed to provide "soft, dewy and intensely hydrated skin". They also included a small packet sample of the Glamgow Powermud Dualcleanse Treatment which I've used before. I like having packet samples because I can use them on overnight trips. The other skincare product is the Marula Pure Marula Facial Oil which I will test out in the cooler months.
For $18, the Birchbox CEW Prestige box is an affordable way to try out a range of high end beauty items. If you have been wanting to try the Nudestix Lip + Cheek and aren't particular about which shade, this is a great way to try it for a discount plus getting a bunch of nice sample sizes. Compared to Birchbox CEW boxes from past years, this has definitely been the best one in my opinion. I'm looking forward to seeing what box will be released next year!