BoxyCharm Beauty Subscription Box Review – January 2015
BoxyCharm is a full-size and deluxe-size makeup and beauty subscription box. When they first started they were featuring drugstore brands like Revlon and L’Oreal, but lately they’ve been using mid-tier and high-end brands. (If you check out my earlier BoxyCharm reviews, you can definitely see the improvement in curation!)
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: BoxyCharm
The Cost: $21 a month
The Products: 5-6 drugstore beauty items that will include nail care, skin care, makeup, haircare, fragrance and more. (At least 4 of those items will be full-sized).
Ships to: US
Each box comes with a card detailing the products included.
tarte cosmetics Maracuja Bronzing Serum – FULL SIZE! Value $47
After seeing spoilers for this box, this was the item I was most excited to try. (I think tarte cosmetics makes the best natural looking tanning products.) This bronzing serum is part serum oil and part self-tanner. You put 2-3 drops on your skin and then wash your hands immediately after.
I just tried it out and found the oil to be pretty moisturizing and quick absorbing. It does have that self-tanner scent, which I don’t love, but it isn’t too bothersome. I used more than 2-3 drops because I wanted to apply it to my neck as well for a more even/natural look. If I like the golden glow that is supposed to develop in a few days, I will definitely buy more of this oil in the future. I love multi-tasking products that work well – and remembering to put on self-tanner regularly isn’t something I usually do, so fingers crossed this is my new favorite product!
(When BoxyCharm revealed this spoiler item on their facebook page they said it was “perfect for all skin tones.” I would have to disagree. If I didn’t want the self-tanner part of the serum I wouldn’t be using this product – I would go for a regular serum without a self-tanner smell.)
Mirabella Face Prime – FULL SIZE! Value $29
I was surprised that this was a full-sized primer (it is less than half an ounce), but after using just a dab of the product, I can see that a little goes a long way. This primer is clear, and it does a great job of creating a flawless feeling surface to apply makeup.
Beauty for Real The Perfect Pencil in Nude – FULL SIZE! Value $14
Beauty for Real Lip Cream in “Always There” – FULL SIZE! Value $22
The Beauty for Real lip liner pencil only comes in one color – and fortunately I like it a lot. It’s just a few shades darker than my regular lip color, so it works great for an everyday look.
I couldn’t sample this lip cream since I’m allergic to one of the ingredients (Red 40 Lake), so I’ll be swapping it or passing it along to a friend. (It comes with a built in mirror and light I put on for the photo).
Pur-lisse Skin Sparkle Flash Tattoos – Value $12
Jewelry tattoos are definitely having a moment in subscription boxes! The card lists 1 sheet of tattoos, so I’m not sure if I accidentally received two sheets in my box, or if all subscribers received two sheets).
Verdict: This box has a value of about $124. As always – I’m so impressed with the value of BoxyCharm boxes – I don’t know how they do it! I really like the serum, primer and lip liner in this box, so the value is high for me personally too.
What did you think of the January BoxyCharm Box?