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BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review – July 2017

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BoxyCharm is a full-size beauty and makeup subscription box. They always provide a great value compared the cost of the box. (If you are a makeup addict – I HIGHLY recommend this box!)

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 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 and Canada

Check out all of my BoxyCharm reviews and the Beauty Subscription Box Directory!

Each box comes with a card detailing the items included.

Now, time for the items!

Boxycharm x blinc Electric Eyes Eyeshadow Palette – $45

This palette is AMAZING!!

The shimmery palette like a liquid/powder/cream hybrid! The formula glides on SO smoothly, the finish stays put, and the pigment is incredible. This is my new favorite palette!

(Swatched in lower photo.)

bareMinerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo – Value $32

(Subscribers will either receive this powder duo, or bareMinerals Prep Step Broad Spectrum SPF 50.)

This set includes baked translucent powders designed to help diffuse the look of pores and imperfections.

The shade on the left has a matte finish and works as a setting powder. On the right, the Glow shade adds sheer luminosity for highlighting and strobing.

I really like both of these. The matte is perfect to use every day to prevent shine, and the Glow is the ideal kind of highlighter for me = subtle!

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Lock Diary – Value $6

(Subscribers will receive one of six colors – check out all of the shades in our Boxycharm spoilers post.)

I’m a big fan of ColourPop liquid lipsticks! The formula on this liquid lipstick stays put for hours and wears down nicely, the pigment is fantastic, and it isn’t too drying, either.

(Swatched in lower photo.)

Winky Lux Uni-Brow Universal Eyebrow Pencil – Value $12

This brow tool has a pencil on one end, and a spoolie on the other:

The universal color worked well for me, too. (I’ve been going for a full brow look lately, and this color brown let me fill in my brows perfectly.)

Here is swatched beneath the eyeshadow, Glow powder, and ColourPop:

Important to note: those eyeshadow swatches are with just one swipe!!

Project Beauty Spray Set Go – Value $32

Makeup setting sprays are one of those items I’m always happy to use when I have them, but forget to buy when I run out – so this is a win for me. And I’ve sampled some sprays that don’t smell the best – but this one has a light and barely-there scent.

The mist itself isn’t super fine, but it wasn’t an issue either as long as I held it at least 12 inches from my face.

Verdict: This box has a value of about $127! As always, the value for Boxycharm is amazing! This is one of my favorite Boxycharm boxes of all time, too – everything is super usable for me, and I’m just in awe over that palette!

I think Boxycharm is a perfect subscription for people who love makeup. You’re going to get a lot of palettes, highlighters, etc., so it’s great if you want to build your collection and try all the things! (If you only need one highlighter/palette in your makeup arsenal, this might not be the best box for you.)

What do you think of the July 2017 Boxycharm Box? What’s your favorite item?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

271 Comments

  1. I would love to be able to swap products with people too. Any idea how long it takes to get off the waitlist??

  2. Holy moly I couldn’t believed I got the the box I wanted!!! I was heart broken when I heard there are different variations right after I subscribed! And I was already told myself it’s worth it to have the eyeshadow, lipstick and also eyebrow alone and everything is just a bonus. My box weighed 0.9 lbs and thought it was the ofra and bm sunscreen which I don’t mind but I got the duo powder and got the setting spray. I subscribed around the 14th and they still have this box!!! So don’t lose your hope ppl!!! I can’t wait till August!!! I had allure, ipsy, Sephora and birchbox and this is far the best box ever!

  3. My eyeshadow pallet showed up looking like a bomb went off inside the box. This is my first month with Boxycharm, are they good about replacing broken items? I pray my Tarte pallet doesn’t show up like this next month!

  4. I got the box variation #1 and am SO happy with what I got!

    HOWEVER I have something I just wanted to throw out there.

    The blinc palette is honestly CRAZY INFLATED with the price. $45 for 5 shadows is insane! They have a palette that has 10 shades and is almost double the amount of product (0.61 oz vs 0.38 oz) and is only $3 more. The packaging is also VERY inexpensive and has been falling apart & getting smashed for a lot of people. There are SO many high end & quality eyeshadows that are under $9 a pan! I’m not saying the eyeshadows suck because they definitely don’t, but it just seems a little odd to have that kind of “retail value”. The ABH Subculture palette and the Aurora Glow Kit are technically cheaper!

    Thankfully none of us actually paid $45 for a 5 pan palette though!

    Anyone else think it’s a little weird?

    • Olivia, I agree that many of the MSRP, or “retail values” of many products in sub boxes are highly over priced! (Example, the eyeshadow palette this month, or the Fab Fit Fun editors box that had a $45 vinyl pouch, I’ve gotten better quality bags as a gift with purchase.) The new Jaclyn Hill Palette is, in my opinion, very good quality and it’s $38. (35 shadows) That averages about $1.08 for each shadow pan and they are about the size of the shadows in the Blinc palette. I think the Blinc palette is beautiful, but I would not pay $45 for 5 shadows unless it was a “name” that I was paying for, like a Special limited edition Chanel anniversary edition or something similar.

    • Yeah, it’s ironic that the Tarte palette next month that everyone is so excited about is actually a lot cheaper! And blinc is an unknown brand…

  5. I hope I get the primer, brow product and a lippie that is not any hue of orange. Here’s hoping!

  6. I just got my box today and it was this EXACT box! I’m a new subscriber. I love all of it but I’m a little wary of this lip color (lock diary). It’s pretty but a very intense fuschia color and I’m very fair, not sure I can pull it off… other than that I’m thrilled with this box!

  7. I got this exact box down to the lip color. I am pleased. I was sort of hoping for the prep step since I am always looking for a primer that works but I got the powder which I am happy to have. I would have preferred a more neutral lip but that’s the beauty of these boxes to pull you out of your comfort zone. I have to admit that I have had a ton of complements on the lip color so maybe I can pull off a bright color. I waited a really long time but the box is worth it and I am happy. PS I am happy to report no damaged eyeshadows for me……I was worried about that this time. Yikees. Great month Boxy!!!

  8. I got this exact box, lip color and everything! So excited for all the products(well, maybe not the brow pencil, I suck at using those, but I guess it’s good to practice!). I love the bright lip, the powder is great and came at the perfect time since I just ran out of my other one, eyeshadows are gorg, and the setting spray works really well.

  9. Anyone who got the Ofra illuminiser AND the BM sunscreen primer – I will gladly swap the setting spray & BM powder!!

    vmarias at usc.edu

  10. I received the Bare Minerals Prep Step and unfortunately my skin will not allow me to use it! I have very sensitive and acne prone skin and I tried to use this product twice and I cant. Would anyone be interested in buying, swapping me for it? I really want the powder. Like I said, I only use the Prep Step literally twice!

  11. I got my BOXYCHARM on time, I have been a customer for about 18 months and I am always pleased. Customer service is good, price is great, and the VALUE is just phenomenal!!! And now we get bare minerals, MUFE, dr brandt and now tarts….I feel like their moving into more mainstream brands. Stick around ladies, BOXYCHARM=❤️❤️❤️ 😍

  12. I have the same box as the review! I’ve never been so happy about a boxycharm box. The setting spray is just kind of “meh”, but I will definitely use it so I’m not upset.

    I’m so sad because my eyeshadow palette came with two pots completely crushed–they fell out when I opened it! I was so excited about it so I hope they send an exact replacement.

  13. Does anyone know how to contact Boxycharm? My palette came shattered and I sent the letter through their site with photos, but no one has gotten back to me. I had this same problem a long time ago and it made me drop the subscription because they never fixed it. I just resubscribed and this was my first box and I feel like I’m reliving the nightmare 🙁

    • They said they take 48-72 hrs to respond (on business days) so wait a few days… after that I start stalking their social media. If they don’t fix the problem (I had the same issue with my palette this month), I would fully intend to cancel the charge through your credit card company. But do wait a fee days before calling your CC company.

    • Email. They’re awesome with emails. Expect about a two day response

    • This was my 1st box from Boxycharm. My eyeshadow was shattered as well. I sure hope they replace it AND the Tarte pallet is intact next month!

  14. I’m not disappointment at all. I got the box listed, i gifted the brow pencil to my mom who loves it! I’m keeping the shadow palette and most likely swapping the bareminerals powder duo just because I don’t see myself finishing it. May also swap the setting spray since I tend to love the urban decay ones. I ordered the three month sub and this isn’t bad for the first month. I canceled my Glossybox since the 10$ deal ran out and I was worried resubbing with them would mean multiples of both july and August so I’m happily awaiting the tarte shadows now =)

    • If you’d like to swap the powder duo for the sunscreen, I’d be more than happy to.

  15. Even though I received a few eyebrow pencils in several boxes I never really used them. I ended up tryIng the one that came in this box and love it! The colour is perfect for me and you don’t need much.

  16. I got my very first ever boxycharm box today and I’m thrilled with it! I got the same version that Liz reviewed here and I’m so happy with the powder duo and the setting spray. I signed up for the shadow palette. Yay! ☺️

  17. Hey guys! I just got my box today and got the colourpop color in lock diary. It’s such a beautiful color but I can never pull it off. Does anyone want to swap it with me for a more neutral color like beeper?? Thanks in advance! I am on the swap site if you’re wondering

  18. Ughhhhh my delivery day was supposed to be today but now it’s held till Friday!! How annoying I was soo excited for it!

  19. Just got my box today and this is my very first boxycharm! I’m shocked and thrilled I got the exact box I wanted (the palette, bare minerals powder duo, lippie, eyebrow pencil, setting spray). I’m so used to getting the worst possible box with glossy and being disappointed, that getting this box was such a happy surprise! The only problem was my eye shadow palette was broken – I am praying they replace it as it is gorgeous !

    • What was the weight of your box

      • The weight of my box was .9lbs.

  20. I just got my first boxycharm and I’m super happy! I got the box pictured here with the powder and setting spray but I got the hello kitty lippy. I’m really excited to try everything

    In case anyone is still waiting and checking box weight mine was also .9 so I guess a lot of them are that weight this month

  21. I got the Ofra Body Lotion which looked horrible on my Light Skin I tossed that in the garbage. I was looking forward to the setting spray too

    The eyeshadows seemed beautiful and I loved the texture but my daughter was home for the weekend and begged me for the eyeshadows and Lipstick 💋

    I love the Bare Minerals powders I will use that for sure.
    So this was a just ok box for me.

    • I wish you wouldn’t have tossed the ofra. I would’ve bought it from you.

      • You want mine? Still sealed.

        • sure!!!

          • Okay, please email me at: to dot jules at gmail dot com

          • Did you get my email JuJu?

          • No, I never did.
            Please try “planetjul at optonline dot net”.
            Thank you!

      • I’ll sell you mine! Still sealed, never used.

      • Hi Liz. My Ofra is still up for grabs if you want it?

        • sure! email me at lizpetrus at aim dot com Thanks!

          • Done!

  22. Wow… the disappointment is real. I got my box today and I am bummed. I got the Ofra body illuminizer, BareMinerals Prep step, Beauty For Real black eyeliner, Colourpop lippie in Thursday, and the Blinc eyeshadow palette. I really wanted the setting spray, eyebrow pencil, and definitely the BareMinerals powder! 😭😭 I’m on the swap site of anyone wants to trade. I’m open to tradding outside the swap site too if someone isn’t on the site but wants to trade. I kept everything brand new, in tje box, never tested. Hoping we can help each other out!! 🤞🤞

      • O.9 lbs

    • Eliza, I will gladly swap the setting spray & BM powder!! Both are unopened.

      vmarias at usc.edu

  23. I received my Boxy today, it included blink palette (damaged), Ofra Body Illuminizer, Beauty for Real I-line in black magic, Colourpop lippie in Thursday (violet) and Bare Minerals Prep Step. I really wanted the Invisible Light Powder Duo, so if anyone wants to swap for the Prep Step, I have it listed.

  24. I resubscribed after a couple months of not getting boxy. I couldn’t resist the gorgeous palette and have been wanting to try colourpop I also loved the look/idea of the eyebrow pencil. I am so glad I didn’t get eyeliner I would be totally bummed I think eyeliner is kind of a lame thing in a sub box unless it’s colored or something it’s not interesting or fun. I got the same color lippie as Liz and was surprised that I love it it is something I would have never picked and looks amazing. The eyeshadows are just as great as they look and the other products seem good too. I got the translucent powder and setting spray and while I don’t really need either they both seem like good products though I love ofra and would have been happy with that as well.

  25. Am I the only person who’s box still hasn’t even been shipped yet??

    • I received an email saying my box shipped but there has been no updates on the tracking. All it says is label created and that was on the 13th we’re now the 18th and nothing. 😔 I contacted customer service but no response yet.

      • Same exact thing going on for Me! It’s so frustrated. I had already emailed them about it and said I never received tracking information, so they sent it to me, then emailed back and said that they’re sorry I didn’t receive any tracking information but have “reviewed my shipping history and can see that my July box is currently on its way to me” I guess they don’t realize that I can see for myself that the only thing that has been done is a shipping label was created. I emailed again though, so hopefully they will reply..

      • Oops *so frustrating

        • It really is frustrating. It’s my 1st month and I’m super eager for my box and it annoys me that idk where it is.

      • Mine says exactly the same thing. It has not moved since the 13th. I am most excited about the eyeshadow palette. Whatever else comes in my box, if powder/prep, eyeliner/brow pencil or the body lotion/setting mist I really don’t care. I just hope the shadow pallette doesn’t come smashed.

        • I’m not going to lie I wanted the duo powder and the setting spray but I’m now actually excited for any item I’ll get. I’m fine with any item I’ve seen as a spoiler.

    • I got my tracking on the 17th saying a label had been made but when I looked at the tracking it had been on that status since the 13th. Looked again today and still nothing that’s 5 days just sitting there. Of course customer service is no help.

      • My tracking finally updated after 5 days.

      • Well, after my box shipped and had a receive day of the 26th, now it says there is a delivery exception and that my box is damaged and not deliverable. I was excited to receive something and now it looks like I’m actually getting nothing. I am so bummed right now. I just emailed them, so hopefully they can help. What a crazy month.

  26. Anybody want to swap their spray for my illuminizer? Please help me 🙁

  27. I just got my box and it’s the same as yours Liz even the same lip colour=)

  28. Happy with my box- except that the setting spray leaked over the entire box 🙁

  29. You had no idea how much i wanted the setting spray 🙁 But I should appreciate what I got

  30. I would like to clarify something. It’s not just the reviewers who received this box variation. I received this exact box. However, I have been with Boxycharm over 2 years and we received the Ofra Illuminator last year which by the way I love and use all summer. They don’t repeat products to long standing customers so inmy opinion one of the reasons for the variations.

    • Hey again everyone, sorry I’m repeating myself but I’m just desperately trying to swap something for the BareMinerals powder duo, I know people are still waiting on their boxes so hopefully I’ll find someone! I have the prep step NIB, also the Ofra body illuminizer sealed if anybody is interested please lmk!! I’m on the swap site since yesterday pr something, lol. Very new to the swap site but VERY reliable!!

      • Hi,

        I have powder & spray new, unopened willing to swap for Ofra & sunscreen!

  31. My .9 lb box arrived over the weekend and I received the same variation as Liz. I’m out of town so my fiancé had to send me the photos. I may be swapping the powder duo because I don’t think it will be flattering on darker skin. Also my ultra satin gloss has lock diary and the hello kitty bow lid but arrived in the white colourpop bloc instead of the blue one Liz posted above. Once I get home and take a look at the duo in person I will probably be putting it up on the swap site in hopes to trade for the primer/sunscreen!

    • I’d be happy to swap the sunscreen for the powder. Just let me know.
      Thanks!

      my email is [email protected]

    • I have the prep step listed on the swap site and all I want is the powder…..please lmk if ur interested in swapping! Thank u ☺

  32. I’m thinking of dropping both ipsy and Play! for this one… anyone have any thoughts on this? Looks like you get mostly full size offerings? What’s the ratio of cruelty-free items?

    • To me Sephora Play is pretty much worthless, so that’s a definite yes. Whether Boxycharm is better than Ipsy would depend on your preferences and what you happen to receive in any given month – there are too many variations.
      To your last question – no idea. Unless a beauty box is specifically marketed as such, I don’t believe that’s the type of information they report.

    • Oh, and yes, Boxycharm is always full-size items.

    • My Boxy arrived yesterday:

      BM powder duo
      Setting Spray
      ColourPop Ultra Satin in Lock Diary
      shadow palette
      brow pencil

      Up for swapping powder & spray (want Ofra & suncreen primer)

      The lippie is a good colour, very bright! I would have preferred something milder though. Nice consistency & lasting power. Just grateful it’s not a matte 😁

    • I dropped both. And Birchbox. I’d rather spend more on to get full sized or deluxe sized items. There are also some good boxes out there that are not as heavily promoted too!

    • Boxy is full sized items. As for cruelty free – there is no designation or options – you get what you get. This month, for example, the Wink Lux eyebrow pencil is made in PRC (China) so I wouldn’t consider that cruelty free. 🙁

  33. I was super disappointed in my box…. my shadow was damaged (I cried a little, already emailed support fingers crossed), I got illuminator instead of setting spray and sunblock instead of powder. Just my luck lol

  34. Anyone want the sunscreen/primer? I would love to swap for the powder duo!

    Also, got the Ofra lotion. Will swap for anything else.

    I’m currently on the waitlist for the swap section of this site, but I’m very reliable : )

  35. Hey everybody!! I’m completely new to swapping but I did list the Bareminerals prep step on there yesterday because I really wanted the powder duo, PLEASE lmk if anyone would like to trade, I also have the Ofra product listed as well if anybody wants to trade the powder for that, thanks ladies 😊

  36. I looked closer at the Ofra illuminizer product I received and it expires in seven months. It appears to be overstock that couldn’t sell that they received for free given the remaining shelf-life of the product before it goes bad.

    • Nice…

    • Yeah my ofra body illuminizer “charmer” says expires 02232018 and when I rubbed it on my skin like none got on my legs it all stuck to my hands 😭 And it won’t rub off my hands unless I do it hard on my shirt..

    • Great, not only is it a terrible product for my complexion, but it is going to expire in a few months! Unfortunately, I opened this to check it out and now I can’t swap it. I thought it would possibly be a very good product for my pale legs, but I can’t use it at all. It looks terrible! I am so dissapointed in Boxycharm this month!

  37. Hi girls! I just signed up to receive Boxycharm. It’ll be my first month but had a quick question: does this box fit in a regular sized mailbox? I just really don’t trust the mailman when I’m not home. He always ends up throwing anything I order across the fence. (Just wondering because I don’t want the eyeshadow palette to break.) Thanks.

    • I confess I don’t get boxycharm, so I hope someone answers your question, but I do want to sympathize on the mailman issue! Mine throws my stuff onto the porch, if I’m lucky, or just leaves it in a precarious stack on top of the box! It falls into the ditch ALL THE TIME. Maddening.

    • Yes, it will easily fit into a regular sized mailbox.

      • Thank you so much for the answer. I just pray I don’t get a broken palette. I’ve seen a lot of subscribers dealing with that problem.

  38. I received my box and it was 1 pound. I received the powder and the Ofra body illuminizer, instead of the spray. A different variation, I thought the powder only came with the setting spray. I am happy with what I received!

  39. I received my box late Friday, Kit # 2 and .09 lb. Boxycharm knocked it out of the park for me this month .I received everything I wanted.The bareMinerals Invisible Light,translucent powder duo.love the first side for everyday oil control and setting makeup,the second side is really pretty for a subtle highlight.My Colourpop color was beeper one of the few color’s I didn’t have,it’s really pretty.I also got the setting spray and the brow product which is the perfect color for me .And finally omg the blinc electric eyes palette,I’m in love with it .I had to play with it immediately and it’s so beautiful.Thanks Boxycharm I’m a happy subscriber😍

  40. i got the bareminerals sun screen and want the powder…does anyone want to trade?!? im signed up for the swap site here, but not quite understanding how it works…i have makeup and skin care type stuff to trade and most of the people that have listed that do have makeup items id like say they dont want go trade makeup or only want certain skincare brands i dont have, so im not quite understanding how to go about it. .so if someone out there that wants to swap for my sunscreen, for their powder how would we go about it?!?
    thanks,
    jamey…
    oh also, when i click the little box “notify me of follow-up comments by email” dont seem to work for me…ive checked my spam folders and never see them.

    • Be sure you click through the confirmation email.

  41. ugh, got my box today, and its sooooo not what i wanted or was expecting :(( i got the bare mineral lotion and i wanted the powder ( anyone out there want to trade) and of course i got the ofra body highlight and not the setting spray like i wanted :(( was dying to try color pop and got a non wearable “speed dial” hot pink …im native American, with yellow tone skin…im so upset because i was excited for this box over a month

    • Colourpop is neither hot nor pink, lol. They sometimes look different in the tube, but speed dial is a warm peachy tan color, and if you read the reviews, women with similar skin tones love it. Perhaps it was mislabeled?

      • i wish i could post pictures lol….the label that says “speed dial” the small round circle is a hot pink, and the box is a hot pink red …i have not opened it and i am debating on trying to figure out the swap site here and put it on there….im not a “nude ” lip girl….ive been so very excited for weeks for this box, but everything has been a let down for the past 2 months ive been subbed to it. .i was hoping this box would be amazing because they are hit or miss, but i sure hope next month is better, or i figure out the swap site lol

        • That dot has nothing to do with the shade of your lip color,they usually have pink or turquoise dots with the names on them.

  42. Boxycharm blows me away, I don’t know how they do it.
    I received mine today and I love it! I think it’s my favorite box. I got the powder and the Ofra lotion.

    I totally need the powder so I’m super happy. I would have liked to get the setting spray but I’m cool with the Ofra.

    My only complaint is the super dark colour pop. I hate this product. It makes me lips so dry and dark lipstick just looks wrong on me.

    .9 lbs

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