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BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review – August 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!

tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette in Volume II – Value $36

(All subscribers will receive this item.)

This is one of my favorite Boxycharm spoilers ever! Full-sized tarte? A palette?? Yes, please!

I love the tarte brand because they are ingredient conscious AND they make some of the best makeup formulas I’ve ever tried. (Lights, Camera, Lashes, is my favorite mascara, ever!)

This palette is gorgeous! And if you steer clear of shimmers for everyday makeup looks, I think you’ll be happy with these subtle shimmers and semi-matte/satin shades! (The shimmery shades have a more subtle, pearl finish.)

In general, the pigment is great throughout, but some shades are easier to blend than others.

(Swatched in lower photo.)

And this box also included a coupon for $10 off your next tarte.com purchase of $60 or more:

Do you have any favorite tarte products you recommend I check out? (Also – if you love tarte as much as I do, check out this spoiler post.)

And with the palette, you also get some makeup look ideas:

Royal & Langnickel Moda Pro Brush Set – Value $26

(All subscribers will receive these brushes.)

The top Pointed Brush (BMX-130) is perfect for applying blush or powder with precision. The Chisel Brush (BMX-250) works for highlighting or contouring. And the Crease Brush (BMX-430) is designed to help define and blend the crease or to buff over your entire lid.

The bristles are soft and densely packed, and the textured matte black diamond handles are great for getting a good grip. This is an impressive brush set!

PUR Pro Eyelashes in Bombshell – Value $14

(Subscribers will receive one of two different PUR eyelashes.)

These lashes are soft, cruelty-free and made from synthetic lashes. I like that these are very light at the ends – they look as natural as fake eyelashes probably can get!

(Also – if you aren’t into gluing on false eyelashes but still want a lash boost, I recommend checking out One Two Lash. It took me a while to get used to applying them, but now I find them much easier to use that glue-on lashes.)

The Beauty Crop #GRLPOWER Liquid Lipstick in Date Night – Value $15

(This item is a variant product for August. Check out all the possible items you might get in the full spoilers Boxycharm post.)

I love a good liquid lipstick, and this color is essentially my dream color. (It’s almost identical to my everyday liquid lip, Stila in Patina.)

The formula has a subtle, sweet flavor, a matte finish, and major pigment. (Swatched in lower photo.)

BellaPierre Gel Eyeliner in Ebony – Value $15

(This is another variant item.)

If you’ve been subscribing to beauty boxes for a while, you might agree with me that it is tough to get excited about a basic black eyeliner. So while I’m not ecstatic about this item in the box, it’s a solid way to round out this month’s assortment.

The formula glides on, the pigment is great, and it is smudge-proof in seconds. Here it is swatched beneath the liquid lip and above the eye shadow palette:

This picture is pretty much all my dream colors on one arm! Everything is so wearable!

Verdict: This box has a value of about $106 As always, the value for Boxycharm is amazing! (And based on the different variation spoilers, this is the lowest-value August box, too.) And honestly, they had me at tarte palette. Everything else is just a fabulous bonus!

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 August 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.

96 Comments

  1. I got my BoxyCharm today and it was this box! (except the eyelashes were Diva, not Bombshell) I am so, so happy! BTW, my shipping was .8 when they created the label, then it dropped to .6 when it shipped…just FYI for those of you who check it. I was going to be happy no matter my variation, but i am super pumped I did not get the face paint! The nail polish would have been fine, but I got some in an ipsy before and I am not fond of the formula (too runny and took 3 coats for opaque). I don’t need another black eyeliner, but from the Kathleen Lights unboxing, it looks really long wearing and the lip color is perfect!!

  2. I got my box yesterday with the Alesse polish and the Aloette cheek and lip tint and I’m thrilled Aloette doesn’t test on animals.

    My weight was .9 oz

  3. Anyone know if I sub now, if I’d get this box?

    • Depends on if there is a waitlist right now. If there is, we have no way of knowing whether you’ll be taken off it in time to get this box.

  4. This was the first month that boxycharm was a real miss for me. I don’t wear eyeshadow so the palette won’t be used, the lip color was unwearable for me, I don’t use eyelashes, and the eyeliner was ehh. I’ll pretty much only use the brushes

    • Well, in fairness, the subscription on the whole is a miss for you – they send palette after palette.

    • Also, the spoilers have been out for a long time now, the Tarte palette was the very reason everybody wanted this box. Why did you subscribe?..

  5. My box arrived today and once again I got this exact box. The lowest value maybe but I really like everything! Palette is really really beautiful I can see myself using these colors everyday. LOVED the brushes. I have a ton of brushes so I may gift some of my older ones but I’m keeping these. I did gift the lashes since I have magnetic lashes but they were beautiful. The lip is wearable and not too over the top and since I use black eyeliner everyday I can live with getting another……at least I will never run out…..I got black liners from ipsy and allure this month. It’s boring but something I will use.

  6. I’m pretty upset about this month’s box. I was considering cancelling but didn’t cancel because I thought I was going to get the cheek and lip tint, but I got the same variation as you with just different eyelashes. I already knew I was going to give the lashes and palette to my friend considering I don’t wear lashes anymore and I find the colors in the palette to be bland, but I’m really upset I got another dang matte liquid lip and black eyeliner. I probably have about seven black eyeliners from subscription boxes, and maybe four are from Boxycharm. Overall, I’m pretty disappointed and will probably cancel. These boxes lately have been extremely lackluster.

  7. I’m happy I got thgot same box as you Liz. I love that lip colour!

  8. (Just FYI your link to the stila liquid lip is broken.) I’m honestly mad I didn’t get this month’s box. I love that palette and am kicking myself. And curse you for the spoiler for Allure! It’s a great deal though, even if you only want the blush it’s still a $14 savings on it!

  9. Does anyone know if Boxycharm ever does promotions for the holidays or subscription deals?

    • They did in 2015, but I don’t think they did in 2016.

    • I don’t recall seeing one for 2017 so far.

  10. To be honest, I think the weight of the box and comparing it to other boxes is all BS. My July box weighed .7 pounds and I was scared I was getting the eyeliner, or even missing an item, but I got both the powder and setting spray which in some boxes weight 1 lb or .9. So just wait and see what you get stop comparing weights cause a lot of them don’t match!!

    • But it’s fun to compare the weight!!! Also the beauty crop lipstick looks wonderful!! It’s kind of dry so put lip balm on before so it doesn’t crack!!

  11. My box weighs .9 does anyone know which variation that is?

  12. what was the weight of this box?

  13. Excited for this box. I hope I get the lip/cheek paint, I love that color.

    Can someone recommend a glue? I have no clue how to put the eyelashes on and am afraid I’m going to rip my eyelashes out in the process. :/

    • Ardell duo lash adhesive (comes in white or dark) is the best, in my opinion. Lashes stay on, but don’t pull when taking them off. Other lash glues I’ve used (that came with lashes) have pulled some of my lashes out, so the duo is the only one I use!

      • Thank you!

  14. Anyone else notice Sephora is selling that palette for $18 in the upcoming week? Must be something that didn’t sell well.

    • Lindsay,
      I just checked sephora.com and they are selling this palette at FULL PRICE, however, they are selling another one of Tarte’s palettes (“Rainforest of The Sea™ Skin TWINKLE Lighting Palette” Volume II) at a discounted rate of $21.

      Perhaps it is just your local Sephora selling this?

      • Lindsay is right, the tarte Rainforest Vol. 2 eyeshadow palette is slated for next week’s Weekly Wow sale at Sephora.

        • Well, now that everyone got it in Boxycharm with all this other makeup for $21, demand for the palette will be low so Sephora trying to unload it at $18 makes sense. A lot of the ones from Boxycharm will also make their way onto eBay or other reseller sites.

        • Carolann, where did you find that out? I tried looking through my Sephora emails for spoilers on what the next week’s sales would be, and I found nothing. Google failed me too on this.

          • Trendmood1 on instragram is where I saw next weeks sale items

          • It’s on Trendmood Deals Instagram page

        • I just found trendmood deals on Instagram! Now I am officially going to be broke! Lol

    • Maybe I got a dried out one before, but I found the shades impossible to get any color out of, I have no idea how she got them to look so pigmented in the review. I sold mine for half price to someone who likes really really subtle makeup. On the face of it the colors look beautiful, but in reality I don’t think they perform as well as Tarte’s other palettes, so there’s a definite reason this is being so generously distributed lol. I still hope somehow that I like it though, I love the heavier packaging of the palette and the idea of a Tarte brand item in my box!

  15. love love love the brushes and palette! i still use the Royal & Langnickel eyeshadow brushes we received months and months ago!

  16. My box shipped- weight is .8
    Can’t wait to get it!!

    • Mine is .8 too!

  17. How do you know when you will get your box? I signed up recently, but haven’t gotten a shipping notification, and I can;t find any info on their website about when boxes ship.

    • The website says under FAQs/Help that they ship 5-10 business days after billing, and then it takes another 5 – 10 days to deliver.

      Based on my past experience, my boxes tend to ship out mid month.

    • They send an email with a tracking number when your box is shipped. I didn’t get it till the very end of the month my first month

    • They send you an email with tracking info. I went from shipping email to receiving box in about 4 days.

    • My box has been viewable on FedEx since the 8th, but it’s still in the “Label created” phase. Is that normal? This is my first box.

  18. Am I the only crazy person that saw the spoiler for this Tarte palette last month and ordered an extra Boxy sub? 😀 What the heck am I even going to do with the extra palette? I’m nuts. I’ll have to gift it at Christmas. I’m thinking I might hold the 2nd sub into next month to get a 2nd neutral palette because I’m really drooling over that!

    • I totally understand the double box logic when it comes to tarte palettes! (And if you don’t end up gifting it, I’m guessing it will be super popular on swaps!) 🙂

    • Siren-I totally did the same thing when the waitlist was off! Ha ha don’t feel nuts, for a beautiful tarte palette why not get 2 for $21 a piece plus more products! We clearly have the same addiction 😊😉😄😃🤣

  19. Thank you so much Liz for the One Two lash advice! I just bought an original and bold. I have terrible eyelashes. I love false eyelashes but as a busy mom, I quit using them several years ago, as I don’t want to mess w the application and then ripping/washing them off, along with a few precious lashes of my own. I can tell that these are the perfect solution, and I will wear them almost daily. Yay!

    I might buy a set of accent lashes for the inner part of my eye if needed, and trim to fit, since these don’t go all the way across. Anyway, thanks for the tip! Lashes totally open up my eyes! ❤️

    • Hope you love them! I bought the original and bold, and the bold were too much for me, but I love the original. It took me a couple days to really get the hang of them, but now I have it down. I apply my mascara, wait for it to fully dry, then apply the lashes.

      And now I’m thinking about getting those accent lashes you mentioned! 🙂

      • Yes Liz, I a am with Ann in applauding your suggestion for those magnetic lashes! I stopped wearing lashes years ago and was about to buy some new glue for those coming with this new box, but LOVE the idea of magnetic application. No glue, no fuss (once you get the hang of it) and multiple uses from each set.

        So thank you, I will keep you in my good thoughts for such a suggestion! 😉

    • I’ve just spent the last hour and a half researching these One Two lashes and watching videos and decided to order the originals! They look awesome! I did want to order the bolds, but I’m a redhead and I just think they’ll be too dark looking on me. I can’t wait until they come!

  20. Liz is this box still available?

    • I believe Boxycharm is back to waitlist mode, so if you sign up now you’ll get the first available month. (That could be this month, but it isn’t a guarantee.)

      Hope that helps!

  21. How do I get into Swap. Thanks

  22. I’m getting real irritated with Boxycharm shipping to influencers first. Mine hasn’t shipped yet and reviews from influencers are popping up everywhere. Same last month. Boxycharm needs to be taking care of paying customers before people being given product for free. I appreciate the reviews here but IMO Boxycharm needs to take care of paying customers before sending out free PR.

    • Really? Without influencers we wouldn’t have spoilers at all or, in some instances, know if we should sign up, cancel, or skip a month. Not all influencers get their boxes for free. I think it’s uncool to complain on the blog of the very person you rely on for sub box info in the first place.

      • THANK YOU, JA!! 👏

    • Amen! I completely agree with you.

    • I’m totally fine with it. The early reviews can pull in new subscribers, which helps them stay in business, which insures that I get a box of awesomeness every month!

      Too many subscription boxes are going under lately, and I would be sad to lose Boxycharm. The makeup box market especially is becoming saturated, so if it helps their business, it helps us! I can wait a week for my Boxycharm.

      • I kind of think it adds to the excitement. I have very little of that in my life now that I’m older, so it’s fun to have previews of the boxes and then look forward to them coming! When I used to get my subs (before I found this site), it was a lot less exciting. Also, I didn’t know much about the products, especially cult brands. So for me, seeing the swatches and hearing about products that aren’t sold in my rural area, and looking forward to it a little, is fun.

        • Yes, to this!

          As much as I am happy to be saving $$ by canceling certain subs, I do miss coming home to boxes almost every week 😔

    • I agree and disagree. I don’t mind influencers getting theirs first because I love spoilers. However, the gap between seeing reviews and actually having my box is huge. I wish they would fix processing time so we could get our boxes earlier.

  23. Yay for the early review!

    Btw, for those that are new to false lashes, it helps to cut them up into a few pieces and apply (if you are having difficulty applying the whole thing or if the band is uncomfortable due to being inflexible). At a minimum you should trim the ends on both sides (as the band extends beyond the lashes).

  24. I love fake lashes for events, and I have really nice lashes naturally. But there’s something incredibly fun about LASHES for things like weddings or show openings. As long as you take the time to trim them to fit (always trim the outside, never the inside) and let the glue get nice and tacky before applying they are easy to use!

    I think fake lashes are a great thing to get in a box, especially nicer ones than the $1 Elf kind I buy at the drug store, since it’s not some thing I would get myself but it’s fun to play with.

  25. Liz, thx for the review and the OneTwo link. I was blessed with thick, long lashes. But….now I’m 60. ☹️ I can still get them looking great with mascara…..but I work from home, which means zero make up most days. Those lashes may be perfect for me to “get the eye look” of my younger days. Thx much!

  26. I signed up at the beginning of the month. I was debited the money but haven’t received a shipping notification yet. Can anyone tell me when they usually ship out?

    • I just received the shipping confirmation today. I typically get my box by the 15th.
      Hope that helps 😊

    • I got billed on the 2nd and my tracking num on the 10th and scheduled delivery date says the 18th 😕 a little more than mid month an i hope i get it by that date, it’s my first time ordering

      • I got billed on the 2nd also, tracking on the 8th but it hasn’t updated at all since then. This is the longest it has ever taken for me to receive my box. I usually get it by the 15th, today is the 14th.

        • I received my tracking number and an email saying my “Boxycharm has shipped” (8/8) but it hasn’t moved in a week. This happened last month and then when it came to the delivery day it didn’t arrive, and I got a delivery date change notification that said “pending” the next day. However, I didn’t get my actual box for another 5 days. I don’t know what’s going on with shipping, but I hope this doesn’t happen again this Month. Especially since I had 3 friends sign up and this is all their first Months’ box and I have raved about how great Boxycharm is…..please KARMA/God/whomever is listening don’t make me look like a Fool, I do that enough on my own!! LoL!

  27. A little bored with another neutral palette, but it is beautiful and I think it’ll make a great gift for my sister who is not as much of a makeup addict as I am. Boxycharm is definitely my favorite makeup subscription box. There’s really no contest for me.

    I knew I wasn’t super pumped about the spoilers this month but it’s always such a good value and I’d hate to unsubscribe and then miss out on something potentially amazing (like last month, or most other Boxycharm months). And I know I’ll get a ton of use out of those brushes.

  28. Aimee, I was just considering buying the bold One Two lashes. Pm me if we could work out a trade. Dw85202

  29. I want this one soooo bad 🤞🤞🤞

  30. I want the lippie and the face paint but I am sure that combo isn’t one of the variations so…
    Maybe I will be able to swap.
    Anyone need lashes?

  31. Dang. I’m sitting here with about four full-sized eyeshadow palettes to work through and I am STILL mad I don’t have this Tarte one. That’s a really nice box!

    • Four full sized palettes to work through? I bet I have over a hundred, and I don’t even want to mess them up, I just like looking at the colors. I have a real problem. lol

      • I have the same problem, but with highlighter palettes. lol

        • I have the same problem, but with both. I don’t even know how properly use highlighters. 😶

      • Siren, IM SO GLAD IM NOT THE ONLY ONE….hahaha!! I tell my husband, “IT’S NOT HOARDING….IF IT’S MAKEUP!!!”

  32. Liz, what was the weight of this box? Thanks.

  33. I love all the items in this variation! Getting mine next week so excited!

  34. I really hope this is my variation. That lip color is gorgeous and WEARABLE which most lippies this summer from my subs have been in the Barbie pink range. I don’t really need another black eyeliner, but I love this box. Can’t wait!!

  35. I can’t wait to get my box, but now I want to know more about those one two lashes Liz!

  36. OMG with all my subscriptions how have I not received one-two lash in any of them?! Those look amazing!

  37. I cant wait for my box!!! so excited for my palette !!

  38. Oh I am so loving this box but I will definitely be putting the lashes up for swapping when I can. They are beautiful but I just don’t use them

  39. I so hope I get this variation! That is my favorite lash shape! And the lipstick color is awesome also, I didn’t even expect it to be this pretty (outer packaging as well).

  40. I’m really excited. I don’t even care what else I get after that palette. Also, I caught the nod to one two lash lashes. I just got mine last week and I really love them, BUT I got the bold instead of the original which was a mistake those babies are too bold. They are easy to put on and I think the toned down version would be perfect.

    • I bought the bold and original, and I agree with you – the bold is WAY too bold. I hope they introduce some version in between the two, but for now, mascara + the original works great for me.

      • I do have to report that I went home last night and I took those bold eyelashes and my little manicure scissors and cut most of the lashes off the top lash when I put my sparse little lash with the full bottom lash on viola!!! Worked like a charm. I would say they were between bold and OG lash now and I love them. Just wanted to put it out there since sounds like a lot of you thought bold would be good. I also want to put it out there that you can send your lashes back and trade them but that’s too much work for me LOL. When these wear out I’m getting original.

  41. Mine is supposed to arrive next week. I can’t wait to try out the eye shadow palette! I just started learning to do eye makeups so I only have one palette right now >_>

    • I think this is a great starter palette – everything is so wearable! Hope you love it 🙂

  42. Can I also say how much I love that BC included a brush to be used with the palette? How practical!

    • I didn’t even think about that – great point! Good job, Boxycharm! 🙂

  43. I would not cry if I received this box!

    Thanks for swatching everything.

  44. Great review- I didn’t notice the textured brush handles until Liz pointed them out. I hope this is the variation I get- I love liquid lipsticks and I’m not a fan of MLM products or cheek tints.

    • Fingers crossed you get this variation!

      • I got this variation! I’m so happy!

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