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BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review – September 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!

MAC Cosmetics Eyebrow Pencil in Lingering – Value $18

(All subscribers will receive this item in the shades spiked or lingering)

MAC products in subscription boxes are VERY rare – so this is a great start to the box! (And full-size MAC, too!) This shade is a “soft taupe brown,” and on the cool side. The pencil design makes it super easy to apply and creates feathered strokes, and I love that it is self-propelling/sharpening!

(And the pigment is ideal for a brow pencil. Swatched in lower photo.)

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Strip – Value $6

(All subscribers will receive this item. Shade may vary.)

I wasn’t sure about this color in the tube, but it actually ended up being a very wearable neutral for me! (Swatched in lower photo.)

And I love the ColourPop Satin Lip formula – it has an almost matte finish, with excellent pigment and amazing stay power!

Studio Makeup Luminous Loose Blush – Value $35

(This item is a variant item. You may receive a different Studio Makeup item. We’ve also seen the  Studio Makeup HD Setting Powder as a possible variant.)

This is a warm peachy pink blush that is heavily pigmented. It has a matte finish with just a hint of shimmer/sparkle. It’s really wearable shade for me, too!

(Swatched in lower photo.)

PUR Cosmetics Soiree Diaries Eyeshadow Palette – Value $34

(All subscribers will receive this item.)

Boxycharm is known for sending palettes in boxes, and I love them for it! This set of warm neutrals includes 8 mattes and 4 shimmers. The pigment is excellent throughout, and the shimmers are stunning!

Here are the shimmers and the 4 darkest matte shades swatched beneath the eyebrow pencil, the satin lip, and the blush:

And here are the 4 lightest shades:

I’m used to lighter colored shadows not matching up in pigment compared to darker shadows in palettes, but these ones hold their own!

bareMinerals Perfecting Face Brush – Value $28

(Subscribers will either receive this or Bodyography Duo Brush Set ($20): Angled Liner Brush + Eyeshadow Brush.)

I wear liquid foundation and I apply it directly to my face then buff in with a stippling makeup brush. But this changes the game! It has a built-in little reservoir to hold your liquid foundation! The bristles are SO soft, too! (I saw some MSA readers mention that they had issues with BareMinerals bristles falling out, but I haven’t had any issues so far.)

Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair Hair Mask – 2 oz Value $18

(This item may be in all boxes or may be a variant – not known yet.)

This mask is free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates – and it is safe for color treated hair!

There are two ways to use this mask – let it sit on your hair for 5-10 minutes after massaging it into your roots, then rinse out. Or for deeper hydration, cover your hair with a plastic shower cap and sit under a dryer, applying direct heat for 30 minutes, then rinse.

I tried the 5-10 minute version, and I could definitely feel a difference in the softness of my hair after using it. 

Verdict: This box has a value of about $139! As always, the value for Boxycharm is amazing! (And based on the different variation spoilers, it looks like there is only an $8 value different in possible August boxes so far.)

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 September 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.

120 Comments

  1. So I actually got an email with a tracking number in it but I almost wish I hadn’t because it’s taking a stupidly long time to get here and I’m so impatient. It shipped from Georgia and they sent it almost as far west as it could go even though I live in Illinois. Then it spent three days in the same town in Colorado without moving. I know FedEx has been affected by all the hurricanes so I’m sure that probably has something to do with it because it usually doesn’t take two weeks for me to get my boxes after they ship. I’m just happy I’m getting the September box though because I just signed up earlier this month and apparently caught them at a time when there was no waitlist!

  2. got my all excited said to myself this feels light. I opened it nd all that was inside was the eyeshadow palette and the color pop lippie 😢😢😭😭😭😭😭⚰I msg them jus waiting for their reply

  3. My lippie in my box was used. i am a little disappointed. Scared to use it.

    • What makes you believe it was used? My colorpop this month was more runier than normal and so it had leaked up to the top and got into the lid area, just because it was super thin compared to normal, is what makes me believe this is whats at fault for it making its way to the tip of the applicator/handle (whatever want to call it) area. I really really HIGHLY doubt boxycharm even has the energy nor time to waist getting involved with used products, I mean, a $6 lippie is used but all the expensive pallets and things alike are brand spanken new..(?) Truly makes no sense at all, with that said, when I seen the lipstick somehow made its way to the top (I had to find a reason other than it being used since this truly doesn’t make sense, pluss boxy has only proven to me it’s loyalty and outstanding performance, I just couldn’t allow myself the second thought that it was anything beyond the product itself) and therefore how I was able to ponder up the idea that this product was quite bit more liquidy and thus -to blame for it looking this way…

    • I don’t believe this at all. No way it’s “used”.

      • It happens. My powder blush in my box is definitely used. It did not come with the seal inside and when I opened it, the powder was everywhere. Very messy 🙁

  4. Yay!! I got the finishing powder, flat brush and angled brush. Not sure about the Color Pop. Mine is Strut.

  5. I’m pretty disappointed, I got my box today and they forgot to pack the bareMinerals face perfecting brush that was featured on the makeup card. Hopefully I can contact them and have them send it to me anyways. The colorpop lip color I got was a terrible grey color, too,

  6. I feel like an idiot, but I can’t figure out how to use the brow pencil. Google has been no help. What do I need to do?

    • Me too! I was about to say something lol. It seems to rotate a bit and I hear a click both ways but nothing comes out. It self propels? How?

      • Just keep twisting it. But it will not go back in if you twist too much out.

        • Mine won’t twist at all. It should twist up near the tip, right?

          • Right. The space with the grooves is where to hold it. Mine was stuck. I got tired and chanced it. Grabbed a towel for more grip, twisted it hard (way harder than should be), and it finally came out some. I think mine is defective? But no matter, as long as I can use it. Except for this issue I love it on my brows. Very natural shade.

          • Haha, I actually used pliers on mine and no good. I messaged Boxycharm for a replacement.

      • Mine looked used. Anyone else?

  7. I still haven’t received my shipping notification. Is anybody else still waiting?

    • I never received any shipping notification, but my box arrived on Saturday.
      Maybe yours will also just “arrive” without warning? Crossing my fingers for you!

      • Well, the box showed up today with notice. Happy but that was weird.

  8. Just curious- Does the Studio Makeup Luminous Loose Blush have any plastic wrap or something? I received my box yesterday and the blush seemed used….

    • There wasn’t plastic wrap, but there is a seal that needs to be removed under the dispenser area.

      • Mine does not have the seal 🙁 It seems that they sent a used one.

        • I emailed boxycharm and they said I need to take a picture of the blush and the shipping label together. Too bad I have already thrown the box away 🙁 I am also a bit confused why they need the shipping label since they can verify my purchase by my email address.

          • They are requesting a picture of the item with your shipping label so that ppl don’t use another person’s picture to get a extra item. They’ve been requesting this for months. Now I check everything when I receive it, before I toss the box.

          • I sent them a pics nd video of wat I got nd they said I would the other items with next month’s box

      • how do you remove the seal ?I can’t open it

  9. I got my box in today’s mail. I love it all!!! What a great deal for $21 with shipping. I didn’t think I would like the palette, in person it is lovely! I think I got the same box as Liz this month. Very happy. Looking forward to October’s box- and November and December too! YAYYYY Boxy charm!

  10. I got mine today and had a dark brown cracked eyeshadow in my pur that went all over the other colors. We will see if that can be replaced. I got the mess around brown color which will probably not be used and the loose blush. On the upside I did get the lighter mac pencil and foundation brush!

    • I got my box( no shipping/tracking info) yesterday but the mirror in the Pur palette is cracked and glass fragments make it unusable.
      Contacted Boxy customer service but haven’t heard back–any hopes for a replacement?

      • Debbie, I have seen many comments on their FB page that they are NOT replacing the palettes and giving them 1000 Charms, instead. Didn’t your palette have a plastic cover over the shadows? That would have keep the fragments from getting into them? Mine was covered.

  11. I received Box #3 and it showed up Fri with no tracking. Contents were:
    Soiree Diaries Eye Palette,
    MAC Eyebrow Pencil in “Lingering,”
    Colourpop in “Strut,”
    my HD Powder was a white Finishing Powder,
    Brush Duo,
    and Briogeo Hair Mask

    • Box twin!

  12. Can someone please tell me how this swap thing works. How do you get the products to one another? If you have to mail them, then I don’t see the benefit. However, so many of you seem to do it so readily that I know there must be more to it. Can someone please explain.

    • That’s pretty much it. You each pay to ship the item to the other person. Even though you pay for the shipping, it’s usually only a few bucks and you get a item that you wanted more.

  13. received my box today and I love it. i got mess around color pop and i love. funny how some of you don’t like it. I love mine. I also received the foundation brush. I never received a shipping notice this month.

    • Same! I got the PUR palette, MAC pencil in Lingering, the Briogeo hair mask, BM Foundation brush, Colourpop in Mess Around, and the Luminous Loose Blush. I have yet to have a complaint with BC but when I had Sephora, all I did was complain until I cancelled, lol. I was so sick to death of pink lippies. I am white and go from fair to medium skin with neutral undertones and I love the brown lip! It’s finally Autumn and (I hope) no more Barbie pinks!! I think it will actually compliment a host of skin tones looking like warm cocoa, stained lips.

  14. Sigh, I received Mess Around and the blush. I listed both for swap and pretty much will swap for anything to rid the lippie.

  15. I received my box today and I got the dreaded colourpop messaround. Right when i put it on, my 4 year old daughter said “ew.” It is truly awful. Everything else was okay for me. Ill probably just give it as gifts.

  16. I got this same box today with the exception of Colour Pop – mine is Mess Around (Greige) and the only things I’m keeping are the brush and brow pencil. I’m disappointed in the eyeshadow, upon seeing it in person I can tell it’s too coppery for me. I’m not interested in loose blush. And Briogeo…I wish it did something for my hair because I get so much of it – 2 so far this month. Anyway, this will all be up for swap.

  17. This was my first month with Boxycharm. I received this exact same box. I was worried I too would receive the dreaded “Mess around” lippie but was pleased to receive “Strip” VERY PLEASED!!! Great first box:-)

  18. I was charged on the 3rd and still have no tracking and have yet to get my box 🙁 I’m in California so it’s not like the weather here is holding it up….

    • My box was shipped from Kennesaw Ga. and I’m only an hour away from Kennesaw. Your package will probably be coming from Ga. I received tracking last night and received my box today.

  19. This is my first box and I loved it! Only things I won’t use is the HAD Powder since it’s really shimmer and the liquid lipstick. I can’t stand any liquid lipstick and they are in every since subscription box! The color I got is a brown that looked terrible on me but I’ll gift to a friend. This is so much better than Play by Sephora which I’ll be cancelling.

  20. I got my Sept box today. So much faster than last month which was my first boxycharm month. I’m happy with this box except for the colourpop item.
    I got:
    Soiree Palette
    MAC in Spiked
    Ultra Satin Lip in Mess Around
    Loose Blush
    Bare Minerals Face Perfecting Brush
    Briogeo hair mask

    I really don’t like the Colourpop Mess Around its straight up melted milk chocolate brown to say in a nice way. It’s not a shade I would pick up for myself. Lol they must have known I had ordered some of the variation shades. I received my colourpop order today too so I’m not too sad about the liquid lipstick. I will be giving it away. Not too sure who would want it.

  21. My box just arrived and it’s the same as in the review except my lip color is Littlestitious. It’s a pinkish nude and I love it. I will probably swap away the palette and keep everything else. I like having the hair mask in a tube rather than the tub it normally comes in.
    I am trying to cancel some of my subs but with Boxy putting out such great boxes every month I don’t see this one on the chopping block.

    • Me too with Littlestitious, also got the eyebrow pencil in Spiked, which is great for me as I have dark brown hair. I didn’t think the lip would work for me at first, but it “pinked up” when it dried and is very pretty. What a great box!

  22. Got this exact box, except the brow stuff was Spiked instead of Lingering.
    I don’t use eyebrow pencil, but am ecstatic with everything else!!

  23. Got my box today. I got my shipping yesterday so that was a nice suprise. I recieved the exact same items shown. I love everything!!!! Happy happy boxycharm gal here.

  24. Anybody wanna swap the MAC eyeliner? I have lingering but want stripped. Just let me know. I am on the swaps site and have it listed

    • Spiked*

    • Its actually a brow pencil, not an eyeliner

  25. I got my September box this morning! So excited.

    And once again, the Beauty Gods have seen fit to bless me! I am humbled.

    MAC eyebrow pencil in Spiked
    Colourpop satin lip in Mess Around
    bareMinerals foundation brush
    Briogeo hair mask
    Studio Makeup loose blush

    The lippie I can tell is WAY too dark for my skin tone. I’m not sure if I should risk testing it if I could trade….

    Blush is probably going to be gifted to my MUA cousin, I know he’ll use the sh*t outta it. Although it is a nice pinky shade suited to me….

    Overall, if this is my last BC for a month or so, a very good way to go out!

    • I’m willing to swap… my Lillie is strut… also are you happy with your spiked eyebrow pencil? I am looking to swap my lingering for it.

      • Lippie*

      • Hey Liz,

        I got Spiked for the brows & it’s a perfect match, but I totally will swap for Strut.

        I did a small swatch on my hand for the Mess Around though – I don’t know if that’s a deal breaker for you.

        You can reach me at vmarias at usc.edu

  26. I received this exact same box yesterday. Didn’t even get a shipping notification, but got the box!

    Not sure what I could use that powder for, it’s too dark and a warm tone, and the ColourPop is not my color either, but I am happy about the rest, especially about the fact that I got the face brush and not the eye ones.

    I thought initially that the palette is boring, but it’s beautiful in person, so I’ll probably keep it.

  27. I got my box today with no tracking email. This is the first time my box has been different from what Liz got in hers. I’m really happy though! Small brushes, Strut lip shade, HD powder. Lingering. I’m so wowed and will absolutely use everything in this box!

  28. I got the two little brushes in my box if anyone wants to trade me for the baremineral brush. I really wanted that one! 🙂

    • bareMinerals one, the dark eyebrow pencil, and the dark lipstick color from colour-pop. I will switch you any of these what do you want? And what do you have?

      • I will switch setzie! I need the dark eyebrow and the dark colored lippie… I have lingering and strut

  29. Let me preface this by saying I love the palette and I got the eyebrow pencil color and the bare minerals brush that I wanted.

    I got a colourpop shade that was literally the color of poop. I swatched it on my hand and My husband asked me if I got poo on myself at work (I work in a hospital). It even had dirt or mud in the name. I can’t rightly remember because it went right into the garbage. No one wants to look like they’re wearing poo. Note to makeup companies: No 💩 lip colors. Fortunately it didn’t contribute too much to the value of the box.

    Ipsy sent me a beautiful gloss this month, so I don’t feel too bad.

    • I received the color “Mess Around” at first I thought it was a pretty brown color but when I put it on it became a weird gray/brown color. It works well with my Halloween costume.

      • I have a feeling the color was so unpopular, ColourPop had to unload them somehow. Unlucky us. Ugh.

        • 🙁 Sad face. I love the texture though! I’ll order a different color.

          • I got Lipstitious… guaranteed to make anyone other than Snow White look like a walking corpse. Just no…

        • It definitely does feel that way!

          Far too many of us got MESS Around.

      • Ha! I got mess around also. Looked ok in the tube and when I tried it on I said I guess I’ll save it for Halloween. It’s definitely not for fair completed women. Literally the worst color I’ve ever tried on!

      • Haha! I received Lipstitious and thought it would look great if I was dressing as Barbie for Halloween! Not a flattering pink for me. At least we can find humor! Love most of the box though!

        • Littlestitious looks like Pepto Bismo if they made it into lipstick form.

    • I got that same lip color and I describe it as poop, too! Hideous! Looks nice in the tube. I know my daughter won’t appreciate me trying to pawn it off on her. The color is Mess Around and it’s truly a mess. It’s a shame because I really like the texture of the product, just not the resultant poop lips.

      • Its a good thing ColourPop! is a fairly cheap price, I plan on ordering another color (probably the color Liz received) because I love the texture.

    • I got the same shade! What are people thinking?? No one wants that color!!! (If you do, you can have mine. Pay for shipping I’ll send it to you.)

      • Lol who ever wants it could probably get a great deal from all of us trying to unload that color. Buy one get 50 free!

    • These colours were made for people of color. 90% of the colors we usually receive are too light for their skin tones. In fact, I got the lightest shade and it makes me look dead. I would have liked to receive a darker one.

    • The color mess around is a really nice neutral nude for brown skinned girls. Reducing it to “poop” and telling makeup companies to stop making “poop colors” is really ignorant of you.

      • The mess around does not do anything for me and i’m a brown skinned woman.

        • I was also wondering how that would work – wouldn’t the brown lipstick just blend in? Hardly a flattering look.

  30. This is my second month with boxycharm and they seem really good so far. I never got a tracking number in the mail both times but today I received my second box. The shadow pallette is beautiful, I received the bareninerals brush, and powdered blush. I received the colourpop lip product in littlestitious, and I dont know if its just me because ive never owned anything colourpop but it seemed to not be full? The top part of the product was clean so i know it wasnt used or anything. I also received the mac brow pencil in spiked, the top of it did look like maybe someone had swatched it or something , it didnt look like a straight line like a new product. Maybe it melted a bit in shipping ? I do like all the products and will get great use out of them!

    • I received Little Stitious as the color of my color pop

  31. I just received mine and I got the variations I wanted — the Spiked brow pencil, the Littlestitious lip and the Bare Minerals brush. This is my second Boxycharm and I’m thrilled!

  32. Just got my box today! (Same as Liz’s) and I am so glad I got rid of Sephora play! and upgraded to Boxycharm:))

  33. I still haven’t even gotten my tracking yet for boxycharm 🙁 my card was charged but they have yet to send me anything (it was
    Charged on September 1)

    • Go to fedX monthly and you can track it that way every month…I have been with them 6 months now, and I’ve never got a tracking from them, but just learned of the fedx trick last night reading on here

      • What is fedX monthly? I couldn’t find the trick you referenced.

  34. I so wanted the two brushes instead of bare minerals one, but oh well 🙁 I also got the colourpop littlestitious shade which is way too light for me but I love the rest.

    • If I get the two brushes I can totally swap with you since I prefer the Bare Minerals one!

      • Ok! I already have the bare minerals one and I don’t use it much, I’m all about my beauty blender.

        • I will let you know if I get the two brushes when my box arrives 🙂

    • I got the two brushes in my box today if you would like to trade

  35. This ones a tough one for me. DEFINITELY keeping the colourpop! I’m iffy on keeping the palette or the brow pencil. For the palette I’ll probably just wait and see what people think of it before trying it out. The brush, hair mask, and loose powder are going straight to swapping! I do love boxycharm so much but last month was a huge miss for me so I hope this month is at least a lil better

    HEY SOMEBODY OUT THERE If I get the darker shade I’ll totally trade for the lighter!!!! 💛💛💛💛

    • I need darker, so I’m open to trade if I get the lighter one 🙂

  36. I’m excited for my first box! I really hope I get the foundation brush

  37. Will I be getting this box if I sign up today?

  38. I just started paying attention to Boxy Charm recently and have been super impressed with all the spoilers. I didn’t sign up for this months – but hopefully I can get in the October Box (Super pumped to see a full-sized becca product!)

  39. Mostly excited about this box. Hoping to get the lighter shade of the Mac brow pencil. If I get the darker shade, would somebody want to swap? Contact me mthsieg at gmaildotcom
    Thanks!

    • As soon as I get my box I’ll let you know, I definitely need spiked (the darker one)

  40. This will be my first box & I’m super excited! Hoping all the Boxies stay safe!

  41. Everything looks amazing but I do have a question about the don’t despair. Great travel but not full sized as video stated or is this an extra item. Either way I’m hooked. If mac is lighter shade I’ll grab another cargo liner. Who wouldn’t love getting a free Mac gift?

    • I was thinking that too. If the full-size Briogeo was in this box I’d sign up tonight.

    • They also periodically send travel sized items, which is what this would be. 90% of the time the items are truly full sized but periodically in super high value boxes (like this one where the value would be about 150 if the Brigeo was full sized) one of the products will be a travel size that is sold in stores. Another example is when they sent out Smashbox primer. They sent out the travel size that I have seen in numerous stores, not the typical sample size that appears in numerous boxes.

  42. How are you doing a review already?! Mine hasn’t even shipped out yet! :'(

    • Boxycharm ships to influencers first. It’s lame IMO to ship out free pr before taking care of customers.

      • They do that so that people will see the reviews and want the boxes too so they sign up right away. From a customer point of view it is a bit annoying but as far as business goes its a very good idea.

  43. Yes today! A few hours ago. Just a label.

    • How do you know? Do they send an email?

  44. LOVE that this palette has more matte than shimmer shadows. I love shimmers, but my ratio is much higher of shimmer > mattes (especially neutrals.)

    I’m so excited about this box!!

    *prays to Beauty Gods for BM brush & setting powder again*

  45. I thought I would be swapping this palette but nope. Stunning swatches Liz! Hoping I get the darker eyebrow pencil and I would prefer a setting powder to a blush but overall I’m stoked.

  46. Looks like a great box! I tend to get mine near the end of each month so I won’t start looking forward to this until it’s nearly October but that’s okay it’s always a great day when it comes.

  47. has anyone got a shipping notification yet?

    • If you haven’t received one yet, I expect we’re going to be waiting a long time for one. Irma is heading their way.

      • I think Boxycharm’s shipping/distribution centers are separate from their Florida HQ. Regardless, it will be worth the wait. Hope the Boxy team and everyone affected by Irma stays safe.

        • My label stated shipping from CA.

      • My box always ships from New York.

        • My box always ships from MA.

          • Nicole,

            I read that and I thought you said “MIA”, lol 😂

        • Mine says Georgia on the box even though I’m in New York. Lol they must not want us to know where they keep all the good stuff and throwing us off with all these different shipping locations!

    • My box actually made it today and i didnt recieve the shipping notice until this morning. So your box coukd be out already.

  48. I can give up all my beauty subscription boxes except Boxycharm! Amazing box! Thank you for your review, Liz.

  49. Everything looks amazing as always. Boxycharm can’t be beat. I hope I get the hair mask, I’m running out of the one I have and need a new one. I love Boxycharm!

    • I still have not received shipping confirmation has anyone else?

      • Same

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