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BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review – March 2016

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanMar 16, 2016 | 66 comments

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BoxyCharm
4.3 overall rating
1980 Ratings | 226 Reviews

BoxyCharm is a full-size beauty and makeup subscription box. They always provide a great value compared the cost of the box.

This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

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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

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

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Each box comes with a card. Previously these cards detailed the items included, but this month there is just info on a social media contest.

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Catherine Malandrino Style de Paris – 10 ml Value $16

This is a fruity/floral fragrance. Not my style, but I’ll pass it along to a friend!

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Clark’s Botanicals Anti-Puff Eye Cream – FULL SIZE! Value $87

This is an awesome high-value item to include, but considering how Boxycharm has been having more product variation lately, I would imagine subscribers would not be happy if this isn’t one of the items they receive. (Check out variant options in the last spoiler post).

The irony is that I got the high-priced item in my box, but it actually irritates my skin! I think I just need super gentle skincare products for my under eye area.

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Luxie 512 Small Contour Brush – Value $16

Chella Universal Eyebrow Pencil in Taupe – Value $18

These are both great for me! The luxie brush are pretty good quality (I’ve received a few now thanks to subscription boxes). And the Chella Eyebrow Pencil works for my coloring – and I like that the pencil has some wax in the formula too – it helps keep eyebrow hairs in place!

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Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan in Cocoa Bean – Value $6

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan in Cosmopolitan – Value $6

Since these are just eyeshadow pans, I might end up buying an empty palette from Makeup Geek to hold them. (And then I have an excuse to buy a few more colors, too!)

Here are the shades swatched (with the Chella eyebrow pencil too):

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http://www.makeupgeek.com/store/makeup-geek-eyeshadow-pan-cosmopolitan.html

I had heard good things about the Makeup Geek brand, and now I understand why! These shades super pigmented! The cocoa shade is a red/brown matte, and the Cosmopolitan shade is a rose gold shimmer.

Verdict: This box has a value of about $149! I think that’s a great value for a $21 box, but keep in mind the value could be different depending on the items you receive. I really like the Chella, Luxie and Makeup Geek items, so I’m happy with this box, but it feels a little different to me than Boxycharm boxes of 2015.

I noticed this last month too – a few of the items don’t fit the “full size” standard I’m used to from this box. It’s still an amazing value, but I’m just trying to figure out if I need to change my expectations for Boxycharm a little bit!

What do you think of the March 2016 Boxycharm Box?

BoxyCharm ($25 per month) is one of the most popular beauty subscription boxes that we review, with lots of loyal customers. They promise 4-5 full-size beauty products each month from a variety of both indie and established brands, with a total retail value of over $100 in every box. The beauty item... read more.
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!

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!
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66 comments

Jaime

I just signed up and I’m on a wait list. Any ideas as to how long I will wait? I kinda wanted the March box. ?

Teresa

I’m hard pressed to saying anything nice about boxycharm…

That being said I’ve been loving Ipsy, birchbox and allure.

I got the perfume, I have allergies and can’t use any of it. I wish boxycharm would make it possible to opt out of it or at least send it less. I don’t use brow pencils and have recently already gotten this very same one in another box. I have to agree with another poster that the eye shadow pans by selves just seem cheap.

On the up side I did luck out and got the eye cream that turns out to be good and as I was in the market for eye cream that saves the day and prevents me from canceling my boxycharm subscription. But it’s just one more bad box away from me canceling and trying out Julip. Only 2 of the 6 products are something I will use.

Last month was my first box and I opened it all excited and the first thing I found was do to careless packing one of my products got damaged. It was my first and now lasting impression of boxycharm. I contacted customer service and was told to take a picture of it as proof and they would replace it. I told them it wasn’t a product that I was going to use anyway. I was quite disappointed in my whole box in fact. Having dealt with Birchbox and Le Tote customer service I have come to expect high quality customer service from my subscription boxes. I was surprised to find they didn’t tuck a replacement for my damaged product in this months box. Birchbox sent a whole free box when one of the products was missing from my box without pictures.

Lynn

I really wanted the eye cream and really did NOT want the body illuminizer. I received the Previse cream instead of either. It’s okay but knowing I could have had the more expensive eye cream still leaves me a little perturbed. Thank you to Liz and others who have said the eye cream was too harsh for their eyes. That made me feel that perhaps the Previse was the best thing after all. If the eye cream hadn’t been an option I would have been overjoyed to receive the Previse.

I have to join with others who have said it’s best to have everyone receive the same or at least similar products and definitely with similar values. Also, I did really miss having the information card listing the products received. I also keep those for future reference.

I still like Boxycharm. I like receiving different kinds of products (except eye shadow pans), so I am fairly happy with the last couple of months.

miranda

This was my first Boxycharm box, and I was really disappointed. I had expected things to be more high-end, larger and higher-quality for $21 a month. Didn’t like the fragrance, the eye cream immediately caused stinging, and the eyeshadow pans without a palette is just plain cheap. I’m really regretting getting the three-month subscription. The only thing I liked was the brush. 🙁 🙁

sargentbethany

I received the same box and being that this is my first Boxycharm box, I am very pleased! I received the Shimmer Shimmer and Frappe shades, both of which go well with my fair skin. I gave the perfume to my 12 year old daughter. She was just happy to get something. So far, I’m pretty impressed with Boxycharm. Can’t wait to try the Anti-Puff eye cream.

Lee

I received the same box as Liz except the eye shadow shades are Shimmer Shimmer and Frappe. I do not like the perfume but love everything else. However, if I did not receive the eye cream I do not think I would feel the same.

Judith

I got the same box and I am very happy. I actually love the smell of the perfume. I got a pressed matte eyeshadow in cupcake and a duochrome in rock star. I am very happy with this box!!!

Tj

I also got the same box as Liz, just different shadow colors. We get ipsy, Allure, and BC. I’m going to give BC one more month before I decide to cancel. So far Allure has been a hit, BC not so much. No point in wasting money!

Nug

I bought a 2nd subscription (monthly] a couple months ago as a gift. The newer subscription got the eye cream and a duo and arrived 2 days later.
My own (older, annual (?)) subscription was shipped earlier with the illuminizer and no duo.
I cant help but think m2m new suscribers got the better stuff. Not cool. I agree with everyone, i don’t want to pay to have box envy.

Cary

I’be been a month to month subscriber for a year now and I got the same box (except a different brush) that Liz did. I think they’re just random, but I do agree. I don’t like variable boxes, particularly with such a huge difference in value.

Marisa

So I got the OFRA bronzer, but mine came as a square pump bottle. Just curious if anyone else got that- it seems most people got a tube. Is mine an old version? Or a new version? It’s on the OFRA website. Boxycharm has me all confused this month ?

mimi

I got the square bottle too. Have no idea if it’s older or newer packaging. Mine’s up or swap because it just looks way to dark for my lighter-than-pale skin.

Cassie

Marisa, I noticed on Instagram that a few people got the square bottle.

Vera

Got my box today and of course I got the stupid perfume. I don’t hate it so much now (I think in my Birchbox sample bc it was a vial I was smelling too much), but it just isn’t for me. I saw a reviewer somewhere else call it a very sweet, bubblegum scent. I wish. I may keep it as the dispenser is more useful this time compared to the vial and the scent isn’t bad, but I would have preferred almost any other item to this one.

Aside from different shades of MUG (Shimma Shimma and Cupcake for me), I have the same box. Glad I got the eye cream over the illuminizer as it seems that may have been the other option. I was hoping to try the Chella pencil when I saw the variations options, so aside from the eyeshadow and brush for being useful, I was most pleased with that.

Overall, aside from the perfume, I really liked this box and it seems like an improvement over last month’s. I liked the mask and shower scrubby thing, but they are still in my bathroom. The blush duo thing was nice, too. But the banana powder and perfume were total misses for me. It just didn’t wow at all, and this one I do prefer since it has a lot more stuff I can use. Even the perfume, which I was dreading, isn’t bad with a better applicator, so I’m pleased with boxy this month.

Regina

I loved the Boxycharm March box! I received the exact same box Liz did and I love it! My favorite ‘surprise’ was the perfume, which was a shock to me as I tend to like my usual perfume’s, but this was nice and very ‘springy’! The awesome thing about these boxes is finding something you didn’t know you wanted or needed!

Regina

I also meant to mention, you can order a palette from Costal Scents, nice quality, holds 12 pans and MUG fits, that also has a mirror. I bought it for about $6, so not bad.

KRISTI

Great. I didn’t receive 2 of my items. Same exact box but lacks one of the eyeshadows and the perfume. It’s only my 3rd box so it’s pretty disappointing.

IronChefLo

I got the same box as Liz, except the MUG colors- ShimmaShimma, which was very pretty, and Frappe- a dark matte brown I wasnt wild about. I am rather annoyed we didn’t get the Duochrome we were originally promised. If their goal was to get us to go directly to the MUG website and order a shade we liked, then they succeeded with me.
I did find a great sale on 9 of their spring shades for only $25 (plus i bought the duochrome i wanted) which was cool, but I’m still disappointed in Boxycharm for the switcheroo.

Cassie

I received the exact same box as Liz, including the same MUG colors. I haven’t tried anything yet, but I’m pretty happy with my box. I was hoping for the duo chrome shadow, but the ones I got are pretty. I’ve never tried MUG so I’m excited to receive these. The Luxie brush is very soft, and considering the value of the eye cream, I’m hoping it will do great things for me! Like many of you, I was also disappointed there was no product info on the card. I hope they bring that back next month.

Desiree

First off…I was kinda disappointed there was no product info on the card??!! I’m wondering if that’s because of the different variations sent out that they skipped doing it. Sad. Second…I don’t at all see Sweet Treats (a second month of perfume??) more chella, and a second month of pans??? Disappointed. I used to really get excited about BC. Not so much anymore.

I’ve been subbing for a year. In November they had a sweet Black Friday 6 month sub. I signed up because at the time BC was great! Now I wished I hadn’t. Sadly I’m cancelling after Aprils box. The last 3 for me were stinkers and wish I could skip a month and salvage what months I had left.

Marisa Baxter

Zzzzzzz…..what a boring box. I have always loved Boxycharm, but the last 2 months have been boring, particularly this month. If anyone from Boxycharm reads these…PLEASE stop with the variations! It’s so frustrating when you see reviews online and then you get the one item you don’t want. I got the Ofra illuminizer…ugh. I feel Boxycharm used to have greater variety, more interesting colors instead of just neutral, different companies I’d never heard of, and just fun! This box feels tired. There’s really nothing new, nothing exciting, and stop with the loose pans, they are making a mess. I may think about the Allure box if this is a continuing trend. Feeling a bit like I did before the French Box fiasco. I’ll stick it out a few more months in the hope that this is just a weird blip.

Cassie

What was the French Box fiasco?? I just subscribed to the Allure box earlier this month. My first box is supposed to be delivered today. I can’t wait to get it!

Marisa

The French Box was really nice, then they went through some changes. Items were swapped, or missing, selection got weird, and it culminated with a box filled with dirty, old, expired items. They shut down for a while to regroup.

Steph H.

I really want that perfume! I received a sample from Birchbox and loved it, but sadly cannot afford it 🙁

Teresa

Go onto the swap site here, there is bound to be people swapping it. I know I will be.

Marisa Baxter

Mine will be up for swap soon. I like it, I just have too many right now.

Steph H.

I wish I was on the swap site.

Taina

I got my box today and was so upset to see the silly body O’DEA iluminizer! I don’t want it, I have absolutely no need for it I’m puertorican and it’s way to dark for my medium skin. I wish I have gotten the moisterizer even though I thought it didn’t smell to good in our past box. I don’t like this sending people different things. I was so upset that I haven’t even played with my eyeshadows…lol

I got the same exact box Liz!! I was so excited about this month. It is my 3rd month and I have used everything I received. I love the MUG eye shadow colors. Coco Bear and Cosmopolitan are so smooth and blendable. The eye cream instantly moisturizes my skin. I like the fragrance and If I don’t use it my 9 yr old will. 🙂 The Luxie small contour brush, is very soft and works well. I have really dark eyebrows and its hard to find a color that doesn’t make them look too bold. This one works awesome and I am going to buy it again this weekend. Thanks Boxycharm for a great box!!

Cassie

I also got the exact same box!

Charlie

I got the exact same box! I also didn’t like this perfume, nor did I like the one last month with the pink and camo (wth??) box. Never have been a fan of sub box perfumes…I’ll stick to my designer stuff. And of course, no duo chrome 🙁 but at least this is a pretty color and I’ve been getting a lot of shades like this to make a really pretty peachy, light look. Peach smokey eye this summer maybe? Too Faced seems to agree!

Christina

I am new, second box. Clarks Eye cream, duochrome-black light ( it’s purple) matte-cocoa bear, chella, perfume, vasanti blush brush ( love, super soft) Wasn’t thrilled about perfume as last month I got one ( scents bother me BAD so I will probably NEVER like perfume in a sub) My daughter took that one but this one she said “no way”. However I so consider it a bonus item. I know we get 5-6 items, so considering the value and being 6, something like that would not upset me. I can still give it with a gift to someone.

Christina

Forgot… I do not like that there was no info on the card. I expected to flip it over and see that.

kim

I received the Previce hydromilk this month. A $48 value. Although not happy that others got a value of nearly $40 more than me I am glad I got something I could use instead of another eye serum which seems to come monthly in subs. The reviews on the Previce are great so I am looking forward to using it.

What I’m not happy with is getting another 2 products in a pan, making them difficult to use without purchasing a compact. I also am surprised we did not get an information card this month. Packaging gets thrown away and without manufacturer information repurchasing can be problematic.

mimi

I also got the Ofra body illuminzer. In addition to the fact that I really don’t want “illuminzed” skin, the color looks way to dark for me — it’s kind of a golden tan color and I make Dracula look well tanned. It’s possible it looks different when rubbed in; I didn’t actually try it as I wanted to put it up for swap. My eyeshadows were both kind of brown-ish, one matte and one glimmery. I’ll use them, but they certainly aren’t favorites.

I don’t mind variations when it comes to color or scent and things like that, but I think variations should be within the same price range so subscribers don’t feel ripped off.

Starlet

I received the same box except for the eye cream. My box included the Ofra body illuminizer. This box was an improvement from last months. I am a bit disappointed in Boxycharm. I started subscribing month to month last June and have pretty much been wowed each month by the products and the box. Because they have been so outstanding I renewed for the annual in January. I did not receive my January box due to the sell out until last week. I save my cards that come from my subs to know who sent what when. Where Boxycharm has always definitely been a step above Ipsy these past 2 months have been extremely similar to what I received in the past from both Ipsy and Birchbox. The Catherine Malandrino perfume I received from Birchbox. Glossybox’s variations can be frustrating. I always liked the NO variations from Boxycharm and the redo on the website reminds me of Ipsy. If Boxy is becoming another Ipsy I will rethink my annual sub. As I am considering canceling my Ipsy as it has been more misses than hits for me in the past year. Boxycharm please return to your previous concept and fabulous delivery of exceptional products.

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