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BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review – September 2016

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanSep 12, 2016 | 55 comments

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BOXYCHARM
4.3 overall rating
1976 Ratings | 222 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 and Canada

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

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Each box comes with a card detailing the items included.

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Now, time for the items!

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STUDIOMAKEUP On-The-Go Eye Shadow Palette in Warm Up – Value $49.95

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Yes to palettes! I can never get enough palettes in subscription boxes (or in life)!

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This palette has 4 shimmer and 5 matte shades. The pigment is great in all the colors, too! (Swatched in lower photo.)

This palette is pretty easy to use even for beginners:

Use a medium shade all over the lid. A light shade on the upper and lower inner corners of the eyes. Apply a darker shade to contour your eyelid and along the lash line. Blend all shades together.

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Pur Lip Lure Hydrating Lip Lacquer is Mystic – Value $22

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This formula is great. It is heavily pigmented, so you’re getting bold color, and it has significant staying power, too.

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The lip lacquer went on smooth, provided a shine and a good amount of moisture. Overall, I’d give this an A! (Swatched in lower photo.)

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Hikari Eyeliner in Raven – Value $13

This eyeliner goes on smoothly and is easy to smudge, too. In general, I find that Hikari’s formulas work really well, but ideally I wish they wouldn’t use ingredients like parabens.

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Butter London Nail Polish in Yummy Mummy – Value $15

(Subscribers will either receive this polish OR a Butter London Lip Crayon OR a Vasanti Makeup Brush.)

This greige creme has a hint of shimmer. It took longer than other formulas to dry, but the results were worth it. I love it! Here it is on:

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Hairgurt Smoothing Deep Conditioning Yogurt Hair Mask – Value $11

You leave this mask in your hair for 5-10 minutes, then rinse out. It’s easy enough to use, and the formula is free of sulfates and parabens so it is OK to use on color treated hair. And the best part of this mask? It will make your hair smell like candy! (It left my hair very moisturized, too. I recommend using it sparingly the first time, then building up to the perfect amount.)

Here are the swatches of the eyeliner, lip lacquer and eye shadow palette:

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Verdict: This box has a value of about $111 As always, the value for Boxycharm is amazing! I really love the product selection this month, too. I’ll use everything, and it’s safe to say that this is one of my favorite Boxycharm boxes of all time.

What do you think of the September 2016 Boxycharm Box?

If you want this box, if you sign up before the end of September, this will be your first 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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55 comments

Dianne

I wish their was a spoiler for October. If it’s good I might have to resubcribe in a week.

CT

I wish they would release a spoiler for the October box!

latonya

Me too, I don’t understand why we can’t have spoilers from this subscription sooner 🙁

Dianne

Love Boxycharm but I had to cancel. I was going to wait 1 more month. Just getting to much makeup. I resubscribed to Birchbox just for next month. Then I’m canceling. I only get Ipsy after that for me and my daughter. I was getting 9 subscriptions a month. Now next month its 2 plus the 1 that I pay for for my daughter. I stopped shopping on wish app. But shop miss a has some things I need.

Jackie

So didn’t need anything in this box 🙁 But glad I got the polish and I like the liner and will use the hair conditioner. The middle shadow looks awesome. Though I have an avalanche of urban decay shadows that I haven’t even been using due to the mountain of eyeshadow pencils I’ve been getting in boxes. Is there a subscriber anonymous group out there?!? Note to self, cancel Sephora play.

Kendall

Does anyone else think that the copper eyeshadow in the palette was just the prettiest, softest, buttery shadow ever? Seriously like velvet; I had to stop myself from just rubbing it all over my eyes…and face…

This box was a definite win for me. The hair yogurt smells delicious and I can’t wait to try it. The pur lip gloss was in a color that I wouldn’t normally pick for myself, but is just close enough to my comfort zone that I can see myself using it. (And it wasn’t the red, yay!) I got the Butter London polish, which applies quite well, even if the color is a little…boring. The palette is worth it for the copper color alone, but the rest of the colors are decent as well. The only fail for me was the eye liner; too many iffy ingredients for this girl’s sensitive eyes.

Well done, BoxyCharm!

Regina

I received my box this afternoon. This was an awesome box! I did receive the nail polish, which I am happy with! Eyeliner is not my favorite thing, but it is for other people, so you have to expect it in a beauty sub. I pass these on to my daughters. You can not go wrong with this box.

Jillian

My first boxycharm arrived this morning and I’m so thrilled with it! I got the nail polish, which I was hoping for and I got the taupe PUR lipstick. I wasn’t sure about it, but it looks great in person. This is exactly what I needed to replace Birchbox. So much better than tiny one use samples.

Taren

That’s EXACTLY why I cancelled Birchbox! Couldn’t justify paying each month for samples you can get for free!

Dianne

Got my box. Love this subscription. The eyeshadows are pretty. The nail polish clashes with my olive skin. The lipstick is ok. I wish it was more purple and lighter. Looks more red on me. The hair product is good. I go Thur eyeliner.I m so overloaded on the same colors. I want to see some color and sheet masks and something new. I’m cutting back on some box’s. But I’ll wait it out another month and see how I feel.

Melody

I got my box today! I actually got the nail polish! I thought for sure I would get the unwanted brush. Love it all!

Crick

Loved the palette shades awesome ?
Hair stuff smells good enough to eat ?☺️
Eyeliner looks like a winner
Boxycharm rocks !!?

Dianne

Love Boxycharm but I have to start cutting back am getting to much makeup. I like it when they send masks or lotions or body wash sponges.

Raquel

I got my box today and I Love it ! I got the all the same products except for the lip lure I got it in the shade graceful which I love!

Alisonka

Darn, I got the nail polish ?. I was really hoping for the lipstick. Oh well, over all, I really like this box.

Lorraine

I was hoping for something other than the nail polish too…every review I have seen has had the nail polish. I haven’t seen anyone get the brush or lip color.

Melody

I will trade with you if o don’t get the nail polish!!!

Megan

I will swap if I get nail polish for lipstick!

Dominique

So the pur lip lure is now on sale (more like clearance) at ulta for 8.50 and has mixed reviews. I fell that brings the box value down a bit as it just went on sale.

Courtney

Do they email out shipping notices when it ships? I am not seeing anything under my account for shipping/status. 🙂 Cant wait for this box. I am about out of a nude color on my naked pallette 2 and hope one of these colors will work :).

Chelsea

Yes you should get an e-mail. I just got my shipping confirmation at 3am this morning.

Natasha

This is a good box, but I really don’t need ANOTHER neutral eyeshadow palette. The lip lacquer looks cool, but I would never wear that color. I had to cancel my subscription to this box last month because I was getting overloaded with makeup.

wackyjgal

Hey gals, Im new to boxycharm..and have a question, and I would really appreciate if someone replys. When does the new boxes ship out every month, does everyone get their new box around the same time??
Thanks Much

Natalie White

THEY SHIPPED TODAY AND SHIP AROUND THE SAME TIME EVERY MONTH

Luna

I’m not sure if they all ship out around the same time, but mine shipped today. Sorry, that probably doesn’t help any…

Aimee

I’m usually getting mine middle to the end of the month. Hope that helps!

Donna

My goodness, a palette of 9 brown eyeshadows.
What will they think of next, Black Eyeliner? Oops, spoke too soon, there it is.

Chanell

lol, I feel the same.

Dianne

Love this subscription. But getting overloaded on makeup. I need to cut back and this is on the list along with Play by Sephora to cancel. Play by Sephora will be my last this month.

Tracee

This is my first month for boxy. I tried it because I was really interested in the eyeshadow palette and the other items look good too. Uuuughh I went crazy with boxes this month. I kept my standard three and added 2 more. Allure, glossy, play by sephora and tried Ipsy and boxy. It was really weird with glossy this month because they kicked back my credit card so when I went in to fix it I was able to use a code and get a free box. I’m not complaining but I was feeling so lucky I figured I’d try pushing it and hopefully get two more good boxes. After this review I’m really happy I got boxy this month.

Kati

I have been wanting to add this box to my subscription collection for a while now, but trying to justify the cost of one more box! Does Boxycharm ever have coupon codes for new subscribers? That would definitely make the decision easier for me!

MzBev

Its really rare for them to offer a discount code. The boxes are worth the cost though.

Annie

Nice looking box. I am glad to see the eyeshadows are Made in the US. The last 3 matte colors look like they swatched a bit patchy, (from what I am seeing). I like the Butter nail color. Don’t need black eyeliner, I have loads to last for years, and don’t use such a dark color lippie, though it does look pretty.
Although this box looks really, really good, I am going to resist ordering, I do not need anymore makeup and really need to use what I got. For all those getting this month, enjoy!! I got a mild case of sub envy on this months’ Boxycharm.

Jackie

I so don’t need any of these items, but this box looks so good!! Ugh, decisions, decisions 🙂

Cat

I want to love the palette but some of those shades seem so so so powdery in texture and just…ugh seem like they would be a pain to blend out or pack color on. I would be annoyed especially if the black has as much fallout as it appears? The mid colors look nice, wonder if it’s by formula and the mattes are powdery?

Barbie

Wowzers! What a great looking box!

Boxycharm refuses to make it easy for those of us trying to resist a re-sub. If they would have offered a coupon code this month – Even for a totally not needed mascara – I sooooooo would have been back in.

Still hard to argue that I need a discount considering how high the dollar value this box reaches each month…Yeah, I’m going to be able to hold out for a (possible) black Friday deal….Oh yeah, that’s totally going to happen… 🙂

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