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BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review – October 2016

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanOct 11, 2016 | 110 comments


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).


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!


Luxie Beauty Eye Blender Brush Pack – Value $36

I’ve received Luxie brushes in Ipsy bags before and I love them! The bristles are super soft, and the rose gold and pink colors are beautiful, too.

This set includes:


Luxie 229 Tapered Blending Brush – Value $12


Luxie 237 Blending Brush – Value $12


Luxie 205 Tapered Blending Brush


IBY Beauty Three’s Company Eye Shadow Trio – Value $19


Lucky for me, I can never have enough eyeshadow palettes (and Boxycharm tends to send them often!)


This brand is new to me, and I’m impressed with the formulas. There are two shimmer shades, one highlighter, and one coppery metallic. The third color is a matte cocoa that is a great everyday shade for me. (And the formulas are paraben-free!)

(Swatched in lower photo.)


Starlooks Ultra Matte Lip Paint – Value $11


(The card lists the value as $19, the only matte lip product I could find on the Starlooks site is $11, but the packaging/tube is different, so that $19 value may be correct.

I like the color and pigment of this formula. The shade works well for my skin tone, and the pigment gives great matte coverage. (I can’t find ingredients for this product online or on the packaging, though.)

(Swatched in lower photo.)


TEMPTU Shimmer Bronzer (Value $29.50)

This is a super concentrated bronzer, so you only need a few drops! You can blend it out for contouring, or mix it with a moisturizer to give yourself an overall bronze look. (This also works well with blending with body lotion for a temporary tan.)

FYI – Subscribers may receive this item or:

Here it is swatched underneath the matte lip paint:


(Lip paint, Bronzer, Eyeshadow Trio)


Briogeo Blow Dry Perfection Heat Protectant Creme – Value $24

Full-size Briogeo! Yay! (Their formulas are always free of sulfates, silicones, and parabens.) I’ve gotten a lot of Briogeo masks thanks to subscription boxes, but this heat protectant creme is new to me.

This creme is lightweight and designed to be used on damp hair before blow drying and using heated tools. I tried it on dry hair too, and I like how soft it made my hair feel.


Verdict: This box has a value of about $119. As always, the value for Boxycharm is amazing! I think this is one of my favorite Boxycharm boxes of all time. (The eye shadow brush trio alone is such a win!)

What do you think of the October 2016 Boxycharm Box?

If you want this box, if you sign up before the end of October, 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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*WARNING: this may make some of you BC veterans rage*

ANYWAYS…I just received my first ever BoxyCharm box- October (I subscribed around the 22nd so that’s why I’m getting it so late) and….I’M IN LOVE!! My box included:

– Luxie Beauty Eye Blender Brush Pack $36
– IBY Beauty Threes Company Trio Eye Shadow $19
– Girlactik Precise Eyeliner Marker $20
– Cargo Bronzing Powder $29
– Ofra Beverly Hills Highlighter $39.95

That’s a RV of $143.95!!!

I am SUPER excited for the brushes because I am just starting out using make up other than eyeliner and mascara so here’s to my first (3) brushes! I’m really excited and fortunate to have gotten the Ofra…it really is a beauty. I am actually a teeny bit disappointed I didn’t get the Briogeo Protectant Creme because I would have actually gotten use out of it versus the eyeliner marker. I’m also hesitant about keeping the bronzing powder because I have never used bronzer and I know that the medium will be too dark for my pale complexion. But overall I am extremely pleased with this heavenly box and can’t wait for November’s!


Were you charged twice before receiving your first box? I just sub’d on Nov. 22nd and haven’t received notification of anything. It says it will be rebilled on December 2nd but I see that you didn’t get your box until after that date so I am curious. Thanks!


I subscribed to Boxy Charm on October 20,2016 and my card was charged. I was charged again on November 2, 2016 and I have yet to receive my first box. I contacted customer service via email and their response wasn’t clear. They just said that I will receive an email when my box ships. They didn’t really answer why I haven’t received my first box yet when I was charged for it on October 20, 2016.


Did you ever get your box?? I just subscribed on November 22nd and am scared that the same thing may happen?


Hi! How much did your box weigh?! I ordered mine october 27hopimg we get the same box!! U can check the weight on the tracking




I did not get the temtu. I am super disappointed that I did not get the briogeo. What I did get was the cargo bronzer, the brushes and eyeshadow, the ofra highlighter and something I haven’t seen anybody say- the gorge amazing konac sponge.


I got this same box, I was super bummed about not getting the Briogeo but the rest is AMAZING. I ordered late in October.


What was your box weight? I’m still waiting for mine and it says .6lbs.


I received the Temptu, Ofra Beverly Hills Highlighter, Iby palette, luxie brushes, and the Briogeo. This is my favorite box so far. I’ve been with BoxyCharm for about a year. The Ofra is stunning. I can see why some ladies are upset. I’m now eyeing the Rodeo Drive Highlighter from Ofra. The IBY shadows are so creamy and pigmented. Luxies brushes are always a nice surprise and they work great with blending the IBY shadows. The Briogeo I also really nice. I definitely have less frizz when appying to my wet hair before blow drying. The smell Is nice too. I was pleasantly surprised by the Temptu. After reading such awful comments on it I was hesitant. I think more of the comments were people and they didn’t get the Ofra. I’m extremely pale. Like snow white and the Temptu blends out really nice. I want to try it with some body lotion for my legs. YouTube shows so many ways you can use it. Instead of tossing it look at ways it can work for you. I give this box 5 stars!! ❤❤


I didn’t get the starlooks ( very happy as I do not care for that brand ), however I did get both Temptu as well as the Cargo beach blush (very excited about the blush). My value was $138.50 AWESOME !!!!!


I have received 3 months of boxycharm and I am extremely disappointed!!! My first box was August and I didn’t recive what everyone eles did I got a offra palette that was broken and when I tried to contact them 3 times I still haven’t received a response to this day it was sopoto be the blush and bronzer palette and I only received 4 products ofra, time repaire serem , mascara and eyeliner then September came around and I got everything but the nail polish and again something damaged almost worse then the palette before the hair yogurt was opened the silver stopper none existent so it was all over everything in the box! another set of emails with the same outcome October is the only month that I actually received all I should have. Because i haven’t received a response to all my emails I am canceling my subscription!


So disappointed, I too got the Temptu, I am a long time subscriber. No Ofra or Cargo products. The box is a good value, but I hate having box envy, this makes me think Boxy is under appreciating me and if that is the case, I will take my business elsewhere.


Mine was 0.88 oz, I received the Cargo and Tempura. Everything else is same as Liz’s box – except for no lip product. But happy to have the Cargo! It’s really nice!
Happy to have it. Tempura will be going up for swap!


I emailed Boxycharm asking why my box hasn’t shipped and they replied back saying that I should be receiving it on Monday. They listed what it contains:

Luxie 3 Pc Brush Set
IBY Eyeshadow Palette
Temptu Bronzer
Briogeo Blowdry Cream
Ofra Highlight

My box weight was .6


I got the same thing! I was really excited when I opened it plus it was my first boxycharm box. Value of $148.46 you can’t beat that!


So did you get what they listed?? I’m anxiously waiting for mine and it’s the same weight!!

rosa santana

I received the same items and my box weight was .9

Youre getting the ofra highlighter?!! So jealous!! The only thing liked was the brushes :/


New subscriber for boxycharm. When can I sign up for November box and is there a promo code for first time subscribers?


There is almost never a promo code for boxycharm. I waited several months for one and couldn’t wait any longer. But, that just means you’re closer to one possibly ?


Mine says .7 so I have no idea what that is going to mean in relation to everyone elses .88 & .6 My daughters box says .88 I guess we will see on Tuesday.


I’m kinda disappointed by the brushes, don’t get me wrong I love getting brushes & they’re individually great. But all 3 of them are blending brushes that are only a tiny bit different in size. Feel like it would have been better to have maybe a packing, blending, & precision brush trio instead so there’s more variety in trying the brand.


I have not seen anyone with anything other than Temptu, including me. Why bother to tease & not follow through?


I got that stupid temptu as well, I am PALE. Totally not worth the work it would take to have it look good on me. That’s all I’ve been seeing anyone get.


I’m pretty pale too and think the bronzer works fine for me. It’s very sheer and subtle if you use the right amount.


If you just use a drop of the temptu it actually is pretty sheer. It’s not super orange if you blend it out. I got the temptu and the cargo striped blush. I think everyone is getting the temp to and then some people are getting some of the other products instead of the liquid lipstick. I wish I had gotten the highlighter but I’m glad I got the cargo instead of the liquid lipstick.


I got the Ofta Highlighter and the Temptu! I emailed them and they told me that is what I’ll be receiving. The only thing I won’t get is the lip product and I’m totally okay with that.


How much does your box weigh?


I originally subbed to Boxycharm because I thought everyone got the same stuff & wouldn’t have to miss out on what others got instead. I’m so disappointed with this box, I’m pale & air dry my hair so I can only use the eyeshadow & brushes. Seems kinda messed up for Boxycharm to tease Ofra, then give Temptu. On their Facebook post were they asked people what product they wanted, every comment I saw said people wanted either Ofra or Cargo blush. Seems pointless to ask what people want, then completely ignore. If Boxycharm isn’t gonna have identical boxes, I wish they had some sort of profile like Birchbox so people could at least get bronzer that matches their skin tone.??


Hopefully I can trade the Temptu!!?


I got my box today and the Luxie brushes were missing. The brush box was there but no brushes. Did this happen to anyone else?


I received my box. I love the Temptu bronzer. Its got shimmer “fun”! The brushes are nice! Lip paint stays on “wine color”! Iby beauty shadow creamy! Blow dry product it’s ok. My favorite is the bronzer! I’ve never tried their products. I have foundation that’s a little light I’m adding the bronzer to. Gives me a glow! I like it better than my benefit liquid bronzer. I love nyx liquid bronzer also. But the Temptu has more of a natural look and it’s buildable for lighter and darker skin tones.

April M

Mine arrived today and the weight on my tracking number said .3 lbs. the box says oct 2016 boxycharm kit. I got the shadow palette, Lucie brushes, temptu, briogeo and the cargo beachblush

April M

Oops it says kit 3. Missed the 3


My box just arrived. Although my shipping weight showed 0.6 lbs from FedEx, my box is the exact same as Liz’s ? I guess I’ll be mixing Temptu with lotion for my legs all winter long!


Mine came today. It was .9 lbs. I got the temptu ?. I should have known better. I always hope for the best and always get the worst. I haven’t seen anyone get anything else yet, though. I got a completely different lippie. Japonesque lip lacquer in teinte. Not sure what I think of this. It’s not red (but I look good in red). It’s pretty on my hand, but I think it is too coral-ish for my skin. I also much prefer matte lipsticks and this is very Shiney. Not terribly long lasting on my hand either. I’m somewhat disappointed, but the palette and hair stuff make up for it. I HATE the temptu. I am to the point that I will cancel ANYTHING sub that sends me a bronzer unless the rest of the box is amazing. So incredibly sick of getting bronzers.


I was disappointed too….I got the dreaded Temptu, and I am very fair. I have absolutely no use for it at all. The brushes will be gifted, as Ipsy is sure to keep me well-stocked (they send me an eyeshadow brush in every bag). The palette was nice…..gorgeous copper color in the middle. The hair protectant was a meh for me. I also received another product variation that wasn’t advertised……I didn’t get the Starlooks and in it’s place was a Japonesque lip gloss. It was a reddish color that had orange undertones……no way I could wear that color. I am no fan of Starlooks but the color and the matte formula were much better than the lip gloss. Does anyone know if the Japonesque was a leftover from a previous box?

Did ANYONE get the Ofra? I have seen a few of the Cargo items but not the Ofra.


I saw one person say they got it. It was their first box and they got the ofra and the cargo blush, plus no lipstick (iirc) but an eyeliner instead. Sounds like a fantastic box ?


Just saw that my box is 0.88.
Guess I am getting the same box, too.
Only have 1 or 2 months left on my sub. I really don’t like that they are starting the box variations, concerned that they will start to be like Glossy. I do like the Lippie, and the brushset, interested in trying the hair product (since I have just changed my hair color). Don’t need anymore bronzers or nude eyeshadow pallets, please. I might can use the Temptu bronzer with a light moisturizer on my face. (Gma was reg Cherokee, so I have a bit of a darker base tone..)


Mine was .88 and I got the Temptu.


According to FedEx my box weight 0.6 lbs…I’m a little nervous what that means for the contents :/


I also received my box today and it was 0.88 and I received the same box as Liz! Good luck to the heavier boxes as I hope you get the OFRA highlighter!


For those of you trying to figure out the box by weight my box weighed .8 and I received the same exact items as Liz.


Really wish I had skipped this box this month ?


I’m a little surprised that my box hasn’t even shipped yet when I’ve usually received it by now. Can’t wait, I’m impatient after seeing this.


That’s a GOOD thing, the Temptu went out first. Mine hasn’t shipped yet either but I emailed them and they told me I will receiving the OFRA highlighter AND the Temptu. No Lippie. Good luck!


My box just shipped and it says 1.4 lbs. Very nervous now but as long as they don’t take the brushes or the eyeshadow palette out of my box in place of one of the “non-temptu” items I’ll be good. The weight variations seem kind of strange but it would be nice to get the ofra item or BOTH of the cargo items, I like using powder bronzers, highlighters and blushes as eyeshadow.


I got my box today, and I received temptu, luxie brushes, briogeo, eyeshadow palette and the japonesque lip lacquer. The lip color is thick and super pink, lol. I can’t pull it off so will give to my daughter.


My box weight says the same as yours, wonder what we’re getting, I’m excited 🙂 Love Boxycharm!!! Mine should be here this weekend!


Yes, very excited now. Seeing that the .8lb boxes have the Temptu is making me itch for my box. Just checked tracking and it’s in my state but has been held up about 2 hrs from me due to an “emergency”. Hopefully I still get my box! I love boxycharm too, I don’t know why I didn’t subscribe sooner.


My box is weighing in at .9lbs now I’m convinced I’m getting the teptu
Nooooo I don’t want it!!!!


Mine is .9 too. We shall see…. 🙁

rosa santana

My box weight was .9 and I got the ofra highlighter and the temptu also.

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