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BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review – October 2016


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!

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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!

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Comments (110)

  1. *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!

    • 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

      • .6

    • 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?

    • 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!

  2. 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.

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

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

  3. 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!! ❤❤

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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

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

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

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

      • 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!

  7. 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 ?

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

    • 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?

      • My box shipped out yesterday and weighs 0.9 lbs

    • 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.

      • 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 lipstick, seems a little brown to me. You aren’t missing much. I wanted the highlighter too.

      • 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.

  11. 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!!?

  12. 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?

  13. 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.

  14. 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

    • Oops it says kit 3. Missed the 3

  15. 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!

  16. 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 ?

      • Wow……that was a nice box!!! Happy for her, but sad for all of us who are holding a bottle of Temptu and not knowing quite what we should do with it……?

      • I got the Ofra and the Temptu. No lip product.

  17. 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..)

  18. Mine was .88 and I got the Temptu.

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

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

  22. Really wish I had skipped this box this month ?

  23. 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!

  24. 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.

    • 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 will be here tomorrow. Hopefully yours will get to you soon. I’ll post on here what I get 🙂 This is only my 4th month with Boxycharm, and I too wish I had subscribed sooner. I’m loving it!

    • 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.

  25. 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…. 🙁

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

  26. I get so impatient; mine hasn’t shipped yet. I hate waiting so long into the month before it even ships, and then another 5 to 10 days before I receive it. It’s not fair lol.

  27. I just resubscribed. Fingers crossed that I don’t get the temptu.

  28. Love getting lipsticks (especially in matte) in berry colors. So happy there’s no bright red or bright pink.. Tired of those colors. Super excited for this box & crossing fingers for the highlighter

  29. Liz,

    Do you know if we order it right now, will we get the October Box?

    • Yes, if you sign up now, you will get the October box! 🙂

      • Hey liz do you know if everyone is suppose to recieve the luxie brushes in the box?? Its the main reason i resubbed ?

      • Yes, the Luxie brushes should be in everyone’s box! 🙂

  30. Liz, can you tell me if the lippie, being matte, is drying or not?? I get chapped lips a lot. The matte finish ones that I have tried (other than OFRA) have been very drying.

    • I didn’t find it overly drying like some matte lip products can be. It definitely wasn’t moisturizing, though. (I still used a lip balm over it.)

      Hope that helps!

    • It it’s drying. This box was a buat. I got the temptu and it’s way too dark and orangey for me. Bad box boxycharm. Bad box.

  31. If I resubscribe today, will I get this box? It’s a definite win in my book!

    • Yes, you will get this box as your first box if you subscribe today! 🙂

  32. My box is on its way…shipping labels says it weighs 1.8 lbs…hoping that means I get the Cargo or Ofra.

    • Wouldn’t those things be much lighter than the cargo liquid bronzer? I hope for you I’m wrong but mine is 0.8 pounds. I wonder what in yours could be a full pound heavier…

      • The two heaviest items would be the hair stuff and the Temptu so at 1.8 Im betting those are both in there. Anything less than a pound would probably not include either one of them.

      • Wow. I didn’t realize not getting the hair stuff was even an option! I’m not sure I like this variation thing, even if I do end up on the favorable side, which we don’t know yet. I don’t think it’s fair and I like to know what’s going to be in my box before it comes.

      • They said some people would get two of the four varitations so who knows what all of the options are. Im just guessing with such a big difference in weight, the hair stuff would have to not be in there, ya know? Im fairly obsessed over my box at this point. No shipping email yet though. Sigh

      • 1 pound is a big difference! The Temptu is 30ml (1 ounce) so thats why I was thinking it was a compact of some sort (the Cargos are in a metal case). I could very well be wrong…at least there will be anticipation and suspense as I wait for this box =)

      • mine says .6 lbs? So weird.

      • Mine says .8 lbs. I wonder what this means?

      • Hmm mine is .6 lbs. I hadn’t thought about comparing the weights on this one. I thought the Briogeo was a slam dunk item. Now I’m even more confused lol.

      • I asked a YouTube what her box weighed today…she received the Temptu liquid Bronzer, Brigeo hair cream, Starlooks Lippie, eyeshadow trio, and the luxie eyebrush set. The exact same box Liz has pictured above. And she said the weight of her box was 0.8lbs.

    • Just gonna throw this out for those who care…
      Product weights:
      Briogeo 4 oz
      Temptu 1 oz
      Ofra highlighter 10 grams
      Cargo blush 9 grams
      Cargo bronzer 13 grams
      I’m a little obsessed with this variation business right now lol!!
      Mine shipped in the second batch and weighs in at .8

      • Ok, so Im super obsessed and had to hit up Google. There are about 28 grams in an ounce and 16 ounces in a pound but with the Temptu and the hair stuff, those are actually fluid ounces right? And those actual weights will vary depending on what the fluid is….

        I’ve already accepted that I might go crazy before my box gets here…

      • So what did you get????

    • Mine says .9 lbs. Hmmmmm

  33. So far none of the reviews I’ve seen have gotten anything other than the Temptu. I’m beginning to wonder how many Ofra highlighters/Cargo products they have.

    I wish there was some rhyme or reason to the variations.

    • At this point my only hope is that the first batch they shipped has the Temptu and other batches will have the Ofra or Cargo. I just got my email overnight so I wasn’t in the first batch. *keeping fingers crossed*

  34. Love this shimmer bronzer! I was wondering when I was getting another one

  35. I guess I’m the only one who isn’t thrilled with this month’s box. We’ve got the same eye shadow colors in the last 3 months. I can only use so many at a time. I wish they’d send us some different colors! I’m also not a fan of the varied boxes and am praying for the Ofra. I got the Temptu in Ipsy a couple of years ago and never used it. The full size would be wasted on me. By reading their fb page, I probably couldn’t even trade it away.

    • Yeah, nobody wants that stuff and even if they do, Im sure they will come to their senses and not give up whatever they do get instead.

    • I’m with you. I skipped this month because it just wasn’t for me.

      • Hey Ann, just wondering, how do you skip a box? Do you cancel and resub? Or is there an easier way? Thanks!

    • Please share why nobody would want it…I don’t have Facebook so I don’t know what you are saying….????

      • Kate, most of the people commenting over there do not want the Temptu. You can see unboxing videos on youtube already. The color is pretty dark and several of us prefer powder bronzer to the liquid, as well. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I do not get it. I have read comments about mixing a couple of drops in with lotion for an instant tan on legs/arms. If I end up with it, I’ll try it like that, I guess.

        Ann, I wish I had done that!! Debating on cancelling until I see November spoilers.

      • I wouldn’t mind getting it. As long as it’s super sparkly. I can’t tell by any of the pics or videos, though.

      • Well, I don’t want it because Im Casper the Ghost pale, I have no experience with liquid bronzers and it seems messy and time consuming. Im always rushing to get me and my daughter out the door in the morning so I don’t have time to meticulously blend it in or mix it with this and that. And I don’t bronze my body so that isn’t a practical use for me either, nor do I know anyone who would enjoy it as a gift.

      • I feel You. It probably is messy.

      • I can totally see myself having it on the back of my hand and forgetting to use makeup remover to take it off in my mad dash out the door then being stuck with a big splotch of brown on me all day. I don’t know if it washes off easily with soap and water…probably…but still messy and time consuming regardless.

    • Love luxie brushes and I can never have enough but I agree on the eye shadow. Plies being the same as last month and not wanting ANY MORE BRONZERS! It’s October lol

      • Thats what I said too, 3 bronzers? In October? I mean come on, I may live in CA but it’s not 90 degrees where I am, and I look like I’m trying too hard with shimmery bronzer on under my regular (read: horrible flourescent) office lighting. Rest looks good but not enough to chance it knowing my luck, lol! I never used the liquid bronzer from the first Sephora Play box, so that Temptu would be an even bigger fail for me. Good luck all!

  36. This box is growing on me. These eyeshadows look like a better quality than the last ones, in the unboxing videos anyway. And I don’t have a purple lippie yet. Plus the brushes! I really want those. Everyone on youtube has the Temptu too though. I don’t want that at all. I hope if nothing else, I get the powdered bronzer. I really want the highlighter though.

  37. Wow I love this, and this is why I shout from the rooftops how awesome Boxycharm is! But I do hate when they vary things – hopefully this time I get my pick (ofra)! Last thing I need is another temptu or cargo…

    • That Ofra highlighter looks amazing. Fingers crossed that you get it! 🙂

      • I have the OFRA and the Cargo– they are wonderful!!!

      • Their blushes are awesome. I about cried when they pulled out of the only Sephora near me years ago 🙁 I think Ulta has them online, at least.

  38. The last BoxyCharm I got was actually my favorite of all time (loved that eye shadow palette!), but this one looks pretty amazing too. I can’t wait to get mine!

  39. Yess!! I can’t wait to receive mine soon. Boxycharm is my favorite beauty box!!

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