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BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review – February 2017


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!


Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator – FULL SIZE! Value $79

Boxycharm sends out box variations each month, but all subscribers get this awesome item! It’s a highly-rated cult favorite beauty product, and this may be the first time I’ve seen the full-size version in a subscription box!

If you aren’t familiar with this exfoliator, it is an ultra-fine scrub you can use 1-2 times a week. I love the minty fresh scent, and how smooth it makes my skin feel. (I’ve seen a lot of reviewers mention it helped them with whiteheads/acne, etc.)

(Good to know for swaps: this item has an inner foil seal.)


Royal & Langnickel OMNIA Eye Kit Brush Duo – Value $30

(UPDATE: This item won’t be in all boxes, but all subscribers will receive some variation of makeup brushes.)


These brushes are gorgeous! I love the two tones of metal.


The Rose Gold brush is a detail brush, made for getting detailed lines around the eyes, and the Gold Brush is a shader brush, made for sweeping eyeshadow on the eyelid and blending.


Juice Beauty Reflecting Gloss in Fig – Value $15


I was pleasantly surprised to see this lip gloss in the box! (I could be wrong, but I don’t think Boxycharm has featured Juice Beauty before.)

This is one of my favorite natural/organic beauty brands, and I love their lipgloss. It adds a little shimmer, shine, and color. The best part? NO stickiness!

(Swatched in lower photo.)


2 Makeup Geeks Shadows – Value $6 Each

All subscribers will receive two shadows (colors will vary).

Here is a closer look at the shadows:


Makeup Geeks Shadow in Bitten – Value $6

This is a maroon matte with lots of pigment.


Makeup Geeks Shadow in Glamourous  – Value $6

This shade is a shimmery gold/bronze.

Here are both shades swatched beneath the lip gloss:


The lipgloss gives a sheer wash of color, and the two eyeshadows have excellent pigment!


Z-Palette – Value $14

(This will be in all boxes.)


I love that Boxycharm included z-palette! They often include pan-only makeup items, so this is a perfect addition for subscribers.


And it includes metal stickers to apply to pans you want to add. Here is with the two Makeup Geek shadows:


It will hold up to 9 standard sized pans!

Verdict: This box has a value of about $150! As always, the value for Boxycharm is amazing! This is one of my favorite Boxycharm boxes yet! I love all the brands included, and I’m always happy to get gorgeous makeup brushes and a z-palette in a box!

What do you think of the February 2017 Boxycharm 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!

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, BoxyCharm Reviews, Makeup Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: boxycharm | 83 comments

Comments (83)

  1. I cancelled Boxy awhile back because I need to go through all my sub box stash. This looks like a great box, but reminds me a lot of one they already did. I got a Z palette and 2 MG pans with a 2 brush set from them last year sometime. But it WAS one of my favorite boxes I received, so I hope everyone who got it loves it! I am jealous of the microdermabrasion product – love that stuff.

    I’ll be back eventually, if I ever get another Beauty sub (I still get Glossy, but I have it locked in at a low rate that makes it worth it…plus I feel it’s more skincare, and I’m at an age where I can use that – even though this is more fun). I still get RZBOS and am getting my first Oui Please box…we’ll see if I stick with that or not.

    • Just to let you know, the spring FabFitFun box has a full size Dr Brandt’s microderm abrasion.

  2. SUPER disappointed in my experience with Boxycharm this month. I was pulled off their waitlist and charged on Feb. 15…as of March 1, I still had not received a shipping notification. Finally received my box today, and the curation gets a big thumbs-down!

    I’m thinking they removed too many people from the waitlist and had to scramble to fill orders…the zpalette I received was leopard print, not the exclusive black Boxycharm print advertised. My Makeup Geek shadows are “Barcelona Beach” and “Tan Lines”, which are just brown and brown. The brushes and Bellapierre lip liner (in “Cinnamon”) are from their Jan. 2016 and Dec. 2015 boxes. And my item card doesn’t even list the lip liner (it says instead that I’m supposed to be getting the “Kiss Proff Lip Creme” – way to proofread!).

    Hopefully some of the other waitlisted customers had better luck than me, because while the value is technically there, this definitely looks and feels like a box of leftovers. And since their customer service is lacking, there’s no one I can really complain to.

    • I got my box today too…at first glance, I thought the shadows were the same shade! After I swatched them I could see a slight difference. I don’t mind it though as I’m just starting my makeup collection after many years without! I was also pleased with the rest of the box, but this is my first Boxy Charm, it’s all brand new to me!

    • Sorry to hear that! I got on the waiting list February 17, got charged on February 27th and received the February box yesterday…same box as everyone got in February…my eye shadows are Prom Night and Cherry Cola, and received the Juice gloss in Fig. Wondering how many people got shut out of that box and replacements…

      • I got off the list around the same time as you and got the same box as you with the Omnia brushes. No replacements. I would have also been so upset.

  3. What a bummer. I signed up for Boxycharm too late for February and got an email that my first box won’t be the February box. Mainly wanted it for the Dr Brandt, such an amazing product. Hoping future boxes would carry it again full size.

    • Laarni, I just saw today that the FFF box is having a full sized Dr. Brandt. Maybe you can get that box if you haven’t already.

  4. My box arrived today. it’s my first BoxyCharm. Was on the waitlist and was excited to receive the Feb box. My box is the same as Liz’s with the exception of shadow colors – mine are Prom Night, which is really pretty, and Cherry Cola which is very dark. I still can’t believe how amazing this box is for only $21. I can’t wait to try the dr. brandt exfoliator. I would never splurge on that for myself. I love the juice beauty gloss. I put it on a soon as I opened the box – 2 hours later and it looks exactly the same as when I put it on. Plus it has a nice taste to it. So glad I cancelled GlossyBox for BoxyCharm.

    • I just got mine… i got it bc of the dr. Bandt n the brushes so everything else was extra to me… i got tje colors u did of shadow… not colors i will ever wear …. i hoped for the colors liz got

    • Zo, we are box twins! It’s my first Boxycharm too and I am so happy I signed up. I love it!

    • Box twins! So happy w the feb box. Retail value of $150 for $21!!! Looking forward to march and getting more boxycharm boxes 🙂

  5. to anyone who got the February box…
    my box is on its way but just curious; the weight of my package is 0.8 lbs, can anyone let me know what the box came with in this weight? Super impatient and I’m just dying to know haha

    • Mine was the same weight, and I received the small Z Palette, two Makeup Geek eye shadows, the dr. Brandt microdermabrasion, Luxie Beauty brush set, and a doucce lipstick.

    • My was the same as this box was .8lbs

    • I got the same box as Liz, except different color eyeshadows and mine weighed .8 lbs

    • Mine was the same weight and was the same as lizs but with different eyeshadow colors (makeup geek brand).

  6. I am one of those people who was waitlisted last month and got off the waitlist for Boxycharm in mid-February. I received my Boxycharm box in the mail today and just wanted to let those who have gotten off the waitlist and are waiting for their box that is still the February box with the advertised new products and not leftovers.

    I received the small Z palette, the Omnia eye brushes, the Juice Beauty lipgloss in Fig, two Makeup Geek eyeshadows (in Cherry Cola and Prom Night), and last but not least, the Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion that was completely full.

    • Yeah! My box comes tomorrow. I was wondering if the box would have the same items as those that got their boxes early in the month. So glad to hear they do. Thanks!

    • Yay! I was hoping it wouldn’t be leftovers or missing something. Mine gets here the 28th.

    • What was your box weight? I get mine on wed next week and it is .8 lbs. I would love the variation that you got.

      • My box was 0.8 lbs too. I hope you get the same box.

    • I was also on the waitlist and received this exact same box! Love it!

  7. Just got off the waitlist!!! At the last minute, so excited😀

    • When did you sign up?

  8. This Dr.Brandt scrub was AMAZING.

    With my skin type on my face it can get a little sensitive with exfoliators…


    I brought it with me when I went to get a pedicure and my feet feel AMAZING. Plus it weirds me out a little when they use their own scrub and you don’t know what they use. Also I have been using it in the shower for my feet and my legs before shaving.


    Just saying..

  9. I got mine today. I’m happy to get the Dr Brandt to try, and somewhat okay with the Brushes I got (Sedona Lace ones).

    But I am *beyond* annoyed that out of all the really nice lipsticks there were in other variation boxes this month, I got yet another BRIGHT RED Japonesque brand lipstick. I’m so over this brand and getting bright red lipstick in general, in subscription boxes. What is UP with subscription boxes and their bright red lipsticks? Very few people can wear them, so why send them out if you want people to try them. They’re impossible to swap cause people are like me, and over the amount of them too. Gah. Very annoying, BoxyCharm.

  10. The Dr. Brandt item is enough to make me happy. I’ve been eyeing it for awhile on Birchbox after getting some samples the product but $79 is too steep and Boxy Charm came through.

  11. I loved the box this month! I got the real girl lipstick and I love that brand so much. BB5 introduced me to it a couple months ago.

  12. I was pretty “meh” about the spoilers for this month…and then the box arrived and OH MY GOD FAVORITE BOX EVER!
    The z-pallet is a godsend! I didn’t think it would be that exciting…but I can’t wait to fill it up with goodies!
    I received the purpletter and grey eyeshadow colors (I forgot the names) and Im so excited that they are fun shades to play around with.
    I got the same brushes as Liz, and they’re so stinking cute!
    I was so glad to see the real her lipstick in my box…and it’s in the shade “boss”. Gorgeous!! And, killer name. Ha.
    I havent heard of Dr Brandt products before…but I’m excited to try it out! Most seem pretty excited about it…so I’m optimistic that I’ll love it too.

    I still can’t figure out how boxy does it…$153? Damn! So glad I jumped on this subscription bandwagon…my makeup collection has grown so quickly, without having to spend a fortune.

  13. I love Boxycharm! I wish they would use regular mail instead of FedEx because it takes 3 weeks to get to me! Makes me crazy!! Once the post office gets it, I receive it in a day. FedEx has had it in Indiana for over a week and they just extended delivery to Illinois until the 21st.

    • Or use fedex air instead of FedEx ground :). I’m worried about my boxes in the summer heat this year sitting in a truck driving cross country for a week!

  14. I got this exact same box with one small exception…instead of the shade Glamorous, I got Creme Brûlée which is a medium matte sand and I love it! It’s perfect for me since I prefer mattes and rarely wear any shimmery colors. This is hands down the best subscription beauty box I’ve ever received!

    • Box twins! I LOVE this box! I’m so glad I joined BoxyCharm in early January, since there is now a waiting list. This is best beauty sub of all! I still love ipsy and will be keeping it, but BoxyCharm has blown me away!

      • It’s my favorite sub! I always love most if not all of my items. 😊

  15. Already swapped my Dr Brandt this morning. I love my box especially now since I swapped for things I really wanted.

  16. FYI- This box is sold out! And what really irritated me was they didn’t bother to tell me until AFTER I signed up and gave my cc#!

    • trust me this box got me very upset. the only good thing in it was the lipstick and facial scrub . i got a repeated set of brushes from like November and also the eye shadow colors were very alike and boring like a light brown color . very upset with this box

      • Same here!!! I got the same three-pack of Luxie eyeshadow brushes we got a few months ago, the same two brownish MUG shadows, and a matte bright red doucce lipstick. Not my most exciting box.

      • That’s exactly what I got too! Kinda disappointed in the shadow colors and I like the lipstick but have so, so many bright reds that I can’t wear… my favorite box in months though haha! Been eyeing the dr Brandt for a year but refused to spend that much in it and the z palette is awesome and the MUG shadows are cool even if the colors are kinda lame lol and brushes are brushes I can never have enough

      • Elizabeth, someone commented on my Instagram Boxycharm picture and said to contact them about the brush duplicates and they would replace them. I took her advice, and they are sending me a different brush set with my next box and told me to keep the Luxie brushes as a gift! ❤

  17. I got the exact same variation except I got Makeup Geek Creme Brulee instead of Glamorous. I love everything this month. I was hoping for different eyeshadow shades only because I already had Bitten and Creme Brulee. I am hoping to swap for Glamorous and Cherry Cola.

  18. I have had Boxycharm off and on. This box was the best one yet. I liked EVERY product. I just wish it was more consistent for me. We will see what next month brings before I decide to cancel again. Wonderful job on February’s box though, Boxycharm!

  19. So excited! I was bummed today when I looked at my tracking info this am and realized I wont be recieving this til next wednesday and the entire last week I thought it was this Wednesday. 😔
    Guess I still have it to be excited about..

    • This is what happened to mine! It shipped on the 7th and I have been waiting in anticipation ever since. I finally got a delivery date of the 15th, then it was changed to the 17th, then FedEx updated to the 21st! 😟

  20. I think someone stole my box :'( It was supposedly delivered yesterday, but package services in my apt didn’t put it in my room today or yesterday. I emailed Boxy to see if they can maybe help but if they oversold…who knows. Sigh.

  21. Anyone get a box that weighs 1.5lbs??? I’m a little concerned because all the reviews I’ve been watching have weighed 1lb or less. I didn’t redeem anything. Hoping they didn’t ship me the wrong box or something.

  22. Can’t wait to get mine!

  23. In my box I had:

    – Shadows in Barcelona Beach and Unexpected (which are both basically matte browns…I’ll definitely use them but they aren’t very exciting)
    – Japonesque Pro Performance Lipstick in Shade 2, which is a gorgeous light pink, just a little brighter than Bobbi Brown Sandwash Pink
    – Royal & Langnickel brush duo

    This is hands down my favorite box!

  24. Still waiting on mine!! I’m hoping for the 3pc brush set with the liner brush. Also would love to try the real her lipstick. That juice beauty lipgloss is pretty good my lips soak it up but my complaint is that it doesn’t last I end up using so much of it reapplying it goes fast so maybe I should be hoping for that instead lol

  25. I got my BoxyCharm box today!! Happy Valentine’s Day to me <3.

    *My eyeshadow pans came in the colors
    Glamorous and Beaches & cream

    *My brush set is the Trio Eye Kit by Sedona Lace. They are a very pretty black and purple set. Super soft.

    *My lipstick is the Pro Performance Lipstick by Japonesque. Shade #04 Teinte. It's a pretty red shade. Red isn't really my color but I will give it a try and if it doesn't work well I will pass it along to a friend.

    I'm very please with my BoxyCharm box!!

  26. I am a longtime subscriber, and I received a very nice 3-pc set of brushes that included a double-sided brow brush (so useful) a fine 45-degree tilted liner brush (a first from any box I’ve gotten), and a wider liner brush – all which make me very happy. I like it much more than the royal set of two brushes – those size brushes are so common I already have several.

    Glad I didn’t get MUG Bitten again – I received two similar lighter golden beiges which will be useful for me (neither was a duochrome, I think I got one matte and one shimmer).

    I didn’t get Juice Beauty gloss (I hate gloss so another win) but not RealHer lipstick either. I would’ve preferred RH over the Japonesque lipstick they sent me because it was a lovely plummy mauve shade on the tube end and even on the stick of lipstick itself, but unfortunately swatches as a garish fuschia. I hate that – how can the lipstick itself be so far off from the color it is on skin?

    Anyway so long story short, I received the the awesome Zpalette, Brandt, a 3-pack of fine brushes, and a Japonesque lipstick. All in all, I love the Z, MUG shadows, and the brushes so much I don’t care if I never use the Brandts or the Lipstick. Boxy’s the best!

    • You can tone that lipstick shade down with a brown or nude lip liner. I do it with lots of bright colors that I’m not fond of 🙂

      • Great idea. Thanks for the tip.

  27. I received everything but the lip gloss. In its place I received moisturizing lipstick by RealHer. The color is received was “Mauve”. The lippie applied easily, The color was a little too light for my skintone but it is a beauty — dusky pink. in the tube it appeared more neutral-beige.

  28. I got exact same box variation. Love it every single item.

    • Me too=)

  29. Uuggghhh I’m dying for my box but it always takes 12 days or so to get to me! #impatient

  30. The omnia eyeshadow brushes sadly are not in all boxes. There are 3 to 4 options. I and many others got the luxie brush trio from octobers box. There is also a trio brush set as well that’s a pretty black and purple colour.

    Also for lip item doucce matt lipstick is an option as well.

    Many charmers ( myself included) also note the dr brandt item seems almost empty. I had to squeeze the bottle prettt hard for anything to come out.

    • Where do they say this about the Dr. Brandt? I am wondering if they all feel partially empty? Maybe they usually come that way. I’m not sure.

      • My Dr. Brandt was completely full. I did not have to squeeze it much at all to get it out. It also comes with a foil seal on the tip…just FYI.

      • Oh, that’s great! Thanks.

    • Mine came late in the month and I don’t know if it is because BoxyCharm or the Dr. Brandt brand saw others comment on this, but mine came full if not overfilled. There was also a foil seal on it. I barely had to squeeze the tube to get product out.

  31. There could also be a variation with the brushes! I’ve seen someone who’s gotten three smaller brushes.

    • Sedona Lace brushes!

    • Thanks for letting me know. I’ll update the post!

      • You’re welcome 🙂

  32. 😢 Still on the waitlist! Maybe someone will swap with me, I just wanted the z palette and eyeshadow pans, and maybe the brushes. I do not care about the Dr. Brandt, because I got so many with my Macy’s and Allure. I’m happy for the rest of you, truly!😊

    • Fingers crossed you get off the waitlist, soon! I have a subscription to this box in addition to the box they send me, so I’ll be doing a giveaway for the February box this weekend! 🙂

      • That’s great! I would love to win it! Thank you.

      • There website still says “Get the February box”. Very misleading. I signed up January 20th and am still on the waitlist. At that time I was supposed to be getting the January box (or so I thought). They need to take down their bad info that says if before this date..blah blah… and before this hour you will get current months box. It even goes into detail about they use UTC time so to remember daylight savings. I ordered a subscription for both my daughter and myself and cancelled one and went with Glossybox for her subscription. I’m not a patient person I’ll admit but this should have been known up front ~ not sent to me in an email after I gave them my credit card info.

      • I asked them about that the other day and they said because of the active waitlist they can not guarantee which box a person will get.😑

      • Today On snapchat they said they started removing people from the waitlist🙂

      • Oh that is exciting!!! This box is one of the best I’ve ever seen. I had been on the fence about joining then decided to subscribe and now wait listed…lesson learned. No more procrastinating.

    • I’m still on the waitlist as well. I signed up for the same reason- the z palette and eye shadows!

      • I see some on the swaps site! You should go on there. I hope someone accepts my swap.

      • I will be putting my Z pallet and eyeshadow pans up for swap as soon as I receive my box.

      • Or my Z Palette…lol, love that autocorrect

    • I just signed up on the 11th and was so surprised to see an email from boxy telling me im off the waitlist and my card had been charged. So there’s definitely a chance u could get February’s box!

      • Thank you for that! I was taken off the waitlist yesterday! I posted that under the waitlist post. So excited!

      • Me Too!! I just signed up on the 14th and got the email yesterday that my card was charged and I’m off the waitlist!!! YAYYYYY!!!!

      • I find this all a bit random and unfair, to be quite honest. I subscribed (a quarterly subscription) on 21 January. It’s now 22 February and I am still on the wait list. How they are working that list is beyond me, but I have emailed them, asking them to explain and advise if I’m likely to receive a February box.

      • I’m willing to bet that people that signed up for the yearly subscription got off the waiting list first, then the monthly, etc…
        Businesswise, it only makes sense that they would rather have someone who is guaranteed to get their box for a year, than someone like us, who can cancel at any time. Unfair? of course.

        Just a thought…

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