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BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review – March 2017

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanMar 16, 2017 | 88 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!


Naked Cosmetics Urban Rustic Eye Shadow Trio – Value $39.99

(All subscribers will receive this palette in their box!)


I love getting palettes in subscription boxes, and Boxycharm is great for sending them out frequently. These colors are a little out of my comfort zone, but I have a lot of brown/neutral palettes, so this is a nice change of pace!

The pigment and shimmer on these colors are amazing, too. (Swatched in lower photo.)


RealHer Lip Liner in I Am Precious – Value $12.50

(Subscribers may receive a different color.)


I’ve sampled this lip liner and liquid lip thanks to another subscription box (spoiler), and I love them! They both have excellent staying power and the pigment is great, too.


And the liner matches the liquid lipstick perfectly:


RealHer Matte Liquid Lipstick in I Deserve The Best – Value $15

(Subscribers may receive a different color.)


The formulas of these lips products are paraben, phthalate, and sulfate free! (Cruelty-free, too!)


Here is the lip liner and liquid lip swatched underneath the eye shadow trio:


Amazing pigment all around!


Crown Brush Deluxe Fan Brush – Value $19


This oversized fan brush is amazing! It’s super soft, and perfect for applying highlighter.


Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer – Travel Size Value $16

This is one of the first primers I’ve ever sampled and I still use it whenever I get it in a box! It’s a classic oil-free primer that creates a smooth base for applying foundation.


Verdict: This box has a value of about $102! As always, the value for Boxycharm is amazing! I really love this box, too. The lip colors are perfect for me, the fan brush is my new favorite makeup tool, the primer is always good, and I’m going to try out some new looks with the palette. (I’ll probably stick to only one color in a look, though.)

What do you think of the March 2017 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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I am so upset. I just got my March box, and instead of getting a lip liner with a matching matte liquid lipstick, I got the liner and something called BeautyforReal blush + go. So now I have a lip liner that I can’t use because I don’t have its match, and something I won’t use, without Boxycharm advertising any variations for that certain item, which was the entire reason I purchased March’s box.


I wasn’t over the top on this box. I’m a fair skinned redhead. These colors were way too dark for me – I’m speaking mainly of the lipliner and lipstick, but also of the same dark color in the eyeshadow palette. I’ll use the primer but the rest will either go in a Halloween box or maybe I’ll give it to a cousin or donate. Wish I’d received a mascara like someone else, I always love those 🙂 Although I have a whole pile of them just waiting to be used up.


I’ve been using this box for a week now, and just had to leave a comment: all those who were afraid of the eyeshadow pallet – try it! The colours really are very wearable and the naked cosmetics eyeshadow quality is amazing! You don’t need a heavy hand, and the colours are beautiful natural and spring like. Sure, you can glam it up bold if you put more on, but they really are beautiful on your skin.

Teresa L Koedyker

I would love to see a light weight foundation!!


I am not hating on BOXYCHARM, but they REALLY meant what they said when they labeled this box as creepy, but definitely not cute!!!! OK, that was a little strong….I love the palette, the brush seems nice and the primer is ok. But the Real Her lip liner and lipstick???? They are a rusty orange with a yellowish tint. Think a little more orange than mustard. Seriously…..I do not know ANYONE who could wear these. I love pinks, berries, wines, occasional cool Reds, almost ANYTHING but the orange/brown family. And I had no idea that there was ever a yellow tinted lip product. YUCK!!!!! I would be embarrassed to even donate this. I guess it can go to my nieces for dress up or Halloween. Wow.

Lucy Seay

I feel exactly the same I got an orange lipstick and liner, nothing like everyone else, I’m fair skin and blonde hair, looks sooo bad on me, I even embarrassed to give it away , due the horrible color.. just can’t


I just got my box and I am living…LIVING for this lip kit. I got the same box and Liz and I couldn’t be happier. This brush is dense but super soft. I probably won’t use it for a face brush since I have my specific brushes for my face. But this is perfect for dusting off excess chrome pigment when I do my nails (I do my own gel nails). I think this is the first box that I won’t be gifting anything to my sister-in-laws. Woot Woot!

Probably going to stay with Boxy for a very long time


You know what… I opened the smashbox primer and apparetly it had separated from lack of movement and this oil liquid cane out.

So I beat the living business out of it against my hand since shaking it wasn’t enough…. BOOM! MAGIC! Works like primer I know and love. <3


I’m crying right now!!! My box….which was shipped out on the 10th…. is now on its way from California. I’m in missouri. I know shipping was messed up this month, but really?? Is this happening to anyone else?


I just got my box today!


Hi! My lip liner tip was broken and I can’t figure out how to screw the lip liner up…does anyone know?

debbie platt

OMG! That’s why I’m on this site trying to figure out same thing. My lip liner is broken too!


I know these comments are from nearly a week ago, but if you’re still checking — you can sharpen it! The pencils are like Colourpop; it looks like you can’t sharpen it, but you can with any old standard makeup pencil sharpener.


It’s not a twist up. Although it doesn’t look like it, you can sharpen it. 🙂


This is probably a silly question, but does anyone know if the trio palette mirror has a removable film? I started fooling around with the mirror, trying to remove a film (a pet peeve of mine!) but it looked like I was scratching the corner so I stopped.


There was no plastic “sticker” to pull off but rather an unattached plastic cover that could easily fall off when opening.


I love the lip color Liz got! But when I went to the real her website, the color looks way different. Is it just me? I got the fearless colorway to red..


I received the same box as Liz. Overall, I’m happy with the box. I am a little disappointed that the primer is not full size…..that’s a first for me with Boxycharm, I’ve been subscribed for over a year. I love the fan brush, as I did not receive one yet, its quite nice. The eyeshadows are quite pretty, not my normal style, but very pretty. I love lip products, so I was so happy to get the set. Love Boxycharm!

Kaitlynn Marie

I’m seriously thinking of cancelling Ipsy for this.


Don’t so many women have even received the March box (myself included) and there account was charged. When emailing customer support they didn’t even respond.


I cancel ipsy this month…just to get boxycharm next month!!!


I’m getting this unloading of products where they had overstock (the Smashbox), products that couldn’t sell (that Crown brush), and smaller and newer brands trying to get marketing (the RealHer, Naked Cosmetics) vibe from this box.

I wouldn’t have on my own actually been willing to pay for anything in this month’s box. This is contrast to the February box where I would have been willing to purchase most, if not all, those products on my own.

I know people are saying the Smashbox might be useful, but Smashbox has released their next generation formula primer water already and this is old technology.


I wish they had done this for fall.. nothing against boxycharm (not unsubbing unless the value/quality starts going down hill, I share with my daughter) but between my oh 5 beauty boxes I got 4 copper eyeshadows! And the 5th box isn’t here yet. Everybody month since November I’ve got often a copper shadow atleast in one box. WE are copperhead out. I think I have every tone of coppe. i there was a way to beg for no more copper lol. Oh well perhaps if I can keep my daughter from testing every one of them I can swap the next batch lol. This was the first time in a yr I’ve been disappointed usually I like atleast 1 thing.


I must be the only person who got mascara instead of lip liner 🙂 I’m happy with that though !


I got the mascara and lip liner but no lipstick


Me too and I honestly want to cry about it. The mascara is useless for me.


I received the lipstick in I am Queen and when i tried it on, it got really sticky and patchy. I wasn’t able to remove it easily even with a remover. Is the consistency same for everyone else?


Mine was really sticky too, especially when I put on the liner and then the lipstick. It’s not too bad on its own but it definitely is not made to be layered!

Also- did anyone else notice the size difference between the liner from here and the one from FFF? They both say they are the same size but the one from FFF is almost an inch shorter.


I swatches it on my arm (same shade) I still have a bit of tint on my arm two showers 3 baby wipes later! I forgot about my oil based makeup remover going to try that! Goodness!


Mine required eye makeup remover pads and it pulled the peach fuzz out near my lips when I scrubbed it off!


I got my box today and I really don’t like the eye shadows colors after trying them on. The matte lip is a great color for me but very very drying. The brush looks really good quality. I got a starlooks brand lip liner. Excited to try the primer. Really disappointed in the shadows since I went into it with an open mind and they just look horrible on me.


I wasn’t planning on keeping the eyeshadow palette, but I couldn’t stop myself from swatching it! They are a nice creamy consistency, and I blended all three colors together to make a warm brownish/coppery shade that is a little more “everyday” wearable. I am in love with Real Her cosmetics now after receiving them in subscription boxes (boxycharm and beautybox 5). I got a lip pencil in I am Unique and a liquid lipstick in I am Fearless. They are both like a berry color. This month’s fan brush is way better than the last one (it didn’t pick up much product at all) and I haven’t tried the primer before. I wish I could’ve also gotten the real her colors that Liz got (in addition to mine)!!


If I sign up for a subscription to this box today, will it begin with this box that’s featured? Also what is a swap and how does that work? Thanks for any info I’m new to subscriptions.


I think Boxycharm always let you know if you’re getting this month’s box or not on their website. I think most people are usually on a waitlist when they subscribed and around 20th day of the month they let you know whether you’re off the waitlist or not. If you’re off the waitlist, you’ll get that month’s box.

Swap is one function of this website where you can sign up and list products from subscription boxes that you don’t plan to use and swap with other users. More information is available in the forum. I hope that helps!


I’m a tiny bit annoyed they called this theme creepy cute when it’s not even near it. It’s just so weird that they would call it a very specific look then not follow through. Those eyeshadows look amazing but $40 for 3 of them?! Seems like a price grab to make the book seem of higher value. Heck, you can get a naked palette for a bit more than that and it has 12 shades.


I agree about the theme–I was so excited when I opened the box and saw the cute/creepy card with its fun pastel colors and adorable little ghosts on the back . . . and then I looked at all the makeup and the shades look like very rich, dramatic fall colors. It’s not that I even dislike the contents, but what the heck does the theme have to do with what we actually got?


I absolutely love my box this month. I have the eye shadow on now, its gorgeous and blends out beautifully. I am not one to subscribe to “fall” colors, i just love color!!
That brush is seriously amazing. It feels so substantial in my hand and very easy to use. I used it for contouring this morning and I wish I had more like it. The lipstick and liner I got are not colors I can pull off so those are hopefully going to be swapped for something I can wear. The primer is also welcome.


These eyeshadow colors are on trend for Spring 2017! Can’t wait to get my box.


ANOTHER FREAKING BRUSH!! Omg I’m going to literally scream and pull my hair out!


Then don’t subscribe to them. I’m tired of people complaining about getting palettes or brushes all the time. That’s what Boxycharm is known best for, palettes and brushes. At least they’re good quality and for a $21 box, i don’t know how you can complain…. unsubscribe if your so unhappy cause i love Boxycharm and i don’t know why people complain so much but yet still stay subscribed?


I have got to be the only one on this “complainers” list that think Boxy Charm is the best ever! Every single box I have gotten I love. The value is incredible! It was refreshing to see someone stand up for Boxy! Not any of the complainers are willing to spend $100 a month on makeup! BC4L! Boxy Charm for Life!


I cancelled this sub box. It was a good run, but some box i got was like a leftovers products. I switched to asian beauty boxes now.


Which Asian beauty boxes did you subscribe to?


I hope I get the same lip kit you did. Those colors are great. Although I love the palette, I agree with many others that the theme of the box and the palette colors seem much more suited to October/Fall/Halloween. I wonder what the story is on that…

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