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BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review – May 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!


IBY Powder Highlight & Contour Palette – Value $40

(Subscribers will either receive this palette or the Beauty Creations Contour Cream Palette)

This palette includes 3 pressed powder contours, and 3 pressed powder highlight shades.

I rarely do a full-contoured face, but I like contouring a bit around my hairline, so I was excited to try this. I like that the palette includes both warm and cool tones, and the pigment is good, too. The most important thing with contouring is being able to blend out the colors easily, and these formulas are perfect for that.

(Swatched in lower photo.)

TEMPTU x BoxyCharm Liquid Glow Hand Applied Highlighter – Value $24

This liquid highlighter was created for Boxycharm! It has a rose gold hue and a microshimmer finish (AKA it doesn’t look like you are wearing glitter on your face).  It’s super blendable, too.

You can use this blended in with your liquid foundation or apply it on top of makeup. And the great thing about liquid highlighters is you can use a few drops to add some shimmer to body lotion!

Here is the highlighter swatched above the contouring palette:

Paddle Brush from Crown – Value $24.95

This brush includes a cap cover!

I LOVE this brush! The bristles are so soft and densely packed – it is perfect for blending.

And the design makes it super easy to hold.

I appreciate that Boxycharm included this with the palette – they pair together really well.

The Convertible Brow from The BrowGal – Value $35

I’ve received this brow palette before thanks to the Spring 2017 BeautyCon Box, and it’s a great trio.

This set can be used as a powder with a dry application, or as a pomade when applied with a wet brush.

The pigment in these colors is great. And the pans are a good size for a brow powder – I think this will last me a year!

Here are all three shades swatched:

The Brow Brush from The BrowGal – Value $14

It also came with a spoolie/angled brush for application.

Verdict: This box has a value of about $138! As always, the value for Boxycharm is amazing! I think Boxycharm is a perfect subscription for people who love makeup. You’re going to get a lot of palettes, highlighters, etc., so it’s great if you want to build your collection and try all the things! (If you only need one highlighter/palette in your makeup arsenal, this might not be the best box for yo.)

What do you think of the May 2017 Boxycharm Box? What’s your favorite item?


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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, Makeup Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: boxycharm | 93 comments

Comments (93)

  1. I love this month’s box. I’ve been wanting to try a paddle brush for foundation and just haven’t gotten around to buying one, now I got a free one! It seems that no one wanted the cream palette and I admit I’m one that didn’t want it and was happy to get the powder. I love the Temptu highlight-a ton of people seemed to have a problem opening it (exploding) but I watched KathleenLights’ unboxing so saw that it was tricky. The brow palette I’m iffy over-I’ve tried powders with no luck but will try it again, could have been the product I was using. I love Boxycharm-I have never been disappointed and it is SO worth the $21.

    • Hey girl! If u wet the brush and dip it in the brow powder works amazingly!

  2. Hi ladies! Is someone getting a box that weights 0.6 lbs or already recieved a box with that weight? I’m really hoping that I don’t get the cream palette. Thank you!

  3. BoxyCharm knocked it out of the park again this month. I love all five items.

  4. I am pleasantly surprised with this box. Received the IBY powder palette (yay!) and I like the highlighter far more than I was expecting. I thought it would be a glitter bomb, but it can be sheered out for a very natural shimmer. I’m excited to try it mixed into foundation.

    BUT… this is a PSA for the highlighter. Mine had product stuck and the tip and it wouldn’t squeeze out at first. I cleared it with a needle and it still exploded a bit. This is a process best done over your sink!

    • I agree. I got my box today and I’m pleasantly surprised. The highlighter palette isn’t full of glitter so I’ll get more use out of it.

      The temptu is a beautiful shade but I’m wondering if these highlighters are accentuating my wrinkles.

      I needed a brow brush so this box is a win for me but I think I need to take a break from boxes for a little while. I went sort of crazy in the last few months now I’m on product overload!

  5. I got my box today, I was wondering did everyone that got the brow gal get 02 brown hair? It looks too dark but if we all got the same I’ll just give it a try. Luckily I got the powder highlight/contour but it looks dark too but I’m going to try it maybe with summer I’ll get tanned lol or fake it with all the fake tanners I’ve gotten this month. Not my fav month but better than last month for me.

    • I think everyone got the 02 brow palette. Has anyone received something different?

      • The light to dark covers 6 hues if you use the pomade method. Dyed dark violet hair can’t cover light blonde elsew, invisible brows/lashes isn’t my style. I’ve been waiting for shade options to give me some pretend brows, even if I’m still clueless about what their shape should be. The oval brushes are incredible, I have a 20pc variety set. (I highly recommended searching for the same if you liked them) The sizes/shapes make coverage a breeze and the mini oblong concealer brush deserves a medal!
        Btw, does anyone know how to get the reviewed products so few seem to receive? I’ve never been able to find out how that works. Thanks for your reviews, Liz!! You’ve spread your addiction and I love it!

  6. I got my box today! I was a bit underwhelmed before it came but now I’m pleasantly surprised.

    I was most surprised on the temptu highlighter… I was like most of you… ‘blaaahh… more highlighters 😩😩’ but I actually will be using it for a body shimmer! Yes! That’s right! I opened the bottle and the product came squirting out. I did not want to waste the makeup so I just rubbed it all over my arms and guess what?! It gave my arms the most beautiful sheen ever!!!! Your hands might get sparkly but soap and water will wash it off easily.

    So, if you are looking for other ways to use this product (since we are on highlighter overload I’m assuming) then use this on your arms and legs to have a beautiful glow for summertime!!!

  7. I just got my box today, and I wasn’t too excited when I saw the spoilers at first, but the items really are amazing. I already have the Anastasia Beverly Hills powder contour that I love, so I wasn’t worried about which palette I would get. I received the IBY palette, and I am in love again. The powders are so smooth and blend so easily (dare I say, a touch easier than the ABH palette, which has been my holy grail item). The shades of each color are pretty different than the ABH, so much that I think I will end up using shades from both palettes. Where one is ashy
    The highlighter is a nice rose gold, subtle shimmer. It feels really hydrating. I don’t think I would want it on my face, just because it is a little runny and could look sloppy really easily, but these temptu liquid bronzers/highlighters work wonderfully for body. The shade is also minimal enough that mixing it with a matte foundation on a dry day would like really nice, I think. Browgal is fine, I will certainly use it, but I don’t get the hype for that brand.
    Funny, the spoilers really weren’t exciting, and it felt like a small box until I received it, and I think it might be my favorite. I never would have bought any of the items, so kind of fun to try something I wouldn’t have otherwise. Great box. I think the contour in creams is probably nice, though I am glad I got the powder. I haven’t talked to anyone who got the cream contour set, but hoping that is as impressive as the IBY.

    • Oops, missed a part. The shades between the two have a mix between ashy and warm, so give a lot of versatility.

    • I had the same experience! I was dreading this box but when I received it yesterday I was pleasantly surprised – it might be my favorite box yet, I think it’s the first where I will definitely use ALL the products. <3

  8. This month is a home run for me. I was lucky and got the powder palette. I am older and I prefer matte eyeshadows so these are perfect for that.
    I love the BrowGal palettes for both brows and eyeshadows. Most brow shades are too dark for me. ( I am a very fair skin redhead) but the lightest shade is perfect for me!
    The paddle brush is so soft and having a cover is win. In the notes it does say that this brush is best used for cream based products. It works well with powders, too.
    The Temptu is a subtle rosy glow. It mixes with foundation, moisturizer or even face oil.
    Best box of the month for me!

  9. I just received my box today and I’m pleasantly surprised at the quality of every single item! The brushes are high quality, and both the powder palettes look like they can be as natural or as dramatic as you like. The liquid highlight really is a subtle glow when blended, so it’s not too shimmery at all. Very very impressed! As just a regular makeup lover, I think ill be using every one of these items.

  10. I have a question! I’m new to BoxyCharm and I got put on the waiting list. I got an email yesterday (5/12/17) saying that I am now off of the waiting and it charged my card. Does that mean I’m getting the May box? or am I getting next months box?
    Thank you! 🙂

    • You will get the box of the month that you were charged. So if it charged you card, that means you’ll be getting the May box as your first box.

      • oh yay!! thank you so much

      • How long were you on the waitlist?

      • I signed up on the 11th got off the waitlisr amd got my box yesterday

  11. I am just putting this out there and it’s just my opinion. It seems like most comments for this box has people saying they hope for the powder palette. So far every you tube reviewer has received that palette which leads me to believe us paying customers will probably get the cream palette. I’m hoping I’m wrong.

    • I got the IBY powder pallette so regular customers are getting it too.

      • Do you happen to know how much your package weighed? Thank you 😊

      • .8 lbs

      • Thank you so much!

      • Mine weighed .90 and got exactly the same box as Liz today. Which is the powder palette. Love everything.

      • Oh good that’s promising!! Mine comes on Monday… I guess I’ll see

      • I received my box today and I also received the IBY powder palette! Yay! Super excited and love this box !

  12. I have the beauty creations cream palette,if anybody wants it I am willing to swap.

    • hi, would you happen to know what your box weighed? Thanks!

    • Hi gb, what was your box weight? Mine is 0.6 lbs. I hope I don’t get the cream palette.thank you 🙂

  13. I have the Beauty Creations Cosmetics Contour Cream Palette,anybody willing to swap for the IBY palette?

  14. Gosh, this box looks awfully boring.

  15. I don’t highlight or contour, but still think it’s a great box for $20. I will definitely use the paddle brush and the brow palette with its spoolie brush. Those 3 things are worth more than what I paid for 🙂

    • Liz posted the Temptu as $24. It’s actually $29.50 so that’s a few extra dollars!!! 😊

  16. So I am new to this subscription box thing. I signed up for this box, ipsy and play today. I am of course on the waitlist. I have been reading comments about a swap site? How does that work? I am excited to get started.

    • i think its some super duper secret site..haha. seriously, id like to know myself, but no one ever answers

      • At the top of the page, there are toolbar buttons, like ‘subscription box list’ and ‘subscription box spoilers’ Click the one that says Swaps. That will bring you to the swap page and that’s were you can list what you have and set up trades with others. 🙂

    • if you go up to the top of this page, and look to the left of the screen, it says “swaps” this is how and where you go…just found it haha

    • Not sure if you’re still on the waitlist but my whole box is up for purchase if you’re interested. I haven’t opened it at all. Lmk.

      • I want it!! Do you have PayPal?

  17. I recieved the Brow Gal Pallette and brush in my Beautycon box also! I have never used any color on my brows so I tried it and im in love with it! The colors are beautiful and I used The dry method…..thought it would def transfer but not at all!!! IM hooked so im excited to get a backup! A+. #LOVEBOXYCHARM

  18. My entire box will be up for swap as well. Nothing exciting in there at all for me. Everything is brown. Yuck need something with color.

    • Hey just wondering if you had recieved your box, im interested in buying it or swapping. Especially the IBY powder pallete.

      • I got the powder palette if you’re interested in buying!

  19. Liz, do you know if there will be any variations this month besides the palettes?

  20. Looks pretty cool! Hopefully I’ll get a good use out of the contour palette. If it’s too dark for me whatever I’ll give it to my friend 😬✌🏻

  21. This month is a bust for me 🙁 And i really wanted it to be good! It’s my birthday month haha My entire box will be up for swap.

  22. I was taken off the wait list this afternoon. I think I am one of the few who actually wants the cream contour. I don’t do any contouring beyond using a little bronzer so I think it would be fun to experiment with the creams.

    • Can I ask how long you were on the waitlist? I want to subscribe but I don’t want this box! Thanks.

      • If you sign up now, you won’t get this box.

      • Thank you!

      • I signed up in February and I got an email that said I was off the waitlist and my boxycharm was on its way on May 9th.

    • I got off the waitlist today, too! Really excited to get this as my first box. I’ve really been wanting to try one of those flat brushes. I’m thrilled with this box!

      • How long were you on the wait list?

      • I signed up in February and I got an email that said I was off the waitlist and my boxycharm was on its way on May 9th. I hope that helps.

  23. The brow palette and spoolie count as two items? I got them in last Beautycon box. The BrowGal site counts them as one item for $35.

    • Maria the brush is sold separately on the Brow gal website. It is $50 for both on the website when purchased together.

      • The brush does come with the palette for $35. You can buy the brush separately for $14.

  24. @Liz and Boxycharmers this Box is so nice. I like it all I really wish and hope I receive the powder palette because My skin works best with Powder than with cream. I like the pigmentation. I thank you and Boxycharm for this review

  25. Well, mine shipped today, and will be here by Tuesday.

    Fingers crossed the 0.8lbs weight means its the one with powders.

    • Same here. I know that there will always be slight differences in RV with box variations, but the price difference between these two palettes is way too much!

      • I didn’t know there was a price difference.. what are the prices of each one.? I see $40 but I thought that was the price each one costed.

      • Cream one says value of $15.

    • This is my first box do they send a email when it ships or is there some place to check?

      • You get an email from BoxyCharm that says “your boxycharm is on its way” with a fedex tracking number. 🙂

  26. Thank you Boxy Charm for another Fantastic Box!
    I’m in heaven every month.
    I love the highlighter! And the highlighter/ contour kit.
    We can never have enough highlighters. My absolute favorite.
    I loved you yesterday, I love you today, and I’ll always love you Boxy Charm ❤️🏆

  27. Can people confirm the color on the highlighter? From Liz’s swatch it looks more gold-gold than rose gold to me. If so, I’d love to know so I can swap without swatching it. I can’t do straight up gold highlighters.

    • It is a subtle warm rosy glow. Not glittery.
      I usually hate these types of highlighters, but this one is gorgeous!
      Pretty on its own, but you could mix it with foundation, moisturizer or even face oil

  28. If anyone recieves the IBY highlight & Contour pallete and does not want it I would be more than happy to buy it or swap for it!!!

    • I have one!

  29. Ugh, my one problem with contour palettes is not a single one has ever had a highlight shade light enough for me! I’m so fair that even the highlight shades in contour sets are dark on me, some I could basically contour with the highlight! I hope we get a decent size eyeshadow palette palette soon neither this nor last month’s has any use for me

    • You might like IT cosmetics highlight/contour kit. It’s a powder kit. (I own it) and there’s 2 highlights.. a matte white and a shimmer white for added glow. I’m very pale as well. Or I use to be anyway. That could work for you. It has other colors as well.. but this kit sounds like it would work really well for you.

  30. I hate this month, just hate it! I don’t contour, I don’t highlight, ever!

    I know as with each box there will be lovers and haters, can’t please everyone, but enough highlighters already!! Boxycharm was so good when I first started with it, it’s been on a downward spiral since January for me.

    • It’s probably because highlighters are the beauty item graze right now.
      I am one who loves the highlighters, so of course I want more.
      But it will stop and then they’ll send the next big wave of popular make-up items.
      Boxy Charm is on top of it always. ❤️

  31. I’m excited to get this box! I just hope I get the powder set and not the cream, not because of the price variation (couldn’t care less about that), but because powder works better with my skin type. I guess that’s how most of us feel?

  32. How often does Boxy include highlighters? I am tempted to sub but I hate highlighters!

    • Since last fall, they seem to be sending highlighters at a rate of about one every other month (I don’t like them either). The overall box value is always great, though.

    • I love highlighters! Send em my way! 😉

  33. Anyone annoyed that they sent the box with the higher valued $40 IBY palette to Liz (and probably other bloggers) and not the $15 other palette? Does that mean they’re sending all subscribers the cheapy one?

    • Yes, a lot of the angst this month is because they are offering one product that is more than double the value/price of the other product ($40 vs. $18) and there is no way to know who or what percentage is getting each of them. The other set is very dark, so for WOC it may be great but for some of us, not so much. Liz’s box seems to have an eyebrow palette lighter than the spoiler, so that gives me hope. The black one in the spoiler wouldn’t work for some women (this one seems to be in the middle, maybe the 02).

      • I got my box today and had the same $40 pallet as Liz. Also it had the 02 for the Brow product. The box says it is for people with brown hair.

    • I’ve seen a few YouTube bloggers unbox theirs and they all got the IBY. It’s not just the price difference, but most of us would prefer powder since it would be easier to work with. It will look bad for Boxycharm if we “regular” subscribers get the cream.

  34. Unfortunately every single thing in this box is a miss for me this month. I’ll be putting everything up for swap. Last month’s was a bit of a miss for me as well. I’m hoping an eye shadow palette makes an appearance next month!!!!! I love the value of these boxes though.

    I logged into the website the other day and there is a new survey out there asking for makeup preferences. I don’t know if this will impact our boxes at all, but it might!

  35. Yay, I can’t wait, I received an email that I am off the waitlist and my card was charged so I really hope to get the May box. Seems like a lot of subscribers have these types of products and opted out this month, therefore opening up spots.

  36. Loved this box. Mad im still on the waitlist!!! 😠

    • My entire box will be listed for swap if you are interested.

      • If you receive the IBY powder highlight & Contour I will gladly buy it or swap. Ill pay the price of the box for the pallete.

      • Great. i will let you know as soon as I receive it.

      • Mine will be listed on the swap site once I receive it also. I think I’m just getting in product overload.

      • Not sure if you will see this but my box finally arrived today and I did receive the powder version (IBY).

    • My box is up for purchase. I haven’t even opened it. Lmk

      • I want it please!!!!!

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