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BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review – January 2018

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanJan 12, 2018 | 153 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. (If you are a makeup addict – I HIGHLY recommend this 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!

Crown Glam Metals Palette – Retail Value $29.99 (Price Listed on Card $25)

(All subscribers will receive this item.)

These colors are all shimmery and highly pigmented. Very easy to blend, too. I found the silver shades to have a little more fallout than the others, but all held up well with a primer.

(Swatched in lower photo.)

Grande Lips Hydrating Lip Plumper in Sunset Orange – Retail Value $27

(This is a variant item. Subscribers may receive a different item instead.)

This formula is gluten and paraben free, and it is supposed to help plump lips. It gives a good amount of gloss with no stickiness, and it isn’t annoyingly tingly like some other lip plumpers. (I haven’t noticed any major plumping differences, but I rarely do with this type of product!)

The color is a bit bold for me, but at least it is somewhat sheer. Here it is swatched beneath the eyeshadow palette:

IT Cosmetics Brow Power™ Universal Eyebrow Pencil – Value $24

(All subscribers will receive this item.)

IT Cosmetics is one of my favorite beauty brands, and this pencil was the first item I ever sampled from the brand – it got me hooked! This shade is a universal taupe, and you can adjust the shade by how hard you press it. It’s a perfect eyebrow tool for me, and I love that their formulas are free of parabens, phthalates, and sulfates.

And on the other end you have a spoolie:

Here it is swatched:

PUR Bronze and Brighten Palette – Value Listed $34

(This item is possibly variant, but so far all box variations we’ve seen include it. All subscribers will receive a face palette.)

This set includes a shimmery blush, highlighter, and bronzer. The pigment in this palette is no joke! Just one swipe is all the color I need, so this will last me months! Here it is swatched:

SO shimmery!

DR. BRANDT SKINCARE pores no more® Luminizer Primer – Retail Value $38

(All subscribers will receive this item.)

This primer is designed to help blur pores/imperfections and prep skin for makeup application. I love the Dr. Brandt brand, so I was most excited about trying this, and it did not disappoint! It provides just the faintest glow, gives your skin a smooth finish, and feels like you aren’t wearing any makeup. I wear a full coverage foundation, so the glow part is lost on me, but I’m still happy with this primer.

Verdict: This box has a value of about $148! (That’s using the lower $25 value for the eyeshadow palette.) As always, the value for Boxycharm is amazing! This is one of my favorite boxes from them in a while: 2 palettes + IT Cosmetics and Dr. Brandt?! (The lip plumper color is a miss for me, but I’m thrilled with the other 4 items.)

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 you.)

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Possibly. Boxycharm is in waitlist mode, so I recommend signing up ASAP. They’ll email you when your first box ships, so you’ll know which box you’ll be getting as your first month.

Coupon – No coupons at this time.

Value Breakdown: At $21 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Eyeshadow Palette: $3.55
  • GrandeLips: $3.83
  • Brow Pencil: $3.41
  • Pur Palette: $4.82
  • Primer: $5.39

What do you think of the January 2018 Boxycharm Box? What’s your favorite item?

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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Hi!! I’m just trying to decide which one should I get: BoxyCharm, Birchbox or Sephora Play!!! Someone? Help? Please please..

Jennifer Dunlop-Gierok

Be prepared to be on the wait list for a few months. Unless you are lucky enough to get in when they have a no wait list special every once in a blue moon. Sephora bag is..ok. birchbox has higher end sample sizes,ipsy is hit n miss and glossybox much like boxycharm is 21 a month,no wait list and has what I would call..more grown up products but has half full size and half deluxe samples. I would say sign up for boxycharm and while you wait subscribe to ipsy,play or birchbox while you wait. Glossybox is stepping their game up big time so I would definitely check them out too.


Personally i just stopped the sephora play box, i had it for about a year. Its great but recently decided not to do as they have stopped doing perfume samples w each box. Plus lots of red lipsticks all the time! Lol i love birchbox bc it has a fun part each month where you can pick a sample that you want in your box or a currated box where you know every sample in it. I look forward to this each month. Boxycharm looks awesome plus is all full sized products but i got frustrated bc of the waitlist. It was taking too long so i am trying lola beauty box instead now. Super excited for my first one!


Im going to try out Lola as well! Lola is Boxycharm’s sister company so I have high hopes that soon Lola will have the same amazing brands boxy has and will be a great alternative to boxy since right now boxy has a crazy wait list but Lola does not.


How it works the BoxyCharm waiting list? I pay the subscription but have to wait a lot On the list? I receive a box every month? I pay only for the boxes I receive?


It depends if you prefer samples. To me I prefer Boxycharm because you get full sized items and the value is always much higher than the cost. Birchbox seems to offer the better deals/coupons plus I like the points. I just got a year sub for $90. I like Sephora too. There is also Allure, Ipsy, and Macy’s. I have all of them. I also have Glossybox and I mostly like the boxes, but Customer Service is what keeps me from renewing.

Your best bet may be to look for the promotional codes, sign up for a month test it out and cancel before you are charged full price the next month. Or you can do what I do and sub to all of them. 🙂

Order of favorites;
1 Boxycharm
2 Birchbox
3 Ipsy
4 Sephora
5 Allure
6 Macy’s
7 Glossybox (would be much higher if better customer service)
8 Walmart (only $5, why not)

Laurie Hartley

My January box arrived and was damaged by water. All items were wet? Not sure if this is a mail issue or if anyone else experienced the same problem?


I got my very first Boxycharm box today. So excited!!! I received everything in this review. I could care less about the lip plumper and the IT eyebrow pencil. I am a redhead and don’t think it will color match my eyebrows. The PUR pallete appears different in the pic above. The left pallet is more of a pinkish red and not orange, which is good. Can’t wait to try the primer and eyeshadow pallet. Did anyone elses eyebrow pencil have a line through the bar code? None of my other products have that.
So happy!


They put a line through the bar codes so you can’t try to return it to Sephora or Ulta. The Tarte palette we got a while back and a few other things I’ve gotten had either a line through the bar code or a sticker covering it.


Thanks! I wonder if it was done prior to Boxycharm because not all of my items had lines through them. I used to work customer service and we put lines through barcodes of items that we wanted to make sure didn’t make it back to the shelf like damaged or recalled items. Hopefully it’s what you said.


I got mine yesterday. Exactly as reviewed in variation 1. I’m loving it. The orange really doesn’t look orangy, more of a coral. It is somewhat transparent. I really love this box. Hoping to get more of these lip plumpers.


I loved this month’s box! I’ve been a subscriber of Boxycharm for a couple of months and I absolutely love it. If I know I’m not going to use a product I add it to my donate pile to my local women’s shelter. They accept unused makeup and I know it goes to good use!


That’s a great idea, Sarah! I’ve given a lot of my products to co-workers and friends. I gave my entire December box to my friend because she needed a stocking stuffer for her daughter.


My palette came smashed and the black shade is everywhere. I contacted cs. Has anyone with this problem gotten a response?


One of mine was all crumbled that I received last month and I loved that color . I was so disappointed


My box in December 2017 came damaged. I simply replied to them and I had to send them pictures of the item damaged. They replaced it promptly and I am very happy.

Julie Olson

When I first began my subscription about 2 1/2 years ago, I remember that I contacted them because something in my box had broken. I also remember back then, you could contact them via phone. At any rate, I remember their customer service was fantastic. It is a bummer to get a box and stuff is everywhere. I think Boxycharm does a great job with their packaging, you can tell that they do care. It’s not crappy like Birchbox’s packaging ; I had so many boxes that were damaged. They just throw your stuff in a box with no cushion.


mine was broken too…. no response yet.


Does anybody want to sell their whole January box?

Jaclyn Candelria

I am also willing to sell my January box!


I’d be willing to sell my box. I just got it yesterday.

Jaclyn Candelria

I am willing to sell my entire January box. Let me know if you’re interested! 🙂


Ok I’m interested so how ca we do i?

Julie Klein

I will buy your box!!


I was paying monthly then switched to 3 month plan. Before I usually received the “better” box, same one influencers got.
Now I get the one I don’t want with crappy lip shades. I’m sick of unwearable shades that I can try once and then have to throw out. Such a waste.
Anyone else?


I don’t think it has anything to do with the subscription. I think it’s just luck of the draw honestly. I will go a few months getting the “good” boxes, then get a few that I would have preferred the other variation, then be back to getting “good” boxes. I just donate the items that don’t work out for me or swap them or give them to family or friends, because the value is way over what i pay even if I don’t care for 2 out of the 5 items.


There’s a “good” box? 😳

Danielle Gomez

Pretty excited for this box but kinda sad I didn’t get the plumper!! If anyone wants to trade I got the the color demure!!


Hi! I got a plumper in a pink shade I’m not excited about. I’m interested in trading!


Very excited for my box to arrive. It’s my first one!


Were you wait listed when you purchased? If so, how long? I just purchased but am waitlisted.


Fortunately, I wasn’t waitlisted when I began subscribing two years ago. Maybe you will not be on the list too long. Did they give you a timeframe?
I didn’t renew my Birchbox this year; I’m totally happy just having Boxycharm. It’s such a better concept. If Birchbox upped their game and do what Boxycharm does, then I’d renew!


I will buy a whole box if anyone wants to sell one!!!


I would. Leave a good way to contact you here.

Sara M.

If you still have that January box I’d be happy to buy it from you asap! 🙂


Does anybody want to sell their whole January box???


are you wanting to pay the same price?

Jaclyn Candelaria

I am willing to sell mine!


Let me know if you want to sell your box


I’m interested in the January box


I don’t want to sell my whole box but would sell the face palette and Girlaktic lippie in Posh…


I noticed when I went to the website it says the box contains 4-5 items but this site says 5-6. Did boxy charm recently change this?


No the website is correct 4-5 full size products meaning at least 4 will be full size and 1 might be a deluxe travel size. One month we got 6 products though!


I received the matte lipstick in Posh, if anyone else has the color Demure but was wanting Posh and is interested in swapping please let me know 😬🙏🏻 I was so hoping for Demure. I haven’t even opened mine because I know this Posh color will not work for me at all.


Got my boxy yesterday. I didn’t get the lip plumper, but it wouldn’t have mattered either way cuz the lippie was my donation item this month.

Let’s talk about that Pur palette. I swatched it last night and my jaw about hit the ground! The payoff is INSANE on that thing. I will get a lot of use out of that and it’s my fave item this month! Everything else was just icing on the cake.


Is anybody else wanting to sell their box this month???


I would. Leave a good way to contact you here.


There is one person I saw wanting to sell it. I offered to buy it, but if you’d like it, and can find the comment, reply to her because I ended up getting a box. 🙂


Does anybody else not want their box this month???


I didn’t want to sell my whole box but I have the Pur Bronze & Brighten Palette and a Girlactik Liquid Lipstick in Posh up for grabs. I’m still on the waitlist for swaps but would happily contact you if you leave contact info here.


I don’t want to sell my whole box but would sell the face palette and Girlaktic lippie in Posh…


I’m super frustrated with this box. I love most of the products but I have been getting a brown matte liquid lippie in almost every box! I got the girlactik lippie in demure and I was really hoping for the lip plumper!!

Anyone want to trade?!??

I will take any shade!

Valerie.vint @


I got the lip plumper if you want to trade! Posted on the swaps page.


If I get the plumper, I will trade with you. I can’t get enough neutral matte lippies. Thanks!




Fellow gingers — as suspected, that brow pencil is NOT universal. I don’t know how Liz got her swatch to look somewhat warm, but the color is definitely a COOL taupe.


I am a redhead and I use CoverGirl Professional brow & eye makers in Honey Brown. I start light and push harder for more color. It’s a two pack


Thanks! I agree, I have a hard time finding a good eyebrow pencil or filler to match as a ginger. Recently I purchased the Clinique brush on styling mousse in shade 2, and it’s the best match I’ve found. It’s very similar to the benefit gimme brow


mine was broken too…. no response yet.


I wondered what the eyeshadow and face pallet were supposed to look like! Both of mine came COMPLETELY shattered and unusable! The pigment looked great as it spilled onto white carpet!


Contact customer service. As far as I know, they’re pretty good about replacing items that broke during shipping.


Help! Am I the only one having trouble figuring out how to get the lip plumper to actually come out of the tube? I keep clicking the button at the bottom and nothing comes out.


Just keep clicking! It took a lot of clicks for me too!


Is it cold? You probably have to click it many times to get it started.


I would email their customer service so that you can get a replacement. Maybe you got a defective one. Or you can try sending a tweet to the company. When we got the Real her liquid lipstick, mine literally like glued my lips together and I tweeted that I really wanted to love it, but I got a bad one and they replied to it saying to email them and they would replace it and they let me pick whatever color I wanted. Maybe grande lips will do the same thing?


A great box as usual. I finally just paid for 6 months upfront. I’ve been getting the box for nearly a year so may as well save some money.

I really wanted to try the Girlactik so I was happy to find in my box. The color is Demure and it gets lots a positive reviews. Been wanting to try the IT brow pencil as well. I never do my brows but need to.


I got the girlactik in Posh. I already have it. Girlactik was one of the 1st companies to do the liquid lip and it’s still my favorite formula of all time.

Would anyone like to trade colors?

Posh for Demure


I received Demure and swatched on my arm it looks less brown in person.


I received my box yesterday with the girlactik but in the shade Posh and seems like everyone with this variant got Demure. Did anyone else get this shade? I tried it but don’t like the color at all on me.


I got posh too. I put it up for donation though.

Olivia Malloch

I received the girlactik matte lip in Posh too! I love it, i usually can’t stand matte liquid lipsticks because they’re so drying. But this formula lasts and isn’t dry at all!!! It also dries down completely but you don’t have the tackiness or the super dry lips that most matte lipsticks leave you with. I dont know hoe they do it!! Love boxycharm!!


I received this exact box. It weighed .09. Love the lip plumper! Sunset orange is the perfect coral… It’s a sheer gloss, not bold at all!

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