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BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review – April 2018

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanApr 12, 2018 | 78 comments

4.3 overall rating
1975 Ratings | 221 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.

And subscribers also get exclusive discounts for Dr. Brandt and Tarte this month:

Now, time for the items!

Dr. Brandt- Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner Purifying Mask – Value Listed $47 (New Retail Value $42)

(FYI – it looks like the retail price of this product changed from $47 to $42 since it was announced as a spoiler in the box. All subscribers will receive this)

This mask is designed to help reduce excess oil and declog pores. You apply a thin layer to clean skin, let sit for 5-10 minutes, then remove with warm water. It has a soothing, cooling sensation, and I love that you only need to use this for 5 minutes to get results. (Yes to speedy masks!)

My skin felt smoother after removing it, and the oiliness was gone. I’ve had good results with other Dr. Brandt products with reducing blackheads, so I’m excited to add this to the mix.

(FYI – the cooling sensation lasted even after I removed the mask. I like it, but I know that might not be for everyone, so I wanted to mention it!)

BrowGal Instatint Eyebrow Gel in Light Hair 03 – Retail Value $22

(Colors will vary)

This is a tinted gel mousse with micro fibers designed to give the appearance of fuller brows. I really like the formula – you can really natural looking, tamed brows. And no worries about over doing it!

Sadly, this shade is too light for my brows. Almost every brow product I get in a subscription box is perfect for my dark brown brows, though, so hopefully some lighter brow subscribers finally got a brow product they could use!

(Swatched in lower photo.)

MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Burnt Violet – Retail Value $21

(Subscribers will either receive this or Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow highlighter.)

This is a bold lipstick with excellent pigment (practically opaque coverage in one swipe.) The formula has a satin finish, and it wears down well. (It’s a little too dark for me, though.)

Here it is swatched above the brow gel:


ColourPop Element of Surprise Palette – Retail Value $16

(Subscribers will receive 1 of 5 ColourPop palettes)

This palette features eyeshadows with matte, metallic, satin, and duochrome finishes.

My favorite shade is Rayon in the upper right corner. It’s a metallic dark coral with blue-green duochrome. It’s the first one swatched here:

In general, these have great pigment and are easy to blend. I love the colors and the variety of finishes. I noticed a little fallout when applying, though, so a heads up there!

SL Miss Glam Shadow Brush Duo – Retail Value $38.50

(These are a variant item. Check out the spoilers to see what else you may receive.)

These brushes are so pretty! I love the pastel colors and the bonus bling! They are made for Boxycharm, too:

The pink brush is for applying eyeshadow, and the purple brush is for blending:


Verdict: This box has a value of about $144.50! As always, the value for Boxycharm is amazing! Even though the lipstick and the eyebrow gel aren’t the right colors for me, I’m still very happy with this box. I love the palette, the brush duo, and in my opinion you can’t go wrong with full-size Dr. Brandt in a box!

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? Yes! The Boxycharm waitlist is temporarily lifted!

Coupon – No coupons at this time.

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

  • Palette: $2.33
  • MAC Lipstick: $3.05
  • Brush Duo: $5.60
  • Eyebrow Gel: $3.20
  • Dr Brandt: $6.83

What do you think of the April 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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Really loved the Colourpop : Element of Surprise eyeshadow palette! I think this was the best value here!


Is it just me, or does the mask smell weird? I can’t quite place it – but it reminds me of a home perm or Nair.


Just got my box today, and. I’m thrilled!!

I got the Golden State of Mind, the brow gal in #2 brown hair, the tarte pro glow in Sparkler (which is too dark for me to use as highlight,but will be pretty when tan or use for eyeshadow), Dr. Brandt, and Adesse liquid lip which is a nice color and very moisturizing.
My box weighted .8 lbs, and was 4×7×2 inches.


I got :
Tarte : Tartiest Pro Glow Liquid Highlighter (stunner) $29
Colourpop : Element of Surprise eyeshadow palette $16
Dr Brandt : Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner $47
The Browgal : Instatint – Tinted eyebrow gel (light hair 03) $22
Adesse: Hi Definition liquid lipstick $24
—– Happy I didn’t get the MLP palette, and am excited to use the Dr Brandt!


Recd box yesterday, here is what I got:
Element of Surprise, was hoping for MLP
Brow Tint in light 03, I have medium dark hair
Tarte highlighter in stunner, will mix with foundation
Dr Brant cleaner
Adesse lipstick in haute cocoa, looks like great nude color
Box weighed 0.9, variation #7
I was surprised as I have rec’d variation #1 for the last two years!


Was anyone else’s Adesse lipstick missing an applicator? Mine was just a stick.😖 I loved the color, so I am pretty disappointed.


I got the Golden State of mind anyone wanna trade?


Hi! I received the Tarte Pro Glow, would anyone like to switch for the mac lipstick? Not sure what colors ppl received, let me know what color and if you’d like to swap!
Thanks! insta @jacquelinedaqueen


I got the Colour Pop Golden State of Mind.

It’s my first experience with Colour Pop and while the colors are lovely, they are completely unpigmented with applied with a brush – I tried both synthetic and my Wayne Goss squirrel hair brushes.

Are all their eye shadows similarly unpigmented. There is more color if I swatch with a finger but what’s the point of that since I don’t get enough control – all one can really do is put a blob of color on the lid.

Also even when swatched on my arm with a finger, the color came off almost immediately.


It was my first day with Golden State of mind and got a compliment about my eye shadow after 11 hours. (I applied with a brush). Hang in there! GSoM is beautiful, but everything is very sparkly. This will be a great pallette for having some extra glimmer and mixing with previous colors if I don’t want glitter everywhere. Or maybe I do😉. Adesse lippie was coverage of lipstick yet glossy. Nice to not have a matte finish! Once the color wore off there was still moisture on my lips, so not bad. Can’t wait to try everything else!


I actually spray a bit of the CoverFX setting spray on my finger and get great pigment from this pallet. I blend out with a brush if needed. Love this pallet for the eyelids! I’ve already got so many compliments:)


I’am very excited to use my Dr. Brandt product. I have loved all the ones from previous boxes. I cant afford them on my own. So to get them in boxes is beyond awesome to me. Im not a fan of liquid highlighters, but Im willing to give anything a try. So I am also excited to use the Tarte liquid hilighter. I got the color called Stunner. I am a huge fan of colour pop. I wanted the Golden state of mind palette, but got Elememt of surprise. Which Im not to up set about the colors are ones I will use. They are nice for spring. So they already realeased May spoiler brands. Kinda dont like PUR cosmetic products, but we will see what it is.


I am prob going to use the Tarte liquid highlighter as a eye lid color. It is very pretty, but to much for a highlighter on my cheeks. As I played with it/swatched it. I decided it would look amazing on my lids. 🤗😉


this month’s box was pure magic! loved it. so happy it matched liz’s review

Penelope lapaugh

Pm me on insta at pe.nel.ope_ if you want to swap palettes I have golden state of mind willing to swap for any other one of the palettes.


I’ve been enjoying the MLP palette, maybe to spite those people who think they’re (we’re) too old. What’s the point of getting new makeup to try if you don’t experiment outside your comfort zone? Just use the pretty pops of color as transition shades, inner corners or dab on center of the lid. The teal makes a gorgeous liner. It’s fun and you might smile when you see yourself in the mirror!


Really hoping I get the my little pony pallete 😂 80’s baby…but the 90s raised me! Plus I’m sure my 10 year old daughter would love it too


I typically love my boxes but did not like my April box at all missed getting brushes tired of getting pallets of eyeshadow would like some lip palette’s it’s just getting old it needs to be refreshed


Loving my Boxycharm this month!

Got the liquid lipstick from Adesse in Haute Cocoa (perfect brown nude).

Brow color in Brown 2- perfect match!

Tarte glow cream in Exposed which is a totally new product for me to try and my ColourPop pallet in GS of Mind. Awesome!

The Dr Brandt I won’t use as I already know it’s too drying for my skin, so that’s a giveaway item, but I’m super 😊


Was your lipstick ok, then? Mine didn’t have an applicator…. Just a stick.😖


What was the weight and dimensions of your box? Idk if it really makes a difference but just curious. Thx


Sound so good box! I will like to recive the same🤞🏼 Especially the palette is beautiful 💖


I got the My Little Pony pallet, it won’t work for me I’m too old to pull it off lol. Does anyone want to trade? I’m not on the swap list yet though.


How dark is the browgal 02? I need the light probably but wondering if it is workable for lighter hair if you use it lightly. If anyone has the light 03 and wants to swap for 02 let me know.


Hi i have the light eyebrow gel and would like to trade for a brown one


I’m so envious of those of you who have already received your boxes. Despite being a long time subscriber, mine won’t be arriving until Tuesday.

I hope everyone will continue to check the thread/swaps in the coming days—I’m sure many people are still waiting on boxes. If I get one of the two Colourpop palettes I already own (MLP and You Had Me At Hello), it will definitely be up for trade.


I have,t received mine yet either


Jessica, same here, have been with boxy for over 2 years now, and will probably get my box on Tues. Very excited because i really want the MLP or EOS. Fingers crossed! But like i wrote below, I have been getting variation 2 forever, this I cannot wait to see!


My box was 0.7 6x6x6 and it came with the My Little Pony, Adesse, Dr.Brandt, tarte highlighter, and the brow gal in 3. Kind of bummed since I already own the MLP.


That,s what The weight of mine is from shipping alert.



I had those exact dimensions too , but I got the semi precious palette, and I was hoping to get the MLP.

If you live near these cities in CA , we could trade .
Simi Valley

I work around all those cities, so if by any *luck* you do too, I would love to trade.


I found this site researching which beauty box to go with and decided on Boxycharm. I’m going to sign up this week but I will be waitlisted. I live in Simi Valley, if you’d to like to exchange info for future possible trades I think that could benefit us both! I’m not allowed to post my email in this comment so I’m not sure how to connect with you. If you know how please let me know! Thanks


Just got my box. 7×7 .8 Golden State, Tarte Sparkler, Browgal brown 02, Adesse no color identification, Dr Brandt. Unfortunately I have no use for warm sparkly eyeshadow, so the palette is a complete miss for me.

cindy boyd

would you be interested in Selling any Items ,please let me know. I just recently Subscriped to Boxy Charms. I contact Customer Service to see if there was a Waiting List , And when would I get my First Box .They Said was no waiting list, And if I wanted April I could get right away


My box is 8X5X2 and .09. Any clues?


and my second box is 8x5x2 and .7, wth? I have no idea


What did u say this variation was and what all did u get in your box?


Thats what mine is if u figure it out let me know


mine is 8x5x2 and .8 and I have no idea either what box it is. Can anyone else help?


I got an email from Boxy saying there is no waitlist. THIS box that is reviewed is the one I would want to get. Too many variations for me to consider subscribing, to be honest.


I was thinking I wanted to sub but I don’t want to chance getting a variance I don’t like. Ugh. What to do?! Swapping seems to be more trouble than it’s worth!!


I got this exact box variation and I LOVE IT! I love the MAC lipstick 💄! So edgy 💕 I can use all the colors on the palette and the brush duo si so cute and useful! The Dr brandt Vacuum Cleaner is interesting – excited to use it!


So with the latest spoilers, I now know I’m getting a mystery palette, a mask, and a few other products 😂. My box will be here tomorrow and I can’t wait!

Courtney Welch

i got this exact same variation of box.. i love everything other than the lippie. Just a bit too dark for me. The palette is really nice and the brushes are adorable!


I got variation 4, my box was 6x6x6, as it is every month. I got that dreaded MLP palette, which I just gave to my 10 year old daughter to play with, and I got the tarte highlighter, adesse lip, and brow gal in brown 2. Maybe I’m just a Debbie Downer, but, it seems like the ‘value’ of these boxes is so high, but to me at least, it also seems like the items are clearance items, discontinued, or not very popular ones, I suspect that’s how Boxycharm gets all these items from big names. The tarte highlighter was on sale everywhere forever, didn’t get great reviews, and the Colourpop palettes have been ‘clearanced’ also, Golden state of mind was axed from Sephora , along with semi-precious, and the other ones weren’t such ‘hot’ sellers. Just my opinion, let the hair pulling begin ;)……

Stephanie W

I received my box today and it was .8 (6×6×6). I got the Golden State of Mind palette, Tarteist Pro Glow highlighter in Exposed (light golden shade), BrowGal Instantint #2 Brown, Adesse liquid lipstick, and the Dr. Brandt Vacuum Cleaner. I’m loving the box and am excited to get the GSOM palette. The only item that I may not use is the Adesse lipstick. It looks like it may be too light for my skin tone which seems common for Boxycharm. I rarely get a lipstick that I can wear from them unless it’s red :-/

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