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BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review – November 2018

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanNov 7, 2018 | 119 comments

BOXYCHARM
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 our Boxycharm reviews!

Each box comes with a card detailing the items included. This month is “Goal Digger”!

Now, on to the items!

Ace Beaute Grandiose Eyeshadow Palette – Retail Value $24.99

All subscribers will receive this item.

I love the festive vibes of this November box – very holiday party friendly! This palette has a mix of mattes and shimmers, with warm browns, plus some pink, red, and gold! The pigment is great, and I found these to be easy to blend, too. Some of the shades had some fallout – so just a heads up when applying, and make sure to use a primer.

(Swatched in lower photo.)

Jonteblu Glitter Star Eyeliner – Retail Value $5

This is a variant item. Not all subscribers will receive this item.

This black pencil eyeliner has glitter throughout and is a fun twist on a traditional black eyeliner. (And if you’re someone who shies away from glitter eyeshadow, this is a non-intimidating way to test out the waters!)

I was very impressed with the pigment and how easily this applied considering it is a pencil and not a liquid liner. The formula isn’t smudgeproof, but it stayed put for me.

(Swatched in lower photo.)

Cover FX Glitter Drops – Nova – Retail Value $44

All subscribers will receive this item.

Wow. This is described as an ultra-concentrated glittery liquid, and they weren’t exaggerating. I tried out what I thought was a small amount (just a drop), then blended it out, and before I knew it I was looking like a sparkly vampire. So, a little goes a LONG way! You can use this alone, under or over makeup, or blend with your foundation, body lotion, etc.

Here it is swatched beneath the eyeliner and above the palette:

Luxie Luminous Eye Set – Retail Value $21

All subscribers will receive this item.

How adorable is this set? I love the gold glitter and matching gold metal!

As usual with Luxie brushes, the bristle quality is great. Soft and densely packed!

The set includes:

LUXIE 111 Mini Flat Angled – Smudge, blend out harsh lines, or densely pack on cream products onto your lids.

LUXIE 121 Mini Tapered – Use this small fluffy blending brush to blend out your crease color with your favorite powder shadows.

LUXIE 131 Mini Angled –  Use this brush’s perfect angle to bevel the natural curves of your eye or brow bone for that extra pop.

LUXIE 141 Mini Round – Use this brush to smudge and smoke out your bottom lash line with your favorite cream or powder products without compromising the intensity of the pigment.

Bodyography Makeup Brush Cleanser – Retail Value $12

This is a variant item. Subscribers will receive this or Lashaholic Lashes Instaglam False Eyelashes.

This is a super practical item that I used immediately! You just spray it on the brush after makeup application, then wipe off with a cloth. Super easy! Love it!

Verdict: The total retail value of this box is $106.99! As usual, I think that’s amazing for a $21 box! I think this is a fab box for going into the holiday party season – super sparkly and fun!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes! The Boxycharm waitlist is temporarily lifted!

Check out all of my BoxyCharm reviews and the Beauty Subscription Box Directory!

What do you think of the November 2018 Boxycharm Box? Which variants are you getting?

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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119 comments

Tamichiko

I got the same exact box as Liz. This was my first Boxycharm box that I’ve received, and I’m happy about everything I received. I’m more excited about this box than I am about my Ipsy bag this month.

Teresa

I got almost the exact box in the picture except I received the tweezers and a lip product. At least I didn’t get the eye lashes. Love that I got the brush cleaner and brushes.

JA

I got the brush cleaner and the tweezers!!! Woo hoo! And my Summers Eve Box also arrived today. I can’t believe it wasn’t repeats of anything and I’ve been a subscriber for 18 months.

Nikki

I got lashes and eyeliner, which were the two I didn’t want. My mom got the brush cleaner and tweezers. I managed to get her to trade the eyeliner for brush cleanser but no go for the tweezers so I’ll have to buy my own lol. This was a great box, I just got unlucky with the variation because I don’t wear lashes.

Jasmine

Does anyone know why our Charms have decreased from 250 in April to 100 in July and now from July to present it’s only 50 charms per review.

terraenea

Got my Summer’s Eve boxy – it was 100% last month’s box. Glad i cancelled last month since I got it for $4 from the promo.

h

Forgot to ask in my earlier comment, how everyone uses the Cover FX drops and is the happiest with those. I have so many various colors and duplicates, just sitting unopened, because I’m a little worried about looking like the lady from Goldfinger. Plus, I’m so fair and prefer a matte finish. Many of the drops would show up on my fair skin as a color. I know that people put a few drops in their makeup or primer, maybe an eye shadow or lip topper, maybe? I’m just trying to figure out what to do with the gallons of this stuff. It started out as cute little dropper bottles, but those are multiplying into vats and vats of shimmering and shining liquids that one day will catch the sun just right in my window and bring down a jet plane.

h

When I used to get Sephora Play!, I knew which variation, but how do I know about BoxyCharm? I noticed on the enclosed item chart that there was #3 plus a heart next to it, so I’m assuming I received variation 3. Obviously, I didn’t know until I received it. My box included:

The gorgeous Ace Shadow, obviously, in all
Four Luxie eye shadow brushes, obviously, in all
Cover FX Drops in Nova, obviously, in all
The Jontbleu eye liner in black with silver glitter as a variant
The Lash a Holic false lashes as a variant

While I have never used false lashes on my own, other than when put on by a MUA for an event, these look EXTREMELY beautiful. I have plenty, plenty, plenty (haha) of high-end lashes and these actually look…dimensional, for lack of a better word. I would have gotten more use out of the brush cleaner since I have so many brushes, from the ones in boxes, to Wayne Goss, Kevyn Aucoin, and Hakuhodo that I must be very careful with, but I kind of like this set of lashes more than the usual false lashes.

Looking forward to BoxyLuxe next month, and definitely more spoilers! Hope everyone enjoys their box this month. The eye shadow palette is so much prettier in person than I expected. One of the shadows could be used as a highlighter and one could be used as a blush, if one was traveling and wanted to travel lightly, I think.

Arlena

I’m looking forward to the eyeshadow palette and the brushes after that I’m not sure . I never got a spoiler email just one saying it’s on it’s way …um ok 😁really don’t want lashes, don’t wear them .they will literally collect dust with the others. And the drops are beautiful but a little scary lol I don’t wanna look like a sparkly vampire . And i think I’ll cry if I get another eyeliner. I have enough eyeliners to last me until the end of time . I’m hoping for the best since ipsy plus kinda disappointed me this month

Natalie hull

I got my box today variation #2. It includes the brush cleaner & the wired eyeliner. I wanted the brush cleaner so I’m ok with this. The brushes are cute but very small not sure how well they work. My spoiler email showed the lashes & the cleanser as a shadow. I did get the email saying the spoiler was wrong.

Steph

Hi All- Not sure if anyone will read this as this post is from a few days ago but I just received my Summers Eve Boxy Charm promotion. For anyone wondering it’s not this box that’s listed above. I received:

1. a set of 3 eye makeup brushes.
2. eyeshadow primer base
3. liquid lipid in this ugly metallic color
4. creamy highlighter in two pretty colors
5. eyeshadow palette in dark brown, black, tan metallic and white/cream. The colors look more for brows but it says eyeshadow.

Theresa

I received my November Box today, it is variant number #3 Very disappointed that they keep sending me false lashes, will never use them!!! I have three pairs of them now! Loved the palette, please, Boxycharm, no more false eyelashes!!

Heather

I’m in the same boat. I now have 5 false lashes that I will never touch. All posted on swap, but no one wants them there, either.

Sam L

My only complaint with the black glitter eyeliner, it transfers 😩 I used it to do a wing and not even 5 minutes later it transferred to my crease. Thankfully I had a cherry smoky eye theme going on that it didn’t show up super black but it sucked. I tried setting it with setting powder and I knew it would dull the intensity of the black but somehow it still managed to get in my crease again. I’m going to play around with this eyeliner and see if I can figure out a way to keep it from doing that but also being able to see the glitter. I’d hate to set it with black eyeshadow or even have to run over a liquid eyeliner just so it stays put because what’s the use of having a cute and cool glitter eyeliner if I’m just going to put something over it to keep it from transferring… mind as well just use my own non transferring eyeliner and add glitter over top of it.

Heather

I was so excited about the brush cleaner and the tweezers in this month’s box! So of course I got the eyeliner and the lashes. :/

I’ve never worn fake lashes a day in my life, yet I have a drawer full of them. I put them up for swap, and no one ever wants any of them. Such a waste of money…

Sam L

I got my box yesterday and the contents are
Ace Beaute Palette
Luxie Eye Brushes
Cover Fx glitter drops in Nova
Lashes in Instaglam
JonteBlu black glitter eyeliner

Then today I received an email about my spoiler and the box I got were different and that I still will be receiving the box they chose specifically for me. My spoiler had the brush cleaner and something else but wouldn’t show and I clearly didn’t get that. I guess I’m getting another box 😳 so weird.

Victoria

They’re probably going to say the box they sent you was correct and the spoiler was wrong that you were suppose to get a spoiler for the item in your box but there system messed up blah blah blah

Sam L

Bummer. I was so looking forward to the brush cleaner that when I got my box I was kind of confused.

Natalie hull

I got the email that my spoiler waa wrong. Mine hard the lashes and something blocked out that looked like the cleanser. Anyone know what I am getting? Thx

Tanya M

I got the same email and I received the liner. I really like the glitter and I can see myself using it but I would need a much smaller bottle so as not to waste, I sheered out so that only the glitter remained over the blush and it was really pretty but I couldn’t wear to IT job every day but very holiday and night out. I think the liner is right on time and will play with it later. I will see how this palette plays with last month’s which I am still obsessed with (green &purple)…. lol PSL Thanks to Boxy, I am now back to killing the lash game. I keep forgetting I don’t actually have this lashes they are fake… lol

Erin

Just received an email from Boxycharm (after my box is already in transit -only my second box) that they made a “mistake”…palette, brushes and glitter drops are still coming…sounds like they must have run out of lashes, tweezers and brush cleaner? Anyone get a box with something else in it, not shown? Excited, just curious what else might be coming!

Pink5

Anyone else receive an e-mail saying that they teased the wrong products?

I wouldn’t mind getting the brush cleaner, I can always use more.

Rather get the eyeliner than the lashes.

Sam L

Same! I got it today as well. I wonder what exactly they are going to be sending me. My spoiler had the brush cleaner and then it wouldn’t reveal the other product inside except the palette, brushes, cover fx drops.

Jovita

I also get that email. But dont understand, if they gonna send new box or what.

Laurem

I did too which I found odd as I hadn’t received a spoiler email.

Kelly G.

Sigh. I got the lashes. Again. I can’t wear false lashes. Does anyone not want their brush cleaner or tweezers and would like to to trade?

Jana

Got my box today and did a Happy Dance since I got the tweezers and the brush cleaner! My daughter needed tweezers the last time I visited her, so I gave her the ones I traveled with and then my husband claimed my very sharp Sephora tweezers to use for pulling out splinters. Brush cleaner is always a plus, since I have so many brushes thanks to all my beauty box subscriptions and my addiction to the Pretty red handled Hakuhodo brushes. I have a lifetime supply of palettes, and lately have pretty much just been using the Alomar Palette, but This one looks really nice! Thanks Boxycharm!

Victoria

What did your box weigh

Dani

Glad you got the tweezers, Jana! That’s what I’m hoping for. I have several but I don’t have any dual-ended ones like these. Did you get the version #1 box? That’s what I always get so I am hoping that’s the one you got!
Thanks!

RochelleP

I think that is box #1, because , box #2 is shown above. I received box # 3. I received the eyelashes. I would had loved to have gotten box # 1. I would have loved to try the brushe cleaner. I loved every single product in my Subscription box with the exception of the eyelashes that I will never use. BoxyCharm and Boxyluxe are still ,in my opinion , the best Subscription service available. Love this company

Mel

Man, all I wanted was the frigging tweezers. My spoiler looked like the spray and a box. I ended up with lashes and the eyeliner. Dang it.

Pink5

Same here.

It’s kind of weird, I had been getting Variation #1, and now I’m getting #3.

I’d rather get the 1, but I don’t know if there’s any way to shift that.

Nicole

I got the same! That terrible eyeliner! I really wanted the tweezers but honestly I just stayed this month for boxyluxe so I wasn’t even expecting this month to be good.

Vicky H

Has anyone got their free box yet from Summer’s Eve? I didn’t get tracking but I got it today!

Contents:
*Becca Prosecco Pop Highlighter
*Tarte lip paint in the shade homeslice
*NCLA Nailed It. kit
*Dr Brandt PoreDermabrasion
*Jonteblu lip liner in the shade brown sugar

Heidi

In my summers eve box, I got almost all repeats of what was in my boxyluxe (first month it was available). butter London eyeliner was only new item. Was disappointed. Just gave it to my sister in law. She was thrilled lol I’m not torn up about it since it didn’t even cost me $4, but I have to admit I’m jealous of all you guys that got different stuff! I would’ve been happy with just items from regular past boxycharm boxes. What were the chances that of all the boxes they would’ve sent me stuff from, it would’ve been repeats of one of only two boxes I had ever received from them?! I got Pretty Vulgar palette, Laura Gellar blush (exact same items even on the variations!), Alamar ojitos brush set, butter London eyeliner, and EXACT SAME SHADE of Violet Voss liquid lipstick. Let me just say this right now, I was mad for the existing boxycharm customers who tried to get first boxyluxe and couldn’t. I didn’t think that was right, even tho I benefitted from it. After it was all over with, I came across a lot of comments on here from these folks and I would’ve been just as mad if I were in their shoes. The fact that I just got extras from THAT box, I can only imagine would make people even angrier! As for the emails everyone is getting: I did not get any email about them telling me I would be receiving different mystery item (picture not matching) like so many others got. Seems like they sent that out to everyone but me lol. My email showed I would be getting brush cleanser (item I did want). I ended up with the one item I did not want at all in this box tho, the glitter eyeliner.

Ten

My sister and I got identical boxes this week:

Alamar Brush Trio
Laura Geller Blush in Tropic Hues
Hank & Henry Lipstick in Petal Pusher
Becca First Light Priming Filter
Pretty Vulgar Nightingale Eye shadow Pallet

I’m jealous of everyone who got skincare but I’m not mad about a free box. It was a tad disappointing to think we were getting the actual November box instead of “leftovers” but again, I’m not mad. I actually wanted this Pretty Vulgar pallet and almost re-subbed for it so I’m happy I didn’t and got it this way instead. Now to find someone who wants to trade their Violet Voss HG pallet from Dec. Boxyluxe….

Jill M

Mine is at the post office for delivering very tomorrow! I can’t wait! I got my regular sub today. I thought they would come together, since they shipped out together, but I guess one got left behind a little lol…I am so happy to hear they are not just sending out the November boxes for the Summers Eve promo. I am excited now to see what goodies I get in the morning! Thank you for posting this!

Christine Guerrero

I got mine today!
*Kat Von D liquid lipstick
A hand cream
Some leave in hair repair
*IT cosmetics mascara
and an eyeshadow pallet

Jane

What is the Summer’s Eve box?

Anna

It was a promotion with Boxycharm & Summer’s Eve, you submitted receipt for two eligible products and got a free box. They seem to all be past boxes. The last day to submit was 10/27 and people have started receiving their boxes now.

Vicky H

My friend got pretty much got the Hank and Henry variation of September’s box plus the purple Becca highlighter.

My sister got:
*Pur Soirées Diary palette
*bridego hair stuff
*makeup studio translucent powder
*2 bodyography eye brushes
*MAC liner (brown)
*color pop liquid lipstick

Vicky H

My friend got pretty much got the Hank and Henry variation of September’s box plus the purple Becca highlighter.

My sister got:
*Pur Soirées Diary palette
*bridego hair stuff
*makeup studio translucent powder
*2 bodyography eye brushes
*MAC liner (brown)
*color pop liquid lipstick

SusanY

Got my box today. Variant 3. Lashes, palette, brushes, glitter drops, and glittery black eyeliner. My daughter just started theatre, so she can make use of the lashes. (thanks to Allure for including glue a while back). Not sure about the glitter in the black eyeliner, but I will give it a shot. Brushes will be passed along as a gift. Love that palette. No clue what will become of the glitter drops. Probably let my daughter find a use for that, too. Overall, really happy with the box. Sometimes, I love everything in the box, sometimes, it’s fun to be the cool mom or aunt who passes along some subscription box goodies.

Jill

These boxes are so visually pleasing that it can be distracting as to whether I will actually use the products or not. I cancelled last month, then when I saw the spoilers I thought “shoot maybe I shouldn’t have cancelled!” Then, I broke down each item as a hard no or yes whether I would use it- and I found I would only be Interested in the brush cleaner and possibly the brushes, and I already have so many brushes. So In the end I am still glad I cancelled

Natalie hull

I’m confused according to my email spoiler I’m getting the lashes and brush cleaner but there doesn’t appear to be a variation for this. Does anyone else have the same email?

Lily

I do, if the lashes are the rectangular box nearest the edge.

JustJese

I’m scrolling through the comments and noticed a few people mentioned “spoiler.” Did boxy continue their trend with finding out which variant item you’d be getting?
Weird, I usually get those emails and I haven’t gotten one. But my box is due to arrive today, so I guess I’ll be surprised

Lily

I had to beg and plead for MONTHS, and just now got my first ” spoiler’ email.
I also told them that as long as I’ve been a subscriber, I feel like the ignored step-child in the corner because I never got the Boxyluxe email or any OTHER email from Boxycharm, and theirs is email I really would welcome.

Now, I’m getting email and am down for the next BoxyLuxe box as well. It required me using some really personalized requests with them. Stating how much I’ve loved the box for so long and do my reviews, etc.. They will respond. 🙂

Courtney

Unfortunately, to get the original boxyluxe emails, you had to sign up for them separately. I also wasn’t getting the emails for anything until I “subscribed” to their newsletter which I thought was odd. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Like I already signed up for boxy, you would think they’d send the emails to everybody who was getting the boxes lol

Courtney

Unfortunately, to get the original boxyluxe emails, you had to sign up for them separately. I also wasn’t getting the emails for anything until I “subscribed” to their newsletter which I thought was odd.

Amanda

I am going crazy here! I haven’t yet received the spoiler alert or even a shipping notification! I swear I usually have my box, or at least it’s almost on it’s way by now! I would LOVE the tweezers, but would be happy with the eyeliner! I just do not want those lashes!

Rachel

Got my spoiler showing the brush cleaner and instead i got the lashes and eyeliner so my spoiler was completely wrong

Natalie hull

My box is due tomorrow. It shipped the 3rd. If that helps

Elizabeth

Dear subscription boxes,

I’m not 5 so I don’t like glitter. I don’t want to be a unicorn either. I need: setting powders, setting sprays and nude or pink ( not dark brown or fuschia) lipsticks. Also, I have enough eye liners, makeup brushes and red lipsticks to last a lifetime. Nobody I know sparkles like a disco ball or wears red eyeshadow, so please get real.

Tanya

Lol… A few tips to make it work:

On the lips, if you apply it in small quantities with a brush, you can likely make it work! Or mix shades… I also am not a fan of fuchsia or brown, and prefer a glossy, stained look more.

I tend to love reflective eyeshadow as it wakes up my face… but I also dilute colorful looks with nudes. For example, if I’m using green eyeshadow, I’ll use a brown transition and crease shade to tone it down and keep the color on one of the lids only. I have used red shadow for the crease in a monochromatic peach look. I think there are very clever ways to use color and glitter. Youtuber Tati uses loads of glitter and she doesn’t look like a unicorn.

I second the facial powders thing… I wish I could sample more facial setting powders! We never get those bc it’s hard to excite ppl about a setting powder, but I’d love to try RCMA, Charlotte Tillbury, etc. I’m very particular about my blushes and they last foreeeeever. But I’m less picky on my bronzers.

Ms peaches

Thanks for the tips. I definitely will be using them

NurseJen

Sounds like subscription boxes may not be for you. You may be better off taking your $21 and buying exactly what you want. In my experience with Boxycharm and Ipsy, they send me things I normally wouldn’t buy for myself, so I get to try a wide variety of products and shades. Doesn’t bother me because they’re so cheap. I save my cash for things I really want.

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