BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review – August 2019
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: BoxyCharm
The Cost: $21 a month. Save with longer subscriptions.
The Products: 5-6 beauty items that include nail care, skincare, makeup, haircare, fragrance and more. (At least 4 of those items will be full-sized).
Ships to: the Contiguous US for free, Hawaii, Alaska, and Canada for $5
BoxyCharm August 2019 Review
Each box comes with a card detailing the items included.
Now, on to the items!
BECCA Cosmetics Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder, 10 g – Retail Value $39.00
(All subscribers will receive this item in one of two shades.)
I love BECCA. They are the brand behind my favorite lipstick! This powder is really interesting because it has a cooling and sort of wet sensation when you apply it. The lighter shade is a perfect translucent shade on my fair skin, and although I always find loose powders on the messy side, this does apply beautifully. There is a mesh barrier inside which helps cut down on too much product at once and there is also a built-in barrier that keeps the powder cool/wet. I use loads of translucent powder so this is a total winner for my stash.
Wander Beauty Glow Ahead Illuminating Face Oil, 25 ml – Retail Value $42.00
(All subscribers will receive this item.)
First, I would never classify this as an oil formula, so if that “oil” aspect turned you off at first glance, you might like this more than you thought. It is much more of a lightweight serum that looks really pink and sparkly when you apply a few drops then quickly disappears when rubbed into your skin. It actually disappears TOO much in my opinion, and I didn’t notice much of a difference in my skin. I found that it absorbed pretty well, but Marne did mention she thought it felt sticky on her skin. While it did give both of us minimal glow and some dewiness, I think we were both pretty underwhelmed.
Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum, 40 ml – Retail Value $39.00
(All subscribers will receive this item OR Tarte Big Ego Mascara.)
I was SO hoping I would get this item rather than the mascara, mainly because I have never, ever tried anything from this brand. This is a clear, unscented serum packed with niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, peptides, and other ingredients that are great for your skin. The main draw here for myself would be its boast of reducing pore size, something I sorely need. I have used it for two nights now and my skin does look a little more even, though this is absolutely one of those products I need to try out for a longer time period.
Ace Beaute Huckleberry & French Vanilla Glimmer Shadow Duo, 2.1 g each – Retail Value $25.00
(This is a variant item.)
The formula of these shadows reminds me very much of the Colourpop Super Shock Shadows, except these are significantly more expensive. They both share that powder/cream hybrid formula that is super pigmented and ridiculously easy to blend. Sadly, I really don’t love these colors. I feel like this summer has been full of ’80s-inspired eyeshadow (is this the Stranger Things effect?) and I am more than a little over it. It looks like one of the variants was a different pair that I would have liked much more, but that is the luck of the draw!
The payoff is good, I just don’t like these shades.
Steve Laurent Lip Liner in ‘Vogue’, 1 g – Retail Value $15.00
(This is a variant item.)
Finally, our last item is a lip liner in a shade I quite like. It is a dirty, natural pink and it applies very smooth once you get it going. It will complement many of my lipstick shades.
A very natural shade, indeed!
Verdict: My BoxyCharm box has an overall value of this box is around $160.00, which is outstanding for a $21 box. The downside is that I only really loved about $93 worth of the items (powder, serum, liner). This is still a really great value takeaway though, so I am really disinclined to complain too much, even if the highest value item was a dud for me personally. From my perspective, the powder and serum alone make this box worth it, and I am really excited about them. I hope that this is the beginning of the end of ’80s shadows and we can move towards a more subdued fall look. Or maybe just a break from eyeshadows and some incredible lipsticks instead? I also think it is worth noting that there were no brushes this month, which was a welcome change since this box has delivered so many high-quality sets over the last few months. BoxyCharm will always be one of my faves because of the high value, even if I end up re-gifting some of the contents.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes! These boxes do sell out though, so if you love it, hurry.
Value Breakdown: At $21.00 for this box, here is approximately what you are paying per product:
- BECCA Powder $5.12
- Wander Face Oil $5.51
- Peach & Lily Serum $5.12
- Ace Beaute Shadow Duo $3.28
- Steve Laurant Liner $1.97
Alternatively, the average cost of each of the 5 items is $4.20.
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What do you think of the August 2019 BoxyCharm Box? Which variants are you getting?