BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review – September 2019


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Boxy Charm September 2019 beauty box subscription review

BoxyCharm is a full-size beauty and makeup subscription box. They always provide a great value compared to the cost of the box. (If you are a makeup addict – we recommend this box!)

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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.)

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About BoxyCharm

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 September 2019 Review

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Each box comes with a card detailing the items included.

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Now, on to the items!

  • huge natural face palette with lots of gold accents

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  • inside palette with 6 different shades all surrounded by gold

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  • lace inspired lid with gold text

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    Too Faced Natural Face Palette – Retail Value $44.00

    I absolutely LOVE this palette. It is tuned for a more natural look, which suits my general makeup vibes just fine. It has two highlighters, two blushes, and two bronzer “veils”. Though the first bronzer (Sunny Honey) made me look more like I had a 5 o’clock shadow than a glow, I did find that the second (Tropic Like It’s Hot) was totally doable on my fair skin as a bronzer, as long as I was light-handed with my application. My favorite shade on this would easily be Pink Sand. It is this gorgeous dirty pink that works well on my cheeks or my lids. The highlighters are really great too, one leans more champagne and the other more pink, and both are as subtle or as bold as you want them to be! Pink Wink is just an over-the-top, fun, true sweet pink that was so pretty on the apples of my cheeks. All of these shades smell like some sort of delicious dessert and the palette itself is really heavy and high quality.

    Top to bottom: Starlight, Pink Wink, Sunny Honey, Satin Sheets, Pink Sand, and Tropic Like It’s Hot

    • white tube of mask with silver cap

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    • cream gel hybrid texture

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      Dr. Brandt Hydro Biotic Recovery Sleeping Mask, 1.7 oz – Retail Value $52.00

      I usually really like Dr. Brandt products and this is no exception. My skin is really angry right now because I have been using Tretinoin at night and my skin is in that rebellious dry phase. This sleep mask arrived at a perfect time! I used this calming mask as my very last skincare step before bed. I found that it really calmed my skin down and reduced the redness that always occurs when I use super strong anti-aging products. I woke up with calm and soft skin, and noticed it was significantly less red all day. It is worth noting that the normal full size of this comes in a tub, while ours arrived in a tube. The amount of product is the same and I actually prefer a tube any day over a tub!

      • set of 5 black eye brushes in plastic sleeve

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      • back of plastic sleeve

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        Moda Brushes 5 Piece Brush Kit – Listed Value $27.95

        I don’t love these Moda brushes, but this is likely because I prefer my minimal black Morphe brushes. I actually just received a 6 piece eye set in my September MorpheMe subscription that I really like! These don’t quite compare for me, but they are still a solid set of brushes. Included is every sort of brush you would need for a complete eye look: a shader, crease, detail, smudge, and a liner.

        • black and white liner pencil

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        • marker tip

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          Hank & Henry Beauty Liquid Liner in Blickity Black, 0.55 ml – Retail Value $17.00

          I think I must have received 3-4 black eyeliner pens in the last week. Though I am feeling a little liner fatigue, I have never tried anything from Hank & Henry, so I was very curious. The packaging is really nice and I like the brush style tip. My only complaint is that this isn’t as black as I would expect. It was actually really demure. Aside from that, that staying power was good and I liked the satiny finish.

          It could absolutely be darker!

          • black eyebrow pencil

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          • special marker tip with hair lip nubs

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            Billion Dollar Brows The Microblade Effect Brow Pen, 0.7 ml –  Retail Value $18.00

            This is the second time I have gotten a brow pen with this sort of tip and while I think the idea is genius, the execution leaves much to be desired. Let me explain! This works amazing for the first few strokes. Then the brush tip stops marking because it becomes covered in your foundation or powder. No makeup? If you use a cream or moisturizer, this will also be an issue. I usually get one really great looking brow and then it stops working by the second. It is such a bummer because it really does look great! Those little tips make for very convincing hairs. But for now, I find myself sticking to my pencil or spoolie brow products.

            If only it worked consistently!

            Verdict: My BoxyCharm box has an overall value of around $158.95, which is awesome for a $21 box. My two favorite items (the palette and the sleep mask) were worth a whopping $96 alone, making this box more than worth that $21 subscription cost. The brushes were a nice addition, though they can’t replace the ones already in my collection. I was less impressed with the liner and brow pen, but I am still very happy overall with this box. I loved the assortment of brands and I thought there was a ton of product variety in here! BoxyCharm continues to be one of the best values out there and I am always so excited to open it each month.

            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:

            • Too Faced Natural Face Palette $5.81
            • Dr. Brandt Sleeping Mask $6.87
            • Moda Brush Set $3.69
            • Hank & Henry Eye Liner $2.25
            • Billion Dollar Brows Pen $2.38

            Alternatively, the average cost of each of the 5 items is $4.20.

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            Written by Megan Kirkland

            Megan Kirkland

            I love natural/vegan beauty products, Korean skincare, unique jewelry, and weird candies from far away places. When I am not waiting for my next exciting box you can find me painting or taking photographs of interesting people. I never leave home without pug hair somewhere on my shirt and a bold lipstick on my smile.

            Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Boxycharm Reviews, Canadian Subscription Box Reviews, Makeup Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: boxycharm | 59 comments

            59 Comments

            1. Which box is 0.7 lbs 0.32 kg and 3x2x2

              Did anyone get these dimensions and what did you get ? Please and thank you 😁

            2. Love your palette. Not as jazzed about my Tarte palette, but no matter, my BoxyLuxe box this month hit it out of the park. My box was packed with cool stuff — full-size Sunday Riley water cream, Stilla lipstick in a color I can actually use, a curling wand, and the infused water bottle I requested — and lots of other great stuff! Thank you Boxy. I owe you a good review after posting past complaints. My box was 17L. 😃😃😃

            3. Great box this month. But I’ll pass again. I’ll check next month’s spoilers later this month. I need a subscription for weightloss. I’m kinda not into makeup as much.

            4. Oh I’d love any of these variations. I’d find a use for all of the pallets. I’m trying to resist becoming a new subscriber but may just have to cave. Living through you all vicariously is no longer working lol 🙂

            5. How do you know when BoxyCharm and BoxyLuxe has shipped? Do they send out an email or any tracking?

              • They will usually send an email with the tracking info.

            6. I got my box for free and I got the Too Faced Palette as well. It’s ok but not anything special.

            7. God Bless America today and always! Please remember.

              • Always remember never forget 💔
                I’m from NYC and was there it was so horrible and still is …

            8. Yes I got the same stuff… violet voss and MAC lipstick..I would never use those colors. I was very disappointed with this box!

              • Me too :/ and I told them you didn’t even follow profile basically CS .. said oh well it’s a diamond in the rough

                Yeah okay for years it seems in the rough you don’t follow profile or reviews lol a joke answer

                They don’t even read what you write

              • Me too!! This box turned out to be so disappointing when I recieved it today. I was really hoping for a face palette. The violet vos palette is a major dud for me. Im hoping i can swap it out

                • It’s gonna be super hard seems majority of people got VV I saw only a few face palettes hardly any ;/ what a shame tisk tisk boxy , 85%VV

                  Why even do my profile ? They don’t follow it .. I’m better off knowing I’ll be let down as usual luck of the drawer , or your a PR

            9. I got the Violet Voss Pallet. I didn’t think I would like it, but I love it!!! Love Dr. Brandt also. For $21 it is an Awesome value

            10. Got the VV palette, colors too bright for me. Will trade for either the Too Faced or Tarte palletes. Also got the MAC lipstick, which is not bright orange as it looked in pictures. More like a light peachy pink on me and the shine was welcomed about so many drying matte lippies.

              • I really wanted that MAC lipstick! Maybe in my BoxyLuxe?

                • Megan, hopefully you get MAC lipstick in your Boxyluxe. I think you will like it given your light skin tone and inclination toward natural makeup looks. The Too Face pallete and the MAC lipstick should have been a intuitive combination for Boxycharm. Not the VV bright eyeshadows (unwearable at any age for me) combined with the natural, subdued MAC everyday lipstick. So wanted that Too Faced Natural pallete.

            11. Me too and it’s really frustrating to me. PR boxes are free and here we are paying for one or even multiple to try to get the one thing I think we should’ve had a choice of. I’m tired of the items that we want go to the PR boxes. I’m so disappointed w boxyluxe this month I’m canceling my subscription. Not worth it no more

              • I got the Tarte Pallete. Would you be interested in swapping. Also got the Stila in Shimmering Petunia if you are interested. Both are in untouched, unboxed condition.

                • Is it the Tarte clay face Pallette ?? Or the bronzer ?? I want the Tarte clay face I’ll trade my VV in a heartbeat with the lipstick together

                  Email me if interested : forgetmefan19 at gmail.com

              • I totally agree. I just canceled as well after receiving the VV Pallete. So frustrating seeing all of the influencers receive the Too Faced Pallete and all of the subscribers receiving VV.

                • After 2.5 years of subscribing I can say for a fact I might ONCE received the mid-range value (I actually didn’t like the item and wanted the lower value item…the one time!) boxes all the other times it’s been the lowest value. I wish they would alternate so every subscriber has a chance to feel that “Oh WOW, I am so lucky to get this box” instead of frustration and anger. Personally I didn’t care for the TF palette and actually wanted the VV palette but, I think it was last month when they had a serum — I really wanted that but didn’t get it. Or if they don’t want to alternate or make the boxes random, then don’t make the value difference so noticeable. We a paid the same money, shouldn’t we all get the same value?

                  • I totally agree. I feel so let down month after month. And like everyone, I hang on just that one more month in hopes boxycharm/luxe will get their sh*t together.

            12. i cancelled…I told them i’m getting to much eyeshadows…they don’t care..they didn’t even care I cancelled…

              • That’s why I cancelled. I like makeup, though rarely wear eye shadow. I got so many eye shadow palettes it was crazy.

              • THIS is why this box is becoming frustrating. There is only so much makeup you can get. The thing is, this is why they are branching out into hair balms and hair tools and gunk and spongelleas and WATERBOTTLES…that’s the issue….most people want this box for MAKEUP and there is only so much makeup you can put into a box. I dont mind a random high end skincare here and there, but THIS vibe right here is why boxy is changing and a lot dont like it.

                There are so many subs out there, NONE with all makeup now, and that’s sad. I’d rather get 12 eyeshadow pallettes and try different formulas and brands etc then to boxy to turn into fab fit fun, or some other box that is already put there…there are skin care boxes, and all kinds of things, but now none all makeup.

            13. I haven’t gotten my box. Should I be worried? Its my first boxyluxe box I have only had boxycharm in the past.

              Is it lost in the mail?

              • No. People are just starting to receive them. I used to get mine around the 24th of the month but I must be on a new shipping schedule because I get mine right around the 10th now. They ship in batches so just hold on a little longer and you should get it.

            14. Really hoping to get that palette. It’s gorgeous!

            15. I received the same box. I love the Too Faced palette, but am I the only one who thought it smelled floral and not dessertish? Haha

              I don’t like the floral scent, really any scented make up. But I absolutely loved the pallete

              • I posted below that mine (from Ulta) does not smell like dessert at all too! Thought I might be crazy…

                • I had box number 15. I received the Violent Voss Essentials palette, Dr. Brandt Mask, Laura Gellar highlighter, MAC Lipstick, and Moda Brushes.

                • Nope, not crazy!
                  Mine doesn’t smell like dessert either! I was so lost when people were saying theirs smelled sweet because mine definitely does not lol

            16. Can you have 2 boxy subscriptions…can you get the regular box and luxe or is it one per household?

              • Not under the same account, but you can create a second account with a new email and get both that way.

              • I have two under separate emails. I’m hoping one of them comes with the too faced palette and one the violet voss. Fingers crossed!

            17. Anyone have a 2.7 lbs/ 1.22kgs with dimensions 11 x 7 x 5 ? If so can you, please, tell me what you got!
              Thanks

            18. Megan right now you can get 40% off everything but bundles at Hank & Henry. The alter ego eye kits are amazing and the new highlighters are awesome too!

              • Ooooo thanks for the heads up, Heather! I actually had my eye on one of the eye kits!

              • I was hoping for a too faced product but as always I end up with something I could never use. I told myself last month that I was going to unsubscribe from Boxycharm but just figured I’d give it one more chance when I saw all the great options popping out like Daisy’s.
                But of course I was given the Violet Boss which are all colors I would never put on my eyes. They are not an everyday go to look. I was very disappointed. Thank you Boxycharm for reminding me that if I’m not up on the totem pole that I do not matter. Idk how many times I’ve received crap compared to what other subscribers were given. Completely over it.

                • After 2.5 years of subscribing I can say for a fact I might ONCE received the mid-range value (I actually didn’t like the item and wanted the lower value item…the one time!) boxes all the other times it’s been the lowest value. I wish they would alternate so every subscriber has a chance to feel that “Oh WOW, I am so lucky to get this box” instead of frustration and anger. Personally I didn’t care for the TF palette and actually wanted the VV palette but, I think it was last month when they had a serum — I really wanted that but didn’t get it. Or if they don’t want to alternate or make the boxes random, then don’t make the value difference so noticeable. We a paid the same money, shouldn’t we all get the same value?

                • 👍

            19. I was going to get the too faced palette from the ulta sale, but didn’t hoping I would get it from boxycharm, of course I didn’t. Honestly I know I don’t really need it but still really bummed I didn’t get it at the sale price. 🙁

              • I haven’t been subbed to Boxy for awhile so I was “free” to pick it up in the Ulta sale. I was actually here to see if anyone else’s palette smelled odd. I expected dessert (vanilla or chocolate or whatever) but mine smells more like play-doh. I was surprised. It’s not horrible but not what I was expecting or had heard at all…maybe my nose is just different for some reason. LOL.

                • I got mine from ulta, it smells coconutty lol

              • I think the Too Face palette was the unicorn item this month. I REALLY want it as well, but have come to the conclusion I wont get it. VV(lowest RV) is in the majority of boxes. I found my VV HG mini palette is hard to blend, somewhat patchy and not user friendly for beginners like myself.

                TF Palette was onsale at Ulta and Sephora! Sephora sold out online immediately and Ulta sold out by late afternoon. I ran over to the closest Ulta right before closing and they were sadly sold out too! Boo -_-

              • Ulta has a 30 day return policy. You should have bought it and if you got a second returned or gifted it.

              • I totally went ahead and got it during the sale!!!!! Something inside me knew I wouldn’t get it lol and of course I didn’t! I was hoping for the Tarte since I bought the TF but of course I got the VV I’m gonna save it for a swap or sale or something..

            20. I hated my box. I got the violet boss which those colors I would not wear. I also got the Laura Geller which I do not do gold highlighter or Illuminators. I also got an orange lipstick which I will not wear. This month I was deciding on if I would keep boxy or Ipsy plus. I think boxy is gonna go after a year and a half.

              • Me too! This box was very disappointing. I am a new subscriber and this was my 4th box, thinking about canceling.

              • I was hoping for a too faced product but as always I end up with something I could never use. I told myself last month that I was going to unsubscribe from Boxycharm but just figured I’d give it one more chance when I saw all the great options popping out like Daisy’s.
                But of course I was given the Violet Boss which are all colors I would never put on my eyes. They are not an everyday go to look. I was very disappointed. Thank you Boxycharm for reminding me that if I’m not up on the totem pole that I do not matter. Idk how many times I’ve received crap compared to what other subscribers were given. Completely over it.

            21. All those brow pens and eyeliners and brushes in the picture remind me of that game Pick Up Stix from grade school.

              • Always love Megan’s photos, such creativity 🙂

            22. Only ones I’ve seen get the Too Faced Natural palette is people who receive PR

              • I’m praying I get the Tarte clay palette 🤞 I already have the Too Faced palette and sadly rarely reach for it… I love Tarte and Too Faced though 😍

              • I really, really want it and signed up for 2 to get it. If it is only PR I will be so sad.

              • I got the Tarte palette and I don’t receive any sort of PR….

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