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BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review – November 2019

Megan K.
ByMegan K.Nov 8, 2019 | 124 comments

BoxyCharm November 2019 beauty and makeup subscription box review

BoxyCharm
4.3 overall rating
1980 Ratings | 226 Reviews

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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My subscription addiction paid for this box. (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: $25 a month. Save with longer subscriptions.

COUPON: Use code HEADSHOT to get a free Dr. Brandt Triple Antioxidant Face Cream worth $64!

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 November 2019 Review

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Each box comes with a card detailing the items included.

open booklet with product list and info back of booklet

We also received a sample for the new Boxy Complexion Customization feature:

 

To customize, simply swatch the shades above, visit this link, and report which shade was the best match for you! There are also some questions regarding which type of foundation and concealer-related products you would like to see in your box and how frequently.

Now, on to the items!

 

Exclusive BoxyCharm Mini Version of the Dominique Cosmetics Celestial Thunder Eye Shadow Palette – Listed Value $35.00

Wow. These colors are beautiful. A few of them are totally outside my wheelhouse, but since I embrace a more natural sort of makeup routine, this isn’t shocking. The shimmers are where this set really shines. The Black Matter shade, in particular, is a swoon-worthy deep charcoal with an electric purple flash that isn’t really captured in the swatches below. Fireball is also awesome, a borderline metallic hellcat of an orange-red with beautiful smoothness. The mattes are also well pigmented, with Zero Gravity being the standout for me personally. It is a little more sheer than the others but this is intentional, as when you apply it with a brush it is a dreamy soft-shaded sort of shadow. Lucid Dream and Mystic Ice will probably never make it to my lids, but I am really impressed with the level of pigment they have for brights and the smooth application.

Top to bottom: Eternal Light, Fireball, Black Matter, Zero Gravity

Top to bottom: Lucid Dream, Storm Dust, Lunar Eclipse, Mystic Ice

 

Kypris Antioxidant Dew Quench & Glow Serum, 1.59 fl oz – Retail Value $90.00

This was the item I picked when customization choice was open and I am really excited about it because I have kind of wanted this stuff for years after stalking it on the Petit Vour website. It is one of those products that ticks all of my boxes: luxe, filled with awesome ingredients and beautifully packaged. Speaking of ingredients, you will notice both the box and bottle specifically state “Made exclusive for BoxyCharm.” I believe this is probably to prevent retail returns, as the ingredient lists are the same and this is made in the US just as all Kypris products are.

This milky serum is just the sort of thing I use after cleansing and before a heavier serum and my nightly moisturizer. I also used it directly under my makeup and thought it was a great primer. It is filled with loads of antioxidants and extracts from roses and other botanicals. It is lightweight too, so if you want just a little added moisture, this will be an awesome choice for you. It has a soft scent with creamy and botanical notes. I love how quickly it absorbed and the glow of instant hydration it gave my dull morning skin.

 

Dose of Colors Liquid Lipstick in ‘Charm’, 4.5 g – Retail Value $18.00

I am a big fan of this liquid lipstick. The color I received is a deep blood red and looks fantastic against my fair skin, though I imagine it would flatter most any skin tone. I feel more than a little like Snow White! The formula is full coverage and the pigment levels are off the charts. This is one of those matte finishes that never totally dries down and feels a little balmy for as long as you wear it, which I much prefer to the ones that dry completely since my lips are on the dry side.

WAY into it.

 

Lilly Lashes x BoxyCharm Faux Mink Lashes – Retail Value $25.00

I was kind of hoping these wouldn’t be in my box as I don’t wear false lashes often (and, honestly, I am horrible at application!) but I remembered that I do have a gala coming up this winter and that sort of black-tie occasion is one of the only sorts of times I wear lashes. These are a lovely faux mink and they are whispy and random enough to read as almost realistic. They are a lot of drama, but not too much for me.

 

BoxyCharm 2 Piece Brush Set –  Listed Value $35.00

FYI: If you subscribe to both BoxyCharm AND BoxyCharm Premium, you will receive Farsali Rose Gold Skin Mist instead of this brush pair since you will be receiving the 5 piece brush set in your premium box. 

Lastly, our final item is a pair of BoxyCharm branded brushes. I consider myself a little bit of a brush connoisseur these days thanks to my MorpheMe subscription. This is hilarious as up until last May, I used literally one of two brushes for everything. My, how things have changed! I don’t have anything quite like these in my expansive collection and I really like them. They feel like a hybrid between traditional brushes and those oval-shaped foundation style brushes that have become popular. They have some seriously dense bristles, but are butter soft. I used the larger one for applying my go-to daily foundation and the smaller one for buffing blush and highlighter on top to a flawless finish. If I could change anything about them, it would be that compared to the heavy-duty dense heads, the handles feel really light, but other than that, I actually love these and I am impressed!

Verdict: My BoxyCharm box has an overall value of $203.00, which is crazy for a $25 box. Sure, some of these items were Boxy exclusives or Boxy branded, but I was really impressed by everything here this month. At the very least, I paid $25 for a $90 serum I have been crushing on for years. Needless to say, I am more than happy! The brushes were a surprise hit, and I find myself really impressed by the design and quality. I am sure we can all relate to being less than impressed with a subscription box brush before, but these are the exception and Boxy really did it right. The eyeshadow palette was also beautiful and even though I don’t see myself using all of the colors, but there is enough there to thrill me. The lipstick was another winner for its color and formula and the lashes are great to stash for my winter formal looks. I am more than happy with this month’s box and seriously pleased with my assortment.

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.

COUPON: Use code HEADSHOT to get a free Dr. Brandt Triple Antioxidant Face Cream worth $64!

Value Breakdown: At $25.00 for this box, here is approximately what you are paying per product:

  • Dominique Cosmetics Palette $4.31
  • Kypris Serum $11.08
  • Dose of Colors Lipstick $2.22
  • Lilly Lashes $3.08
  • BoxyCharm Brushes $4.31

Alternatively, the average cost of each of the 5 items is $5.00.

Check out all of our BoxyCharm reviews and some of our favorite beauty subscription boxes!

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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.
Megan K.
Megan K.
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.

Megan K.
Megan K.
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.
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124 comments

Dani

Megan, you probably won’t see this but if you do could you post a pic of you wearing that lip color? It’s in the add-on sale and I don’t know if I should risk it or not. I love blue based or neutral reds but I definitely don’t look good in brownish ones. You and I have similar coloring so I thought seeing it on you might help me decide.if it doesn’t sell out super fast that is. Thanks!

Soma

I am not sure….

I was given with the option to opt between DOC and Becca…and I went ahead with Becca…and they confirmed that it is recorded. I still received the DOC product.

After emailing them….they replied twice that they are investigating…Now after about 2 weeks they provided me with answer…that since I got Premium box….I was send the Farsali product.

Come on….I wrote DOC and Becca in the email and not Farsali….How can the words being mixedup….or is it a way to ignore/not concentrate on concerns of someone who pays full price for the boxes…..

At lease they should honor their words…..

h

Still have not received my box that was shipped November 6th. FedEx has a trace on it, and I have written to BC, explaining to them that I have already contacted FedEx and they keep responding to contact the shipper. The do not read the emails!

Now, after putting that I did not receive my box and have contacted the shipper in bold caps about five times, they stated that I have to wait while they see if the Kypris supplier has any more. FedEx suggested putting a charge back on my CC, which I’ve followed their advice. The lady from FedEx stated that she is so familiar with BC boxes. It happens constantly, apparently. Maybe it is the cute little size. Who knows?

Oh well. Looked like a good box. I have so much product overload, though, I can miss a box or two, but I absolutely will NOT pay for something that I do not receive. Their customer service is seriously lacking. Been a BC subscriber for years, BoxyLuxe since its inception, and on waitlist for BoxyPremium. Loyal as any subscriber could be, but it really doesn’t matter. Loyalty is nothing to BoxyCharm, except their loyalty to the green money that rolls into their pockets.

Anna

The ingredients are completely different in the boxy kypris. Check out the Not so evil stepmother’s youtube video when she investigates it. Interesting! The ingredients do the same thing supposedly but are much cheaper.

Steph H

This isn’t true. I’ve personally checked the ingredients against all of the ingredients listed online and they match. Check the ingredients listed on the Kypris site and Nordstrom and you’ll find that they match perfectly.

Steph H

The reason it’s made exclusively for Boxycharm is so people cannot return them to a store and pocket $90.

lucy

I got a Nude lip color (nudes make me look dead), anti-wrinkle eye treatment (when I’m 23), Tula face masks, glitter drops, and the Celestial Thunder eye palette.
I just wanted a bright red and the Kypris serum, so I’m disappointed I didn’t get either!

Steph H

I know your pain. I have nudes listed but received Charm. It’s not like Boxy will actually use our profiles anyway. Saw them reply to someone on Instagram that they try to send items out of your comfort zone so you can try new things. I know that reds don’t work for me. I don’t need to try them lol.

Sarah Porter

Is anyone else having trouble leaving reviews? It doesn’t even show me the option to leave my review of the products I received this month.

I emailed customer support but it seems to be an automated response and I’m getting nowhere.

I also wasn’t able to view the complexion page.

Any advice?

MJ

I think my account doesn’t match with the products that they actually sent me. I’m not able to review several products that I received, but do have the ability to review others that I did not receive. Perhaps the same is true for you???

MJ

I’m not able to leave reviews this month either 🙁

Vicky H

Box 21 (Premium subscriber)

*celestial thunder
*farsali
*warming eye masks
*Dose of colors date night
*juice beauty (my choice)

S

Did anyone else have Boxy ask if you wanted the Dose of Colors or the Becca highlighter, when you contacted customer service about a different topic…and then they sent you the complete opposite of what you had answered? I chose the highlighter and then they had replied stating they recorded my response and then sent me the dose of colors. Not only that, they sent me an extremely dark color, which if they read my beauty quiz they would know i cant wear dark colors. I am extremely pale and if i wear colors that deep in tone it makes me look even more white, thus I end up looking sick!

I’m genuinely curious to know if they did this to everyone as a way to get people to stop contacting their customer service department. Ask us what we wanted, and then its a 50/50 chance that it’ll appear they actually cared and listened?

Did this happen to anyone else?

Carla

I’m also very fair and receive to dark colors or shades often making them useless to me. My profile says plums for eye shadows and they sent me Siennas which is something I would NEVER USE nor try. They also send me eye brow stuff in dark shades and my barely there brows are blond. Its utterly ridiculous.

Alice R

I got that dark brow gel, too. I’m a natural honey blonde.

Alice R

Yes. Then I received an email saying that they would ship my highlighter separately and to keep the lip. They also sent my wrong choice item. Same on an email for that mistake. I have not received any shipping notices for them.

S

When did they email you? I haven’t received any notice from them that they are aware of their mistake. I sent a reply to the email chain we had from last month where it shows I selected the highlighter… But they’re not exactly known for quick reply, so hopes aren’t high.

June

I’ve been having a really hard time with the dominique cosmetics eye shadows in this pallette. The mattes hold their color and wear nicely, but I can’t get the shimmers to leave any pigment on my eyes, and I end up with glitter all over my undereyes!! I’ve had shimmer fallout before, but with these I end up with no color payoff, very little shimmer, and a glittery face! Anyone else having this issue?

Megan K.

Hey June! Are you using your finger or a brush? I have a lot more luck with shimmer on my fingers and generally just apply that way, while I love brushes for my mattes.

June

Thanks, Megan, yes I have been using brushes (have tried all kinds haha). I will try using my fingers, maybe that will keep the fallout at bay.

Carla

JUNE, that is totally frustrating. I’m sorry to hear about this. I haven’t yet tried the palette but have heard that from someone else also. I will have to try it on a day that I don’t actually need to leave the house. Which kinda suck cause I don’t put make up on unless I’m going out. Curious to see what others have to say once they use it. Thanks

Carla

Thanks for another great review! I wondered if anyone knows what time the Boxy Pop Up shop opens for current members? I know it opens Monday November 11th just wondering what time. I never get to shop cause I’m always late CAUSE they never post a dang time! I set my alarm for 7am central time.

Dot

My dimensions were 9″ x 7″ x 3″ 2lbs

-Celestial Storm-Mini
– DEWQUENCH&GLOWSERUM
– NudeMood,LuckyNude
– TULA LIFE-Star Power Nourishing & Brightening Cosmic Hydrogel Mask
– 2 pc BC brush set
– SACHETS Light

I’m happy , I ordered the 5 piece brush set on mercari – so I’m happy I’ll give the two piece brushes as gifts 🙂

Ok maybe I sound like a fool – what is sachets light ??

Thanks 😊

AH

The sachets light sounds like the blister complexion pack, either pretty vulgar or Becca.

Dot

Thanks AH

Kathryn Harris

Are you subbed 2 both boxes, not just regular right?

Kenley

I received the Dose of Colors Lipstick in Date Night. Anyone willing to trade for the Becca highlighter? Thanks!

Shanya

any clues on what variation this may be ? and how do you know what number variation you have ?

WEIGHT
1.1 lbs / 0.5 kgs
DIMENSIONS
9x7x3 in.

Vi

Mine came today and had the following.
*Dominique cosmetics eyeshadow palette
*Kypris serum (choice)
*Dose of colors lipstick in nude mood
*Vitamasques eye mask set
*BC 2 piece brush set
Variation 12, same weight and measurements as shanya

Zo

I received variation 12 as well except my lip color is the much darker “Charm”. I wish I had received the nude. I’ve read some negative comments about receiving the eye masks but I’m really looking forward to trying them.

The Kypris alone is worth is this month.

Stephanie Wilson

I wish I did bc this is the exact weight/ dimensions I have 😭 my box doesn’t come in till Tuesday.

Tanya

I got two Vitamasque eye masks, the Flirty Dose of colors (I actually like the formula, but the color is a little too light for my skin tone), juice beauty eye treatment (love it so far), the shadows and brushes (both meh).

They accidentally sent the eye treatment instead of the Kypris and sent an email saying it would ship later… even before I got the box. I sure am impressed with their CS!!

Dot

What’s in Dimensions 9″ x 7″ x 3″ 2lbs ?
Thanks 😊

Tj

I got exactly the box I wanted!! Received the brushes, DOC in flirty (a color that I’ll actually wear, it’s a miracle!) Juice, and the eye masks, and the eyeshadow!!! Super happy!!!

Dot

Oh great thanks TJ for replying !! Sounds like an amazing box !!!

Lorraine

I just realized that every item in this box was made for Boxycharm, including the DOC lippie shades! I prefer to receive products that are actually sold in stores so that I know I am receiving store quality products – but I will judge the quality of these items when I receive my box.

AH

For once, I feel I won the Boxycharm lottery. I really wanted Farsali and Natasha Denona. And I actually got both (today!), and I’m elated but I almost feel like I should just quit while I’m ahead/on a good note lol (it’s gonna be hard to beat these two or come close imo). I would have been super happy to get Kypris (I wasn’t subscribed in time to choose), but again, getting two luxury products that aren’t on clearance at Sephora right now and I will actually use feels like a big win to me. I’m posting this because I see a lot disappointment with BC and I usually don’t get the items I most want, so I can understand the disappointment. Have hope that you can get the one out of twenty variations (my box is variation 21 and that is just crazy lol) you’ll love every once in a while! If these boxes aren’t fun anymore or cause more disappointment than happiness, I unsubscribe.

Kathryn Harris

Did you get both premium and regular boxy???

AH

Hi Kathryn, yes I got both boxes. It’s a lot of products when you are really eyeing one out of each. I took some solace in hearing if you got premium, you would get the Farsali. So happy there wasn’t any bait and switch with that.

Debbie

First I am still on the waitlist for premium and then for the 7th month for in a row…. bright…red..,.lipstick.,.. sigh. I HATE red lipstick on me. I review it badly ever month. It’s like they think they can change my mind. They can’t. It’s not for me. Boxy, show me a little love already.

Lucy

Do you want a nude lip color instead?

Fiery Phoenix

Want to trade for Nude

Michelle

I loved my boxy this month.

Excited about the Kypris serum, Dominique Cosmetics palette (have never tried one though I have hundreds of eyeshadow palettes), and I got the Dose of Colors in a color I will wear NudeMood.

While I’m not overjoyed with the gel masks, I will eventually use them and I prefer gel masks to paper masks so happy about that.

The brushes I’m on the fence with keeping. But I’m thinking they could be good for cream and liquids…..

Overall for $25 the value was 100% there as I would have paid that just for the eyeshadow palette.

I think my value was close to $200.

Jess

I’m really having a hard time debating subbing to boxy for the year hoping to get the premium rather than regular (boxy premium not luxe) or Ipsy Ultimate… I more into makeup than skincare. What do you guys think? Looking for opinions. Please help! I am very active on the swapping website but I’d like to keep more of the stuff from boxes rather than swapping most of my boxes.

Marie

I got variation #15. Kypris serum, the palette, Farsali mist, DOC lipstick in Date Night (they’re definitely not using our quizzes or I would have gotten Flirty), and Starry Eyes masks. 1.3 lbs. 9 x 7 x 3 in,

Dot

Anyone get those makeup brushes ?

Anyone can give feedback on the brushes ? We’re they worth it ?

Thanks 🤔😍

Alice R

I did. They’re a little off balance, but the brush heads are decent. I prefer a smaller brush,but I’ll use them for setting powder.

MJ

This is one of the best boxes I’ve gotten in awhile. Instead of the lashes I got the Tula masks (which I love). I also got the Becca foundation swatch card and one of the shades matched so perfectly that I went ahead and ordered it at Sephora. This is honestly the first box I’ve gotten from them in two years where I will use everything. I only like the top row of the palette but those shades are super flattering on so I will use them up for sure. Great job BC! Now I can’t wait for Luxe!

Crystal

I got the wrong choice item in my box.
I picked the Juice product.
Got my box yesterday with the Kypris or whatever product.
Checked my email to confirm I picked Juice product and its clear in the email.
I decided I love BoxyCharm so I won’t complain and just use what I got.
Later in the day I got an email from BoxyCharm basically saying keep what was in the box but my Juice product will be mailing soon.
So again like they did with Luxe they put the wrong product and later send the right one. I guess I am lucky cause I get box items and that’s happened now twice.

Sharing in case this is the situation with anyone else.

Alice R

This also happened to me. I chose Kypris and got the Juice Beauty. They are sending my Kypris separately. And…they were supposed to send me the Becca highlighter as my choice item for their failure to give me the gift item with my October box. So, they are also sending that separately and said to keep the lip product on them. Those were in two separate emails. I haven’t received any shipping notice on the Kypris or the highlighter.

Elena

Exact same situation for me. I picked the Kypris and Becca and got Juice and DoC and they reached out to me to tell me they would be sending me the items I chose. I asked when I might expect a shipping email and have yet to get a response.

Maria

I got mine yesterday, I was surprised cause the tracking email said it was in transit, yaaaaaay

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