BoxyLuxe Subscription Box Review – December 2019
BoxyCharm is a full-size beauty and makeup subscription box. BoxyLuxe is a new once-a-quarter upgrade option you can add to your existing $21-a-month BoxyCharm subscription. So for an additional $28.99, you’ll get the Luxe items, and be paying a total of $49.99 for that quarterly box.
Since BoxyLuxe is an upgrade to your original subscription, you will be paying your normal subscription amount, $21/month if you have the monthly subscription, plus you will pay for the upgrade, which is an additional $28.99 every March, June, September, and December.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: BoxyLuxe
The Cost: $49.99 for September, December, March and June boxes, $21 for all other months
The Products: Each box will be valued at over $300. The box will include lifestyle, skincare, beauty, etc.
Ships to: The contiguous US for free, plus US territories and Canada for $8
BoxyLuxe December 2019 Review
Now, on to the items!
Storybook Cosmetics Fairy Tale Book Club in Little Briar Rose – Retail Value $55.00 (currently on sale for $25.00)
I am not super crazy about this palette. First, it is MASSIVE. Like, huge. I could never lug this thing around because it wouldn’t ever fit into a makeup bag. The colors are actually quite lovely, but I think I would rather de-pot my favorites into a travel palette than be forced to keep this whole thing, especially since I don’t see myself ever using the blues. There are also a few shades with low pigmentation, mainly Briar Rose, Grimm, and Thorn. The mattes seem to be the problematic ones here. The shimmers, on the other hand, are quite lovely, smooth, and well pigmented, though they don’t apply at all well with a brush, so use your fingers. I get the appeal of such a palette, especially as a book-lover, but the practicality and formulas are lacking, IMO.
Top to bottom: Briar Rose, Spindle, Talia, Castle, Prince, and Grimm
Top to bottom: Beauty, Woodland, Enchanted, Fairies, Thorn, and Kiss.
Saturday Skin Waterfall Glacier Water Cream, 1.69 oz – Retail Value $39.00
Can you believe I have never tried anything from this brand? A water cream is a great place to start! Compared to some others, this one was downright thick! I have dry skin, so this was a bonus for me, but if you are on the oilier side, this is certainly not too heavy for you to enjoy too! While it was quick-absorbing, I did notice the tiniest bit of stickiness for about 5 minutes after I applied, but I actually thought that slight tackiness was a perfect base for my foundation so I rolled with it. It gave my skin a nice finish and a wash of cooling hydration that lasted all day under all of my other products. While this isn’t heavy enough for me to use as a night cream, I really loved it for daytime use. It is also synthetic fragrance-free (and didn’t have a noticeable scent either) so this might be an awesome choice for anyone with sensitive skin too.
Ciaté London Confetti Highlighter, 10 g – Retail Value $32.00
I am still not over highlighters. I know a lot of people are, but don’t we all have that one type of product that we hoard incessantly? Lipstick and highlighters for me! This rose gold compact is very pretty, and has a speckled pressed highlighter with shades ranging from pearl and rose gold, to champagne and bronze. Swirled together, they are a soft pinky champagne that I can imagine would flatter a wide range of skin tones. I found this much more of a shimmer than a glittery effect, which suits me just fine.
Glow, baby, glow.
(Sorry for the change in background! I forgot to swatch this and we had to double back and grab it another day!)
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, 5 fl oz – Retail Value $38.00
This has been one of my favorite brands for a really long time and this cleanser is one of their cult-fave products. I have never really indulged because $38 for a cleanser has always given me major sticker shock. But in a box? Sure! It has a really unique scent that kind of reminds me of sake more than soy, though I don’t think there is any sake in there. It lathers up beautifully, especially if you use it on dry skin before adding water, something I have been doing more and more lately if I don’t have time to double cleanse. While it feels super gentle, it is a powerhouse for makeup and dirt removal. I am really happy with this cleanser and a little scared of what I will do when I eventually run out.
QMS Lip Line Corrector, 15 ml – Retail Value $200.00 (£155)
I know this is an expensive brand, and while I have received items from it before, I am never totally sure if the formulas live up to the pricetags. I find myself in a weird position to review this too, since I am blessed to not have any lip lines to correct (yet). I decided to use this around my lips and eyes and did notice a significant hydration boost, though nothing truly dramatic. It might be something I have to use more over time, so we shall see! What did you all think of this?
Innbeauty Power Up: Dual-Phase Setting Face Mist, 3.4 fl oz – Retail Value $32.00
This is another new brand for me, and as a side note, their website is super cute! This is the type of mist you shake before spraying, because it has two parts inside. The oily surface section is filled with moringa seed oil and ginger root oil for a healthy dose of moisture. The other part has witch hazel and aloe. Though this is listed as a setting mist, with wonderful ingredients like that you can use it on naked skin for added moisture throughout the day. It also smells really great too!
Kat Von D Dagger Tattoo Liner, 0.55 ml – Retail Value $20.00
I don’t generally use eyeliner (which means I give away lots of eyeliner) but I had heard nice things about this one so I decided to try it out. I loved how dark the black was and the not-so-shiny finish, but I disliked the angled brush tip. It was really hard to get a nice line because I had to be super careful about the angle I was using. The bristles themselves actually felt like they were needling into my eyelid too if I got the angle wrong. When I do choose to use a liner, I think I will stick to the pointed brush or felt tips.
I liked that this wasn’t too shiny when fully dried.
Too Faced Rich & Dazling Lip Gloss in ‘Crazy Rich’, 7 g – Retail Value $21.00
I love lip gloss, so I was pretty pumped this arrived in my box instead of a liquid matte product. This is a really pretty peachy gloss with a fuschia shimmer that gives it a duo-chrome look. It applies nicely and though you can kind of feel the shimmery particles when you rub your lips together, it isn’t grainy or unpleasant. You can use this as a topper to any shade, but I loved it alone on my lips with a low-key “no makeup” look.
A pretty peachy pink with a fuschia shine.
Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Foaming Shower Gel, 6.7 fl oz – Retail Value $9.50
Finally, our last item is a giant bottle of foaming shower gel. It does indeed foam, and kind of changes into a shaving foam texture the more you rub it on your body. It feels great! It has a really strong and creamy cherry blossom scent that I thought was too sweet until it grew on me. It left my skin feeling clean and soft, which is really all I can ask for.
Verdict: The total retail value of this BoxyLuxe is $446.50, which is wild for a $49.99 box, including free shipping. I will admit that the two most expensive items were probably my least favorite, which is kind of a bummer, but in typical Boxy fashion, the rest of the items collectively had enough value to make me feel like this was still a great box. My favorite items would be the Saturday Skin cream, Fresh cleanser, highlighter, and lip gloss. With such a great selection, I am happy to cut my losses with the few items I was less enthused about and regift them to someone who might appreciate them more.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, but you can claim a spot for the March BoxyLuxe box by upgrading your BoxyCharm subscription in your account section.
Value Breakdown: At $49.99, here is what you are paying approximately per item
- Storybook Cosmetics Palette $6.16
- Saturday Skin Water Cream $4.37
- Ciaté Highlighter $3.58
- Fresh Face Cleanser $4.25
- QMS Lip Line Corrector $22.39
- Innbeauty Setting Mist $3.58
- Kat Von D Liner $2.24
- Too Faced Lip Gloss $2.35
- Rituals Shower Gel $1.06
Alternatively, each of the 9 items has an average cost of $5.55.
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What do you think of the December 2019 BoxyLuxe?