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BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review + Coupon – February 2020

Boxy Charm February 2020 makeup subscription box 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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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 CELEBRATESKIN or DAZZLINGEYES to get a free gift (up to $36 value!) and $10 online store credit .

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 February 2020 Review

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Each box comes with a card detailing the items included.

This review is for box variant #45.

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Let’s see what I received!


Kate Somerville Kx Active Concentrates Bio-Mimicking Peptides Serum, 1 oz – Retail Value $98.00

Let’s begin with the most expensive treat this month! I really like Kate Somerville products and find them to usually be really effective and of wonderful quality. Peptides are basically chains of amino acids and they are a huge part of your skin’s collagen and elastin, so adding them to your routine is an excellent choice if you want to maintain your skin’s firmness and elasticity. I noticed a little extra “bounce” after a week of adding this to my rotation, which is great! It wasn’t a fine line killer or anything like that, but added firmness is always appreciated.


Alamar Cosmetics Complexion Brush Trio – Retail Value $36.00

The very last thing I need is another makeup brush, but I have become a little bit of a collector/hoarder. I LOVE adding new brushes to my collection even if I don’t need them (and I certainly don’t). I know not everyone feels this way and perhaps someday I will have like 29420934 brushes and I will hit a wall, but today is not that day. These are very pretty and have nicely dense brush heads. There are three in this set: a bronzer, a brightener, and a general complexion brush. The bristles are synthetic and feel very good on the skin, grabbing plenty of product per dip or swipe.


Ciaté London Everyday Vacay Coconut Scented Translucent Loose Powder, 15 g – Retail Value $22.00

I have to admit that this isn’t my favorite brand, and I have a hard time getting super excited about translucent powder. That being said, I do think a lot of Charmers out there might really like this. It has a soft coconut scent which feels very summery, and it does go a great job of mattifying my face juuuust enough and locking my makeup in place.


First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads, 28 pads – Retail Value $17.00

I like pads like this because I am an AHA addict and they make it just ridiculously easy to apply a peel before bed. These are soaked in a formula with both glycolic and lactic acids which exfoliate the skin without any texture or scrubbiness. This exfoliation exposes newer glowing skin! I found these to be pretty mild, but I do use acids A LOT, so if you are more sensitive give them a try maybe every other night and follow up with moisturizer until you see how your skin reacts. They also fill in as a toner step in a routine too, and multi-use always makes me happy!


Evio Refreshing Cleansing Help Wipes, 15 wipes – Retail Value $10.00

Finally, our last item is a pack of 15 hemp oil wipes. I use cleansing wipes all the time at home, work, and in school, so I am rarely unhappy to see them in a box. It would have been extra nice if this had been a 30 pack though! These were exceptionally gentle on my skin and did a good job removing makeup and dirt. Despite having hemp oil, they leave no oily feel behind.

Verdict: My BoxyCharm box has an overall value of $183.00 which is awesome for a $25 box. This was the second month where my box was significantly more skincare focused, though I will say I like this box much more than my January one. The Kate Somerville serum alone makes the $25 price tag feel more than fair, and I also loved the brushes, pads, and wipes. The powder is also a solid addition, though I feel pretty neutral about it. All in all, this was a great value box with recognizable and high-quality brands, so what’s not to love?

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, this box is still available, but there are variations! These boxes do sell out, so if you love it, hurry.

COUPON: Use code CELEBRATESKIN or DAZZLINGEYES to get a free gift (up to $36 value!) and $10 online store credit .

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

  • Kate Somerville Serum $13.39
  • Alamar Brush Trio $4.92
  • Ciaté Powder $3.01
  • First Aid Beauty Pads $2.32
  • Evio Wipes $1.37

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

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Written by Megan


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, Makeup Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: boxycharm | 80 comments

Comments (80)

  1. I FINALLY received my box. Everything was just thrown into the box with no insert or booklet or whatever. Boxy needs to step back and get organized, they are trying to grow too fast and too big. I will probably cancel all three of them, I have enough skincare and eye shadow palettes to last me six lifetimes and their filler items are getting worse and worse.

  2. Since all of the recent drama, I decided to start checking my products from all boxes. How are you all doing this? My base box came today with no insert and no information on the products themselves. I have no way of finding out this information because it is not even on the product. So how can I find ingredients and country of origin?

    Thanks for your help!!!

    • Mine came with no insert card as well

    • If you want to learn more about a certain product, try doing a search on Google or Bing for the product. You might find resources that can take you to websites in order to find the info you’re looking for. I do this with almost all of my K-Beauty products. You’d be surprised by the wealth of information websites have on these products!

  3. My box is pending shipment. Says 2.7 lbs and 10x7x4. This is my.first box. Did anyone else get this size

    • My box has been pending in shipping since 2/6 😤. I confirmed with Fedex that it is not able to be located. I let Boxy know this yesterday and haven’t heard back from them. Good luck!

      • Mine now shows pending delivery on Tuesday 2/25. Will update when I get it.

    • Got my box today. No card.
      Iconic London Palette.
      Hemp wipes
      Makeup brushes
      Facial Radiance pads
      Touch in Sold glassface primer
      Also the storybook palette.

      I do not hate this box.


    ATTENTION ANYONE WHO THINKS YOU ARE GOING TO GET THE DR. BRANDT, YOU ATE NOT. You will get a palette and possibly a credit.


    Help me understand.

    I watched Manny MUA’s video. I was so impressed I ordered a Boxy Charm professional email.

    There was no place to sign up for Premium.

    I also did NOT get to pick my item.

    I signed up again under my personal YAHOO email and looked for the Premium. There is a waiting list.

    Again I did not get to pick an item but I was able to pick a free gift.

    On February 9th I cancelled after I saw what regular subs were getting. I was a little shook that I was not able to get one choice item.

    On February 18th at 12:05 I received an email that my boxes have shipped.

    On February 18th, the same day at 6:00, I received another email stating:

    your Boxy contains a Tarte Be You. Naturally palette instead of your Dr. Brandt Hydro-Biotic Recovery Sleeping Mask gift. We’re sorry for the mix-up and are here to make this right!

    To offer you the best experience, we created the $12 coupon code below toward a March Add-On purchase. The coupon code will allow you to purchase the correct Dr. Brandt item while supplies last, or shop a different and equally amazing goodie that catches your eye – the choice is yours!

    AND THERE IT IS, the old bait and switch.

    I have been following this box for a long time.

    How am I supposed to use the credits when I cancelled my accounts?

    I am 1/2 venting and 1/2 warning others that the bonus gifts are not what are listed.

    I will be contacting the Better Business Bureau.

  5. I didn’t get my box yet but I did get the virtual card so I’m getting the becca foundation (my pick )
    The brushes (yay!!)
    The fab wipes
    The makeup removing wipes
    And the setting powder. I’m pretty happy with my box and loved my premium box

    • I received my 1st box then they charged me a week later for the 2nd box even though i took my card off the account. I asked for a refund they said no and didnt send my 2nd box how can you not refund it and still not send the box? Horrible customer service.

  6. I am soooo pleased with the Iconic London palette! The shadows are pigmented, creamy and NO fallout! The shades are perfect for everyday or going out. Usually foils/shimmery shades irritate my eyes (including Too Faced, Urban Decay, tarte), but not these! So far, so good!

  7. I received a virtual box card insert as well and I am confused because I am getting the set of three cosmetic sponges and then another single sponge! For THAT they raised the price of the box! So disappointed! Epic fail Boxy! 🙁

  8. I received a “virtual February insert card” by email. It’s wrong 😂 oh boxy 🤦‍♀️. My second box hasn’t shipped yet

  9. Ok I JUST TWO MINUTES AGO received my VIRTUAL items card in my email! ? This must be a cost savings and money saver the only problem is it can after I received my box 😳 but I guess better late than never. No heads up about this that I remember anyway.

  10. My box came. I received:

    1) Alamar Cosmetics – Complexion Brush Trio
    2) Iconic London – Day to Slay Eyeshadow Palette
    3) Amika – Supernova Moisture + Shine Cream
    4) Evio Beauty – Refreshing Cleansing Hemp Wipes
    5) Illuminati – Cosmetic Sponge (single sponge)

    I was so hoping for the tanning drops!

  11. My box didn’t have a card so I’m not sure of the variation number, but I got:

    Kate Somerville (chosen item)
    Alamar brushes
    First Aid Beauty facial radiance pads
    Pür 4-in-1 primer
    Touch in Sol glass skin balm

    I’m pretty happy with most of the box, however the Touch in Sol skin balm is a repeat, so if anyone wants to trade or something, leave me a comment and let me know 🙂

  12. I got the worst box possible! #47. Kate somerville, alamar brushes, ciate, PV mascara, qveen lip satin. Yuck! I don’t like anything. Was hoping for the FAB & Face wipes!

  13. January was my first Boxycharm box. I never got an email, even in spam, about Choice for February. The box arrived today, and I got five things:

    Kate Somerville KX Serum
    Luxie Beauty sponge set
    Amika Shine Cream
    Moda 6 pc eyeshadow brushes
    PUR cosmetics 4 in 1 primer

    I was hoping for some kind of makeup. Do I have to subscribe for a while before I might get lipstick or blush or eyeshadow palettes? Not that I’m not grateful for what I did get, I was hoping for the sponges, but I have a full set of brushes already and lots of primer and serum samples. IPSY doesn’t send me makeup, now Boxy…how do I actually get makeup and not just skin care all the time?

  14. I got my box today no card and no protecting foam everything just bouncing around in the box luckily nothing is broken. Don’t know what’s up with boxy maybe too many variations to make cards for them all. I received QMS Which I chose / luxe sponge set which I was hoping for / faux reals mascara / Amika hair cream and Qveen lip gloss in Monroe. I don’t know why after having filled out my profile they keep sending me theeeee darkest lip colors!! I prefer lighter colors but keeps getting dark purple and reds. The box was over 200 in value so can’t complain. But the lipsticks are going to be gifts. I hope the packers take more time to make sure boxes have their cards and foam next time.

    • My card was missing, too, but my box was packed nicely. I have the same frustration with the lip colors. What makes it worse is that I WANT to be able to wear red, but it looks terrible on me…thin lips that don’t need attention drawn to them!!!

    • I didn’t get a paper description card either!! I realized how useful they actually are lol

  15. I missed the choice this month and got a very disappointing box. I will likely cancel unless spoilers are something.

    Pur primer
    ciate everyday vacay
    Kat von D cake pencil 🙂

  16. I got my box today! Total weight was 1 lb

    Kate Somerville serum
    Almar Brush Trio
    Ciate London Setting Powder
    QVEEN Lip Satin in Wifey (love the color)
    Pretty Vulgar Mascara

    Overall I am pleased…kind of meh about the setting powder but I’ll give it a try (I love the smell of coconut reminds me of summer).

    • Box twins! Except my box only had 4 items. I’m missing the Qveen lip stain.

      Is Boxy responsive with sending missed items?

  17. I didn’t get my card but my box arrived with
    Iconic London palette
    Luxie blender sponge set
    Qveen lipgloss in a dark red
    Moda eyeshadow brush set of 5
    Ciate London coconut setting powder

    The only item I won’t use is the lipgloss. I still have the last Ciate setting powder unused from a previous box since I’m still working on using the Becca setting powder and a Laura Mercier powder I have. Would be more than thrilled not to get any more setting powders or eyeliners for another year but sadly I know that won’t be the case.

    I’m much happier with this box than January which was a MEH,

    • Box twins, except I had a lip stain, not a gloss.

      Overall I’m okay with it, but I didn’t know some people would get brushes AND sponges, but you just never know with Boxy. 🤷‍♀️

  18. Anyone else with a box weight of 1.1 lbs / Seems lighter then everyone’s ? I’ve seen 1.2 & up but no 1.1 🤔 my premium is 1”2.8 I’m hoping for the palette!

  19. My box hasn’t even shipped yet.

    • Same.

  20. My box is delayed. I wonder what product is holding it up?

  21. My box weighs 1.1 anyone else’s weigh 1.1 ???
    I picked the KS serum. Really hoping for the brushes 🤞

    • My box was 1.1 and I got
      Kate Somerville active concentrate $98
      Lucid beauty sponge set $40
      Amina supernova moisture shine cream $25
      Mods brush set 5 pc $27.95
      Pur cosmetic 4-1 primer $17
      Total $ 207.95
      This is my favorite box I’ve received in months. I love everything in it. The sponges and brushes are great.

    • My box was 1.2 Lbs and I received:
      Facial Radiance Pads – $17
      Kate Somerville Smooth & Firm Serum – $98
      Luxie sponges – $40
      Isle of Paradise tanning drops – $29
      Qveen Liquid lipstick in Monroe (dark red) – $17
      Total retail – $201

      Not too shabby for missing choice 🙂 The only thing I won’t use for sure is the lipstick and MAYBE the tanning drops. Everything else is a win for me – I’ve purchased the pads before and love them and I can always use more sponges.

  22. My Boxy did not have a paper insert, but I’m happy with the items I got:
    -Kate Somerville serum
    -Pur 4-in-1 Correcting Primer
    -First Aid Besuty Facial pads
    -Alamar brushes set
    -Touch in Sol Glassy skin balm

    • I got the same thing! And, funnily enough, no insert as well

      • Me too! I’m really happy with the contents though!!!

    • No insert for me, but with the eye shadow kit instead of the serum.

    • I got the same! I’m pretty happy for the most part, however I have received the Touch in Sol glassy skin balm before so I’m down to trade if anyone wants 🙂

  23. Okay, picked the ks. Box weight was 1.2 pounds and I received: serum, fab pads, brushes, pur primer and the glassy balm from a few months ago. Not thrilled about receiving a repeat and 2 primers, but I’m glad that I managed another month without a palette.

  24. I just received an email from BC that my box is delayed and I can expect an email with an update during the week of February 17th. This email comes after I emailed CS to try and get an update to the email I sent a month ago about receiving the wrong choice item for January. They have the worst customer service!

  25. Anyone choose the Iconic London pallete and their box weight is 1.9 lbs.? Curious what this variation is.

    • I picked the palette and my weight is 1.9 as well. However, it seems like FedEx is having issues, and I don’t even have an estimated arrival day or confirmed shipping.

      • I just received my box. It doesn’t have the card so I don’t know what variation I received. My box includes:

        Iconic London Pallete
        Ciate Powder
        Alamar Brushes
        FAB Facial Pads
        PUR Primer

        It’s an okay box. I was hoping for the mascara or Amika. I’ll use everything except for the primer as I don’t use foundation.

      • I’m also hoping to get the iconic palette. Was yours made in Italy or PRC?

        On the Iconic website it says it’s items are only made in Italy, but I’ve seen several posts online where people say theirs were made in PRC. So are we getting fake knockoff versions?

      • It’s made in PRC. I used it yesterday and it works great! Very pigmented and hardly any fallout. My other Iconic pallete irritates my eyes and has horrible fallout but so far so good with this one.

        I don’t think they’re knockoffs but more or less produced in China to meet the large order that Boxycharm would need for subscribers.

      • Hi, I got the same box (also missing the card) & my palette was made in China. I don’t like to use products made in China, and I did see on the Iconic London website that it is usually made in Italy. Same situation with the Storybook Cosmetics palette from December. I was also hoping someone could shed light on this?

  26. I picked the serum, & I’m hoping to get this variant!

    • I picked Kate. I got a strange variant (#28) which had Kate Somerville, Pur correcting primer, Amika conditioner, the sponges and the Moda eye brushes.

    • I picked the KS serum, and got it – I got variant (#28) which had Kate Somerville, Pur correcting primer, Amika conditioner, the sponges and the Moda eye brushes.

      • So you received the sponges AND the brushes? That’s odd.

      • That’s what I was thinking I thought that was very odd but then again in my Box I received 2 primers technically. The pur and the touch in sol pretty filter and no card

      • I did, too. Also thought that was weird. But that’s how it is with Boxy. I feel like they are soooo fly by the seat of their pants.

  27. I had a great box last month, so for February I got a “meh” box.

    Iconic London palette-pretty shades, heavy on browns, at least there’s no no orange and yellow!

    Sponge set-sadly I don’t use sponges. I was hoping for the brush set.

    Evil cleansing hemp wipes-these will be used, but the hemp fad is getting old.

    FAB pads-love these, and they will go in my travel bag. Unexciting, though.

    Amina hair cream-again, a great product, but I already own several sample sizes.

    So an okay box, but a bit uninspired.

    • “Evio” not evil, LOL!!!

      • 🤣

    • I would’ve loved your variation!

  28. I got my premium box today! I got:

    Karity Picante Palette- I chose for them to surprise me
    Glow Recipe Watermelon Mist
    Hourglass Blush in Diffused Heat
    Faccia Skincare 24K Gold Foil Moisturizer
    Tarte Base Tape Hydrating Primer
    Korres Body Butter in Basil Lemon

    Super excited about the Glow Recipe, Tarte primer and Hourglass blush.

    • The glow recipe mist is sooo good, wasn’t expecting to be that good, it’s such a fine mist, and it leaves my skin feeling and looking great, Perfect for setting makeup, the hourglass is beautiful I’m so happy boxy put this brand in , it’s so expensive. The tarte primer is also really good, I have a hard time finding primers that works for my dry acne prone skin. Great box!!

  29. I got 2 Boxycharm boxes. One weighs over 3 lbs and has:
    1) hair straightening iron ( which I can’t use and didn’t ask for)
    2) 24 kt gold foil Moisturizer by Faccia
    3) Korres 8 oz tube of body lotion ( vanilla scent)
    4) Tarte Shape Tape Primer
    5 Hourglass blush
    6) Glow Recipe Watermelon facial mist

    BUT the other box only has:

    1) Ciate setting powder
    2) FAB Exfoliating pads
    3) Makeup brush
    4) Iconic shadow palette ( made in China)

    There is NO card in the ” lightweight” box.

    What do I do? Did they leave products out of the second box?
    BOTH boxes are the larger BoxyLuxe box but one is almost empty. One box, the lightweight box, has the red lining I see in the reviewer’s box for Feb. and the other, with the unasked for hair straightener, has a blue lining but has the Feb. card for the products.

    I don’t know how to explain this to them, really, but they shorted me 2 items on one account, didn’t they? Two different first names, 2 different emails, so 2 different boxes.

    • I think regular boxy now advertises 4-5 items if I’m not mistaken. Strange that it doesn’t have a card though, wouldn’t hurt to ask.

      • Actually the website still says 5 items for regular boxes, so you are missing one item in the 2nd box.

    • The first box is boxy premium, the second box is regular boxy.

      • Thank you for the very kind and helpful answers. YES, they charged me for 3 plain Boxycharm boxes and 1 Premium box. This is WRONG. So, I have 2 regular Boxycharm boxes still to come- OO NO.
        The review above shows the Kate Somerville Serum I ASKED FOR and did not get in the Boxycharm box. My box looks bare bones to me.

        They charged me for 3 Boxycharm boxes and one Premium box. In NO universe did I ever sign up for 3 Boxycharm boxes per month, and no Kate Somerville Serum.
        Not happy. No foundation, no KS serum, just scrubby pads I can’t use or my skin will fall off, and a few little things in the bottom of a HUGE box.

      • Your skin will “fall off”?

        Call them and tell them they overcharged you and that they left an item out…theyll refund you and send you the missing item..problem solved

    • My card was in the very bottom of the box. Did your box not have a card?

    • Email them & tell them your card wasn’t in your box & ask for a complete list of your variation tell them you want to make sure everything is there. They know what variation u got & can tell you!

    • They once left an item out of my box. They quickly sent the item once I emailed them.

  30. This is a great box! I chose the foundation so I know mine will be different but I hope I get several of items you received.

  31. Great review! I’m really hoping I get the ciate and first aid beauty. Lots of good options this month though!

    Btw. The January box link is to Premium not Base 🙂

  32. I’m receiving my box today. Weighs 1.2 LBS. I picked the serum – will post what I received so others can compare.

  33. Really not happy with not getting any makeup pallete for the 3rd month in a row. Will all the boxes be this way? Will customers have to upgrade to start getting them again?

    • You will definitely get one next month. Also the palette this month was a choice so you should have been able to choose it. I suggest following boxy preview on Instagram for spoilers and dates. Shes the best

    • The Iconic London palette was a choice item (and gorgeous). Add-ons start tomorrow. If this one is there, grab one.

  34. I chose the Kate Somerville, so I hope I get this box or something very similar! I really want the FAB!! torn between the brushes or sponges. Looks like the brushes are going mostly in the Kate choice boxes tho.

  35. I’d be stoked if this was my box. Love the first aid pads, the brushes are beautiful and I always love getting brushes, I am always open to new powders and love ciate, the makeup wipes are practical, and then the serum I appreciate more than an eyeshadow palette with colors I already have.

    My label was created yesterday – 1.2 lbs. fingers crossed I get something good. I’d be stoked if I got the Becca foundation in place of the serum but since I missed choice my guess is it’s unlikely. Can’t wait for this box, though. I got my January one yesterday (since I rejoined late) so I’m in a boxy mood.

  36. I picked the KS serum as my choice item. If I get the same variation you get I’d be happy with it! Glad to hear you felt the KS made a difference in your skin. I’m rarely disappointed by her products.

  37. A nice box but so different for Boxy with no make-up, powder is make-up but still…

    • I kinda felt the same way and this might be my box since I picked the KS serum. I’m so used to getting a few makeup items. I certainly dont need another setting powder since I still have 4 unopened ones.

    • That’s what I was thinking! Usually boxy is so make-up heavy, especially color makeup, palettes, etc. Nice change 🙂

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