BoxyCharm Premium Review – February 2020
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The Subscription Box: BoxyCharm Premium
The Cost: $35 a month. Save with longer subscriptions.
The Products: 6-7 beauty items that include nail care, skincare, makeup, haircare, fragrance and more.
Ships to: The contiguous US for free, Hawaii, Alaska, and Canada for $5
BoxyCharm Premium February 2020 Review
Each box comes with a card detailing the items included.
Now, on to the items!
Karity Picante Palette – Retail Value $29.00
This is a massive palette filled with 21 different warm-tone eyeshadows. Warms can be pretty hit or miss for me, especially if they are on the yellow end, which there are quite a few of in here. Granted, not everyone has super fair skin, and I know of loads of friends who can totally rock these shades, so my thoughts on this are going to be more general than specific to me.
All of these shades were pretty well pigmented with a few of the mattes looking a little streaky in swatches, but working much better with a brush. The shimmers and metallics were absolutely lovely and buttery smooth! I will say that a few of these shades seemed repetitive, especially along the first row. But all in all, if you love warm yellow to red palettes this is a really fun assortment that you can create tons of looks with!
Top to bottom: Delia, Fearless, Dune, Embers, Pimento, Bronzed, and Mornin’
Top to bottom: Sunrise, Bobbie, Fuego, Harvest, Hayley, Flamenco, and Fahrenheit
Top to bottom: Spicy, Passion, Epice, Sass, Flora, Aish, and Bittersweet.
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist, 75 ml – Retail Value $28.00
I absolutely adore Glow Recipe so I was pretty thrilled with this item. I also tend to really enjoy mists over my finished makeup look and then throughout the day if I feel like I need a bit of a refresh. This one has the same yummy watermelon scent as the rest of their watermelon line. Inside the bottle, the first ingredient is watermelon extract which soothes skin and is loaded with skin-loving vitamins. There is also hyaluronic acid for moisture and hibiscus AHAs which provide a little bit of exfoliation action over time. I am also happy to report that the misting nozzle on this provides an incredibly soft mist which covers your face beautifully and lightly.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in ‘Diffused Heat’, 4.25 g – Retail Value $40.00
I simply adore blush, which seems counter-intuitive since I am kind of ruddy. But I don’t care, I love adding to my collection! This is kind of a blush-highlighter hybrid because in addition to the pink blush it has a marbled effect mixed with a champagne shimmer. I love the way this formula looks on my skin. It has enough coral-pink to look really fresh but the shimmer makes it look really radiant without being shiny. This has a lot more dimension than many of my other blushes.
Yep, I love it.
Faccia Skin 24K Gold Foil Moisturizer, 3.2 g – Retail Value $100.00
Oh boy. There has been a lot of speculation regarding this product (and the umbrella company that this brand falls under) and I wish I had concrete answers for so many of the questions surrounding it. The fact is that I sadly just don’t. I can tell you that I sampled/tested this product last week when it arrived (and before I read any of the discussion about its origins and addition to this box) and found it to be outstandingly mediocre, especially for that price tag. The number one ingredient is water closely followed by glycerine, then the gold flakes, so the majority of this is water and glycerine, both of which do not equate to a luxury product experience, at least not for me. I found it heavy, sticky, and felt it left an odd residue. None of this is to say that it isn’t a legit product. I just know for me I was unimpressed and it is not something I would add to my own personal routine.
Finding new or unknown brands in our subscription boxes isn’t uncommon, and they often have values attached that are hard to verify or believe. As with any product you get from any box, take some time to read the ingredient list and make sure it is appropriate for your skin and that there aren’t any glaring ingredients you know might affect you negatively. I know most of you are total beauty gurus and already do this! I also recommend picking up an ingredient dictionary type book (my fave is here!) if you want to learn more about the ingredients in your favorite products and any new ones that might arrive at your doorstep. It is actually one of my favorite parts of being a skincare addict. Please let me know if there is any more I can do on my end to make any of this more helpful to you.
Due to the amount of debate and discussion regarding this product, I decided to do two value wrap-ups at the bottom of the review. One will contain this item and the other will not. I always want to make these reviews as helpful and informative as I can for all of you, and I feel like this might be the best way to approach this and still serve all who might read. That way, if you tossed this immediately, you can still see what kind of value Boxy had for you this month. If you liked it, you will still have a whole value breakdown for reference too.
tarte Cosmetics Base Tape Hydrating Primer, 1 fl oz – Retail Value $30.00
Ok, back to some solid, familiar brands! I like tarte a lot. More often than not if I get a product from this company, I tend to really enjoy it. In fact, their Base Tape line has my favorite concealer of all time! This primer has a sweet coconut scent (that normally I wouldn’t be into, but I will overlook because this stuff works so well) and absorbs quickly, leaving behind a just barely tacky surface. It isn’t bothersome but rather it grabs onto my foundation and makeup really well, giving it extra lasting powder. I also noticed it seemed to help smooth out my skin overall, which is always something I look for in a primer. I was impressed with how hydrated my skin felt all day, especially in the little nooks around my nostrils.
Korres Citrus Guava Body Butter, 7.95 fl oz – Retail Value $32.00
Korres is another brand I really like, but I tend to enjoy their skincare and overlook their lotions and body creams. The scents appear to be random from box to box, and sadly this Citrus Guava just wasn’t for me. It was tart but just too sweet and fruity to be a scent I would wear. My loss is my mom’s gain, because this is her type of fragrance! She also wears gloves and washes her hands all day long, so she loved taking lotions and creams into work to share with her coworkers between surgeries. It makes me happy that the shea butter and avocado oils will help keep her hands soft when she uses this.
Verdict: My BoxyCharm box has an overall value of between $159-259 depending on how you are considering the Faccia product. Though this box promises a $175 value per month, I will still say that $159 value in a $35 box is still really good, especially since most of the other brands were familiar and ones I feel good about. I loved the Glow Recipe mist and the tarte primer, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked many of the shadows in the Karity palette too. The cream felt great on my hands, but the scent just wasn’t for me. Oh! And the blush! I loved it. Though there are some questions I personally have regarding the Faccia product (and the fact that I just didn’t like it at any retail price) the rest of the box was really great.
To Wrap Up:
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Value Breakdown: At $35.00 for this box, here is approximately what you are paying per product:
- Karity Eyeshadow Palette $3.92
- Glow Recipe Mist $3.78
- Hourglass Blush $5.41
- Faccia Skincare Moisturizer $13.51
- tarte Cosmetics Primer $4.05
- Korres Body Butter $4.32
Alternatively, the average cost of each of the 6 items is $5.83.
Here is your value breakdown sans Faccia Moisturizer:
- Karity Eyeshadow Palette $6.38
- Glow Recipe Mist $6.16
- Hourglass Blush $8.81
- tarte Cosmetics Primer $6.60
- Korres Body Butter $7.04
With this calculation, the average cost of each of the 5 items is $7.00.
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