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BoxyCharm Premium Review – February 2020

Megan K.
ByMegan K.Mar 14, 2020 | 19 comments

BoxyCharm Premium 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!)

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

About BoxyCharm

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:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Sign up to get on the BoxyCharm Premium waitlist. An email will let you know if you are receiving the next box!

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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What do you think of the February 2020 BoxyCharm Premium Box? 

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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19 comments

C C

I wasn’t into the eye shadow palette. I was excited about the Tarte Hydrating primer until it make me break out. Anyone else have that issue?? Like the hourglass blush and that’s about it so the box was a MISS for me personally. The glow mist is just okay I’m not sure I will even use it but it isn’t a bad product like the Faccia. The Korres butter cream does nothing for my skin as I have tried it previously, it actually makes it feel dry which makes no sense. I will give it another whirl hoping for better results to try to make this box worth $35.

I’m probably cancelling Premiere for now. I haven’t been happy enough with it and am on a low buy for the for seeable future. I have so much stuff I’ve become a hoarder. Plus the corona virus stuff has me thinking it isn’t wise to have so much going out cause who knows how long this will last. I’d rather cancel a few boxes than dib into savings.

Shel

That might be the ugliest palette I have ever seen.LOL The blush however is everything. The 24k thing is useless given the ingredients regardless it’s origin.

Jacki

My favorite items are the blush and face mist, although I will use everything sans facia. The Premium box has proved to be the best suited to me. I really enjoyed reading your review Megan!

Ashley Marie

My Faccia product is literally a decorative item on my vanity, because I think the jar is elegant. However, not a chance in heck, will I ever put that on my skin.

SquirrelyGirl

I’d do the same if I didn’t have so much crap on my bathroom counter! We live in the bay area and space is limited, so I don’t get to have a vanity :/

Jamey

I am so curious how everyone stores all their goodies. It seems like some of us get a lot of boxes and also buy other makeup and skincare too….I’m debating on the alex drawers or something to organize and actually use it .

Ashley Marie

I think your review and coverage on the Faccia product was perfect. Well written.

Claudia

I agree.

SquirrelyGirl

Thank you for your fair review. I think you approached the Faccia situation with tact and neutrality. I chose not to use mine but still found the box to be a good value. I do hope Boxy does a better job of weeding out private party products, however, it could have happened to any sub and several boxes have included products from the “sister brands” of the Faccia company. So, I think it would be unfair to pin all the blame on Boxy

Ashley Marie

Your comments are my favorite to read. I never see you ranting and you’re always reasonable.

SquirrelyGirl

Aww thank you so much Ashley!! I appreciate you saying so 🙂 I have gotten some hate in the past from other readers on here, so it’s nice to hear the opposite!

Katy

The eyeshadow palette is definitely not for fair skinned gingers! I think I could maybe pull off 5 of those shades.

The primer sounds good. I got the Sea Quench Hydrating Primer as an Ipsy add on and I am looking forward to trying it.

SquirrelyGirl

I’m a fair skinned strawberry blonde and I can get plenty of use out of the palette. It’s really quite a nice palette and I have gotten quite a bit of use out of it (I got it on pre order direct from the company and got a duplicate in BC)

Christina

To get premium do you have to get the base box or can you sign up for just the premium?

Lesly

You have to have base to get on the waitlist for premium and then the first month you get off the waitlist you’ll get billed for both base and premium. After that you can choose to cancel base and only keep premium. Hope that makes sense!

Christina

Thanks!!

SquirrelyGirl

You have to get both for the first month and then you can cancel base. The problem is, there is usually a wait list to get premium so you may have to pay for base until you actually get off the wait list.

Jody

Thanks Megan for a great review. I want that blush now! Looks awesome.
I have never thought to look for these types of books on skincare. I am always searching online and then I forget from one day to the next!

Enid

Great review! Thank you!

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