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BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review + Coupon – August 2020

Megan K.
ByMegan K.Aug 13, 2020 | 28 comments

Boxy Charm August 2020 unboxing and review

4.3 overall rating
1976 Ratings | 222 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!)

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

The Cost: $25 a month. Save with longer subscriptions.

COUPON: Use code SOFISHSTICATED, SEASTHEDAY or VITAMINSEA to get a free gift (up to $55 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 August 2020 Review

Happy to see an included info card this month. My variation is #14.

Let’s see what I received!


QMS Medicosmetics Active Glow Tinted Day Cream, 50 mL – Retail Value $105.00

QMS is one of those brands with such a wild price tag. While I would never pay this much for probably any sort of tinted cream, I do use them all the time and I thought this might be nice to try. The tint in this product is “designed to work with every skin tone” but did not work for me. I assumed it would kind of just fade to nothingness when rubbed in, but it added a lot of shade and warmth to my pale skin and just wasn’t a good match. I think if this tint works for you, you will probably like this because it seems to be a pretty decent day moisturizer. But for me, it was a miss.



Butter London Teddy Boy Eyeshadow Palette – Retail Value $28.00

First off, I really like this assortment of colors. It’s a nice mix of warmer and neutral browns with a gorgeous cool slate grey and black. I also appreciate both of the lighter shades because they are perfect for under my brow. Performance is a mixed bag here. These just really don’t work well with brushes! They become powdery, messy, and don’t apply to the skin well. Use your fingertips and these shades shine! Pigment issues and fallout are minimal. ‘Rupert’ was the only shade that was, well, kind of terrible. It didn’t want to leave that pan by fingertip or brush! Regardless, I like how ’90s neutral these colors feel, I just plan on only applying via fingertip and pretending ‘Rupert’ doesn’t exist!

Top to bottom: Freddie, Simon, Mick, Francis, and Billy.

Top to bottom: Nigel, Archie, Graham, and Rupert.


MILK MAKEUP Cooling Water Eye Patches – Retail Value $22.00

Big Milk Makeup fan here. I love how cool and effortless their products feel. These eye patches are the sort that are on more of a fabric backing and aren’t wet. They are sticky though and they begin to cool your skin on contact! Of course, this is only magnified when you stick them in the fridge for a little while before application. I just arrived in Tennessee after an 11-hour road trip I drove solo, so my face is a little worse for wear, especially under my eyes. I applied these and took a nap in them (oops) and I was pretty thrilled with how de-puffed my skin looked and how energizing they were.



Morphe ‘Eye Got This’ Brush Kit – Retail Value $12.00

I have LOADS of Morphe brises thanks to my LiveGlam Brush Club subscription, but I will always take more, especially if they are shadow brushes! This set of 4 includes an angled liner, 2 blenders, and an oval shadow brush. While they didn’t work well with the included palette this month (womp womp) they are a solid little bundle for most of your eyeshadow looks.


Rockins Cosmetics Big Fat Liner – Listed Value $25.00

I have never heard of this brand and I couldn’t find much online other than a ‘coming soon’ sort of launch page. The design of the packaging here is very cute, but dang, I really don’t need or want any more black eyeliner. If you are on the hunt for some, this formula is fine. I like that you can get either a thin or super thick line from this brush tip.

Verdict: My BoxyCharm box has an overall value of at least $167 even without the liner value that I could not verify. This assortment was ok. I loved the Milk eye patches and thought the Teddy palette was a pretty well done and unusual sort of color choice. I am also always happy to have more brushes. The QMS cream was a dud for me and I was just not happy to see another black liner, though I do have to give props for it being from a newer brand.

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 SOFISHSTICATED, SEASTHEDAY or VITAMINSEA to get a free gift (up to $55 value!) and $10 online store credit .

Value Breakdown: At $25.00 for this box, the average cost of each of the 5 items is $5.00.

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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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This was the first Boxycharm box that I have loved in a long time! I got the Glamglow moisturizer (love), the Milk brow gel (love), the cute Tarte flower lip balm pot (love), a bronzer (meh) and the Violet Voss palette 2 (love). Not a bad box for the price! I usually get only 1 item that I really like so I am very happy this month!


Nice! Sounds like a good box!

Steph H.

Anyone get a 1.3 lbs base box? I let them choose for me this month so I’m curious lol.

Steph H.

My box finally arrived after being lost. I received variation 36♡.

QMS Tinted Day Cream – Actually works for my complexion. Would’ve rather received the concealer though.
Violet Voss Essentials 2 – Love! Not excited that 2 shades have ingredients that may not be eye safe.
PureHeals Charcoal Cleaning Foam – Will give to my son, lol.
Morphe Eye Brush Set – I do like receiving brushes and I’ve never tried Morphe brushes before.
REALHER Brow Pencil – Needed a new one so this is perfect timing!

All in all, it’s an okay box. Of course there’s other items that would’ve been more useful to me, but I’ll definitely use most of these items. 6/10 for me.

Variation 2 for me:

Too Faced – my pick
Violet Voss Essentials – looks like some fun colors
Clarins – unfortunately the nude color, which is horrible for me
Minetan Serum – OK, will try
Realher Brow Pencil – will get use out of it

All in all not bad – better than Premium this month


Just got my box today. It was Variation 37 and weighed .80 pounds. I picked the QMS during choice and didn’t care for some of the variations that I’ve seen but I was pleasantly surprised with my box

* QMS Tinted Day Cream
* Cargo Nude Beach Eyeshadow Palette
* Clarins Lip Perfector in color Red Velvet
* Trestiqe Lip Crayon Set
* Realher Definer Brow Pencil

I am happier with this box then my premium.


I got this variation. I signed up on August 10th. Pretty bummed to get the Cargo palette & not one of the advertised hero items. Knowing that I liked all the items in that category (Violet Voss palette, Butter London palette, or Trestique face set) was definitely a factor in my decision to resubscribe — and to be clear, I was not operating off MSA or Insta or TikTok spoilers; I got an email directly from Boxy on August 5 with the “OR” category images.


I got variation 37 as well but it said my box weighed 0.9 pounds. I got the same items as the poster above…..cargo nude beach palette, trestique lip crayons, real her brow pencil, and day cream, clarinet velvet red lip perfector. Super happy!


I chose the QMS. The color is fine for me, BUT THE SMELL! I’m not sure if I will even be able to use it on my legs! My face is a hard no! It smells like your great aunt’s vintage Avon collection, and not in a quirky, endearing way. I am sad. P


I’m really happy this month. I received variation 27.

* GlamGlow moisturizer (my pick)
* Clarins Velvet Lip Perfector – Didn’t know what to expect, but really like this. My lips feel great, and the color is so natural, but enhancing.
* Trestique Face Crayons – What a neat little set! I like this a lot more than I thought I would, too.
* Morphe 4 pack of brushes – I don’t have any Morphe brushes, but have heard good things and they seem nice.
* Big Fat Liner – Not terribly exciting, but I’m not mad.

Every time I start to think I’m going to take a break, Boxy gives me a great box.


Almost went with the qms. Glad I didn’t now. Instead got the too faced

Tara W

I’m confused on how you say this is variation #42, but the included card says 14?

Megan K.

Eep! Thank you Tara. I will update!


My box:
Two Faced concealer *my choice. It’s darker than I expected but I can probably make it work
Clarins lippie in a deep red. I love Clarins and I have a lot of their line but this is just too dark. Bummed about that.
Real Her brow pencil. I really love this brow pencil. I’m not the best at coloring in my brows but this is so easy to use and they look natural and not that painted on look I hate.
Violet Voss Essentials 2. I was hoping for the Butter London palette but this is very pretty. It has colors more in my comfort zone than the first one I got in Boxy.
Minetan sleep serum. Excited to try this one.

Happier with the base box than I was with my Premium but that’s for another post. Ha Ha Only my 2nd month with Premium and Base and I’m ready to just go back to Base Box and Ipsy Plus only.


This is possibly a Boxycharm question, but I got nui sugar lip scrub. Does anyone know which box it came in?


That was from Ipsy, Niu Body- lip scrub. Did you like it?


Aaah, I subbed this month to get shop access, so I didn’t get to pick. REALLY hoping I don’t get that QMS or the Dr Brandt cleanser.

I looked at the full list of products this month & counted 12 items I’d be happy to get/would use, & 9 items I don’t want, lol. That’s pretty good odds, right? I’m really hoping to get the Violet Voss Essentials 2 palette, since I really enjoy the predecessor.


3/5! Excited to get the Clarins lip product, the Trestique lip set will be fun to try, & the RealHer brow pencil looks like it’s in a useful shade. Also received QMS tinted moisturizer (nooooo thank you) & Cargo nudes palette (booooo, this was NOT in spoilers! Looks fine, but I don’t wear browns. I also question whether this palette would work at all for medium & deep skin tones).


I chose the tinted moisturizer. It was worth a try, but didn’t work for me, either. I found the shadows didn’t really show up on my lids much, even using my finger. I don’t know how you managed to get such pigment. Maybe I’m not willing to press on my eyelid as hard as you did on your arm?? I got yet another bronzer, too. So, 3 BOOOs from me for August’s box.

BUT I love the Clarins Lip Protector… stunning!! And the ESW beauty masks are okay.

This seems to be the norm for me and Boxy. I get fomo, get it for 3-6 months, then finally get fed up and drop it for 6 months-year, then get fomo again. I’m a mess!!


It’s hard not to get Boxy FOMO! They’re pretty splashy with their spoilers.


I was interested in trying the QMS, but was worried being fair-skinned that it would appear way too dark for my skin color. I chose the Glamglow Moisturizer to be safe. I got the moisturizer, the Morphe brushes, both Trestique sets, and the Elizabeth Mott eye primer. Pretty happy with my box all things I will use.


How exciting! I’m here anxiously awaiting just even shipping notification. I haven’t received any packages the last two days. Sigh.. 🙂


This is starting to make me laugh when eye shadow doesn’t work with brushes. After all we get so many brushes!

Megan K.

If there is one thing I have learned from reviewing what feels like billions of palettes, its that some shadows just won’t budge with a brush. It is one of life’s mysteries! 😂


I’ve been resubscribed to Boxy for about 3 months now and I’m leaning towards canceling again. Despite having filled out the surveys, I continue to mostly receive items that do not match my profile.

This month I received the Dr. Brandt cleanser (my choice), a hair mask (I’m happy with it), Milk eyebrow fibers in black (not my shade and I’ve selected to rarely receive brow products), a bronzer (I’ve asked to rarely receive bronzers), and the Trestique stick set of face products (I’d have preferred to receive the Trestique lip crayons, my profile indicates I want to receive lip products often). I’m surprised that I didn’t receive any eyeshadow or lip products as those are the items I’ve indicated I wanted to receive most frequently.


Boxycharm doesn’t customize to your survey answers.

Boxy uses the survey answers to determine what the majority of subscribers want (ie – what products Boxy should acquire).


I almost picked that QMS tinted moisturizer but something told me not to. I’m so glad I went with the Too Faced born this way concealer instead. I got a great variation—Violet Voss essentials 2 palette, Morphe eye brush set, Elizabeth Mott thank me later eye primer, Trestique mini matte lip crayons, and the Too Faced concealer of course. I’m really happy this month.


I got the same box! I was incredibly happy this month. Variation 1.

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