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BoxyCharm Premium Review + Coupon – December 2020

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 U.S. for free, Hawaii, Alaska, and Canada for $5

BoxyCharm Premium December 2020 Review

Each box comes with a card detailing the items included. It looks like my assortment this month is box #1.

Now, on to the items!

 

Viseart Eyeshadow Palette in 01 Neutral Matte – Retail Value $80.00

One look at this palette and I loved it. These are shades that are in my wheelhouse and I find easy to play with. The pricetag on this thing is bananas though, and I was surprised to verify it at Sephora. I am (admittedly) much more of a skincare geek than a makeup guru. Is this a big brand I just wasn’t aware of? I love that it is made in the US and that the colors are so wearable (even that terracotta!). Mattes can either be a dream or a nightmare, and these are totally closer to the dream end of the spectrum. Pigment level is great and they apply wonderfully with both brush and fingertip. There is a ton of fallout with brush application, but mostly in the pan and not on my face, if that makes sense. I also think it is worth mentioning that while this palette looks super warm, there are a few here that are gorgeously cool, giving the whole color story a lot of balance.

Here are the all matte swatches…

…and here is a quick look! This is me in my comfort zone.

 

ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask, 0.5 fl oz – Retail Value $82.00

I am not usually a huge ELEMIS fan but I loved this stuff. It has a super cooling gel texture that makes it unbelievably easy to pat onto the eye area of my skin without tugging or rubbing. I found that I liked using it at night the most, using it as a final step in my routine and sleeping in a thicker layer of it. In the morning my eye area just looks less dry and dull and that is probably because this ingredient list is awesome. Here were my fave callouts: hyaluronic acid (moisture!), lactic acid (smoothing/exfoliating!), and allantoin (soothing!). I also used a little of this around my ears (if you have seen any of my Rocksbox reviews you know I’m a dry mess there) and around my nostrils. All areas were smoother and less red the next day. This little pot has earned a spot next to my bed.

 

TRUE+LUSCIOUS Lucky Glow Palette, 3.8 g – Retail Value $46.00

I tend to be a little ‘meh’ about highlighter+bronzer combo palettes, mostly because I never use bronzer. I was pleasantly surprised that these bronzers were actually pretty neutral and not super dark. Of course, the swatches below are straight from the pan and applied by finger, so they look a little strong, but if you use a bigger fluffy brush you will be golden (literally). This is actually very pretty around my temples and right below that spot where cheekbones would be on my face if I had any to show. I also liked the beautiful peachy-pink blush and all three highlighters. They are certainly on the subtle side of things, but that suits me just fine!

Top to bottom: Pots of Gold, Royal Flush, Triple Sevens, Good Fortune, Heaven Sent, and Serendipity.

 

The Lyfestyle Co. 100% Natural Cuticle Oil – Retail Value $22.00

This was the one item that felt truly like filler this month. I just don’t expect an all-natural cuticle oil in this box, I guess? I would have preferred skincare or makeup, but here we are. It is a pretty straightforward formula: almond oil, jojoba oil, lavender oil, and vitamin E. It also works well, smoothing rough cuticles and giving fingers a soft lavender scent.

 

Crown All Eyes on You 5-Piece Luxe Brush Set – Listed Value $34.95

I found that these brushes performed better than I expected from the packaging. They actually grab up eyeshadow and slap it down really well! I also appreciate the plastic handles. I wash my brushes A LOT and I hate the idea of wetness and wood under the ferrules long term. This set of 5 brushes has pretty much everything you need for a complete eye look.

 

Elizabeth Mott IT’S SO BIG Volumizing Mascara, 0.07 g – Retail Value $20.00

This last item has a name that I could have a lot of fun with, but I like my job and want to keep it. Regardless, someone had fun naming this one! As far as the performance of this mascara, it actually didn’t make my lashes very “big”. I didn’t notice any real thickness but there was definitely tons of length. Wow, even that sounds inappropriate.

Verdict: My BoxyCharm Premium had a value of $284.95 which is great for a $35 box. That total does include the $34.95 listed brush set value that I couldn’t independently verify. I thought this was a pretty great box! The only duds for me were the cuticle oil and the mascara. I prefer ignoring my nails and cuticles when I am not aggressively picking them. It’s a bad habit, but I know myself well enough to know this will be passed onto someone who is more responsible. I wasn’t sure I would like either of the palettes at first but the formulas and colors won me over. Do I need them? No. But I like ’em! The ELEMIS eye treatment was also a big win. All in all, I like this delivery and thought it was super fun and totally worth $35.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? You have to be an active Boxycharm subscriber to sign up for the BoxyCharm Premium waitlist. An email will let you know if you are receiving the next box!

Value Breakdown: At $35 for this box, here is the approximate cost per item:

  • Viseart Palette $9.83
  • ELEMIS Eye Mask $10.07
  • True+Luscious Palette $5.65
  • Cuticle Oil $2.70
  • Crown Brush Set $4.29
  • Elizabeth Mott Mascara $2.46

Alternatively, the average cost of each of the 6 items is $5.83.

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Written by Megan Kirkland

Megan Kirkland

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, BoxyCharm Premium Reviews, Makeup Subscription Boxes, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: boxycharm premium | 14 comments

Comments (14)

  1. I never received my premium box this month. I contacted Boxy and have not gotten anywhere yet. Given the holidays, I imagine they are super-busy and it may take awhile.

    Normally I really enjoy my Boxycharm boxes, but I was especially excited for the Viseart palette, so I hope they still have stock to send rather than a refund.

    Happy New Year everyone!

    • Same, no premium. Did yours ship? I know a lot of things are stuck in transit (I personally have an add on order shipped 12/1, and order from another site shipped 12/7 that hasn’t moved since the 14th. But in regards to my premium, it never shipped to begin with. Boxy has been zero help. I emailed on the 21st and was was told to hang in there. Since then, no reply to my emails or dm’s. I also received a broken palette in a separate add on order (like, it was 100% powder/destroyed). No reply. Made me sad to be charged for January with all of these unaddressed issues.

  2. Holy smokes on the True Luscious palette ingredients!!! This is by far the largest difference I have ever seen in one of these Boxy incidents. I’m horrified it comes from a company that claims it goes beyond Sephora’s requirements for clean products. I just sent them a message. This is the first I have heard of the company and it really really turns me off. I do not think for a second that the palettes sent out in the boxes are their new formula and the website just hasn’t been updated.

    Please check the ingredients on the back before using, I’m truly worried someone will have only checked online before use and could have a reaction. And I’m glad I haven’t tried mine, I don’t think I will be.

    P.S. in my message to the company, I said consumers would rather have a mini version of the actual product they sell instead of some substandard version. Please let me know if you feel the same way, I feel these things happen due to money – maybe also because the company didn’t have the resources to put out this many palettes. Formulas matter the most when being introduced to a company imo.

    • What’s so bad with ingredients?? I’m curious….heck, I got a jackyln hill type furry and hole lipstick with stuff growing on it 2 months ago and they are still giving me the run around. This company does not care ones they get your money. I get dried items once a box that has to be thrown away…its really bad

  3. My viseart came “broken”. The palette does not close and secure (I got the other more colorful viseart palette) They sent me a replacement and replacement also does not close and secure. For the price point I’d expect them to close. Or maybe I just keep getting weird ones. The face palette worries me because of the ingredient difference!

  4. It’s funny how plain the viseart looks in photos and how outstanding the experience is for me to put on my eyelids. I already have a lot of small viseart palettes but this large mix of neutrals looks amazing in it’s own which actually surprised me. Other than that it’s perfect for keeping out on my makeup dresser for those neutral shades other palettes usually don’t have more than one or two of.

  5. Apologies if this double posts, my original comment was flagged spam for some reason but then said it already went thru so I can’t tell if that’s a glitch but here it is again:

    Coming from the theater world Viseart is super popular, Viseart, MAC and Inglot are the main 3 makeup brands I see used for stage, and I’ve actually wanted a Viseart palette since high school but could never justify the price. I was thrilled when I joined Boxy and got two of their palettes for $9 each from Pop-Up!!

    I think the brand is just now getting into more of the mainstream eye, I’m sure they’ve shifted their advertising since this year didn’t have much theater, so most of their main customer base is out of work and not needing to buy their product. I’ve seen the shift with a few other companies too that are really trying to build mainstream customers after years or decades of being primarily tv/theatrical. While the reason for the shift sucks and I miss my people, I am at least happy to see some of my faves breaking out into the “real world”

  6. Your review of the mascara SLAYS!! lollllll

  7. Yes, Viseart is a brand targeted at makeup artists — that’s why the pan sizes are so generous, & why the packaging is so minimalist & functional (compared to most commercial makeup targeted at the individual consumer, which puts a lot of effort and $ into package design & marketing). They’ve recently started putting out smaller, consumer-friendly sized palettes though, and their Violette Etendu palette is my next planned beauty purchase.

    The True + Luscious palette I have is labeled with COMPLETELY different ingredients than what is listed on the BoxyCharm & the True + Luscious website. On my palette, a main ingredient in most of the shades is “Polyethylene” aka plastic. This product is going nowhere near my face.

    • I noticed the different ingredients as well. I understand cutting costs to mass produce at a certain price point for these boxes, but this one seemed particularly different from the retail product.

  8. I got that cuticle oil in my last Premium box. I like that it’s a roller ball but otherwise boring.

    I skipped this box. The Viseart palette shades were both unappealing to me.

    Some of my best brushes are Crown brushes. The all perform well.

  9. Funny I never gave cuticles much thought until I found this website years ago. A lot of people seem to make a fuss over them…..I’m like you Megan, cuticle oil is as boring as it sounds. The rest of the box looks great!

    Your reviews are absolutely awesome Megan! The first ones I always read ☺️

  10. Viseart is one of the pros favorite brands, if not THE favorite.

  11. Yes viseart is /was at least a big artist favorite in their kits a while back but it’s mainstream now so I can’t speak to if the quality has changed any. And I think the cuticle oil showing up lately is because we are washing and using the antibacterial stuff so much our hands and cuticles are just dry dry dry. Hangnails hurt so bad so I think this is pretty relavent at this time. Thanks for your review 👍

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