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The Subscription Box: BoxyCharm
The Cost: $25 a month. Save with longer subscriptions.
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 U.S. for free, Hawaii, Alaska, and Canada for $5
BoxyCharm December 2020 Review
My variation is #16.
Let's see what I received!
Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette - Retail Value $27.00
Many of you know that wild eyeshadow colors aren't my normal fare, even before 2020. I tend to lean pretty natural. But something about a super-bright palette always still gets me excited! I don't really have a ton of purples in my stash and this set of 9 shadows is literally all purple! Most of them are on the more pink-leaning side of things and there are 6 shimmers and three mattes inside. I did think the shimmers were much better in terms of pigment and smoothness, but all these shades were pretty decent. These are the sort of mattes that work better with a brush (though beware of fallout) and the shimmers shine by brush or fingertip.
Here are the gorgeous purple swatches...
And here is a super simple but dramatic eye look with the middle shade from the palette and the electric purple to its right!
OFRA Pressed Banana Powder, 10 g - Listed Value $35.00 (buy a smaller 4 g for $16.00)
I love banana flavored candies and I can also happily report that I enjoy banana powder now too. This pale yellow pressed powder is meant to be used to brighten dark circles and even out skin tone. Since my skin is pretty neutral, yellow products usually are a no-go for me, but I kind of think this stuff is great. I used a big fluffy brush to lightly apply it all over my face on top of my usual BB cream and it totally gave me brightness and reduced my redness. And it smells like bananas which is totally also super important if you also love bananas.
Here is a rather heavy swatch on my arm..
And here it is on one side of my face, that I am pointing to. It totally brightens and evens out my tone, but is it too yellow? What are your thoughts?
Tarte Maneater Mascara, 3 g - Retail Value $23.00
I have tried this mascara before and I do like it, though it falls into that weird mascara category where one day it blows me away with the long lashes and volume it gives me but then the next day it just doesn't perform the same. Am I nuts? Does anyone else experience this? Anyway, this black mascara has a brush made of silicone that easily coats my lashes and at the very best makes me look like I have falsies on and at its worst still adds a nice dark tint to my lashes. Either way is an improvement.
MAC Lustre Lipstick in 'Hug Me', 3 g - Retail Value $19.00
I am fully expecting 2021 to be a huge lipstick year for me, even if it is a little delayed as the world (hopefully) returns to something more like normal. While I generally go really bold in the summer with hot pinks and rich reds, this soft nude is a great choice for a more low-key look. I love the MAC Lustre formula (my first lipstick ever from MAC was this same finish in 'See Sheer'!) because it is indeed a little sheer, but totally buildable. It has a gloss like finish and is super easy to wear. This is one of those 'apply it without a mirror' sorts of lippies. 'Hug Me' is a pinkish nude that I think looks pretty cute on me!
Here is a healthy arm swatch..
And here is it on my lips.
THE SPONGE by The Original MakeUp Eraser - Retail Value $18.00
My last item is kind of genius. I don't often reach for beauty sponges because I HATE cleaning them. It takes forever and grosses me out. But this little thing you can put in its little hamster ball and toss into your washing machine. I honestly think you could probably use it to wash all of your sponges because the material of this one feels just like a Beauty Blender or any other sponge I have tested before. This makes me feel significantly more inclined to use my sponges for damp highlighter application or a nice buffed foundation finish.
Verdict: My BoxyCharm box has an overall value of $122.00 which is a little lower than some of my BoxyCharm totals in the past but I think this box is a great example of quality being more important than some outstanding/unbelievable wrap-up value. I would much rather get 5 items I love at a lower (but still awesome) value than 5 'ehhh' items with some crazy $200+ value. I loved the mix of product types and great brands this month and thought everything was downright usable! Even the purple palette!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, your first box will be the January box!
Value Breakdown: At $25 for this box, here is what you are paying approximately per item:
- Huda Beauty Palette $5.53
- OFRA Cosmetics Banana Powder $7.17
- Tarte Mascara $4.71
- MAC Lipstick $3.89
- THE SPONGE $3.69
Alternatively, the average cost of each of the 5 items is $5.
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What do you think of the December 2020 BoxyCharm Box? Which variants are you getting?