BoxyLuxe Subscription Box Review – March 2021
BoxyCharm is a full-size beauty and makeup subscription box. BoxyLuxe is a once-a-quarter upgrade option you can add to your existing $25-a-month BoxyCharm subscription. So for an additional $24.99, you’ll get the Luxe items quarterly for a total for $49.99.
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The Subscription Box: BoxyLuxe
The Cost: $49.99 for September, December, March and June boxes, $25 for all other months
The Products: Each box will be valued at over $300. The box will include lifestyle, skincare, beauty, etc.
Ships to: The contiguous US for free, plus US territories and Canada for $8
BoxyLuxe March 2021 Review
Now, on to the items!
Bee Beauty London BARBARELLA Eyeshadow Palette – Retail Value $50.00
I have never heard of this brand, and I am not super sure I like it. The vibes don’t feel exactly “luxe” and while some of the shimmers were great, the mattes here were kind of a mess. I had to really baby them to get decent swatches and I still feel like they are patchy. What color does your eye automatically go to when you look at this open palette? That electric teal, right? I was SO excited about it but the formula is patchy and high-maintenance. Hugh and Ryan were also disappointing. Most of the shimmers were fine, with the stand-outs easily being Luis, Jason, Nick, and Pablo. But overall my socks were just not knocked off by this one.
Top to bottom: Hugh, Luis, Andrea, Lucca, Edi.
Top to bottom: Dami, Oliver, Brad, Jason, Dean.
Top to bottom: Mo, Nick, Kofi, Pablo, Ryan.
Top to bottom: Zachary, Johnny, Seb, Jared, Davor.
Here is a quick look featuring the following shades: Dean, Pablo, and Kofi.
Glow Recipe Plum Plump Hyaluronic Acid Serum, 1 fl oz – Retail Value $42.00
Ok, here we go. This was a product I was really hoping I would get, and here it is! I just bought myself the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops (LOVE THEM) and I had my eye on this second newer product from this brand I know and love. One of the things I freaking love about Glow Recipe, aside from their amazing formulas, is that they have custom bottles for everything. They look so cool and always feel special. This one feels like it was sculpted to resemble a plum itself, and it is just too cute. The clear serum inside comes from a matching pump and just one press gives you the perfect amount of product for your face. Unlike a lot of the other products from this brand, this has a very delicate and hardly there at all sort of scent that is plummy and gentle. The clear gel itself absorbs easily on my skin and is an instant moisture boost. Inside are different sized molecules of hyaluronic acid, which target different levels of the skin for an instant hydrating and plumping effect. The plum extract provides lots of antioxidants and vegan collagen and silk proteins lock the moisture in place and protect from environmental pollutants. I loved this stuff!
FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation in ‘120’, 1.08 fl oz – Retail Value $36.00
I have yet to dislike a Fenty Beauty formula, though this was my first foray into the line’s foundations. In typical RiRi fashion, I loved it. I selected the 120 shade which is probably a tad too warm for me, but give me a few weeks in the sun to look a little less ghastly and I think it will be a good fit. This formula does provide a little more coverage than I like to use right now, but I ended up mixing it with the Glow Recipe Plum serum for a sheer and insanely hydrating glow. It did kind of cancel out the matte finish, but I am fine with that since I prefer a little dewiness!
Little warm, but I can work with this.
Rose+Quartz Hair Mask, 10 oz – Retail Value $39.00
Eh, this mask was just fine. It smelled really great but kind of felt just like I had used a decent conditioner rather than a mask. Granted, I have very thick and dry hair, so I need a little extra oomph with a mask, but aside from the AWESOME scent, this wasn’t super impressive to me.
Sonäge Frioz Ice Globes – Retail Value $60.00
I absolutely adore globes like this and I use them on clients all the time, especially if they are prone to redness from massage friction or some cozy steam. I stash mine in a mini-fridge inside a small bowl of water, so I can then carry the bowl with me and put them back in when I am not using them to keep them cool. They work really great on bare skin, on top of a sheet mask, or even with a facial oil. The coolness calms and soothes skin beautifully. I also have a spare set at home for myself to use if I have gotten a little too much sun in the garden or if it’s just a hot and humid day. You can also use these on your neck, shoulders, and chest. These are filled with pink liquid and glitter and made in the US!
KVD Beauty Lock-It Edge Foundation Brush – Retail Value $34.00
First off, the end of this brush is weirdly sharp! Like, pointy and sharp enough to mention in this review. You have been warned. I liked this brush because it has a weird and super dense head, with angles on the sides which are perfect for applying foundation. The ridge down the center is ideal for contouring under the cheeks or on the side of the nose too. Though I am not wearing heavy-duty makeup right now (and maybe not ever again?) I found that it worked great with my cocktail mix of hyaluronic acid or dew drops, foundation, and a little bit of shimmer. I mix it all together in my palm then apply with this brush for a super radiant and natural finish with just the right amount of coverage.
Domonique Cosmetics Creamy Fill & Define Lip Liner in ‘Crush’ – Retail Value $20.00
I am not a huge lip liner user, but I do like it for filling in my entire lips and locking in color for most of the day. The shade I received is a dirty peachy mauve and it is saturated enough to be flattering, but also kind of a nude look. The wedge shape of the tip makes application a breeze and extra speedy if you want to cover your entire lip area. It was a matte finish that stayed flexible and looked good alone or under a balm or gloss.
AMNH Kiss The Stars 24K Gold Lip Mask – Retail Value $42.00
I did not like this last item because it tasted terrible and I didn’t notice a difference in my lips at all. It did have a pleasant peppermint tingle and I also thought it was fun to have gold glitter and biodegradable foiled stars on my lips, but this was a dud for me personally.
Verdict: The total retail value of this BoxyLuxe was around $323 which is a great value for the price of the box. That being said, this was a very hit or miss box for me. The hits: Glow Recipe Plum Serum, Fenty foundation, Sonäge globes, and the DC lip liner. These winning items total a value of $158, which is still very respectable for a $50 box. The other items were mostly fine, just not ones I plan on really using much or repurchasing someday. I feel like some of these might have been better fits for the base Boxycharm box rather than Luxe, which I expect to be over the top in terms of brands and quality. Still, this month delivered a serum I had planned on buying and the cost of that alone was nearly the cost of the entire box, so it still feels like a win.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, but you can claim a spot for the June BoxyLuxe box by upgrading your BoxyCharm subscription in your account section.
Value Breakdown: At $49.99, here is each item’s approximate cost:
- Eyeshadow Palette $7.74
- Plum Serum $6.50
- Foundation $5.57
- Hair Mask $6.04
- Ice Globes $9.29
- Foundation Brush $5.26
- Lip Liner $3.10
- Lip Mask $6.50
Alternatively, each of the 8 items has an average cost of $6.25.
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