BoxyCharm is a $25 monthly beauty and makeup subscription box. They always provide a great value compared to the cost of the box and include 5-6 beauty items that include nail care, skincare, makeup, haircare, fragrance, and more. (At least 4 of those items will be full-sized). If you are a makeup addict – we recommend this box!
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Boxycharm always arrives with a cute card detailing all of the products inside and listed retail values.
Now, on to the items!
Violet Voss Violet Sunset Eye Shadow Palette - Retail Value $36
Who hasn't looked at one of those especially purple sunsets and just fallen in love with the magical colors? This palette is an ode to that golden purple vibe and it does a pretty decent job of pulling from inspiration. It s a great mix of neutrals and bolder shades of purple and pink. I am usually pretty pleased with Violet Voss pigmentation and formulas, and these were no exception. They blend really beautifully and smoothly, and though there is some fallout here and there, it's nothing terrible. There are four shimmers and five mattes in here and the combinations feel endless. It is also one of those color stories that can do as demure or as bold as you like depending on the colors you choose.
Top to bottom: Vanilla, Peach, Desert Sand, Champagne, Amber Sky.
Top to bottom: Lilac, Violet Sunset, Sunset, Blush, Dusk.
Luxie Pautips Por La Noche Brush Set - Retail Value $24
I know brushes can feel a bit like filler in boxes, but I never totally mind getting them. I just use them for too many things! Painting my face, actual art painting, nail art, my husband steals them to paint miniatures, I give them away, the list goes on. So, while I wouldn't choose to get more brushes (except fan brushes. Send me all the fan brushes!) I am never really annoyed to see them. This set of three is pretty cute and useful. It has a medium powder brush, angled powder brush, and a flatter brush that I would use for concealer or for pressing pigments. I also think the orange and white combo is cute. Quality is pretty much as I would expect from Luxie: decent weight, decent bristles. Nothing that is going to knock your socks off, but still useful.
SkinfixResurface+ AHA/BHA Enzyme Exfoliating Pads, 60 pads - Retail Value $50
Well, these are pretty darn fantastic. Pads like this make it so easy to exfoliate with just a swipe. These have a mix of salicylic acid (acne-fighting), niacinamide (anti-redness, smoothing), and glycolic + lactic acids (exfoliating and brightening). I found them super effective but also surprisingly gentle. I personally wouldn't recommend these daily because over-exfoliation causes its own set of issues! But that only means this pot of 60 pads can last a really, really long time if you are using them 1-3 times a week. They aren't exactly drenched in the solution, so they might feel a little dry. But as long as you feel like you swiped a thin layer over the areas that need attention, you are good to go. They also so have a pretty significant chemical scent, but I have come to expect that from exfoliating products and didn't find it too intense to deter me from using these. I have been adding them to my routine for the last two weeks and my skin absolutely has a smoother texture, even if my pores will always be on the larger side.
Bodyography Makeup Brush Cleanser, 4 fl oz - Retail Value $19
I don't think I will ever get super hyped about brush cleanser, but they are a must if you want to keep bacteria and dirt away from your face when you use your brushes. This stuff is mostly water and alcohol (which is fine because, well, you want a brush cleanser to have alcohol) and it has a boozy sort of orange scent from the added orange oil. A few sprays help disinfect bristles in a snap,which makes this stuff super useful for those times when you can't give your brushes a proper bath.
Ace Beauté Eyeshadow Amplifying Primer in 'Light', 15 mL - Retail Value $14.99
I know this is a primer but, as usual, I found that while it helped amplify shadow shades, it also creased into my eyelid lines. Now, I have weirdly oily eyelids and this happens to most cream formulas when applied to them. Even my favorite cream eyeshadows have a point where they just crease. Although this was a miss for me because my eyelids are jerks, I love the idea of a tinted eyeshadow base like this because it also cancels out dark or purple tines found naturally on most eyelids while providing a sticky base.
This month's BoxyCharm delivered a value here of $143.99 which is quite nice for a $27.99 box. And the exfoliating pads (my favorite thing inside!) were worth a significantly higher amount all by themselves than the cost of the box. Additionally, the Violet Voss palette was gorgeous and the brush cleaner works really well. The primer was a bit of a miss for me and the brushes weren't exactly exciting, but there was still a ton of value in here this month.
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Value – Was This Box Worth It?
The Cost: $27.99
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Here is what you are paying approximately per item:
- Violet Voss Palette $7.00
- Luxie Brushes $4.67
- Skinfix Pads $9.72
- Bodyography Brush Cleanser $3.69
- Ace Beauté Primer $2.91
Alternatively, each of these 5 items had an average cost of $5.60 each.
Other Things You Should Know
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, your first box will be the December box!
What do you think of the November 2021 BoxyCharm Box? Which variants are you getting?