BoxyCharm is a $27.99 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!
Skin Inc Serum Glow Filter, 1 fl oz – Retail Value $50
There is something about serums with little orbs that makes me smile. Does anyone else remember those drinks back in the 90s with the little blobs? Were they from Snapple? I love those too! This serum is like a glowy drink for your skin. It contains hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and golden hibiscus extract. That last ingredient helps form a protective barrier on the skin that locks in moisture. The texture feels a lot like a blurring primer in that you can absolutely feel this on your skin, but it kind of just makes everything feel smooth. It is a great base for makeup too!
Farmacy Honeymoon Glow Body, 4.7 oz - Retail Value $40
This stuff is amazing. Ok, a little background first: I go to the gym every day and I sweat a lot. That + sports bras = body acne. And while I do shower immediately after a workout, I still feel like I need extra help in the shoulder/back breakout department. This body serum is a blend of lactic and salicylic acid that both fight breakouts and smooth skin with gentle exfoliation. And even though this serum contains moisturizers like honey and shea, it is still a lighter almost gel texture that absorbs pretty well. The downside for some is likely the smell, which is a weird combo of honey and sharp acidity. I don't hate it and it does go away, but it is a really odd smell. I have heard this stuff can help with strawberry legs, which I absolutely have, but I will have to wait until this little flare-up of psoriasis on my calves dies down to test that out!
Ciaté London Dewy Blush in 'Coconut', 10 mL – Retail Value $22
Oh, Ciate London. We just don't get along. But I thought a cream blush would win me over. I adore cream blush. In fact, I own multiples from brands like Glossier and Rare Beauty that I use daily. So I went into this little tube with enthusiasm! Alas, it was not to be. The color I received (called Coconut) is probably a little too bronzy for me, but that doesn't really even matter because this stuff has such little pigment. With other brands, I always have to use a lighter hand because they can become way too much very quickly. If you have ever seen a picture of me, you know I am pretty fair. Ok, I am usually like "the lightest foundation shade available" fair. And I have to use a lot of this stuff to even see it. The second issue? The "glossy" finish. Honestly, why? I get like a dewy or radiant finish. I dig that. But glossy cheeks? Please no. It is a sticky mess that never ever fully sets up. I know I might sound harsh here, but I can't think of why anyone would want this stuff on their face.
V Kosmetica Liquid Velvet Lipstick in 'Bubbly', 6 g – Retail Value $22
Matte lipsticks can be hit or miss for me because I hate when they get so matte that they flake and so many of them have that sort of formulation. This one stays true to the velvet in its name by drying down but still remaining soft. The finish is a true matte and the pigment level is really good! Bubbly is a fun pink with a purple tone and it's a great shade for summertime.
Basic Beauty Eyeshadow Primer, 10 mL - $18
I literally never use eyeshadow primer so this isn't an item I can get too excited about. I did try it out for a day and can easily say that it does help powder eyeshadow to stay pigmented and in place longer, though my big eyelids still had creasing. It is a thicker sort of formula and you really need very little to cover your lids. It leaves a velvety and slightly sticky texture behind that grabs onto eyeshadow. Am I a convert? Nah. But that is mainly because I am low-key lazy. But I plan on keeping this around to see if I reach for it.
This month's BoxyCharm had a lot to unpack. Value-wise, this box lands at $152 which is a great value for a $27.99 box. Aside from the cheek product that I really, really dislike, the rest was kind of a win! The serum was interesting and felt great. The body serum might be exactly what will save my gym skin and I was super impressed with it. The lipstick had a great color and I liked the formula overall. And (honestly who am I?) I kind of liked the shadow primer.
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Value – Was This Box Worth It?
The Cost: $27.99
Each of these 5 items had an average cost of $5.60 each. Alternatively, here is how each item breaks down:
- Serum $9.21
- Body Serum $7.37
- Blush $4.05
- Lipstick $4.05
- Shadow Primer $3.31
Other Things You Should Know
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, your first box will be the June box.
What do you think of the May 2022 BoxyCharm Box? Which variants are you getting?
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