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BoxyCharm May 2022 Subscription Box Review + Coupon

Megan K.
ByMegan K.May 20, 2022 | 4 comments

BoxyCharm
4.3 overall rating
1996 Ratings | 242 Reviews

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!

ACTIVE DEAL: Limited Time Only! Use code BOXY50 for 50% off first base box
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First Impressions

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

 

Moving on!

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.

Verdict

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

ACTIVE DEAL: Limited Time Only! Use code BOXY50 for 50% off first base box
CODE: BOXY50

Value Breakdown:

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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Megan K.
Megan K.
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.

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4 comments

Gabriella

Tbh Megan, I was actually looking at that ciate cream blush in the drop shop, and in fact that shade plus the coral/orange one have ended up in my cart as I finish browsing and decide on what I want. Even though I am (supposedly) only buying a couple things that actually need replenishing in my stash, and I totally have plenty of blush, powder AND cream (!!)

And your bad review actually makes me want it MORE LMAO. I love the idea of it being tacky; I had a liquid blush when I was a teenager that was like that. I hated it at first and stashed it away for a while. I eventually gave it another shot, and fell in love. It gave my cheeks the perfect dewy flush without calling attention to any acne spots or dry spots. And I still have acne and dry spots 😆

The lack of pigment is concerning, esp because I’m darker than you with yellow undertones, but another comment said they found theirs extremely pigmented. I may have to give this a shot at some point. Possibly the orange shade, instead. I thought this one because I don’t (think I) have a dupe for it, but coral/orange is what I wear on most days anyway!

Anyway, love the reviews! I always get excited when you review a product I’ve been interested in. Then I know I can go into a purchase more informed!

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AH

Megan, my dear. You are most likely thinking of Orbitz drinks. I’m showing my age lol. I loved them the few times I got my hands on them, I was too young to have my own money back then so yep, I would had a lot more if I hadn’t been a broke teen lol.

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Melissa Baker

Yes! I couldn’t remember the name of them, but I enjoyed them a lot! I was just starting college when they came out, so I’m even older than you. Lol!

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Melissa

We are box twins this month! This is what I thought about each of my items: This was actually the most usable box I have received. My box was so small that I thought maybe it wasn’t my monthly box, but rather an order from the Drop Shop, but it was just all small items that they could fit into a box about half the usual size.

I received: 1. Skin Inc Serum Glow Filter. This is really pretty in the bottle. I had to depress the pump a lot of times before I finally got some product to come out. I’m not sure how effective it was as I’ve only used it once. 2. Farmacy Honeymoon Glow Body Resurfacing Body Serum. I haven’t used this yet but am very excited to get it to help with some rough patches. 3. Ciate’ London Dewy Blush – ok, I only tried this once, and I don’t think it is going to work for me. I don’t know how to get it to look good. I applied too much, washed it off and tried again, but it is darker on one side than the other. I suck at makeup application. My problem was that I had too much pigment vs Megan’s issue of too little pigment. I got a purply color. 4. V Kosmetik liquid velvet lipstick in “Bubbly.” This is a nice color, but it does bleed a little and rubbed off a lot on my coffee cup, so I didn’t feel like it fully dried down. 5. Basic Beauty Eyeshadow Primer – This applied very smoothly and made my eyelids feel good.

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