BoxyCharm is a full-size beauty and makeup subscription box. BoxyLuxe is a once-a-quarter upgrade option that features 8 full-sized items every 3 months for $59.99.
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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!
RARE BEAUTY Discovery Eyeshadow Palette in 'Came to Play' – Retail Value $29
I am so bummed to review this palette because until now I have been head over heels for Selena's Rare Beauty line. Literally, it was one of my favorite newer lines last year. The blush and lip colors are so pigmented and smooth. Sadly, this palette was neither. Aside from the truly gorgeous and very unique packaging, this was a dud for me. The mattes were just patchy and dry. The shimmers were better but nothing exciting. And that center glitter? CHUNKY. I would be scared to have it near my eyes. Add to that the difficulty with the crescent shapes pans and this was a big, big miss for me. I am bummed.
Wishful Honey Balm Niacinamide Moisturizer, 55 g – Retail Value $43
This is the second time I have had the pleasure of receiving this balm and since I was nearing the bottom of my last tub, the timing was perfect! It has a really unique jelly texture but feels heavier when applied, until it fully absorbs. It also has this beautiful weird purple iridescence that is hard to capture in pictures. The fragrance is a lovely sort of lavender that I find super relaxing before bed. Formula-wise, this Korean-made jelly balm has loads of goodies: niacinamide, honey, ceramides, and tons of antioxidants from things like turmeric, radish, and watermelon. This is one of my favorite night moisturizers!
NARS Lipstick in 'Chelsea Girls', 3.5 g – Retail Value $26
NARS is responsible for some of my favorite makeup products of all time: Orgasm blush, Dragon Girl lipstick, and the Multiple stick. It is one of those brands that I always come back to! When I first saw this lipstick box I was initially worried that I might have gotten a shade that wouldn't work for me (what a waste that would have been!) but I was happy to see a sheer pink shade that is very flattering and compliments my no-makeup makeup look these days. It is buttery smooth and hydrating while adding just the right shade of pink.
ELEMIS Clarifying Clay Wash, 5 fl oz – Retail Value $49
Most of you know I am a fan of products that smell pretty. Not a fragrance avoider here, at all! But this facewash was so over-the-top fragrant that I found it almost unusable. It was so strong that it smells chemical in a way that I am just not into. I generally don't use clay cleansers anyway because they can be drying, so I guess this isn't a huge loss? Aside from clay, it contains lactobacillus ferment, but other than that, I don't find the ingredient list that exciting.
KEYS SOULCARE Let Me Glow Illuminating Serum, 1 fl oz – Retail Value $26
Illuminating serum? You have my full attention. This lightweight formula has a soft champagne radiance to it and loads of delightful things inside like rose water, aloe, squalane, shea, and niacinamide. Despite the moisturizing ingredients, it is pretty lightweight! It adds a nice glow to bare skin and is suitable as a summer moisturizer. If this had SPF inside, I would be obsessed! Another plus? The pretty rose scent.
PATRICK TA Beauty Major Glow Lip Shine in 'She's Expensive', 7 mL – Retail Value $22
I can never get enough lip gloss. My poor purse has at least 7 random tubes in it at all times. This is just a product that sparks joy for me. And I am really feeling this pearlescent, minty-vanilla gloss! It is a little heavier but in a good way, and leaves your lips glossy and refreshingly tingly!
Iconic London Sheer Cream Blush in 'Rose Riot', 12.5 mL – Retail Value $27
My daily makeup routine is as follows: Supergoop Glowscreen SPF (a radiant finish to a naked face), brow gel, mascara, and a liquid blush. And then whatever I might put on my lips. But my point is that cream and liquid blush has become a staple for me. And I am PICKY. My favorite right now is from Rare Beauty, but Glossier's Cloud Paint is a close second. Both of those formulas are very pigmented and had a bit of a learning curve because if you aren't light handed it is very easy to use way too much. This stuff almost has the opposite problem, though that isn't a bad thing. It is a really natural sheer flush of color that blends into my skin really beautifully. It has a finish that I didn't really see as dewy or matte, but just very natural. While this isn't toppling my other faves from their thrones, I can give this one two thumbs up!
UVÉ Beauty Be U Pride Sponge Pack – Retail Value $65
Finally, my last item is a set of rainbow makeup sponges. The retail price on sponges like this always floors me, but I guess they can be really expensive. I don't use these all that often but they work really beautifully with a liquid highlighter or even the liquid blush above! More often lately, I find I use them for creating seamless ombres on gel nails. Just cut a piece off of one and use the inside of the sponge to gently pat your seamless fade!
The total retail value of this BoxyLuxe was around $287, which is a great value for a $60 box. And even though there were some misses this month (Elemis wash, eyeshadow palette) there was certainly enough in here to make it a great and exciting box! Whenever Boxycharm has these higher-tiered boxes, I kind of expect bigger names inside, or at least products I would be seeing at Sephora and Ulta. And this box more than delivered.
Value – Was This Box Worth It?
The Cost: $59.99
Each of these 8 items had an average cost of $6.25 each. Alternatively, here is how each item breaks down:
- Eyeshadow Palette $5.05
- Honey Balm $7.49
- Lipstick $4.53
- Clay Wash $8.53
- Illuminating Primer $4.53
- Lip Shine $3.83
- Sheer Blush $4.70
- Makeup Sponges $11.32
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