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 usually arrives with a cute card detailing all of the products inside and listed retail values but this time we received a more general note promising new things on the horizon.
Now, on to the items!
Beauty Bakerie Proof is in the Pudding Eyeshadow Palette – Retail Value $38
This brand always makes me smile with the adorable baked/dessert theme and cute packaging. I have found that their eyeshadow formulas are also quite nice, and deliver pigment and buttery soft smoothness. This color story is pudding-themed (YES. SO CUTE.) and includes a mix of warm neutrals from vanilla to cinnamon. It's a great curation for everyday looks though some of those more burnt oranges certainly bring drama too! I kind of wish this palette had a banana smell but I love bananas much more than the average person so that might not be the best idea, but I would still be into it!
The Better Skin Co. Eye Bright Now Serum, 30 mL - Retail Value $38
I think we all know that the skin around our eyes is thinner, more sensitive, and prone to darkness depending on genetics and stress levels. I don't always use an eye product but when I do, I want it to be lightweight, anti-aging focused, and full of peptides to strengthen my skin. This gel serum certainly fits the bill with multiple peptides, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants. The formula absorbs quickly and doesn't leave a residue behind. Another bonus? You barely need a drop for each eye, meaning this bottle will last for a long time.
Goldfaden MD Vital Boost Even Skintone Daily Moisturizer, 2 fl oz– Retail Value $85
I feel like this moisturizer is overpriced for what it is (which, tbh isn't uncommon in beauty products) but I do believe it makes a nice option for anyone wanting a very lightweight daily moisturizer. My other big issue is that it has no SPF. I truly believe that if a moisturizer is meant for AM wear, I need it to have sun protection for it to ever make it anywhere close to a daily product in my rotation. This cream leaves behind no trace and does give my face a tighter feel after application, but I find that I need a little more.
Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! Magnet Extreme Lengthening Mascara, 8.5 g – Retail Value $28
I have loved Benefit for years and I am always pleased to try a new offering from this fun and quirky brand. I remember when this mascara launched but never got my hands on it until now. The premise here is that the brush itself is magnetized and the mascara has magnetic particles infused into the formula. As a fan of the original They're Real mascara, I have to say that it was better than this one. It is almost an 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' sort of deal for me. I didn't notice any difference in curl or length, in fact, I think the original performs better in both categories. In fact, I couldn't tell if there was any magnetic power here at all! The good news is that this is still a solid mascara and I liked the way it looked on my lashes. I just don't think you should be expecting anything groundbreaking from this tube.
Give Them Lala Hydromatte Liquid Lipstick in 'Booty Call' - Retail Value $16
I don't know if I could have chosen a worse lip shade for my skin tone than this tan-orange 'Booty Call' color. I applied it for testing and Will actually laughed at me. I also didn't think the formula was all that great either, but I don't generally gravitate toward matte finishes, but this one seemed pretty standard. It took a long time to dry down but stayed moderately flexible and not super flaky.
This month's BoxyCharm delivered a total value of $205 which is good for the cost of the subscription. The curation was a little hit or miss for me, but it is hard to argue with a value like that. At the very least, I am loving the eye serum and eyeshadow palette and the rest will be regifted.
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Value – Was This Box Worth It?
The Cost: $27.99
Value Breakdown: Each of these 5 items had an average cost of $5.60. Here is how that breaks down per item:
- Eyeshadow Palette $5.19
- Eye Serum $5.19
- Moisturizer $11.61
- Mascara $3.82
- Liquid Lip $2.18
Other Things You Should Know
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, your first box should be the February box.
What do you think of the February 2023 BoxyCharm Box? Which variants are you getting?
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