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BoxyCharm Premium Review February 2023

Megan K.
ByMegan K.Feb 18, 2023 | 2 comments

BoxyCharm Premium
3 overall rating
6 Ratings | 6 Reviews

BoxyCharm Premium is a full-size beauty and makeup subscription box. They always provide a great value compared to the cost of the box. The box costs $39.99 per month and features 6-7 beauty items that include nail care, skincare, makeup, haircare, fragrance, and more. (If you are a makeup addict - we recommend this box!)

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First Impressions



Here is our info card. I am used to seeing a product list, but this box and my February base box both arrived with cards that didn't have specific callouts but hinted at big changes incoming to the Boxycharm subscriptions.

Now, on to the items!

Ciaté London Royal Edition Eyeshadow Palette - Retail Value $48


I don't really like this brand in general, but every once in a while I get a pleasant surprise like this palette. The whole color story is royal family themed and the variety of the shades makes it a nice addition to any collection. Unlike so many Ciaté palettes I have swatched in the past, the majority of these shades have a smooth finish and a good deal of pigment. There were a couple of duds (mostly mattes) but overall I found these to be really vibrant and flattering. And with names like 'Corgi', this is going to be a big hit for anyone who appreciates a solid color scheme and theme!

Beauty Bakerie The Butter Hydra Silk Primer, 7.5 g - Retail Value $24


My minimalist makeup routine has very little use for primer, but, gosh, this little stick of butter is SO cute. The primer itself is a white-toned stick that disappears when you blend it, leaving behind that velvety dry finish so many primers do. I feel like if you enjoy a drier primer rather than a "sticky" one, this is going to be a great fit. I am too busy swooning over the butter tbsp measurements on the side of the packaging to care about much else.

Alleyoop Multi-Tasker 4-in-1 Makeup Brush - Retail Value $28


I already know and like this multi-brush and I think a lot of on-the-go sort of people will too. It has a blending sponge, powder brush, angled liner, and shadow brush all in one handle. I do think this brush would benefit greatly if it came with a carrying sleeve or case to keep it clean in the bottom of my makeup bag though.

ACE BEAUTÉ Perfect Pout Liquid Lipstick in 'Manifest' – Retail Value $18


Lately, it seems like a lot of li colors I received look rather ghastly on my skin tone. I was kicking myself here because the packaging felt so luxe and beautiful but the color couldn't be less flattering on my face. The formula is great, especially for a matte. It stays soft and supple and didn't flake. This combined with the gorgeous packaging makes for a truly lovely presentation. Too bad I would never wear this shade.

Eloise Beauty Secret Garden Blush ‘N Glow Palette - Retail Value $55


I was on board with this blush palette at first because I love anything over-the-top floral and I am also a sucker for imprinted powder blushes. They are just kind of fun, you know? But this quad left me feeling somewhat dissatisfied. The pigment levels are great. You need very little to get a nice flush. My issue here is that all 4 of the shades are almost too similar to one another, especially when applied sheerly to the cheeks. They all have a similar peachy pink vibe and subtle shimmer. I can't help but think there could have been more contrast or even a highlighter in this palette to make it more versatile.

REFRESHMENTS Velvety Body Cream - Retail Value $14


I am not hugely thrilled to see an Ipsy/Boxycharm own-brand product in my premium tier box. And I have to wonder why they sent an unscented lotion. Wouldn't this be a good chance to show off some of the Refreshments scents like Coconut Colada or Ginger Splash? And while I totally respect that there are people who prefer unscented products, I would guess that the majority of customers selecting a body cream probably would want some sort of scent or fragrance. As is, this is an average body cream with decent ingredients, but that is about all there is. I would have liked to explore the scents a little more.


Well, this month's BoxyCharm Premium kind of lacked the whole premium part, for me at least. Sure, the overall value was $187, but even that feels low for what this tier usually delivers. And I just couldn't get too excited about anything inside. The items here felt like they would have made more sense in the base tier. Hopefully, next time is a better curation for this higher subscription price.

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Value – Was This Box Worth It?

The Cost: $39.99

Cost Breakdown:

The average cost of each item is $6.67. Here is how that breaks down per item:

  • Eyeshadow Palette $10.26
  • Primer $5.13
  • Multi-brush $5.99
  • Lipstick $3.85
  • Blush Palette $11.76
  • Body Cream $2.99

Other Things You Should Know

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What do you think of the February 2023 BoxyCharm Premium Box? 

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BoxyCharm Premium is a full-size beauty and makeup subscription box BoxyCharm Premium sends you 6-7 beauty items that include nail care, skincare, makeup, haircare, fragrance, and more.

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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Wow. Just wow. This is premium??? Absolutely disastrous.

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I usually try to hold off on making really negative comments on boxes. But wow. Wow. This is probably the worst premium box I have seen in the history of the premium box. I purchased that box from the very first, that had Natasha Denona, Kopari, and I think Farsali in it. I know it doesn’t mean everything, but I expect brands that are sold at Sephora. At least one, hopefully in more, in this box. I have felt that the quality of the box has decreased a lot ever since the Ipsy acquisition. A Refreshments product has no business in boxy at all imo, but especially in premium. Last year, I got a new bank and I didn’t update my info and let it lapse. Once I stopped there’s never been anything truly enticing, plus you have to purchase 2 boxes basically in the beginning and the first one you have no choices in. That’s why I stayed subbed from 2019 on. Most of the time I wasn’t blown away, but every once in a while, I would get a truly amazing box. But I definitely had the FOMO and held on subscribing longer than I should just because of that first box that you don’t get any choices in. I don’t expect an amazing box every time. I feel I have decent expectations and this box is truly the worst I have ever seen from them. This rescues solidifies that I am quite alright without premium. For current subscribers, I hope your box was better than this particular variation. Wow.

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