Boxycharm, $21 per month (ships to contiguous US and all of Canada)
This baby bun is quite the charmer!
Boxycharm is a monthly subscription box that sends subscribers four to five full size beauty products a month. They tend to be very heavy on the makeup, although there are sometimes skincare, hair, and nail products. You'll get a lot of eyeshadow, contour, and highlighter palettes with Boxycharm. The minimum value is $100. There is some product variation, so not all subscribers will receive the exact same items. Boxycharm has a mix of drugstore and higher end brands. I've had issues with Boxycharm's customer service in the past, but I was interested in the July and August boxes and decided to give them one more chance.
There is often a waitlist for Boxycharm subscriptions, so sign up now if you are interested.
Here's what came in my July Boxycharm:
- ColourPop Cosmetics x Hello Kitty Ultra Satin Lip in Lock Diary (full size, worth $6)
- bareMinerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo (full size, worth $32)
- blinc Cosmetics Electric Eyes Eyeshadow Palette (full size, worth $45)
- Winky Lux Uni-Brow Universal Eyebrow Pencil (full size, worth $12)
- Project Beauty Spray Set Go (full size, worth $32)
My July Boxycharm was worth $127. All five items were full size and all five were makeup items. While Boxycharm is generally heavy on makeup, they usually have at least one non-makeup item, so I was a little surprised.
First up, we have the ColourPop x Hello Kitty Ultra Satin Lip. Subscribers got one of six ColourPop colors. The product information card lists ColourPop's Ultra Matte Lip, not the Ultra Satin Lip. I prefer the Ultra Satin, so I'm okay with that. I got Lock Diary, which ColourPop calls "a deep fuchsia." I've tried ColourPop's matte formula before, but never the satin. It has a little sheen but isn't overly glossy. It stays on all day long, even after eating and drinking, and needs very little, if any, touch-up. Best of all, the color is gorgeous on me! ColourPop is known for having inexpensive, high quality products, and they are sold online only. Even though ColourPop is so inexpensive, I'm always excited to get another one of their products in a box! I love expensive beauty products as much as anyone else, but ColourPop is proof that some drugstore-priced brands can be just as good, if not better, than some Sephora brands.
Subscribers got either the bareMinerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo or bareMinerals Prep Step Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Mineral Shield Daily Prep Lotion, a sunscreen/primer. At first, I wanted the Prep Step, but I'm happy I ended up getting the powder duo. The powders are baked and come in Matte and Glow. The matte powder gives you a smooth finish and helps absorb oil, so it's perfect for me in the summer. It sets my makeup and keeps me from looking like an oily mess. The glow powder works as a pearly highlighter. It gave me a subtle, but pretty, highlight. I built them up so you could see them better in the swatch above, but they are really very translucent and should work on any complexion.
Boxycharm worked with blinc Cosmetics to make this palette! The second powder from the right wasn't damaged when I got it. I dropped the bareMinerals palette on top of it when I was taking pictures, so that's why it has a mark on it. The pigment is just amazing on these. I was beyond impressed. The swatches above are just one swipe of powder, no building up necessary. I love the red! I've been using this every day since I got it. The colors go on smoothly, blend well, and last all day on me. Boxycharm calls these colors jewel tones on the product information card, which I thought was a little weird. The red is a jewel tone, but I don't think of brown and peach as jewel tones. I definitely want to try more blinc Cosmetics products after using this eyeshadow.
Winky Lux's Uni-Brow Universal Eyeshadow Pencil has a medium-dark brown eyebrow pencil on one end and a spoolie on the other side. I wish I had thought to remove the cap on the other end so you could see the spoolie. This is supposed to be a universal color, but no color is really universal. This is probably going to be too dark for those with blonde hair and too light for those with black hair. If you're somewhere in the middle, like I am, you're in luck. This came out a little darker than I expected, but it looked great once I got it blended in. Use a light touch to start with and build up as necessary. The pencil is somewhat soft, making it easier to use than many eyebrow pencils I've tried.
Finally, we have Project Beauty's Spray.Set.Go. Makeup Setting Spray. This is a setting spray that contains chamomile, rose hip, and green tea, so it will moisturize your skin in addition to locking your makeup in place for the day. You'll want to spray this at least a foot away from your face in order to get light, even coverage. My makeup looked amazing all day long when I used this. I was impressed with the formula.
Boxycharm really knocked it out of the park this month! This was an amazing box and I loved each product in it. I think the bareMinerals powder duo, ColourPop lipstick, and blinc palette are my favorite items, but the Project Beauty setting spray and Winky Lux eyebrow pencil are close behind them. Next month, Boxycharm is going to have a tarte eyeshadow palette! I'm so excited for that!
Did anyone else get the July Boxycharm? If so, what did you think?