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I’ve seen some spoilers that BoxyCharm posted last fall, and got really interested, and although I really don’t need that much makeup, I decided to get myself onto their waitlist in late August. I didn’t have to wait that long, and my subscription started in September. This is my fourth box. I have to apologize for posting this review so late. As it happens, my January box is already on it’s way. I have a never-ending cold and suffered through quite a few migraines in the last few weeks, plus, as you will soon realize, I wasn’t happy with this box, so I just didn’t feel like posting this review. However, I do owe you to show each box I get, especially if I’m not happy, so that you know what to expect.
BoxyCharm is a makeup subscription box that sends only full and deluxe size products. They advertise as sending 4-5 products, but sometimes send more than that. The brands included are really good, with a mix of more and less popular high-end, natural and middle-level brands. There are some variations between boxes, but they are not big, and the value is pretty much equal between those variations.
When you sign up you will almost always go onto their waitlist, and they will AUTOMATICALLY charge you once you’re off, unless you sign up on days when there is no waitlist, which happens every now and then. You will get the box from the month you are charged in, i.e. if you are charged in October, you are getting the October box.
The cost: US $21 + $5 shipping to Canada (no shipping charge for the US)
Ships to: Canada, US (except Hawaii and Alaska)
Everything comes nicely packed in a small black box, with foam padding. This so ingenious, since it keeps everything safely tucked in.
December theme is Glitz & Glam! The box comes with an information card, with one side explaining how to enter to win a special BoxyCharm box…
…and the other side giving details on the products included.
This is everything that I received in my December box. Please note that there are some variations, and you may receive some different products. I will give more details about what products you may have received further down.
I completely forgot that I was about to get this blush kit in this box, and purchased Tarte Blush Bazaar palette a week or two before. Since Tarte blushes are known for their quality, I decided not to touch this one and to gift it to a friend. All three shades in this blush kit are shimmery, and I prefer matte blushes, which is another reason I decided not to keep the blush kit. There is a pink, coral and medium bronze shade in the kit. Everyone received this product in their December box, and it retails for $32 USD.
December BoxyCharm had three different variations (from what I’ve seen), and I received the one with this concealer palette, that retails at $29.99 USD. Two other box variations received Beaute Basics Bronze Essentials compact instead ($39.95 USD). Unlike most people, I was happy to receive the concealer palette at first, since I have quite a few bronzers, but not even one color correcting palette. However, as soon as I opened this compact the smell hit me – it smells like melted plastic (or as some other reviewers described it, crayons). There is no way this product would touch my face, or anyone else’s for that matter, so it went straight to trash.
Pretty Vulgar My Lips Are Sealed Lightweight Liquid Lipstick in Secret Sabotage
From what I’ve seen, two box variations received this lipstick in various colors, sold at Sephora for $29 CAD/ $24 USD, while the third box variation contained Makeup Geek Showstopper Creme Stain (retails for $12 USD). I am actually happy with the lipstick I received, and the only way to make it better would be if I had received it in Particularly Sophisticated (rose) (BoxyCharm tends to send me nudes almost all the time). Luckily, this nude doesn’t wash me out, and the metallic finish is completely different from other lipsticks I own. It’s quite comfortable on my lips, too.
Finally, one product that saves the box for me! Everyone received this mascara! Lash Paint is one of my favorite mascaras – it separates lashes so well, I never get any clumps, and I get lots of length and curl, but not much volume. Every time I wear this mascara someone asks me if I’m wearing false lashes (my lashes are naturally long, but this mascara enhances them so well). The mascara is sold at Sephora for $30 CAD/ $23 USD. I do feel like the mascara I received is just a little bit drier than the deluxe sample I previously had (maybe that’s how it ended in this box), but I am still using it well, for over a month, and I feel it can be used more for sure. The brush needed some getting used to, since it’s hard with short bristles, but now that I had some practice I am in love with it.
Finally, I received this blush brush, retailing for $12 USD. This brush was in two box variations, while the third variation contained Vintage Cosmetics Illuminating Face Highlighter (value $32 USD). I am always happy to add more brushes to my collection, however this one is just OK. I am not a makeup artist, but I just don’t consider this a good blush brush – it’s quite dense and has short bristles, so it deposits blush densely, while I prefer fluffier blush brushes that blend blush in nice, light layers. It may be just a personal preference. I may use the brush for blending.
I usually swatch everything for you, but like I mentioned, the blush kit is not for me and the color correcting palette is not touching my skin, so here are some swatches of the liquid lipstick. I find this nude to have a tiny little bit of pink in it, so it works well for me.
This is the least useful box I’ve received from BoxyCharm so far. I only really love the mascara and the lipstick, the brush is ok, and the blush and corrector palettes are not for me. Total value of my box is $121 USD (other variations: $139 & $131), which is the same as the value on the information card, and I paid $26 USD (the box + shipping to Canada). I don’t mind that I got the lowest valued box, I just wish I could use more of the products. The value of usable items for me is $59 USD, which is really low, but still not bad for the price I paid. I know this can happen with any subscription box, so I’m giving them another chance, but from what I’ve seen not many people are happy with their December box. I really appreciate that BoxyCharm isn’t overcharging for shipping to Canada as some other boxes do.
You can order BoxyCharm box using this link (all the links in this review are referral links and give me a $5 equivalent in points). This helps me get more products and boxes for reviews, but if you don’t wish to use my referral, you can google the name of the box.
If you subscribe now, you will be waitlisted, and probably start the subscription with the February box (because I’m late with this review), although there are no guarantees. I will not mention the January box spoilers, since it should be here within 7-10 days, and I’ll try to review it sooner this time around.
Do you have any questions about this subscription? Do you subscribe to any boxes? How do you like this one?