Hello friends! As you all know, I love a good subscription box. For two years, Ipsy was my favorite beauty box; I reviewed month after month and raved about how much I loved the products… Until, well, I stopped loving them. It felt like they stopped taking the surveys I filled out into consideration when creating my “personalized” box. When I received eyeliner pencils three boxes in a row after telling them I hate eyeliner pencils, I finally cancelled the subscription. So, I went on the hunt for a new box, and decided to try out Boxycharm. This is a little more expensive, at $21 a month; however, you receive 4-5 full sized items! So, without further ado, let’s dive into my first Boxycharm box.
My first thought upon opening the box was amazement at the quality of the products. The assortment of products surpassed all of my expectations. In one small box, they sent a full eyeshadow palette, a gigantic powder blush, a liquid lipstick, an eyebrow pencil, a foundation brush, and a hair mask! Even though the site says they send 4-5 products, they actually sent me six.. which is awesome!
The first thing I was drawn to was the eyeshadow. This was the Soiree Diaries Eyeshadow Palette by PÜR. This palette contains 4 mattes, 4 satins, and 4 shimmers, and it retails for $34. I really love the balance of warm and cool toned pigments. Also, these shimmer shades are insane! They are so pigmented, have barely any fallout, and look stunning on the eye. The middle row of shadows all look great on the outer corner of the eye and smoked out under the eye. The top shades are not very pigmented, but they do work well as a base coat and to highlight the brow bone. PÜR recommends creating a look by using a column from top to bottom; however, you can mix and match and come up with something great.
Here is the first row of shadows. As you can see, they are quite light.
These are the second row of shadows. I noticed that “Epic” does not swatch well, but it looks more pigmented on the eyes if you pack it on using a flat shadow brush.
And the third row, which was my favorite:
Overall, I think this is a great palette, and I’ve used it several times over the last two weeks.
Next is the Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in the shade Mess Around, which retails for $6. I love Colourpop, and own many of their eyeshadows and lippies. I actually prefer their Ultra Satin products over their Ultra Matte, mainly because they wear much more comfortably. However, they are also much more prone to transfer.
This is a gorgeous brown with a grey undertones. I have never worn a color like this before, but I am LOVING it. I think this is also a great fall shade.
Next, we have Studio Makeup Luminous Loose Blush. I actually can’t find it on the Studio Makeup website, so it may be a sneak peek of an upcoming product. Boxycharm says it retails for $35. This seems pretty steep for a blush, but it has a whole lot of product. And, a little goes a long way.
The packaging comes with a rotating sifter, which I really enjoy. It keeps the inside of the bottle from getting messy and powdery, unlike many of my other powder products. There’s nothing quite as infuriating as opening a bottle of powder, and it exploding all over your clothes.
The shade itself is a pretty peachy pink. It is incredibly soft, and blends easily into the skin. I like this blush quite a lot, and have used it a few times since receiving it. The one thing I don’t love is that it’s really easy to pick up too much product. Like I said, a tiny bit of this goes a long way. Here is a swatch of the blush:
The last makeup product in the box is an Eyebrow Crayon from Mac, in the shade Spiked. This retails for $18. I usually don’t purchase makeup from Mac because it isn’t cruelty free; however, I will do my best to use this up. This is a super skinny pencil, which allows you to create very thin, hairlike strokes.
Here’s a closeup of the tip. It’s really tiny! You can get more product out my twisting the bottom of the crayon. However, it does not twist back in, so be careful.
The shade Spiked is a cool toned brown, which matches my natural brows very well.
Overall, this is a good product, but I haven’t found myself reaching towards it while doing my makeup. I tend to stick to my brow pomades and brow mascaras.
Next, we have the Bare Minerals Face Perfecting foundation brush. This brush retails for $28, and has a hollowed out area in the center where you can place your foundation. You are then supposed to buff it onto your face in a circular motion. I used this brush with my Bare Minerals Barepro Liquid Foundation, which is usually full coverage. After applying with the brush in the recommended manner, it ended up being more of a medium coverage. After a second application, I found that using a stippling motion will keep it full coverage.
Here is the center of the brush, where you are supposed to place 1-2 drops of foundation:
And the final product is the Briogeo “Don’t Despair, Repair!” deep conditioning mask, which retails for $20. I keep this in my shower, and have used it five times in the last two weeks. I have really frizzy and damaged ends, and this makes them incredibly smooth! It does have to sit in your hair for ten minutes, so I usually shampoo, apply this, and then let it sit while I shave and exfoliate my body. When it rinses out, you can feel such a difference in your hair. I plan on repurchasing this when I run out.
I incorporated all of the makeup products from the box into this look! I used the third column of the PÜR palette on my eyes, and popped a little bit of Ultra Violence eye dust from Medusa’s Makeup in my inner corner. I really like the way it turned out!
I was extremely impressed by this box, and loved most of the items. Plus, it was a fantastic value; all of the products retailed for $141, but the box only cost $21. I am definitely keeping my subscription, and I can’t wait for next month! I really hope you found my review and swatches useful. 🙂 If you have tried Boxycharm, let me know what you thought in the comments! And, as always, I will be happy to answer any questions you might have.