Yes, yes, I know, this review is coming a little bit late, and for that I apologize. The hurricane earlier this month definitely messed with Boxycharm’s ability to ship out their items (since they’re located in Miami) and I’ve been busy with work and planning other content for this blog, but don’t worry, because here it is! All my thoughts so far on the September “Boxy Baddie” Box from Boxycharm!
For those of you that don’t know what Boxycharm is, it’s a monthly makeup and skin care subscription box (but mostly makeup) that costs $22 a month and gives you 5-6 full-sized products whose value always totals over $100. They tend to partner with more indie brands (like OFRA, which has become more mainstream recently) but have also started partnering with bigger brands such as Tarte, PUR, Colourpop, and MAC!
I have to admit, I had heart eyes from the very start when I first saw what was in this box. The products I was most excited for, the MAC Eyebrow Pencil and the PUR Eyeshadow palette, were right up my alley in terms of color and style (at least from what they were advertising), so when my box came in the mail, I dove right in.
But anyways, let’s get started!
1. PUR Cosmetics Soiree Diaries Palette, $34
This is, quite honestly, one of the most pigmented palettes I’ve received from Boxycharm. In fact I had to wipe my eyeshadow off with a makeup wipe and start over when I first used it because I applied Gala way too generously to my crease and I was too lazy to try to blend it out (which was stupid, because these shadows are super blendable). I absolutely love how many transition shades this palette has (Private Party, Socialite, Gala, and Splurge if you use a really light hand) because I’m all about getting that perfect blend at my crease. The colors for this palette in general are perfect for fall, especially if you prefer to create warmer smokey eye looks like I do.
Overall, I think this palette provides a fantastic amount of variety and you’ll be able to create so many different looks with it! The four shimmers are the perfect amount and the perfect colors for the center of your lid and will really make your smokey eyes pop. I’ve created day time and nighttime looks with this palette so far and it’s becoming my new go-to — in fact, I’ve used a combination of Socialite, Gala, and Splurge every day this week for work and it creates the perfect peachy daytime look. I doubt it’ll replace my Tarte Rainforest of the Sea II Palette from last month’s Boxycharm as my ride-or-die, though, because it doesn’t have a shimmery white for an inner eye highlight. That’s basically my only critique!
2. Colourpop Cosmetics Ultra Satin Lip in “Strut,” $6
Now, I’m no stranger to Colourpop, and I actually own at least 20 of their liquid lipsticks of which probably a third are this Ultra Satin formula. Needless to say, I’m a huge fan of the brand itself, especially how affordable it always is! $5-6 lipsticks, eyeliners, gel pots, concealers, and under $15 palettes? When I first discovered them I was completely sold and they’re always expanding their selection of products.
For those of you who haven’t used Colourpop before, think of it as an affordable dupe for the Kylie Cosmetics products (they’re even made in the same lab). And with all of that, this lipstick in “Strut” did not disappoint. All of the colors that came out this month are some shade of brown and I really lucked out to get one with a more purple-y tint. The formula is pretty wet when you first put it on and takes a few minutes to dry down, but once it does it’s just on the comfortable side of matte with some slight transfer onto drinkware.
3. Studio Official Makeup HD Translucent Setting Powder, $35
If you look at my makeup counter I probably have 5-6 different setting powders at various levels of empty. I’m constantly searching for a setting powder that will tame my oily skin and keep me matte all day and while I can’t say that I’ve found it yet, this setting powder comes pretty close! I always love loose powders because I feel like you can really pack it on with minimal effort, so I was excited to get this in my box!
First of all, I love the packaging. Loose powders can be a bit of a pain and definitely messy if you’re not careful, but this powder comes with a twist seal (similar to glitter containers or spices) so that you can open it when you need it and close it to store it, which is perfect for travelling. The powder itself is also unscented, which is great for anyone with a sensitivity to aromatic products! The blurring properties of the powder make my skin look smooth and natural, and when I pack it on my skin I can really feel my makeup mattifying which is exactly what I’m looking for in a setting powder, too, and my makeup will last 4-5 before I need a touch up.
In all honesty, this powder really reminds me of a loose setting powder that NYX used to sell but I can no longer find in stores. I absolutely loved it, so to find such a similar product again gets me so excited!
4. Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask, $20
I’ll admit, getting hair care products (or nail polish) in my Boxycharm isn’t really my favorite thing and they tend to be the items that I’m least excited about when I see the sneak peaks on their Instagram. I’ve already received one hair mask in my Boxycharm when I first subscribed last year and while it left my hair feeling really nice, it wasn’t something I necessarily had time to incorporate into my full shower routine. My sister, however, has used this product before and loves it, so I was pretty excited to finally get it and try it out.
Needless to say, it wasn’t over-hyped. This mask left my hair feeling so smooth and soft and definitely helped out with the ridiculous amount of frizz that always pops up once I walk out into the Florida humidity. I’m not well-versed enough in hair masks to tell you if this is the best I’ve ever used (since I’ve only used two) or even what else it specifically did for my hair, but I’ll definitely be using it again!
5. Bodyography USA Brush Duo, $20
When I saw that I had received these two brushes in my box I was ecstatic. I have enough foundation brushes as it is so I didn’t really need the bareMinerals foundation brush that was the variation for this item, and I always, always need more eye and eyeshadow brushes. I use angled brushes for two different parts of my face — my eyebrows and my eyeliner — and, because I don’t wash my brushes nearly often enough, that means I generally need two brushes to get the job done. After all, it really wouldn’t be a good look if my eyebrows were suddenly black instead of brown. I lost my eyebrow angled brush a while ago and never ended up replacing it, and this brush is perfect for getting my eyebrow cream color exactly where I need it!
The flat brush is great as well, but since I generally use flat shader brushes to pack on color or shimmer at the center of my lid, the fact that this is made of what seems to be natural fibers means it spreads the color much more thinly than a synthetic brush would. It works fantastic for getting just the right amount of color in your outer corner, though, so that’s probably what I’ll end up using it for!
6. MAC Cosmetics Eyebrow Pencil in Spiked, $18
I’ve never been a huge fan of eyebrow pencils, in all honesty, because for me they’re not the easiest to control and get the color precisely where I need it to be. Nevertheless, I’ve tried many, from NYX to ABH Brow Wiz, and while it may be slightly more difficult than a tinted gel to get right, nothing matches how flawless my brows look when I use this type of pencil!
I actually just ran out of my ABH Brow Wiz that I’ve been using since April and was pretty much lamenting the fact that I’d have to go spend $23 for the ABH Brow Definer (since I wanted to try that one next), but getting this MAC Eyebrow Pencil definitely saved me! The color is a bit darker than what I normally use but I’ve found it’s the perfect color for me and applies easily to my skin without excess tugging or scratching. I’ve actually been reaching for this more often than my normal tinted gel which takes less time, so clearly this is a real keeper!
Altogether, the total value of this box was $133, and I only paid $22! The items in my Boxycharm subscription just keep getting better and better and I literally cannot wait for my next box to come in!
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What’s your favorite item from this month’s Boxycharm? And if you don’t subscribe, what’s your favorite beauty item in your collection?