Is BoxyCharm Worth It?
BoxyCharm is a beauty subscription box that sends you five to six products every month for just $21. At least four of those products are guaranteed to be full-sized, and they promise a minimum retail value of $100. Though BoxyCharm isn’t personalized (like sample-focused beauty boxes such as Ipsy or Birchbox), the promise of full-size items is a nice change of pace.
But is it worth double the cost? I tried it for three months to find out.
Box #1 Total Value: $99
The theme for this month’s box was all about eyes, so all of the products were focused on eye makeup. The products included:
- Blinc Mascara Amplified: full-size/$26 value
- Coastal Scents Revealed Smoky Palette: full-size/$30 value
- Royal & Langnickel Brush Set [R]evolution: Detail brush, $8 value; Crease brush, $8 value; Smudger brush, $8 value; total $24 value
- Starlooks Luxe Longwear Liner Pen: full-size/$19 value
Though there were only four products in this box, all of them were full-sized, and I liked that it is a complete kit for your all of your eye makeup needs. The products themselves were high-quality, and I can’t stress enough how awesome it is that they were all full-sized. I loved how many different eye shadows came in the palette, and the set of brushes would be great if you didn’t already have some (unfortunately I do, but my makeup brush-junkie coworker gladly took them off my hands).
The eyeliner pen was indeed very long-lasting as the name suggests, and the mascara was different from any other mascara I’ve used — it forms literal tubes around each of your eyelashes, so when you take it off, you use warm water to just pull each of them off. Definitely a less messy removal than some other mascaras!
The overall value of this box was slightly lower than I expected (although still way higher than what I paid for the box), but as you’ll see below, the next couple of months definitely made up for it.
Box #2 Total Value: $130
The theme of this month’s box was all about relaxation. The products included:
- Spongelle You Have My Heart on a String: full-size/$15 value
- Beauty for Real Blush + Glow Stick: full-size/$24 value
- Shray Ms. Amazing Facial Mask: full-size/$12 value
- Ofra Banana Powder Godet: full-size/$12 value
- Freeze 24/7 Anti-Aging Eye Serum: $54 value ($115 for full-size)
- RealTree for Her Perfume Spray: travel-size/$13 value
Compared to receiving only four products in last month’s box, I was pleasantly surprised when I opened up this month’s box to find six products — four full-size and two travel/deluxe-sized. Though this month didn’t feature as much of a cohesive “theme,” I appreciated the variety of products that I received.
Though some of these products weren’t as universally useful as the eye makeup products were, I enjoyed trying things I normally wouldn’t — for example, the silicon face mask was very different from any other face mask I’d ever used before, but I ended up enjoying it since it was so much easier to apply and remove than other types. I always like to receive dual-purpose products like the blush + glow stick, and I was shocked to receive such a high-value item like the anti-aging serum.
The only two products I was less than impressed by were the perfume (the scent was a little too sweet for me) and the banana powder godet (my pet peeve is receiving loose powders/eye shadows like this because I don’t know how I’m supposed to keep and use them without breaking them).
The value for this box was very impressive, especially when compared to other similarly-priced boxes like Glossybox.
Box #3 Total Value: $147
The theme for my final month of BoxyCharm was “Sweet Treats.” The products included:
- Clark’s Botanicals Anti-Puff Eye Cream: full-size/$87 value
- Makeup Geek Duo Chrome Eye Shadow Pan: full-size/$6 value
- Makeup Geek Shimmer Pressed Eye Shadow Pan: full-size/$6 value (no longer available)
- Catherine Malandrino Syle De Paris Travel Perfume: $14 value ($80 for full-size)
- Luxie Beauty 512 Small Contour Brush: full-size/$16 value
- Chella Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Pencil: full-size/$18 value
Even better than the previous month, this box contained five full-sized products + another travel-sized perfume (which are much more useful than the tiny sample-sized perfumes with no spray nozzle that most boxes send).
Though I was very impressed with the quality and the amount of full-sized products in this box, I was disappointed to receive two pressed eye shadow pans with no home for them to reside in. The reality is, I won’t end up using products like this because they are too much of a hassle for me to keep up with inside my already-full-to-the-brim makeup bag.
Receiving another high-ticket full-size item like the anti-puff eye cream ($87 value) made up for this in my opinion — I absolutely loved getting to try good, quality products like this without having to spend tons of money. The eyebrow pencil and contour brush were also good quality. All in all, this was probably the best BoxyCharm box I’ve received thus far.
As you can see, the value for this box significantly surpassed the value of the previous two months. I honestly can’t believe that I only paid $21 for a box that is worth literally seven times as much.
Verdict: Is BoxyCharm Worth It?
I think just from looking at the value of each box alone, it’s pretty obvious that BoxyCharm is well worth the money. If you’re tired of collecting small, sample-sized products from cheaper boxes like Ipsy or Birchbox, then upgrading to a full-size box like BoxyCharm won’t be a disappointment. Though it isn’t personalized, most of the products I’ve received every month seem to be pretty universally useful to any skin type or color.
The only potential drawback about BoxyCharm is that based on the products I received for three consecutive months, it seems to be mostly focused on makeup/skincare products — so if you want more of a variety that includes hair and nail products, this may not be the box for you. I personally prefer more makeup and skincare products, so this doesn’t bother me, but it’s something worth noting.
Last modified on July 21st, 2017