Oh, Boxycharm. Sigh. I tried! I really did try. However, I think 5 boxes was enough for me to know that Boxycharm may not be a good fit for me anymore. In theory, they are great! For $21/month they send a box of 5-6 full sized products. I always did like that they sent bigger products, and I did come across a few that I liked. However, I feel like I’m always contacting their customer service about something and this month, I immediately noticed a broken product. Since it’s been so difficult to work with them in the past, I’m not going to bother with contacting them again. I just straight up canceled. But… I still have February’s box to review! So let’s get to it.

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Mistura Beauty Solutions C-2-P Complexion Corrector ($36.99): First, let’s start with the bad news. I noticed right away that the product looked kind of weird and when I opened it, my fears were confirmed: another broken product. But let’s talk about what the product would have been like if it wasn’t broken. The card says it has cream-to-powder finish that masks redness and broken capillaries and hides imperfections for all skin tones. Um. This does NOT work for all skin tones. It doesn’t even work for mine and it’s presumably for a light-skinned person. I also have a problem with the fact that this is essentially $37. Cover Girl has had a product like this for like $4. This price seems incredibly inflated for a product that clearly can’t even make it through shipping.

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Modern Minerals Duo Fiber Mini Round Brush ($15): Now for the good news! It’s never ALL bad for Boxycharm. Just sometimes the bad tends to outweigh the good. I love this brush! I have been using it for blending eye shadow in the crease and outer corner of the eye and it works fantastically! I am not familiar with the Modern Minerals brand but I’m a fan of this brush for sure.

Mullein & Sparrow Mini Facial Mask ($15): This looks like a neat product. I included a separate picture of the bottle below because it is so cute– like a little apothecary bottle! But I included the box next to the brush so you could see the size for scale. I haven’t tried this product yet but it looks really interesting. It’s a blend of different clays mixed with aromatic herbs  that help refine pores and provide gentle exfoliation once mixed with a little bit of water. I’ve never experienced a sort of -do-it-yourself type mask like this but masks are great to use once a week so I’ll try it this weekend!

 

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ncLA Nail Lacquer in “Heart Attack” ($16): More bad news… well, for me anyway. This is a nail polish made up entirely of heart glitter. I think regular Boxy Lady readers know how Jill and I feel about heart glitter polish and this one is like 100x worse than this other one we got. I don’t even know what to say about this except I’m not 5. This is just not my style at all but… I am giving it to one of my friend’s daughters who actually is almost 5. I think she is going to LOVE this. I’m a little bummed because I have heard about the ncLA brand and I wish I could try it in a different color. Maybe someday!

Jing Ai Velvet Shine Lip Jewel ($22): This very pink lip jewel (?) fits with the Valentine theme very well. It’s essentially a lip crayon in a bubblegum pink shade. I love lip crayons and I love the formula of this brand I had never tried before but the shade is just a bit too pink for me. I wish it worked for me because I do really like how moisturizing it feels. It isn’t a typical long-wear product but it does last a bit longer than other lip crayons I’ve tried.

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Final Grade: C

I definitely think it is a very good time for me to say goodbye to Boxycharm. While I sometimes would discover great products and brands I like, that is definitely overshadowed in my mind with all the hassle I’ve had with them when I tried to change my credit card, the lacking customer service and the broken products. For me, this is no longer worth $21/month. Since I will always be honest with y’all, I would recommend you get a different box than Boxycharm if you are looking for a makeup box like this one. In fact, I love Allure’s Sample Society for $15/mo so much. That would be the one I would recommend you get! (Feel free to use my referral code. I have no idea what happens when you use it: LAUR324430) Or Birchbox for $10/mo! There are SO MANY wonderful beauty boxes in the world!

A self-proclaimed beauty junkie/hoarder with a serious Sephora problem. After years with Birchbox, she now has a subscription box problem as well. Her free time is a mixed combination of cats, TV, and finally trying to figure out how to do her hair.

9 Comments on Boxycharm: February 2015

  1. avibrantday
    February 26, 2015 at 8:59 am (3 years ago)

    I am feeling kind of the same way about Boxycharm right now :o( I’ve received two broken items over the months. The first one they gave me charms for their store though, to their credit. I didn’t bother going through the process on the next item. I like how several of this month’s items are vegan and cruelty free. I’m just wondering if there’s a better fit for me at this price level, you know? Boxycharm started off on such a bang, but it seems like their kind of in a rut. Sorry you were less than enthused.

    • laurenelectro
      February 26, 2015 at 9:03 am (3 years ago)

      Yeah, I just feel like there are so many boxes out there that are not only cheaper but send more products that I would actually use. (Remember that hair chalk?!) While Allure sends smaller sized samples with Sample Society, they are almost always reputable brands that I trust and I use almost all of them. I was finding with Boxycharm, I tend not to use almost all the items. It definitely wasn’t worth $21 to me.

      • avibrantday
        February 26, 2015 at 9:34 am (3 years ago)

        Yep. I received the white hair chalk. I’m in my 30s. I go to the salon to cover up the white. LOL. I’ve been eyeing the Allure Society, and a friend of mine mentioned an eco-centered box that’s about the same price. I may try that. I’m getting the bug to jump ship with Boxycharm though…

        • laurenelectro
          February 26, 2015 at 9:44 am (3 years ago)

          The more boxes I get from Sample Society, the more I love it. They don’t do traditional referral links but they do have a code: LAUR324430 if you wanted to use mine. I really have no idea what happens with SS referrals! I’m curious what I get.

          • avibrantday
            February 26, 2015 at 11:13 am (3 years ago)

            Ok! I’m going to do a little research to find my fit, but I’ve been very curious to try Sample Society, so! I’ll definitely use your code if/when I do. :0)

          • laurenelectro
            February 26, 2015 at 11:16 am (3 years ago)

            I’ll pay attention to your blog and see what you choose!

  2. womanseekingmakeup
    March 6, 2015 at 8:48 am (3 years ago)

    I hated the concealer thing. I’m pleased with the other items, but specifically commenting on a product this was the worst. I can’t believe it’s as pricy as it is!

    • laurenelectro
      March 6, 2015 at 8:51 am (3 years ago)

      I just have no idea how in the world it is meant to work on many skin tones. It is so very specific. And way too dark for me. Ugh. Boxycharm. *shakes fist.*

      • womanseekingmakeup
        March 6, 2015 at 8:53 am (3 years ago)

        The color match wasn’t too bad on me which was surprising, but I would be confused how this could work on paler or darker girls. And the formula was just so silly. I felt the other products made the cost of te box worth it so this could be a throwaway item without me feeling like I was wasting money, but oh man is this not worth what it costs. I wouldn’t pay $10 for it, let alone over $30