Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Boxycharm Review - Pros and Cons of Boxycharm Beauty Subscription Service!

Hi Beauties.

Recently I had the opportunity to try out the new monthly beauty subscription service, Boxycharm!

For $21/month or $60/3 months, you will receive a beautifully crafted box with 5-7 beauty items; at least 4 items will be FULL SIZE.  Before subscribing, you will be able to complete a beauty profile and choose a plan that best suits your beauty needs. Boxycharm contains the best hair products, hottest cosmetic picks and latest nail trends. 
Sounds great, right?! 
Well before hitting that "subscribe" button, read on to see some pros and cons to this new service, and my personal thoughts.

Let me start off by showing you the first ever Boxycharm, and its contents...

Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Gloss in Pink Perfection
Approx Value $2 (Out of Stock)

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in Wishful Pinking
Approx Value $2 (Clearance/ Discontinued)

Maybelline Eye Studio Color Explosion Luminizing Eyeshadow in Pink Punch
Approx Value $5.50

Mary Kay Cosmetic Bag
Approx Value $0

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Coffee Cake
Appox Value $6

Essie Nail Lacquer in Mod Square
Approx Value $8

Essence of Beauty Travel Brush Set
Approx Value $9.99

Style-Style Line & Seal 24 Twist Liner in Emerald
Approx Value $4.99

Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 06
Approx Value $2.59

Approximate Total Cost for this Boxycharm:

My Thoughts on Boxycharm

In all honesty, I was a bit confused by this subscription service. While I was excited to see recognizable drugstore cosmetic brands, I was not pleased to see that a few of the items I was sent were either discontinued or out of stock at retailers. Many people purchase these monthly boxes to try out new products, and possibly purchase them again in the future. BUT if you were to fall in love with a product from this particular box, there's a good chance it will be discontinued and you will not be able to purchase another when you run out; a definite con. Of course when dealing with discontinued products, there's also the concern you might be receiving makeup that has already expired, which makes me a bit leary as well.
While I did enjoy a few of the products (especially impressed with the full size Essie nail polish and Rimmel lipstick!) I was also confused by a couple... random empty Mary Kay cosmetic bag?*usually free with purchase, and an Essence of Beauty travel brush set fit for someone with a face the size of a pea. lol
I did do some research on the products I received in this Boxycharm and found many of their current retail prices, which I listed above. The box's total value came to approximately $41.07, nearly double the monthly subscription fee of $21. So this box IS in fact a deal. Now, whether or not you want to spend this amount of money on drugstore makeup each month is up to you. I think I would personally enjoy picking out my own favorites at the drugstore for this price.

Have you tried Boxycharm? What are YOUR Thoughts? Let me know in the comments! :) 

You can learn more & sign up for Boxycharm here -- http://www.boxycharm.com


  1. I think it's cool for someone who likes to be surprised each month. But for me, like you said, I would rather just spend the money and pick up some brand new items I want to try! :)

  2. Amazing brands!Nice box,although the out of stock products are not good idea...

  3. When I got my box I was super excited. Then I opened it and saw there was only 3 items I could actually use. Granted there was no beauty quiz.. ( but it's not like the beauty quiz's even work) I was happy items were full size. I don't like that if I do fall in love with something, that I wont be able to get it at the store. So that concept isn't great. To bad Mac doesn't have a box lol I would be in love with new products from them .

  4. If I was going to spend $21 a month on a beauty box, I would just get Glossybox. Instead I decided to go for Ipsy (the box formerly known as MyGlam) which is only $10. Also, where can you get the Maybelline Color Explosion for $5.50? I tried the green one and really liked it but they're usually pretty pricy for drugstore eyeshadow so I never go another one. Maybelline.com claims it's worth $11.

  5. thank you for giving us an honest review. i agree for 21 bucks i'd prefer to pick out my own drugstore products :)

  6. i have to agree, although there are some nice bits and bob in there i think i would rather spend the subscription money on something i really wanted.



  7. I purchased that same Maybelline eyeshadow and same shade for 0.69 it was 1.69 but I had a 1.00 off coupon, and the same thing with blush I do believe I paid 1.30, I am so glad I did not subscribe to them when they sent me a twitter email.

  8. Boxycharm is MUCH better now ❤️

  9. April was my first box and it was amazing! Revealed 2 Palette and many other good items. I don't know if every box is that good because I haven't received my May box yet. I am being hopeful though. I just signed up for Glossybox too, and I get Ipsy (which I love).

  10. 1. Boxycharm doesn't have a survey service so everyone get the exact same box.
    2. First box ever is white not black.

    Just saying.

  11. My friend just got her box for this month of December and it rocked. I don't even really like makeup and I wanted one. Beautifully packaged. Loved the full size lipstick and nail polish.

  12. Boxycharm has come such a long way since the very first box...lol
    I've been signed up since 2016 and it's always high end makeup mostly. All natural products such as Ofra and Real Her, next month we are receiving a beautiful Tart Pallete. I'm so grateful for my monthly Boxy. I do not see myself without it any time soon!!

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