May Boxycharm Unboxing + Review

May Boxycharm Unboxing + Review _ 2018My Boxycharm always arrives so late in the month that I wonder if it’s still worth reviewing. Most of Boxycharm’s American subscribers are able to get their reviews up at least a week before me, and since there isn’t really that much box variation I wonder if my reviews are even relevant at that point. The May Boxycharm wasn’t an exception, I received it two weeks after it shipped out. I’m still enjoying receiving the Boxycharm Box though so as long as that continues I will keep reviewing them.

Boxycharm Beauty Box Subscription

About BoxyCharm

BoxyCharm is a monthly US based Beauty Subscription featuring 4-5 FULL SIZED and Luxury-sized beauty products.

Price: $21USD/Month (Less with a longer subscription term)
Shipping: Free to US, $5 to Canada
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May Boxycharm 2018 | Boxy Bash

The May Boxycharm

The May Boxycharm theme is Boxy Bash to celebrate Boxycharm’s sixth anniversary. I heard that for the occasion the May Boxycharm would include six products instead of the usual five to commemorate the occasion. Let’s get into my unboxing!

May Boxycharm 2018 | Pur Cosmetics Sculptor Palette

Pur Cosmetics Sculptor Palette

Pür Cosmetics Sculptor Palette

I’ll be honest I’m not really excited to see anything by Pür in my box. I was super excited for the March Pür X Boxycharm Collaboration palette but once I had it in my hands I was was disappointed with the formula. You can check out my review of that palette if you are interested in hearing more about it.

That being said I know that there are people out there who love Pür Cosmetics so I’m hoping the collab palette was just a dud. Maybe this one will be better? This palette retails for $30USD and contains two highlight shades and two contour shades. TBH I don’t really feel the need to contour, I was blessed with high, prominent cheek bones so the only contouring I might do is slim my nose and soften my jaw (which isn’t often). The lightest brown works with my skin tone but the darker shade makes my face look dirty instead of emulating a shadow. The highlighters are glittery so I don’t know that I’ll use them much, I prefer a glowy sheen to a glittery highlight.

Pretty Vulgar Ink Gel Liner

Pretty Vulgar The Ink Gel Eyeliner

YES! This eyeliner more than makes up for the palette in my opinion. Boxycharm has been featuring Pretty Vulgar a lot lately and I really love it. PV is a midrange priced brand at Sephora and I’m still dying to try their eyeshadow palettes. This ink gel liner will tide me over until then.

This is the cutest gel eyeliner I’ve ever seen, I’m sure some people will find it gimmicky but I really like it. My only issue with the ink style bottle was that the cap wasn’t completely tightened and there isn’t an inner seal. The product wasn’t dried up at all though. The formula is very creamy, I’m looking forward to playing with this!

Cover FX Blurring Primer

Cover FX Blurring Primer

Unfortunately for me this primer is silicone based. I’ve been trying to use up the Smashbox Pore Filling Primer for over a year, with my dry skin I prefer a dewy hydrating primer like Becca’s First Light Primer. I guess I’ve got to use up that Smashbox one so I can see if this is any better.

Aesthetica p12 Powder Brush

Aesthetica P12 Professional Powder Brush

I was disappointed that by one extra product Boxy charm just meant an extra makeup brush. I guess I shouldn’t complain, but I was hoping for an extra makeup or skincare product instead of four brushes. I’m going to have to play with this P12 brush to see how it works best.

I hoped Aesthetica’s website would tell me the best way to use it, but there isn’t even a description blurb. I’m assuming this is meant to be used with the Sculptor Contour palette, but it’s so fluffy and soft that I found it hard to precisely apply the contour powder. I’ll need to try it out with a finishing powder.

Aesthetica Brush Trio

Aesthetica 3 Piece Eye Trio

I’m really happy that I finally have a spoolie brush in my collection! I would always use the spoolies on the back of eyebrow pencils but there are times that I thought to myself it would be nice to have an individual spoolie brush.

I’m unsure if I’ll use the angled liner brush, it’s very thick so I’m not confident I’ll be able to make a precise line with it. I bought the Morphe MB11 Brush in my Morphe Haul because it was said it was good for creating a sharp line. Unfortunately it was thick like this one so I don’t use it.

The thin artsy paintbrush style brush is totally my jam. I tried it out with the Pretty Vulgar Ink Gel Liner and it made the most perfect baby wings for me!

Beauty Creations Matte Lip Gloss

Beauty Creations Matte Lip Gloss

I can usually look past silly marketing tactics, but labeling a liquid lipstick as a “Matte Lip Gloss?” WTF. That doesn’t even make sense, lip glosses are called thus because they are GLOSSY. Matte is the opposite of glossy so the product name totally contradicts itself.

The shade itself is really pretty and smells like candy canes to me but this lipstick is sooo drying and settles into all my lip lines. I’m not even old and it gives me sixty year old woman lips (no offence if you’re in your sixties!) It took a long time to dry down but when it did it was totally transfer proof. I ate a creamy avocado pasta for dinner and it was still there afterwards.

May Boxycharm 2018

Value & Overall Thoughts

The box totals out to $174USD which is incredible given I paid $26 for the box including shipping to Canada. Despite the value I couldn’t help feeling disappointed with the May Boxycharm. I’m not really interested in a silicone based primer, the “matte lipgloss” or the contour palette. I’ll probably only be using the Aesthetica makeup brushes and Pretty Vulgar gel eyeliner. I enjoyed last month’s box so I’m surprised that I’m so unimpressed with the May box. My three month subscription term is about to renew so I’m trying to come to a final decision on whether or not to keep my Boxycharm subscription.

May Boxycharm Swatches 2018

Top to Bottom: Pretty Vulgar Gel Liner, Beauty Creations Lipstick, Cover FX Primer, PUR Cosmetics Sculptor Palette

What did you think of the May Boxycharm?

Thank you so much for reading! Let me know what variation you got in your Boxycharm this month, and as always please like & subscribe to support this blog. On Wednesday my review of a brand new Canadian subscription box is coming your way! <3



  1. May 28, 2018 / 11:26 pm

    I feel the same way about the contour palette and the “matte lipgloss”.. I also swatched the contour shades and one of them looks a little orange so I’ll only be able to use one. Oh well.. and everyone keeps saying the same thing about the lippie, I still haven’t gotten around to playing around with this box products, but I’m not looking forward to using it. Lol

    • AlwaysCleia
      May 29, 2018 / 9:02 am

      I’ve heard from one person so far that they really like the lip product, I’m still not feeling it though. That’s unfortunate that you can only use one contour shade 🙁

      • May 29, 2018 / 9:40 am

        I’ll try it today, maybe, lol.

  2. May 24, 2018 / 1:07 am

    I felt the same way about the primer. I don’t wear a silicone based foundation so there’s no point in wearing a silicone based primer. What a bummer that the “lipgloss” is drying. Hopefully next month will be better!

    • AlwaysCleia
      May 24, 2018 / 5:24 pm

      I didn’t know that there even were silicone based foundations 😮 I’ll try it out but I probably won’t use it much!
      I haven’t seen any spoilers for June yet, I hope it’s good too!

      • May 25, 2018 / 9:28 pm

        Yeah! I just learned that last year! I didn’t understand why my makeup wasn’t staying on my face and I realized that I had a silicone based primer and water based foundation! Now I wear water based everything!

        • AlwaysCleia
          May 27, 2018 / 7:06 am

          I’ll have to see what type I’m wearing, I’m pretty sure water based given it doesn’t go on like a silicone. That’s such an interesting thing to learn!

          • June 3, 2018 / 10:14 am

            Yeah I had no idea until a Youtuber mentioned it and then I was like… what? I googled it and it changed everything! I wear Born This Way by Too Faced.

          • AlwaysCleia
            June 3, 2018 / 12:55 pm

            I have a few samples of that foundation, I keep forgetting I have them. Thanks for reminding me!

          • June 3, 2018 / 7:56 pm

            Of course! I really like it because it’s light coverage so my freckles still come through! And it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing a lot of makeup.

  3. May 22, 2018 / 3:37 pm

    I agree that with the Pur sculpting palette! I took one look at it and was like Nope – giving it away. Also YES- that gloss is not a gloss! But I do like how it feels on the lips and the color you got looks gorgeous! Totally something I would actually wear everyday. The shade I got is a red-berry color.

    • AlwaysCleia
      May 22, 2018 / 9:42 pm

      I have so many products I would rather use than the palette, I’ll probably give it to a friend too. I heard people saying that it smelled like chocolate? I didn’t notice that in mine 🤔

      That’s good that you like the lipstick! I found it really drying but I think I need to try it with a lip balm or a lip primer underneath, it might help!

      • May 24, 2018 / 3:11 pm

        It did smell like chocolate! and I paired the lipstick with an actual gloss 🙂 it felt much better with that!

        • AlwaysCleia
          May 24, 2018 / 5:45 pm

          I’ll smell it when I get home, I’m curious now. I’ll have to try the lipstick with a gloss too!

  4. Makeup by Erin
    May 21, 2018 / 7:43 pm

    I literally had the exact same thoughts on all of these! 😂

    • AlwaysCleia
      May 21, 2018 / 9:38 pm

      Great minds think alike! 😉 I hope next months box is more exciting

  5. May 21, 2018 / 5:06 pm

    The Pretty Vulgar liner looks amazing! I kind of want to check it out now…
    It’s too bad the Beauty Creations lipstick is drying – the shade is super pretty!
    I definitely understand why you would be disappointed in this box. It’s hard to decide when to stop the subscription when you enjoyed some of the boxes but not the others!

  6. May 21, 2018 / 7:53 am

    I’m with you on the sculpting palette and primer. Everyone got a decent color lippie but me!!! Mine is so dark, I look ridiculous!

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