Once again I was sucked into a subscription box plan. I’ve been off & on with Boxycharm for almost two years now. It’s the subscription that I recommend the most, but also the one that I tire of the fastest, and not for the reasons you might think.
I get overwhelmed with Boxycharm because the value is almost too good for what you pay. Five full sized makeup products a month is way more than I’m able to use up, and after a few months the products start piling up. So I subscribe and unsubscribe off an on, watching spoilers and promo codes in my inbox. At the start of September I got an offer of a free Becca Hydra Mist Setting Powder in my box, in addition to the regular five products. I couldn’t say no!
New Boxycharm Perks
Boxycharm is changing. Customization will now be possible, and there will be more add ons available and a higher box value. Unfortunately the price will be increased from $21 to $25 monthly to accommodate these changes. I’m personally not thrilled with this, given that I also have to pay the exchange rate and a shipping cost on top of that.
There is also going to be an added subscription option. Boxycharm Premium is a new subscription tier — for $35 you will get an upgraded box with 6-7 Beauty products valued at over $175 per month. Personally I already get overwhelmed with 5 full sized products a month… So those are the changes, let’s talk about the September Boxycharm.
The September BoxyCharm
My Boxycharm for September contained 6 products, including my bonus Becca Hydra Mist Powder. The box also had a face mask, makeup brush set, eyeshadow palette, eyeliner and highlighter. Pretty well rounded if I do say so myself!
Becca Hydra Mist Set & Refresh Setting Powder
Okay, this powder is magic. I heard that it feels like water on your face but it’s one of those things that you need to experience yourself to believe. It literally feels like I’m misting a setting spray on my face when I apply it with a brush. It’s so soothing on my undereyes and sets my concealer without looking crepey. It literally feels like a mist on my face, even when applied with a brush. The powder has a high water content to help give it this effect, and I’m in love!
Dr. Brandt Sleeping Mask $52USD
This sleeping mask is absolutely lovely! It’s has a gel formula which I wasn’t expecting at all. Usually sleeping masks are a heavy cream formula so this gel is really refreshing. I’ve worn it twice already! The formula sinks into the skin quickly without feeling thick or heavy. I think this will replace my night time moisturizer for this Fall. I doubt I’ll repurchase it for $52 but it’s a lovely mask to try in my Boxycharm!
I was hoping for the Too Faced Natural Face palette in my box because my cat broke mine recently. Little jerk. I got the violet Voss Essentials palette instead which was disappointing to me at first, but now that I’ve used it I’m actually pretty happy I got it. This is my first time trying the Violet Voss Formula and you know what? I actually really, really enjoy it!
The shadows are smooth & buttery. The mattes blend out so easily across the eyes and they don’t fade away immediately like some other eyeshadow palettes I’ve gotten from Boxycharm (*cough cough* PUR X Boxycharm Palette, I’m looking at you). The shimmer shadows are also really nice. While this colour scheme isn’t something that I would usually gravitate towards I’ve worn the Essentials palette every day this week. I’d definitely try more from Violet Voss in the future.
I haven’t used my Hand & Henry eyeliner yet so I can’t tell you if it’s any good or not. I watched Kathleen Lights’ unboxing try on and she liked it so I have high hopes. I’ve never heard of this brand but if I like the liner I’ll look into it!
Laura Geller Gelato Swirl Illuminator $26USD
For $26 the packaging of this highlighter is pretty cheap… I absolutely hate bubble packaging like this where the lid is a big plastic dome. I have two or three other products in this packaging style and the lids always break off eventually, no matter how careful I am.
This highlighter isn’t quite what I was expecting. The powder is very hard pressed in the pan, (it is a baked highlighter after all) so you don’t get the butteriness you get with Becca highlighters. I have to build the shade up to get colour payoff I want, but when you build it up a bit the gold sheen is very pretty. I’ll definitely use this highlighter, but I question the price tag! The shade I got is Gilded Honey.
Moda Brushes 5 Piece Brush Set $20USD
The textured handles of this Moda brush set are super nice! They look luxurious and the bristles are super soft. I’ve noticed that the fluffier brushes don’t always pick up eyeshadow the way I expect them too, my Morphe brushes are a little easier to use. That could be because I’m used to them though. I love the tapered fluffy brush, it’s great for getting into my crease!
I’m always up for more brushes. If you’re a new makeup enthusiast my suggestion for you is to try a makeup subscription like Boxycharm or Ipsy to get your collection started. Boxycharm has contributed to almost half of my makeup brush collection and allowed me to try so many brands that I couldn’t otherwise afford.
Overall I think this was a great box. The total value of my September Boxycharm works out to approximately $147USD, not including the Becca Cosmetics Powder. I’ll use everything in this box! There’s normally at least one product in a subscription that I won’t use, so I’m very impressed.
Let me know what you got in your Boxycharm this month!