September Boxycharm Review

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!

boxycharm changes

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.

September Boxycharm Unboxing 2019

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 Setting Poweder Review

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 Hydro Biotic Sleeping Mask

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!

Violet Voss Essentials Palette

Essentials Palette Violet Voss

Violet Voss Essentials Palette $29USD

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.

Hank & Henry Blickity Black

Hank & Henry Blickity Black Liner $20USD

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 - Gilded Honey Gold

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.

Laura Geller Gelato Swirl

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.

Boxycharm September Review

Total Values

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!

September Boxycharm Review




  1. October 4, 2019 / 10:31 am

    I still havent gotten the chance to try any of my boxy products from September. Not even the palette. But I’m glad you like the palette, that means I can expect the same performance from it just like their HG palette

    • October 4, 2019 / 4:33 pm

      This was going to be your last box for a while right? I hope you like the palette when you have a chance to try it!

      • October 7, 2019 / 3:02 am

        Yes it’s my last box! I cannot wait to try new boxes in the future πŸ™‚

        • October 14, 2019 / 12:47 pm

          I hope you share them with us! πŸ’•

          • October 17, 2019 / 12:45 am

            Will do! πŸ™‚

  2. October 2, 2019 / 6:00 am

    The Becca powder truly is magic but we’ve already talked about it I think so I won’t go on lol. I laughed at you calling your cat a “little jerk” 🀣 so sorry he broke your palette. The Too Faced one looked gorgeous but I’m glad you ended up liking the VV eyeshadow. β™‘ At least you didn’t get the Tarte one! πŸ˜› I hope you end up liking the eyeliner when you try it, I’ve never tried Hank & Henry either so I’d be curious to know if you do. I also hate the packaging of the Laura Geller highlighter, the plastic domes always break for me, too! & my brush collection is also 90% from Boxy & Ipsy, hehe.

    It was fun reading your unboxing, Cleia! Thanks for sharing what you got!

    • October 4, 2019 / 4:14 pm

      Yes I believe we have! πŸ˜„ Our cats are so sassy but we love them anyways 😹
      Do you know if Hank & Henry is a newer brand? I don’t know why I’ve never heard of them!
      Plastic dome packaging is the worst πŸ™

      Thanks for reading! x

      • October 4, 2019 / 10:13 pm

        Lol I think its in cats’ nature to be sassy, it makes them that much more lovable, right?? <3 I'm not sure if H&H is a new brand! I had never heard of them before either!

        • October 14, 2019 / 12:46 pm

          Yes exactly! They wouldn’t be cats if they didn’t have a little bit of sass.
          I just tried that liner, it’s lovely! I’ll need to look into H&H more ❀️

  3. September 30, 2019 / 3:09 pm

    Omg you got the same products i got in mine! It’s so funny cause While you wanted the too faced palette, i knew immediately that I wanted the violet voss palette! I actually own one of their other palettes and really enjoy it, and so i was excited to get my hands on this one! I’m glad you like it too:) it’s been my recent go-to, for when i’m on the go and love it! Great post xxx

    Melina |

  4. September 28, 2019 / 7:23 pm

    That Becca hydra mist powder sounds insanely cool and weird at the same time. I have got to try it at some point!

    Dr Brandt always has great products. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten a dud from them!

    • September 28, 2019 / 7:37 pm

      It’s definitely and experience trying it! The mist-like feeling is really refreshing.

      This is only my second product from them, I love that Boxycharm includes Dr. Brandt sometimes. Other wise I couldn’t afford it!

  5. September 28, 2019 / 3:36 pm

    Oh my gosh everyone loves that Becca powder and it sounds so amazing! I’m working my way through my Hourglass Ambient powder, so maybe when I’m done I’ll check that one out!

    • September 28, 2019 / 7:35 pm

      It’s magical! The hourglass powders look good too, they’re so much money though πŸ™

      • September 29, 2019 / 9:04 pm

        They are indeed, so that’s why I want to use up every last bit of it. I literally scrapped that trio palette of three Ambient Light powders clean a few years ago!

        • October 4, 2019 / 3:46 pm

          I think I’d go through them so fast, I’d want to use them all the time!

  6. September 28, 2019 / 3:21 am

    I wish we had Boxycharm in Belgium. I always watch people’s videos and it seems like such a fun way to try new makeup without paying the full price. I think this month’s box is really lovely and so cool that you got the Becca powder as a little extra! xx

    • September 28, 2019 / 7:31 pm

      Oh darn, I thought they shipped worldwide πŸ™ That’s too bad. Do you have other subscriptions in Belgium?

      • October 1, 2019 / 3:34 am

        I think they ship worldwide, but the customs will make it too expensive. We have a few others but they’re not as good haha πŸ˜€

        • October 4, 2019 / 3:56 pm

          Oh yeah, customs suck πŸ™ Luckily I haven’t had to pay any so far!

  7. September 27, 2019 / 6:03 pm

    Everyone who received the Becca powder seems to love it! The eyeshadow palette looks really nice as does the colour of the illuminator – hope the lid doesn’t break off!

    • September 27, 2019 / 11:29 pm

      I wish I had tried it sooner! Everything was so nice this month 😊

  8. September 27, 2019 / 3:40 pm

    Oh wow this looks like an amazing box! That palette is really beautiful and the Becca powder sounds interesting. How a powder can feel like a mist, even with a high water content, is really baffling me haha πŸ€” Might have to try that one out 😊

    • September 27, 2019 / 11:25 pm

      It really was, I’m so impressed! There is a mini of this powder available at Sephora, it might be worth a try. The experience is really unique 😊

  9. September 27, 2019 / 12:42 pm

    Wow, this seems like such a complete and versatile box! Loved it! My favorites from the box are the sleeping mask and palette. The colors looks gorgeous! Also, who doesn’t need more makeup brushes? Super useful! I always go back and forth on whether or not I want to try out a makeup subscription box like Boxycharm. I think it’d be fun to try out new products that maybe I wouldn’t have picked up at the store. Now I gotta contemplate this again lol! Maybe I’ll try it out before the year ends. Fantastic post, Cleia! πŸ’“

    • September 27, 2019 / 11:24 pm

      I’m so impressed with the curation this month! Boxycharm is one of my favorite makeup subscriptions, you really can’t go wrong with it. It’s a great way to try full size products for way less money 😊

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