Because of school, etc., I’ve been a bit behind in my Boxycharm reviews so I thought instead I’d tell you about my favorite box items so far. Boxycharm has, so far, been my favorite beauty box–I’ve also subscribed to Ipsy, Allure, and Sephora Play! in the past. I like that the subscription provides only full-size products, it’s been a good mix of brands I know and brands to discover, and the value always far exceeds the cost of the box ($21/month for U.S. subscribers).
I did a face today with almost all Boxycharm products! I haven’t yet received a few things (base products, blush) except for a cheek stain by Pur that would be nice for many people but I rarely wear a dewy finish. I think cheek stains are best for dry skin or people who don’t wear base.
Boxycharm items on my face today:
1. Naked Cosmetics Urban Rustic Trio ($39.99). While I saw a few people say that these were odd colors for a spring box, they are very nice shadows. The colors are pretty and unusual (along the vein of Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Modern Renaissance, but foiled). They are really very pigmented; you get the best foiled look patting it on the lid with a fingertip, but I use the darker shades in the crease and even though they’re foiled, they work well. No fallout to speak of, and they last quite a while.
2. The Brow Gal The Convertible Brow ($35.00). This is a trio of powder brow colors that can also be applied wet with a brush. When I first saw the trio, I thought that the only shade that would work for me was the darkest shade (far right in the link) but I was wrong! The middle shade shows much darker than it appears in the palette (even in person); I used it dry in the below photo, but I’m sure it would even come out darker wet. It’s a great shade for a more subtle look for me. I’m also getting ready to color my hair red hot red, so the color on the left may even work for me soon. Used dry, it leaves brows looking a little powdery–I don’t use a brow gel so I think I prefer the effect wet, which is more like a brow pomade, but lighter in feel. It looks natural and lasts all day.
3. The Brow Gal Brow Brush ($14.00). I always need more double-ended brow brushes, with the angled brush on one side and the spoolie on the other. This one is not as stiff as my favorite, Anastasia Beverly Hills, but the softer brush is better for powder. It feels nice in the hand and seems well-made.
4. Vintage Cosmetics Illuminating Face Highlighter Set in Rose Quartz/Chocolate Diamond ($35.00). I have quite a few highlighters, and these really are very nice. Honestly two shades I did not have in my collection–the rose quartz is this muted beigey pink color, kind of like if Dusty Rose was a highlighter. That’s what I’m wearing in the photo below. The other shade, Chocolate Diamond, is like if chocolate milk was shimmery. That sounds odd but it’s quite nice and a good highlight for a more bronze-y look on me.
5. Crown Brush Paddle Face Brush ($20?). I don’t see this listed for sale individually on the site, I think it’s more of a medium size than a large but I could be wrong! Anyway, I had resisted the Artis brush fad but I now see how great these are. I like it better than my BB for a full-face foundation–it blends fabulously and absorbs very little product. Highly recommend this!
6. Crown Brush Fan Brush ($6?). I also don’t see mine listed separately on their website, this one is the closest I see. This is a very light fan brush, perfect for brushing away eyeshadow fallout. You can also use this to put highlight on in a really subtle way, but I don’t do anything in a subtle way!
7. Crown Brush Large Fan Brush ($18.99). This would be great for bronzer or highlight, but I use it for a very light dusting of finishing powder (like Hourglass Ambient Lighting). It feels sturdy and it’s got nice soft, fluffy bristles.
8. IBY (Inspired By You) Highlight & Contour Palette ($40.00). This was in May’s Boxycharm, and I was thrilled because the variations were either this or a cream contour palette. I do not care for cream contour. This one is really honestly nice, I would say it’s similar in quality to my It Cosmetics contour palette (also $40). The contour shades are a little bit warmer than the ones in the It Cosmetics, but they are not so warm as to look orangey. They are VERY pigmented and once they are on they stay put. Use a very light hand with these when contouring! Even the lightest shade looked really stark on me the first time I tried it. The highlights are very nice because they aren’t super shimmery. They’re great for a very subtle look. I don’t normally highlight my nose but I did in the face below and I think it looks pretty, not oily.
9. Crown Brush Contour Brush ($7). I just really love how many brushes I’ve gotten in my Boxycharms. They’ve all been Crown brushes so far but it’s been nice to try the brand without placing an order with shipping! I enjoy all of them so far.
This was the face I did using the products in the photo! I didn’t put eyeliner on and that’s out of my comfort zone. Also I poked myself with the mascara, that’s why my eyes are red. LOL! But I really like the glow I’m rocking here.
***Disclaimer: I purchased my Boxycharm subscription with my own money, and did not receive any discount, free product, or any financial or promotional compensation for this blog post. There is one referral link, for Boxycharm.