This month’s BoxyCharm was sufficiently hyped up on social media and YouTube, and it was mostly thanks to Tarte Cosmetics. I have to admit, when I heard we were getting a Tarte palette, I was extremely excited. After having a bit of a disappointing spring with this subscription box, I have to admit that BoxyCharm has been killing it lately.
As usual, the box comes with a detailed info card with product information and retail prices.
Let’s take a look at everything in the box!
I’m a big fan of receiving brushes in subscription boxes. These are always great for people trying to build up their collection, and this trio of brushes feels very good quality. The larger brush is great for powder – it’s the perfect density and very soft. The blender brush here is my favorite of the trio. It comes to a point on the end, making it easier to place colors precisely and then blend them out. The only brush I’m not sure I will get much use out of is the contour brush. It’s quite firm, and I prefer something with a little more flexibility when doing my contour and bronzing routine.
I’m going to be brutally honest here – I can’t stand products like this. This “paint” is meant to be used either on the cheeks as blush or on the lips as lipstick. I much prefer powder blush for the cheeks and regular lipstick or gloss on the lips. I gave it a try on the cheeks anyway, just for the sake of the review and as expected it was way too pigmented. It did blend down okay with a beauty blender, but I don’t want anything that creamy and bright on my cheeks. This seems like a filler product for this month’s BoxyCharm.
I actually never wear false lashes. Even on my wedding day, I told the woman doing my makeup that I didn’t want to wear lashes, and I don’t regret the decision. It’s not that I don’t like the way they look. It’s that I have a weird fear that the glue isn’t going to hold well, and I’ll end up with one halfway down my face or stuck to my forehead without me knowing about it. Regardless, I did try these on quickly just to see what they would look like and they’re quite dramatic. I’ll tuck these away for a day where I might feel a little braver. I do think this is a cool item to include in a subscription, and it’s one that I don’t see too often from other boxes.
Back when I had a smaller makeup collection, I loved getting plain black eyeliners in subscriptions. It saved me from having to buy one on my own when I ran out of the one I was currently using. Now, however, my subscription boxes have loaded up my collection of eyeliners, and I fear I’ll never get to them all before they expire. Unlike the lashes, which I feel are a more unique offering, I think black eyeliners are a little on the boring side. This one applied smoothly enough and seems like it will do just fine as a no-frills eyeliner.
This is obviously the stand out star of the August Boxycharm. It had been teased for a few months prior, and I was especially excited to see my favorite makeup brand represented in this box. I love Tarte and I have quite a few of their eyeshadow palettes in my collection already, but not this one. It’s very impressive to me that BoxyCharm was able to pull this off and really makes me excited to see what else will be coming in the future for the subscription.
I love the colors in here and I find them quite easy to work with. The gold shimmer is thus far my favorite color to use – it’s so shimmery and pretty! The palette has a great variety of neutral shades to allow you to create several different looks even as a beginner. The only complaint I have here is that the light matte shade seems to be forming a layer over the top that seems like hard pan. The same thing happened to a different Tarte palette in my collection similar to this one. I wonder what’s going on there? Even aside from that, this is a great addition to my collection, and I’m very happy they included it. Look for a more in depth look in an upcoming One Week One Palette installment.
Overall, I think this was a very interesting box. The Tarte palette alone would have made the box worth it for me, but I do feel like some of the other products were just filler. Either way, I’m very excited to see what the rest of the year will hold for BoxyCharm.
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What did you think of the products in this month’s BoxyCharm?