April 2019 Boxycharm

The April Boxycharm theme for the month was Peace, Love & Boxy. It was fitting since the theme was based around a Coachella feel and the 'star' of the box was a PUR Cosmetics Festival palette. This month my Boxycharm also included a a three piece makeup brush set from Luxie Beauty, an Artist Couture highlighter, a lipstick from Kristofer Buckle and an eyeliner from Starlooks. There were many, many variations this month and I believe mine was one of the better ones, especially since there were many receiving repeat products. On to the product breakdown and reviews (where I'm able to). I'll try to include Canadian pricing for products if it's available, but many items we get are only sold in the US or they may be sizes/variations created just for Boxycharm.

The first item that was in all the boxes was the Festival Palette by PUR Cosmetics. A lot of people were disappointed to be receiving another PUR palette, but I don't mind receiving items from this brand. They are a cleaner brand, with no talc in their palettes and the ones I've tried have performed well. The Festival palette features twelve shades that consist of four mattes, six shimmers and two pressed glitters. The palette can be used to create a more neutral or warm look - either every day or more dramatic and it also has a couple of fun punches of colour to create a bolder more vibrant look. Add in some fun pressed glitter and you're ready for Coachella. The PUR Festival Palette retails for $36 US which already covers the cost of the box!

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Next in the box was a Diamond Glow Powder from Artist Couture in the shade Summer Haze. This was also sent out in a purple shade to some Charmers. The Diamond Glow Powder is a loose powder highlighter that I've seen people raving about. The shade I received has a light champagne pink base with shimmering reflective glitter. While I know this is a sought after highlighter, ones with a pink base, just don't suit my colouring, so I'll be passing this one along. It was an awesome item to be included this month though, just the shades don't always work for everyone. That's the chance you take with monthly subscriptions. The Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder retails for $27 US.

The third item that everone received was the Luxie Beauty Summer Daze 3 Piece Makeup Brush Set. I was excited to receive these because you know how much I love Luxie makeup brushes. They are among my very favourites and these ones don't look like the typical Luxie brushes of the past. The handles have a beautiful pink to orange ombre effect. The set included a large shader brush (Luxie 209), a smaller shader brush (Luxie 245) and a small contour brush (Luxie 512). I was a little bit disappointed in the brushes that were chosen for the set. The small contour is a shape and size that I probably just won't use and I definitely wouldn't use to contour. In addition, they just didn't feel as soft and the usual Luxie brushes I've come to know and love. They are still very well made - the handles are solid and sturdy and they have a good weight to them. The bristles still seem to have a decent quality to them, but not the same and not as soft. I'm a bit disappointed in these ones for the first time ever. I'm hoping the collabs that they continue to do with Boxycharm don't lower their standards on brushes because that would be a shame. I only became a fan of Luxie because of Boxycharm and Ipsy. The Luxie Beauty Summer Daze Makeup Brush Set retails for $28 US or $37.72 CA

Next was one of the variation items for the month. I received the Kristofer Buckle Cashmere Slip Lipstick in the shade Bardot. This is a really pretty shade, but not for me. Bardot is a warm pink nude colour which is absolutely beautiful. The packaging on this is stunning as well - completely silver and metallic. I have to say that I'm so disappointed I didn't receive a shade I can wear, because I was hoping to receive this brand. I've heard so many great things about it and the lipsticks are supposed to be a lovely formula. The Kristofer Buckle Cashmere Slip Long Longwear Lipsticks retail for $18 US.

The final variation item in my box was an eye pencial from Starlooks in the shade Celestial. I was really hoping that I wouldn't receive this product. I've heard nothing good about the Starlooks brand from people I know and from Youtubers and beauty gurus as well. The pencils are dry and usually you can't get them to work at all. Lots of pressure and no colour payoff just isn't worth it when it comes to your eyes (or really anything else for that matter). I received the shade Celestial which looks to be a greenish-bronze colour. I honestly haven't even opened it yet after seeing reviews and probably won't even bother passing it along to anyone else. I really wish subscriptions would stop including this brand. No one wants it because it doesn't work. The Starlooks Gem Eye Pencil retails for $19 US (Really? Go to the dollar store...you'll get better quality).

The total value of March's Boxycharm is $128 US and approximately $170 CDN. Good value this month, but I don't think the prices match the quality of all the items.

Final verdict?

Honestly, I normally love my monthly Boxycharm and I'm pretty understanding about not always getting the right shades, but for me personally, this box was just a big fail this month. Normally the brushes may have saved it, but the quality of them seemed different to me. Also, it's bad enough to always receive cheap eyeliners in the boxes, but to send out ones that don't work...it's just not right. I'm really hoping that Boxy listens to their customers and stops sending out this brand. Here's hoping next month is back to being fabulous! If you would like to subscribe to Boxycharm, there is currently NO waitlist. My link to sign up is:.

https://www.boxycharm.com/refer/Allys-NABREKUW

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