March Boxycharm Unboxing

The world is in a very confusing place right now and this month’s Boxycharm is no different. After opening the new box, I was left feeling pretty confused and unsatisfied. We’ll get into all of that in a little bit. But first, let’s quickly review last month’s products.

~First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads~ These were really nice, but I don’t think I’ve seen any difference in my skin. The pads are pretty thick and full of solution which is always a concern with pre-soaked pads like this. They’re still pretty pricey, though, so I don’t think they’ll replace my beloved Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads.

~Kate Somerville Kx Active Concentrates Bio-Mimicking Peptides Serum~ I thought this was going to be much more impressive considering the price of it, but it was actually one of the more sticky feeling serums that I've tried. It wasn't very thin or quick absorbing, which made me not want to try it again. Nothing like the luxurious experience I was expecting.

~Touch in Sol Pretty Filter Glassy Skin Balm~ As much as I wanted to try this product, it’s the only one from the February box that I haven’t used yet. I don’t like to switch up skincare products too frequently and I spent most of my time testing the facial pads and the Pür Cosmetics primer instead. I’ll post an update in the future when I do try it.

~Alamar Cosmetics Complexion Brush Trio~ I love these brushes! They’re super cute, incredibly soft, and work like a dream. All three have become a staple in my makeup routine. I use the Brightening brush for highlighter, the Complexion brush for bronzer, and the Bronzing brush for blush.

~Pür Cosmetics 4-in-1 Correcting Primer~ This primer had a much more liquidy consistency than I expected, but it does create a nice tacky base on the skin. It smells really fresh and I do think it increases the wear time of my makeup, as well as controlling my oil. It’s not the most pore filling primer ever, but it’s better than nothing.

Although I wasn’t super interested in all the skincare of last month’s box, I have been so incredibly happy with that brush set and the primer. They’re definitely some of my new favorite products! The theme for this month’s box is Pretty Edgy, which is fitting considering the unorganized mess that it is.
The first product in this month’s box is the one I’m most excited about. This is Murad’s Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture for Eyes. Unfortunately, this is the second month in a row that I have not received a notecard in the box describing each product. I was at least sent a virtual notecard for their mistake last month, but that was not the case this time. Honestly, I’m pretty annoyed with that because the notecard is so helpful.

This product comes with .5 oz and retails for $70. Eye creams are usually more expensive and Murad is a high-end brand, which is why I’m so excited to have received this in the box. I’ve been on the hunt for a good eye cream for years and have yet to find one.

This claims to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as restore smoothness to the undereye area, with its Hyaluronic Acid, Algae Extract, Peptide Blend, Vitamin E, and Shea Butter ingredients. Firming the fine lines and wrinkles is specifically what I’m looking for in an eye cream.
The next product is where the problems start to come in, aside from the already missing physical notecard. This is the Kat Von D Signature Brow Pencil in the shade Blonde ($22). I have medium brown hair, which I’ve updated on my Boxycharm account. There is absolutely no way this Blonde colored pencil is ever going to work in my brows.

But besides that, the color just doesn’t show up at all. When I first tried swatching this on my hand, it was completely invisible. But, as you can see in the photos below, when I tried to add more pressure to see the actual color the pencil tip broke off - twice! I don’t know if this is just a problem with this particular pencil or if I got an old product, but it is absolutely useless.

I did reach out to Boxycharm’s customer service about this to see what they could do. However, nothing has been resolved. I sent a picture that included the practically invisible swatch, the broken pieces, and my shipping label. I’ve been trying to get this resolved for over a week and haven’t heard anything in the past three days...
Next is the Hank & Henry Living in Color eyeshadow palette. I was excited to receive a palette in the box again, though Hank & Henry isn’t a brand I’ve had much luck with in the past. This palette retails for $27 and includes nine eyeshadows, five of which are shimmers and four have a matte finish.
The packaging is incredibly thick and clunky, which is something I immediately wasn’t impressed with. But it wasn’t until opening it that I was really disappointed. These have to be the smallest eyeshadow pans I’ve ever seen, which makes the clunky packaging even more pointless! The colors are very bold, but they seem to swatch nicely. I hope they apply to the eyes just as easily.
The last two products are both for the lips. This is Becca’s Ultimate Lip Definer ($18) in the shade Vacation. It’s a burnt rose shade that is definitely something I’d feel comfortable wearing. The formula is infused with jojoba oil and seems to swatch very smoothly with lots of pigment.

The only concern I have is with the rubber smudger on the end. It’s not something I think I’d get much use out of, but it does completely come apart every time I try to remove the lid. When considering a high-end product from a brand like Becca, these kinds of quality inconsistencies are unacceptable.
The last product in the box is the Appeal Cosmetics Ultra Créme Lipstick in the shade Muse ($21). I couldn’t find much information about this product on the brand website, but the packaging is absolutely adorable. The color is beautiful and perfect for Spring! I’m so glad this is an actual cream lipstick with a satin finish rather than another matte product. The formula is incredibly smooth with an impressive amount of pigment. This is definitely my second favorite product in this month’s box!
Although the value for this month’s box is $158, I feel like Boxycharm is having a difficult time right now. Between my December box getting lost, my February box including too much skincare, and now all the mess with this month’s products. Not to mention the charm redemption not available on their website. After five years of being a subscriber, I’ve never experienced something like this with them before and I really hope they get it all straightened out quickly.

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XO ♥ Christina ♥

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