It’s Boxycharm time! In case you’re not familiar, Boxycharm is a beauty box subscription, and for $21 per month, you receive 4-5 full-size beauty products. This month’s theme is Creepy Cute, and I’ll get right into it!
RealHer Matte Liquid Lipstick in Ladylove
While I like this shade, I have a lot of lippies that are the same or similar in color. Lately, I prefer shades that suit me without a liner, and RealHer carries a gang of shades that would be a better match, but it is what it is. Ladylove is a pastel pink with a hint of brown that makes it a little more neutral. The formula is nice, and it wears like a hard matte, with no transfer, but feels like a soft or satin matte on the lips. It feels very nice, and doesn’t dry my lips out at all. I’d love to get some more shades.
How cool is it that Boxycharm included a liner coordinated with the lipstick? It was nice to see, but again, too light for me. I was disappointed because this liner, too, has a great formula. It goes on smoothly, and feels creamy. It’s easy to blend, as well.
Here it is with the lipstick:
Crown Brush Deluxe Fan Brush
This brush is my new favorite. This is the biggest, lushest fan brush I’ve ever had. Seriously. This is a glow-to-the-gods, highlight-on-fleek, powerhouse of a brush. This brush is super soft and extremely thick. I pulled it out of the box and cleaned it immediately. I resisted the urge to watch it, transfixed, for the hours it took to air dry. Thankfully, it holds its shape beautifully, and I didn’t lose any bristles. It did take several hours to dry, because of its thickness. I rushed through the rest of my makeup just to get to the glow. It does a great job of dispersing highlighter, and a light hand gets the job done, because it picks up a good amount of product. A quick swipe is all it takes. But, yeah… I went ham. I saw this brush and my inner showgirl surfaced, so I piled it on. This brush is just so soft and fluffy…did I mention that I love it?
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
I’ve used this primer before, and while I like the finish on my makeup when I use it, I tend to break out when I use silicone primers. I still use them, but usually when I plan to take my makeup right off. Of the dozens of silicone-based primers I have (yeah, it took me a minute to realize my skin doesn’t like the stuff), this one ranks in the top three. I like the smoothing effect it has on my troubled skin, and that it keeps it smooth all day. The only problem (besides breakouts, that is) I really have with it is that it doesn’t keep the oil at bay, and it always seems to break through within a few hours. I’m only oily in the t-zone, but my entire face gets shiny. The powder and spray I use don’t seem to matter…there will be breakthrough. I don’t know if this is the cause or result of my breakouts, but it seems to be related. I’ll continue to use it as I have been, and use it just for reviewing, practice, and any other time I don’t plan to wear my makeup for long.
Naked Cosmetics Urban Rustic Palette
This is the item I was most excited about when I saw the spoilers. Colors typically associated with fall…in a spring palette? Clearly, this is a company after my own dark heart. The colors are creamy, not chalky, and the pigmentation is crazy. You don’t need much, as the color saturation is some of the best I’ve experienced in a palette. The colors are from Naked Cosmetics’ Urban Rustic collection of six pigments, and are listed on the website as Urban Rustic 03, 02, and 04. I’m virtually clueless about pigments, and am not sure of the difference between pressed pigment and eyeshadow (fillers or other additives, maybe?), but this is not your average palette. The colors in it are the colors I see on my face. They blend very well, and they play well with other products. The only thing I don’t like about this palette is the mirror. It feels cheap and plasticky, and because it’s only held by a couple tiny dots of glue, when I opened the palette, it was literally dangling off the inner surface of the palette. I thought that was a bit tacky, but because I absolutely love the pigments, I’ll (begrudgingly) forgive that.
Here are the swatches:
Here’s the result of me playing around with my box’s contents. I added Urban Rustic 04 over the lippie to darken it a bit.
Overall, I like this month’s box, particularly the palette and brush. I’ll use the primer for practice because you know I hate throwing makeup away. I wish the lip products had been darker, or even better, that things like this could be customized. (I hope you’ll take note, Boxycharm!) This is definitely on the list of subs I’ll be keeping. If you’d like to know more about Boxycharm, you can check it out here.
Did you see anything you liked? Have you tried any of these products before?
Thanks for reading!