A girl can never have too many beauty boxes! And to fuel our insatiable appetite (or simply itchy fingers) is a brand new beauty box – Charis Box! I first found out about Charis Box on Instagram, and ordered for myself their first ever edition just to see what it’s like.
Charis Box is a new start-up, founded by 2 young entrepreneurs. New to the business, Charis Box has very sensibly decided to roll out their offerings softly (explains why you hadn’t seen much media hype). Each box will be released in carefully curated editions, approximately every 2 – 3 months, which gives us some breathing time to actually try out the products in the box instead of simply stashing them aside by the end of the month. There is no need to sign up for a subscription plan, so we can always choose what and when to purchase!
“We hope to bring you the best and will continue to find you the best products sold on the market.” – Jovial
At $19.90, Charis Box is priced on par with The Little Black Beauty Box (inaugural May edition reviewed here) and Bellabox (March 2013 edition reviewed here). Each box contains 4-5 deluxe / full – sized items. For the launch edition, 1 in every 4 boxes will contain a bonus item either from MAC or Sephora!
My Charix Box contained a good mix of skincare and beauty items:
The feature item in the inaugural Charis Box is the Konjac Sponge. Made from the Konjac plant, it contains French clays and some bamboo charcoal, to gently exfoliate and cleanse. It fit nicely in my hand, and felt gentle on my face. I really enjoyed the gentle massaging sensation! However, there are several varieties of the Konjac Sponge for different skin concerns, and the one I received was meant for teens and those with oily skin prone to outbreaks. I may have been overly zealous by using my usual dosage of cleanser together with this (I read that you can actually skip the cleanser altogether), and after a week, I found my skin to be dehydrated on the surface and a number of pimples popped out where there was none before! As my home tends to be rather humid, I also found my sponge didn’t dry completely in between uses, and I’m somewhat concerned about the potential growth of bacteria / mould. Regardless, it is quite enjoyable, and I am considering getting the pink one meant for sensitive and tired skin to try.
I also received a piece of Leaders Insolution Aquaringer Facial Mask. Regular beauty box subscribers should be no stranger to Leaders Insolution masks by now. Touted to be Korea’s best selling mask (somehow I find that somewhat farfetched given how shops hand out free masks on every corner on the streets in Seoul), this is a good affordable drugstore mask for everyday use.
My Charis Box also contained 2 nail polish miniatures – a green shade from L.A. Colors, and a clear glossy topcoat from OPI. L.A. Colors is an established company that produces high quality nail polishes at affordable prices. Their formulas are toluene & formaldehyde free, chip resistant and nail strengthening. Although L.A. Colors has been around for 25 years, they are relatively new to Singapore, so I was excited to be able to try it!
There was also a lovely Metallic Lavender eye pencil from Amuse Cosmetics. Colored eye pencils are all the rage this season, and I was happy to add this to my growing collection! Unfortunately, my initial swatch felt hard and the color pigmentation was not too impressive… I had to press quite hard to get the color to show up on my hand… not sure how it would fare on my sensitive lids. Also, it rubbed off entirely when I ran a finger over it, so I’m quite certain it will just go off right away on my oily lids. Regardless, I will try it out with my NARS Smudge-proof primer before dismissing it completely.
Lastly, I was so blessed to receive a MAC Dazzleglass Lipgloss in Out For Glamour! This is a generously sized tube, and the sheer pink with shimmers is just what the doctor prescribed for me this season!
Overall, I thought Charis Box contained a nice mix of beauty and skincare products (how many times have I received entire boxes containing all drugstore-brand skincare items?!). I really liked the mix of brands that I’ve not encountered before and loved the Konjac sponge (I just wished it was better suited for my skin), and of course the MAC! The box is somewhat smaller than the other boxes in the market, but they don’t fill it up with tissue or some bulky (but useless) energy drink / vitamin / sanitary products either. If you’re bored of the same ole beauty boxes and are casting about for something new, why not consider Charis Box? You can find out more about them here.
ps: This is NOT a sponsored review! I just love supporting young entrepreneurs, and checking out the latest beauty box! 😉