Memebox: Mini #1 Review

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Memebox offers themed collections of Korean beauty and makeup samples in sizes ranging from $15 for a mini box with small samples to $40 for a super box of full sized products.

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Recent themes include anti-aging, pore care, ten minute makeup, and (yikes) snail serum. I purchased the Mini #1.

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Each Memebox comes with a card detailing the products inside, which is helpful since their packaging is entirely in Korean.

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First up was a primer, which is great timing as I’m running low on my e.l.f. primer. I’m also always happy to get new sunscreens. But I was most excited about the Good Sera Super Cream. According to the enclosed card, this line is cruelty-free!

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A BB cream requiring only 2 drops? I’m intrigued. The youth and moist ampoules were repeats from my Memebox #8, so that was a little disappointing, but they included a bonus of two “Witch’s Pouch Real Skin Moisture Ampoules,” because why wouldn’t I want witch pouch skin?

Verdict: If you’re looking for an introduction to the world of Korean beauty products, a Memebox Mini is the way to go. I appreciate the curation of products, which are hard to obtain in the States, and am super excited that one is cruelty-free!

Referral: Receive a $2 credit just for creating a Memebox account.

Memebox: Global #9 Review

 

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Memebox gathers Korean beauty products in boxes ranging from $15 for Minis to $70 for Supers. Shipping is around $7 from Korea. The boxes arrive well-insulated in a bubblewrap package.

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Inside is a cheery pink box!

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For most boxes, you don’t know what products you’ll receive, though some “naked boxes” list all contents on the site and sound much naughtier than they actually are, which is not at all. Other boxes have themes like “men’s” or “masks,” while others contain just one brand like Missha or Tonymoly. The box I picked is pretty much their standard box, called a Global Box. It’s the ninth one they’ve produced.

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The products’ packaging is entirely in Korean, which is cool but makes me grateful for the explanatory card in English that comes in the box. I dream of learning Korean, but am not quite ready yet!

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Global Boxes contain a nice mix of skincare and makeup, as well as full, deluxe, and trial sizes.

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Kerasys Oriental Premium Shampoo: 200g ($15 value)

I used to use a tsubaki shampoo and would normally be excited to try something similar, and this is a deluxe size. However, I’m headed to the salon on Friday and will be stocking up on stuff there, so this is going in the swap pile.

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Luna Wonder Essential BB Foundation in #21 Nudy Beige: 5ml ($5 value)

Foundation for pale people: hooray! I’m still trying to find my footing in the BB Cream world, so I look forward to trying this out. It’s trial size.

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Jaminkyung Gokmul Care Creamy Cleansing Masque: 100ml ($45 value)

This is a full size product that can be used as a foaming cleanser, exfoliant, and masque! I’m a little overwhelmed and need to figure out my favorite application for it.

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25cc Hairbooster: 25ml ($23 value)

The packaging for this one is hilarious. It’s a deep conditioner, which I haven’t used in a long time. My hair will thank me for this! It’s full size.

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Savio Magic Count Down 7 days EGF & Multi-Peptide: 5ml ($30 value)

Seven days to “achieving the healthy and energetic skin tone!” OK, I’ll bite. I’m not entirely sure what this is (a serum?) but it’s full, size and my face could certainly use some energy.

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ElleGirl I Say Tint You Say Gloss in 05 Hardcore Red: 5ml ($23 value)

Nopenopenope! I’m not even sure I would wear this color on a dare. This full-size brick red gloss/tint would look good on someone, just not me! Unless I’m going for Ronald McDonald red hair/red lip chic. Swap ahoy!

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Botanic Hill Boh Moist & Radiant Youth Ampule Essence: 5ml each ($8 total value)

Again, not entirely sure what these things are. They seem to be trial sizes of some kind of serum. I’ll be trying them out in the hopes of becoming more moist and radiant.

Verdict: I am normally a stickler for no animal testing and no animal ingredients. However, since I randomly watched Boys Over Flowers on Netflix one day, I’ve become obsessed with all things Korean, including television, music, and beauty, and I’m willing to let my standards slide. I paid around $30 including shipping for this box, and the value is well over that, especially since many of these products would be impossible to find in the States. The hardest part of Memebox is ordering around a month in advance, then waiting for them to ship. I estimated the sizing and value of some of the contents based on their full size value.

Referral: You get $2 in credit just for creating a Memebox account. Emailing hi@memebox.com and telling them I referred you will earn us both an additional $5 in credit.