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Memebox Beauty Box Review & Coupon – Global #13

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MemeBox Beauty Box Review

Memebox is a Korean beauty box service. Each month they launch different box collections – and you can purchase whichever boxes you are interested in. (This isn’t a traditional subscription service – it’s more like Golden Tote.)

MemeBox Beauty Box Review - Global #13 First Look

Memebox kindly sent me this box to review.

MemeBox Beauty Box Review - Global #13 Items

The Box: Memebox

The Cost: Box prices vary, but it starts at $23 plus $7 shipping.

COUPON: Get $5 off on orders when you buy 3 or more Memeboxes: MEMEBUNDLE3 
Get $8 off on orders when you buy 4 or more Memeboxes: MEMEBUNDLE4

The Products: Korean beauty products centered around a theme for each box.

Ships to:: US only

MemeBox Beauty Box Review - Global #13 Info

The box I was sent to review is the Global #13 Memebox.

MemeBox Beauty Box Review - Global #13 Card

Each Memebox comes with a card with pictures and details of each beauty product.

MemeBox Beauty Box Review - Global #13 Cream

Yufit Eon Wheat-Germ Cream – FULL SIZE! Value $48

Donga Tempo Eco Natural Tampons (3) – Value $2

I was pretty surprised to see tampons in this box. In my opinion tampons should only be in time-of-the-month subscriptions!

I’m intrigued by this wheat germ cream, but unfortunately the ingredients aren’t listed in english so I’m not sure what’s in it. It smells lovely, and it’s a very thick cream – perfect for the winter months! I am concerned though that it lists Whitening in addition to Brightening and Anti-Wrinkle as it’s benefits. I think I’ll hold off on using this one till I find an ingredient list.

MemeBox Beauty Box Review - Global #13 CC

Nuganic Customized Pure Snail Color Control Cream – FULL SIZE! Value $54

CNP Derma Scalp Shampoo – 25 g Value $2.70

CNP Laboratory Tone-Up Protection Sun – 15 ml Value $10

Good news – this CC cream has the ingredients listed in english. Bad news (for me) – it’s enriched with snail mucus extract! Also, it’s not CC cream like I expected (there’s no color tint – it’s more like a primer). It has SPF and it’s supposed to help even out your skin tone and provide a base for you to apply makeup over. (If you’ve tried this and recommend it let me know – maybe I’ll get over my snail mucus fear if it’s a life-changing product!)

MemeBox Beauty Box Review - Global #13 Serum

Soy Bio+ Fermented Lumpoule – 10 ml Value $25

CX Detoxifying Air Therapy – FULL SIZE! Value $50

This Air Therapy set includes a mask and a “carboxy pack.” You apply the carboxy pack to your skin, then put the mask over it and let it sit for 20-30 min. It’s another product I’m curious about but want to find the ingredient list first!

Verdict: The value for this Memebox is great – the cost was about $30 and it has a retail value of over $190. I think I’ll try buying another Memebox soon, but I’m going to opt for a more makeup oriented box. When it comes to skincare I’m really particular about the ingredients I use, so I need a list of ingredients with every product.

Have you tried Memebox? I’m a little late to the Memebox trend – so let me know which types of boxes you recommend! (The site feels a little overwhelming to me – I’m not sure which box to start with!)

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

43 Comments

  1. Just attempted to purchase two boxes, only to be shown they ship US ONLY! Please revise your information – fail!

    • Thanks Bobbi. I’ve updated the shipping info. Sorry about that!

  2. I really want to try a meme box… {after reading your review & many others, I can’t wait to get my hands on one of those boxes!!}. But, when I go to the website I feel like I’m in the wrong place/like I’ve clicked on the wrong link. Seems like I keep reading, meme box & then a “#”…maybe that comes after you receive it? I’m super confused. Do you always see the products prior to getting the box like they are listed on the site? Maybe I should wait til next month and see if something changes…

  3. I’m finally glad you decided to do a review on a memebox! I just bought the Girl’s Night Out box and the sleeping beauty box. Which I’m very excited about! I love the majority of there skincare products and so far I’ve noticed a big difference especially with there tea tree oil I got from them.

  4. For the Disney lovers out there, Memebox has 3 Disney Princesses boxes. Snow White (currently sold out), Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty. I got the Rapunzel box, hint hair products 🙂 and cant wait to get it. This would be my first Memebox, I love anything Asian so I am really excited to see whats in the box.

  5. I got the superfood box yesterday. Best box ever. The have toner in it that is shaped reminds me of the julep nail polish remover top pump ( great design ) so it is easy to use does not get everywhere, and the product is light and refreshing and smells great. A ginseng wrinkle filler which is interesting and a product i needed to get one of , broccoli wrinkle powder, a peeling gel from volcanic clay. along with a few other great items. I also got the special k beauty box #22. – It had a sunscreen in it valued at $55 – Sleek and smells nice, The special k beuty box has a citrus smelling perfume rollon that was nice. I did not like the waterproof lip gloss ( to bright for me – it’s up for swap ) Both boxes are great. The superfood box is so far the most interesting and best box I’ve tried. I also like the special #22 beauty box, and would order both again, yet the superfood box is more to my liking. – I’m not a fan of makeup, and the bright colors that memebox has does not look okay on my fair skin. — So far MeMe boxes have been the best boxes I’ve ordered. – I’ll still keep my blush mystery box and glossy box for the values yet have canceled other boxes to get the MeMe box and for me it has been a great budgeting decission.

  6. I purchased a “Memebox from Nature” a couple months ago. It was my first box from them, and for the $30 that I paid for it, I actually felt like I was getting a great deal.

    Everything was full size, and I fell in love with the Green Tea Sheet Masks. One of the products was a full size Snail Extract Facial Peel. I try to steer more towards vegan products, but I did give this peel a try since it was still organic (and Asians have great skin!) It was a little too harsh for me, and I felt super guilty about the all the little snails that gave their lives!

    Anyway, today I received The Traveler’s Beauty Kit + the Super Food Box Value Set. I paid $45 (included free priority international shipping) and the value was just under $200. (And no snails!) the Superfood box is amazing. I think you would like this one, if it comes back in stock. All full size products made of vegetable extracts! There was even a broccoli toner! I’ve never been so excited to wash my face! Lol

    • Oh, and like some of the others said, I wouldn’t recommend Korean makeup unless you’re Korean. Their culture is so different then ours. The boxes would most likely be curated towards their skin tones and current trends.

  7. Liz, there are some new boxes which won’t contain snail products. There is a new ” Cafe box” ( I don’t like the taste or smell of coffee so I passed but it seems to be popular), a new Yogurt skin care box which should be great for sensitive skin, an eyebrow box which is under $20 and is a Superbox which means all the products are full sized, and a really cute ” Meme’s Pouch” box which appears to contain both a cosmetic bag and several different products ( facial color items it looks like to me from the photo).

    However, and I say this out of experience with over 22 Memeboxes, the GREATNESS in Korean ” cosmetics” ( they call skin care ” Cosmetics” also) is the skin care.
    The color products are not what most of us are used to wearing. I got an eyeshadow compact and the main color is a cranberry red.. Luckily, it was a gift from a very good company called Missha. If you are a Glossybox subscriber and have been from the beginning, you will remember the gorgeous BB cream from Missha. It was in a dark red tube with a nice pump top which was gold colored. I ” saved” mine– now I know where to buy more..

    But other than BB creams, your very best bet in Memeboxes will be the targeted skin care boxes, not the color cosmetics. I do not like the colors most of the time ( green lip gloss, very flat colors like from the drugstore bargain bin, IMO).

    In all my expansive and expanding Memebox world, I’ve never gotten a snail product at all. I consider that to be extreme luck, but also I chose my boxes, whereas the company sent you one that would not make me extremely happy to get if I had paid for it…..

    Korea has its own FDA certification for cosmetics and like I said, their definition of ” cosmetics” definitely includes all skin care items. I just bought 4 more boxes. Go have a look and find something that looks like it would be good for your skin. type. 🙂
    Lots of people have liked the Vitamin care box.. It’s still available and the products are all citrus scented. NO snail or collagen. 🙂

  8. Seems like I am in the minority here in that I feel a bit disgusted by many of the Memeboxes I have seen discussed.

    Admittedly I haven’t tried any of the boxes myself so I couldn’t know for sure, but the descriptions of the products seem a bit hokey/disgusting to me…..

    More for the rest of you! Enjoy. 😉

  9. Regarding the ” Collagen” comment:
    I think women should KNOW where our cosmetic collagen comes from. It is pertinent as there is quite a LOT of Collagen in the Memebox products which are for hydration.

    Cosmetic grade collagen comes from the ” hard” parts of hoofed animals, usually beef. This means that after the meat is harvested at the slaughter house, the connective tissue, bones and hooves are boiled and processed to render a gelatin- type substance when cooled. This is pure Collagen as we know it.

    Gelatin also used to come from the same source.

    IF you look on Memebox.com you will see a picture of a Collagen specific box called ” Collagen”. The little tan colored see through squares are exactly what fresh collagen from beef bones and hooves looks like.
    This stuff does not help your skin, but if it is improperly processed, it can become rancid quickly and if not used within a reasonable length of time, collagen- rich products are subject to both breaking down into a jelly and also to bacterial and fungal growth which is sometimes NOT evident when looking or smelling the product.

    • A lot of it comes from poultry processing, too (as does some, but not all, hyaluronic acid). Fish and pig skin are also used on occasion, although I think it’s less often. The stuff is usually pretty cleaned up before they put it in anything, and preservatives/biocides are often added. Gelatin is always derived from collagen and is never from a non-animal source.

  10. Hi Liz!

    I am in love with Memebox!!! i have received a substantial amount of boxes from them and I can truly say that i have yet to be disappointed. if i could make any recommendations i would suggest that you order boxes that are specific to your skin care needs for example there is currently moisture surge box for individuals who have dry skin issues and a free from oil and trouble edition that helps with oily, acne prone skin. there are also fun themed boxes that cover head to toe items such as milk, cacao, and the new yogurt cosmetics box. i really believe that which ever box you choose you will enjoy. just read the descriptions and choose according to your interests. 🙂

  11. I freaking LOVE Memebox! There isn’t any box in the world that approaches the uniqueness and the VALUE…you genuinely are surprised (99 percent of the time, pleasantly surprised) by what you get. If you’re hyper picky or overly sensitive, though, you should probably pass on it. I look at it this way: all those Koreans using these haven’t died from it, so what’s good for Korea is great for me! (And besides, they have a GREAT affiliate program, and that’s what beauty box reviews are all about. 🙂 )

  12. Here’s the ingredient list: Wheatgrass extract 75%, Shea butter, Sorbitan olivate, Niacinamide, Cetearyl olivate, Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Glycerin, Cetearyl alcohol, Squalane, Isoamyl laurate, Jojoba seed oil, Sodium hyaluronate, Propanediol, Betaine, Beta glucan, Caprylyl glycol, Trehalose, Meadowfoam seed oil, Propanediol dicaprylate, Hydrogenated olive oil unsaponifiables, Butylene glycol, Hexanediol, Illicium verum, Scutellaria bbaicalensis root extract, Portulaca extract, Green tea water, Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Ferment Extract, Imperata Cylindrica Root Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus / Soybean Ferment Extract, Ardisia crenata sims, Magnolia extract, lysine, Histidine, Argenine, Aspartic Acid, Threonine, Serine, Glutamic Acid, proline, glycine, Alanine, Valine, Methionine, isoleucine, leucine, Tyrosine, Phenylalanine, Cysteine, Calendula Flower Water, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Jasmine oil, Geranium oil, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, adenosine, Sodium Acrylate/Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80.
    Translated by fanserviced-b.com

  13. Snail mucous does sound gross but read up on it. They use the filtrate after they purify it. Snails regenerate quickly so the properties are supposed to be similar that it helps your cells regenerate quicker so it’s an anti aging thing. It is in US stuff already in fact Michael Todd Organics if I remember has it in one product in particular. There’s actually facials where people let snails climb all over their face. That I cannot do, but a purified filtrate is different. It has no smell either. Not any weirder than the ever now popular salmon egg filtrate used in Perricone stuff or other products as an exfoliant.

  14. Don’t worry about the whitening properties. Asian cosmetics say “whitening” when they really mean evening out skin tone. Whitening means fading sun spots, more even complexion, etc. They don’t actually whiten the skin!

  15. LOVE MEMEBOX! Wish I could afford more! Their cosmetics are very high quality.

  16. Love these boxes! I do tend to grab more makeup boxes which are on their way! 😉 I have used the Missha snail line for a long time now and love it, so I got the 2nd Snail memebox that’s waiting to be opened but I’m sure I’ll like it too! If u buy 5 boxes within 3mo? you turn VIP-discounts.

    • Thank you for commenting on the VIP discounts. Only 2 more boxes to go 🙂

  17. IT Cosmetics CC cream contains Snail Secretion Filtrate. You might be using snail by-products more than you realize.

  18. I recommend the blog Unboxing Beauty for details on Memeboxes. The writer of that blog gets just about all of them and does a great job hunting down the ingredients and how to use information.

    I got a couple of these boxes but won’t get anymore. The snail thing bothers me – I presume they are killing snails for the process. Once I thought it through I realized this stuff is made in a country without the controls they have here in the US for products. It just gave me enough of the heebie-jeebies to stop subscribing.

    I’ll keep Q box and other foreign boxes with cutesy stuff you don’t put on or in your body!

    • It’s actually quite safe to use beauty products made in Korea and Japan. The latter is one of the most heavily commercially regulated nations in the world. I used to buy exclusively Japanese makeup and skincare when I lived in Japan and Korea and miss it since moving back to the states.

      Snails aren’t killed to obtain mucous for cosmetic use. And it’s already in many US products already. No different than bee venom and probiotics, and other ingredients that seemed strange when first marketed. In any event, they’re a popular food item abroad (and here). Tasty little suckers too.

    • From my understanding and research, the standards for Korean beauty products are much higher than they are in the US. If you take the small factor of packaging alone you can tell. As for the snails, it is the mucus that they excrete, which they must be alive for. It is not ground up snail guts…..

    • Tried going to the Unboxing Beauty blog. It won’t show any info besides ipsy’s june bag & nyxx buttergloss. When I try to contact/join blog, brings me back to nyxx page or to register for my own blog. I tried like 20 times to get and subscription box info. Zip, zilch, nada…

  19. The CC cream that I got from #13 was the sun based one and it comes out white but it changes to your skin tone color in a few seconds. So maybe yours is the same way.

  20. I was so surprised to read this post and discover that snail mucus is now a cosmetic ingredient. That’s just bizarre! First: who decided to use it? What was the decision-making process there?!? Second: how exactly do they EXTRACT the mucus? Scraping? Squeezing?

    Sorry, it’s just mind boggling to me!

    • You just wait for the winte to come, hide their tiny scarves and hats and wait for them to sneeze. 🙂

      • Love it!!

    • Snail slime is harvested using a bit of salt to irritate the snail and cause it to secrete more mucus. Then that extra slime can be wiped from the surfaces the snails live on. No snails killed in the process as far as I know, just mildly annoyed.

    • It’s the “snail trail” used in cosmetics. And it’s in a LOT of US skincare lines already.

  21. Liz – For some reason I thought you were gluten-free. Are you able to tolerate gluten in cosmetic products? I was surprised to read that you might try the wheat germ creme. My sister is GF, but not a celiac. She’s noticed an improvement in symptoms since staying away from products with gluten in it.

    I had to google about the use of snail in cosmetics. I’ve learned a lot from this blog.

    MeMe boxes look fun. Enjoy.

    • I avoid gluten and dairy in food, but I haven’t worried about skincare/makeup products – yet. I haven’t been tested for celiac (in part because the test involves eating gluten which makes me so sick), but my 23andMe DNA test results indicated that I am more likely than the general population to have celiac, so maybe it’s time to pay more attention to my skincare ingredient list!

      Thanks for letting me know about your sister’s results with cutting out gluten-products!

  22. I’m not too keen on snail mucus. But I have a PhD in biochemistry and I work at a patent law firm. And I have learned more about consumer products in the last two years at my job than I EVER wanted to know. Beef tallow in some plastics, and don’t even get me started on how collagen and (non-vegan) hyaluronic acid are extracted.

    • Exactly. Folks only balk at that which sounds unusual. It will be old hat before long. That said, those with shellfish allergies might want to avoid since it is technically a secretion from a type of shellfish (depends on how pervasive an allergy is; mine is rather severe). I did use a product with snail mucous in it and had no reaction (didn’t know at the time I tried it).

      • I agree with you ladies. One of my daughters has severe food allergies (dairy, soy, eggs, peanuts, cashews, pistachios & celery) so I’ve become a food label expert and you’d be shocked at the stuff that appears in most processed foods. I’m vigilant about what my daughters eat and what they put on their skin but I’m not too over the top about what I eat or lather on. If snail slime is going to work wonders on my skin, then I’m game. I personally love eating escargot so snail slime doesn’t gross me out so much. To me it’s akin to using any kind of product that has milk in it.

  23. Memeboxes are AWESOME! The site is really easy to use once you get familiar with it. I have three Memeboxes coming… I’m always looking for more!

  24. I got this same box and laughed at the tampons too. Thanks Korea, but we already have those here lol!

    Memeboxes are sooo fun to get just for kicks, they can shake up your boring old routine for sure. I’ve fallen in love with Korean sheet masks and don’t think I’ll ever go back to regular masks-in-a-tube again.

    I’m on hiatus with buying any more Memeboxes though. I went on a slight binge earlier this year and now have a small mountain of foreign beauty goods I need to use up before I buy more. I think I only have one more coming (Zero Cosmetics, you shoulda bought that one Liz, it was all natural stuff) and then I’m done for a good long while.

  25. I think snail extract is a new thing in Asian skincare. It’s supposed to work really well! I’ve been debating which boxes to buy. Maybe I’ll decide soon. -.- Lol.

    • The snail eye cream I’ve been using is great – It is not mucussy or gross. Smells mild and looks like a regular cream. – I think when people think of snails they think of the mucus. – Based on the eye cream I want to get more snail products – hoping MeMe box will restock the snail box they once had out.

  26. I did not get this box – yet I just started getting MeMe boxes – I like them. They are all different and interesting. I’ve also found a lot of the ingrediants to be better and more natural then some regular products. I like the idea of different beauty products that can not easily be found in a USA store. It is nice to have a unique hand cream or a unique lip gloss in a purse verses a product everyone else has.

    I really like the snail cream you got in your box. I use one that I got in a MeMe box for under the eyes and it works great. I have sensitive skin and it does not bother my skin at all.

    One thing I’m very reluctant to try ( so far ) in MeMe boxes is cosmetics till I see the ingrediant list. ( If I find one on line ) – However I really like most the cute packaging I’ve seen on the cosmetics they offer in the boxes.

  27. Snail mucus? Bleh!! At first I thought it was like a slow, sublte change… Slow, like a snail??
    I don’t know that I could talk myself into using it even if it were a miracle product.
    I’m usually not too picky about sampling new things, but you have to draw a line somwhere!
    I’ve noticed in other Memebox reviews that the items are kind of hit or miss. Glad I read this one, it is definitely not on my wish list now…

  28. I’ve tried two sheet masks with snail mucus and thought they were both excellent products – they left my skin super soft. It is a little strange to think about at first, but I highly recommend the stuff.

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