MemeBox The Best Hits Skincare Subscription Box Review – May 2016
Memebox is a Korean beauty shop that curates themed boxes and sells beauty products from a variety of brands. Most of these boxes are limited time/stock only.
This review is of The Best Hits Skincare Box (now sold out). Memebox describes it as “our bestselling skincare items all in one amazing box.” Preorders for this box came out back in March. Boxes began shipping at the end of April and beginning of May.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Memebox
The Cost: $50 or $45 if you preordered (cost varies for each box)
The Products: Korean beauty products centered around a theme.
Ships to: US only
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There were 6 items total. The box did not come with an info card but these items were stocked on the Memebox site.
J.One Jelly Pack – $42 (on sale for $40)
J.One is a new brand backed by popular Korean actress Ha Ji-Won (I think J.One is a phonetic play on of her name?). The Jelly Pack is a nourishing and hydrating jelly-like formula that “effectively firms the skin and improve elasticity for a smoother, poreless and flawless looking skin.” The serum, or pack or however you categorize such a product, comes out as a clear and highly viscous liquid. Application is finicky. It’s hard to manipulate on the skin at first, but once the formula is warmed up by body heat it becomes easier to spread. Another great thing is that it doesn’t feel sticky after it fully settles onto your skin. The end result is a matte and moisturized face.
I admit I didn’t see much difference when using it in my nightly routine. However, when I tried it under makeup, the difference was much more pronounced! The Jelly Pack acts as a primer and smoothes out my pores. Makeup also applies more smoothly. I compared makeup with and without the Jelly Pack by putting it on only half the face. The half with Jelly Pack on indeed has a smoother complexion and my pores look less defined. I asked my boyfriend to double check my findings, and since even HE could tell a difference in my complexion, it’s gotta be legit.
Long story short, I am in love with this as a primer and complexion smoother. It’s pricey for my purposes so I will use it sparingly.
Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask – $14 (on sale for $11)
I got this before in a PinkSeoul Mask box! This is a pudding-like clay mask that bubbles profusely once applied to your face. I like it as a fun bubbling mask but the arduous cleansing process prevents me from using it frequently.
Botanic Farm Black Soybean Milk Pudding Sleeping Pack – $28 (on sale for $25)
This sleeping pack smells really delicious. It reminds me of sweet soy milk I used to drink with my grandparents when I was young. The pack does come with a spatula. It claims to boost skin cell regeneration, moisturize, and protect the skin from sun exposure the next day. I really like its unusual consistency– you can aggravate the sleeping pack all you want and stir it up, but after a couple minutes the pudding smoothes back to its original form as if untouched! It’s bizarre. The sweet scent lingers for a while, so those with sensitive noses may need to be wary. Just a tiny scoop of the sleeping pack is enough to cover my whole face. It isn’t sticky but does need several minutes to fully absorb. My face felt soft and moisturized in the morning!
Elizavecca Hell-Pore Clean Up Mask – $24 (on sale for $22)
This is a peel-off face mask that contains 4% charcoal extract and caragana sinica to help remove skin impurities while also providing nutrients. It is a thick, viscous consistency and has a slight smell that disappears quickly. To be honest, my face was a bit traumatized by the pain of peeling it off… Most of the reviews on Memebox suggests this isn’t supposed to be a painful process, so I may have applied too much to my face at one time. I don’t know. I will say my skin was extremely soft and smooth afterwards while the pores on my nose looked miniscule. I’m hesitant to gush about the the mask only because of my painful painful experience (and some redness, seen in photos below), but if you’re careful about how much you apply, go for it!
I love this hair band! It’s very soft and comfortable. It has a wide rim at the top (and two cat ears to boot) while the scrunchie bottom keeps things adjustable. Also cat ears, did I mention there are cat ears?
Secret Key Lemon Sparkling Peeling Gel – $15 (on sale for $10)
Peeling gels are nice for some gentle exfoliation. It’s also fun to see the product ball up on your face. This Secret Key one didn’t really ball up as much as other ones I’ve tried. It has a soft scent that disappears pretty quickly. After I washed it off my face felt very smooth and soft.
Photos of the Etude House hair band and Elizavecca Hell-Pore mask. You can kind of see that parts of my forehead was red from the mask. This may have been due to the peeling process or ingredients.
Verdict: I loved exploring this Best Hits box! Aside from the painful Hell-Pore Clean Up Mask, I will be using all the products! My favorite is the J.One Jelly Pack; it’s truly amazing under my makeup. The total Memebox retail value is $113, and by that I mean with Memebox pricing. I’d say that’s a great value. I’m sure you can find these products for cheaper on other websites, especially international retailers, but that doesn’t account for shipping costs and item authenticity and whatnot. I appreciate that the US Memebox is based in California so shipping is relatively fast and reliable. They have frequent sales and discounts too.
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