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3B Box Subscription Box Review – June 2016

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3B Box is a monthly subscription box that helps you discover popular Asian beauty products.

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The Subscription Box: 3B Box

The Cost: $12 per month + free shipping

The Products: 4-5 sample- and full-size Asian beauty products

Ships to: USA only

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Each baggie comes with an info card detailing the month’s selection.


PurpleTale 5 Steps to Lovely Skin – $7.99

Wow! There is a whole 5-step skincare routine sealed in here. PurpleTale is a new brand to me too. Overall I love this line’s fragrance and non-stickiness.

1. Cleanser: This cleanser smells pleasantly like generic hand soap and made my face squeaky clean. I might even say too squeaky clean– I could feel a large friction between my hands and face when trying to wash it off.

2. Ampoule: I applied this gel-like ampoule dreading the stickiness that usually comes with viscous ampoules. To my surprise it dried to a matte finish and was not sticky at all! It didn’t smell like much and felt hydrating.

3. Sheet Mask: This is either a hydrogel or bio cellulose sheet mask! The mask is a two-piece cling wrap-like gel that adheres to the skin like– you guessed it– cling wrap. It smells really nice and the essence, although thick, doesn’t leave my face sticky afterwards.

4. Face Cream: This is a normal-looking white face cream with that same delicious fragrance. It left my face a little tacky but highly moisturized.

5. Neck Cream: The delicious fragrance strikes again! I can’t get enough. This neck cream looks the same as the face cream. It absorbs nicely and doesn’t leave my neck sticky.


Milky Dress Premium Brightener samples – $2?

You know how I say that Korean “whitening” products typically mean brightening? Well this time it’s the complete opposite. This brightener is actually a whitening cream. Its main purpose is to lighten skin tone. While this may be a bestseller in South Korea, I doubt whitening products are fashionable in the States. 3B Box may not have done enough research on the US demographic here (but this is only my opinion).

Anyway, this cream is actually pretty nice. It has a pleasant smell, absorbs quickly, and leaves no sticky residue. In the photo below, my left hand has no product on it and my right hand has a thin layer of Brightener applied. The lightening effect looks very pronounced in this photo but the contrast is much more subtle in real life. Also, when applied to my face, the cream seems to brighten my skin from within, without that white cast effect. That’s nice. At the end of the day, though, I don’t need face whitening products so this will only be used on my hands.

It’s Skin Todak Todak Pack Nutrition – $3.50

I received this in a Mishibox before. It’s a wash-off mask that contains manuka honey and coconut extract to smooth, calm, and moisturize skin. You can get several uses out of the little tub. I really like the honey consistency and smell– it looks and smells like something you should be smearing on toast. It took some effort to wash the mask off my face but left my face feeling smooth and plump afterwards.


My left hand is bare and my right hand has the Milky Dress Premium Brightener.

Mirai Clinical Body Spritzer – $14

Mirai Clinical is a Japanese brand; I’ve never heard of it before! This full-size body spritzer has Japanese persimmon extract to keep the body smelling fresh. It was also apparently presented to Oscar nominees earlier this year. The Mirai Clinical website describes this as a deodorant spray so I sprayed this under my arms. The scent is kind of overwhelming but I think it indeed eliminates some body odor. That, or the spray is so overpowering I can’t smell anything else anymore.


Skinfood Black Sugar Serum Light – $7.75

This is a watery serum that contains black sugar and traditional Korean wine. It doesn’t smell like much, just a little bit sweet. Since it’s watery the serum absorbs very quickly and leaves my skin smooth, soft, and a little extra hydrated. Even though I don’t see any changes to my skin I still like it a lot.

Verdict: This month was great! I think 3B Box has really improved their curation from a couple months ago. Even though I think the Milky Dress cream is a little strange for the US demographic, I enjoyed trying all the products. My favorites are the PurpleTale Lovely Skin mask set and the Skinfood serum. Total value is an estimated $35.24, which is super for a $12 box. I hope 3B Box keeps going in this direction!

What do you think of 3B Box?

Written by Nancy Su

Nancy Su

Nancy used to be a Candy Crush addict but then she became addicted to subscription boxes instead. Now she has a particular interest in Korean/Asian beauty after seeing the wonders it has done to her skin. She’s constantly in search of new lippies, skincare, and tasty international snacks.
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.


  1. I am sorry that one of the commenters was offended by the skin whitener. I hope that 3B Box sends her a substitute. On the other hand, I am really enjoying the Milky White Brightener. Since it is essentially a k-beauty/Asian beauty box, I don’t think the product represents a grander scheme to marginalize women of color. As an Asian-American female, I also often feel marginalized in the U.S., and am glad that this box exists and caters to my preferences.

  2. They use to send full sized items >.< I like the curation and the fresh brands I have yet to discover, however, they need to stop sending 5-7 sample packets in the subscription! Seriously! It has been 3 straight months…

    In April we got : 7 Too Cool For School Egg Mellow Cream samples. In May we got: 5 of the Sulwhasoo Essential Firming Cream. Now June we get: 7 Milky Dress Premium Brightener! what is their deal? I would like at least like to get 1 bigger item than several samples of the item.

  3. Just wanted to clarify that brightening and whitening products are meant to lighten up and fade away dark spots, scars, hypermentation, etc… not to turn you white.

    • I’m confused.

      On the website linked to this review, it appears to lighten the overall appearance of the skin of the model featured, and on the card in this month’s 3B mailing, it states that this cream is “…a quick and nature fix for lightening skin tone…”. I’ve seen reports that skin lightening products can have negative consequences on your skin in the long term. On the other hand, I’ve used creams specifically made to target and lighten scars and discolorations for years without any problems.

      I love 3B over all, but I’m giving this product a miss. I’m not sure how I feel about 3B adding it into a US beauty box. I guess there are subscribers who this product will appeal to, but I’m sure based on the description on their card that this product’s not for me.

      • Hello~ both of you are correct, sorry if I wasn’t too clear in the review:

        Typically in K-beauty “brightening/whitening” is another way of saying they lighten dark spots or fade hyperpigmentation. However, with the Milky Dress Premium Brightener, the cream intentionally lightens skin tone.

  4. The Milky White cream is rather offensive. WOC are often marginalized by beauty boxes as colors sent out are not particularly flattering, but an actual cream that lightens skin crosses the line. Let’s be clear: everyone has received a color that doesn’t work for them in beauty boxes…it’s part of the gamble. However, It’s much different for WOC who are systematically left out. I’m emailing them to request an alternative product, and may cancel over this.

    • I’m sure they arent deliberately discounting WOC, but in reality I am white and the skin brightening stuff doesnt appeal to me either! lol I can see your point though, 99% of sub boxes ignore a huge demographic like yourself and it seems odd to me that no one has embraced the “niche” for WOC other than the what, 2 beauty boxes tailored that way? Just seems like a huge market they could grab if they looked at things just a little differently.

      • I’m Latina, so I am fortunate to have many foundation options, as I’m about a 30/35 give or take, and can wear N6 in L’Oreal. Many WOC are not so fortunate. I’m happy to give my money to brands that actually have foundation ranges like MAC, Bobbi Brown, L’Oreal, etc. The skin whitening stuff is just such a poor idea.

      • I can think of four beauty boxes that specifically target WOC (Essence, We Are Onyx, Cocotique, and Godes Beauty…. I think Product Junkie may also be one of them… they used to be under Hype Hair). And, there are at least five hair boxes targeting WOC (Curl Kit, Curl Box, My Curls Understood, The Hair Show Box, and one more that I can’t remember). There could be more, as these are just the ones I can think of right now.

        • There are LOTS of Women of Color who don’t have curly hair. A good chunk of Latinas have straight hair, and most S. Asians have straight hair. You are missing the point of my complaint….that mainstream beauty boxes alienate WOC with crap like skin lightening products, and products that won’t work for them, like Beautyfix and the two colors of brow fillers…that work for white women, but not those of us with black eyebrows, which would be, you guessed it, Women of Color. Yes there are specialty boxes for all sorts of things, but it’s tiresome that time and time again, the most popular boxes consistently use products that won’t work for non white women. You may not like a certain shade of lipstick sent, but if you’re white, chances are it will actually show up on you.

        • Why was my comment deleted? I did not use any sort of offensive language.

    • To clarify, whitening cream (and in the bigger picture, skin lightening) is popular amongst Asian cultures and “paler skin” has been culturally desirable for a very long time. It isn’t meant to offend women of color; it seems they included this because it’s a popular product in S Korea. However, an argument can be made against 3B Box choosing the cream for a US demographic– that is something they can receive feedback on and change 🙂

      • Totally agree with Nancy Su. I think it’s definitely a cultural thing. Ppl in Asia mostly consider ladies with “whiter, lighter” skin tone (esp face) as beauty, at least last time I checked it’s still a standard. Brands like estee lauder even has a special line for “whitening” over there. Since 3B is a sub specialized in Asian popular products, I guess it’s just unavoidable to see many of this kind of items. It’s like tanning/bronzing is a major focus here (esp in summer) but definitely not in Asia lol

  5. Is this box still available for purchase??

    • I believe signing up now would get you next month’s box!

  6. I was thinking of trying the milky dress cream as an under eye brightener and see if that works for me.

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