PinkSeoul Mask Subscription Box Review + Coupon – July 2016
PinkSeoul is a monthly Korean beauty subscription box curated to your skin type. They focus on customized, full-sized, and curated products that are designed to guide you in your K-beauty journey of discovery. You can also shop their online store for more K-beauty goodies!
PinkSeoul offers 3 subscription types. The PinkSeoul Box is $39.95 every two months with retail value over $60. The PinkSeoul Plus Box is recommended for subscribers age 35+, $49.95 every two months with retail value over $80. These two boxes are shipped bi-monthly and each box contains at least 4 full-sized items plus an accessory item. The PinkSeoul Mask Box is $29.95 every month with 10 customized mask products and an accessory item.
This review is of the PinkSeoul Mask Box for Oily skin types.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: PinkSeoul Mask Box
The Cost: $29.95 per month + free US shipping
COUPON: Save 10% off your first box with code MSA10
The Products: 10 K-beauty mask products customized to your skin type plus an accessory item or full-size cosmetic/skincare item
Ships to: USA (free shipping), Canada ($8.95 shipping), and other countries listed here ($15.95 shipping)
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Prior to purchasing a subscription, PinkSeoul will ask you several customization questions. Some products are more appropriate/recommended for a particular skin type so be sure to figure out what your skin type is!
Each box includes a detailed info card. This month the focus is on “having fun and experimenting with K-beauty”!
This aloe gel is a highly popular K-beauty product and I’m happy to finally get my hands on one. It is 92% aloe vera and can be used in a variety of ways. The info card suggests a few uses: boy and face moisturizer, eye mask, makeup base, after sun soothing lotion, hair treatment, aftershave, nail and cuticle essence, and DIY face mask! I like to use it as light moisturizer for the summer or combine it with other skincare for a cooling wash-off mask.
The Face Shop Mask Sheets – $3
Speaking of DIY masks, PinkSeoul included a set of blank sheet masks so subscribers can make their own aloe masks with the Nature Republic aloe vera gel! The pack includes seven sheets for your DIYing pleasure. Fold a mask into a quarter of its size, place inside a sandwich bag with aloe vera gel and/or essences, facial oils, etc., and wait for the mask to fully soak before using like you would any regular sheet mask.
I was first introduced to this brand in my June 3B Box. Now, this mask has been making its rounds in various K-beauty subscription boxes! I love this kit because it is a complete 5-step facial routine. It’s perfect for trips when you don’t want to carry umpteen bottles of skincare around.
First, the cleanser makes my face feel clean to a fault– the squeaky clean, friction-y feeling is too strong with this one. Next, the ampoule feels thick at first but once dried it leaves skin smooth, nourished, and without any of that sticky or residual feeling. After that is the sheet mask. It’s is a two-piece gel mask that is super thin and clings to my face like second skin. Its essence is thick but does not leave my face sticky after use. Finally, the face cream and neck cream smell really amazing and absorbs quickly without leaving any residual feeling on my skin. Overall, aside from the squeaky cleanser, I love the fragrance and non-sticky formula of this skincare set.
This mask is made with seven types of Korean traditional medicine (hanbang) ingredients and provides skin with hydration and nourishment. The mask is unusual in that it has a helix-like pattern and texture in the cotton. I don’t know if it does anything special but it looks cool. The mask is thicker than most so it doesn’t adhere to my face as perfectly as thinner ones. The essence is watery and does not leave my skin too sticky after use.
SNP masks feel like a staple in my PinkSeoul boxes now! I’m totally ok with that though. This is a black sheet mask that features charcoal powder for pore and sebum management. The fragrance is pretty strong but I love the mask fit and the essence. Plus, it doesn’t make my face feel sticky after use.
This line of masks from Freeset is slowly rising to the top of my favorite masks list. The Healing type contains donkey milk, camellia japonica flower water, and nephrite powder for moisturizing, healing, and soothing properties. The essence is very watery so there’s a lot of leftover liquid in the packaging. The sheet is thin, fits my face contours well, and leaves my face feeling refreshed without too much stickiness.
These masks contain traditional medicine and herbal ingredients. The white tea mask helps brighten and even out skin tone while the red ginseng mask has anti-aging and energizing properties. The fragrance is a little strong. I like that the sheet mask is thin so it stays on my face when I walk around. The essence feels slightly sticky after use.
The 0.2 refers to Etude House’s new “air-like” thin sheet mask that’s supposed to fit like second skin. The pearl mask has brightening properties while the manuka honey mask has anti-bacterial, hydrating, and healing properties. The fragrance is pleasant while the mask is thin and adheres closely to skin. Best of all, the essence doesn’t make my face feel sticky after use!
Thank You Farmer True Water Line deluxe sample set – $2
Similar to the rise of PurpleTale, Thank You Farmer is a brand that I’ve been seeing make waves online. This sample set includes the Deep Serum, Light Gel Cream, and Deep Cream from the True Water line. I can’t really tell much about the products from one use, but for what it’s worth, I liked the Light Gel Cream the most!
Bow Hair Ties x2 – $4 each
This month’s accessories are bow hair ties. They feature strong but comfortable elastics and well-made metal bows.
Verdict: July’s PinkSeoul Mask Box was fantastic. There were 8 masks this time (instead of the usual 10) but was offset by the blank sheet masks and aloe vera gel. I also enjoyed the mix of familiar and new mask brands. Overall, I’m impressed by how PinkSeoul continues to push the creative limits of a face mask box. The total retail value is $45.95. Given the great curation and presentation I think it’s a great deal.
What do you think of the PinkSeoul Mask Box?