PinkSeoul Mask Subscription Review + Coupon- December 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 a retail value over $60. The PinkSeoul Plus Box is recommended for subscribers age 35+, $49.95 every two months with a 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 box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This review is of the Oily Skin Type, PinkSeoul Mask, $29.95 a month, box.
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)
Good to know: the January box is sold out. If you subscribe today, your first box will ship 2/27
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 your skin type!
Each box includes a detailed info card. The full ingredient listing can be found on their website.
Lindsay Natural Mask Pack (Artemisia Capillaris) 60g – Value $15
Artemisia Capillaris is a herb also known as wormwood or Chinese wormwood. PinkSeoul says it is abundant in vitamins and minerals, and it has soothing and sebum controlling effects on the skin. I received this same mask in the September/October PinkSeoul Plus Box.
This is a powder that can be mixed with water, honey, milk, or even yogurt to create a wash-off mask. It has a woody, herbal scent that lingers until the mask is washed off. When I used 1:20 powder-to-water ratio last time, it was basically green water, which is not my ideal masking consistency. I thought it might have been a typo, so I experimented with different ratios to see if thicker masks fared better (they did). It seems, however, that a 1:20 ratio is what’s actually recommended by PinkSeoul.
On the plus side, my skin feels moisturized and soothed after use. On the other hand, I don’t like the scent or application enough to use it often.
Lindsay Mask Brush – Value $5
This is the accessory item of the box. It is a stiff, flat brush used for applying face masks. I also received this in the September/October PinkSeoul Plus Box. This is my go-to tool for applying all my wash-off masks.
The Saem Snail Brightening Mask – Value $1.89
The Saem Red Ginseng Mask – Value $1.99
These are cotton sheet masks. The Snail mask contains snail secretion filtrate, which helps with overall skin tone, skin cell regeneration, and moisture. The Ginseng mask contains red ginseng extract, which is believed to improve skin elasticity and the appearance of wrinkles. The material is thin so it adheres to the skin well. The fit is also nice. Additionally, the essence absorbs quickly without any sticky residue.
The Snail mask has a good fragrance, but the Red Ginseng smells bad! The intense medicinal scent is not for me. I assume this is what ginseng actually smells like. Thankfully the fragrance disappears after a few minutes.
Leaders Coconut Gel Mask with Tomato – Value $4.99
Leaders Coconut Gel Mask with Broccoli – Value $4.99
These are coconut gel masks that feel exactly like bio-cellulose. The Tomato one contains tomato extract, which helps restore elasticity and resilience. The Broccoli one contains broccoli extract, which is rich in Vitamin C and beta-carotene to soften and soothe the skin. The mask fit is great. To my relief, neither mask smells like their respective vegetable. The essence absorbs very quickly, leaving skin smooth, soft, plump, and matte. The best part? No stickiness!
Skinfood Jelly Peau Wash Off Pack in Peach – Value $2.60
This is a wash-off mask that contains peach extract to provide nutrition to the skin. It smells like gummy peach rings, and the delicious scent lingers for the duration of masking. I’m very intrigued by the consistency– it behaves like chunky jello when you first agitate the mask, However, it settles back to its original shape within seconds. When applied, it quickly melts a smooth pudding consistency. The mask washes off with warm water, leaving my skin soft and super hydrated.
Nature Republic Real Nature Mask in Tea Tree – Value $2 (on sale for $1.50)
Nature Republic Real Nature Mask in Green Tea – Value $2 (on sale for $1.50)
These are regular cotton sheet masks. The Tea Tree mask is antibacterial and helps dissolve skin oils. The Royal Jelly mask nourishes skin and helps improve the appearance of wrinkles. The Green Tea mask provides deep hydration.
The mask itself is very wide! It reaches past my hairline and almost hits the ear. I can also detect the smell of alcohol behind the added fragrance. This is especially noticeable for the Tea Tree one. The Royal Jelly essence is a bit thicker than the other two, but all three essences are relatively watery. Essences absorb quickly after use, leaving my face hydrated and soothed. However, I do notice some residual stickiness on the skin.
Included in the box are two foil samples. This essence contains tiny capsules that dissolve when rubbed in. It contains ginseng to provide nutrition and vitality to the skin.
This is a rich moisturizing cream that deeply hydrates and forms a barrier on the skin to prevent moisture loss. This cream is probably better for normal or dry skin because it feels a little too heavy for my oily skin tone.
Verdict: Overall, this was a good selection of masks. I really liked the Leaders coconut gel masks and the Skinfood jelly mask. The Lindsay powder mask, however, was just so-so. I can’t see myself choosing to mess around with powder ratios and funky scents if I had better options laying around. It’s a shame because it was the highest value item in the box. The total value is $41.46, which is more than the cost of the box.
What do you think of PinkSeoul Mask Box?