PinkSeoul Plus Subscription Box 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 Plus, $49.95 every two months, box.
The Subscription Box: PinkSeoul Plus
The Cost: $49.95 bi-monthly + free US shipping
COUPON: Save 10% off your first box with code MSA10!
The Products: at least 4 full-sized K-beauty products customized to your skin type and an accessory item
Ships to: USA (free shipping), Canada ($8.95 shipping), and other countries listed here ($15.95 shipping)
Good to know: PinkSeoul and PinkSeoul Plus boxes are delivered every two months depending on which month you signed up. For example, if you signed up in November, your next box will be in December; if you sign up in December your next box will be in January. The boxes are the same for the December/January period, just shipped out at different times.
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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!
The info card always lists the products in the order of recommended usage– useful if you’re not sure of where to insert products into your routine. Full ingredient listing can be found on their website.
Reusable/Compact Tote – Listed Value $7
The accessory item this time around is a reusable tote bag! The material used here is a little stiffer than Baggu bags. They’re also slightly wider than standard-sized Baggus. This tote folds into an attached pouch that, when unfolded, turns into a side pocket.
There were various designs sent out. This one features an overlay of rabbits. The bag looks grayish black under some lighting and dark blue under others.
Calmia Oatmeal Peeling Gel – Value $16
Peeling gels are gentle exfoliants that pill up when you rub it into your skin. The pills are a combination of the gel and dead skin cells. This one is infused with honey and oatmeal, plus it is formulated to be suitable for sensitive skin. The sweet fragrance is a little strong for me but the results are great. After washing off all the pilling, my face feels smooth and even moisturized.
Petitfee Black Pearl & Gold Hydrogel Eye Patch – Value $18
These are hydrogel patches for extra TLC to the under eye area. These patches are infused with black pearl and gold powder to rejuvenate and soften the skin.
The box contains 30 pairs of hydrogels and a small spatula for hygienically grabbing each patch from the tub. The patches are easy to apply and stay put after I hold them in place for a couple seconds upon application. The essence is fragranced but the scent dissipates within a minute. My under eye areas feel plumped and hydrated after use!
CosRx Holy Moly Snail Mask – Value $3
This is a yellow-tinted face mask made from cotton of medium thickness. It contains snail secretion filtrate to help with overall skin tone, cell regeneration, and moisture. My face looks brighter and less red after use, but of course, the results are temporary. The essence absorbs to a slightly tacky but not uncomfortable finish.
Etude 0.2 Therapy Air Mask in Green Tea – Value $2
The 0.2 refers to Etude House’s “air-like” sheet mask line that’s thin to fit on the face like a second skin. This one contains green tea, which provides deep hydration. The fragrance smells pleasant and disappears quickly. The mask fit is, of course, very nice and mostly true to its name. Best of all, the essence absorbs quickly and leaves no sticky or tacky feeling on the skin.
Tosowoong Tea Tree Oil – Value $18
This is made with 100% organic tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is an essential oil that has antibacterial properties and is great for sensitive or acne-prone skin. The oil is very pungent– it has a distinctive herbal, almost medicinal scent that can’t be fully masked with other fragrances. Because it is so concentrated, a little goes a long way. I mix 1-2 drops with the essences in my nighttime routine. PinkSeoul also recommends using it directly on the skin or with existing moisturizers or foundations (if you can handle the scent, that is).
Mizon Water Volume Aqua Gel Cream – Value $10
This is a lightweight gel-cream that melts into a cooling, watery consistency when massaged into the skin. It contains glycerin and hyaluronic acid, both moisturizing properties. This cream is meant for hydration and brightening overall skin tone, and it’s great for all skin types. The lightweight consistency and non-tacky finish are perfect for my preferences. The fragrance, a soft floral, shouldn’t be bothersome for sensitive noses and disappears quickly after application.
Included in the box are two foil samples from CosRx. The Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence is an essence of medium-thick, stringy consistency. It contains 96% snail mucin, which has an assortment of benefits for the skin such as brightening and anti-aging properties. There is a slightly tacky feeling after application but it goes away after a minute or so.
This is a sleeping mask that contains 65% rice extract for nourishing, brightening, and moisturizing properties. The mask is creamy but doesn’t feel heavy. It leaves my skin hydrated and plump the next morning.
Verdict: Not counting samples, the total value is $74, which is well above the cost of the box but on the lower side of their usual curation. That aside, the selection is wonderful! I enjoyed every single item and will use everything, so this box is a big win.
What do you think of PinkSeoul Plus?