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MemeBox Get Ready With Me Box Review + Coupon – March 2017

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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.

An important note: Memebox is changing their business model starting May 1st of this year. I will talk about this more at the end. Also, free shipping threshold has increased from $35 to $40.

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This review is of the one-time $35 Get Ready With Me Box. This box is sold out. For this particular box, the contents were revealed beforehand.

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

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The Subscription Box: Memebox

The Cost: Each box varies in price. The Get Ready With Me Box was $35 (Free shipping for orders $40+)

COUPON: Use coupon code 101SMILES to save 10% off your first order!

The Products: Korean beauty products centered around a theme

Ships to: U.S. only

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This box includes an info card. Retail values were not listed on here but they were listed on the product web page.

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Bonvivant Botanical Pure Mask #Madecassoside + Mugwort – Value $1

Bonvivant Botanical Pure Mask #Collagen + Olive – Value $1

First things first: these are really nice sheet masks for the price! Bonvivant is one of Memebox‘s in-house brands. The Madecassoside + Mugwort mask contains watery essence, while the Collagen + Olive mask contains milky essence. Both have an earthy scent that’s not too appealing, but the mask fit and texture make up for the fragrance. Each mask is soaked in essence and can stay moist for more than half an hour. Upon removal, my skin feels cold and tingly for a few minutes before returning to normal. For the watery Madecassoside + Mugwort mask, the essence sinks in quickly to a clean finish, leaving skin plump, hydrated, and refreshed. I also notice a reduction in redness. However, for the milky Collagen + Olive mask, the thicker essence takes longer to absorb and leaves my skin feeling minimally tacky. I don’t notice any benefits outside of hydration. Overall, though, I get essentially the same experience with these affordable masks as some pricier ones out there.

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Bonvivant That Day Mask Pack in #Blemish Care – Value $1.50

Bonvivant’s That Day mask series is crafted for “that time of the month.” The #Blemish Care mask contains witch hazel extract, Swiss Alpine herbs, mugwort, aloe vera, and lime oil, all designed to battle blemishes and pimples! This essence has a jelly-like texture with a subtle mint-colored tint. Mask fit all right but the mouth hold could be a little bigger. After masking, my skin feels saturated with hydration and the redness on my cheeks wonderfully soothed. However, the essence, likely due to its thick consistency, takes forever to absorb into the skin. When it finally dries, the residue still feels slick and sticky on the skin– sadly, this mask is not for me.

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Scinic Aqua All In One Ampoule 250 ml/8.5 oz – Value $16.98

This is a massive jar of moisturizer that claims to be toner, lotion, and essence all in one. There are tiny beads suspended within the ampoule that dissolve when rubbed into the skin. It has a clean, floral fragrance. One of the most important features for me, as you probably know by now, is how a product feels on my skin. I really like the goopy but lightweight consistency. It also sinks in fairly quickly when applied, leaving face lightly moisturized. However, the finish is slightly tacky on my skin, which doesn’t play well with my makeup. My face also feels oilier faster during the day. I will allocate this for nighttime use only.

My one gripe is with the jar packaging. The ampoule comes with a plastic spatula, but this is a huge jar with a runny formula! I don’t think it’s very hygienic to constantly dip my spatula into the jar. It also won’t be ideal to reach in with your hand when the product runs low.

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Pony Effect Ultimate Prep Primers sample

This is a face primer sample trio from Pony Effect. The Hydrate primer is for dry or sensitive skin. It has a cream consistency and sets to a smooth finish. The Moisture & Sebum Control primer is for all skin types, and it has a cream consistency that applies well and sets to a velvety soft finish. The Original primer is for oily skin or large pores, and this is the one I’m most interested in. The texture is thick and crumbly at first but melts into the skin when warmed up in my hand. It sets to a matte, silicone-y finish.

The Original primer smoothes out my pores the most, while both Original and Moisture & Sebum Control primers control oiliness throughout the day. I’m a fan!

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It’s Skin Babyface Pore Powder 5 g/0.18 oz – Value $9

This is a finishing powder that fills in pores and lines, sets makeup, and reduces oily shine. It does a good job of mattifying my skin and reducing oil production throughout the day. I like that the powder doesn’t leave much of a white cast. However, the included puff isn’t the best. Also, I like pressed powder over loose powder because it is less messy. If there was a pressed powder version of this, I would totally purchase it. I will gift this to a friend instead.

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It’s Skin Babyface Natural Eyebrow in 02 Deep Brown 0.3 g/0.01 oz – Value $2.40

This is a twist-up eyebrow pencil with a spoolie brush on one end. It is tapered on one edge, which improves precision. The shade 02 Deep Brown is perfect for my black hair. It was really hard to use at first because it has a thin waxy layer covering the top. Once I rubbed off the outer layer, the pencil became soft, pigmented, and easy to use. I love the convenient spoolie on the other side as well.

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I’m Meme I’m Eyeliner in #EL02 Matte Brown deluxe size – Value $5

This is a waterproof and smudgeproof gel liner with a retractable tip. The info card actually describes the full-size version, which comes with a built-in sharpener and brush at the bottom. This is the deluxe size. I love that the eyeliner draws dark, smooth lines without pulling at my lash line. It’s super long lasting as well. Only the outer corners look a little smudged at the end of the day. The rest of the look remains pristine, which is quite a feat on my oily lids! I will consider buying the full size when I use up this one!

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Pony Effect Stay Fit Matte Lip Color in #Flawless 4.6 g/0.16 oz – Value $19

This is a matte liquid lipstick that contains murumuru seed butter and Brazil nut seed oil to hydrate the lips. #Flawless is a bright red with orange undertones. Just one swipe gives full coverage! The formula is neither hydrating nor drying for about 4 hours, but then my lips start feeling chapped at hour 5. It is budgeproof for the most part but will disappear if you eat greasy food. When removed it leaves a subtle stain. Overall, I love the formula but I’ve decided that orange does not flatter my skin tone so this will be gifted to a friend.

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I’m Meme I’m Stick Shadow in #ES408 Stellar Rose 1.5 g/0.05 oz – Value $11

I love eyeshadow sticks because they’re convenient to use, plus I’m a total amateur with brushes. Stellar Rose is a shimmery rose gold. It’s a super gorgeous neutral shade for my warm medium skin tone. The formula is amazing, too. It has buildable intensity from a subtle wash of color to full opacity. The shadow lasts for half a day without primer and there is very minimal shimmer fallout. Perfect!

Memebox-Get-Ready-With-Me-March-2017-Swatches

Here are the swatches from left to right: It’s Skin eyebrow pencil, I’m Meme eyeliner, Pony Effect lip color, and I’m Meme eyeshadow.

Verdict: This is a superb box! I love the mix of skincare and makeup items. I’m impressed by the quality of the items as well. The total value is around $67, which is almost twice the cost of the box, and this is with sale prices! My favorite discoveries are the I’m Meme Stick Shadow (gorgeous shade!) and the Pony Effect primers. I may have to grab a few extra shades of the shadows on my next Memebox shopping trip… which brings me to the next topic:

Important note: Memebox is changing their business model starting May 1st of this year. There are lots of changes associated with this, such as eliminating their Memepoints and loyalty system and using “partner retailers” to sell products. Future value boxes are up in the air as well. Plus, it sounds like if they do curate boxes it will only be with in-house brands like Pony Effect and I’m Meme.

As someone who was introduced to Memebox through its Memeboxes, I’m bummed that they’re not pursuing this model anymore. That said, I’m interested in seeing where they go from here.

What do you think of Memebox?

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.

23 Comments

  1. Thanks for the heads-up about Memebox changing how it does business. I’ve placed one last order to use up my points and then I’m done. Wow, remember a few years ago and how much fun their boxes were? Getting the good ones was like a contact sport! lol

  2. On a side note, has anyone been to the new Memebox retail store in Hong Kong? I’m visiting next week and hoping that its amazing!

  3. i’d use an airless pump container for the ampoule! that way you can decant some of it for daily use and keep the container in your fridge/somewhere else

    • That’s a handy tip. Thanks hannah!

  4. I just used the 25% code to buy some snail/bee venom lotion and toner. I love that stuff, and with the discount it seemed like a good deal. I’ve seen the product reviewed before, hope it works for me!

  5. I am really sad as well, I found them through sub boxes and shop at their site regularly. I doubt I will shop with them once I have to go to partner sites to purchase various items.

  6. Like a lot of people, I’m also frustrated with the changes that have taken place at MEMEBOX. I worked really hard (and spent hundreds in 2016) to reach my status for this year, and to know that it won’t mean anything by the end of April is really annoying. Plus, what other K Beauty site has all my favorite brands in one easy destination, with ingredients translated into English, and an amazing points program that can’t be beat?

    Clearly they’re making these changes to appeal to K Beauty newbies, especially now that K Beauty has become a big trend here in the US. I get it, though. It’s obviously more profitable to appeal to people who don’t know better (and are therefore willing to pay a higher markup than those of us who are more experienced with K Beauty and know where to score better deals), but at the same time they’re kind of leaving longtime Asian beauty devotees out in the cold!

    Like another user in the comments said, MEMEBOX’s slight markup was always worth it, due to the ease and convenience of shopping on their site, as well as the points program and fast shipping. But with the loyalty program going away and the prices (most likely) going up, I won’t feel much of a need to shop there anymore.

    • You explained exactly why most people who shopped at MEMEBOX did so. If you go on their site now, they already have changed it a lot – including links to buy off amazon.

      Are they trying to turn into just a referral business now? Because they get money off every person who clicks through their site to purchase elsewhere…no other reason they would offer afialite links and competitors buying options.

      It wouldn’t make sense to send your potential customers to a competitor otherwise?

      • Oof. You’re right. I just looked! And they’ve already started removing bestselling products (like the COSRX Low-pH cleanser and Banila Clean It cleansers) one by one. I’m going to take advantage of my last coupon and Memepoints (and the inevitable mega clearance they’ll do in April), and then I’m hightailing it outta there!

  7. I’m beyond disappointed with the MEMEBOX changes. They are consistently providing good products and customer service (for me at least, I know some have had issues)….and their two day shipping is excellent.

    I’ve generally been willing to spend slightly more with them to get these benefits. Sites like sokoglam and other western based sites really do extreme markups, so I have always seen MEMEBOX as the best for one stop shopping. And who can resist a good rewards program?

    The big problem is there is no other site out there that hits all these points and can fill the void they will leave. I guess someone may step in though….but if it was unsustainable for MEMEBOX then who could make it work?

    • A lot of the brands MEMEBOX sells are on Amazon for the same price and often cheaper (including COSRX, Banila Co., Benton, Mise en Scène, Etude House, etc.). If you’re worried about them being fakes, know that as long as the seller is verified by Prime, they’re legit. eBay also carries a lot of K Beauty products. Just be sure to check out the reviews for the seller to see how people like them.

      • The problem is that although they are supposedly verified by amazon – there is no way to know for sure and they keep getting caught with inauthentic items.

        Amazon lumps everything together in their warehouse, so even though you buy a set of sheet masks from a specific seller, you are not gauranteed to get what that seller sent to amazon. Every seller who sends in that brand/set of Nash’s will be combined in a big lump and they just pull from it randomly. :-/

        • Set of **masks

          • Man, that’s terrible. I haven’t had that happen to me personally, but I totally believe you. I’ve seen lots of fake beauty products on Amazon, such as ABH palettes and Olaplex, but those were from non-verified sellers. I didn’t realize verified sellers were doing this too.

            I guess the only thing you could do is look through the customer feedback and read through all the reviews. But even then it’s not a guarantee. Why did MEMEBOX have to ruin their site? D:

          • Exactly Emily, they had such a good thing going!

            Check out the Asian beauty Reddit and a lot of very knowledgeable folks have written quite a lot about amazon and their problems and fakes in general not just from china but even Korea and Japan are having huge battles with it. 🙁

  8. I used to shop from memebox almost religiously. Now the prices keep going up and up and up. Haven’t bought from them in a while now. Curious to see what will happen with the change, though.

  9. I actually like loose powders more than pressed. Although I don’t use those puffs that come with them, but instead tap some into the lid and use a complexion brush to apply. I find that I get much better oil control that way while using somewhat less product. They are messier but I like the results so much better. Unfortunately, my favorite comes from Chanel so it is $$$. I’ve tried a few of the Korean ones and they work decently for me, too.

    • I also prefer loose powders over pressed, but since I’ve received a few different K-beauty pressed powders from boxes since last year, I’ll be trying one out in the very near future. I’ll be swiping a brush over it, rather than using a puff. Like you said, I feel like I have more control over it, and it doesn’t feel like I’m caking it on. I hope I like it!

  10. FYI There is a 25% off discount on items that are already in clearance sale.

    • Good to know thanks.

      • They’ve been adding new items to it daily, so keep checking back. If I were you, I’d look closer to the end of April, as I would imagine they’ll try to do a massive clear-out before the changes go into effect.

        • Good point!

    • Aargh, I can’t find that code anywhere. Can you post it please??? Thank you.

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