Piibu K-Beauty Subscription Review + Coupon – April 2017
Piibu Box is a subscription box for Korean face masks that sends you 8-10 face masks each month.
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: Piibu Box
The Cost: $15 a month + $4.95 shipping. Save with 3 and 6-month subscription plans
COUPON: Use code MSA10OFF to 10% off your first box!
The Products: 8-10 Korean face masks
Ships to: U.S. only
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This month’s box did not come with an information card but their website lists out every item if you need more information on each mask!
Jayjun Biocellulose Vita Snow Mask – Value $7
This mask came in the type of packaging I really like. The mask was folded in half over a stiff piece of paper which makes it easy to remove from the package without getting it tangled at all. Once you remove the paper from both sides, your left with an extremely thin, gelatinous mask. I used this mask when my skin was feeling particularly dry and this is supposed to help with dryness and elasticity. The ingredients include coconut water, squalane shea butter, macadamia seed oil, and Australian sheep placenta extract. I went with the full 30 minutes of suggested use time. The mask itself felt pretty tacky when I peeled it off but my skin felt nice once I patted the product in. The dryer parts of my face felt soothed and refreshed.
BNBG Jelly Mask Hydrating Vitamin E – Value $1.90
This was another mask I used when my skin was feeling particularly dry. I had used an exfoliating scrub and just wanted to boost the moisture in my skin. This was a really straightforward mask with a ton of product on it. The description mentions that this mask contains liposome stabilized vitamins and oxygen rich mineral water from Jeju Island. Jeju Island is a volcanic island so this water is supposed to give you more radiant skin. I can’t say that this felt radically different from a regular hydrating skin mask but it was very moisturizing and I appreciate the anti-aging vitamin E!
Medicos-V Snow White – Value $1.80
This sheet is made of natural cellulose and holds a lot of product. The only difference I noticed from some of the other sheet masks was that it felt slightly less pliable. The nose hole was slightly off for me and it wasn’t super easy to adjust the mask and get it to cling to every spot on my face. But it held on well enough and the fresh scent was really aromatic. This mask contained mulberry root extract which is supposed to help clear dark spots and blemishes on the skin, as well as help with dryness. It also contained niacinamide which is also supposed to help with any discoloration. I don’t have a ton of discoloration but I do experience dark circles or bags under my eyes sometimes. This mask was definitely hydrating and I felt more awake after using this – I think a lot of that was due to the refreshing smell. I definitely felt a little pick me up in my skin and I think this formula would be awesome for under eye masks.
S Recover Vitamin Solutions Aqua Facial Mask – Value $6 (on Amazon)
The first thing I noticed about this mask was how thin and clingy it was. It stayed on my face without any issues. Some masks can start to dry out and pull away from my face but this stayed put the whole time. This is a Tencel sheet mask which means it’s made from ground wood pulp. That sounded odd to me at first but it seems like a more eco-friendly way to produce single-use masks so I’m all for it! The texture of the mask was really nice too. This mask contains sweet almond and walnut seed extract that provide Vitamin B1 and B2. I really enjoy collagen masks because they leave my skin feeling slightly tighter and the smell is usually really fresh. The scent of this mask was a light and fresh. I loved how easily this stayed on my skin and it felt like it allowed my skin to absorb as much of the product as possible. My skin felt really refreshed after this.
Mediheal P.D.F. AC Dressing Ampoules Mask – Value $1
This mask is supposed to help with troubled skin. The main ingredients are centella asiatica, salicylic acid, and triclosan which are supposed to control oil production and soothe irritated skin. There is a ton of serum on this mask and the eye, nose, and mouth holes were slightly large. But the mask is pliable and I was able to position it comfortably on my face. The amount of serum made this mask pretty clingy and I had no issues with this staying in place for 20 minutes. I had some mild irritation and a couple small pimples when I used this. The mask felt really cooling and I noticed a small reduction in redness. This felt a little tingly while it was on which I assume was due to the salicylic acid. I didn’t notice a big change on my problem areas and I think I prefer to use a spot treatment on my pimples instead of applying salicylic acid to my whole face. If you have consistent or all-over acne, I can see this mask being more useful when used on a regular basis. Since I don’t have consistent acne issues, I would worry about irritating my skin with unnecessary treatments.
S Recover Black Charcoal Snail Facial Mask – Value $8.99 (on Amazon)
The second mask from the brand S Recover was a charcoal mask. This mask contained charcoal powder and snail slime filtrate. Snail slime has been popping up in a ton of products lately because it has a lot of nutrients and is supposed to help with anti-aging, repairing damaged skin, hydration, etc. Charcoal is supposed to help pull dirt and bacteria out of your skin. I’ve used charcoal masks in the past and the obvious appeal to a charcoal sheet mask is the same benefits without any mess! The texture of the mask was really different from the other S Recover mask so this doesn’t seem to be the same Tencel fabric. It still stayed on my face without any issues. The big difference I noticed was that it didn’t feel like it had as much product as other masks. It definitely has enough but it wasn’t the type of mask that drips or requires you to rub the extra product in at the end. My skin felt slightly tighter and smoother after using this. I also loved the smell of the blueberry/blackberry fruit. I really enjoyed this as an alternative to a traditional charcoal mask and it was nice to have a mask that provided something other than moisturization in the box.
Dewpiel Defense Mask PORE – Value $3
This mask came folded over plastic mesh which helped the mask hold it’s shape. This had a lot of product on it and was actually a little soapy. The texture was nice and clingy. The description of this mask said it’s meant to remove fine particles on the skin. It’s also supposed to soothe sensitive skin. A few of the ingredients included were witch hazel extract, purslane extract, and tea tree leaf extract. I could really feel these ingredients because this mask was so cool and tingly. On my skin right now it was soothing and moisturizing but I think this would be amazing in hotter months or if you have a little sunburn.
PiggyMom SoakSoak Nose Peel – Value $2
Everything about this mask was hilarious. The name alone made me laugh and, while I normally wouldn’t love being compared to a pig, the illustrations were so cute I didn’t mind at all. My only complaint is that there was no information about this mask on the web listing and there were no English instructions included on the package or in the box. Step 1, 2, and 3 are illustrated but I looked around online for more info on each step. This nose strip trio is meant to remove blackheads, whiteheads, and impurities. I’ve used nose strips before but never a multistep kit. I don’t really have visible blackheads or whiteheads so I rarely use nose strips but I’m always amazed at how much ends up on the little strip.
Strip 1 is supposed to soften the impurities in your pores. This strip smelled a little citrusy but mostly smelled like chemicals. Not overwhelming, just unavoidable. Make sure you pat your nose completely dry before applying because this was soaked in product and slid around a bit. The suggested amount of time to leave it on was 15-20 minutes. I did 20 minutes and it felt really tingly the whole time.
Strip 2 is the closest to a typical drugstore nose strip and this is the step to remove the impurities from your pores. This strip was also bright pink! The suggest time to leave this on is 10-15 minutes. This had a strong pretty strong adhesive. On regular nosestrips you wet them but I didn’t do that with this. It stuck to the moisture from the first strip and I peeled it off after 15 minutes. If you’ve ever used a nose strip before you know that this part is a little painful but pretty satisfying. I don’t have oily skin or visible blackheads but this pulled a small amount of impurities out of my skin.
The 3rd strip is supposed to soothe and tighten your pores. This gel strip did feel really nice after removing the second strip. There was a lot of product on the strip so it was kind of hard to get it to stay in place. But once I did, it added a nice amount of moisture to my skin. I didn’t notice a big difference in the tightening of my pores so I still used a mild toner after removing this.
This was a little more time-consuming than a normal nose strip but I think I got slightly better results. And the cuteness of the packaging is definitely a plus for me.
Verdict: I always enjoy the variety of masks Piibu includes. They always include brands I haven’t tried before and often include ingredients that are new to me. My favorite part of this month was the charcoal mask and the nose peel. As always, there were a ton of hydrating serums in these masks and a nice variety of other ingredients. From what I could find online, I came up with an estimate of about $32 for this box. For a $15 (+$4.95 shipping) box, that seems pretty good. I’m sure if you have access to these in your local store that price wouldn’t seem worth it but I do appreciate that these are always items I haven’t seen in person or tried before. It’s been a nice supplement to my regular skincare routine.
What do you think of Piibu Box?