Birchbox Korean Beauty Subscription Box Review + Coupon
Every month, Birchbox lets subscribers pick between a curated box (all samples revealed) or a single sample choice and be surprised by the rest of the items. This review is of the curated On Trend Korean Beauty Box. (If you want to sign up for a Birchbox subscription with this box as your first box – use coupon code KBEAUTY16).
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: Birchbox
The Cost: $10 a month (get one month free and $10 to spend in the shop with an annual subscription!)
COUPON: Use code FIRST15 to save 15% off your first Birchbox purchase and get free shipping on $50+ orders! (Not valid for subscriptions).
The Products: Beauty and lifestyle samples selected by the Birchbox team.
Each box comes with a card detailing the items included and some tips on how to use them.
This mask was refreshing, but I think sheet masks just aren’t my preferred mask – I don’t like the slimy feeling while it is on! I ended up taking this one off a few minutes before I was supposed to, but I still think I got most of the benefits! The remaining formula absorbed quickly and it was gentle on my skin.
Goodal Waterest First Essence – 6 ml – Value $1.20
This product is a gel/liquid hybrid moisturizer. It’s very light and hydrating – I wish the sample was larger!
IPKN New York Flash Cream Radiant Primer – 7 ml Value $4.90
I’ve liked all the IPKN products I’ve sampled from Birchbox, and this one is another winner! It has SPF 15, and a it gives you a very luminous finish.
Goodal Phytowash Yerba Mate Cleansing Foam – 5 ml Value $.70
Goodal Phystowash Yerba Mate Bubble Peeling – 5 ml Value $3.30
Normally I would complain about foil packets, but these are listed as a bonus item on the card. (No complaints about freebies!) I liked both of these cleansers. The cleansing foam had a creamy cleanser consistency, and the bubble peeling cleaner had an expanding foam formula with exfoliation too.
TONYMOLY Delight Tony Tiny – Sample Size Value $2?
This little lip stain has some serious staying power! I wiped off a lot from the applicator before trying it on my lips, so the look was a little more subdued, but I swatched it in full-form below – it’s a lot of pigment!
RE:P Bio Fresh Mask with Real Calming Herb – .7 oz Value $6.30
This is my favorite discovery in the box! When I put it on the formula immediately felt calming and soothing. Then after a few minutes, it began to dry and tighten my skin. (My favorite kind of mask is the kind that I can feel working – so I love masks that dry and tighten!) After wearing it for 10 minutes, I washed it off, and my skin was so clean and smooth! I had a little redness for a minute or two after, but my skin didn’t feel irritated at all.
Verdict: This box has a value of about $20.40 – I think that’s great for a $10 box. (And I’ll get $6 back in Birchbox shop points for reviewing the samples). My favorite thing about picking the curated box this month is that all these samples are new to me! (When you’ve been subscribing to boxes for years, that’s kind of rare!). My favorite item is definitely the RE:P mask, and I’m happy with the sample size of that item too.
What do you think of the January Birchbox? Did you pick a curated box or a sample?