3B Box Subscription Box Review – March 2016

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3B Box is a monthly subscription box that helps you discover popular Asian beauty products.

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



The Subscription Box: 3B Box

The Cost: $12 per month

The Products: 4-5 sample- and full-size Asian beauty products

Ships to: US

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Each bag comes with a helpful info card that I recommend keeping safe if there aren’t English instructions on product packaging.


Dermal Dream Sea Cucumber Supreme Mask – $4 (on sale for $1)

Dermal Dream is a new brand to me. Although I’ve eaten sea cucumbers before (they taste ok) I wasn’t sure what nutritional benefits to expect from a sheet mask. This mask contains collagen, arginine, and alanine for anti-aging and brightening effects. It also has “refined sea snail serum” to nourish, moisturize, and lift the skin. It has a citrusy scent when I first applied it to my face that disappeared after several minutes. I like how the mask fits on my small-ish face: no extra material sagging under my chin, and eye holes are properly placed. After the mask was off my face felt hydrated and plump. Best of all it didn’t feel sticky afterwards, which is one of my biggest sheet mask pet peeves.

Skinfood My Shortcake Setting Mascara – $7.99

This Skinfood mascara claims to make lashes thicker, longer, and darker. It gives my lashes some nice volume and length but doesn’t flake. It also dries pretty quickly but can get clumpy if you’re awful at applying mascara like I am. The majority of mascaras I’ve tried irritate my contacts and this one was no exception. It had to be removed after a few hours, so sadly I can’t attest to the formula’s longevity or smudge-ableness.



CosRx Blackhead Silk Finger Balls – $5

These are 100% silk balls that are meant for gentle exfoliation and removing sebum and blackheads. First you soak the balls in warm water for 2-3 minutes. Then, put in on your finger and massage the face or in target areas. Each ball can probably be used two or three times before you chuck them. There are twelve finger balls total. I currently don’t have any blackheads to test out that claim, but the balls are silky soft and fun to experiment with.


Secret Key Witch Hazel Pore Clear Toner 248ml/8.4oz – $18 (on sale for $10)

Secret Key is a great, inexpensive Korean brand. Witch hazel is an astringent and anti-inflammatory and is perfect to use on my oily/acne-prone skin type. I’ve already incorporated this into my skincare routine. It has a medium-strength floral scent that may be off-putting to more sensitive users. Alcohol is also the second ingredient, so those who try to avoid alcohol in their skincare should be aware. The toner feels moisturizing and dries quickly. The scent is slowly growing on me.

Verdict: I think this month’s 3B Box is amazing, especially compared to last month’s! All four items were full size and the Secret Key toner is very compatible with my skin. I also discovered a new awesome non-sticky mask brand, Dermal Dream. Total retail value is about $35, or $24 if you count sale prices. Either way it’s at least double the cost of subscription. 

I’ll say it again: the thing about Asian beauty is that it’s hard to determine a true retail value. Similarly, you can find individual items received in subscription boxes for cheaper on internationally-based retailers or on Amazon. Cheaper prices, however, do not account for other factors such as shipping costs, slow international shipping time, or item authenticity. I enjoy subscription boxes, especially 3B Box, for curating and shipping those items to me without having to hassle about comparison shopping and shipping charges.

What do you think of this month’s 3B Box?

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.

Posted in 3B Box Reviews, Beauty Subscription Boxes, Makeup Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: 3b box | 4 comments


  1. I really love this subscription box. I’ve been getting it for 4 months and I’ve been really happy with each one, with the exception of last months, which was still ok. This months is awesome! Those silk finger balls are so different and neat to try, I actually think they work too. I used it for targeted application on my nose and chin and the black heads are gone! Haven’t tried the toner yet, or the mask, but the mascara is nice. It really separates and darkens my lashes. I have pretty long lashes and it makes them pop. Haven’t worn it all day yet but seems like a good mascara! I definetly recommend this subscription!

  2. This box looks like a great deal to me with stuff I would like to try. I’m on the waitlist.

  3. I love the toners I’ve tried from Secret Key. This witch hazel and the milk one are my favorites. I think the silk finger balls are really more of a novelty. They do ok but I wouldn’t buy them again. Peeling gels work best for me in that area. You can wash and use them more than once, though.

  4. I really enjoy 3B box and been a subscriber since month 1 when they launched over a year ago. for the price of $12 a month and the products they curates it is worth the money to get this box. the products are nice and usually at least a couple of full size items too. and love exploring new products. i have to say this that lately it is mostly korean products and i’m still happy with it all!

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