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PinkSeoul Subscription Box Review + Coupon – May/Jun 2016

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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!

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.)



PinkSeoul offers 3 subscription types. The PinkSeoul Box is $39.95 every two months with retail value over $60. The PinkSeoul Plus Box is recommended for subscribers age 35+, $49.95 every two months with 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 review is of the PinkSeoul Box for Oily skin types.


The Subscription Box: PinkSeoul Box

The Cost: $39.95 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 May, your next box will be in June; if you sign up in June your next box will be in July. The boxes are the same for the May/June period, just shipped out at different times.

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Prior to purchasing a subscription, PinkSeoul will ask you several customization questions. Items appropriate for your skin type will be included so be sure to figure out what your skin type is!



The May/June info card gives tips on how to incorporate new skincare products into your routine. It also lists the included products in detail along with how-to-use instructions.


SNP Bird’s Nest Sheet Mask – $3

SNP Diamond Sheet Mask – $3

These were featured in previous PinkSeoul Boxes. The Bird’s Nest one is rich in nutrients while the Diamond one contains sodium hyaluronate, niacinamide, and diamond for hydrating and whitening properties. I love the SNP ampoule mask line for their perfect mask fit and soothing lightweight essence. Best of all, my face doesn’t feel at all tacky afterwards! My only concern is that the heavy fragrance may be off-putting to some.

FYI, whitening in K-beauty terms typically means brightening or improving your skin tone or lightening dark spots. However, there are some cases in which the skincare product cosmetically whitens your skin. From my experience, it just kinda looks like you have a white cast from using sunscreen or finishing powder, or like you’re using foundation two shades too light. The effects are temporary.


A’Pieu Pure Block Aqua Sun Gel – $14.95

This is a very lightweight SPF 50 sunscreen that is perfect for my face! The info card muses that “individuals with oily skin seem to dislike the heavy feeling of sun protection” and I definitely agree with that. This A’Pieu sunscreen absorbs easily, doesn’t leave an oily film on top of the skin, and works well under everyday makeup. I don’t notice any increase in oily sheen throughout the day either.

Skin&Lab Vitamin K Cream – $25

Vitamin K is a major component in making blood clots. I have no idea how it improves the skin moisture barrier but that’s what the info card says! This is a white, lightweight cream and smells faintly herbal. I haven’t seen any visible differences since using the cream but I like the non-sticky texture enough to keep using it.


Tonymoly Cat’s Wink Compact – $15

This is a sebum and oil control powder compact that’s shaped like a cat and has a light fragrance. I love mattifying powders for the summer. This one works well but leaves a white cast on my skin.

Skinfood Black Bean Eye Liner – $5

I’m not a fan of this eyeliner… It’s pigmented but doesn’t stay on my oily lids. It’s great for sensitive eyes and doesn’t bother my contacts, but oh boy does it migrate around my lids like a Slip N’ Slide. Did I mention it likes to slide around my lids? It smudges easily and disappears in a few hours. Boo.


The Face Shop Gold Nail Stickers – $5

These are gold nail stickers with zigzag and line shapes that can spice up regular nails. I’ll be using these on toenails since fingernail polish chips easily for me.

Holika Holika Cuticle Oil – $5

A cute bottle of cuticle oil. It’s always nice to have cuticle oil around to take care of your nails!


Nature Republic Tinted CC Cream samples

CC cream stands for “color control” or “color correcting” cream. These have SPF 30 and provide light hydrating coverage. I believe there is only one available shade.

Heimish All Clean Balm deluxe sample – $2

This is a “first” or oil cleanser from a brand that’s new to me– Heimish. It starts as a solid white balm and smells very pleasant. When you scoop it out and warm it up with fingers, the balm turns into an oil. Finally when you add water after massaging the cleanser onto your skin, the oil turns into a milky liquid and washes off with no greasy residue. Most importantly, this dissolves makeup very well and I’m considering purchasing a full size when my sample runs out!

Verdict: The May/June PinkSeoul Box was great. I love that I got a little bit of everything– makeup, nail products, skincare, face masks..! I also enjoyed trying all the items except for that Skinfood eyeliner. My favorite discovery is the lightweight A’Pieu sunscreen. Total value is about $78, which is almost twice the cost of subscription. If you’re thinking of subscribing to multiple PinkSeoul boxes, it may be helpful to know that there are repeat products among the three subscriptions.

What do you think of PinkSeoul 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.

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.


  1. It is a nice box but for the money I buy Memeboxes. I like knowing what I will get and the values are good. I don’t wear much makeup so those items are always lost on me. When I feel like a surprise, I get Tuttibox or Mishibox as they are less expensive.

  2. Huh whats the accessory item?

    • I think I read on their Instagram that the accessory this month is the nail stickers. Kind of an accessory, I guess? Regardless, I’m excited to receive my box!

  3. I can use that eyeliner (got it in one of the Miss Tutii subs I think?) but only with primer. Otherwise I have the same problem you do.

  4. I love my Tonymoly compact although I too will have a white cast if I am not careful. But it’s so cute! I’m intrigued by the Heimish balm as well. Love a good balm & I’m addicted to Botanic Farm grain ferment but I usually have to pay over $20 for it.

    Nice review. Still watching this box.

    • Thank you! I like the Botanic Farm one too. The Heimish is 120ml and cheaper though so that piqued my interest 🙂

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