Jini Beauty Subscription Box Review – February 2017
Jini Beauty is a bimonthly Korean beauty subscription service that delivers skin care and beauty products specially curated to your skin type. You can choose between Dry/Mature, Normal/Combination, Oily/Acne, and Sensitive/Troubled skin types and you can switch skin types at any time.
Boxes are delivered once every two months. Each box contains 6-8 full size and deluxe size products, 2 sheet masks, and sample packets. Boxes are charged in the middle of the first month and then ship by the 5th of the second month.
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This review is of the Oily/Acne, $44.95 every other month, box.
The Subscription Box: Jini Beauty
The Cost: $44.95 every other month + free U.S. shipping (discounts on longer commitments)
The Products: 6-8 Korean beauty products in full and deluxe sizes, 2 sheet masks, and complimentary sample packets
Ships to: USA and Canada ($8 shipping to Canada)
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Each box comes with an info card that details this month’s selection.
Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Water 8.4 oz + 5.1 oz Refill – Value $51.43
This is a multi-function cleansing water that helps tone, brighten, and moisturize the skin during the cleansing process. I am already familiar with this product because I’ve received multiple samples from Birchbox before. Used with a cotton pad, this cleansing water most effectively removes face makeup such as concealer, foundation, and blush. It’s much weaker in the eye makeup department. Waterproof makeup takes more scrubbing as well. It is doable for sure, but all the rough scrubbing probably isn’t good for the delicate skin around my eyes. There’s no need to rinse after using the cleansing water, but I dislike the slightly greasy residue left on my skin, so I always follow up with regular face wash.
Despite its drawbacks, the Dermaclear Micro Water is a win for me. I don’t wear waterproof eye makeup very often so it’s not an issue. It also works as a quick alternative to my oil cleanser when I want to be lazy. The 8.4 oz bottle retails at $32 and the 5.1 oz refill is around $19.43, so this item alone is worth more than the cost of the box!
Etude House AC Clean Up Pink Powder Mask 20 ml/0.67 oz – Value $3.12
This is a wash-off mask that aims to control water and oil balance in your face. It contains Vitamin E beads to soften dead skin cells, while pink calamine powder helps to soak up excessive oil and provide anti-bacterial and soothing properties. The consistency is similar to thick clay masks. It’s also lightly scented. I have been breaking out recently so I wanted to see if this mask could provide some soothing relief. Unfortunately, my skin remained just as angry and red after use. Maybe I will see some results with extended use.
Tonymoly The Fresh Phytoncide Pore Skin sample – Value $0.40?
The word “skin” in Asian beauty terminology is another name for toner. This toner from Tonymoly contains 100% Hinoki cypress water to help refresh and clear the pores. This itty bitty sample measures 2 inches tall and I doubt it holds more than a couple milliliters of toner. I got four uses out of it. The toner has a subtle fresh scent and feels cooling on the skin. It absorbs very quickly and leaves no residue whatsoever. Best of all, it imparts the perfect amount of hydration for my oily skin, prepping it for my other skincare products like essences and creams. Overall, this is a nice discovery. I just wish the sample was bigger.
Double & Zero Piggy Girl 3-Step Nose Pack – Value $3?
This 3-step nose strip set from Double & Zero helps to remove blackheads and tighten pores. I don’t like nose strips because they make my eyes water when I rip them off! Due to my low pain tolerance, I recruited my boyfriend to assist with this set.
Step 1 is an essence-soaked nose patch that melts sebum, blackheads, and other pore gunk. Step 2 is the actual nose strip. You apply it to a damp nose, and when the strip hardens into a cast, you rip it off to remove all the gunk. Step 3 is another soft patch that tightens pores and soothes the skin from all the mistreatment in Step 2. My boyfriend loved seeing all the white bits that came out of his pores and onto the nose strip. He said it was a satisfying experience and wouldn’t mind doing it again. This is great news for me, too– here’s the perfect opportunity to get him hooked on K-beauty!
A.H.C. The Real Eye Cream For Face 12 ml/0.4 oz – Value $5.81
This is an eye cream that doubles as an intensive face cream. It aims to reduce wrinkles and fight aging with ingredients like fermented collagen, 15% NMF, snail secretion filtrate, and ceramide. This cream is concentrated and highly moisturizing. A little goes a long way, too. It has a bright floral scent that lingers for several minutes. Most of all, I really like how plump my under eyes feel after application.
W.Lab Egg Pore Mask – Value $1.81
This sheet mask contains egg white for pore tightening, peppermint for pore cleansing, and iris extract for elasticity. The fit is decent and the essence smells generally pleasant. After removing the mask, my face feels hydrated and redness looks visibly calmed. My skin does have a slight tackiness to it after the essence fully absorbs but it’s not uncomfortable. I wouldn’t mind using this again.
This cotton mask contains green tea flower essence and is good for oily skin. The eye holes are a little too big; other than that the fit is ok. The fragrance is decent as well. There is a cooling effect that remains through the masking process. After I remove the mask, my skin looks delightfully hydrated and less red. The essence absorbs pretty quickly and leaves barely any sticky residue behind.
Peripera Milk Moist Lip Balm in Peach Milk 0.35 oz – Value $6
Subscribers receive one of three “flavors” of lip balm. I received Peach Milk. Sure enough, the balm smells like peaches and has a subtle peachy pink color. That said, the color is very sheer so it doesn’t show up on my lips. The balm itself is moisturizing without being sticky or thick. I really like the consistency as well. This is the perfect lip balm for carrying around in my purse!
Included in the box but not included on the card are two foil samples. The CosRx sample contains BHA, or salicylic acid, which removes dead skin cells and prevents blackheads with gentle chemical exfoliation. It gets great reviews online and seems to work well for diminishing whiteheads and blackheads.
This is a face primer that helps absorb sebum and cover pores. Unlike other primers that I use, this one doesn’t have that super matte, silicone-y feel to it. It still has a little bit of silicone slip but it also has a watery base. I see a small improvement to the pores on my nose when I use this primer before applying my BB cushion!
Verdict: This month’s Jini Beauty is a treat! The estimated total value is $73.52, which is about 1.5 times the cost of the box. This is in line with their usual box values. While I would like the value to be higher, the curation is great. I also like the mix of products. There are 3 full-size, 2 deluxe-size, 3 single-use, and 2 sample-size items in all. Now, I do wish the Tonymoly toner was bigger. I wouldn’t consider that tiny sample a deluxe item at all. That said, Dr. Jart+ is a rare inclusion in K-beauty boxes so I’m happy to see it in here (and as the full-size product, no less).
What do you think of Jini Beauty?