Memebox is a Korean beauty shop that curates themed boxes and sells beauty products from a variety of brands. Most of these boxes are limited time/stock only.
An important note: Memebox is changing their business model starting May 1st of this year. I will talk about this more at the end. Also, free shipping threshold has increased from $35 to $40.
This review is of the one-time $35 Get Ready With Me Box. This box is sold out. For this particular box, the contents were revealed beforehand.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Memebox
The Cost: Each box varies in price. The Get Ready With Me Box was $35 (Free shipping for orders $40+)
ACTIVE DEAL: Save 10% off your first box!
The Products: Korean beauty products centered around a theme
Ships to: U.S. only
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This box includes an info card. Retail values were not listed on here but they were listed on the product web page.
First things first: these are really nice sheet masks for the price! Bonvivant is one of Memebox's in-house brands. The Madecassoside + Mugwort mask contains watery essence, while the Collagen + Olive mask contains milky essence. Both have an earthy scent that's not too appealing, but the mask fit and texture make up for the fragrance. Each mask is soaked in essence and can stay moist for more than half an hour. Upon removal, my skin feels cold and tingly for a few minutes before returning to normal. For the watery Madecassoside + Mugwort mask, the essence sinks in quickly to a clean finish, leaving skin plump, hydrated, and refreshed. I also notice a reduction in redness. However, for the milky Collagen + Olive mask, the thicker essence takes longer to absorb and leaves my skin feeling minimally tacky. I don't notice any benefits outside of hydration. Overall, though, I get essentially the same experience with these affordable masks as some pricier ones out there.
Bonvivant That Day Mask Pack in #Blemish Care - Value $1.50
Bonvivant's That Day mask series is crafted for "that time of the month." The #Blemish Care mask contains witch hazel extract, Swiss Alpine herbs, mugwort, aloe vera, and lime oil, all designed to battle blemishes and pimples! This essence has a jelly-like texture with a subtle mint-colored tint. Mask fit all right but the mouth hold could be a little bigger. After masking, my skin feels saturated with hydration and the redness on my cheeks wonderfully soothed. However, the essence, likely due to its thick consistency, takes forever to absorb into the skin. When it finally dries, the residue still feels slick and sticky on the skin-- sadly, this mask is not for me.
Scinic Aqua All In One Ampoule 250 ml/8.5 oz - Value $16.98
This is a massive jar of moisturizer that claims to be toner, lotion, and essence all in one. There are tiny beads suspended within the ampoule that dissolve when rubbed into the skin. It has a clean, floral fragrance. One of the most important features for me, as you probably know by now, is how a product feels on my skin. I really like the goopy but lightweight consistency. It also sinks in fairly quickly when applied, leaving face lightly moisturized. However, the finish is slightly tacky on my skin, which doesn't play well with my makeup. My face also feels oilier faster during the day. I will allocate this for nighttime use only.
My one gripe is with the jar packaging. The ampoule comes with a plastic spatula, but this is a huge jar with a runny formula! I don't think it's very hygienic to constantly dip my spatula into the jar. It also won't be ideal to reach in with your hand when the product runs low.
This is a face primer sample trio from Pony Effect. The Hydrate primer is for dry or sensitive skin. It has a cream consistency and sets to a smooth finish. The Moisture & Sebum Control primer is for all skin types, and it has a cream consistency that applies well and sets to a velvety soft finish. The Original primer is for oily skin or large pores, and this is the one I'm most interested in. The texture is thick and crumbly at first but melts into the skin when warmed up in my hand. It sets to a matte, silicone-y finish.
The Original primer smoothes out my pores the most, while both Original and Moisture & Sebum Control primers control oiliness throughout the day. I'm a fan!
It's Skin Babyface Pore Powder 5 g/0.18 oz - Value $9
This is a finishing powder that fills in pores and lines, sets makeup, and reduces oily shine. It does a good job of mattifying my skin and reducing oil production throughout the day. I like that the powder doesn't leave much of a white cast. However, the included puff isn't the best. Also, I like pressed powder over loose powder because it is less messy. If there was a pressed powder version of this, I would totally purchase it. I will gift this to a friend instead.
It's Skin Babyface Natural Eyebrow in 02 Deep Brown 0.3 g/0.01 oz - Value $2.40
This is a twist-up eyebrow pencil with a spoolie brush on one end. It is tapered on one edge, which improves precision. The shade 02 Deep Brown is perfect for my black hair. It was really hard to use at first because it has a thin waxy layer covering the top. Once I rubbed off the outer layer, the pencil became soft, pigmented, and easy to use. I love the convenient spoolie on the other side as well.
I'm Meme I'm Eyeliner in #EL02 Matte Brown deluxe size - Value $5
This is a waterproof and smudgeproof gel liner with a retractable tip. The info card actually describes the full-size version, which comes with a built-in sharpener and brush at the bottom. This is the deluxe size. I love that the eyeliner draws dark, smooth lines without pulling at my lash line. It's super long lasting as well. Only the outer corners look a little smudged at the end of the day. The rest of the look remains pristine, which is quite a feat on my oily lids! I will consider buying the full size when I use up this one!
Pony Effect Stay Fit Matte Lip Color in #Flawless 4.6 g/0.16 oz - Value $19
This is a matte liquid lipstick that contains murumuru seed butter and Brazil nut seed oil to hydrate the lips. #Flawless is a bright red with orange undertones. Just one swipe gives full coverage! The formula is neither hydrating nor drying for about 4 hours, but then my lips start feeling chapped at hour 5. It is budgeproof for the most part but will disappear if you eat greasy food. When removed it leaves a subtle stain. Overall, I love the formula but I've decided that orange does not flatter my skin tone so this will be gifted to a friend.
I'm Meme I'm Stick Shadow in #ES408 Stellar Rose 1.5 g/0.05 oz - Value $11
I love eyeshadow sticks because they're convenient to use, plus I'm a total amateur with brushes. Stellar Rose is a shimmery rose gold. It's a super gorgeous neutral shade for my warm medium skin tone. The formula is amazing, too. It has buildable intensity from a subtle wash of color to full opacity. The shadow lasts for half a day without primer and there is very minimal shimmer fallout. Perfect!
Here are the swatches from left to right: It's Skin eyebrow pencil, I'm Meme eyeliner, Pony Effect lip color, and I'm Meme eyeshadow.
Verdict: This is a superb box! I love the mix of skincare and makeup items. I'm impressed by the quality of the items as well. The total value is around $67, which is almost twice the cost of the box, and this is with sale prices! My favorite discoveries are the I'm Meme Stick Shadow (gorgeous shade!) and the Pony Effect primers. I may have to grab a few extra shades of the shadows on my next Memebox shopping trip... which brings me to the next topic:
Important note: Memebox is changing their business model starting May 1st of this year. There are lots of changes associated with this, such as eliminating their Memepoints and loyalty system and using "partner retailers" to sell products. Future value boxes are up in the air as well. Plus, it sounds like if they do curate boxes it will only be with in-house brands like Pony Effect and I'm Meme.
As someone who was introduced to Memebox through its Memeboxes, I'm bummed that they're not pursuing this model anymore. That said, I'm interested in seeing where they go from here.
What do you think of Memebox?