Jini Beauty Subscription Box Review – April 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.
Tosowoong Black Sugar Facial Scrub 160 g/5.6 oz. – Value $12
This is a facial scrub that aims to remove blackheads and dead skin cells. The brown sugar helps to exfoliate while the sunflower seed oil moisturizes. It smells and feels like brown sugar, and the grains are fine enough so that they don’t feel too rough to the skin. I used it as a scrub and a mask (left on for 10 min) and got good results from both methods. My skin felt smoother and more hydrated after use. However, it also leaves a slight film over the skin which I assume is the sunflower seed oil in action. The film is not bothersome; in fact, it helps to seal in moisture without being greasy. I didn’t see any improvements in acne or skin pigmentation after use, but the changes, if any, are likely only noticeable with prolonged use.
SU:M37 Water-full Skin Refresher sample – Value $1?
SU:M37 Water-full Rebalancing Gel Lotion sample – Value $2?
SU:M37 is a higher-end K-beauty brand that specialized in using fermented ingredients. Their Water-full line features products that “provide lightweight yet effective moisture to skin.” Ingredients include bamboo water, red clover flower extract, hibiscus extract, and honeysuckle. The Skin Refresher is a toner that has a light, fresh scent. It is a clear watery liquid that feels wonderful on the skin, hydrates just enough to prevent skin from feeling tight, and dries to a weightless finish. The Rebalancing Gel Lotion is a watery gel cream that has the same fresh scent and delivers a boost of hydration without feeling heavy or greasy on my skin. Both products feel comfortable on my oily skin and work well under makeup. I’m a fan!
Etude House AC Clean Up Gel Lotion 200 ml/6.76 oz. – Value $14.38
This is an emulsion with a lightweight gel-based formula that helps moisturize oily skin without any greasiness. Notable ingredients include salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and madecassoside, which are all great for combating acne. I love everything about the consistency and finish of this product. The consistency is very similar to the SU:M37 Rebalancing Gel Lotion— a lightweight, watery gel cream. It smells slightly astringent but mostly pleasant to the senses. It takes a few minutes to sink in completely, but once it does it dries to a completely soft, matte finish, leaving a silicone primer-like feeling behind. I only wish the bottle came with a pump!
Berrisom Water Bomb Jelly Mask in Pore Care – Value $2.68
This cotton mask aims to hydrate skin with its special jelly essence, which cleanses, refines and tightens pores. The mask smells like sparkling fruit juice and the fit is nice. The jelly essence is thicker and more viscous than typical mask essences. I was intimidated at first because thick formulas usually end up being very sticky. I was pleasantly surprised, however, when it dried down after umpteen minutes to a soft, non-sticky, and lightweight finish! My skin also looked brighter and more even toned. Count me impressed.
Leaders EX Solution AC-Calming Mild Cotton Mask – Value $0.51 USD
Ironically, this sheet mask has thinner essence than the Berrisom one but dries down to a very sticky finish. It aims to address oily skin problems like excessive sebum and rough patches. The mask fit is amazing and the fragrance is manageable. After use, my skin felt very hydrated and calmed. There was a noticeable decrease in redness as well. However, the sticky essence felt very uncomfortable, so I had to wash it off.
Peripera Blur Pang Banana Milk Blur 1.7 oz. – Value $14
This is a face primer that blurs the skin by covering blemishes and large pores and by lightening uneven skin tone or redness. Intriguing ingredients include natural banana extract, New Zealand bovine colostrum, and Jeju goat milk. The pale yellow primer really does brighten my skin tone and blur out discoloration. It also has a subtle bleaching effect on my skin since the color is so pale, but that effect vanishes after I layer on concealer and BB cream. I can also use it as a blemish concealer if I’m in a pinch, and it handles the redness really well. I’m really happy with this find.
Mediheal Hair Sheep Steam Mask – Value $5.25
This is a DIY steam pack that aims to tackle split ends, frizz, and damage to get “salon style results.” You simply wrap the mask over your head, massage the treatment cream into your clean, towel dried hair, and leave on for 10-15 minutes. I’ve never done salon hair treatments before so I have nothing to compare this experience to, but I didn’t really enjoy the experience. It looks similar to a hand or foot mask with cream soaked into the cotton lining on the inside. It’s also very roomy inside; I bet it can accommodate most hairstyles, especially long or voluminous ones. The mask has a really sharp fragrance that’s actually a bit stinky. I do like the cute sheep pattern printed onto the plastic, but it does not make up for how much I struggled with putting it over my head. After use, I rinsed the mask from my hair and found it very easy to brush through. After blow drying, my strands looked silkier and my ends were less ragged. Overall, I like the concept and the results but the mask fit could be improved.
This is a clear mascara that can be used as a primer or by itself for a natural look. It aims to provide moisture and nutrition to the lashes. I have the three tragic S’s when it comes to eyelashes: sparse, short, and straight. Therefore, I look for mascaras that give length, volume, AND can hold a curl. The good news is this mascara does not irritate my contacts like most others do, but that’s about it! The formula is a little wet and takes a minute to dry. It holds a curl for one or two hours, but it’s nothing to write home about. I will use this as a lengthening primer, though.
Skinfood Watery Berry Emulsion sample
These complimentary samples are not listed on the card. The Skinfood Watery Berry Emulsion is a lotion of light to medium weight. It’s hydrating without any greasy feelings afterward. The Missha cleansing foam is your typical foaming face wash with a pleasant smell and decent cleansing action. It does not remove waterproof makeup, but it does make my face feel clean and lightly hydrated afterward.
Verdict: This is one of the best boxes I’ve ever received from Jini Beauty. The curation was really tailored to my tastes this month! I discovered so many new products that work really well for my skin. Now that it’s getting warmer, I require lightweight hydrators more than ever, and the Etude House lotion will definitely be on rotation. The Peripera primer will also come in handy to cover all the blemishes I’ve been getting recently. The total value is around $57, which is actually on the lower spectrum of their usual boxes, but I feel like I got my money’s worth.
What do you think of Jini Beauty?