PinkSeoul Mask Subscription Review + Coupon- March 2017
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!
PinkSeoul offers 3 subscription types. The PinkSeoul Box is $39.95 every two months with a retail value over $60. The PinkSeoul Plus Box is recommended for subscribers age 35+, $49.95 every two months with a 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 box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This review is of the Oily Skin Type, PinkSeoul Mask, $29.95 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: PinkSeoul Mask Box
The Cost: $29.95 per month + free U.S. shipping
COUPON: Save 10% off your first box with code MSA10
The Products: 10 K-beauty mask products customized to your skin type plus an accessory item or full-size cosmetic/skincare item
Ships to: USA (free shipping), Canada ($8.95 shipping), and other countries listed here ($15.95 shipping)
Good to know: the February box is sold out. If you subscribe today, your first box will ship 3/27.
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Prior to purchasing a subscription, PinkSeoul will ask you several customization questions. Some products are more appropriate/recommended for a particular skin type so be sure to figure out your skin type!
Each box includes a detailed info card. The full ingredient listing can be found on their website.
Calmia Oatmeal Peeling Gel 100 ml/3.4 oz. – Value $16
I’ve received this item from PinkSeoul and PinkSeoul Plus boxes before, and it’s a nice find. Peeling gels are gentle exfoliants that pill up when you massage it into the skin. The pills are a combination of gel and dead skin cells. This one is infused with honey and oatmeal, and it has a 13-free formula. It’s also suitable for sensitive skin. The fragrance is a little too strong for my tastes but I like the results. My face always feels moisturized and smooth after each use. I don’t notice any long-term improvements, but it does help the skin absorb other skincare products afterward.
Koelf Hydrogel Mask in Ruby & Bulgarian Rose – Value $2.38
Subscribers receive one of three Koelf masks based on their skin type and area of concern. This is a two-piece hydrogel mask that aims to help clear and moisturize the skin. What’s extra cool about this mask is that the hydrogel is aesthetically pleasing– it’s made of light pink gel with a slight golden sheen, which gives it a subtle rose gold tint. The material adheres really well to the skin, as are most hydrogels. The essence is watery and has a light scent. After use, my skin feels super plump and well-hydrated, but I detect no other immediate improvements to the skin. The good news is the essence sinks in very quickly and leaves a smooth, matte finish, which I love.
Leaders Illuminating Treatment Mask – Value $5
I’m always excited about Leaders masks. This one is a cotton sheet mask that “provides an intense brightening system for dull skin.” It also contains Portulaca oleracea extract to help even the skin tone. The fragrance is ok but may be a little strong for more sensitive noses. The mask fit is great. After use, my skin looks smoother, brighter, more even toned. The gel-like essence leaves skin slightly tacky, but it is still comfortable enough to leave on overnight.
This cotton mask contains essence that can penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin to form a protective film and to prevent loss of elasticity and moisture. It smells exactly like the toner from my March/April 2017 PinkSeoul Plus Box— a strong, sharp floral. I’m not a huge fan. The fit is great, and the watery essence imparts a cooling effect on my skin that lasts for the duration of wear. My skin has a healthy lit-from-within glow afterward. However, the essence dries to an uncomfortably sticky finish, which I do not like.
Petitfee Silk Amino Serum Mask – Value $1.61
This cotton mask contains silk amino essence, cocoon protein, and vegetable worm extracts(!?) to help the skin glow. It has a light fragrance, milky gel essence, and great mask fit. After masking, the essence sinks in within a few minutes, leaving my skin super hydrated and plump. The finish is lightweight and a tad bit tacky at first, but it’s not enough to be bothersome. In fact, after half an hour the tackiness disappears completely, leaving only velvety soft skin. I really like this one!
It’s Skin Snail Moisture Mask Sheet – Value $3
This mask aims to firm and provide nutrients to your skin. It contains snail secretion filtrate, which helps with overall skin tone, skin cell regeneration, and replenishing moisture. It has a soft floral fragrance and drippy essence. The mask fit is average. After use, my face feels sufficiently hydrated and looks more even toned. Best of all, the essence sinks in very quickly and sets to a weightless, matte finish, making it great for applying makeup or skincare afterward.
It’s Skin Fresh Sheet Mask in Tea Tree – Listed Value $2
Subscribers receive one of three It’s Skin masks based on their skin type and area of concern. This one is very similar to the Snail Moisture mask but it has a robust rubbing alcohol scent that may be off-putting for some people. The mask fit is average– the piece around my mouth and nose kept lifting off of the skin whenever my face muscles moved. It contains watery essence, but the mask isn’t oversaturated so there’s no dripping. Once removed, my skin looks brighter and calmer. The essence sinks in quickly and sets to a weightless, matte finish.
Jeju Volcanic Island Sheet Mask in Narcissus – Value $1.95
Jeju Volcanic Island Sheet Mask in Green Tea Flower – Value $1.95
Subscribers receive two of four Welcos masks based on their skin type and area of concern. The Narcissus mask has moisturizing and nourishing properties while the Green Tea Flower mask provides skin purifying and strengthening properties. I’m not a fan of the herbal fragrance from the Narcissus mask. The essence is gel-like, while the mask fit is average (the eye holes are too big and the material is a little too floppy). Both masks impart a light cooling sensation that lasts through the masking session. Afterward, my skin looks less red, more even toned, and saturated with hydration. However, while the Green Tea Flower essence dries to a comfortable finish, the Narcissus essence leaves a tacky finish.
Secret Key Nature Recipe Sheet Mask in Honey – Value $2.61
Secret Key Nature Recipe Sheet Mask in Tea Tree – Value $2.61
Subscribers receive two of five Secret Key masks based on their skin type and area of concern. I received Honey, which has moisturizing and nourishing properties, and Tea Tree, which helps sensitive and troubled (AKA acne-prone) skin. Both masks hold watery essence and have a decent fit. Also, both contain pleasant but artificial-smelling fragrances. After use, my skin looks brighter and calmer than before. There is a temporary skin-plumping effect as well due to the highly moisturizing properties. The essence dries quickly and sets to a smooth, soft finish with no stickiness at all.
Verdict: The total value is around $44, which is much higher than the cost of the box. I’m very happy with the full-size Calmia peeling gel. My favorite finds are the Koelf and Petittee masks. Most of the masks work well for my picky skin, too. That said, the curation isn’t as novel or exciting as previous months, which is something PinkSeoul is generally great at. I would love to see more unique products like bio-cellulose or modeling masks or even 3-step mask kits in the future.
What do you think of PinkSeoul Mask Box?