Miss Tutii TutiiBag Subscription Review – August 2017
Miss Tutii is an international beauty subscription featuring popular products from Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. There are two subscription options: TutiiBag, which includes 4-5 full-size or deluxe beauty samples and TutiiMask, which includes 6-8 various masks.
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This review is of the TutiiBag, $15 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: Miss Tutii TutiiBag
The Cost: TutiiMask ($12.95/month, receive 6-8 masks) or TutiiBag ($15/month, receive 4-5 deluxe samples and/or full sized products). Save with 6 and 12-month prepaid subscriptions.
The Products: Popular skincare products, masks, and other beauty items from Asia!
Ships to: U.S. (free), Canada ($5.95), International ($10.95)
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The bag came with this information card. This month it did have some directions for the items, which was useful since a lot of the items had very little English on them.
Farm Stay Snail Repair Eye Cream (40 g, full size!) – Value $5.98
It seems to me that the K-beauty makers of eye creams follow the complete opposite approach to Western companies. Eye creams usually sold in the US are tiny and inexpensive. But this tube is huge and inexpensive. I am actually still working on the last eye cream from Tutiibag (which was also in a huge tube), but I did give this a try last night and this morning. It is a lightweight, opaque (white) cream and it absorbed into my skin nicely. I can’t say I saw any effects right away but I will give it time. This has snail mucin extract, which contains polymers that hold on to a lot of water, thus moisturizing the skin. Also, I found it to be quite gentle and non-irritating (and, thankfully, unscented).
Etude House AC Clean Up Toner (30 mL) – Value $2.25 (buy 200 mL for $15)
This is an alcohol-based toner. I may be unpopular for saying so, but I actually like alcohol-based toners, especially in the summer. (And you can definitely tell when you use it, especially if you’ve been using non-alcohol toners for awhile.) It did a really good job at controlling oil and prepping my skin for makeup. This also has tea tree oil (great for controlling breakouts), papaya extract (has some digestive enzymes that help exfoliate the skin), and garlic and onion extracts, which I think is kind of weird (it doesn’t smell like garlic or onion, though) but possibly provides a source of sulfur, which is good at clearing up breakouts as well.
A’Pieu Icing Sweet Bar Sheet Mask in Watermelon – Value $1.70
Can you believe I actually ran out of sheet masks awhile back (I’ve been working through my stash of clay masks and other wash-off masks instead)? So it was nice to get one. (Actually, this subscription usually contains one sheet mask per month.) Anyway, like other A’Pieu melon-based masks, this one smells wonderful. The mask fabric was a bit flimsy and there was a TON of serum. It took a long time for the serum to dry on my face after I used this. This has sea water (source of moisture and minerals) as well as watermelon and pomegranate extracts, which are both great sources of antioxidants. This was moisturizing and not sticky.
So I think I kind of messed up here. The information card was somewhat unclear and these had a #1 and #2 next to them, so I used them together, one after the other. After looking at the Etude House site, I am pretty sure they are meant to be used separately as they are two different products you can order on two different product pages. Now that I know, I can go back and try to get it right on another day!
Anyway, these are face primers and I think they may not be right for my skin type and makeup goals. They have little bits in them that are like shimmery, floating beads of powdered product (seems to be mostly titanium dioxide from looking at the ingredients list; this is often used as a white pigment in industrial settings, personal care products, etc.). I think the idea is that you are applying this pigment to your face to provide a “glow” and possibly to do some color correction. In actuality, I did not always pick up much of the pigment when I dipped my finger into the product, and I mostly got the clear gel on my face, and this was totally not the right texture of product to provide a base for my makeup, at least for my own skin type (combination with an oily t-zone). I’m giving this another chance, though, because I think I may have used too much. (You do not need to use every last bit in the blister pack!)
Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream (10 mL) – Value $8.40 (buy 50 mL for $42)
This was a nice gel moisturizer. It’s a good texture and weight for summer in the South. It has mineral water, quinoa extract (which has vitamins A, C, and E, all of which are antioxidants), squalane from olive (botanical-based oil moisturizer), and tillandsia extract (that is, air plant extract! it is believed to draw in and retain moisture).
Verdict: I calculated a value of $18.83 for the August 2017 TutiiBag. Prices on K-beauty items vary widely so you could probably calculate a lower price as well as a higher one, depending on which search results you clicked on. I tried to take representative, mid-range prices. Anyway, that’s a little above the cost of the subscription and it did include a full-size product. Everything worked well for me except the primer/base, and even though I am familiar with all of these brands, the products, themselves, were new to me.