Kira Kira Crate by Japan Crate Review + Coupon – November 2017
Kira Kira Crate from Japan Crate is a new monthly delivery of beauty products directly from Japan. You’ll receive 6-8 full-size products ranging from fragrant lotions and scrubs to fun cosmetics, face masks, and unique new ways to relax.
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This review is of the Kira Kira Crate, $29.00 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: Kira Kira Crate
The Cost: $29 a month + free U.S. shipping. Save with 3, 6, and 12-month subscriptions.
The Products: 6-8 full-size items directly from Japan through a mix of four categories: Daily Care, Cosmetics, Pamper, and Bath & Spa
Ships to: U.S. and International, with the exception of these countries
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Kira Kira Crate always comes with a booklet that describes each item and how to use it which is super helpful since some of the items don’t have English directions.
Malibu Beauty Collection Eyeshadow Palette
Bummer! My eyeshadow palette came with one smashed up eyeshadow color, but it is still usable even though it’s messy. This little foursome has neutral shades to do a subtle smoky eye. The last page of the booklet outlines the process of where to put what colors. Each of the colors from beige to brown has a hint of sparkle to the powder instead of being completely matte. As you can see on the swatches (below the lip gloss), they show very faintly on my pale skin, so you may need to pack it on if you want a more noticeable look.
Malibu Beauty Lip Gloss
Right out of the gate, I’m not a big fan of lip gloss because it’s just so sticky. This is a fun bright coral color that may be better for summer than cold weather months. This gloss seems especially sticky to me, but it is a subtle color once on, so you can spread it on thin to get a soft hue instead of a super pigmented look.
Here’s a swatch of the four eyeshadows and the lip gloss.
Tsum Tsum Snow White Face Mask – Retail Value $4.95
Oh boy! This Snow White Tsum Tsum themed mask has placenta extract in it! Whos placenta? Not too sure, but it only uses the active ingredient found in it (not the actual placenta) to rejuvenate your skin, so it’s not as weird as it sounds. The mask has a pleasant scent to it, unlike a lot of others I have tried. I can’t quite put my finger on it (maybe a slight vanilla?), but it smells more inviting than hand sanitizer (which is what many smell like). I popped this on my face and left it for 15 minutes to let the essence soak into my skin. It’s a standard cloth sheet mask that fits my face well and had just the right amount of gloop. Once I took the mask off, I could feel my skin feel a bit tight and resisted the urge to wash any remaining essence off. They always encourage you to rub in any excess but this one soaked in after a few minutes and I was left with a soft, almost glowing face afterword.
Kumamon Alkaline Bath Salts
Now that it’s frigid outside, I’ll be taking more hot baths and enjoying treatments like these bath salts. The white powder is quite fine, so it dissolves well in hot bath water and gives it a milky color. It brings a very fragrant Cherry Blossom scent that contains ingredients that originate from the Sakura Hot Springs in the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan. That also happens to be where the cover star and mascot, Kumamon, hails from! I’m not the biggest fan of floral scents (I prefer sweets or earthy smells), but this did give off relaxing vibes, and I tried to pretend I was sitting in a hot spring with Kumamon and letting my worries melt away.
Crayon Hand Mask – Retail Value $6?
Yesssss! I’m excited to get my first hand mask! A few friends asked if it the same as baby foot, and I sure hope not! This pack comes with a set of plastic gloves that come connected and are to be cut apart. You then slip your hands into each one which contains a thin cotton layer as well, loaded up with a moisturizing gel. I had to ask my sister-in-law for help with the second one since it was hard to peel the cotton layer apart with one glove already on. You’re supposed to keep these gloves on for 20 minutes, which made me slightly nervous knowing how helpless I feel when I’m waiting for my nails to dry at the salon. The upside to these though is that you can still do a decent amount of things with them on since there’s a plastic layer between the moisturizer and the outside world. Using my smartphone was not one of those things, but would you believe I’m typing with them on?? Sure, I’ve made more typos than usual, but I’m still a functioning adult, drinking coffee, and using my laptop. Once the gloves came off, my hands felt super supple and I noticed that my cuticles (which can get ultra dry) looked a heck of a lot better.
Milrish Silky Shampoo, 500 ml – Retail Value $7.99
I love this packaging! They’ve included a pretty substantial size bottle of this shampoo that’s made with milk and plant extracts to deliver moisture and shine to your hair. I’m also a fan of it coming with a pump built right in for easy dispensing in the shower. This thick, clear shampoo lathered up really well and brought the shine, though it seems to fall a little flat in the volume department.
Verdict: This month’s Kira Kira Crate ended up having three pampering spa-like items, two makeup items, and shampoo for daily care. Even though the eyeshadow showed up damaged, it’s still a great neutral palette to have, and I thoroughly enjoyed using my first hand mask, and getting silky hair from the cow-clad shampoo. The lip gloss was a pass for me, but the face mask and bath salts are always welcomed items from Kira Kira. Per usual, not everything was available to purchase online, so I made some estimates based on similar items, but overall still this box to be a great way to try new beauty products straight from Japan (or sometimes Korea).
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Unfortunately, no. You must sign up by the end of each month to receive the following month’s box.
From Kira Kira’s FAQ:
Orders close at 11:59pm PST on the last day of the month. Any orders placed after then will be dated as the 1st of the following month.
Coupon – Check out all of Japan Crate’s Black Friday deals here! Or, use code MSA3 to save $3 off your first Japan Crate Premium, Doki Doki Crate, Umai Crate, or Kira Kira Crate
Value Breakdown: At $29 for this box, I received six items which shakes out to approximately $4.83 each
What’s your favorite item from this month’s Kira Kira Crate?