PinkSeoul Plus Box Review + Coupon – October 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 Plus, $49.95 every two months, box.
The Subscription Box: PinkSeoul Plus
The Cost: $49.95 bi-monthly + free US shipping
COUPON: Save 10% off your first box with code MSA10!
The Products: at least 4 full-sized K-beauty products customized to your skin type and an accessory item
Ships to: USA (free shipping), Canada ($8.95 shipping), and other countries listed here ($15.95 shipping)
Good to know: PinkSeoul and PinkSeoul Plus boxes are delivered every two months depending on which month you signed up. For example, if you signed up in April, your next box will be in May; if you sign up in May your next box will be in June. The boxes are the same for the May/June period, just shipped out at different times.
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add PinkSeoul 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.
The info card always lists the products in the order of recommended usage. Super useful if you’re not sure of where to insert products into your routine or what they’re intended for. Full ingredient listing can be found on their website.
Etude Nail Covers – Retail Value $3.90
These little pink plastic covers attach to your fingers in order to shield nails while they dry. This is definitely one of those sorts of frivolous, slightly gimmicky items, but the idea here is pretty cool. I honestly don’t give myself a manicure often enough that I’d imagine I’ll get much use out of these, though. They’d be great for someone who frequently changes their polish and also leads a pretty busy lifestyle. Gotta protect that mani when you’re on the go!
Nature Republic Aloe Vera Foam Cleanser – Retail Value $8.00
This foaming cleanser has a pleasant aloe scent and clear gel consistency. When massaged into the face with warm water, it creates an impressively rich lather. This cleanser did a wonderful job at removing my eye makeup, and I found it to be gentle and really effective. It even left my face with that satisfyingly squeaky clean feeling.
Etude House Blueberry Mask – Retail Value $1.99
This mask is packed with all the antioxidant goodness that blueberry extract provides. It’s intended to moisturize and provide elasticity to the skin, and I found that to be true after using it for about 15 minutes. The mask sheet was thin and applied to my skin comfortably while the generous amount of serum really packed a punch in the hydration department.
L’Affair Aloe Soothing 3 Step Skin Renewal Mask – Retail Value $2.70 (found on sale here for $2.20)
If you enjoy the aloe foam cleanser, you’ll really love this 3 part skin renewal kit. The little pouch is sectioned off into 3 products: a foaming cleanser, an ampoule soothing solution, and a soothing aloe mask. I began with cleansing my skin and then applying the serum-like soothing liquid. After a bit of a tingling sensation, I went ahead and applied the mask to my face for 15 minutes. Lately, my skin has been quite blotchy, red, and dry, so I was thrilled to see that this mask did seem to calm it down a bit.
Labotica Cleansing Tissue – Retail Value $8.50
I’m a huge fan of cleansing wipes to remove makeup at the end of the day. By the time bedtime rolls around, swiping a cleansing tissue over my face is actually so much easier than doing a full face wash with a messy cleanser and washcloth (maybe that’s why I use the above cleanser in the shower, mostly). These are great for simplifying your night time routine, and the ‘bamboo water’ is ultra gentle.
COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream – Value $12.47
Aloe certainly seems to be a recurring theme in this PinkSeoul Plus box! Though we’re approaching winter and that means that I’ll be spending significantly less time outdoors, it’s still important to me to focus on sun protection. This day cream feels rich but it lightweight enough to wear under makeup.
Natural Pacific Calendula Tincture Toner – Retail Value $15.39 (found on sale here for $13.86)
Toners have been a newfound skincare obsession of mine, so I was very excited to try this product. I feel like toning is a step in the skincare regime that is oftentimes overlooked, but it really does make a huge difference in brightening your complexion! This toner is comprised of 90% calendula water and extract to help hydrate and provide nutrients to your skin. Papaya enzyme and malt extract remove dead skin cells to smooth skin’s surface as well. I used a small amount of this liquid on a cotton round before bed for a few nights, and I’ve begun to notice a difference already. My skin is more even and just… happier.
April Skin Fixing Tint in Peach Crush – Retail Value $11.55
This liquid lipstick is marketed as a long-wearing matte lip stain. The formula is very pigmented and the Peach Crush shade is a pretty coral. Though this hue works year round, I always associate corals in this color family with summer. I found the wear on this lipstick to be pretty great although the formula was slightly drying. It leaves behind a subtle stain as it wear off which is nice!
Verdict: The total value this month is about $65 – more than the $49.95 box cost but under the advertised $80 value. However, considering the many reasons why purchasing individual K-beauty items online is a risk (item authenticity, international shipping costs, and long wait times being among the factors to consider), this box isn’t a bad deal if you’re someone that likes to try quality Korean beauty products from a trusted source and in a convenient way.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? This box is now sold out, as is the November box. Sign up for the January box here (ships on 12/20).
Value Breakdown: At $49.95 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item: 64.5
- Nail Covers: $3.02
- Foam Cleanser: $6.20
- Blueberry Mask: $1.54
- Aloe Soothing Mask: $2.09
- Cleansing Tissue: $6.58
- Sunscreen: $9.66
- Toner: $11.92
- Lip Product: $8.94
What do you think of the PinkSeoul Plus box?