Piibu K-Beauty Subscription Review + Coupon – January 2018
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About Piibu Box
The Subscription Box: Piibu Box
The Cost: $20 a month + free shipping. Save with 6 and 12-month subscription plans
COUPON: Use code MSA10OFF to 10% off your first box!
The Products: 8-10 Korean face masks
Ships to: U.S. only
Piibu Box January 2018 Review
Each Piibu Box does not come with an information card. Their website does list items included in each box, but I’ve found that updates there are several months behind.
Onto the masks:
This black sheet mask contains an amino acid complex with serine, propolis, and honey. I had to do some research to figure out what propolis is, and it turns out that it’s “bee glue.” Cool? Propolis is a substance that honeybees produce by mixing saliva and beeswax with exudate gathered from tree buds, sap flows, or other botanical sources. It has significant healing properties and is used to treat many ailments. Interesting! Only makes sense that it would be found as an ingredient in this amino mask. I found the essence on this sheet mask to be very clear and thick, and the sheet was just generally pretty wet too. Its eye, nose, and mouth holes were pretty small allowing for a close fit (appreciated!). My skin felt fresh and hydrated upon removing, but nothing dramatic to report.
Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask, Bija – Retail Value $1.80
This mask felt noticeably lesser in quality than the propolis mask. The sheet was a bit rigid, but it ended up adhering to my face nicely. Its scent was pleasantly clean, and maybe slightly herbal…? Hard to place the smell exactly, but it was nice! This was another very wet mask, but, unlike the propolis mask, its serum was very thin and watery. Again, no apparent results aside from a fresher, more moisturized face. I’ll take it, though!
Leaders Insolution Caribbean Coconut Calming Mask – Retail Value $4.62
Gotta say this mask was my favorite of the bunch! It’s a little tricky to put on, but the results were immediate. In order to access the mask itself, you must unfold and peel the paper backing off of both sides to reveal the jelly-like biocellulose sheet. It was a little difficult to remove this backing since the mask sheet is very thin and delicate. However, once I applied it to my face, it really stuck. The fit was so comfortable that is almost felt like it perfectly conformed to my features. The scent was lightly coconut-y but not sweet or overbearing. I left this one on for a full 30 minutes since it was so comfy, and my skin soaked up all the essence goodness leaving behind soft, smooth skin.
This one wasn’t all that impressive to me, to be honest. It had a very sweet, artificial peach scent that sort of gave me a headache. Still, it was comfortable, and I applied this one in the bath which made the overall experience pretty enjoyable!
I reviewed the Pineapple version of this mask in last month’s Piibu box. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the orange version provided a similar experience, just, you know, with a different scent. I still love the adorable packaging, and it makes me excited for winter to be over. SO ready for summer and popsicles! This mask claims that ocean water gives tired skin high hydration and vitality and that a transparent and soft Tencel sheet delivers the ingredients more effectively. I did find it to be comfy, and I’d recommend this mask to anyone who wants some added moisture (provided that you don’t mind sweet scents).
With snail secretion filtrate and white flower complex, this mask boasts brightening and skin-clearing properties. I’ve used many snail mucus masks in the past, but sometimes the concept of applying this particular ingredient to my face still catches me off guard. Anyway… I enjoyed this one! This mask sheet was on the thicker side, so it was able to soak in and hold lots of product. And it weirdly smelled a whole lot like soap. It was a good size for my face, and I appreciated the longer than usual nose flap. Most importantly, it left my skin glowy!
Nature Republic Real Nature Hydrogel Mask, Argan – Retail Value $2.25
This Argan Hydrogel Mask claims to be nourishing and moisturizing while the argan plant’s properties ease inflammation and balance skin tone. It is a gel-like mask, so you must peel away backing to reveal the hydrating sheet. I guess I’m now incredibly partial to this type of sheet mask because this was another one that I enjoyed a lot! The gel was cooling, firming, and hydrating on my skin. It left my face looking super moisturized and plump! Perfect for dry winter days.
Nature Republic Real Nature Hydrogel Mask, Chamomile – Retail Value $2.25
Same deal as the above mask, but the chamomile variety focused on soothing while also improving elasticity. I didn’t find it to differ much from the argan variation, but that’s okay — I still loved the feel of this jelly-esque mask on my face and the tightened, calm, and balanced complexion that it left behind.
Verdict: I’m loving Piibu Box! Each month comes with a nicely curated assortment of masks that treat a range of issues, and I really enjoy the thrill that comes with testing each mask. As I’ve mentioned in the past, however, I REALLY wish that they would include an info card that details each mask’s name, value, and ingredients. Some masks come with no discernible ingredient lists to translate on their packaging.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will receive the March box. Sign up by the 21st of each month to get the next month’s box.
Coupon – Use code MSA10OFF to 10% off your first box!
Value Breakdown: This box cost me $20.00 including free shipping, which means that each of the 8 items in the box has an average cost of $2.50.
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