KoKoStyle K-Beauty Subscription Box Review – September 2018
KoKoStyle is a monthly K-Beauty subscription box from KoKoBox. Each box comes with 2-3 full-size products and also includes a variety of samples/goodies to give you a taste of what’s popular in Korea right now. They cover a wide range of different beauty products, including makeup, skincare, haircare and body care.
In addition to KokoStyle and one-time beauty boxes, KoKoBox also offers KoKoBites, a Korean snack box.
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The Subscription Box: KoKoStyle by KoKoBox
The Cost: $29.99 + free shipping. Save more with a longer subscription!
The Products: A mix of full size and sample size items ranging from makeup, skincare, haircare, and body care.
Ships to: Worldwide; ships from Seoul
Good to Know: This box will occasionally include skin tone specific makeup like BB creams and foundation, so when you subscribe you choose between light beige and dark beige. However, KoKoStyle acknowledges that doesn’t work for everyone:
“Korean makeup can be quite limited for darker skin tones. If you use a darker foundation, please send us a message and we will put an alternative item of the same value in your box.”
KoKoStyle September 2018 Review
This box comes with an info sheet with instructions (in English!) on how to use the products. I always appreciate the English descriptions, especially on a box that ships directly from Korea containing products with few to none English instructions.
The staying power of stains from K-beauty brands is legendary, and I am so excited to have finally received a lip stain in one of my subscription boxes! This features a lip stain with a velvet-like applicator on one end and a sheer lip balm on the other. Cork is a gorgeous berry-red shade, and I felt the berry balanced it enough to keep it from looking too red on my face. Lip stains are notorious for drying out your lips, so before applying I put on a few drops of my Farsali elixir and let it sink in before dabbing the excess moisture off with a tissue. Next, I lined my lips and filled them in. I really love the way the applicator has both a narrow and wide side, making it easy to define my lips without taking forever to fill them in. Once dry, I applied a coat of the lip balm, and I was good to go. This lasted almost all day, and it faded beautifully.
A’pieu is a common K-beauty brand, and I was happy to try out a makeup product from them rather than the usual sheet mask. This is a correcting stick designed to, well, correct skin problems, and the green mint shade is for counteracting redness. To use, you apply it lightly before blending out and then covering with regular concealer or foundation. I thought this blended well, and Lord knows I have more redness than I know what to do with, so this is a happy addition to my makeup arsenal.
Here is the correcting stick swatched above the lip stain. Just below the lip stain, you can see the slightest hint of color from the lip balm.
Age 20’s Aqua Calming Cream
This moisturizer is truly light as air- a little bit goes a long way, and it sinks into my skin almost instantly. I also love how hydrating it is without leaving my skin feeling greasy. I am not familiar with Caulerpa Lentillifera, which is apparently a type of algae, but 30% of this moisturizer is that algae extract. KoKo Box always includes some amazing full-size skincare finds, and I think this is another winner. Normally I have no issue finding the products featured in the box online, but for some reason, this moisturizer was eluding me. I did see a lot of YouTube reviews for a cushion compact the brand offers, so I do think this is a popular k-beauty brand. I really liked the packaging on this—it was hard to see against the white box, but the top of the box had a holographic design on top. Y’all know I love me some holo!
Goodal Sheet Mask in Mugwort – Retail Value $3
I have tried these Goodal masks before thanks to Pink Seoul, but the mugwort variation was new to me. Mugwort is a relative to the daisy, and its presence in this bamboo sheet mask is to soothe and moisturize skin. I found the mask to be soothing and it was fragrance-free, and all around it is a good, basic sheet mask.
Bonus! Aqutop Goat Milk Collagen Sheet Mask
Bonus! Avocado Body Wash & Lotion Sample
Koko Box will usually include a few bonus masks or samples if you give them a shout out on social media or write a review. The body wash and lotion foil pack is generously sized, making it an awesome inclusion on my travel bag for quick trips. I don’t think I have tried goats milk in a sheet mask before, but I found this mask to be incredibly hydrating and soothing—even more so than a regular sheet mask!
Verdict: KoKoStyle is one of my favorite monthly K-Beauty boxes—they always do a great job of including full-size skincare options, and I always feel like you get a good deal for the price you pay. It can be difficult to find the same K-beauty products online, and that was the case this month with the moisturizer. I think it is safe to say the moisturizer is the big-ticket item of the box, but the rest of the products add up to $29.94, which meets the cost of the box on its own.
To Wrap Up:
Can I still get this box if I sign up today? No, the next box you will receive is Octobers’s.
Value Breakdown: This box cost $29.99 and I received 4 items, which breaks down to $7.50 per item.
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