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Sooni Pouch K-Beauty Subscription Review + Coupon – October 2018

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakNov 19, 2018 | 3 comments

Sooni Pouch October 2018 - Box Front

Sooni Pouch
4.5 overall rating
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Sooni Pouch is a Korean beauty monthly subscription box that features skincare, makeup, face masks, and more. They offer three different subscription levels: the Sooni Pouch box is $35.99 and includes 8 full-size or deluxe sample size products with a promised value of over $100. The Sooni Mini Pouch is $19.99 and includes 3-4 full-size or deluxe sample size products with a promised value of over $60. The Sooni Mask Pouch is $9.99 and includes 6-8 sheet masks with a promised value of over $30.

This is a review of the Sooni Pouch, $35.99 a month, box.

Sooni Pouch October 2018 - Box Open Front 1Sooni Pouch October 2018 - Box Open Front 2

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.)

Sooni Pouch October 2018 - All Products Front

About This Box

The Subscription Box: Sooni Pouch

The Cost: $35.99 + free US shipping

COUPON: Use code FAMILY to save 10% off your first box!

The Products: 8 full-size or deluxe sample size K-Beauty products, plus other goodies

Ships to: the US for free, Worldwide for an additional cost

Sooni Pouch October 2018 Review

Sooni Pouch October 2018 - Info Card Front

On one side of the info card is a note that my pouch was prepared by Jane!

Sooni Pouch October 2018 - Info Sheet Front

Here is the info sheet for the box. There was a lot of overlap between the Sooni Mini Pouch and the Sooni Pouch. First up, let’s look at all of the items that came in both boxes.

Sooni Pouch October 2018 - Moksha Honey Charcoal Peel-Off Mask FrontSooni Pouch October 2018 - Moksha Honey Charcoal Peel-Off Mask Back Closer

Moksha Honey Charcoal Peel-Off Mask, 3.38 oz – Retail Value $13

Oh boy, I was not prepared for this mask. I figured to test it out I would apply it to my nose and parts of my cheeks, and then try to peel it off in one piece because that is always fun. This was the opposite of fun—this HURT! This mask sticks to your skin and does not want to leave. Putting it on my sensitive cheeks was a big mistake, and my cheeks were bright red and irritated for the rest of the night and part of the next morning. My nose, though, was flawless. This pulled out every piece of gunk it could find out of my pores, and it even gave me a light nose wax upon inspection of the peeled off mask. While I will probably use this again due to the impressive results, this is definitely a nose only kind of mask. Also, this has alcohol on the ingredients list, and when I first started to apply the mask the alcohol scent was pretty strong. Luckily, the scent faded quickly.

Sooni Pouch October 2018 - Etude House Soon Jung Skin Care Trial Kit Box FrontSooni Pouch October 2018 - Etude House Soon Jung Skin Care Trial Kit Side BoxSooni Pouch October 2018 - Etude House Soon Jung Skin Care Trial Kit Box Contents Front

Etude House Soon Jung Skin Care Trial Kit – Retail Value $8.90

Sooni Pouch lists all the items in this kit separately on the info card, but I am collectively listing it as one because it came in a set. I like that we got a full trial kit, too! This came with a moisturizer, a balm, a toner, and an emulsion. I found the entire system to be very gentle and hydrating, but I don’t think I saw enough results to make me want to seek the full-size version of these products out.

Sooni Pouch October 2018 - Feferafe Ice Cream Mask Front

Feferafe Ice Cream Mask – Retail Value $4

I was so stoked when I pulled this mask out of the box! Along with the fun ice cream theme, this is made with green tea extract, strawberry extract, and niacinamide to brighten your complexion. Niacinamide is one of those ingredients that my skin absolutely loves, and I do think my face looked brighter after using. My only real complaint is that this didn’t smell like ice cream- I would have loved that!

Sooni Pouch October 2018 - Missha Pure Source Pocket Pack in Rice Front

Missha Pure Source Pocket Pack in Rice, 10 mL – Retail Value $2.10 (1.85 €)

This is a peeling gel that is supposed to help exfoliate the dead skin cells off your face without being harsh on your skin. This did provide a mild exfoliation, and this was a good pairing with the next item.

Sooni Pouch October 2018 - Mediheal Vita Lightbeam Essential Mask Front

Mediheal Collagen Impact Essential Mask – Retail Value $3 (found here for $1.50)

Mediheal is a popular K-Beauty skincare brand that I recently discovered thanks to the Sooni Mask Pouch. This is made with marine collagen to help soothe tired and irritated skin, which definitely describe my face right now – the combination of law school finals and the colder weather are really doing a number on my face! This was a soothing sheet mask to wear and my face felt a lot more hydrated after using.

Now let’s look at the additional items that come only in the Sooni Pouch Box:

Sooni Pouch October 2018 - Dewytree Micro-Bubble Maker Pump Box FrontSooni Pouch October 2018 - Dewytree Micro-Bubble Maker Pump FrontSooni Pouch October 2018 - Dewytree Micro-Bubble Maker Pump Box Open Closer

Dewytree Micro-Bubble Maker Pump

This is a pump that you use to turn your regular cleanser into a foaming cleanser with only a little added water. This was a fun gimmick, but I don’t need a foam cleanser to the point of going through the hassle of pumping this when I can just squirt and go. It is definitely a fun and unique product inclusion, though!

Sooni Pouch October 2018 - A’Pieu Mini Star Pearl Shadow FrontSooni Pouch October 2018 - A’Pieu Mini Star Pearl Shadow Open Top

A’Pieu Mini Star Pearl Shadow, 1.2 g – Retail Value $5.90 (found here for $5.31)

I am happy to try out a K-beauty eyeshadow, but I wasn’t impressed with the packaging on this- it was hard to get to the actual product, and it was messy when I tapped some out on a surface. This provided a very light shimmer that would be a good inner eye highlight or eyeshadow sparkle topper, but it doesn’t provide pigment on its own.

Here it is swatched.

Sooni Pouch October 2018 - Swatch Closer

Here it is swatched. As I said, it is very light.

Sooni Pouch October 2018 - Nature Republic Argan Hair Essence Front

Nature Republic Argan Hair Essence, 90 g – Retail Value $10 (found here for $8.50)

I don’t think I have ever received a hair product in a k-beauty box (and I get a lot!), so this was a fun treat. As the name suggests, this is made with argan oil and my hair absolutely soaks this light oil up. I have been applying it to damp hair before I comb it, concentrated on my top layer of curls that gets the driest. It helps keep my hair soft and shiny, and I will be using every last drop.

Sooni Pouch October 2018 - Mediheal Collagen Impact Essential Mask Front

Mediheal Collagen Impact Essential Mask – Retail Value $3.50 (found here for $1.75)

This is made with marine collagen to help soothe tired and irritated skin, which definitely describe my face right now – the combination of law school finals and the colder weather are really doing a number on my face! This was a soothing sheet mask to wear and my face felt a lot more hydrated after using.

 The Verdict: I think the biggest win this month is that almost all of the products in my Sooni Pouch could be found online! I really loved the argan oil for my hair and the super effective (though painful) pore mask. Overall, I thought this was a fun mix of beauty and skincare, and I enjoyed trying all of them. Value-wise, Sooni Pouch promises a value of over $100 and I was able to find a value for everything except the foam pump, which added up to $50.40. I don’t think that is worth $50, so it is safe to say they did not meet their $100 promise. That being said, I am happy with the value of the products I received. Considering this box costs $35.99 including free shipping and I received 9 items (counting the etude house products as one set), including multiple full-size skincare products, overall this is a fun box. I would like to see more well-known brands included in the future, but I am looking forward to next month’s box.

To Wrap Up:

Can you get this box if you sign up today? No, I believe November boxes are now shipping.

Coupon – Use code FAMILY to save 10% off your first box!

Value Breakdown: This box costs $35.99 + free US shipping, which means that each of the 9 items in the box (counting the etude house samples as one collective set) has an average cost of $4.

Check out all of our Sooni Pouch reviews and the K-Beauty Subscription Box List for similar boxes!

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"Sooni Pouch is a monthly K-beauty subscription box that lets you sample full-sized products and deluxe samples of Korean skincare and makeup that may be hard to get in the US. There are three options: Sooni Mask Pouch ($9.99/mo) with 6-7 masks, Sooni Mini Pouch ($19.99/mo) with 3-4 full-sized produ... read more.
Jessica Hapak
Jessica Hapak
I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza and when I’m not working as a family law attorney I enjoy hiking the Louisiana trails (alligator sightings are a favorite!) or relaxing with Duchess, my cat. I’m a sucker for anything labeled a mystery box and I’ve never met a bath bomb I didn’t like.

Jessica Hapak
Jessica Hapak
I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza and when I’m not working as a family law attorney I enjoy hiking the Louisiana trails (alligator sightings are a favorite!) or relaxing with Duchess, my cat. I’m a sucker for anything labeled a mystery box and I’ve never met a bath bomb I didn’t like.
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3 comments

Kris

I had considered subbing to this box, but now I’m definitely questioning it after reading your (wonderfully and through..as always!) review.

Jessica Hapak

Hey Kris!
Keep an eye out- I put together a list comparing the different K-Beauty boxes currently on the sub box market. That should help you find one that is right for you!

Kris

Thank you, Jessica! I currently sub to Pink Seoul Plus box and I love it. I’m looking forward to reading your comparisons! I really appreciate your reviews!!

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