Sooni Pouch K-Beauty Subscription Review – February 2019
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.
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.)
About This Box
The Subscription Box: Sooni Pouch
The Cost: $35.99 + free US shipping
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 February 2019 Review
On the front of the info sheet is a note that my box was packed by Courtney.
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:
Foodaholic Multi-Sun Cream, 70 mL
I couldn’t find much information online about this product, and that is a shame because I really liked it. It has SPF 50 as well as protection from UVA rays. Even though it is some heavy duty sun protection, it felt like I was applying a moisturizer to my face- it sank in quickly, didn’t have a sunscreen scent, and didn’t leave my skin greasy.
Etude House Silk Scarf Damage Shampoo, 60 mL
I was pretty hesitant to try out this shampoo when I couldn’t find it readily available online, but I decided to go for it- and I am happy I did! This didn’t try my hair out at all, left it soft, and my curls and scalp felt healthier after using.
Missha Lip and Eye Waterproof Makeup Remover – Buy the full-size version for $7
This was a solid makeup remover! I don’t typically use waterproof makeup, but this removed my lipstick and eye makeup with ease without damaging my eyelashes.
History of Whoo Intensive Revitalizing Cream – Buy the 1.7 oz version for $200
Hello, pricy skincare! These are definitely the fanciest foil samples I have yet to receive from Sooni Pouch – and they’re from the well-known brand “History of Whoo,” which was inspired by the traditional Korean royal culture. This anti-aging moisturizer is made with red ginseng extract and Korean herbs, and while the two foil samples aren’t enough to see a difference in my skin, this had a luxurious texture that sank in quickly. Also, check out how beautiful the full-size packaging is!
History of Whoo Brightening Cleansing Foam – Buy the full-size version for $42
This cleanser is made with the traditional Korean herbs to brighten skin while effectively cleansing, and it has a whipped texture that felt great on my skin. Again, two uses aren’t enough to convince me I need to drop the big bucks, but I felt fancy while using them.
Moksha Dear Berry Face Mask – Retail Value $2.50
This sheet mask is made with berry extracts like strawberry, blueberry, and cranberry, along with tomato extract and lavender. This was soothing to my skin, didn’t have a discernable scent, and left it feeling hydrated.
Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Sheet Mask – Estimated Value $3.90 (based on other Nature Republic masks)
This sheet mask is made with Hawaiian seawater and is designed to provide maximum moisture to your skin. The mask had some stretch and fit my face well, and I was impressed with the good ingredients list. My skin definitely felt like it consumed a tall drink of water after using this.
Now let’s look at the additional items that come only in the Sooni Pouch Box:
Foodaholic Collagen Eye & Face Cream
Like the sun cream, I couldn’t find any information about this cream online. Luckily, they have their ingredients list (in English!) printed on the box, and this is full of goodness like hydrolyzed collagen, niacinamide, Centella, and ginseng extract. Out of the tube, it has a creamy consistency, but once I started to rub it in it immediately melted almost like a watery gel. It absorbed quickly, too!
Vacci Romantic Whitening Lotus Body Cream
This is a body lotion made with lotus flower extracts and SPF! I am religious about applying SPF to my face every day, but things like my neck, chest, and forearms usually get forgotten. SPF infused body lotion seems like a great way to solve that problem, and I was happy with the scent, too. My online sleuthing showed that Vacci and Foodaholic are under the same parent company, but I didn’t get much farther than that due to the fact I can’t read Korean.
Steam107 Coconut Essential Mask – Retail Value $3
This is a common sheet mask to appear in various K-Beauty boxes, and it is a solid 20-minute experience. It isn’t going to work any miracles, but it is going to provide extra hydration to your skin without being overly sticky.
The Verdict: This month’s box from Sooni Pouch was a mixed bag (see what I did there?) for me. On one hand, I am really not down with the foil samples of brands I cannot find any information about online. On the other, I really like my new fancy snail eye cream. I think if Sooni Pouch is going to continue to send products from brands that cannot be found online, their info sheet needs to be more, well, informative. I think if it was easier to access the ingredients list of products included I wouldn’t be so off-put by the inability to find products online. Sooni Pouch promises a value of over $100 in this box, and while I know the approximate value of the eye cream I am not sure if the other products make up the remaining $55 in value. That being said, I think I got a fair value for the $35.99 price tag, which includes free US shipping.
To Wrap Up:
Can you get this box if you sign up today? Yes, I believe February boxes are still shipping.
Value Breakdown: This box costs $35.99 + free US shipping, which means that each of the 8 items in the box (not counting the foil samples from EGF or Dr. Jart) has an average cost of $4.50.
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What do you think of the Sooni Pouch? What is your favorite K-Beauty product discovery?