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The K-Beauty Box Review + Coupon – November 2019

Marne Orenich
ByMarne OrenichDec 29, 2019 | 11 comments

The K-Beauty Box
5 overall rating
1 Ratings | 1 Reviews

The K-Beauty Box is a monthly Korean beauty subscription that focuses on bringing you the best skincare straight from Korea for $29.95 with free shipping worldwide. They feature toners, serums, masks, moisturizers, cleansers and more from popular brands like Laneige and Dr. Jart+.

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About this Korean Beauty Subscription

The Subscription Box: The K-Beauty Box

The Cost: $29.95/month with free shipping

ACTIVE DEAL: Save $2 off your first box!

The Products: 1-2 large and 3-4 deluxe Korean skincare items with bonus samples. 

Ships: Worldwide for free

The K-Beauty Box November 2019 Review


The K-Beauty Box will always have a short booklet that lists the included items and how to use them. This month they've sent six full-size items and two bonus samples.


Cledbel Hydra Power Lifting Serum

I quite like this serum. It comes out as a cloudy gel from the pump and although it has a good thickness to it, it seems watery once being massaged and patted into my skin. It also has a faint grapefruit scent which I really love. I think this serum is really hydrating and plumping and it's definitely one I'll be reaching for more often after cleansing and toning.


Cledbel Power Lifting Cream

I was really enjoying this cream for a few days until I made a subtle discovery. It has a thick yet creamy texture and very little is needed to coat my face. The smell is slightly floral and pleasant and I especially liked using it at night since it's a little on the heavy side and I want to give it time to soak in. One night after putting it on, I was up close in the mirror to tweeze some eyebrow hairs when I noticed my skin had tiny sparkles all over it. I was like "What in the world? Why? How?" until I realized it was from this cream. It's hard to tell unless you are up close, but I just personally dislike having extraneous sparkle added to my skincare. To me, it's simply not needed. Sigh.


Charmzone Control Cream Self Massage - Retail Value $25.90

This product is a little confusing to me. Although it's called a "peeling" pore cleanser, I did not experience any peeling. This control cream is sort of an oil-based cream that is definitely good at moisturizing but feels a bit too complicated for me. It says to spread a thick amount onto the face, wait 2-3 minutes, then massage and rinse. Not too much happened to me in that time. My face felt amazing afterward, but it didn't strike me as anything as complex as it seems.


Charmzone Topclass Royal Gold Essence

Oh gosh, I am not a fan of this essence mainly because of the fragrance. It's just too overpowering and is really floral and perfumey. The consistency is nice though and it comes out as a slippery clear gel/cream that quickly absorbs. If you can handle the fragrance, it does seem nice for the skin.


IPKN Newest Honey Facial Mist - Retail Value $15.90

I love this facial mist! It's more than just a toner as is brings a ton of moisture to my face with honey complex and coral water. It feels more like a serum that is sprayed on, to be honest. My skin feels plumper and dewy after using this even before I add any other products.


Illiyoon Intensive Moisture Camellia Oil Sheet Mask

This was a fantastic mask to try out. It fit my face well and although it had a lot of serum, it felt really hydrating and the mask was soft. It has camellia oil which can help repair dry or damaged skin while bringing moisture. I found the scent of this mask to be pleasing as well and after removing, the serum slowly soaked into my skin without leaving a sticky mess behind.


O Hui Prime Advancer Skin Softener - Buy a 150 ml full size for $65.00

Like usual, the small bonus samples are the products I tend to love the most. They are generally higher-end products and therefore a bit pricy. From what a gather, softeners are closer to toners but can be a bit different. This product is more watery and sort of a prepping step. I used a cotton pad to spread this onto my face and it felt refreshing!


O Hui Prime Advancer Emulsion - Buy a 130 ml full size for $53.10

The next step for this brand is the emulsion. This is sort of like a moisturizer, depending on the other steps you use in your routine. It's much thicker than the softener and has an opaque appearance. It also makes my skin incredibly soft and I feel like it brings great hydration.

Verdict: The K-Beauty Box this month has a mix of hits and misses for me. I loved the serum, facial mist, mask, and samples but the control cream, lifting cream, and essence just weren't for me. This box always introduces me to new Korean brands which is great but it does leave me missing some of the cuteness that other K-Beauty boxes deliver. If you're passionate about K-Beauty I do think this is a pretty good box for the $29.95 cost to try.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? It's unclear if you'll get the same box that I did. Best to reach out to their customer service if you have questions.

ACTIVE DEAL: Save $2 off your first box!

Value Breakdown: At $29.95 for this box, you're paying $4.99 for each item + you get 2 free bonus samples!

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Marne Orenich
Marne Orenich
Marne is a lipstick connoisseur, record collector, and twice over cat mom. She loves discovering new clean beauty brands and has quite the collection of beautifully packaged serums and moisturizers.

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What is the value in the box ?

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To get to try korean skincare at a cheaper rate, without having to spend time searching for some online because it’s all curated? Wdym what’s the value lol

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Sparkles, yikes! I tend to react or full-on get contact dermatitis from mica. I avoid highlighters obviously, and I know to check first/ avoid altogether primers, blushes, eyeshadows, etc (blushes with shimmer aren’t so bad, as the shimmer will make my cheeks red long after the product has worn off). I would Probably check the ingredients in a face cream before applying but not necessarily, esp if they weren’t listed on the box/ weren’t in English, and if I were to apply this without noticing the subtle shimmer, my skin would be in for a nasty surprise.

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I love all of Ipkn’s products that I’ve tried so far. Glad to hear you liked the mist. Thanks for a great review!

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Melissa W.

This box looks good, but so scared to buy Korean skin care boxes because I’m unsure of how to know if the products are authentic? There are just so many fakes..

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I have purchased several items from Yes Style website and have been pretty impressed. I found a BHA/AHA/PHA that rivals Paula’s Choice for half the price. The one thing that gives me pause is Korea doesn’t list their ingredients by amounts. You could have an acid listed as the second ingredient but realistically it’s not enough in the product to be affective or the pH isn’t perfect.

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I agree. That plus general “health” testing of products. I have no idea what Korea does or doesn’t require in terms of product safety oversight. I am also (have to be honest here) very reluctant to provide another country with my financial information.

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Korean cosmetics are regulated at a higher standard than US cosmetics (almost no oversight for indie brands)

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Well, Korean ingredient standards are pretty high and there’s already a ton of kbeauty brands in the U.S. like Saturday Skin, Dr. Jart+, Touch in Sol, Belif, Glow Recipe, Laniege, Peach & Lily. All those brands are at Sephora or Ulta, where you can buy in person and not worry about counterfeits or international payments. Many of these brands have products are holy grails to many.

Also, worrying about fakes: I mean, ipsy and boxycharm both have had items that were “specially” made for them that are different than the products sold in stores, basically authorized fakes. It’s a common trend to do, even by “American” mystery boxes so that’s a risk we take.

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