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Soko Glam “Best of 2019” Starter Set Review – November 2019

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakJan 6, 2020 | 14 comments

Soko Glam is an online store dedicated to bringing you the best in Korean skincare. They offer various curated sets and recently featured the "Best of 2019" starter set, which is still available for purchase.

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About this Korean Skincare Set

The Box: Soko Glam Best of 2019 Starter Set

The Cost: $47 (a $116 value)

The Products:

  • Solved Skincare Coconut Oil Cleansing Pads (20-piece travel size)
  • Hanskin Pore Cleansing Oil [PHA] (deluxe sample; 15ml)
  • Mamonde Petal Spa Oil To Foam Cleanser (deluxe sample; 25ml)
  • Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner (deluxe sample; 50ml)
  • Neogen Real Vita C Powder Lemon (deluxe sample; 1g)
  • Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Essence Mist (full size; 100ml)
  • COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patches (full size)
  • Mediheal N.M.F Intensive Hydrating Sheet Mask (single mask)
  • Elensilia CPP Collagen 80% Intensive Eye Cream (full size; 20ml)
  • Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream (full size; 30ml)

Ships to: The US for free for orders over $35 and worldwide for varying rates

Soko Glam "Best of 2019" Starter Set Review

Everything came tucked inside this cute tote bag.


Solved Skincare Coconut Oil Cleansing Pads, 20 pads - Estimated Value $12.50 (Buy a jar of 40 pads for $25)

These are a new product from Solved Skincare, which was created by the founders of Soko Glam! I follow a lot of skinstagram accounts, and these were something I saw a lot of from influencers but was scared to try due to the actual coconut oil (coconut oil is an acne trigger for me). I wasn’t going to let fear keep me from trying these, though, so I used them only on my eyes (where pimples never form for me). This really did melt away my eye makeup without being rough on the delicate skin, and I followed up with a gentle cleanser to finish my double cleanse with great results. 

Hanskin Pore Cleansing Oil [PHA], 15 ml - Estimated Value $1.25 (Buy the 300 ml version for $25)

This is an oil cleanser that’s also designed to fight blackheads and improve skin texture thanks to the gentle exfoliating properties of polyhydroxy acid. Blackheads and skin textures aren’t concerns of mine, so this was just a touch drying to my dry skin. I think those with oily skin types would be really happy with this cleanser, though. 

Mamonde Petal Spa Oil To Foam Cleanser, 25 ml - Estimated Value $3 (Buy the 175 ml version for $21)

I enjoy using oil cleansers as the first step in a double cleansing routine, but this oil to foam formula is designed to have the effectiveness of an oil cleanser in washing off makeup with the effectiveness of a foam cleanser in rinsing away any residue. Honestly, though, I couldn’t break my habit of using this only as the first step in a double cleanse routine, and I did like how it removed makeup without irritating my eyes! 


Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner, 50 ml - Estimated Value $4.75 (Buy the 200 ml version for $19)

I love Benton, so any time I get to try a new product from them I am a happy camper indeed. This is made with aloe, snail mucin, and salicylic acid, so while it helps to control oil production and acne it is non-drying and soothing. I’m putting this to the side of my medicine cabinet because I think this will be the perfect toner for my T-zone once winter is over. 

Neogen Real Vitamin C Powder, 1 g – Estimated Value $1 (Buy the 20 g jar for $20)

A big issue with vitamin C serums is that some of the most effective forms of ascorbic acid have a short shelf life. This powder contains 17% ascorbic acid and is designed to be more shelf-stable since it is only mixed with liquid right before you apply it. This was easy to use- it mixed well with the random toner I had sitting on my bathroom sink and didn’t irritate my sensitive skin (I did only use a small amount though!). Vitamin C products need to be used for about 4-6 weeks before seeing consistent results, but I appreciate how affordable this is if I decide to purchase the full size.


Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Essence Mist, 100 ml - Retail Value $24

This mist has the nicest spray- it’s like a cloud that I can make hug my face. Licorice root is great for soothing skin and may also help with hyperpigmentation, and the only two ingredients above licorice root on this ingredients list are water and bamboo, making this both nourishing and soothing. 


COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patches -  Retail Value $5

I love acne patches but these were a disappointment. They didn’t have a strong enough adhesive to stay on my face all night (or even for more than an hour), which means they’re not effective at absorbing the excess liquid inside of a pimple. This surprised me a bit, to be honest, because every over COSRX product I have tried I have really enjoyed. 

Mediheal N.M.F Intensive Hydrating Sheet Mask - Estimated Value $1.99 (Buy a pack of 5 for $9.95)

Mediheal is one of my favorite sheet mask brands- I know that no matter what mask from them I try, I’ll enjoy it and the ingredients will serve a purpose. This mask is a moisturizing powerhouse thanks to ingredients like humectants, lipids, and amino acids. I used this after a flight when my skin was extra dry, and this made a noticeable difference in the hydration of my skin. 


Elensilia CPP Collagen 80% Intensive Eye Cream, 20 ml - Retail Value $20

This had a gel texture that I wasn’t expecting, and it was very occlusive- the skin around my eyes felt locked in with moisture after using this. Keeping the skin around my eyes hydrated is really my only eye-care concern at the moment, so this is perfect for me. 


Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream, 30 ml - Retail Value $24.50

How good is this cream? This isn’t my first full-size jar or even my second- this jar makes my third. If you have sensitive skin or are prone to acne breakouts you absolutely should have this soothing moisturizer on your radar. When you apply it there is a slight cooling sensation, which I view as the calming and soothing ingredients in action. The beautiful blue color comes from Guaiazulene, an extract from camomile oil with strong skin-calming properties. That is paired with one of my favorite ingredients for redness, Centella, along with ceramides and beeswax. 

Verdict: Anytime Soko Glam curates a box I’m going to be excited- they carry a lot of great K-beauty brands and the value is always good. That holds true for this box, too. My favorite is the restock of my Klairs moisturizer and both toners, but other than the COSRX acne patches (one of the lower value items) I enjoyed every item in this box. I calculated a total value of $97.99, which is below the promised value of $116. Some of that value may be attributable to the tote bag, and overall I am still really happy with this set. 

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you order today? Yes, box this is still available.

Value Breakdown: This box costs $47 and I calculated a total value of $97.99. That means you're paying approximately the following per item:

  • Solved Skincare: $5.99
  • Hanskin: $0.60
  • Mamonde: $1.44
  • Benton: $2.28
  • Neogen: $0.48
  • Acwell: $11.51
  • COSRX: $2.40
  • Mediheal: $0.95
  • Elensilia: $9.59
  • Klairs: $11.75

Check out our other Soko Glam review, and see which faves made the cut on the list of the best beauty boxes for 2019, as voted by MSA readers!

What do you think of the Soko Glam Best of 2019 set? Did you grab one?

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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I have tried those acne patches and they did nothing for me, unless my zit was popped then I would say it went down in size and redness overnight. The peace out acne dots are literally the best. I have tried every single brand that I could find and peace out is a game changer. I get bad hormonal acne on my chin and they help tremendously. Goes away very fast vs on their own.

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I’ve been wanting to try those, but they seem so expensive considering how many is in one package. Maybe during the next Sephora sale I’ll bite the bullet and grab a pack. 🙂

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I’m currently using the toner version of that Acwell mist (which I wouldn’t doubt is the same formula), and I’m really liking it! It’s super hydrating & soothing. I put the normal amount of toner on my cotton round that I usually use, and even though it’s watery like most toners, somehow this one seems to have something in it that makes it feel wetter and far more hydrating to the skin than a typical toner. I’m trying to use up some products I’ve had for a while, so I put this in my “20 in 2020” project, and now I’m disappointed in myself I waited this long to use it. lol

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Pamela Gonzales

I love the Acwell toner which made me purchase the mist. But for some reason I didn’t really like the mist.

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Maybe you got a bad batch of the cosrx patches, I’ve tried many different ones and those are in my top 3 for adherence and absorption. (It could also be a fake, search “cosrx patch fake”, which would be sad for Soko Glam…)

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I was just about to reply that I had the exact same experience as Jessica did with the COSRX acne patches. They didn’t stick at all to my face and I woke up with one in my hair and the other I eventually found on my nightstand(!). How it got there with always be a great mystery to me. lol I think I got it in a k-beauty box, so who knows…. maybe it was a fake. I just remember feeling shocked that it didn’t work for me since I’ve always heard nothing but good things about them.

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I’ve used many different brands of these patches and these Neogen ones are my favorite. Yes the pimple should be ‘popped’ or open for them to do Anything at all. For me they seem to keep the pore open and make extraction much easier the next day. I’ve had problems getting them to adhere, BUT it’s because of the product on my face. Take a cotton swab dipped in alcohol and wipe the area (I just dot it and use other side to dry) and these babies stay Put!! I’m surprised that other people have problems with them falling off, I’ve put them on and forgotten about them until I take a shower and feel a funny smooth spot on my face! They Do work amazing for cystic acne (something I discovered while pregnant when hormones cause cysts all over my face and I couldn’t use my normal high acid treatments) I don’t Understand how they help cysts, but they’ve been a face saver for me. To Jessica and Luna, I’d try either applying right after cleansing skin, before toner or Anything else, and avoid that area while applying the rest of your routine, OR try wiping the pimple w isopropyl alcohol and applying then. I really think these guys are some of the best patches out there. Great review I really wanna purchase this kit as it has lots of stuff I love in it, thanks again!!

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Hydrocolloid is never going to draw anything out from under unbroken skin — it’s not possible from a scientific standpoint. It absorbs oil/sebum from on top of the skin so there is a physical change in appearance of the patch after some time, which may lead people to believe it’s doing something. It can be useful as dressing for open wounds and I think companies extrapolated from that to say it will heal breakouts without any actual proof, or by deliberately being vague about it.

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Beth in Oklahoma

I noticed that a couple of reviews on the website pointed out that some people can have reactions to vitamin C used with BHA (in the listed toner). Googling that brought different opinions, of course, but I thought it should be noted for those with sensitive skin, like me.

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Contemplating buying the Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream alone…. sounds fantastic to me as a nice night cream. Wondering if there are any other MSA’ers (of course, could look up reviews online, but wondering if we have lovely souls here!) who have used this? I’m most interested in this product. Thanks! Oh, I have dry skin that I’m trying to keep as young looking as possible (lots of drinking of water, etc) and a great skincare regimen. Don’t use much makeup anymore (only eye makeup if I do, for background information). Thanks!

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Joy B.

I’m so happy to see an honest review of the pimple pads. I’ve been using a different brand that is substantially less expensive and had thought about trying these. Now I know mine are fine. Thank you so much!

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