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