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The K-Beauty Box Review + Coupon – December 2019

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+.

This box is being reviewed by popular demand!

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About this Korean Beauty Subscription

The Subscription Box: The K-Beauty Box

The Cost: $29.95/month with free shipping

COUPON: Use code MSABEAUTY to 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 December 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.


Age 20’s Blooming Flower Essence, 100 mL

I am enjoying using this essence after cleansing and toning. I apply it to a cotton pad and spread it over my face which gives it a little boost that is a lot more hydrating than the average face mist. It’s really light so it absorbs quickly and it has a somewhat light floral fragrance that I don’t mind. Plus, I love the pretty pink bottle!


Age 20’s Blooming Flower Cream, 50 g

The blooming flower cream has a nice thick creamy consistency that doesn’t feel greasy or oily at all. It has the same floral fragrance as the essence, but unfortunately with a sort of plastic-smelling addition. I’m not sure if that’s one of the ingredients or just the container but I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a little off-putting. There is a slight gummy feeling while the cream absorbs into the skin, but afterward, it’s quite soft.


Age 20’s Luminous Lip Essence

I really like this chubby little lip essence made with royal jelly. Look at how cute that doe foot applicator is! I leave this next to my bed and have been using it as sort of an overnight treatment since it is on the heavy side. It has a yummy peach scent that reminds me of peach rings (which are my favorite gummy candy). This makes my lips feel really hydrated and gives them an incredible shine. Normally I shy away from thick glosses, but since I only put this on at night while at home, my hair is less likely to get stuck in it.


3W Clinic Intensive UV Sunblock Cream, 70 mL

A lot of us forget about sunblock when the colder months roll in, but it’s just as important now even if it feels gloomy. This cream has an SPF of 50 which I can appreciate since I like to stay as pale as possible and protect my skin as much as I can. The cream has a nice thick consistency when it comes out but it absorbs rather nicely. There is a slightly greasy feel at first, but once it’s soaked into the skin, that goes away. It doesn’t feel all that heavy compared to drugstore face sunblock, so I think this is a win.


Leaders Wrinkle Off Golden Collagen Ampoule, 30 mL

I’m never quite sure when to use an ampoule since this type of product isn’t a staple of my skincare routine, but the info card said to use it as a last step. I can’t help but be intrigued by the gold flakes in the clear collagen gel and will say that my face did indeed have a bit more glow to it after smoothing it onto my skin. There isn’t really a scent to this product which I appreciate and if it helps reduce my slowly forming wrinkles, I’ll all for an extra step in my routine.


Banobagi Vita Genic Jelly Mask – Estimated Value $3.00 (Buy a box of 10 sheets for $30.00, on sale for $12.00)

This mask fit my face so well! There was no sliding around at all even though this is a jelly mask and there wasn’t so much essence that I felt overwhelmed afterward. I found this anti-wrinkle and brightening mask to be very cooling while on and although there was a slight stickiness once I took it off, it was absorbed well and left my skin feeling taught.


The History of Whoo Essential Moisturizing Balancer

The K-Beauty Box always adds a couple of small samples of higher-price-point brands. The essential moisturizing balancer is an Asian herb tonic water essence so it’s sort of in between a toner and a serum. It’s on the thin side and can be added to a cotton round to spread over the face. It has a rather perfumey fragrance I don’t really care for but it does make my skin feel more moisturized.


The History of Whoo Essential Nourishing Emulsion

The small emulsion included from the same brand is a much thicker white cream with the same scent. It’s quite slippery when put onto the skin but once it’s absorbed it makes my skin super soft.

Verdict: The K-Beauty Box included brands I’ve only seen in their boxes before or new ones to me. While I think these all work quite well, some were heavily fragranced and I just feel like there are K-Beauty boxes out there that I get more excited about it. Since it’s hard to find these products online from a site I know I can trust, it’s difficult to provide a solid overall retail value. I do think this is worth the money since all of the products are full-size, but there’s nothing this time that I really fell in love with besides the lip essence which I’m surprised I liked.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? You’ll likely receive the January box.

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Value Breakdown: At $29.95 for this box, you’re paying $5.00 for each item + you get 2 free bonus samples!

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Written by 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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Comments (19)

  1. Huh. I got eye cream instead of the collagen ampoule and I didn’t get a lip essence at all…

  2. Is the outer box the same every month? The roses are beautiful.

    Will this box be on the swap site?

    • Hi Melissa-
      At least the past 3 boxes have been the same, so I think the roses are always there.
      This box is available to list from on the swaps site.

  3. That lip essence looks like the Clarins brand(called lip oil) which I love but is too pricy IMO. I would love to be able to buy this peach one. Yum.

    • Yes, I love these Clarins lip oils! I have them all except for the mint one as I dislike the smell/taste.

      • My first thought when I saw the lip product was of the Clarins oil! I’m dying to try it but it’s so pricy. I’ve almost got myself talked into though. Would you mind telling me which one you like the most? I can’t decide and since I can only get one I would really appreciate your input! 😊

      • Red Berry or Honey Glam (the only one with sparkles).

  4. “I like to stay as pale as possible.” Love that; I’m the same way. 🙂 Embrace the pale!

  5. For some reason it is hard for me to see the last picture in each set of slides. When I try to scroll through each picture is there except for the last picture for some reason it is underneath the first picture of each set of slides and it is very faded, and hard to see. I hope that makes sense. Normally it’s not like that but there is another review I read yesterday that was the same way.

    • works ok for me on desktop

    • Hi Liz L! Can you share which browser you use (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari) and if you’re on a phone or a computer? Thanks!

      • I am using Chrome on an android phone and I have been having the same issue for about a week or two.

    • I never have an issue seeing the pics on a desktop, but it’s always been hit & miss for me on my tablet. When I’m on my tablet, I can always see the 1st picture, but when I try to scroll to the next pictures they’re always just a white screen… well, most times.

      • I have the same issue with Chrome on an Android phone.

      • I also get this box but mine is slightly different. I received a Full sized 3W Clinic Rose Eye Cream instead of the Lip Essence and Ampoule. So they must do variations.
        Agree that some items are heavily fragranced but I’ve been happy with this subscription so far. This was my 3rd one and like all the skincare and full sized products you get

      • I got this variation too!

    • Generally i see pictures fine while using my phone as well but today I am seeing blurred pictures in most of the reviews.

      • This seems like a really interesting box! Too bad I’m on overload right now

    • I’m so glad you said that… I’ve been having the same problem but I broke my phone and thought it was just me.

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