PinkSeoul is a monthly Korean beauty subscription box curated to your skin type. They focus on customized, full-sized, and curated products that are designed to guide you in your K-beauty journey of discovery. You can also shop their online store for more K-beauty goodies!
PinkSeoul offers 3 subscription types:
- The PinkSeoul Box is $39.95 every two months with a retail value of over $60.
- The PinkSeoul Plus Box is recommended for subscribers age 35+, $49.95 every two months with a retail value of over $80.
- These two boxes are shipped bi-monthly and each box contains at least 4 full-sized items plus an accessory item.
- The PinkSeoul Mask Box is $29.95 every month with 10 customized mask products and an accessory item.
This review is of the Sensitive Skin Type, PinkSeoul Plus Box, which costs $49.95 every two months.
This box was sent to us at no cost to review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
About PinkSeoul K-Beauty Subscription Box
The Subscription Box: PinkSeoul Plus
The Cost: $49.95 bi-monthly + free US shipping
ACTIVE DEAL: Save 10% off your first box!
The Products: At least 4 full-sized K-beauty products customized to your skin type and an accessory item.
Ships to: The US (free), Canada ($8.95), and other countries listed here ($13.95-$15.95)
Good to Know: PinkSeoul and PinkSeoul Plus boxes are delivered every two months depending on which month you signed up. For example, if you signed up in June, your next box will be in July; if you signed up in July your next box will be in August. The boxes are the same for the July/August period, just shipped out at different times.
PinkSeoul Plus Box July/August 2020 Review
Prior to purchasing a subscription, PinkSeoul will ask you several customization questions. Some products are more appropriate/recommended for a particular skin type, so be sure to figure out your skin type. This month, we also received this extra handy dandy info sheet breaking down the Korean skincare routine basics.
Here is the info sheet detailing the products included in this box. The info sheet this month was on cardstock rather than regular paper, and I appreciated the upgrade
Real Barrier Essential Kit - Retail Value $30 (currently on sale for $15)
Ever since this kit arrived I’ve been seeing this product line all over Instagram, which makes me even more excited to try it. If I had any travels coming up (something farther from the couch to the fridge, that is,) this would be perfect to grab and go because it contains a cleanser, mist, toner, and two moisturizers. This is formulated for dry and sensitive skin (that’s my face!), and I found the products to be gentle and nurturing without irritation.
The Plant Base AC Clear Magic Foam, 120 mL - Retail Value $15
This is a cream-based cleanser made with 44% Centella Asiatica extract along with tea tree, licorice root, willow bark, and salicylic acid. It created a thick lather when I added water to it and left my skin feeling very clean. I would think this is designed for more oily skin types than mine, but it wasn’t irritating to my skin the way some other cleansers for oily skin can be.
The Plant Base AC Clear Moisture Cream, 55 mL - Retail Value $29
I was introduced to The Plant Base through this subscription, and I find the products to perform well. This has a gel-cream texture that is lightweight while still being moisturizing thanks to the fact that 76% of the formula is Centella Asiatica water, and it is also made with niacinamide and glycerin. This moisturizer is the one I have been reaching for when I want to layer a nourishing sunscreen on top, and I have not been disappointed with the results even though I believe that this is designed for those with oilier skin.
TONYMOLY 99% Aloe Chok Chok Soothing Gel, 250 mL - Retail Value $9
Aloe gels like these are so multi-purpose (I like the PinkSeoul suggestion of soaking a few cotton pads and placing them in the fridge before placing them on tired, puffy eyes) that even though I haven't been outside nearly as much this year (and thus, my risk for sunburn has been greatly diminished) I still like having this around. This would also work well to soothe your skin after shaving if you're prone to ingrown hairs or general post-shaving irritation, and I also have used it to soothe a few inflamed mosquito bites.
Ample:N Hyaluron Shot Sunscreen, 40 mL - Retail Value $15
This is a lightweight sunscreen made with hyaluronic acid and ceramides while providing SPF 50. This absorbed well enough that this would be a good sunscreen to wear under makeup, and it didn't leave a white cast or greasy feeling while still being lightly moisturizing.
PinkSeoul Hairband - Retail Value $8
This ball of fuzzy grey fluff is actually a pretty cute hairband with a bow on top. I like wearing these when I’m doing a mask to keep my curls out of the way, and this had a good amount of stretch so it wasn’t uncomfortably tight around my head.
I’m Sorry For My Skin Purifying Jelly Mask – Retail Value $4
This isn’t a new mask for me (it also appeared in my March/April PinkSeoul box), but I’m happy to see it again. It features a thick gel-serum texture and is infused with ingredients like Centella, chamomile, and peony. I massaged all of the leftover gel into my neck and chest, and I love that my skin absorbed it well and wasn’t left sticky.
Missha Airy Sheet Mask in Green Tea – Retail Value $2
This mask features a really thin material that the brand claims is “2x thinner and lighter” than a normal sheet mask. I definitely found it to be thin, which means it fits my face more comfortably because it can contour to the nooks and crannies. I thought the ingredients list was nice for the $2 price; I would definitely recommend this mask line to others and purchase more for myself in the future if my stash ever ran low.
The Verdict: This was another great box from PinkSeoul Plus- I enjoyed trying more products from The Plant Base and getting the Real Barrier set felt really in-tune with what's trendy on Instagram right now. Value-wise, this box has a total value of $112, which is definitely on the higher end of values that I have seen from this box.
To Wrap Up:
ACTIVE DEAL: Save 10% off your first box!
Value Breakdown: At $49.95 for this box and a total value of $112, here is what you are approximately paying per item:
- Real Barrier: $13.39
- The Plant Base Cleanser: $6.69
- The Plant Base Moisturizer: $12.95
- TONYMOLY: $4.01
- Ample:N: $6.69
- Headband: $3.57
- I'm Sorry For My Skin: $1.78
- Missha: $0.89
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