PinkSeoul Plus 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, recommended for subscribers age 35+, is $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 November/December 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.
Mediflower Clear Whip Cleansing Foam in Calamine - Retail Value $9.00
This cleanser is made with calamine and polyhydroxy acid (PHA, which is a more gentle chemical exfoliant than AHA or BHA’s), and it also has a clay base with kaolin. I think because of the clay this cleanser was a bit too drying for me. This cleanser only left me a tiny bit tight, but that’s more tightness than I want when I try to focus on hydrating ingredients for my dry, sensitive skin. Your mileage may vary – if you have sensitive skin that’s more oily this would probably work really well for you.
Tony Moly Wonder Ceramide Mochi Toner, 200 ml - Retail Value $12.00
I am STOKED that this toner was included. I have gone through a bottle before thanks to the Tony Moly Monthly Bundle that I reviewed for a while, and I love this stuff. If you’ve seen the hype of the Laneige Cream Skin toner, think of this as a more affordable alternative that gives your skin a dose of ceramides and moisture. A little bit of this goes a long way, and I am happy to have this back in my routine.
APieu Madecassoside Ampoule, 30 ml - Retail Value $31.00
This arriving in my box was serendipity considering I was genuinely considering purchasing it a few weeks ago. I LOVE the APieu Madecassoside line because of how soothing and moisturizing this line is. At this point, I’ve tried/owned the gel moisturizer (sticky but still lovely on my skin), the toner (fabulous), the sheet masks, and even the lip balm. This ampoule needed to be added to my collection. If you’re unaware, Madecassoside comes from Centella Asiatica, which is a revered ingredient for those with sensitive skin for its calming and soothing abilities. Since I have sensitive skin I like to pack on the soothing products even if my skin isn’t irritated at the moment, so this ampoule (think of it as a thin serum) layered well in my routine to make sure my skin was moisturized and ready to take on the day. My favorite part of this ampoule is the ingredients list – it only contains two products: Madecassoside and Centella Asiatica Extract.
Tony Moly Ceramide Mochi Cream, 100 ml - Retail Value $12.00
I didn’t even know there were other products in the Ceramide Mochi line other than the toner, so I’m over the moon we also received this moisturizer. Along with ceramide NP, this moisturizer also has Centella, aloe, and hyaluronic acid. It’s a mid-weight cream moisturizer that isn’t too heavy, and the price is right, too.
Aronyx Sleeping Mask in D-Panthenol Cica, 100 ml- Retail Value $18.00
This sleeping mask has panthenol, Centella, propolis, and honey to provide your skin with a deep boost of moisture while you sleep. It has a gel texture that reminds me of aftersun products, and I like layering it under a facial oil to lock in all of the ingredients before my face hits the pillow.
Ample:N VC Shot 2-Step Oxygen Peel - Retail Value $4.00
I actually haven’t had good results from trying these peels from Ample:N, so now I just pass them along to friends. Something about the formula leaves my skin uncomfortable, so this isn’t for me.
Real Barrier Aqua Soothing Ampoule Mask - Retail Value $4.00
I’ve used this mask before, and I really like the aqua soothing line from Real Barrier. While all sheet masks are hydrating, this one was especially so. It fit my face like a glove and was just a joy to wear, and my skin was noticeably happier and moisturized after I was done.
Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence Rose Mask - Retail Value $4.00
This is another sheet mask repeat for me, and another one I really love. The mask is soaked in the Secret Key Essence, which is advertised as a dupe for the pricier SK-II Essence. It has Galactomyces as a key ingredient, which moisturizes skin and has anti-inflammatory properties. My skin soaks it up, and I like using it when I have acne that I want to lessen the redness of.
Pink Seoul Scrunchies, 2 ct – Retail Value $8.00 ($4.00 each)
This box usually comes with an accessory or bonus item, and this month it was these scrunchies. They don’t snag my hair, and honestly, they have me feeling cute when I have my hair in a half-up/half-down style and the bow ribbons positioned just right.
The Verdict: I knew this box would be a winner as soon as I saw the products from Tony Moly and A’Pieu. Even though the cleanser wasn’t a perfect fit and I don’t like the Ample:N peel, the rest of the products make me so happy that I still consider this box a big win. Value-wise, this box has a total value of $102, which is on the higher end of what I usually see in 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 $102, here is what you are approximately paying per item:
- Mediflower: $4.41
- Tony Moly Toner: $5.87
- A'Pieu: $15.18
- Tony Moly Cream: $5.87
- Aronyx: $8.81
- Ample:N: $1.96
- Real Nature: $1.96
- Secret Key: $1.96
- Scrunchies: $3.92 ($1.96 each)
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