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 2 subscription types:
- The PinkSeoul Box is $39.95 every two months with a retail value of over $60.00.
- The PinkSeoul Plus Box, recommended for subscribers age 35+, is $49.95 every two months with a retail value of over $80.00.
- These two boxes are shipped bi-monthly and each box contains at least 4 full-sized items plus 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: Your first box will be a PinkSeoul PLUS welcome box (valued at $100+) filled with customized skincare basics to get you started on your skincare journey. Your first box will ship within 5 business days and subsequent boxes will ship by the 25th of every other month.
PinkSeoul Plus Box March/April 2021 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 box normally comes with an info sheet, but this month's box didn't come with one.
Ryo Hair Root Strength Treatment, 200 ml - Retail Value $16.00
This product threw me for a bit of a loop- the packaging is entirely in Korean, and there wasn't an info sheet this month to direct me on how to use it (or even what the name was). I was able to figure it out by seeing the product for sale on the PinkSeoul website, but if it hadn't been listed, then I really would have been at a loss. I'm glad I took the extra time to research what this is- I thought by the name it would be a shampoo or scalp treatment, but it's actually a conditioning treatment. It's made with ginseng extract and panthenol, and it was really nourishing for my dry hair.
Pyunkang Yul Black Tea Time Reverse Eye Cream, 0.85 oz – Retail Value $30.00
First things first: the packaging this eye cream comes in is gorgeous. The black box is a reusable tin with beautiful silver etchings, and it matches the packaging of the tube of eye cream. If you’re prone to milia from heavy eye creams, this may not be for you due to the thick texture (this is formulated with shea butter, beeswax, and macadamia seed oil), but the fermented black tea, niacinamide, ceramides, and peptides in this cream work together to lessen the look of fine lines, while giving a boost of antioxidants and hydration. I liked the way this absorbed into my skin, and I always feel like my skincare routine is elevated when the product I’m using comes in pretty packaging. This is actually my second tube of it- I received this a few months ago in my Bomibox subscription.
Graymelin Centella 50 Regeneration Natural Toner, 130 ml - Retail Value $21.00
How pretty is the packaging on this toner? It gives me strong apothecary vibes, and that's not something I see in a K-beauty box every day. The texture of this is slightly thicker than regular water, and the small hole at the top to dispense it meant that this took quite a few shakes to disperse on a cotton pad. My go-to for applying toners is with my clean hands, and that streamlined the application process a bit. I love products with Centella- even if my sensitive skin is flare-up free, I like to have it for the gentle soothing and hydration it provides. Centella Asiatica is the first ingredient listed on this alcohol-free toner (meaning that it is the ingredient with the highest concentration in the formula), and it also has green tea and hyaluronic acid. This absorbed quickly into my skin, and it was a great base for the rest of my morning skincare routine.
Graymelin Green Food Serum, 50 ml - Retail Value $22.99
This was a great follow-up to the toner- it is a thinner, more watery serum that layered well and absorbed fast. Plus, it left my skin feeling bouncy. This is called a green food serum because, well, a lot of green foods went into the formula (and it even has a lovely pale green color). Key standouts include cabbage leaf water, mugwort, avocado, broccoli, celery, and green tea extracts. In the hot, humid months out of the year, I prefer to use lightweight products that still give my dry skin moisture, and this works perfectly for that.
JM Solution Water Luminous S.O.S Ringer Mask - Retail Value $3.50
I've used this mask from JM Solution before, but it has been a while. I like it! It's incredibly hydrating thanks to the hyaluronic acid, collagen, and peptides in the formula. The material is cellulose so it fits my face really well, and I easily wore this for twenty minutes while embracing my inner couch potato. Plus, when I was done with the mask the remaining serum absorbed well without leaving a sticky feeling.
Tosowoong Pure Snail Mask - Retail Value $2.00
Tosowoong Pure Propolis Mask - Retail Value $2.00
Tosowoong Pure Green Tea Mask - Retail Value $2.00
These sheet masks were a treat- I was happy to use all three, even though they're pretty similar. They all have pretty basic ingredients lists, but they're good ingredients I like to use on my skin (snail, propolis, honey, glycerin, niacinamide, and allantoin are just a few). I've been dealing with a rosacea flare-up after leaving a face mask on too long, and these are the masks I have been reaching for the past few nights after stepping out of a warm shower or bath.
Nature Republic Real Nature Rose Sheet Mask - Retail Value $1.90
This sheet mask features damask rose extract as the star ingredient, and it was hydrating like a tall drink of water for my skin. The cellulose material adhered to my face well, and this was an enjoyable sheet mask for the low price.
The Verdict: This was the first box I've received from Pink Seoul since they discontinued their monthly sheet mask box, so I was happy to see a few more sheet masks than normal inside this box. Both the Graymelin toner and serum are lovely, and I really like the Pyunkang Yul brand even if the eye cream isn't new to me. This was a fun box to go through- the hair product was shakeup from normal, and I feel stocked on K-beauty products for the next two months until the next box gets here. Value-wise, everything adds up to $101.39.
To Wrap Up:
ACTIVE DEAL: Save 10% off your first box!
Value Breakdown: At $49.95 for this box and a total value of $101.39, here is what you are approximately paying per item:
- Ryo: $7.89
- Pyungkang Yul: $14.79
- Graymelin Toner: $10.35
- Graymelin Serum: $11.34
- JM Solution: $1.73
- Tosowoong Snail: $0.98
- Tosowoong Propolis: $0.98
- Tosowoong Green Tea: $0.98
- Nature Republic: $0.94
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