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PinkSeoul Plus September/October 2021 Review + Coupon

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakNov 22, 2021 | 4 comments

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PinkSeoul PLUS Box
4.3 overall rating
4 Ratings | 1 Reviews

PinkSeoul Plus is a bi-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 two 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.

This review is of the Sensitive Skin Type, PinkSeoul Plus Box, which costs $49.95 every two months.

Writer’s Note: Sorry if this review seems late! There was a delay in the box arriving to me (for reference, it typically would arrive at the end of September/beginning of October for the September/October box, and I received it at the beginning of November), and then it took me a little bit longer than usual to get this review together.

COUPON: Use code MSA10 to save 10% off your first box!

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.)

First Impressions

 

Everything comes neatly packaged and wrapped with tissue paper, sealed with a sticker. 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 (I can’t believe how long I thought I had oily skin!). Also, PinkSeoul has now switched to electronic info sheets, sent to your email when your box ships. I always get a little excited when I rip the tissue paper/sticker to see what comes in my box- the extra step with the packaging really adds to the overall experience.

The Breakdown – What’s Inside The Box

Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel, 100 mL – Retail Value $19

green tube next to cream box

This has some of my favorite skincare ingredients for sensitive skin- aloe vera and propolis! Benton is one of my favorite K-beauty brands, and I hold their products in high regard. This is a fragrance-free gel moisturizer, and you get quite a bit for the $19 price tag. Along with the multiple forms of aloe and propolis extract, this is also made with green tea, cucumber extract, and the amino acid arginine. You can use this on your face to calm irritated skin or to keep rosacea at bay (how I use it most of the time), but you could also definitely use it on a sunburn or anywhere on your body that’s irritated for whatever reason.

The Plant Base Time Stop Collagen Ampoule, 20 mL – Retail Value $29 

copper bottle of serum next to copper box

I received this serum early last year, and my thoughts haven’t changed much about it. I love the shiny copper packaging and the fact that the formula is 76% mushroom extract (my skin loves mushroom!). This is a lightweight serum that absorbs into my skin quickly, and thanks to the addition of hyaluronic acid, licorice root, white mulberry, and prickly pear this is formulated to try and delay visible signs of aging. I have no idea if this does that- how old am I supposed to look at 27? Regardless, I find this to be both hydrating and soothing to my skin, and I love it for that purpose.

VT Essence SunPact SPF50+ PA+++ – Retail Value $13.90

 

I don’t know if it was intentional, but this compact definitely gives off Gucci vibes and I’m not complaining. Have you ever seen a more stylish sunscreen? Sunscreen compacts like this are trendy right now because they make it easier to reapply sunscreen without messing up makeup thanks to the sponge you use to dab the product on. I would use this only for that purpose- it takes a bit of effort to cover your entire face, and I don’t actually know how much SPF I’m getting when I apply it (for reference, with liquid sunscreen I use the three-finger method). I’m not awesome about reapplying sunscreen unless I’m really outside for a long stretch of time, and I’m happy I can toss this in my purse for future touch-ups. If I had a complaint it would be that this compact doesn’t have a mirror inside, but I have my Riki mirror from my Ipsy Glam Bag X that I keep in my purse, anyways. 

TonyMoly Silky Smooth Balm, 0.75 oz – Retail Value $20

 

I had no idea what this was when I first saw it- the egg pore branding reminded me of their egg pore nose strips, so I thought maybe this was one of those balms you massage into your skin to break up blackheads. Turns out, I was way wrong- it’s actually a makeup primer. The gold egg packaging definitely stands out on my vanity, but I don’t think I’ll use this often- when I tested it out it didn’t get along with the rest of my routine, so I did have some issues with pilling. It wasn’t so bad that I had to wash my face and start over, but this either doesn’t work with my foundation or it’s not friends with my sunscreen. 

I’m Sorry For My Skin Soothing Green Mud Mask – Retail Value $3.50

 

This is an innovative sheet mask! It’s actually a mud mask in sheet mask form. You apply it and leave it on until it starts to tighten the way a wash-off clay mask would, and then you rinse it away with warm water. This is the opposite of the mask I usually reach for, because I prefer sheet masks to be hydrating and soothing. Of course, I still tried it anyway- and I could see this be really appealing to someone who likes the benefit of a clay mask but hates the mess of washing it away. This wasn’t too drying on my skin, which I do appreciate, and I’m Sorry For My Skin definitely gets points for ingenuity.

SkinRX Lab MadeCera Re-Turn Real Red Mask – Retail Value $2.50

 

I’m a fan of the MadeCera line by SkinRX, so even though I’ve received this mask in this subscription box before I’m happy to see it again. The mask material is super thin and it hugs the contours of my face really well, and it’s well saturated with hydrating essence so I can wear it longer than the standard 15-20 minutes if I want to (I usually do). This has some fun ingredients like raspberry and tomato extract, and it’s also made with ceramide NP and multiple derivatives of Centella Asiatica to help support a healthy skin barrier and soothe the skin. 

Beige KF94 Masks, 5 ct – Retail Value $7

 

The accessory item this month is a super useful pack of KF94 face masks imported from Korea. These masks are a light brown color and have flaps to cup your nose and chin to create a more secure fit compared to a standard blue surgical mask, and the nude shade feels a little more stylish, too. Considering the times we live in, I’m happy to have these.

Value – Was This Box Worth It?

The Cost: $49.95 bi-monthly + free US shipping

COUPON: Use code MSA10 to save 10% off your first box!

Value Breakdown: 

  • Benton: $19
  • The Plant Base: $29
  • VTt: $13.90
  • TonyMoly: $20
  • I’m Sorry For My Skin: $3.50
  • SkinRX Lab: $2.50
  • KF94 Masks: $7

Everything in this box added up to $94.90, which is more than $40 more than the cost of the box.

Key Takeaways

This was a pretty good box from Pink Seoul. While there were some familiar faces, this box was full of brands I love like Benton, TonyMoly, and SkinRX. I really enjoyed discovering the VT Sun Essence and having the Benton soothing gel to use on irritated skin (and locking it under a thicker emollient cream now that the weather is getting colder!). If you like receiving full-size products and discovering K-Beauty products, then this is a subscription box you should seriously consider checking out- I always have fun every two months when this arrives at my door.

Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add PinkSeoul to your subscription list or wishlist!

Other Things You Should Know

Can I still get this box if I sign up today? No, your first box will be a PinkSeoul PLUS welcome box (valued at $100+).

Good to Know: Your first box will ship within 5 business days and subsequent boxes will ship by the 25th of every other month.

What do you think of the PinkSeoul Plus box? Do you prefer monthly or bi-monthly beauty boxes?

PinkSeoul PLUS Box is a customized, curated, full-sized and bi-monthly Korean skincare and makeup subscription box for women (recommended for those over 35) that sends you at least 4 full-sized products and an accessory item (i.e. hair/cosmetic accessory) every other month. Each box is customized b... read more.
Jessica Hapak
Jessica Hapak
I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza and when I’m not working as a family law attorney I enjoy hiking the Louisiana trails (alligator sightings are a favorite!) or relaxing with Duchess, my cat. I’m a sucker for anything labeled a mystery box and I’ve never met a bath bomb I didn’t like.

Jessica Hapak
Jessica Hapak
I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza and when I’m not working as a family law attorney I enjoy hiking the Louisiana trails (alligator sightings are a favorite!) or relaxing with Duchess, my cat. I’m a sucker for anything labeled a mystery box and I’ve never met a bath bomb I didn’t like.
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4 comments

Autumn P

I don’t know why I don’t go ahead and get this box!?! Tbh, this wasn’t my favorite box of products frm them…But definitely enjoyed the review, (Jessica- as always!), nonetheless!! Happy Holidays to all! 🙂

Jessica hapak

Autumn P, thank you SO much. Reading that someone enjoyed my review is a true joy in my life, and I always strive to make that the experience everyone has. I definitely recommend checking out a Pink Seoul subscription- if you bite the bullet let me know 🙂

Bri

The compact does have a mirror, you just have to remove the protective film.

Jessica Hapak

Oh man- seriously? I need to investigate this. That’s going to be pretty embarrassing 😅

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