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.
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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
Nacific Fresh Herb Origin Serum, 50 mL - Retail Value $29
This Nacific Serum is made with a patented antioxidant blend comprised of amino acid and water lily extract along with lemongrass and lime peel. Mixed altogether, this serum works to fight visible signs of aging and the appearance of enlarged pores. I would definitely say this is for dry (or maybe even mature) skin, as it feels almost oily instead of like your traditional serum. It has a citrus scent that I found really pleasant, too.
Benton PHA Peeling Gel, 70 mL - Retail Value $14.50
I don't love peeling gels, but I do really love the Benton brand. This contains cellulose as a physical exfoliator and also has polyhydroxyacid (a more gentle chemical exfoliant), and those two exfoliants are paired with ceramide NP and chrysanthemum flower extract to make this a gentle exfoliating experience that still works to leave skin smooth. I didn't notice a scent with this (most, if not all, of Benton's products are fragrance-free), and I didn't see any increased redness in my skin after using this so that's always a great thing.
Some By Mi Red Teatree Cicassoside Final Solution Cream, 60 g - Retail Value $24
I don't know why "cream" is in the name of this product when it very much has a lightweight gel texture, but no one consults me on product names so I digress. This is made with a teatree extract only found in northern New Zealand along with derivatives of Centella Asiatica, so this is a really nice moisturizer if you're dealing with any sensitivity. The instructions say to use this as the last step in your routine, but it's so lightweight that I would probably layer it under an oil if my skin was feeling particularly inflamed.
Mizon Ampoule Miniature Set - Retail Value $29.99
I thought this Mizon mini ampoule set was so fun- it has minis of the different ampoules from various product lines! Not only is this great for travel, it would also be fabulous for trying out the brand to discover which full-size would suit your skin best. I was pretty bummed to find that the bottles themselves were only about halfway-filled. I don't think they spilled in transit, I think the manufacturer just... didn't fill them all of the way, and that was disappointing because you don't get a lot of overall product in this set.
Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner Mist, 3.4 oz - Retail Value $11
If you read my K-Beauty reviews you know that when Pyunkang Yul appears in a box, my skin is happy. This essence toner mist is made with a high percentage of Barberry and hyaluronic acid, and it feels instantly hydrating and soothing when I mist it on my skin. It only contains five ingredients, total, which is great if you're trying to limit what you put on your skin due to sensitivity issues.
Benton Fermentation Mask Pack - Retail Value $3
I get really excited when I see Benton sheet masks in boxes- I love them all and just find them to be very good quality for the price, and so I am always looking to welcome more into my life. This mask is made with ceramide NP along with peptides and three different fermented ingredients. Fermentation is great in skincare because it makes it easier for your skin to absorb active ingredients (and then, in theory, you'll see results from your products sooner). I just like this sheet mask because it leaves me hydrated and glowing, but I have noticed that my skin always seems to glow a little extra if the product I used had fermented ingredients as a feature.
Some By Mi Diamond Brightening Ampoule Mask - Retail Value $1.31
This sheet mask is made with both diamond and pearl powder, and I'm pretty sure your skin can truly, actually absorb neither of those things. Of course, since this is a sheet mask, it is also made with your standard hydrating ingredients, and my skin enjoyed it for that. It's fun to say ~diamond~ sheet mask, but if your skin is glowing after using this mask I'm pretty sure that's just because it was nicely hydrated.
Value – Was This Box Worth It?
The Cost: $49.95 bi-monthly + free US shipping
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- Nacific: $29
- Benton: $14.50
- Some By Mi Cream: $24
- Mizon: $29.99
- Pyunkang Yul: $11
- Benton: $3
- Some By Mi Mask: $1.31
Everything in this box added up to $112.80, which is more than double double the cost of the box.
This month's box from PinkSeoul was good, but it didn't feel great. I enjoyed trying out the Nacific serum and Some By Mi cream, but the lack of fully-filled ampoules in the Mizon set put a small damper on the box. I do appreciate one of my favorite brands (Benton) was featured, and that the value this month was higher than the last box set. 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.
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Other Things You Should Know
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?