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
Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence, 3.38 oz - Retail Value $20
I have a lot of nostalgia for the Snail Bee line from Benton because a serum from them came in one of the first K-Beauty boxes I ever reviewed and I remember being amazed that a product that had both snail secretion filtrate and bee venom (western skincare could never). This essence has those same bad boys, but this also has niacinamide, adenosine, aloe vera, and peptides. It's actually a sensitive-skin friendly product, and it's great for acne-prone skin or those looking to give their skin a brightening boost. Since it's an essence this has a watery texture that absorbs quickly, and I feel like it preps my skin for the rest of my skincare routine.
Graymelin Centella 50 Regeneration Cream, 200 mL - Retail Value $27
This cream was a moisturizing treat. The 50 in the title stands for the fact that 50% of the formula is Centella Asiatica water, making it a cream rich in reparative amino acids, fatty acids, and beta carotene. I felt like this wasn't a super heavy cream-it was more midweight, and I really liked how it felt when I applied it to my neck and décolletage along with my face.
Aronyx Triple Effect Real Collagen Essential Serum, 50 mL - Retail Value $26
I typically enjoy trying out Aroynx products, but the packaging on this serum really detracted from the overall user experience. I don't find the serum to be especially thick, but the dropper has a really difficult time picking up an adequate amount of product to dispense. I'm able to make it work, but it takes a lot more effort for something that should honestly be mindless. The formula itself is nice (it's comprised of multiple peptides and botanical extracts), but I don't really reach for it on my vanity just because of the hassle of getting the product out of the bottle.
Scinic Face Peelter Milk Peeling Gel, 80 mL - Retail Value $12
This peeling gel from Scinic is designed to gently exfoliate your skin without drying you out thanks to the milk protein, polyhydroxy acids, probiotics, and green tea in the formula. I don't love peeling gels as a personal preference, but this one was pretty gentle on my skin which should make everyone with sensitive skin rejoice.
Scinic Deep Cleansing Foam, 150 mL - Retail Value $10
Since I have dry skin I am never super stoked when I see a product described as "deep cleansing" anything. This is made with baking soda which is an ingredient that I know those with oily skin will love, but it's not one that my skin particularly needs. I like that this also has sage and tea tree extracts and this is something I would probably reach for after a really sweaty workout, but for my skin type it doesn't have a place in my regular routine.
Frudia My Orchid Mango Hand Cream, 30 mL - Retail Value $3
If you don't like the smell of fruity mango, this hand cream definitely isn't for you. I like it, and I like this hand cream. I also just cleaned out my work purse for the first time in over a year and threw out the hand cream that had been there for longer, so this is the perfect hand cream to put in my newly cleaned out purse. It is hydrating without being too heavy or greasy, and I like the refreshing fruity scent.
Mediheal Vita Essential Mask - Retail $2
I am a big fan of the Mediheal brand so I am always happy when I see their masks inside a subscription box. This sheet mask fit my face well and was pretty hydrating, and it's formulated with vitamins C, E and B to brighten and tone your skin.
Centellian 24+ Madeca Derma Mask - Retail Value $4
This sheet mask material is made with 100% cotton, and the essence is infused with Centella Asiatica, which is. a favorite ingredient of mine. The mask fit my face really well and left my skin hydrated and more calm after using, which is all I can ask for from a mask.
Value – Was This Box Worth It?
The Cost: $49.95 bi-monthly + free US shipping
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- Benton: $20
- Graymelin: $27
- Aronyx: $26
- Scinic Peeling Gel: $12
- Scinic Cleanser: $10
- Frudia: $3
- Mediheal: $2
- Centellian: $4
Everything in this box added up to $104.
This month's box from PinkSeoul was another solid box. The stars for me were definitely the Benton essence and Graymelin cream- using those two together has my skin feeling great. The Scinic products aren't really for me, and while the Aronyx formula is nice, the packaging leaves a bit to be desired (maybe I'll decant it). Both sheet masks were great. That's what's fun about this subscription box though- I'll get exposed to a lot of new brands and products and I get to try them out. Nothing will be a perfect fit 100% of the time, but experimenting is part of the fun. 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
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?
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