Today I have something to share with you that I'm really excited about. I mean really, really *really* excited about. If you read my blog regularly then you probably know that I'm a big fan of both beauty boxes and Korean cosmetics. Well, what if I told you that there was a Korean beauty box that shipped overseas, and that it was an exceptionally good value to boot? Holy savings, Batman!
The thing I'm talking about is Memebox, and and today I'll be reviewing their third global edition box.
Before I get into the contents, here's a little info about Memebox:
Memebox (in Korean that's 미미박스, pronounced "mi-mi-box") is a beauty box service based out of Korea. They've actually been around for a while in Korea (as an extension of the "Get It Beauty" TV show), but they just started shipping internationally in October. As of now this is not a subscription-based service: They release a new mystery box each month and you can choose whether or not you want to buy it. Memebox currently ships internationally to Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the USA.
Each box costs $21 plus $6.95 international shipping to the United States. That is a bit more expensive than some of the more well-known American beauty boxes (like Birchbox for example), but the amount of stuff you get in Memebox makes it so worth it - you'll see what I mean in a minute. Every box edition is sold in limited quantities, so if you wait to buy there's no guarantee it won't sell out! The third edition is still on sale (for now) here, but they also just released the fourth edition a couple of days ago, so the third edition is likely to sell out soon.
In addition to the beauty box, Memebox also has an online shop for various Korean beauty products at reasonable prices, plus free shipping on orders $70+. If you're still on the fence, Memebox is offering a special discount promotion for my readers (which you'll find at the end of this post). But first, a review!
I didn't take pictures, but the outside of the box was thoroughly covered in bubble wrap to prevent damage. Here's what was inside:
Well, that's product overload. Let's break it down into bite-sized chunks:
Dr. Jart+ V7 Eye Serum (full size 15ml, value $38)
I've used many eye creams before, but never an eye serum. From what I gather this is meant to brighten up the eye area and reduce puffiness. Sounds great to me - I can't wait to see if it works.
Secret Key Twinkle Waterproof Gel Pencil Liner - Deep Black (full size 1.2g, value $8)
A nicely-pigmented black eyeliner pencil with a little bit of silver sparkle. I swatched a little on my wrist and rubbed at it to see how well it stayed put - there was some very minor smudging, but for the most part it remained intact. Thumbs up. I will have to test it further to comment on its longevity.
Dear by Enprani Bounce Cheese Cream (sample size 30ml, value $11.60)
This is probably the weirdest thing in the box, but somehow not so surprising because Skin & Tonics reviewed another cheese cream recently. Apparently cheese in skincare is a "thing" now. Anyway, I've decided that I'm going to have my boyfriend test this so I can do a more in-depth post about it later - let the hilarity ensue.
Nuganic Customized Sunblock Fresh SPF 50 PA+++ (full size 40ml, value $45)
A high-SPF sunblock is always a good thing for pale people like myself. This also supposedly has anti-wrinkle capabilities. As long as it protects my skin I'm happy!
TonyMoly Delight Tony Tint Red (sample size 1.5ml, value $0.50)
I have another TonyMoly lip tint that I got a year or so ago, but this one is different. First of all, it smells AMAZING, like ripe berries or something. This must be from a different product line, but in any case it smells nice and is quite pigmented.
Papa Recipe Princess Lip Gel Patch (full size, value $3)
I've wanted to try one of these lip patches just for novelty's sake, but I could never justify the expense, so I'm glad one of them appeared in my Memebox! Just FYI for the uninitiated, these lip patches are basically like masks you wear over your lips. They hydrate and make you look silly at the same time. :P
Aritaum The Professional Eyelash (full size, $3)
A very natural-looking pair of false lashes by Aritaum. I'm not a big false lash-wearer, but if you are these would be suitable for everyday use. As for me, I'll save them for a rainy day when I feel like playing dress-up.
Banila Co. It Radiant Sample Kit (sample value: not sure, maybe $5?)
This little kit contains sample sizes of the It Radiant Brightening Cream, CC Cream & Melting Pact. I've sort of wanted to try the melting pact, but was a bit nervous to buy a full sized one and have it not match my skin tone, so I'm really happy to see samples of it in my Memebox!
Total value: Approximately $114.10
Well, for starters, this is the highest-value beauty box I've ever received, and it's not even the most expensive one I've tried. So that's something worth noting. Not everything was full-sized, but most of the sample sizes were quite large. Monetary value is sort of meaningless though if you don't like the contents, but I was thrilled with nearly everything in the box. I'm not so into the cheese cream, but my boyfriend is interested in trying it so it'll get some use after all.
This box seemed largely skincare oriented, which is unsurprising given the emphasis that Korean brands seem to put on skincare. But it was nice to see some makeup in there too - variety is the spice of life and all that jazz. This box was also interesting for me because it was a mixture of familiar and new brands - I had never tried anything by Enprani, Nuganic or Papa Recipe prior to receiving it.
As someone who likes to try random Korean skincare stuff anyway just for the hell of it, Memebox is absolutely 100% my dream beauty box. But I could see it being a fun treat even if you're not experienced with Korean brands - you're not bound to a subscription, and there's a a nice mixture of familiar products and unusual new things to try. In any case, the ample number of large samples you receive certainly makes it worth the price tag.
Special promotion for Hello Pretty Bird! readers:
Memebox is currently offering an extra $5 in points for my readers (points can be used just like cash at the Memebox website). Their cart doesn't currently support promo codes, so here's what you need to do to take advantage of the offer: Create an account, then shoot an e-mail over to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 1:1 inquiry letting them know that you were referred by HelloPrettyBird.com. Points will be credited within 24 hours and only one referral allowed per person/account. Happy shopping! Edited to add: It has also come to my attention that you will get a $5 signup credit for opening a new account as well, and that can be combined with the referral credit! So a total of $10 off! Woo-hoo. Like the referral credit, it may take a day or so to show up in your account.
What do you think of this box? Have you purchased a Memebox for yourself before?
PS For more fun subscription box reviews, check out the first-ever "Share Your Subscription" link party hosted by Unpack The Box and Mommy Splurge!
Disclosure: The Memebox featured in this post was provided to me for review. I did not receive any cash compensation for this post and the opinions expressed above are 100% honest. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy.