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The last of my orders from the now-not-so-global Memebox Global has finally arrived: Korean Beauty Starter Set #2. A bittersweet box... so awesome and cheap, but in retrospect, probably a sign that they were clearing their inventory before switching to US-only shipping. Oh well, it's still a good box! Let's have a look at it.
Not familiar with Memebox? They're an e-tailer specializing in Korean cosmetics, including mystery boxes and curated sets (AKA Memeboxes!) They currently have a presence in (and ship to) the United States, Korea, and China.
Memebox USA (formerly Memebox Global) shipped to something like 50 countries up until recently, and Memebox Korean Beauty Starter Set #2 was one of their last international offerings. This set sold for $15 shipped and included products from several past Memeboxes. Let's see what they were, shall we?
Pisteo Bright & Pure C Serum (5x 7ml vials, approximate value $98.60):
A Vitamin C serum, and certainly the star of this set in terms of value. (A set of 4x 7ml vials legitimately sells for about 87,000원/US $72, which is nuts.) Each vial is supposed to be a weekly supply, which is a great idea, because Vitamin C serums can oxidize quickly so only having each vial open for a week or so is unlikely to compromise the integrity of the product. That said, I have my doubts about the efficacy of the serum... the (probably artificial) yellow color and clear vial are signs that this stuff probably isn't that potent, because strong Vitamin C serum is sensitive to light and therefore will become unstable quickly in a clear container. That, and when most Vitamin C serums begin their natural life they're more of a champagne color than bright-ass yellow, so... yeah. I will likely still try it, but I'm skeptical at this point. (For a Korean Vitamin C serum that definitely is potent and not crazily expensive, check out my review of OST C20.)
Ryo Anti Hair Loss Treatment (2x 50ml, approximate value $6):
An anti-hair loss treatment. This is a rinse-out treatment that you use after you shampoo: Apply to wet hair and massage into the scalp, leave on for a few minutes, then rinse out. Voilà! I've written about this stuff a couple times before, but I'll say it again: I really like this stuff. It's cheap and makes my scalp look less flaky. I can't tell if it's really making me lose less hair, but reduced head flakiness is enough to get me excited about receiving a couple of mini tubes in this box.
Derma Lift Intensiderm Aqua Rich Cream (3x 15ml, approximate value $37.80):
An intensive, gel-like facial moisturizer. I was surprised when I first opened this because the cream is BLUE! Like toothpaste blue. Weirder things have happened, I guess. Anyway, I've probably used this about seven times no and so far I'm liking it. My skin has been very dry lately due to winter nastiness and usage of a rather strong retinol serum, and this stuff has worked well for me in conjunction with a moisturizing toner and emulsion. I'll have to report back when I've used up all the samples.
Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Cinema City CC Cream (10ml, approximate value $10):
I got a sample of this in Memebox Boxing Day #2 (which I reviewed here last week) and finally got around to trying it a few days ago. I have to say, I've read some mixed reviews of this product and probably wouldn't have bought it because of that, but I really ended up liking it. This is an extremely light coverage CC cream with a bit of SPF (in the form of Octinoxate and Titanium Dioxide, from what I can translate on the label) that leaves a slightly dewy finish. There's only one shade and it's very light—I have a feeling this would look kind of ghostly and ashy on medium to dark skintones, but it works quite well on my pasty self. MSBB. My skin but better. Or something.
SevenDrops High Protection Moringa Light Sunblock SPF50+ PA+++ (7g, approx. value $5.32):
Sunscreen, obviously. I still haven't been able to find a full ingredients list for this, but this blog post seems to indicate that it's a chemical sunscreen containing Octisalate, Octinoxate, Ensulizole, Uvinul A Plus, and Avobenzone, among other things. I had a bad reaction to a sunscreen last summer and I think Avobenzone was the culprit, so I'll be passing this sample along to someone else.
Plagentra White Mark Cream (Sample sizes 15g, approximate value $5.70):
This is a rich body cream meant to reduce the appearance of stretchmarks. I got another sample of it in Memebox Global #12, and there wasn't enough for me to tell if it really did anything... it is moisturizing though, so I'll use this one too.
Botanic Hill Boh Radiant Youth Ampoule Essence (4ml sample, approximate value $5):
I got a sample of this way, way back in Memebox Global #9, and still haven't tried it. Guess I probably should now, huh? This is an anti-aging, moisturizing ampoule (intensive serum) so far as I can tell. Shrug.
Memebox branded mesh pouch (Approximate value $0):
I don't think Memebox ever sold these on their site—I feel like they might have been part of one of the older versions of the brush set? Maybe? Maybe not. In any case, I wouldn't pay for a branded makeup pouch, but they're always handy to have. This one seems like it holds a lot. Yay!
Total value: Approximately $168.42
I think the Memebox Starter Set #2 is great... or at least it would be if it actually served as a starter kit for new Memebox customers, and not what (in retrospect) is probably just a bunch of products that they wanted to sell out before ceasing international shipping. Not that I'm complaining, because most of the products in this set are great and the price was ridiculously cheap. I'm going to make myself a hat out of Pisteo boxes now.
This particular kit has long since sold out, but Memebox USA has several other boxes/value sets available at the moment. Orders over $30 ship free, and be sure to check my Memebox Deals & Coupons page before browsing to see if there are any coupons or specials that can be applied to your order.
What do you think of Memebox Korean Beauty Starter Set #2? If you're in the United States, will you still be ordering from Memebox now that they've switched up their business model?
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