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16 February, 2015

Unboxing | Memebox Korean Beauty Starter Set #2: Sampler Kit

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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.

Memebox Korean Beauty Starter Set #2: Sampler Kit Global #StarterKit

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

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 samples

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 samples

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall impressions:
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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  1. These products look so amazing!


  2. Yeah I agree, they are good sized products but when I think starter kit I think of a little variety...so a little skincare, body care,hair, makeup etc. This doesn't seem like that sorta kit.

  3. The hair loss treatment sounded kind of weird at first, but reducing flakiness sounds good! I'd probably give it a try since it's worked well for you in that aspect. I also love the packaging on the Dinoplatz, but I haven't purchased it because it would be waaaaay too light on my skin. It's funny, I'm pretty tan for a Korean and most of their skincare products are for lighter skin, so I can't use most of it!

  4. I still have not dove into the MeMe boxes yet! I have found what I feel like is my holy grail skin care right now. I found it by accident when I bought it as a Christmas kit and that is the First Aid Beauty Revitalize skin line. OMG my skin has never been smoother. I definitely want to look into a MeMe box that contains makeup though!

  5. This was a great value but I too am wondering about the effectiveness of the Pisteo! Why clear bottles?? Vitamin C should be in dark glass. I'll try these after my OST is gone, the price of the Pisteo is nuts, you'd think it would be great, huh? Anyway I bought this just for the DermaLift, I have 12 tubes now, love it even on my combination skin it just sinks right in. 😍

  6. I think this would be a good "starter kit" in the sense that it's a good introduction to Korean beauty products in general... or it would be if you could actually buy bigger sizes of these easily. A couple of these products are pretty much impossible to get outside of Korea without using a shopping service or something, from what I can tell.

  7. The Ryo treatment is a bit weird (it has a funky, herbal medicine smell) but it really has been working for me. Give it a try if you have a tube around. And yes Dinoplatz has the BEST packaging! There's a Dinoplatz perfume too, lol. Some Korean brands have darker shades (though Korean "dark" = medium tan) but a lot of the one-size-fits-all creams are really quite light. It seems like having your face a bit lighter than your body is more of a trend there, while the opposite is probably true in the US, lol.

  8. Sounds awesome! If it works, definitely stick with it. I can't help but be curious about new products sometimes though... there are definitely a few things in my routine that I would consider HG or close to it, but curiosity gets the better of me, haha.

  9. Yeah exactly! Clear glass + bright yellow Vitamin C serum weirds me out. I'm waiting until I finish my current C serum to try it out too. Have you found any online sources for Dermalift besides swapping? I tried searching a bit but haven't come up with anything yet...

  10. I haven't, I received six in two boxes and swapped for six more! I thought it would be too much for my son but it's the perfect amount of moisture. I know Tracy at Fanserviced-b loves it, she's the goddess of Google-wonder if she's found it?

  11. I also was super bummed when I realized the Vitamin C serum was in a clear bottle. Ive put them in a dark place but still. /sigh The color concerns me less but only because my Paula's Choice is a crazy orange and I trust her. But hers is in an orange, opaque bottle to maintain integrity at least.
    The Dermalift is straight up magic for me. Zero reaction, super moisturized and pliant skin. I'm happy! That's why I bought it anyway :)

  12. Paula's Choice C15? If it's dark orange it's probably old and has already oxidized. I've purchased a couple of bottles of C15 now and the color of the serum is a champagne/light yellow-ish color when you first open it (unlike the bottle, which is indeed crazy orange). The shelf life of that product is about 3 months once opened.

  13. Oh snap. I better check my other ones. I checked the color against my almost empty one.

  14. Wowww awesome value box! Wish I had jumped on it, even though I agree that it looks more like it's a clearance of excess sock. And that is a shit ton of Pisteo! I don't see how one vial is only supposed to last a week because one day's worth of that thing made my entire face oily and sticky for the entire day. Didn't care much for it. But at least it smells good? Hope that Pisteo hat came out good!

  15. Probably just a bit old then! Anyway, the reason I don't like the Pisteo serum being crazy yellow is because it's impossible to tell if it's oxidized. I guess that's less likely since the vials are so small, but still.

  16. I suspect one vial of Pisteo would last most people a little more than a week. Unless you're using it elsewhere on your body (neck, arms, hands etc.) I'm still not sure is Pisteo is a true Vitamin C serum, but I know some folks apply their C serum, leave it on for half an hour, then rinse it off and do other skincare to avoid the stickiness. If it's a potent, acidic serum you would still get a lot of the benefits that way.

  17. Well, I don't think the Pisteo straight vitamin c now. It has a pretty potent floral scent. And you were totally right about my Paula's Choice. Definitely oxidized compared to my unopened (well, now it's open) one. I tossed it, it was basically gone anyway. I'm going to make sure to use the new one faster.


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