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13 September, 2015

Unboxing | Memebox COSRX Box (first impressions and testing plans... such plans)

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I have some good news for all the skincare addicts out there: The Memebox COSRX Box ($46) is back in stock! (Or at least it is at the time of publishing this post, anyway.) So if it's on your wishlist, run and go get 'er! Memebox was kind enough to send me one for review, so today I'll be diving into the contents of the box and sharing which of these products I've decided to commit to testing for the long haul. Can you guess which ones? Ooh, the suspense!

Memebox COSRX Box review and unboxing

COSRX, for those of you who are not familiar, is a Korean brand specializing in skincare with "natural skin care components based on dermatology." They're unique because they're one of relatively few Korean brands that specialize in actives (like BHA/AHA), and they don't conduct animal testing! Best of all, their products are extremely affordable.

Now without further ado, let's see what was in the COSRX box!

COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence (100ml, value $18):
SLIIIIIIIME! Snail mucin has been an extremely popular ingredient in K-Beauty skincare lines for several years now thanks to its amazing healing properties. To be honest, my experiences with snail are relatively limited—I've tried various emulsions and creams where snail was one of many ingredients, but never an essence that was this snail-y. It's called Snail 96 because it boasts a whopping 96% of of snail secretion filtrate—ooh, slippery. Speaking of slippery, the texture of this essence is sort of slimy. In a pleasing way, not a creepy way. I need to test it more before offering any conclusive opinions, so this is definitely going in the "to try" basket!

COSRX Blackhead Silk FingerBall

COSRX Blackhead Silk FingerBall (12 pieces, value $6):
Now here's something interesting. These little cocoon-esque bits are made from natural silk that you stick on your fingertips. (You can even see some fine little fibers outside the balls if you look closely.) The purpose? Intensive spot exfoliation, wherever you need it most. Soak the balls in warm water for a couple of minutes to soften them up, pop 'em on your fingers, and go at it. The shape of these is actually really good for awkward, hard-to-reach spots on your face that you might have trouble reaching with a regular cleansing pad (e.g. the edges of your nose). I view these as more of a novelty than an essential part of my everyday cleansing routine, but they're definitely fun when your skin needs a little extra scrubbin'.

COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner

COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner (150ml, value $13):
This is a hydrating toner containing a mild solution of AHA and BHA. Purpose? To smooth skin, adjust the pH and lightly hydrate. According to COSRX's website, this has a pH of around 4. I actually used to use another AHA toner for a while and gave it up because it felt like exfoliation overkill, but this one seems much milder, so I'm willing to give it a shot. First impressions: Doesn't smell bad, has a watery texture. I think I need to test it for at least a month to say anything more, so.... to the review-mobile I go!

COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner

One other nice thing about this toner: It comes in a spray bottle. I always use my fingers to apply toner instead of cotton pads because I don't want to waste product, but post-application hand rinsing is sort of annoying, so I like spray bottles. It's the little things, people.

COSRX BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum

COSRX BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum (100ml, value $15):
This is a pore-minimizing serum for oily skin. Supposedly it has a mattifying effect, which is great if you have combo skin... the pump bottle makes it easy to dispense small amounts and apply wherever they're needed. I have not personally tried this serum yet because I am the middle of testing out a different serum with a similar function, but I may give it a shot someday. FYI this does contain alcohol, so avoid if you're sensitive to it. There are a couple of other nice moisturizing ingredients on the list (like Sodium Hyaluronate and Centella Asiatica Leaf Water).

COSRX Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser

COSRX Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser (150ml, value $8):
This is a foaming cleanser geared towards troubled/acne-prone skin. Unfortunately it's on the alkaline side (around pH 8.9), and I'm one of those people who swears by slightly acidic cleansers, so I will be shelving this product for now. Of course Stan isn't nearly as picky as I am, so he will probably get it at some point, and who knows... he might just post another vlog review.

Total box value: Approximately $60

Overall impressions:
The COSRX box was sort of a mixed bag for me. I didn't purchase it when it first came out because I was only interested in two of the products (the Snail 96 Essence and AHA/BHA toner, if you haven't been paying attention). So with that in mind, it would have made more sense for me to just purchase those two items individually—but if you're interested in at least three or four of the items in this box, it's definitely a good value for the price. Not everybody has the same skin needs as me, obviously, so... YMMV. Overall I think the contents of this box would be best-suited to oily or acne-prone skin types (including the hydrating snail essence, which is relatively light). But of course if you're like me and are only interested in some of the products, you can purchase them à la carte from Memebox.

As for me: I'll definitely be putting the Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence and AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner through a more rigorous round of testing over the next month and reporting back with my findings. Prepare yourself, face.

If you want to try out some of these products for yourself, you can pick up the COSRX box here for $46 or browse Memebox's COSRX selection here. Don't forget that all Memebox orders over $30 ship FREE! And new customers can use code FRIEND20 to get 20% off their first order $25+.

What do you think of the Memebox COSRX box? Which of these products would you have been most excited about? Does the word FINGERBALLS leave you in stitches? Let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: The box featured in this post was provided to me for review by Memebox, however any of the opinions expressed above are honest and my own. I did not receive any other form of compensation. Some or all of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I will earn a commission if you make a purchase after clicking on them. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy.

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