Thursday, 22 January 2015

Memebox Skinfood Box Review

Skinfood is a very popular Korean brand most well known for its line of, well, food-based items. Quite popular are its sugar wash-off masks. As you can see, I received one in this Skinfood Memebox! How well do the other products stand up?

Box Overview
Box: Memebox (Referral link)
Price: Varies -- typically $20-$30 plus shipping
Ships to: United States, Canada, and several other countries -- check here
What's inside: Korean beauty products. Specifics for each box may be found on their website.
Coupon: use W9CV3Y for $3 off any $30+ order. Using my referral link, get $5 off any order of $100 or $10 off any order of $150 without a code! (Can be combined with coupon codes)

Facial Water Vita-C Cream Full size || Value: $10
Beneficial ingredients of note: acai extract , strawberry extract, raspberry extract, cranberry extract
Detrimental ingredients of note: ethanol (last ingredient)
I have moisturizers in every nook and cranny of my home. Needless to say, I haven't been able to crack this one open yet, but I hope to eventually. The ethanol isn't a huge deal to me because it's the last ingredient; I wouldn't be surprised if it was only included to help keep the ingredients together.

Tomato Whitening Toner Full size || Value: $11
Beneficial ingredients of note: tomato extract (second ingredient)
Detrimental ingredients of note: ethanol (third ingredient), fragrance (last ingredient)
Alright, here ethanol is a much bigger issue, being the third ingredient after tomato extract and water. Tomatoes are great for brightening the skin and for antioxidants, but I wouldn't put this near my face in a million years with all that ethanol. I put it up for trade. 

Black Sugar Mask Wash Off Full size || Value: $11
Beneficial ingredients of note: macademia seed oil, shea butter
Detrimental ingredients of note: fragrance (last ingredient)
This is a sugar scrub! It smells strongly of lemon and I wouldn't be surprised if the fragrance ingredient is lemon -- so be aware of that. I generally don't condone the use of sugar scrubs on the face because I'm worried about microtears of the skin. Personally I try to limit scrubs like this to once every month. Thus, I've only used this a few times. It's not bad, but it's no holy grail for me. I kind of wish I got the Strawberry mask, which apparently smells like jam! 

Egg White Pore Meringue Foam Full size || Value: $11
Beneficial ingredients of note: arginine, apple amino acids, some other amino acids
Detrimental ingredients of note: fragrance (last ingredient)
Thanks to an awesome person on Reddit, I learned that this cleanser -- which is otherwise great in terms of ingredients -- has an incredibly high pH of 8. Typically, one should keep the skin's pH below 7, around 4.5-5.5. This is especially true if you follow your cleansing routine with exfoliation by chemical means, which requires a low pH. Same for using vitamin C serums. Thus, I've since traded this item. It's huge! I'm sure they will get a lot of use out of it.

Choco Eyebrow Powder Cake Full size || Value: $6
This came in a black/brown colour and black/black colour, if I remember correctly. I got the black/black and I'm glad, since I have dark eyebrows. Brown works, but I think black works a little better now that I've tried this. I can't say it's good quality, though. The mirror is so heavy that you can't rest it on a surface without it falling over unless it's bent at less than a 90 degree angle. The brush is made almost entirely of plastic, including the bristles, which are tough and scratchy. It literally gouges holes in the powder when I attempt to use it. The powder itself is not very pigmented, as you can see in my swatch (two swipes each colour, no primer, artificial lighting). That could be a good thing, as it means the colour is buildable.

Altogether I received almost $50 of product from this box, which cost $36 after shipping. For a Memebox, this is a fairly low value, as most branded boxes are. I'm annoyed that two of the products are completely unsuitable for my skin (and I would argue most/all people), and that the eyebrow powder was very low quality -- though I'll still use it. If I had the option to go back in time, I'd tell myself not to buy this box, even though I don't think it's the worst thing ever.

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