Disclosure: All Memebox links and codes on this page are affiliate ones for which I may receive commission. I purchased all the products in this review.
Is the world ready for a Memebox review from a woman in her mid-50s? Well, ready or not, here I come!
I plan to do more reviews of Memeboxes in the future, so in this initial post I’ll go into more detail about the company, packaging, and so forth in addition to the actual items. Future reviews will be all about the products.
Memebox (pronounced “mi-mi,” not “meem”) is an online seller of Korean cosmetics, which includes a ton of skin care products and also makeup. Here’s the “About Us” on their web site:
Memebox is the #1 Korean beauty online retailer in the world.
Many of our products are sourced, packaged, and shipped directly from Korea straight to your doorstep.
We also have a range of USA Exclusives, which include products most-loved by our USA customers – these ship directly from our USA warehouse.
This is not a subscription service that you sign up for and which sends you a box every month. You can shop individual products or buy curated “mystery” boxes.
Memeboxes contain “… 4 – 7 [up to 8, actually] full-sized products and deluxe samples” and each Superbox has “… its own theme, and contains only full-sized items.” The price per box appears to range from $18 to $39 (sometimes on sale) and shipping is extra. Some of the boxes are sold in sets, which have express shipping for the price of standard shipping.
I’m just getting started with Memebox, have placed one order of individual items from the U.S. shop and have received one Superbox which is currently sold out, Pinkaholic. I wanted to get a box that was shipping soon (many of boxes are released with a future shipping date about two months out) so I could try it before ordering any others.
I went into this purchase with no expectations other than “pink.” Had no idea if it was makeup, skin care items, or both.
Please note that this graphic is promotional only and does not guarantee any certain product; for example, there’s a drawing of a nail polish bottle but no nail polish was included. Sometimes the company will post a spoiler of one or more items that actually are in the box but they are clearly labeled as such.
My box arrived about 9-10 business days after it shipped, since I paid for standard, not express, shipping. It came in a bubble wrap mailer and I had to sign for it.
Inside is a bright pink box, a little more than 6 inches square and about 3 inches high.
Opening it up, all the products are snugly packed with some extra padding, most are in their own small boxes, and on top is a two-sided description card. You really need the card unless you’re fluent in Korean, which is the major language on the packaging.
I received six full-sized products — three makeup and three skin care. Going by the regular store prices listed on the card, the value of Pinkaholic, for which I paid $35.99 ($29 + $6.99 shipping) was $119. I take these prices with a grain of salt — yes, the “Glow Glow Balm” really is listed for $35 on the Memebox site, but if you are a savvy online shopper you may find it cheaper elsewhere. But I feel this box is a great way to try products that I normally wouldn’t know enough about to buy separately.
I’ve read some other blogger reviews of Pinkaholic and see some disappointment. One person was expecting all makeup. Several people seem unhappy with the balm (more on that later). I say if you want all makeup, don’t buy a mystery box; buy a box clearly labeled makeup! Here’s an example, Fall/Winter Natural Makeup. Most of the reviews on Memebox’s own site are overwhelmingly positive.
Overall, I’m very pleased with what I received. I like all the items and feel I got a good value. The card explains how to use the items where it’s not painfully obvious; i.e, it says that you can use the lip crayon on your cheeks but doesn’t say to use it on your lips, because we’re smart that way.
1. Style Y Glossy Fit (not Pit, typo on card) Crayon Lipstick 01 Strawberry — This is a glossy pink lip color that feels smooth and is bright but not too bright. Doubt I’ll use it on my cheeks because I prefer powder blushers, but it’s nice to know I could.
2. Style Y Color Fit Bling Bling Auto Crayon Shadow 01 Pink — Looks shimmery pink in the tube but is rather glittery on the skin. Might be a bit too glitterific for my old eyelids but on the other hand I could tone it down with a bit of neutral powder. Not sure yet if I’ll keep this one or give it to a younger relative. I wouldn’t cover my eyelids with it but would use just a dab as a highlight on my browbone.
(Note: both these crayons twist up from the base, no sharpening required! I LOVE that.)
3. Shara Shara Aurora Liquid Highlighter 01 Pink (9 g) — This is a beautiful highlighter/illuminator that you can wear sparingly on your cheekbones or anywhere you want a light pink highlight. It’s not a blush, and it’s shimmery, not glittery. Beautiful. The bottle has a small brush applicator, like a nail polish bottle, but I prefer to dab on a tiny bit with my fingers.
4. Insobeau Perfect Deep Clean One-Step Cleansing Water (200 ml) — This is “only” a cleanser but I love it. It feels fresh, not oily, has virtually no scent, and best of all it gets my face clean. No rinsing required, even better. It’s not an eye makeup remover but removes foundation, blush, etc. nicely.
5. Secret Key Color Recipe The Pink Cream (55 g) — This gel-like cream feels cool and refreshing. I’ve been using it on my face and neck and love how it feels. Does it “tighten and lift up dry, sagging skin” per the description? Honestly can’t tell yet.
6. Awesome Glow Glow Balm (45 g) — OK, this is a balm. As in, can be used like a salve if you want. It’s not a fluffy night cream, and it’s shiny. It’s solid and translucent in the jar, not a frothy cream like it appears in its picture on the card. It contains argan, olive, and macadamia oils, so guess what, it’s oily. I have no interest in using it as a highlighter on my face but have been using it on some small dry spots of skin on my face and arms and also as a virtually colorless lip balm. Has no discernible smell or taste.
One way I want to try using it is to put some on my feet, then some foot cream, and then wear cotton socks over all that to bed. I wouldn’t pay $35 for this balm but I’m glad I got it in the box. A little bit goes a long way so I think this jar will last almost forever. And it sure looks prettier in my powder room than Bag Balm, which was originally meant for cows’ udders!
That was Pinkaholic. Definitely PINK. My next Memebox is on its way to me and has a chocolate theme. Om nom nom.
Some Memeboxes don’t grab me. After reading many reviews, I don’t think anything with “cute,” “cutie,” or “cutiepie” in the name is for me. Ditto anything about acne. But a Cleopatra theme? I’m all over that. Ditto a box called Brighten & Correct, which sounds like needed skin care items.
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Disclosure: Promotional box graphic © Memebox, I took all other photos. All Memebox links and codes on this page are affiliate ones for which I may receive commission. I purchased all the products in this review.