Memebox recently announced that, effective February 10th, they will no longer be operating in countries other than Korea, China, and the US. It’s quite a blow to the thousands of international Meme fans that have come to love what this company has to offer. Memebox has grown tremendously in the short time it’s been in operation and changed a great deal from month-to-month. This move seems to be an attempt to gather their bearings and improve their service, which has recently been lacking in multiple aspects. It seems a drastic move, but we can only hope it will result in broad improvements and the eventual reinstatement of their global customer base.
In light of these recent developments, I thought it only fitting to review a box that hearkens back to the ‘good ‘ol days of Meme’ – their collaboration with Soothing Sista.
This was the first and only collaboration box I’ve purchase, as it’s the only one that has appealed to me and here is why…
Most often found on the streets of San Francisco, Soothing Sista AKA Stephanie Villa is taking the YouTube world by storm with her skincare, makeup and fashion tutorials. Showcasing looks for the edgier goddess in you, Stephanie isn’t afraid to take a risk.
She’s hand-picked hottest skincare and makeup products of the month straight from Korea, which we’re sure you’ll love!
ETUDE HOUSE Goodbye Pore Ever Primer Essence 20ml ($12)
The silky, lightweight formula mattifies excessive oil and shine, and enhances makeup adherence. It can be worn under makeup to fill in uneven skin surfaces and visible pores, creating a smoother-than-smooth canvas.
Ingredients: CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, DIMETHICONE, WATER, DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, ALCOHOL DENAT., METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, PEG/PPG-20/20 DIMETHICONE, MAGNESIUM SULFATE, SORBITAN SESQUIOLEATE, SILICA, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, PHENOXYETHANOL, FRAGRANCE(PARFUM), MICA (CI 77019), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), IRON OXIDES (CI 77499)
Impressions: This primer has a creamy consistency with a slight tint. I was really excited for this item as I’m on a bit of a primer kick and was looking forward to testing out another. Unfortunately, this particular one just did not measure up for me. I didn’t find that it did an especially good job of filling in, but the killer for me was that it left my skin quite dry and flaked under foundation or BB. I have combination skin, so a mattifying effect is usually what I look for, but this went above and beyond into desert wasteland territory. I know a lot of people enjoy this primer, but I was just not for me. If you’re a fan of primers with a creamy texture I would highly recommend the Milky Dress Silky Velvet Primer instead. It’s my absolute favorite of that variety.
VICIONI Super Aqua Soothing Serum 30ml ($24)
Do something good for your skin! This Super Aqua Soothing Serum is free of carbomer, silicon, artificial ingredients, and chemical preservatives to give your skin a cosmic blast of naturally beautifying ingredients. Use it daily to replenish, brighten, soothe, and smooth the complexion.
Impressions: I absolutely loved that this serum was packed with 100% natural ingredients including sea minerals, rice brand, hyaluronic acid, and aloe. I’m sure it’s just as lovely as other serums I’ve tried from this brand and really enjoyed (Pore Minimizing Detox Essence = fantastic). But I made the executive decision to pass this on because it seemed much better-suited to someone with dry and/or sensitive skin. That’s not to say that someone with my skin type couldn’t or shouldn’t use this, but ideally the products in our skincare routine are specifically targeted to address existing issues. So while I may have gotten some enjoyment out of slathering this on, I doubt it would have accomplished much for me personally.
TONYMOLY Egg Pore Blackhead Steam Balm 30g ($9)
This self-heating steam balm opens up clogged pores and extracts all unwelcome pore-dwellers for a smoother, more supple surface skin. Three types of natural exfoliators – white salt, charcoal powders, and egg yolk – remove blackheads, whiteheads, and dead skin cells to cleanse and minimize pores.
Impressions: This was another item I was very excited to try. It’s part of Tony Moly’s three egg/three step set of which this is the first. The second is a Pore Tightening Cooling Pack and the third is a Pore Silky Smooth Balm, which also happens to be my favorite silicon-based primer. Consequently, I had high hopes for this items, but it just didn’t do much for me. After application there was a slight warming sensation, but I would have been hard-pressed to see any noticeable extraction happening. This was not a winner for me.
VIVITO Painting Matte Finish Lip Stick ($25)
Randomly selected from RD01 Sour Red, RD02 Red Sun, RD03 Red Ribbon, PP01 Raspberry Purple, PP02 Orchid Purple
This lipstick paints lips with covetable color and ultra-comfortable texture. Enriched with a cocktail of nourishing ingredients, this must-have lipstick plumps and hydrates lips while offering a balance between beautiful hue and ultra comfortable wear.
Impressions: Alright, so this without-a-doubt is the star of the show for me. I was already excited after purchasing this box just having seen the array of colors from which our lipstick would be selected – gorgeous. But I was thoroughly impressed once I received my beautiful Raspberry Purple and put it to the test. This lipstick has fantastically smooth application and strong pigmentation. Even more impressive is the staying power. I accidentally feel asleep wearing this and it was STILL ON when I woke up the next morning. And not just a stain that was left over, the lipstick itself. Not only that, but my lips weren’t a shriveled mess; they actually felt moisturized. Suffice it to say, I wanted them all and to-date have been able to garner Sour Red and Red Ribbon for my very own. These are, unfortunately, very hard to find, but are now being carried by TesterKorea for 27,500 won (~$26). Worth every penny!
REVECEN Blooming Collagentox Sleeping Water Pack 90ml ($24)
This nourishing overnight facial treatment delivers powerful snail mucin extract, bird nest extract, and prickly ash berries to the skin to replenish lost moisture, firm up and tone the skin, and even out uneven complexions.
Impressions: I was thrilled to finally be receiving a bird next product from Meme. It’s one of those unique ingredients most prevalent in Asia and I was eager to see if the claims I’ve heard were true. I can’t say which of the fantastic ingredients should get the majority of the credit, but as a singular product this pack is really lovely. I use it on those nights that I feel my face requires extra nourishment and am always pleased by what I see in the mirror when I wake up in the morning. The pack really does help to hydrate as well as even out skin tone.
SHARA SHARA Miracle Capsule Cream 50ml ($15)
This anti-wrinkle moisturizer is enriched with glacial water and 24 types of nourishing oil to deliver a surge of moisture to the skin to firm, rejuvenate, and revitalize the skin.
Ingredients [partial]: transparent oil capsule, caulerpa racemosa extract, argan tree kernel oil, glacier water, adenosine
Free of parabens, alcohol, benzophenone, mineral oil, phenoxyethanol
Impressions: I absolutely adore gel-based moisturizers. As someone whose t-zone can get incredibly oily, traditional cream-based products are oftentimes much too heavy. This is a wonderfully light moisturizer that isn’t light on the hydration and nourishment it provides. The adorable packaging really doesn’t hurt either. This item coordinates with the Shara Shara White Bear Multi Cream that was included in one of the Thanksgiving boxes.
DEWYTREE Deep Detox Black Mask 1 Sheet ($3)
This detoxifying facial sheet mask is formulated with Jeju Island’s volcanic scoria clay to detoxify, clarify, and revitalize the skin.
Impressions: This mask is not new to me and my opinions of it have been outlined in my Dewytree Black Sheet Mask review where I discussed the full line. This Detox version is the stand out favorite of that line for me, so I was very happy to get another. I would have been happier to get multiple, but what can you do. I truly feel this mask delivers on it’s clarifying claims as I always see a noticeable improvement in any clogging or dullness, after using this mask.
This box cost $23 + shipping and has an overall Memevalue of $112. This box had some winners and losers for me, but I was incredibly pleased with it overall. The items I did like, I liked a great deal and that increases personal value exponentially. The box itself was beautifully designed and the contents, nicely curated with a broad range of items. While it was clear that Stephanie didn’t choose all the items on her own, it also truly seemed to be a collaborative effort between her and Memebox. Prior collaborations seemed forced, with individuals who don’t much know or care about kbeauty. I hope to see more collaborations such as this one in the future, and more boxes that offer this thoughtful curation and excellent value.
February Discount Codes
Take $5 off orders above $50, valid for for USA Shop and XO Memebox items (3x use) – FABFIVE
10% off makeup purchases – MEMELOVE
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