As some of you know, I am on a mission to decide which Korean beauty box is the best for beginners. After all, I am a beginner myself in many ways, and I like the idea that Asian beauty can be introduced to a wide range of people, rather than be a super niche thing that you can only get into if you know the secret password (which if I had to guess would be, like, hanbang propolis factory).
I’ve checked out the 3B Beauty box and I quite like my shipments so far. But while 3B sticks to skincare (so far, at least), I’d also eyed Mishibox, which contains a mix of skincare and makeup products. Their past boxes look fun and well curated (AND they publish ingredient lists for all box items in English monthly, YAY), so I was thrilled to check out their December box. [Disclaimer: This item was supplied by Mishibox for review. This review also contains affiliate links.]
Right off the top, I could tell I was going to dig Mishibox before I even opened up my box. I’d like to say my only concern with a beauty box is the quality of ingredients inside the package, but that’s 100% a lie, and I don’t come here to lie to you fine people. I love good presentation, and the bright pink box adorned with their adorable bunny logo definitely sings “HAPPY!” to me. Cute! Exciting!예쁜! Goodies within!
Opening it up feels like getting a gift — it’s really fun, and wrapped in red paper on the inside with a little seal. They also put red and green crinkled paper in the bottom to hold the products in place and add a bit of holiday cheer. Nice touch!
The full spread!
I had to smile when I opened the box, because several of my current faves were packed in there: Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash and a Blueberry Sheet Mask. Thanks to Fifty Shades of Snail’s review in August, I gave the wash a try about a month back and have been pretty pleased with it, so now I won’t need to buy any for a while. I’m also pleased to see Mishibox putting it out there because it’s a very good cleaner for those who are all about low pH cleansers, but miss the foaminess of high pH ones. I won’t review here because Fiddy’s review is super comprehensive, but suffice to say I think other Mishibox subscribers will be really pleased with it. AND it’s $12 full price, and even cheaper if you import.A 5.5 pH cleanser that foams well and costs $12 for a huge bottle? Glorious.
I’ve been getting into Tosowoong sheet masks as of late and I quite like them. They stay on my face better than other similarly priced sheet masks, are a bit larger, have lovely ingredients (the Blueberry is a radiance booster, and as I type this review I am wearing it). So that was a nice addition to the box as well. Ingredients are as follows:
Water Aqua, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Sodium Polyacrylate, Disodium EDTA, Allantoin, Panthenol, Fragrance
I’ve mostly bought a few of these at a time to see how I liked them, but I think next time I buy I will go for a larger quantity (and Amazon has 10 packs, by the way).
I also already had the A’Pieu Nonco Tea Tree Spot Patch, as it happened to come in my November 3b box. I did not review then as I feel it’s hard for me to rate it fairly because I suffer from hormonal acne rather than topical, and nothing really makes them go away besides a prescription from my dermatologist. That said, I did test them back in November and did not see much of a difference. Fanserviced-b has good things to say about them, however, and at the whopping price of $1.50 (or less if you’re doing a TesterKorea haul), you can afford to find out for yourself.
My rave for this box actually goes to an accessory: The Missha Konjac Cleansing Puff. If I could sing an ode to this thing, I would. I had never used it before the Mishibox arrived, so it’s new to me, but the moment I got it into my hands I knew I was going to want to marry it. And I do.
Things that make me want to get down on one knee and declare eternal devotion to this charcoal sponge:
- It’s big. Like twice as big as the average konjac sponge.
- It’s soft right out of the package and feels moist. If it was a cake you’d be super excited to eat it.
- It’s $5 retail which is also less than many puffs out there of dubious quality.
- Washing your face with it feels like a dream.
HOLY GRAIL STATUS. Buy immediately.
Also enclosed in this delightful little box were two Tony Moly products: The Peach Hand Cream and the Delight Circle Lens Mascara. The hand cream was delightful, but let’s be honest, we love Tony Moly for their hand cream packaging, not their ultra-amazeballs quality. So into my purse the peach went, and I’m sure it’ll be well-loved as it rattles around down there with all my other cutely-shaped items.
I had no expectations of the mascara because I’m a little snobby about Tony Moly on the whole as far as quality goes (and I’m fiercely devoted to Clio’s flawless Salon de Cara mascara in the pink tube), but I was actually pleased with this. It’s lighter than my beloved Clio mascara, and the lashes feel more natural with it on, but it definitely has impact, as you’ll see below.
Yes, I was lazy and didn’t put it on the other eye.
I also tried washing this off my wrist with soap and water and it came right off, so far from waterproof. Funny enough, it was harder to get off my actual lashes with my cleansing oil than it was to get off with water, so protip: don’t wear it if you plan on crying that day. Would I rush to buy? Probably not. But am I happy to have as backup? Sure.
Based on this first box, I’m pretty sure I’ll be sticking with Mishibox in future. I prefer the mix of skincare and makeup versus just a straight skincare box, as I’m pretty specific about my skincare needs at this point.
This particular box is sold out, so if you want to check out any of the products see the Product Checklist below, as usual.Some of these items are not for sale through the Mishibox shop just yet, so in those cases there will be other links available.
What all this costs: $19.95 per month
Where you get it: Mishibox
Good for beginners: Absolutely
What’s the hook up? $5 your first purchase of $30 or more
Is it worth it? Yep.
TonyMoly Peach Hand Cream/$6.49@Amazon
Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash/$9@Memebox
TonyMoly Delight Circle Lens Mascara/$7.18@Amazon
Missha Natural Konjac Cleansing Puff/$5@Missha US
A’Pieu Nonco Tea Tree Spot Patch/$0.27 @RoseRoseShop
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