I might be the last box blogger in the world to review a Memebox! Although I'm late to the party, it isn't hard to understand the appeal of this Korean beauty company. Technically, Memebox (pronounced "mi-mi") is an on-line beauty retailer, not a subscription box company. They have a constantly changing array of beautifully curated boxes full of K-Beauty products.
As you may be aware, the Korean beauty industry is exploding due to its reputation for superb quality products and cutting-edge technology. Memebox is at the forefront of this wave with boxes designed to provide access to leading trends and cult favorites.
Since I've never read a bad review of any Memebox, I decided to plunge right in when their Valentine's Day box debuted earlier this year. You can see exactly what you're getting in each box and most of the products are full sized. For U.S. customers, many K-beauty products will have unconventional names, formulations or even applications....making them a nice diversion for those of us on domestic beauty box overload!
My first Memebox arrived eight days after ordering. I believe that most U.S. orders are now shipped from CA so that removes any anxiety about waiting for shipment from Korea. The 8 inch square Valentine's Day themed box is hot pink......
....with lots more pink inside! Their tag line is "World's No. 1 K-Beauty Store".
The box contained six full size products and a sprinkling of Dove chocolates. Words that came immediately to mind were "pink", "chocolate" and "sparkly"!
The first item is a big tube of Creamy Latte Chocolate Cleansing Foam from Missha. This cleanser contains milk and cacao to replicate a creamy latte....creating a rich lather that moisturizes and leaves skin's pH levels balanced. Sounds delicious and different from any facial cleanser I've tried. (Retail $5)
Next is a chubby bubblegum pink lip color stick from Lioele in the shade "Candice 03". This highly pigmented color is moisturizing and long-lasting. The color is a little too young for me but it certainly fits the theme of the box. Notice the cute packaging...very Korean! (Retail $9)
This cardboard pot contains Coffee Body Scrub by Skin Food. It uses coffee powder to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells, leaving skin feeling soft, nourished and renewed. This scrub is formulated with honey which gives it a nice moisturizing effect. Although I'm not a coffee drinker, I know I'm going to love the smell of this one. (The packaging and product remind me of Lush!) (Retail $13.30)
This is the sparkliest nail polish I've ever seen. This is Clio Nail Styler's lacquer in shade S430. The labeling is in Korean so I can't tell you the actual shade name. But this is a stunning red polish loaded with the finest glitter particles....perfect for Valentine's Day! (Retail $9)
Another product from Skin Food is this Choco Eyebrow Powder Cake which is a two shade brow powder. Use it to shape and fill in sparse brows with the included angle brush and mirror. It is easy to blend, smudge proof and long lasting. (Retail $7.50)
The final beauty product is the "Carry Me" blusher from Lioele. This is a pink satin powder blush which comes in an ingeniously designed container. There is a mirror on the top. When the lid is removed, there is another lid with a puff applicator attached to the top. When the second lid is removed, the blush is in the bottom section. This is another bubblegum pink shade that I think will buff out nicely to give just a hint of color. (Retail $17.50)
To complete the Valentine theme with a bit of charm, Meme included a few Dove chocolates. Chocolate is NEVER a bad thing in a beauty box!
The total retail value of this box is $61.30. Since the cost was $38.00, I feel the value was quite good. The products I expect to use the most are the coffee scrub, cleansing foam, blush and nail polish. I know the word "curation" is over-used when it comes to beauty boxes, but truly...the curation of this box is exquisite. The introduction to these K-brands and their beautiful packaging feels fresh and makes me understand why Korea's beauty industry has recently gained such incredible global momentum!
Memebox seems to be going through some changes. In the past, there was a vast array of boxes on their site. At the moment, there are only seven limited edition box themes that are not sold out. Typically there have been lots of discount codes for Memebox but they seem to be few and far between right now. That's probably because the seven available boxes are all on sale at heavily discounted prices ranging from $32 to $45. Many of the value sets and individual products on their site are also on sale.
Here are some discount codes that may be useful depending on when you read this post:
XOMEMEFREE - free shipping on Meme branded items.
SOOTHING3 - $3 off $30 purchase, plus free shipping
SOOTHING10 - 10% off purchase
WELCOME - 15% off sitewide
5OFFMOBILE - 5% off all app purchases
FREESHIPMOBILE - Free shipping on Tony Moly and Skinfood purchases
As always, keep on eye on Memebox's Facebook page for discounts and updates!
Thanks for reading,
Disclosure: Views and opinions expressed in this blog are strictly my own. Product discussed in this post was purchased by Lone Star Shopper. Post does not contain referral or affiliate links.