You know of my irrevocable love for Memebox, the Korean beauty box that ships worldwide. They have regular Global Edition boxes, which rock. They have Superboxes with full-sized products and themed boxes (hair, oily skin, makeup) which are also awesome. But they also have brand-only boxes, where all products are from a particular brand only. I had seen reviews of the Etude House box and the Face Shop Box. To say that both were below-par would be an understatement. So when the Banila co. box was put up for sale, I should have avoided it like a sensible girl and stuck to regular boxes. But that is just what I did not do. Banila co. is a Korean beauty brand launched in 2005 and is best known for the Prime Primer and Clean it Zero makeup remover.
Product card, as usual:
- Friday Night Highlighter
- It Radiant CC Cream sample set
- Marbling Eyeshadow in Gold Brown
- The Great Love Extra Bold Eyeliner in Brown
- Intense Care Moisture Balm
The Friday Night Highlighter's packaging reminds me of the Benefit blush/bronzer/powder boxes. That is the only thing I like about this product.
The Great Love Extra Bold Eyeliner in Brown is neither extra bold nor plain bold, just a medium brown. I fail to see how you can possibly get a thin - or even normal - line with this eyeliner without hacking off half the product to get a pointy end, but what do I know? There is a smudger at the other end, but you can smudge this with a fingertip, or even by breathing on it; it spreads out that easily.
So I ended up paying all that money for one broken lip balm (whose tint does not show up on my lips) and one brown eye pencil, of which I already have around three or four. Meh! Double-meh! Triple-meh!
The lesson here is very clear. Regular, Global Edition Memeboxes are awesome, as you can see from the unboxing posts of box 9, box 8, box 5 and box 4 on this blog. Themed Memeboxes are also good, such as the makeup-special Superbox here. And, Lucky Boxes are also really good, as you can see here.
But the brand-only boxes suck. This is their third brand-only box with really unimpressive products. They could do so much better and include the iconic products each brand is known for (Etude House lip tints, Wonder Pore 7-in-1, hand cream...). I will not be ordering brand-only boxes from Memebox again. However...
In a moment of brain-melt, I have ordered the Tony Moly special Memebox. I will be spending the days until the box arrives in a state of apprehension mingled with guilt.
You can check out previous Memeboxes here; they are all brilliant! You can subscribe at us.memebox.com - please sign this petition to get them to resume shipping to all countries.
My international makeup giveaway ends tomorrow!