While it is skincare that the Korean beauty industry is best known for, I have not really been impressed by their makeup. Their previous makeup boxes revealed that the eyeshadows were very poor, the lipsticks were good and the nail polishes, passable. The "cushion" compacts were great. I cannot speak for many of the BB or CC creams because of shade mismatch, but I like some of the CC creams that do suit me. I would probably not have bought this box if it were a Superbox or if I had no points to use up. But it was a regular Memebox and cost only $23 and they had just reinstated international shipping and gave everyone 10 points. Excuses, excuses. Anyway, the idea of five full-sized products for some $13 or so sounded good.
Here is the unboxing and review of the Makeup-only beauty box from Memebox.
- Cheek Room Makeup Base. The green foundation.
- Ladykin Blossom Blusher in Milky Apricot
- N.S.M. ReBorn Sorbet Tint
- Dr Young Anti Pore Eraser Balm
- Mustaev Concealer in Shade 5
Cheek Room Makeup BaseI believe this is actually meant to be a corrective primer. It is very, very runny.
The colour of the liquid is green! I have neutral-to-yellow undertones and my veins are bluish-purple, rather than green. I was not sure as to how this would go along with my profile.
I apply this foundation with a stippling brush. This is how it covers some lip swatches on my forearm, and you also can see I have not turned green. Sorry about the poor lighting. We have lacked natural light all day.
Ladykin Blossom Blusher in Milky ApricotA pale peach blush that goes very nicely with my skintone and with the Cheek Room Makeup Base. It could have been milled a lot more finely. I prefer Lancome's Blush In Love Peche Joue Joue and Givenchy Aficionado Peach Prism for fine quality. Both are peach blushes. But this shade is pretty enough and suits me. It is matte and I can use this for dailywear.
N.S.M. ReBorn Sorbet TintI like Korean lip products. This liquid tint is a pink colour and, when applied really lightly with the doe foot applicator, is a nice mild pink. With heavy-handed application, though, this is a colour I would not touch with a barge pole. I can use this as a mild pink tint with a bolder eye.
Dr Young Anti Pore Eraser BalmWhen I first saw this, I thought the colour looked a bit like Porefessional. So expectations were high. This face primer feels very silicon-y. This is one of the two products in this box that I simply cannot work with. It feels very gooey and wrong on me. It does not mattify my skin at all and pills very heavily on me, even with a light-handed application. I am paranoid about breakouts, which is why I have stopped using it after two trials.
Mustaev Concealer in Shade5
So out of five products there, I really like one, don't mind the lip tint and can work with the blush and dislike the concealer and primer. Mind you, these may work differently on other skintypes and skintones. If you wish to try out Korean makeup, there is a waterproof-makeup special box out today for $23 here. You can use my referral code 8NQ77J for an extra $3 off. Or, if you fancy a zero-chemical box, they have released one today here. You can check out regular Memeboxes and special edition boxes here, the best-of-regular-boxes Lucky Boxes here and full-sized Superboxes here.
P.S. Memebox is a Korean beauty box that ships to many countries. In March 2014, they stopped shipping to many places where they have loyal customers. They have been adding ountries back to their shipping list; please sign this petition to get them to add more.
I paid for this box; affiliate link, referral code; opinions are entirely my own.