The 3B Box, $12 per month, US only
The 3B Box, short for Beauty Beyond Borders, is a monthly Asian (mostly Korean) beauty product subscription. It tends to be heavier on skincare than makeup, but that is to be expected with a K-beauty box. They send subscribers four to five items per month in a bag.
Here's what was in the January 3B Box:
- COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence (7 one-time use packets, worth ~$3; full size costs $19)
- MISSHA Speedy Solution Clearing Eye Gel Patch (one set of patches, worth $2.50)
- Petitfée Dry Essence Foot Pack (one foot pack, worth ~$3)
- 3W Clinic Collagen Whitening Essence (full size, worth $24.99)
- Botanic Farms Grain Ferment Cleansing Sherbet (small sample, worth $3; full size costs $30, on sale for $24)
The January 3B was worth about $36.49. The size of the snail packets wasn't marked, so I had to estimate the price. For all I know, I could be off by quite a bit. This month was an all skincare month, something I like seeing with Korean beauty boxes.
First up, we had the COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence. As you might have guessed, this essence is 96% snail mucus. This is the highest snail slime percentage I've gotten in a product. For those of you who haven't heard me talking about snails before, believe it or not, snail mucus is fabulous for your skin! It helps your complexion even out and your blemishes heal up faster. They do not harm the snails in the collection of the mucus, so don't worry about snail abuse. Since this is 96% snail mucus, it feels like I'm putting straight snail slime on my face. It's a thin, slightly sticky clear fluid. Each packet contained quite a bit of product, so I was able to get two uses out of each packet. That gives me fourteen uses total, enough for two weeks, so I'm happy with the sample size.
The Missha Speedy Solution Eye Gel Patch is supposed to get rid of dark circles under your eyes and give you a little extra elasticity. I've had an issue with dark circles under my eyes because I haven't slept well lately, so this was a great product to get this month. There are two little patches in the packet. You put one under each eye then leave them on for twenty to thirty minutes. I found that it helped a little with the dark circles, but the effects were very short lasting. It was nice to get this eye patch in my 3B Box, but I wouldn't go out and buy these. They just didn't wow me enough.
I used the Petitfee Dry Essence Foot Pack at the same time I used the eye gel patches. They look like loose plastic socks. When you slip them on your feet, it feels a little oily in there, but not all that wet. After you've had them on for a few minutes, though, your body heat has warmed them up and the dry essence starts melting. You leave them on for ten to twenty minutes, then remove them and rub the rest of the essence into your skin. My foot skin felt so dry, cracked, and gross before I used this foot pack. After, my skin was a little softer and more hydrated. I imagine if I had more of these packs and used them once or twice a week, I would see a significant difference after a few weeks. I could definitely use more of these! I do need to note that these are not all that big, so those of us with bigger feet might have difficulty using this foot pack. I wear a size 8 women's shoe and my foot fit in it just fine, but I suspect it would be difficult to get a women's size 10 or above into the plastic sock without ripping it. Has anyone with bigger feet tried these? If so, what do you think it the maximum foot size that can fit comfortably in these?
I was surprised to see a second essence in this 3B Box. Usually, I expect a little more variation with product types. This is a different kind of essence, though, and I like essences, so it's not a big deal for me. You might be wondering what an essence is. The words "essence" and "serum" are pretty much interchangeable as far as I can tell. They're both supposed to be used at the same point of your skincare regimen -- after cleansing and toning, before moisturizing -- and they have similar consistencies. You can get serums and essences that target different skin concerns. This essence, the 3W Clinic Collagen Whitening Essence is a brightener. It will even out your complexion and help lighten those little dark spots pimples like to leave behind. I liked this essence quite a bit. My complexion does look a little more even. I've had only a few days to use it, so I have yet to see the full effects of this product. I recommend this essence.
A cleansing sherbet is a first for me! I've never heard of any beauty product called a sherbet. The Botanic Farms Grain Ferment Cleansing Sherbet is a thick, oily cream that you massage into your skin to remove makeup. It melts and becomes oilier as you rub it in and it gently removes your makeup. After your makeup is off, you wipe the sherbet off with a tissue. It took my makeup off quickly and wiped off easily. The fermented grain is rice bran, which is meant to brighten the skin, so the sherbet serves two purposes. It has an extremely light, pleasant scent. I liked this product a lot. If you're looking for a good makeup remover and need your complexion evened out, this is worth a try.
I thought that the January 3B Box was much better than the December box! I didn't like the December 3B much at all and actually considered canceling the subscription over it. Fortunately, they knocked it out of the park this month. I loved the dry essence foot pack, the snail essence, the 3W essence, and the cleansing sherbet. The eye gel patch was okay, but the effects weren't long lasting enough to be worth it for me. Overall, I was extremely happy with my 3B this month and can't wait to see what February has in store. At $12 a month, this is one of the better values out there for K-Beauty subscriptions.
What did you think of this month's 3B? Did you have better luck with the eye gel patch? Was it too much to have two different essences in one box? How do you think this compares to other Korean beauty subscriptions?