BomiBox ($37 per month; ships worldwide -- free shipping in US, see BomiBox website for international shipping rates)
Doesn't the BomiBox match Dahlia perfectly? She thought it was the perfect box for her!
BomiBox is a brand new Korean beauty box! I'm so excited to be reviewing the very first BomiBox. Each month, subscribers will receive eight deluxe sample and full size Korean beauty products. As of right now, it looks as though all subscribers will receive the same products, with some scent and color variations. I was looking around their website while writing this as I don't know a lot about the box yet and I noticed something a little different -- BomiBox has a happiness guarantee. If you don't like your box, you can return it for a replacement box or a refund. I've never seen a beauty box offer that to subscribers! I also saw that they have a coupon code, BOMI2016, that will let you get your BomiBoxes for $35 for life. I don't know how long that promotion will last. They've sold out of the September and October boxes already and are currently selling the November box.
BomiBox sent me this box free of charge for review.
Here's what came in the very first BomiBox:
- CosRx Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser (full size, worth $10)
- CosRx AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner (full size, worth $14)
- Innisfree Jeju Hand Cream in Lotus Flower (full size, worth $4.50)
- CosRx Holy Moly Snail Mask (one sheet mask, worth $3)
- Laneige Hand Sleeping Ball (worth $3(?))
- Mediheal I.P.I. Lightmax Ampoule Mask (one sheet mask, worth $3)
- Missha Line Edition Mild Sun (full size, worth $14)
- Heimish 5-Colour Mini Lipstick Palette (full size, worth ~$3.46)
- Etude House Dear Darling Water Tint in Cherry Ade (full size, worth $5.20)
- CosRx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence (teeny sample, worth $0.50(?); full size costs $16)
The September BomiBox was worth about $60.66. I had to guess the price on the sleeping ball and the essence. I could only find the lipstick palette for sale on an Australian site, so I converted the price to US dollars. At over 1.5 times the price of the box, I'm happy with the value, especially for their very first box. To get products from Korea, you're often going to have to pay a lot in shipping, so there's value in that, too. I thought it was going to be worth a lot more than that when I opened it because there is just so much stuff and the products are big. Every product in the box was new to me besides the CosRx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, which was thrown in as a special extra, along with the Etude House tint, for the first box. The product mix was what I like to see in a K-beauty box -- six facial skincare products, two body skincare products, and two makeup items. The box came with a cute product information card, but no values were listed as they would prefer subscribers think of the box as a gift to themselves and focus on the products instead of the values.
The first product was the CosRx Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser. Korean facial cleansers are some of my favorite things and I love CosRx products, so I was looking forward to trying this. BomiBox sugggests using this as a second cleanser. I used makeup remover then used this, so I didn't really use a first cleanser. My face had just begun its monthly breakout, so this came at the perfect time. This contains salicylic acid and tea tree oil to kill and prevent breakouts. The salicylic acid is also exfoliating. The product is a smooth white cream that smells pretty strongly of tea tree. I've never liked the scent of tea tree, but it works, so I can handle it for a minute while I wash my face. The scent is gone after the product is washed off, fortunately. I can't believe how quickly my face has healed up. Usually, it takes forever to get rid of the pimples and heal them, but the process is going a lot quicker than usual. I love this stuff. I've been using this, along with a toner from this box, and a serum from the Petit Vour box (review on that coming soon) and I think the combination of the three has really helped my skin.
The CosRx AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner exfoliates with the AHA/BHA it contains. It's supposed to give you smoother and more radiant skin. You spray this on a cotton pad and then rub this over your face after cleansing. It didn't have a noticeable scent to it. I like getting toner in boxes as I get it much less often than I do cleansers, moisturizers, and serums. I think this is partially responsible for my face healing from a breakout in record time, so I'm a big fan of this product.
Next up is the Innisfree Lotus Flower Hand Cream. Subscribers received this product in various scents, but I'm happy I got the lotus flower. I didn't even know what lotus flower smelled like before using this, but I love it now! This contains olive oil and shea butter, so it is very moisturizing, but it absorbed quickly. The lotus scent was noticeable, but not too strong. This was neither t a lightweight nor heavy formula; it was right in the middle, making it perfect for fall. It's full size, but the tube is small enough to throw in your purse so you can moisturize your hands whenever you're on-the-go. At $4.50, this is really affordable, which is another plus!
The Holy Moly Snail Mask is CosRx's first sheet mask! I was surprised to open this and find that it was pink! The snail mask is supposed to improve elsasticity, hydrate your skin, and nourish your skin, plus snail mucin is famous for making skin heal faster. This wasn't overly drippy and it fit my face well. My skin felt tight and smooth after I used it. I highly recommend this mask.
Subscribers received the Laneige Sleeping Ball in either Firming, Face, or Hand. I got the Hand Sleeping Ball. This is a packet full of cream that you apply to your hands before bed and then let it do its work overnight. I get so many facial products, so it was nice to get a hand treatment! The packet looks small, but there's a lot of product in it. I couldn't possibly apply all of it to my hands at once without worrying about making a mess, so I used half and my girlfriend, Emily, used the other half. We woke up to extra soft and smooth hands. I love sleeping masks because you just put them on and go to bed. They're the easiest masks in the world.
When I first saw the Mediheal I.P.I. LIghtmax Ampoule Mask, I thought it just had an adorable bunny design on the packaging. I didn't realize the bunny design was actually a character from Line Friends, which are some cute Korean animal characters. Does anyone know the bunny's name? Dahlia loved that the bunny resembled her! This is a brightening mask that is supposed to get rid of those horrible little dark spots pimples leave behind. I haven't had a chance to try this yet as I want my face to be fully healed from the breakout before I use it so I can try to lighten as many of the dark spots as possible. Has anyone tried this yet? If so, how did it work? I almost don't want to use it because the bunny on it is too cute!
I love all things cute, so Korean packaging is my favorite! Why can't all beauty products have cute animals on them? This bear is another one of the Line Friends. Subscribers received either the Missha All Around Safe Block in Essence Sun or the Mild Sun. I got the Mild Sun, which is SPF 30/PA++, while the Essence Sun is SPF 50/PA++. This is a lightweight cream sunblock that absorbs quickly, isn't greasy, doesn't leave a white cast, and is fragrance-free. I used it all day with good results.
The Heimish 5-Color Mini Lipstick Palette was the only product in the box that wasn't really for me. The colors give you the slightest tint when you apply it to your lips, but it is just too subtle for my taste. If you're someone who wants to enhance your lip color but keep it very natural looking, this might work for you.
BomiBox threw in two bonus products for their introductory box! One of them was the Etude House Dear Darling Water Tint. This reminded me a lot of Elizabeth Mott's Tints and Sass, but it's less than a quarter of the price! I got the color Cherry Ade, a bright red, which smells like a Mr. Sketch Cherry Marker. Strawberry Ade, a deep pink, and Orange Ade are the two other color options. Etude House advertises this as a lip tint, but I prefer to use it as a cheek tint. The color is very buildable, so you can go from a subtle pink flush to a deep red stain, depending on the look you're going for. I start with a dot and then build up as needed. This gave me long lasting cheek color. It's not quite the look I'm going for on my lips, but it would work for anyone who wanted some natural looking lip color. My main concern about this product is that it is very watery -- if this tips over, it will ruin any porous surface it spills onto. I wish the bottle were designed a little differently to keep that from happening as I am a very clumsy person and I will eventually spill this.
The last product, another bonus thrown in for the first box, was a packet of the CosRx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence. I've gotten packets of this product in every Korean box I've tried, but I like it, so I'm always happy to have another. You use this after you've washed and toned your face, so this goes along with the CosRx face wash and toner that came in the box. I like that they gave you a cleanser, toner, and essence all from the same company. Snail mucin helps heal your skin faster, so I always love getting a good snail product!
I'm really impressed with the first BomiBox! I had only tried one of the products before, and the one I had tried was a small bonus. I loved that I was able to try so many new products! The box was a little heavy on CosRx, but I got to try their cleanser, toner, essence, and mask, so it was a great way to see if the line was for me. I love CosRx and am an even bigger fan of theirs after trying so many of their products in this box, so it worked out. The Heimish lipstick palette was the only product that I didn't really like. I'm loving everything else! It's hard to choose, but I think the CosRx Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser was my favorite product in the box. BomiBox is off to a great start! I can't wait to see their boxes in the coming months.
Did anyone else get the September BomiBox? If so, what did you think? Which variations did you get? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!