It’s time to open up another Memebox! Today we’ll be having a look at the Memebox Special #17 K-Style box.
The very first thing I’m noticing is how small it is. The box is the smallest I’ve seen Memebox do, it barely has room for the product card! I have some doubts about how many amazing and hot trends can fit in a box this tiny, but we’ll see.
The description says:
Ever wondered how Korean celebrities look so perfectly gorgeous on screen without looking like they have pounds of makeup caked onto their face? Now, you can recreate whatever K-style look you desire with just the tools in this box! Whether you want to go for that signature Korean “no-makeup” look with this perfect porcelain skin, youthful aegyo-sal eyes and gradient baby lips, or want to glam up your style with your favorite K-POP idol makeup trends, this box is a must have for Korean beauty addicts! Unbox the hottest beauty trends in Korea!
If you’re wondering what the heck “aegyo-sal eyes” is, it’s under-eye bags. They’re small, and look very cute on flatter faces where there’s little definition around the eyes. This improves a person’s look by supposedly making them look younger, but honestly, I would say the reason it looks good is much simpler: Aegyo-sal makes it look like a person is smiling.
My caucasian face is not at all flat, and I have such bags naturally. Emphasising them will only make me look incredibly tired, which I’m managing just fine on my own, thank you very much. Hopefully the products for this can be useful for other purposes for me.
Speaking of products, let’s see what Memebox has to offer this time!
Glam up your eyes with jewel glitters which glies onto your eyelids smoothly with just enough pearly effect and, more than anything, lasts for all day and night! With Bbia’s Pigment, it’s possible to feature a glittery, real K-Pop idol-like makeup in no time!
A small jar of loose pigment. Ugh. Exactly two jars of pigment survived my last makeup purge, and for good reason. It’s difficult to get an appropriate amount of pigment on a brush, and it’s easy to bump the jar and get pigment all over the floor. I’ll pass.
The colour of this product was selected randomly. The product card lists the possible colours as 01 Mild, 02 Sour, and 04 Sweet. I received 03.
Swatching this product reveals the true horror: This is not just a pigment, this is full-on glitter. I’ll be finding brown glitter in and around my kitchen sink for days just from swatching.
I’m honestly considering just binning this. I’m scared of it coming open and covering all my swap products in glitter if I put it in my swap pile.
Awesome Aqua Radiance CC Cream
This all-in-one CC cream offers everything from balancing out skin tone & texture, treating fine lines & wrinkles, maintaining the moisture/oil balance, and covering up skin imperfections! There’s no need to worry about which shade it is, because it doesn’t change the skin tone but rather brings out your most naturally glowing complexion.
This description made me vomit in my mouth a little. Apparently CC creams are even more magic than BB creams.
I can give a foundation product “balancing out skin tone & texture” — that’s kinda what they’re for — but I don’t believe a word of the rest. I especially don’t believe not having to worry about the shade, because this product does definitely have colour to it — it blends in okay on my skin, but I’d love to test this claim on dark skin!
This tube has a pump, which is nice.
RiRe Luxe Auto Gel Eyeliner
Waterproof, long-lasting, and smoothly applying, RiRe’s Luxe Auto Gel Eyeliner in Champagne works wonders for featuring the sweet baby pink daily makeup also highly popular amongst Korean ladies. It can be worn for work, dates, and even a quick walk in the park with your dog.
Waterproof, long-lasting, and smoothly applying, RiRe’s Luxe Auto Gel Eyeliner in Choco Brown is the perfect shade for featuring the popular softened yet defined eye makup that Koreans so enjoy! After all, it’s about how natural your makeup looks but at the same time how far from natural it really is.
Here we have the aegyo-sal products: A shimmery pink pencil for hilighting, and an also shimmery brown for shading. They did not reach me in a brilliant state: In both pencils, the product had detached and falled into the cap. I could gently push them back into place, but the tips on both were destroyed.
These will serve me fine as their original purpose — eyeliners — but I just have to note that both of these pencils give a lot of colour with little effort, and they set quite quickly. I dread to think of the blending required to make aegyo-sal with these pencils.
Note the glitter coming down my arm in the Choco Brown swatch. GLITTER
A’PIEU Full of Nature Mascara
The mascara brush and the setting wax formula combine to elongate your eyelashes and fix it up for a lasting finish. Various grain, berry, and flower extracts also help maintain healthy lashes.
Memebox works hard to make sure you will never be without a mascara. In this case, a very tiny mascara. Despite the impression the photo might give, this mascara does not have a comically oversized brush. It’s a normal sized brush in a travel- or sample-size container.
The name of this mascara reeks of my favourite logical fallacy, the appeal to nature. Thus I am honour-bound to remind everyone reading that anthrax and hungry bears are perfectly natural, and yet you wouldn’t want to put either on your face.
I hope this mascara is absolutely brimming with lovely preservatives, because I intend to stuff it into my emergency makeup kit and leave it there for months and months.
Shara Shara Feminine Single Blusher
Adorably cute and petite in its packaging, this blusher is extremely long-lasting with silica components which work to maintain your skin soft and silky. Plus, it’s very easy to carry around and will be perfect for quick makeup fix-ups or finish-ups by adding some colour and radiance to your pale cheeks.
This tiny1 blusher and it’s fluffy puff is indeed adorable. I approve. This will also go into my emergency kit.
The colour of this product was randomly selected. I received OR01 Warm Apricot.
The colour is so subtle I’m not 100% certain I found the right spot on my arm when cropping the swatch. At least it will be hard to accidentally do clown cheeks with this.
Secret Key Sweet Glam Tint Glow
Secret Key’s Glam Tint Glow is a moisturising, long-wear lip tint for adding colourful radiance and natural glow to your dry, dulled-out lips.
The colour of this product was randomly selected. Once again the colour is not stated in any language I understand, but it does not look at all pink or purple, so I’m assuming I received 02 Juicy Orange.
There’s a decent amount of colour in this tint, without becoming overwhelming. It feels like a comfortable balm on the lips, and as you would expect from a balm feel, it wears off really easily.
All in all, this box isn’t bad. I’m likely to use all the products except the pigment. I appreciate that the box I received is consistently warm-toned rather than a random mix of tones. I would have preferred to receive cool-toned colours, but my neutral skin will deal with both.
This box cost $23 plus $6.99 in shipping. It contains seven supposedly full-sized products.
|Product||Stated retail value|
|Awesome Aqua Radiance CC Cream||$29|
|RiRe Luxe Auto Gel Eyeliner Champagne||$14|
|RiRe Luxe Auto Gel Eyeliner Choco Brown||$14|
|A’PIEU Full of Nature Mascara||$3|
|Shara Shara Feminine Single Blusher||$7|
|Secret Key Sweet Glam Tint Glow||$24|
|Total box value||$96|
- Small is becoming a theme with this box, if you hadn’t noticed. ↩