“This fall, de-makeup and let your natural beauty shine through! Stop hiding behind heavy makeup and play up your natural assets with this naturally beautiful makeup look. Prime and perfect the skin for an always in style lit-from-within glow! Perfect a pretty pout with F/W inspired natural hues, and highlight and contour facial features with naturally illuminating colors! Accentuate your eyes with a palette of earth baked colors, for a sultry look! Universally flattering and always on trend, this natural makeup kit will give you an instantly put-together and polished finish.”
This box arrived this morning – but I never got a shipping notice, and the Memebox website didn’t indicate that it had been shipped or give me a tracking number.
Here’s the rundown on Memebox:
Memebox is a company that provides “mystery” boxes with Korean beauty and skincare products. It’s not a subscription service, so you have to buy each box individually (and hope the one you want doesn’t sell out before you get to it). They have three classes of boxes: Memeboxes, which have 4-8 full size or deluxe sample products; Luckyboxes, which are a kind of “best-of-the-best” box that have the most loved products in them from previous boxes; and Superboxes, which contain only full size products.
1. ddung Lipstick.
“This moisturizing lipstick comes in 3 sheer, toned-down coral and pink hues perfect for F/W season. It adheres tightly onto lips with lasting suppleness and radiance while offering a satiny, long-wear finish.”
The options for this product were Peach Orange, Pure Peach, and Elegance Beige. I got Pure Peach. Here’s a swatch:
This product, by the way, looks terrible on dry lips. It set in a strangely powdery finish and accentuated every single flaw on my lips, and after a long day at work during very dry weather, let’s be real – they weren’t pretty. I don’t know that it would be possible for me to wear this during the winter, and for what Memebox is calling a $24 lipstick, I’m really not seeing the value.
2. Leporem Perfect Whitening Blemish Balm
“A BB cream offering strong UVA and UVB protection, effective sebum control and wrinkle care all in one. It fills in fine lines and wrinkles for a satiny smooth skin texture and brightens darkened, dull complexion for a healthier glow.”
Here’s a swatch: As you can see, this isn’t a great shade for me – it’s too grey and a little too pink. It’s a thicker consistency cream, which makes me think it’s more of a medium coverage product than I would go for in any case.
Also, even though the card says it’s got high UV protection, neither the card nor the box says exactly what its rating is. Shady.
3. LadyKin Close Up Decuple Shimmering Primer
“This Shimmering Primer is colorless and can be used by all skin colors to prep and smoothen uneven skin texture before applying base makeup. It leaves skin feeling supple yet soft and non-oily, with a sheer hint of shimmering pearls.”
I’m excited that Memebox is starting to carry LadyKin products, but this primer is shimmery and therefore not particularly up my alley. I’m trying to be good about keeping my makeup and skincare stashes small, so I’m trying to weed out duplicates.
4. DD’ell Sat Forever Gel Eye Pencil – Espresso
“A creamy gel pencil liner that glides smoothly on and stay put for the entire day without smudging or fading. The gentle formula is suitable for sensitive eye areas and easily comes off with warm water. Free of alcohol, talc, oxybenzone, formaldehyde, salicylic acid, benzophenone, mineral oil, triclosan, etc.”
It’s a super generic brown color. I like the D’Dell cream eyeshadow pot I got in another Memebox so I’ll give this a shot.
5. Mustaev Color Powder Starlight Opal
“A multi-purpose pearl powder that comes in a sheer warm silver. This Color Powder from Mustaev can be used alone as an eye shadow or mixed with loose powder, lip gloss, or cream to add gleaming sophistication to an everyday natural”
I like this. It doesn’t actually go on silver, which is good because that wouldn’t suit everyone’s skin tone. Here’s what it really looks like:
Not super in-your-face, just a nice multicolor shimmer. Great for tear ducts. Actually, it might also be nice tapped on top of a cream nail polish for a gradient effect.
6. TonyMoly Delight Circle Lens Mascara
“Ever heard of a clear coat mascara with a translucent formula that adds volume and shine to your lashes without the black coat? Tonymoly Delight Circle Lens Mascara in Clear Circle can be worn alone or over average mascaras for extra volume and lasting power. It’d be the perfect item for when you wish to set up your sagging lashes and create that ‘no-makeup’ look without over-defining the eyes.”
That’s a great idea. My lashes are too light to go without black mascara, and I like the look of the one I’m currently using (Kiss Me Heroine Make Long & Curl), but I am more than willing to try on a topcoat when I feel like I need to look extra fancy!
So, out of six products in this box, three were misses – one simply because I only need so many primers, one because it’s the wrong color, and one because the formula is what I would consider sub-par. The fourth item is nothing particularly special. The hit of the box was the Starlight Opal Color Powder. Kind of disappointing.