Monday, July 27, 2015

Mishibox July 2015 Review and Unboxing

Mishibox is a brand new kbeauty subscription box, so of course I signed up the moment I heard about them. It took a couple of months for them to officially launch with their first box, but when they finally did send it out, I really felt like they had a lot of promise. This is the second box that they've released, and while I'm not entirely sure who they're marketing to or where they're going with this service, I'm probably going to go along for the ride. I pretty much can't resist kbeauty mystery boxes sent to me every month. It's a weakness!

The Details
Mishibox is a beauty Korean Beauty Subscription service that sends subscribers 4-6 items each month- which can be a mixture of deluxe samples and full size products. A subscription to Mishibox costs $19.95 per month, shipping included. Mishibox currently only ships to the United States, but if you're an international customer and want in on the fun, you can join their International Waitlist.
Mishibox is now delivering to Canada! They are charging a shipping rate of $8.95, but if you must have this subscription, you can sign up on their site! 
 Mishibox immediately impressed me with their info card before I even saw what was inside the box. On the front side, Mishibox suggests that you patch test products in case of allergies. But here's where they really won me over: Each month, Mishibox will have the ingredients for every product they included translated on their website! You can see the ingredients for the July box on their blog HERE. Since English translations for Korean ingredient lists are not always readily available, I think this is already a step above and beyond on their part.
 The info card also includes a small color photo of each item, it clearly states which products are full size, what they are, how to use them as well as the retail price. 
Mishibox also sends out surveys each month so you can give your opinions on each product included. I love this because you're able to give the company feedback on each individual product.
Now that all the details are out of the way, let us commence with the looking at the pretty things!
MJ Care: Royal Jelly Essence Mask ($2)
Gwailnara: Touch Therapy Cacao Pore Clear Nose Sheet ($1) 
I'm quite familiar with the MJCare Masks, and that's because they're pretty much the cheapest sheet masks you can buy on TesterKorea. They're 500 won each, or around 43 cents. Honestly, they're not bad masks at all if you want decent ingredients and a basic mask to soothe or moisturize the skin. However I wasn't thrilled about receiving one in this box considering their price. I would have preferred to receive a higher end mask, a mask that is interesting or different in some way (like the animal sheet masks for example) or at the very least: more than one of these MJ Care masks. Aside from my "value issues" with this mask, I'm sure it'll be just fine in terms of basic use.
The next product is...uhm...a single nose strip? I'm sorry, I just don't understand this at all. Instead of giving us a 43 cent sheet mask and a single nose strip, why not give us a box of nose strips or 2 sheet masks of varying types? This addition was just confusing to me beyond all reason. I have a ton of nose strips and they're not very good at removing sebaceous filaments, which is my main concern, so this will probably go in the giveaway pile.

Gwailnara: Peach Hand Essence ($7)
"Hand Essence" is a fancy pants way of saying "Hand lotion." This one is the Pink Peach scent and it is rich in vitamin A to keep hands supple and healthy. I was crossing my fingers for the blueberry or the avocado since I already have hoards of peach hand cream. Is it a popular scent in Korea? Who knows. I didn't open this because of the large amount of hand cream I already have- I figured it would be better to save for a future giveaway. Having said that, Mishibox has this product listed at a $7 value, which I don't agree with. I found this hand lotion for sale on wishtrend for $3.99, and it's not like wishtrend is known for their insanely low prices or anything.

Missha: The Style Lip and Eye Makeup Remover ($9)
This Lip and Eye makeup remover from Missha is nice because I always use a separate makeup remover for my eye makeup. It contains Portulaca Oleracea, Mulberry Root, and Polygonum Multiflorum Root extracts which are included to help calm sensitive skin. Here's the thing that's a little annoying to me. Some subscribers received the Green Tea makeup remover, which not only comes in a cute heart-shaped bottle as well as it's own box (this one is neither heart-shaped or in it's own box), but it retails at $8 while this one retail for $6 on Missha's US website. So not only did subscribers get different valued products, but their listed value of $9 on the card is wrong for both removers. I'm pretty lenient when it comes to "values" from small companies. Even if I can get a product for less on a Korean website, I try to find them on US websites to get a better idea of the US-value...but saying this is worth $9 when the MisshaUS website has it for $6 is a little strange.

Confume: Argan Gold Hair Pack ($2)
This is a small sample tube of an Argan hair treatment. These kinds of treatments are great for dry or damaged hair because argan helps maintain hairs elasticity while repairing damage. This particular pack also helps volumize hair and restore health to your scalp. I don't normally mind small samples but this is enough for maybe 1-2 uses on my hair since it's past my shoulders in length. Not to mention, I have thin, oily hair so this probably wouldn't work very well for me. I'm sure at this point I don't have to mention it, but I based the $2 price on Mishibox's value for the full size tube, which is $25. However I found it for around $12 all over the internet, so I'd say this sample is worth closer to $1.

It's Skin: Macaron Lip Balm in "Green Apple" ($10.50)
These Macaron lip balms have been all over the place over the past year or so! I feel like I purchased a few back in the Memebox heyday, and also received one in a past Beauteque box. That's not Mishibox's fault though, and I think that this is a cute addition to a box like this, especially if someone is new to kbeauty. The packaging is super cute and these lip balms smell really nice, and they're pretty basic in terms of performance, but this is definitely something that you want to get just so you can display it on your vanity!
Overall Thoughts
Mishibox costs $19.95 per month, and the July Box has an estimated value of about $31.50. Now that is going by Mishibox's prices that are listed on the info card. However looking at the more realistic prices, the value is closer to around $22, which is dangerous close to what I paid for this box. When I get a subscription box, the reason for it is not only for curation, but for the value. Considering there was neither in this box, I was disappointed. The worst part of it all, is that half of that value comes from the Macaron Lip balm on it's own. This box was mostly filled with low-priced products, half of them are 1-2 uses. Nothing here was exciting or interesting to me at all. Even to someone who is new to kbeauty, they've heard of nose strips, lip balm, argan oil hair treatments, hand lotion and makeup remover. Where is the excitement or the interesting products? It's not a terrible box objectively, I just felt really let down by this curation overall and definitely dont' feel like I got my money's worth.

For all the negative things I had to say about this month, I will say this: Mishibox is still a brand new subscription and I'm sure they're still trying to find their footing. Last month's box was much more impressive to me than this month, but since they're so new it's very hard for me to gauge how these boxes are going to look going forward. Mishibox has done a fantastic job with their info cards and keeping their customers informed of ingredients and how-to-use instructions etc. They were even sensitive to customers concerns about high pH cleansers etc. They're doing a great job with customer service and professional appearance in terms of the website, actual shipping box and the way it's packed etc. My only complaint is with the curation this month, which I'm hoping improves.

I can't say that I would recommend subscribing to Mishibox right now, however I have decided to continue my subscription to see if they improve in the coming months because as a company, they have a lot of potential. I'll keep you updated, as always!

If you do think this box is a good fit for you and are planning to sign up, you can do so HERE.
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  1. I think you might need a vacation. Your reviews have turned into totally negative posts, and some are mini-rants.

    1. I'm sorry you feel that way. I have never, ever lied about something on this blog. If I like something, I will throw confetti and tell everyone how much they need it in their life. However, if I'm not thrilled with something I will never sugarcoat it. I'm not going to lie to my readers about my honest feelings about a product or a subscription box. This box was not very impressive, nor did it have the value that I would expect from a subscription box. I also know they can do better based off their previous month's box.

      If you're looking for fake, paid-for, always positive reviews, then this might not be the best blog for you to be reading. Reviews are meant to be critical, even if that means sometimes being negative. Interestingly enough, I'm allowed to be negative. I'm also allowed to go on a mini rant if I want to. That has always been my style of blogging; that has never changed and never will.

    2. Hahaha. U are such a ranter Rachel! :). Totally far from the truth as your review is fair and honest which is why most of us read your blog!

    3. haha you know I hate everything and everyone, Heather! ;) But in all seriousness- if people only want positive reviews, this is definitely not the place to be lol. No one can love everything all the time!!

  2. Go Harlot Beauty! As another kbeauty subscriber/customer from other boxes, I have to agree I wouldn't have liked this box either! I had decided to not sub monthly to Mishibox because I had mixed feelings with the launch box. $19.95/month is also pretty expensive for committing to a box full of products that you don't even know you're getting!

    1. Thank you! <3 I know a lot of people had mixed feelings about the first box. I personally felt like it had some promise considering all the factors, IE: packaging, presentation, detailed info card etc. They also had some popular brands featured as well as some niche brands like Skylake, so I thought I would subscribe so I could keep my readers updated on the box- it seemed like a good choice for someone new to kbeauty or wanting to build their collection/try some new products. However, this one doesn't do anything for anyone, unfortunately. I basically got a bunch of low cost products and little not no value in subscribing. I could have purchased all these things separately for the same price (not that I would have wanted to!) Sort of wish I put that $20 to a product I actually wanted, you know?

      I do think that this may have been a little slip, and since they're a new subscription, I'm going relatively easy on them as I think they have potential and I don't like bashing up and coming companies- having said that- they need to step it up soon or I'm out!

  3. I totally agree with your assessment of this box! It's not awful, but it's a really big disappointment, especially considering the price tag. This month there wasn't even any skincare items at all besides an ultra cheap face mask and a single nose strip that I won't use. I got the avocado hand cream and it smells nothing like avocado, but it's still ok. The lip balm is getting passed on for the dual reason that I don't use potted lip products and HATE the smell of grape, lol. Can't blame them for that though.

    I wasn't even sure if I was going to keep the sub, but they charged my card the day after it arrived so I guess I'm locked in for the next month. Hope it's better because if they hit their full potential I would LOVE this box!

    1. Thanks for your feedback Killian! I totally agree with you- I was bummed out about the lack of skincare products, and the ones that were included were less than impressive, unfortunately.

      I thought it was a little odd that they charged everyone for August almost literally the day after most people got their July boxes- it didn't really give many people the opportunity to cancel if they so chose to. I planned on keeping it for another month or two for review purposes to see how they progress, but when I immediately got charged for August so quickly after getting July's it left a bad taste in my mouth for sure.

      I agree- the definitely have a LOT of potential and could become a favorite if they pull it together. We'll have to keep an eye on them and hope for the best!

  4. I feel like I'm at a place where I have so much kbeauty, I'm not sure if I'm overly-critical or too generous sometimes with these new boxes. I wasn't happy with the price markups on the card but by now I'm so used to it, it hardly phases me. It seems like everyone does it. I'm like you and I try to be objective with my personal pricing of products. I try to find the US versions (since this is a US sub) and if I can't then its testerkorea or Wishtrend.
    I really want to see value in this subscription but I feel like it's getting harder to find that in korean/asian beauty subscriptions. I mean, even Beauteque is pushing it sometimes (although they've been doing a lot better lately). And they do the same thing with their prices. I think they probably have better buying power than some of these other boxes, though.

    Did you get the Peach and Lily one?

    1. I definitely think I'm more in the "overly-critical" stage of things lately. However I always try to stay as objective as humanly possible and consider the customer who is new to kbeauty's perspective. The price markups were a little irritating- but even Beauteque didn't mark up things in this way (at least not often enough for me to notice.) Beauteque normally marked their products at the prices that Pretty and Cute, Urban Outfitters and other US sites were listing their prices. I tried to go by the "average" price at first, but now I will give them the benefit of the doubt and just go by the retail price in US stores if they are also based out of the US. Considering that these products were overpriced even by US standards, I was a little miffed, I can't lie.

      I see value in this subsription in terms of it's potential- I think they have something here and they really could do well if they stuck to something like the first box. Popular, low cost brands with a sprinkling of buzz-worthy lesser known brands liek Skylake. That would make the box appealing to the widest group of potential customers, in my opinion.

      I did get the Peach and Lily box, although I wasn't over-the-moon about the spoiler. I was super happy with the last box though, so I have a lot of hope that this one will also be nicely curated! Fingers crossed!