[Info & Unboxing] Beauteque Monthly May 2018

The beauty boxes just keep on coming. Got no time to breathe LOL. Buuut let’s get to it. The third box I received was Beauteque Monthly.

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Beauteque Background: Beauteque Monthly is a monthly Korean beauty subscription box that delivers six full sized K-beauty products that ranges from makeup, skincare, body care, accessories, and more. They have two different type of subscriptions.

  • Beauty Box:
    •  $24/month
    • Includes a variety of six full-sized Korean beauty products ranging from skincare, makeup, body care, accessories, and more
    • Past subscriptions here.
  • Mask Maven
    • $15/month
    • Includes a variety of nine masks such as sheet masks, wash-off masks, lip and eye patches, and more.
    • Past subscriptions here.

You can subscribe for a specific month and get that month’s box as long as you sign up before the 15th of that month. For example, if you want the June box, you will have to order before June 15. If you order after June 15, you will receive the July box. Orders for each month’s bags end the 15th at 11:59 PM EST.

Packaging: It’s a square box that has cute illustrative patterns on the top and the sides are pink. Pretty clean and simple. Their box doesn’t change like how Bomibox does.

Product Info: Beauteque provides you with an info card with the box that explains the product, how to use it, the star ingredients, and the retail price.

Billing Info: Your sign up date is your recurring billing date. If you subscribe on June 13 then you will be billed on the 13th of each month until you cancel.

You are also able to skip boxes if you’re drowning in K-beauty products.

Shipping: They don’t offer free shipping in US and their shipping fee is $3.95 for US. They also ship worldwide and the list of countries can be found here.

They ship their boxes at the end of each month and it takes less than a week for the box to arrive to your door. Well, at least for me it is. It could be different based on where you live and how custom works.

Coupon: For newcomers, they have a limited time coupon for each month and you are able to get a free gift with your box. They have the coupon written on their site. I also found coupon code SHEETFACED and it gives you 10% off your first box. However, it’s not a guarantee it’s going to work. But hey, giving it a try doesn’t hurt.

I’m not subscribed to their other subscription box, Mask Maven, but there’s a code TRYMASKMAVEN and you get 15% off your first month box.

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For this month’s box, I received:

  • Esfolio Marine Water Daily Toner
    • Retail price: $18.99 | Average online retail: N/A
    • “This replenishing toner preps your skin for the rest of your skincare routine. Provides light hydration while supporting skin’s natural elasticity.”
    • Star Ingredients: Sea Grape Extract (Deep moisturizing), Codium Fragile Extract (Vitalizing), Sodium Hyaluronate (Firming), Milk Protein Extract (Hydrating)
    • I never heard of sea grape so this will be an interesting toner to try.
  • Mukunghwa Dead Sea Mineral Salt Soap
    • Retail price: $7.99 | Average online retail: $10.49
    • “Dead sea minerals are full of magnesium, sodium, and potassium that help improve skin’s overall health and appearance.”
    • Star Ingredients: Dead sea salt (Exfoliation)
    • To be honest, this is my least favorite product since I don’t use bar soap. Also, I feel like they didn’t place much thought and added this product last minute just to fill up the box quota. This soap looks like it’s meant for the older crowd like the elderly people. From its packaging, it’s definitely not targeted for the 18-24 group. I’m just going to give it to my parents LOL.
  • Yedam Yun Bit Yun Jin Gyeol Aqua Water Drop Cream
    • Retail price: $13.99 | Average online price: $15.62
    • “These facial creams provide lightweight hydration without weighing skin down or feeling greasy.”
    • This packaging is nicely designed and elegant. It makes it seem like the product is expensive LOL. Definitely has the traditional Korean vibe based on their typography choice and flower patter design. Let’s see if it has the expensive effect on my skin.
  • Skin Planet Synergy Effector 3-Step Kit – Hydrating
    • Retail price: $4.99 | Average online price: N/A
    • “Wake up to glowing skin! This to-go kit contains a super hydrating eye cream and sleeping pack that nourish your skin while you sleep.”
    • Star Ingredients: Hyaluronic Acid
    • I’m like whatever on this product. Never heard of Skin Planet before either.
  • Medi Flower Collagen Wrinkle Eye Cream
    • Retail price: $11.99 | Average online price: $9.08
    • “This gentle, brightening formula treats fine lines and dark circles.”
    • Star Ingredients: Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, Adenosine, Star Anise
    • So I have really bad dark circles and I’ve been on a lookout for a brightening eye cream. Super excited to try this since it specifically says it “evens out skin tone around the eye area.”
    • UPDATE: It has a strong fragrance and it’s currently giving me a headache.
  • Penguin Sleeping Eye Mask Eyeshade
    • Retail price: $6.99 | Average online price: N/A
    • “This comfortable sleeping mask blocks out distractions for a better night’s sleep.”
    • I was planning to buy an eye mask so I’m glad they included this eye mask in May’s box. They read my mind on the eye cream and this eye mask.
    • UPDATE: I didn’t like the eye mask because it had a weird chemical smell and also it doesnt really wrap around the nose so light still peeks through.

Conclusion: So based on the retail price on their info card, the whole box value is $64.94. If I was to based it on average online price, the whole box value would be roughly be between $55-$60. It’s definitely not bad compared to PinkSeoul PLUS which costs $50 and their box value, using average online price, values around $66.50. So definitely, the price of Beauteque is worth it. There’s also a sweepstakes where if you share a selfie with one or more of the specific month’s products with the hashtag they give you then you’ll have a chance to win a $20 gift card.

I like how Beauteque has a theme for each month. May’s theme was “Under the Sea” since, I’m guessing, to indicate the start of summer. You’re able to get a sense of what products are going to be in that month’s box. Their info card is really helpful. It includes the retail price, how to use the product, and indicates the star ingredients for each product. Another plus for this box is that all the products I received are from brands I don’t know which is refreshing to me since I tend to avoid mainstream brands such as Tonymoly, Etude House, Nature Republic, etc. All those brands I’m too familiar with so I want a new fresh breathe of air.

However, judging from their past boxes, Beauteque could be a hit or miss depending on each month. Some of the products from the past boxes doesn’t really stand out to me. I’m also not into makeup products since I don’t really use makeup but thankfully, this month’s box all contains skincare products. The price is great and cheaper compared to other boxes.

  • Pros:
    • Cheaper compared to other boxes
    • The box retail value is worth it for the price you’re paying for the box
    • Really helpful info card (contains star ingredients info and retail price)
    • Each month has a theme so you could kind of get a sense of what products you’re going to get.
    • Receive products from brands you never heard of
    • Sweepstakes option
  • Cons:
    • Could be a hit or miss depending on the month
    • Includes makeup products (not really interested in makeup)
  • Keep or Pass: Even though Beauteque Monthly has a lot of pros, I’m going to pass on their subscription. First reason is that looking at their past boxes, they don’t seem to have products I would be excited about. Comparing it to other beauty boxes and their past boxes, they have more interesting products that I’ve been wanting to try. I mean it might be because Beauteque Monthly is cheaper so their range of products may be limited. Three out of their six products I did not like for the reasons above. Yes, this box is cheaper but I would rather pay a little more and get better products.

 

* All the information and photos (except box and product photos) are from Beauteque Monthly. Also I am not sponsored from any of the beauty subscription companies. I bought all these boxes with my money.

 

 

 

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