Korean Beauty – Battle of the Boxes by Mel

So, as you all know by now, I am a massive K Beauty fan! I have a sheet mask hoard that is growing faster than my postie submitting her annual leave when she knows I have been on a spending spree… joking aside though, if you are a newbie to the K Beauty world, or even a virgin (shock horror!); then here’s to hoping that this write up will help you to decide which box is going to pop your cherry!
I have extensively reviewed all three of these players in the game, and since reviewing them I have gone on to use all of the products. So I have simplified it, a simple star rating, and the Mel ‘love or loathe’ stamp of approval!
I narrowed it down to 4 categories:

  • Value for money
  • Customer Service
  • Quality of the products
  • Recommend to a friend?

Each category will have marks out of 5 Stars, and an overall score out of 20! I will link in my full written review for each Subscription too, so if you want to read an in-depth insight into each one then you can.
First up is:

Ichiko Bento

This box was an exciting concept to K Beauty, its selling point being that it ships from the UK. They had so many issues with their first box, being almost 2 months late to ship to its Subscribers. We are yet to see the next instalment, but here are my ratings for the box I received: https://boxession.com/2017/07/18/ichiko-bento-review-by-mel-july-2017/

Value for Money 1-star-rating

The Box was only worth £10 more than the contents, and in all honesty I overpriced it a little as I always go with the RRP as opposed to the cheapest or sale prices. I was missing an item from the box which was promised would be sent out and never was.

Customer Service

2-star-rating

At first the communication was good, I did feel that a lot of blame was being passed to the fulfilment company rather than taking personal responsibility for the issues with the huge delay in shipping. I wrote the review and haven’t heard from them since, a lot of BoXession members were very unhappy with this box.

Quality of the Products

1-star-rating

There were only the face masks that I would personally re buy after trying all of the items in the Box. The headband was too small, the notebook is poor quality. The way in which the items were placed in the box seemed ‘thrown in’ and no real thought process about a theme. There was no identity to this Box, it was very mish mash.

Recommend to a friend?

1-star-rating

No, not at all. I cannot recommend this box as it stands at present. I am very disappointed that even after typing a very fair and thorough review that I have not received the missing item as promised; and I haven’t heard a single thing since! BoXession has several thousand potential customers who all love Subscription Boxes. Whilst I did initially have empathy, I do feel that now we have just been pushed aside to sit with the growing line of unhappy customers. Poor business sense? Indeed…

Overall Score: 5/20

 

BOMIBOX:

This is a Deluxe Korean Beauty Subscription Box that guarantees 8 full size products!

https://boxession.com/2017/05/31/bomibox-review-by-jemma-mel-may-2017/

Value for Money

4-star-rating

This box was RAMMED full of products, literally bursting at the seams. It is fairly pricy when you add into the equation the price of shipping to the UK; it comes to over £35. The cost of the products however came to over £63, meaning that there was still a saving of £27. Overall it is worth it!

Customer Service

3-star-rating

It wasn’t a bad experience, but I did have to pester them a little by email to send out the boxes. I put this down to them being mega busy, but then you know it is always polite to reply!

Quality of the Products

5-star-rating

I cannot fault the products at all, so many full size items! I have found some new loves in this box that will now remain a permanent fixture in my daily beauty routine. I have still some left and it seems like forever ago that I received this to review with Jemma.

Recommend to a friend?

4-star-rating

I am a stickler for service and manners, and also I would prefer the price to be under £30 personally … but it is just the cost of shipping to the UK that makes it so high. Start a Box up in the UK Bomibox and you have a new subscriber! If you don’t mind paying a bit extra then this is a great box.

Overall Score: 16/20

 

Mask Maven:

This Subscription Service is owned by Beauteque Monthly. It is a mask only bag, containing 9 items a month.

https://boxession.com/2017/07/26/mask-maven-review-by-mel-june-2017/

Value for Money

5-star-rating

Even with the postage cost, this subscription is undoubtedly worth the money. At a little over £17 a month, making the masks less than a couple of quid each this is a bargain. If you love masks as much as I do then you will happily pay this!

Customer Service

3-star-rating

Again I had to pester them a bit regarding forgetting to send out the Box to me, and when they did they sent it to me instead of to Katie, whose address I had given to them. When I told them about this though they were very apologetic and offered a discount code.

Quality of the Products

5-star-rating

Korean Face masks are without a doubt the best out there. The materials and ingredients are better than some of the very expensive high end brands, yet the prices are minimal. If you haven’t tried these and love a pamper – then you must!

Recommend to a friend?

5-star-rating

A resounding yes. You need to be a good friend of mine if you are to gain access to my face mask stash. Once I am starting to run low I will be ordering this Subscription for myself without a doubt!

Overall Score: 18/20

 

BB Bag:

This Subscription Service is also owned by Beauteque Monthly, the same as Mask Maven. They send a Cosmetic Bag full of items every month, with a Range of Full Size Korean products.

https://boxession.com/2017/07/27/bb-bag-beauteque-monthly-review-by-mel-june-2017/

Value for Money

5-star-rating

The cost of this Subscription without discount but including P&P is a little over £25. The products were worth over £52! It is a bargain, some of the items in this I loved.. I didn’t add a cost in for the lovely bag that the items came in either so really it is excellent value.

Customer Service

3-star-rating

As I mentioned above with Mask Maven, the service wasn’t the best, but they did do their best to apologise and rectify the issues.

Quality of the Products

5-star-rating

I was seriously impressed at what you got in this for the money. Everything from the bag to the presentation felt quality too. I double checked the prices that were listed on the menu card and they were correct. I am already trying to source some items from this to re buy.

Recommend to a friend?

5-star-rating

Absolutely! You won’t be disappointed with this. You can use a discount code too and get it for around £23, you would be mad not to buy it if you love Korean products. If you havent then now is the time to try them out!

Overall Score: 18/20

 

My Verdict?

I would buy both of the Beauteque Subscriptions. I would have loved to have given them 20/20 but one thing that did stop me is that if you order both Subscriptions together they send them both together yet charge two lots of postage! That is little bit naughty but my only niggle. If you read this Beauteque then please combine postage and our lovely members and I will be sure to buy both! We Promise!

I hope you enjoyed reading, should I review any further K Beauty Subscriptions then I will add them to this …

Much Love,

Mel xx

 
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