Bomibox, a good way to ease into Korean skincare

I’ve been using Korean cosmetics and skincare for a little more than a decade now and while I’m not an expert, I can speak from experience. I like the idea of a subscription service but ultimately it’s not for me. I do think it’s a great way to be introduced to new products and if you don’t already have a skincare routine or bunch of products you love, it’s a good way to try products that have been selected by someone knowledgeable. For me, those last two words are the reason it’s not for me. Okay, that and I basically have a bunch of products I love and I tend to like to introduce new products one at a time because my skin can be sensitive. That being said, I know lots of people who love subscription services. So if you’re adventurous, you like to try new stuff and/or you don’t have favourites already – go for it.

This review is also a little late because I needed to use up a bunch of other products I’d bought for an earlier article about a 10-step skincare routine first. I try not to have more than one of any type of skincare product open at the same time because they have shelve lives. Another reason perhaps why I don’t feel subscription products are for me. However, if I had a friend that wanted to share one… that would be fun. As you can see, I’m of two minds about them – I love the idea but don’t think it’s practical for me so I keep trying to think of ways to make it work.

Full disclosure: I was sent the Bomibox for review purposes. However, all opinions are mine.

So what was in my box? 

Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask

Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask

This was the product I was looking forward to trying the most – for the product name if nothing else. And it lived up to my expectations. Although I don’t recommend using it in the shower as you don’t want it to melt into your eyes (trust me on that) so I ended up using it in the evenings a couple of times a week. Definitely recommend it!

Cosrx Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

Cosrx Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

I’m not a fan. Oh, it’s not a bad cleanser but I like my current morning cleanser better for two reasons. First, it smells like tea tree oil and that’s not a scent I like. And second, it doesn’t rinse cleanly or at least, it doesn’t feel like it is. So not the cleanser for me.

Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream

Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream

I’ll be the first to admit that if it wasn’t in the box, I would never have bought or used this product. I’ve even turned down other free products with “snail” in them. But since I wanted/needed to review the box, I sucked up my courage and tried it… a couple of times. And while I can’t tell you if it reduces “fine lines, scaring and dark spots” as I don’t think I’ve used it enough, it does make a good sleep pack as it’s quite moisturizing. However, I find it too heavy for during the day so I wouldn’t use it as it serum. (The card that came with the box said it could double as both a serum and sleep pack.)

Etude House Missing U Hand Cream (Various) – I got Panda

Etude House Missing U Hand Cream (Various) – I got Panda

This cute little hand cream has a light peach scent (although it appears that each variation has its own scent). It’s a nice, light but moisturizing cream that works well for summer. Plus you can feel good using it as a portion of the profits go towards animal protection agencies.

Innisfree Capsule Recipe Sleeping Pack

Innisfree Capsule Recipe Sleeping Pack

I was disappointed in this product. First off, it was less than half full and it’s pretty small to start with. But worse was how sticky it felt. I had it in the fridge as recommended and you do only need a small amount but despite being cool to touch, it wasn’t particularly cooling. Once it soaked in, my skin felt tacky/sticky. It did seem to be moisturizing though, but I wouldn’t buy it.

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Black Head Out Balm

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Black Head Out Balm

This was actually one of my favourites from the box but when I first applied it, I was hesitant. You see, it looks like a balm which makes sense as that’s what it’s called but it melts into your skin upon application. Which made me think oily and not good for blackheads but it washes away squeaky clean. I’m probably not the target market for this product as my slightly older skin doesn’t get a lot of breakouts anymore but it does appear to clean away impurities. From my experience, I’d recommend it if you do get breakouts.

SNP Gold Collagen Ampoule Mask

SNP Gold Collagen Ampoule Mask

There are actual flecks of gold in this sheet mask, many of which stick to your skin after you remove the mask. As sheet masks go, and if you’ve ever read any of my other skincare reviews, you’d know I’m a fan, it’s a good one. A bit tingly while on, with a light pleasant scent, my only criticism is that it’s a little small on the cheeks. Whether it actually helps firm saggy skin (a claim of the mask), I’m not sure but it was moisturizing and there is plenty of serum left over in the package for a couple of serum applications afterwards. [FYI – to any sheet mask newbie, most sheet mask packages have extra serum in the bottom that you can use the next day, as a serum, after you’ve used and thrown away the actual sheet mask. Some have enough for several days’ application.]

Nature Republic Real Green Tea Mask

Nature Republic Real Green Tea Mask

This was a nice sheet mask for a hot day as it was quite cooling and felt refreshing. I’d buy it again, especially for summer. And I can imagine that it would feel quite nice after a day in the sun.

The samples that came with the box

The Samples

Samples are always fun and a useful way to market products. I can’t tell you how many times I ended up buying something because of a sample. I’m a fan of the “All Clean Balm”, in fact, I liked it better than the full-sized cleanser in this box.

The box, unpacked

Final Thoughts

It was an interesting mix of products and I liked the majority of them – and I’m still using them. Only 2 out of the 8 were products I wouldn’t use which is good. I even plan to buy the Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask once I run out (and if I needed sheet masks, I’d buy the Nature Republic Real Green Tea Mask). So it was definitely a good box.

My issue is more that I don’t think I’m a good candidate for a subscription box of skincare because it comes monthly and I worry that after a couple of months, I would be overrun with products. I already have too many from writing other reviews, getting freebies at events, and simply from my propensity to buy interesting skincare. It’s why it took me so long to write the review.

But while I’m not the ideal person for subscription boxes, if you are new to Korean skincare or if you like trying new products or if you’re looking for new stuff… go for it! Because it certainly was fun trying all of the products in the box, even if the snail cream intimidated the crap out of me. And no, I’m not afraid to say I was a wuss and didn’t want to put snail slime on my face, lol.

Verdict: Bomibox is a good way to try random products that someone has curated, especially for Korean skincare newbies. Just not for me.

Have you tried any of the products in this article? What did you think? And we’d love to hear if you’ve tried Bomibox or another subscription box service! Let us know in the comments below.

Cindy Zimmer

Live life to the fullest everyday – this is a the philosophy I try to live by and it’s taken me on many adventures. I write about Korean culture from a non-Korean perspective as the editor/founder of ATK Magazine and I’m the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF). Previously, I ran a Korean-English language exchange group (in Toronto) for 3 years to stay connected to my three years living in Korea as an English teacher. I love music, film, food and sports and write about 3 of the 4.

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