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November 2016 Esian Mall Beauty Box Review
I discovered Esian Mall back in June. They began as a store for Asian products, but have recently introduced two subscription boxes to their product variety: a beauty box and a snack box. Although the snack box was great, I decided not to continue with it because it didn’t fit my eating habits. However, I’ve continued receiving and enjoying the beauty box.
You can read my previous Esian Mall reviews here:
- October 2016 Esian Mall Beauty Box Review
- September 2016 Esian Mall Beauty Box Review
- August 2016 Esian Mall Beauty Box Review
- July 2016 Esian Mall Beauty Box Review
- June 2016 Esian Mall Beauty Box Review
- June 2016 Esian Mall Snack Box Review
Esian Mall recently started theming their subscription boxes, starting with a Pokemon Go theme in July, a Suicide Squad theme in August, and a The Walking Dead theme in September. I appreciate the themes, because I think they help differentiate the Esian Mall beauty box from other Asian beauty boxes. To fit the theme, the box usually includes one themed product along with an array of more general Asian beauty products.
The theme for November was “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” in commemoration of the movie’s release.
The first item in the November 2016 Esian Mall Beauty Box was a Sulfur Care Skin Control Pink Dressing from MediHeal. As a subscriber to an Asian beauty box, I’m open to trying new products in languages I can’t read, but this particular one is a bit strange even for me. The photo shows the liquid in the bottle being layered, but it’s just one pink color in the actually bottle I received - even before I shook it. But even if it was layered, I don’t understand how you would get out the bottom solution without going through the top.
Beyond that, I’m not really sure how it’s meant to be used. There are instructions for day and night along with some pore patches. I assume you simply apply the solution, but...I don’t think I will. My skin is sensitive and I worry about putting this on my skin when I don’t even know what’s inside.
I’m being particularly hard on this item because it’s the highest value item of the box, for which I want to ensure it provides the value it promises. I couldn’t find any price comparisons online, so I can only go by Esian Mall’s estimate for the item.
Estimated value: $13 (Source: Esian Mall)
The second item is an I’m Real face mask from TONYMOLY in a lemon-scented brightening variety. I’ve received an I’m Real mask before in an Esian Mall box, but not the lemon one. Face masks aren’t my favorite, but I think they’re always fair to include in Asian beauty boxes because they are common in Asian beauty markets.
Estimated value: $3 (Source: EsianMall.com/PeachAndLily.com)
The third item was the themed item for the box: a pair of Newt Scamander monogrammed earrings. I didn’t recognize the monogram at first, but after doing some searching online, it’s apparently more popular than I thought.
Subscribers could receive one of a variety of earrings that fit the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them theme, depicted above.
I don’t have pierced ears, so these aren’t very useful for me. However, I think they’re an OK item to have put in the box. I still appreciate that Esian Mall puts a geek-themed item in each month’s box.
Like the MediHeal solution, I couldn’t find an online price for these earrings. For this item, I think Esian Mall’s estimate seems accurate.
Estimated value: $9 (Source: Esian Mall)
The fourth item was a Red Cheeks Girl’s Patch from TONYMOLY. These patches are supposed to soothe and moisturize cheeks. Unfortunately, a lot of reviews online suggest they have an opposite effect, and I’m again afraid to use them on my sensitive skin.
Estimated value: $2 (Source: Amazon.com/KollectionK.com)
The fifth item was a SoftyMo Pore Pack from KOSE. This seems like any other pore removing strip, which is fine with me.
Estimated value: $0.50 (Source: Amazon.com/Sasa.com)
Usually the box only includes five items, but this month had a couple of bonus items: a pack of Marukawa gum and an adorable Newt Scamander pin. The gum is a fun item, although not enough to materially affect my view of the box. On the other hand, I really like the pin. Because I don’t have pierced ears, the pin is the better themed item this month. Perhaps Esian Mall considered that and included the pin for that reason.
Estimated collective value: $1.50 (Source: Amazon.com/Estimate)
Overall, the November 2016 Esian Mall Beauty Box contained about $29 worth of items. For a box that costs $25 with $5 shipping, that is a fair value. However, that’s assuming that the highest-value item, the Medi-Heal skin care product, was worth as much as the estimate. The Esian Mall info card suggested that the Red Cheeks patches were worth over $10, which doesn’t make much sense when you can buy them online for much cheaper.
I wasn’t a fan of this month’s item selection either. The theme should’ve been my favorite because I love Harry Potter and related media, but I can’t actually put the main themed item to use. The pin partially made up for that, though. What I disliked most about this month’s selection is that all of the beauty products were skincare items, most of which I would not feel comfortable using without further direction. I would’ve liked at least one makeup item to have been included as they have been in previous months.
Esian Mall has typically performed well, so I will consider this an off month for them. Feel free to read some of my past Esian Mall Beauty Box reviews (linked at the top of this post) to see how previous months have compared.
The December theme will be the “The Legend of Zelda”.
If you’re interested in trying the EsianMall Beauty Box (or their Snack Box), you can click my referral link here and use code “HAPPYREFERRAL” to get $5 off your first box - that will cover the shipping cost.
Recommended for: people who enjoy Asian beauty products and like getting a surprise themed item