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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Review on Soko Glam's Klog Box: It's OK

image from SokoGlam

A lover of Korean beauty and anything skincare related in general, I was very much intrigued when I heard about The Klog Box on Soko Glam's and its CEO Charlotte Cho's Instagram pages: a cost-friendly way to try out SIX new up-and-coming (?) Korean beauty products for only $50. I felt like such a hipster.

Some of the products — aside from the MANIFEST face mask (which is sold at Sephora), the Missha sunscreen, and the Erborian Glow Creme — aren't really sold anywhere besides SokoGlam, so I was concerned that the products may be sketchy (just my careful online shopping tendencies), but fortunately, my experience with these products has been fine so far.

I was also a bit intimidated by this box because I wasn't sure how to use all of these products, but the Soko Glam team put together a really simple video on their Instagram page of Charlotte Cho using them. It made the skincare process easier and much more approachable.

Here are my thoughts on the products...

image from Mochi Beaute
Klavuu Pure Pearlsation Revitalizing Facial Cleansing Foam

I was a little disappointed with this product. It was not as whitening or skin-tightening as I had hoped. However, the wash is very smooth and gentle on the skin, as advertised, and I do agree with Soko Glam's claim that the wash is a safe choice for all skin types.

As I mentioned on my previous winter skincare post, I am currently using the Innisfree face wash. When I first tried my Innisfree face wash, I immediately noticed a difference. My skin felt significantly cleaner, smoother, tighter, and moisturized after every wash... I didn't feel that with this Klavuu wash.

This Klavuu wash is $30. My Innisfree wash is $14. Would I pay twice the price of my current face wash for something that delivers half the results? Hm, no thank you...

Neogen Bio Peel Gauze Peeling Lemon Pads

image from The Klog
This product is for exfoliating fine lines and dark spots on the face, according to the Klog review. I really like this product!

I used this Peel Gauze after washing my face with the Klavuu, and my skin felt so fresh and tight. Maybe it's because of the lemon and high Vitamin C ingredients? As advertised, it really is gentle and easy to use. The lemon scent is not that strong, which was a plus for me!

I'm not sure if this product is effective in alleviating dark spots and fine lines, since I don't really have those yet (knock on wood), but I do think it is a great product for increasing elasticity in the skin. I can see myself using this product about twice a week to relax in the evening.

MANIFEST Natural Gift Green Tea Pore Care Sheet Mask

image from The Klog

Cool fact: Soko Glam's CEO Charlotte Cho partnered with Manefit to make this sheet mask!

This is a super bougie face mask. It sells at $19.00 for a 4 sheet mask box set. At roughly $5 a sheet mask, it's quite pricey...  Unlike most face masks, this is a two-piece mask that is actually green with green tea leaf pieces. So... it's the real deal.

I'm really glad I got to try such a nice sheet mask! I wish the Klog Box came with at least two of these sheet masks instead of one.

E Nature Birch Juice Hydro Sleeping Pack

image from The Klog

This is my first sleeping face mask (in lotion form!) - although I have fallen asleep a good number of times only to find my normal face masks still on my face in the morning! After washing my face with the Klavuu, exfoliating with the Neogen, I dotted and applied the Birch Juice Sleeping Pack all over my face. I noticed that I had to apply a generous amount of the Birch Juice to feel the same "moisturizing" effect as a normal face mask.

While you're supposed to leave this sleeping pack on overnight, I actually ended up washing it off thirty minutes after application. I have sensitive skin, and I noticed that my skin felt oily rather than moisturized... I think I'm going to stick with my regular sheet-face masks for now.

However, I have heard lots of great things about the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask! It sounds like it'd be a lot lighter than this Birch Juice and more compatible with my skin. I think it'd be perfect for the summertime when a sheet mask may be too rich.

Missha All Around Safe Block Sebum Zero
image from Missha US

I was very disappointed that this product was in this box. There's nothing wrong with the product, but I wish there was a unique product to try instead of this one. Isn't the whole point of the Klog box to try new and interesting Korean beauty products?

Sunscreen is sunscreen, and it's not going to be all that much different from other sunscreen... It's just sunscreen.

Erborian Glow Creme

image from Sephora
Wow, I did not know this creme is $42 at Sephora. I thought it would be worth at most $20...

However, the product is not bad at all. This is a super cool primer that has a nice and subtle glowing effect! The creme is white with a nice pink shimmer. I was worried it would be really pink and sparkly when applied, but it surprisingly has a very natural, "glowy" finish.

In conclusion...

The Klog Box is not bad! The Neogen Bio Peel and Green Tea Face Mask were my favorites. If I were to repurchase any of these products again, it would be the Neogen Bio Peel.

I do think that if Soko Glam were to do another Klog Box in the future, they should try to include unique products rather than staple items such as sunscreen...

While the products were good, they don't measure up to the level of Dr. Jart+, Laneige, or IOPE (especially not the Klavuu wash).

My recommendation? If you're truly just curious about these products, you should go for it. If you're a Chriselle-Lim-level skincare expert with products that you are very satisfied with, it's not worth it.

Do you have any Korean skincare products you like?

Thanks for reading!


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