After my struggle with Pink Seoul I really wanted to find a subscription box that wasn’t quite so punishing on international wallets. Beauty boxes are everywhere- new companies spring up all the time, make a small splash and then sink back under the waves. I’ve lost count of the subscriptions that I personally have signed up for, but I do know that most of them don’t even exist anymore. We’ve all been there! Shipments come late, quality suffers, customer service drops off dramatically if it ever existed at all and we all chalk up another loss to the beauty box gods. So it’s with great excitement that I’m revealing a little company that seems to be trying to buck all these trends. Enter Brush and Powder.
The best way, unsurprisingly, to find out about new beauty box launches is on social media. I ran into Crystal over on the B&P Instagram and she has been incredibly helpful ever since. Brush and Powder is still very new with only a few boxes under their belt but seem to be actively keeping an ear to the ground and listening to what the people want. This is a really smart strategy when there is so much competition in the market as Korean beauty is quite literally everywhere right now. Luckily they are based right near Seoul, so everything is shipping direct too. With other services I was paying for products that had been ordered from Seoul, boxed and shipped to America, repackaged and sent to the UK. Not very efficient, nor cost effective. It’s no wonder that international customers were being priced out. One of the first conversations I had with Crystal was about shipping, and she assured me that it was FREE. No more being taxed for my location! To top it off, products purchased from Brush and Powder’s new webshop? ALSO FREE SHIPPING. Deciding to push the boat out, I explained the issue I was having with my current box, wherein the charges from customs was nudging the price far beyond what the contents were worth. It’s great to be able to claim back full cost on a lost box but how often does that happen? My concerns were heard, and I was able to note on my account the customs threshold for my country. This was the clincher for me, as finally I would be able to get a box delivered without any additional fees just because of my location. I decided it was time to order. However, this was back in July and I missed the train that month, so I had to wait. I didn’t have to wait too long though, because when August boxes shipped I got a notification that I’d been bumped up to Kpacket shipping free of charge. My box from South Korea arrived on my doorstep in seven days. Suddenly I had reached it, the beauty box heaven that had been foretold. Korean based company, friendly staff, good customer service, quick shipping…please don’t let this box be terrible, says me. And it isn’t. This box is great.
One of my main complaints has been that the contents of the boxes I have received rarely balances out with the cost involved. Being able to take shipping and customs out of the equation means that I can enjoy Brush and Powder how it was intended. A monthly treat, a curated mix of surprise products that I may not have purchased myself. I would like to say firstly I did not receive some special beauty blogger treasure trove. I requested a Dry Skin box, and I am certain everyone else with my skin type will also receive the same things. Hilariously, this mix of products could not be timed any better for me personally. This is nearing personal genie level curation, because for the most part if you had asked me what I needed earlier in the week half of this box would have been on my list. The welcome card that I recieved is also fantastic, laying out a really interesting roadmap from the B&P staff. Instead of simply sending what is new or trendy, the idea behind these boxes is to build a routine to suit your skin type from the bottom up. This month, the focus is on cleansing and an essence. Next month, apparently we can expect a serum step. I love this approach because Korean beauty, especially multi step routines, can be daunting even to veterans. There’s so much out there, and new converts can have so many questions. This gives anyone the ability to subscribe, receive appropriate products on a monthly basis AND have the time to properly test them before introducing a new step. Responsible beauty boxing guys, we made it. If there was a single reason I would recommend this box, that would be it. So what did I receive this month?
Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence Intensive (B&P price $49) Readers, I have been wanting to pull the trigger on this essence forever. I have added it to carts. I have pored over the ingredients list and run it through CosDNA. I have spent an hour reading r/asianbeautyrehab and sworn I would never buy anything again. Seriously, I have gone back and forth over buying this and NOW I DON’T HAVE TO. It’s mine, and if it breaks me out you are never going to hear the end of it.
Berrisom Opps My Lip Tint Pack (B&P price $9) Like Benton’s Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream I am beginning to realise that no box is complete without a tube of this stuff. Join me in creating the world’s largest lip tint collection, because I still haven’t used this yet I keep getting a new one each month. The only bum note in the entire box for me personally, but I know others love lip tinting. Call me, I’ll hook you up.
Tonymoly Shiny Foot Super Peeling Liquid (B&P price $9.50) I have heard so many great things about this foot mask. I focus so much on my face and hands that maybe my feet don’t get the attention they deserve. Or, maybe I’m just terrified of clocking up yet new ways to spend too much money. Maybe a bit of both.
Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask (B&P price $3) It’s cute, it’s honey and organic propolis and we all know that’s enough to sell me really. Bees 1, Willpower 0.
Cremorlab White Bloom Triple Bright Floral Mask (B&P price $5) There’s so many fruit and flower extracts crammed into this little mask that I cannot wait to use it. I’ve heard so much about the thermal water in these products. Cremorlab is one of those brands I hear good things about but haven’t really gone to seek out on my own so again this is one of those enabling moments that may spell shopping in my future. Watch this space.
There is also a ‘bonus’ item this month in the form of Scinic Honey Banana Cleansing Foam. (B&P price $7) Funny story, I was standing over my sink washing my face the other day and realised that my current cleanser, The Face Shop Rice Water Cleansing Foam, is getting woefully low. I like it, but I’m not in love with it so I would like to swap out with something new for awhile. The Scinic has some fruit extracts thrown in, I don’t see much that makes it a wow factor cleanser at all but I’m happy that I’ll have something to tide me over in the interim whilst I decide what my skin could use next. And hey, bonuses are great.
The total cost for this box, no matter where you are, is $54.99 or, at current exchange rates just shy of £42. If you were to shop directly with Brush and Powder, as stated their price for these products would come to a grand total of $82.50 or, at current exchange rates just shy of £63. Now of course you can find some of these products elsewhere on the web at much lower cost. If you’re willing to gamble on Ebay and have sellers that you know send authentic products then probably some more dramatic savings. The Missha essence is not fifty dollars across the board, Jolse carries it for $33 and change. For those of us shopping in the UK, Yesstyle.co.uk is your best bet for a majority of these products. Adding the essence, foot peel, lip tint and face wash to my cart brought my total to £53.10. That’s without a Cremorlab mask, nor the Papa Recipe mask which only sell in boxes of 10. I’m well aware that with some digging I could probably do better price wise, but I have personally got a lot of value out of this box and am certain to get a lot of mileage out of my products. I’m also super excited to see where Brush and Powder takes me next on my skincare journey, because they have the forethought to consider that is exactly what the customer wants. Not the same old tired things each month, but to be able to track your progress from your very first box all the way to the results you may see after six months, or a year using the service. As long as standards remain high, I’m on board to see what’s coming. You can start your own journey by signing up. See you next month!