Review of Piibu—The Korean Face Masks Subscription Box
To all the face masks I've loved before.
Piibu Korean Face Mask Subscription Box Review
Affordable Asian face masks can be difficult to find in the U.S.
More often than not, the prices of quality Asian sheet masks are ridiculously marked up in stores and it's hard to determine whether or not a product is fake when buying online.
So what's a girl to do when she's got a serious face mask addiction that she can't seem to quit?
Face mask subscription boxes.
I reached out to Piibu and they were kind enough to send a box for review.
Keep scrolling to hear our thoughts on the service and our final verdict.
Everything You Need to Know About Piibu
As we mentioned before, Piibu is a monthly subscription of Korean face masks. But how does it all work?
The service is straightforward to use.
First, you need to choose your subscription plan. Here is a breakdown of the box options, which all retail for $35/month:
- Free shipping
- 8 - 10 face masks
- You can cancel at any time
You can also prepay for 6 months or 12 months to get a discounted rate.
Once you choose your plan, Piibu handles the rest by curating a variety of the latest Korean masks every month. However, this means that you don't get to select any special options for your specific skin type.
My Experience With Piibu
Now for the review.
After waiting for a few weeks for the box to arrive, I received a shiny golden bag of eight delightful face masks, including a few that I've tried before, much to my surprise.
Here's a breakdown of the masks I received, including the retail value of each mask:
Secret Key Nature Recipe Honey Mask (Retail: $2.60)
Ladykin Saference SKIN-RX Pore Closing Mask (Retail: $2.99)
Farmstay Visible Difference Snail Mask (Retail: $1.29)
Mijin Coenzyme Q10 Essence Mask (Retail: $1.99)
Tony Moly Pureness 100 Caviar Mask Sheet (Retail: $1.99)
Naisture Moisture Green Tea Mask (Retail: $1.00)
A'pieu My Skin-fit Baobab Mask (Retail: $2.00)
Kina Cosmetics Marine Complex Face Mask (Retail: $2.00)
After my initial excitement wore off, I continued to be surprised by the box. And not always in a good way.
While the box contained a few face masks I was familiar with, including a few brands that I personally loved, I noticed that the box did not contain an information sheet as advertised on the website.
Granted, each mask had English instructions and ingredients on the back, so I was fine and perhaps the sheet was lost or Piibu knew about the English on the back. But I'll always appreciate a good 'ol info sheet where I can access all the information in one place.
Another thing I was a bit confused about was the retail value of the box. As advertised on the website, Piibu claimed that each box should retail for about $35. According to what I found on the internet, the box I received was worth about $16 for a box that is about $20.
Of course, I don't expect every box to be $35. However, I was a bit let down by the value of the selected masks for this month. I would have hoped for one higher value mask in the bundle to make up for it.
Regardless, the face masks in the box were perfectly fine, each targeting different solutions to my skin and leaving my skin feeling hydrated and better than before.
The Bottom Line
Overall, there are a few things to consider with the Piibu subscription box.
While you may not be able to customize your order with your skin type and your box may not be valued at $35, Piibu still gives you easy-access face masks with no fuss. And ultimately, your mileage may vary.
Piibu is incredibly straightforward to use and you will have eight to 10 face masks sent to your doorstep curated by the people at Piibu. You don't have to think about it, so it's convenient for individuals with a busy lifestyle and casually want Korean face masks for a quick skin pick-me-up after a long day.
However, if you want to get the most value out of what you receive, Piibu will likely have to put in more masks into the mix or simply higher value masks to make it worth it.