As I mentioned in my February beauty spending recap, I love kbeauty x popcorn moments.
What I mean by popcorn moments: those times when shit gets wild and entertaining online, so you do the equivalent of popping some corn, putting on the 3D glasses and sitting back to enjoy the show.
When I saw that kbeauty shop Charis (which I’d never heard of before the promotion, but it’s based in Korea) was sending mystery beauty boxes to customers for a flat fee, I was deeply skeptical. It had the makings of a great popcorn moment:
- random shop I’d never heard of
- mystery boxes with supposed fantastical retail value
- low cost ($20)
- contest that would result in two Lucky Box buyers winning trips to Seoul
The official photo of a possible Lucky Box looked promising. In fact, overpromising. Here’s an archived version of the product page, preserved for posterity in the event the Charis site changes.
Each Lucky Box buyer was promised a value of at least $40.
It’s no secret that companies around the world (including some in the U.S.) mysteriously end up having influencers with big accounts or bloggers who are stereotypically pretty win giveaways. I expected the popcorn moment to come when influencers with 25K followers each and a steady stream of circle lens/detox tea sponsors won the trips to Seoul, but the popcorn was overflowing in the House of Charis and I got a lot of entertainment for my twenty bucks.
Loads of influencers on Instagram already had their Lucky Boxes and they looked great!
And then my box arrived.
In the box:
- 13 Ebbujin Mask Pack ($4 per sheet)
- 1 Hanskin Bio Origin Royal Ampoule B.B EX deluxe sample, 4ml
- 1 Hanskin Real Complexion Cream deluxe sample, size unknown
- 1 Daiso Blending Puff (2,000 won –> less than $2)
- 1 pair Beige Chuu Monster Eyelashes ($7.99)
- 1 random Beige Chuu puff ($2?)
- 1 Missha 3D mascara ($6)
OK, well, that wasn’t exactly a winner, but whatever.
Then I looked at Instagram and realize that just about everyone other than influencers who received their boxes early (while the Lucky Boxes were still available for purchase) got the same-ish thing. hmm
And then this post made me check my masks.
Yup, all expiring March 9, 2017. As in next week. lolololololol
So I need to use up 13 masks, like, stat and figure out what on earth to do with these other products I really don’t want. I’ll take the puff and the lashes. Otherwise, umm…
On the plus side, Charis sent an email this morning that says that the boxes were sent by mistake and they’re refunding all the payments. I’ll update this post when I receive my refund.
UPDATE 170303: my refund arrived!
That’s either lying or incompetence, neither of which most people have time for.
You can catch me covering my body in about-to-expire sheet masks while cackling.
If you’re looking for actual good places to buy Korean beauty products from Korea, here’s my list of favorite international sellers.