Memebox sent me some products to review from Botanic Farm, a brand that I noticed while browsing the Memebox Korea website ages ago, but haven’t tried up until this point. The thing that stuck out to me about Botanic Farm was this money shot:
CHUNKY and WEIRD. Yes, this is good–very much in my sphere of interest. I had the Black Soybean Milk Pudding sleeping pack on my Pinterest shopping list for ages.
Botanic Farm is now carried by Memebox USA, and the addition of it to the Memeshop seemed like a nod–at last–at Memebox’s wacky, fun, OMG past, when boxes containing things like donkey oil perfume were commonplace and I utterly destroyed my sleep cycle staying up until 3 or 4am, waiting for whatever was next. I dig the return to the Memeroots (with the bonus now of actual customer service and sleep for me) and I’ve cautiously started buying things, here and there, again–although carefully due to my fears of an always-too-big skincare and makeup collection.
The thing that ultimately pushed me over the edge into agreeing to accept the items for review were the salmon egg hydrogel eye patches. I’ve been wanting to test lots of eye patches for some time, but the blog’s finances aren’t healthy enough to support a massive buying spree, so I’ll have to investigate this more slowly. I get the sense that eye patches will serve as a gateway kbeauty drug for a lot of people who, like me, can always find time to slap on some patches if it means hydrating the fine lines that serve as a major marker of age. I want fan-b to talk to both people who are new to kbeauty and those already addicted, so providing reviews for products that might appeal to new fans seems like a good idea. Also, my undereyes need help. ahahah
I’m going to arrange this review of four Botanic Farm products from most necessary purchase to least. I didn’t walk away from my more than three weeks of testing believing that this brand is kbeauty’s second coming, but I think that it should appeal to people who are into funky ingredient skincaretainment.
Umm do you like hydrated under-eyes? Yeah, these do the thing. They’re super slippery, which feels great, but I found that I needed to push them back into place on the inside corners of my eye a few times before they dried enough to settle in.
I have two other jars of patches now, but I always pick these because they’re juicy and the texture is smoooooth. I’ve been testing these in various ways (patches under masks, patches with spot masks) and they combine well with other packs to make sure that my fine lines are ironed out and I look well-rested–not every mask makes it to my undereye area, so these cover the gaps.
I also slap these on whenever I think of them simply because I don’t want to start from -9,000 dryness when I really want to look hydrated and unlined–it seems more practical to me to get a quick boost before an event than try to drag one’s skin from zero to amazing in one skincare session. By using these often, my undereyes have generally stopped having those days where my makeup settles into lines and everything looks dry and creased.
Aside from the slipping, the other issue I had with these patches would be some minor irritation when I put them on already angry skin. That goes away after about five minutes and it isn’t different from what I experience when using most masks right now, particularly hydrogel masks.
Tip: if the top layer of your eye patches is lacking juiciness, just store the jar upside down. Second tip: keep these in the fridge to get a nice cold jolt when you apply them.
Overall, I’m happy to have these.
This is the sleeping pack I had my eye on for ages. Based on the photos, I expected it to be stringy like natto beans, but it’s actually the texture of super gelatinous pudding.
It smells like milk tea, not even kidding, which is pretty delicious on one hand, but a bit unpleasant on the other (if this gets on my pillow I feel like I’ve accidentally rubbed food on the bed, weird).
I found this sleeping pack to be fairly standard despite the funky texture. In the end, it moisturizes well and makes my face happy. I always apply too much (likely due to the fun texture), which leads to stickiness. If you’re concerned about that just apply less. My husband tried this sleeping pack, too, and he found the smell a bit off-putting and he was irritated by the stickiness. Then again, he sees his role in the fanserviced family as “grumpy grandpa critic,” so don’t let him discourage you.
I like this sleeping pack, but I’m not sure how much I’ll use it in the future given that I use them infrequently anyway.
If it’s on sale: Botanic Farm Natural Energy Mask Sheet in Rice
I thought that this was a solid mask. The essence felt good (right in the hydrating-but-not-suffocating sweet spot) and the mask fit was very good on my giant face.
The mask fabric seemed to be something I’d expect from a $1 mask, so I think that this is something good to grab if the masks are offered at that price.
Overall: not bad at all, but not a “best in class” mask winner either.
The mask material was akin to fairly thick plastic (and I checked to make sure that I removed all backings, thankyouverymuch) and while the essence seemed fine enough, I couldn’t wait to get this off my face.
Truly one of the worst masks I’ve ever used in terms of comfort. No.
Overall, I’m happy that I finally got to try these products. I really hope that this is the start of Memebox USA carrying more fun and wild brands again. I know that you’re going to read this post, Memebox, since you sent me these things to try, so YAY! Fun skincaretainment please!
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