The Too Cool For School Dinoplatz UFO Multibox has been a highly popularized product in Korea. It has been named one of the hottest products of 2015 by Get It Beauty, and it has also been mentioned by Lisa Eldridge in her Korea haul. And of course, here I am joining the bandwagon of popular products and seeing if it’s really worth all the hype surrounding it!
If I could describe the multibox in one word, it would be convenient. You can literally do your base makeup within 1-2 minutes! The compact includes primer, BB cream (cushion), concealer and a blush. It is essentially your base makeup in one portable, lightweight compact. If you’re one to carry around a makeup bag, you know how it can get really fully with several different products. However, this eliminates 4 separate products which makes it good for those who do their makeup on-the-go. The convenience alone makes the compact very appealing.
The Dinoplatz line has a lot of quirky designs that utilize unique die cuts that set it apart from the packaging of other cosmetic brands. Although this one is a lot simpler in comparison to other products, it is still quite different. I’m not really sure what it’s supposed to resemble though LOL.
The only English on the exterior packaging is the product information which states the following:
Dinoplatz UFO (Unidentified Flying Oville [???])
Pola #21 (the darker shade is #23 Janna, like the League of Legends champion aha…)
UFO 12g, pore balm 0.8g, concealer 0.8g, lip & cheek 1.1g
PAO 12 months (one of the first brands that I’ve seen that actually put Period After Opening on it)
Ingredients: can be found on their website (in Korean)
Usually cushions come with 15g of product, but the multibox comes with 12g.
There isn’t a list of ingredients available in English, but Koreadepart states that the cushion’s major ingredients includes: niancinamide, adenosine, hydrolyzed collagen, camu camu extract and macademia nut oil. All the mentioned major ingredients are those that benefit the skin by providing moisture and protecting your skin. It’s always good to choose products that have skincare benefits to prevent any damage or early signs of aging. Also, it’s like the cherry on top to looking a little more put together through makeup! Aside from good ingredients, it also has SPF 50+/PA+++ to protect your skin from harmful UV rays which is important for those living in areas with a lot of sun. It’s still recommended that you use suncreen, because of how thin the cushion consistency is.
I must always discuss how much I adore the packaging of a Korean product, because well, they really do no wrong when it comes to aesthetically pleasing packaging. The compact looks very modern with the squareness and abstract designs, but at the same time, it’s not overdone and gaudy. I think it looks nice, and it’s definitely something that doesn’t draw too much attention when you take it out. Also, it’s a pretty solid compact, so it won’t come a part!
You can find the palette’s compartment on the bottom, which you just slide out with the finger grip~ I think it’s pretty cool since some compacts use layered shelves or pull-out drawers!
It comes with a rounded square sponge with Too Cool For School embossed onto the band for some extra branding! The rounded corners are great for applying the cushion around the nose or the eyes, and for precise touch-ups.
1 swipe for the cushion, 2 swipes for the blush, 1 swipe for the concealer. All of the products (except for the pore balm) have good pigmentation~
Left: No primer/cushion | Right: With primer/cushion
For demonstration purposes, I only used the pore balm as a primer rather than an actual base. For simplicity sake, I will be breaking down my opinion on each item in the multibox to avoid one huge TL;DR paragraph!
Realistically, I wouldn’t use this solely as a base because it’s a lot of effort to use my finger to apply a balm all over my T-zone and cheeks. However, it does a great job at smoothing out the texture of my skin, along with covering up pores around the nose area. The balm creates a matte finish to avoid shine on the T-zone, in order to prep your face for the BB cushion. So for convenient’s sake, it’s great for covering up areas where your pores are very visible but not so much your whole face. I think it works very well with the cushion, and it has a baby powder scent which may be a ‘yay’, ‘nay’ or a ‘meh’ to some!
I was expecting a better outcome since I read a lot of positive reviews on this product after purchasing it. However, it doesn’t have the most flattering finish on me. While it does feel moisturizing, this cushion accentuates dryness and flakiness like no other cushion I’ve tried. I expect cushions to accentuate dryness slightly because it is liquid after all, but this brought out dry patches that I didn’t even know where there. It looks fine from a foot or two away, but not so great up close and personal. So with that part said, I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone with dry patches or flaky skin unless you exfoliate and moisturize beforehand. I think this is good for those with normal or combination skin though.
The cushion has light to medium coverage that does a good job at evening out the skin tone. The cushion lasted for around 5-6 hours before I noticed some shine, which is decent for what it is. However, it gets blotchy due to the oils breaking it down. Of course, as a convenient product, it’s easy to touch up especially since it has a semi-matte finish to absorb the oils. For some 5-6 hours is enough, but it’s not something that can last beyond that without retouching or dusting blotting powder over it.
As you can probably tell, the cushion doesn’t match my skin completely too. I think the darker shade would have been better; but it’s easier to make a lighter shade match, than it is to do so with a darker shade. Also, the lighter shade ‘brightens’ up the skin, and looks best around the high points of your face. #21 Pola is closest to a NC15, or for those are pale or fair in skin tone. It has pink undertones, which probably aren’t very noticeable in the photos. But that’s some food for thought, if you have very warm undertones!
This concealer is awesome, and I would probably consider buying their concealer after this. Although I’m not sold on the cushion, the concealer does a wonderful job at covering up imperfections and dark circles. It’s creamy and easily blended into the skin, so you don’t have to worry about your concealer looking patchy. Also, it doesn’t crease or get blotchy! I think the concealer does a better job matching my skin than the cushion does, to be honest. It makes everything look flawless, without looking unnatural. This stuff is the bomb! You can apply the concealer with the rounded corner of the sponge, or with a clean finger.
The blush/lip colour has a slight dewy finish, so it looks like a healthy flush of colour. The pinky-coral shade is such a safe and wearable colour too- so good on TCFS for choosing a colour that is suitable for many, regardless of their undertone. I have not used this as a lip product, and I don’t intend to because it doesn’t have the creamy or buttery texture of one. With all the space you’ve saved from separate products, you can afford to bring a separate lipstick/lip balm/lip tint! Also, the blush/lip colour was used as an eyeshadow in the Get It Beauty video, so that’s an option for you as well.
Eyebrows & Eyes
• Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade in Dark Brown
• Anastasia Brow Wiz in Dark Brown
• Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette
• Anastasia Tamanna palette
• Heroine Make KissMe eyeliner
• Shu Uemura lash curler
• TCFS Multibox
• Anastasia Contour Palette
• Becca Shimmering Pressed Skin Perfector Powder in Moonstone
• Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder in 52
• Shu Uemura lipstick in Rose
• Miley Cyrus for MAC Viva Glam lipstick
• Miley Cyrus for MAC Viva Glam lip glass
TL;DR: I adore the concept and design of the product! It’s great for people who do their makeup on-the-go, or for those who are traveling without a lot of space. The compact saves you a lot of time, so you can do your base makeup quickly. The cushion was ‘meh’ to me, due it emphasizing dry patches/flakiness, but everything else was marvelous. Although the cushion didn’t work out for me, there are many who love it- otherwise, it wouldn’t be named as one of the hottest products of 2015 on Get It Beauty. I think the price is appropriate for the product too, although I don’t think I would pay upwards of $45 for it.
I was able to find the #23 multibox at M Brand Shop located near Finch Station (with a crazily inflated price listed in the ‘where to buy’ section of this post), and it’s around a NC20-25. Like the #21, it also has peachy-pink undertones to it. It’s a little darker than my skin, but it’s a closer match than #21.
+ Light to medium coverage
+ Concealer covers up blemishes and hyper-pigmentation
+ Concealer has a creamy consistency; not drying
+ Blush is a wearable coral-pink; buildable
+ Blush can be used as a lip colour or an eyeshadow
+ 4 products in one
+ Lightweight, portable compact
+ Compact has a mirror to do makeup on-the-go
+ Modern packaging
+ You can do your base makeup within 2 minutes
I bought the TCFS Multibox from G-Market for $33.07 CAD (excluding shipping), while it was on promotion. The promotion included a black eye crayon and a mini sample lip gloss. The deal is no longer available but you can get it for $37 CAD without the refill, and for $44 CAD with the refill from G-Market. You can also buy it from ACLASS on Amazon ($38.99+$4.99 USD shipping), Twofacemall ($42.40 USD), W2beauty ($40.18 USD). If you’re from Toronto and you must get your hands on it, you can buy it from Multi Brand Shop for a whopping $79.99 before tax (they only have #23 Janna).
Have you tried the multibox or any similar products before?
And would anyone like a cushion comparison post? I have quite a number of them!