Being a beauty box subscriber and a GWP enthusiast, I end up with a lot of masks. Mini masks, full size masks, sample masks, sheet masks. And sometimes I struggle to find enough to say to dedicate a full post to a singular mask. So it makes sense to me to group 5 masks of the same type for a quick round of short reviews.
The theme today are hydrating, calming face sheet masks, from 5 different brands.
Beauty Pro Rose Infused Sheet Mask
Review: This is a fabric sheet mask (made of biodegradable bamboo and plastic free, and indicated in the packaging) that you leave on for 15 minutes. Main ingredient is rose water, and I’m not sure I’m a fan of it because the verdict it still out about if it’s a good ingredient or not – it contains some antioxidants and microbial properties, but it is a fragrant with irritating potential. It also contains some algae extracts (Undaria Pinnatifida, Sargassum Fulvellum, Laminaria Japonica) and rosemary and chamomile extracts, all of them good, skin soothing antioxidants. But that lavender oil though… why? Why did they have to ruin a skin soothing mask with a huge skin disrupter?? Lavender may calm you if you smell, not if you apply it topically. It’s a well known, well researched skin sensitizer.
Personally I felt no difference with this face mask. It didn’t cause a reaction, but I also didn’t notice any improvement. I’ll give it some points for their environment conscious approach.
Made in Korea, £4.95 per mask.
Beauty Pro Rose Infused Sheet Mask Ingredients: Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Carrageenan, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, Sargassum Fulvellum Extract, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Sargassum Fusiforme Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Decyl Glucoside, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Linalool.
Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Calming Mask
Review: This is a fabric mask with a green tint that you leave on fro 10 to 20 min. This mask has a huge ingredient list, and niacinamide is the 4th one, which is spectacular (niacinamide targets a multitude of skin concerns and it’s a trustworthy ingredient for any skin type). There are a lot of good, soothing, hydrating and skin-identical ingredients in this, too many to list here. But just like the previous mask, they chose to include irritating, perfuming ingredients, like the damn lavender oil, and just plain old perfume (parfum), which is in a higher concentration than hyaluronic acid (Sodium Hyaluronate). This is so counter productive. The thing is, the other ingredients are so good that their effect wasn’t completely wiped out by the fragrance and I’ve actually felt a difference on my skin.
The mask itself was very cooling and I expected some reactive redness after wearing it, but there was none. My skin felt smooth, hydrated and most of all, soothed. I had such a good experience with this that I’ll look into the full Cicapair line. Let’s hope there’s some fragrance-free products in there.
Made in Korea, 6,50€ per mask.
Cicapair Tiger Grass Calming Mask Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Carbomer, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Arginine, Dextrin, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Caramel, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, PVM/MA Copolymer, Parfum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Menthyl Lactate, Ehtyl Menthane Carboxamide, Methyl Diisopropyl Propionamide, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Polyglyceryl-10 Oleate, Asiatic Acid, Asiaticoside, Madecassic Acid, Centella Asiatica Extract, Madecassoside.
Biotherm Aqua Pure Flash Mask (hydration and purity)
Review: So, this one is also a fabric mask that claims to have “Life Plankton Water” and salicylic acid, and that you’re supposed to leave on for 15 minutes. I could care less about the “plankton” claim – it’s still water people, it’s as innocuous as water can be. Honestly, I’m not super impressed with this mask, but I’ll give it credit that it does what it claims. The ingredients list is simple and focuses a lot on hydration. There’s a small amount of salicylic acid, not enough for me to notice a difference on the few spots on my face, but understandably so since this mask is marketed to sensitive skin types, so it’s expected that active ingredients are at a low concentration. The only nasty ingredient is parfum, but it’s at the very bottom of the ingredient list, so concentration is minimal and I’m not too bothered by it.
I didn’t feel that much of a difference on my skin after using this mask. More hydrated, sure, but I can get the same effect with a hyaluronic acid serum and a good moisturiser. For a mask, I expect more, because face masks are super expensive per use. And this is more expensive than an Inkey List hyaluronic acid serum.
Biotherm Aqua Pure Flash Mask Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, PVM/MA Copolymer, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sodium Polyacrylate Starch, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hydroxyacetophenone, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Vitreoscilla Ferment, Xanthan Gum, Salicylic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum (F.I.L. C245650/1).
Made in China, 8,10€ per mask.
By Terry Baume de Rose Hydrating Rose Mask
Review: This is a hydrogel mask, lightly pink toned and with what looks like small petals infused in the gel. It’s divided into two sections, for the top and bottom half of the face. I like this separation because it makes it easier to adjust to every face shape. It’s supposed to be on the face for 20 minutes. The smell of rose is there, but it’s not overpowering, although the rose flower oil and the parfum are the worst ingredients in this mask, being irritating perfuming components and all. This does contains Centella Asiatica and Chamomilla Recutita extracts, that are soothing and antioxidant ingredients.
Ugh… I never win, do I? These masks keep wasting their nice ingredients by adding perfume. Which is a shame because I enjoyed using this mask – I felt my skin was hydrated and a bit brighter the morning after using it. I don’t think the ingredients list is special enough overall, and certainly not worth the price.
By Terry Baume de Rose Hydrating Rose Mask Ingredients: Aqua, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Chondrus Crispus Powder, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Cellulose Gum, Centella Asiatica Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosa Gallica Flower Powder, Glyceryl Caprylate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium Edta, Parfum / Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Trideceth-6, Hydrolyzed Gardenia Florida Extract, Maltodextrin, Pantolactone, Geraniol, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Rose Extract, Rosa Damascena Extract. (T0555a1).
Made in Korea, 15.95€ per mask.
Repurchase? No, (mainly due to the price).
111Skin Sub-Zero De-Puffing Energy Facial Mask
Review: This is a hydrogel face sheet mask that comes in two sections, just like the previous mask. Must be how boujee brands do it, because these masks are crazy expensive for a one time use product. This mask in particular is periwinkle blue and smells like blueberry gummies. Despite the scent, parfum is one of the last ingredients on the list, just above the colorants – the scent is probably due to the Raspberry Ketone, that I’m not sure if it’s an irritant or not. It also contains caffeine, which is another ingredient that the verdict is still out on: it has antioxidant and soothing properties, but it can be irritant as well. On the plus side, it does have hyaluronic acid, good for hydration, and allantoin, which is a great soothing ingredient, and most impressive of all – peptides! Nice to see peptides in a sheet mask.
This formula does contain some good skin soothing ingredients and some antioxidants, and I had a nice experience using this – my skin was very hydrated and plump after the 20 minutes you’re supposed to wear it. I liked it, but the price is outrageous.
111Skin Sub-Zero De-Puffing Energy Facial Mask Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Benzyl Glycol, Chondrus Crispus Powder, Ceratonia Siliqua (Carob / Caroube) Gum, Xanthan Gum, Cellulose Gum, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Allantoin, Caffeine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Agar, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Raspberry Ketone, Calcium Lactate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glucose, Potassium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Mica, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Titanium / Titanium Dioxide, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ubiquinone, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glucosyl Hesperidin, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, Sodium Phosphate, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Nonapeptide-1, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium Phosphate, Fragrance / Parfum, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77007 / Ultramarines, CI 77861 / Tin Oxide.
Made in Korea, 25€ per mask.
Repurchase? No, due to the price.