Men. It’s so funny how they interpret things. Sometime at the end of last year, on Instagram, I featured a rather grainy photograph of a plastic bag full of paper/fiber face masks. My father was going on a trip to Asia and I’d asked him to bring me back “a couple of Asian face masks”. That plastic bag chock full was how he’d interpreted my request. Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful, but it was kind of hilarious.
Moving on…there were five different types of masks by four different brands. I’ve finally had the chance to test them out and am ready to offer my thoughts on formula/experience as well as the “mask logistics”. It may seem odd to talk about the way the masks are cut, but this is actually a meaningful component of how the mask performs. Please be aware that I did not experience any adverse skin reactions to any of the masks mentioned but everyone’s skin is different.
This will but a long one, but stay tuned to the end of the review. 🙂
# 1 Original Milk Facial Plaster Mask
The most basic of the masks. It had a fresh herbal scent that is reminiscent of other Asian skincare and body care products I’ve tried in the past. I couldn’t read the ingredients, but I suspect that the selling point of this particular mask is helping one to achieve milky smooth skin – which is a big thing in Asian beauty.
It was very well saturated, the formula being slightly sticky for lack of a better word. After leaving this on or about 20 minutes, I removed to reveal skin that looked very dewy and refreshed – kind of how you look when you wake up after a very good night’s sleep.
Mask Logistics: Basic cut and design. It fit my face fairly well, eye and mouth openings were small but not uncomfortable. The slits that you see on paper masks are there for comfort and adjustment purposes. This one has four in total: on either side as well as at the top and bottom of mask. However, I didn’t find that they had a significant impact on the fit.
#1 Ginseng Firming Mask
You can actually find information about this one online and it is sold at a few Asian beauty sites (i.e. Sasa.com) that ship internationally. Retails for about $15.00 USD for a pack of 10.
It is formulated with Ginseng extract, Apricot extract and Collagen to improve elasticity and firmness. With regular usage, it meant to “uplift” and firm your facial skin. Ingredients include: Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Prunus Armeniaca(Apricot), Hydrolyzed Collagen. Made in Korea. For All Skin Types.
Again, this mask very well-saturated and I left it on for about 20 minutes. Upon removal, my skin felt refreshed and mildly hydrated but I didn’t notice anything that made me step back and take note. There is a light ginseng smell.
Mask Logistics: The structure of this mask is a step up from the Milk Plaster Mask. For example, there are small slits on the inner corner of each eye opening which add a welcome element of comfort. Both the nose and mouth openings are also slightly larger. This one has two cut outs on either side of the chin area.
#3 Methode Swiss Revitalizing Aqua Pack
Both Methode Swiss Masks are pricier than the others. You can find the Aqua Pack Masks online and they sell for anywhere between $65.00 USD to $100 USD for a pack of 6. Yeah, not cheap. 🙂 According to the brand website, Methode Swiss is a Swiss brand but clearly geared toward the Asian market.
This is an “intense moisturizing facial mask that instantly revives skin marked by stress and fatigue”. It is formulated with a “Moisture Detox Compex (MDC), which contains botanical ingredients with moisturizing, regenerating and detoxifying properties to help skin recover its original barrier function and promote optimal vitality”. Made in Switzerland. For All Skin Types.
Mask is well saturated and I could tell that it was a higher end brand by the weight and feel of the fiber. Applied to the face, there is a pleasant but mild cooling sensation that was so relaxing on a Sunday afternoon when I was feeling very ill. According to the directions, unlike the other two masks, one is to leave this one on for only 5 – 10 minutes. I had it on for about 12 minutes. After removing, my face was quite damp and plump. It was about 2 p.m. in the afternoon. I didn’t apply moisturizer and remained well hydrated until washing my face at about 10 p.m.
Mask Logistics: The design is quite interesting. I don’t know if you will be able to tell from the photographs, but the eye openings have flaps! Hehe. I’m guessing that because it is designed to hydrate, the flaps are there to ensure that the eyelid is also covered. Isn’t that cool? Makes it more difficult if you plan to walk around and do other things while the mask is on – but I was laying down anyway, so this upped the relaxation factor significantly. Overall comfort and fit were excellent. This mask is on the larger side.
#4 Methode Swiss Radiance Lifting Stretch Mask
The package I received from my father contained the fewest of these which is too bad because I found them to be the most unique. The Radiance Lifting Stretch Mask is designed to “instantly revive dull skin marked by the loss of firmness.” It is formulated with an exclusive Renewal Brightening Complex and special Red Wine Complex (contains red wine, Pycnolgenol, blackcurrant, pomegranate and tomatoes), which claims to “reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles and sagging, enhancing the skin elasticity for the look of a mini-lift.” Made in Switzerland. For Mature/All Skin Types.
Like the Aqua Pack Mask, this is a luxurious feeling mask that is at the same price point. However, the highlight of the mask is it’s design…
Mask Logistics: Doesn’t it look so wide? And notice there are no slits on the outer edges of the mask but two large ones just below the cheek area? And how small the mouth opening is? After placing the mask on my face, it dawned on me what all of these elements were designed to do – to physically lift the face (hence the name, “lifting” mask). The combination of the the two cheek slits and small mouth opening somehow constricts the lower part of the face resulting in a mild but noticeable lifting sensation. Additionally, the wideness means that the mask extends further down the neck than a typical paper face mask. There are probably other masks out there like this, but this being my first experience with one, I was truly impressed and delighted.
As I was fortunate enough to receive such a generous selection of these masks, I’ve decided to share the love. You can thank Daddy for this one. There will be two prizes and two winners selected randomly.
The first random winner will receive Prize 1 which consists of: one (1) Methode Swiss Aqua Pack Mask, one (1) Methode Swiss Radiance Lifting Stretch Mask, one (1) Ginseng Firming Mask and two (2) Original Milk Facial Plaster Masks.
The second random winner selected will receive Prize 2 which consists of: one (1) Methode Swiss Aqua Pack Mask, one (1) Ginseng Firming Mask and two (2) Original Milk Facial Plaster Masks.
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