I went on mask phase lately and I bought a lot of masks!
I went to my local drugstore, Guardian, by chance, and my all time favourite mask – My Beauty Diary Black Pearl Mask was selling at $7.25 per box of 10 instead of the usual $14.50. I grabbed all stock in sight. This price is even lower than in Taiwan! I don’t know why there is such discount, because when I went to another outlet, it wasn’t on sale.
Combined with my existing stash I have about 100 masks to go around. That will last me a whole year if I use it every other day!
I also got the face shop Raspberry Roots Sleeping Mask. There was 20% off so it cost only $20.70 after discount! I must say I like the pump packaging, though it’s not as dainty as a tub, it is easier to dispense. However, hydration wise, it isn’t very hydrating. The consistency is very light.
I went to lush and impulsively bought one of their fresh facial masks, the Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask (75g, $24). It is quite overpriced in Singapore.
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I have used countless face masks but I shall only mention about 4 facial masks that I’ve used lately.
1. My Beauty Diary Black Pearl Mask
Price: $0.80 from Taiwan, $1.30 from Singapore
They have revamped their masks about 2 years ago and now the sheets are these transulent type, which is the latest technology nowadays compared to the thicker opaque tissue sort. It retains the serums quite well so a lot of products goes onto your face with the mask instead of staying in the packaging. The new mask’s shape is fine but I would prefer the gap between the nose and mouth to be smaller as I really hate having mask on my lips. I usually snip it off.
This mask is my HG mask as the whitening effect is instant and it moisturises well.
I highly recommend this! it is the best mask among all My Beauty Diary series.
2. Leader’s Insolution Melatox Mask
I wasn’t interested in this when I first saw it advertised on blogs but when a non sponsored blogger mentioned that it was good I was tempted to try it, hearing that the whitening effect is good.
The mask sheet itself was fine, the new technology and all. However, I didn’t find the whitening effect to be spectacular.
I’d say this isn’t worth the price as it could buy almost 4 MBD masks!
3. Naruko Rose & Snow Fungus Mask
I love naruko products so I got this to try. The mask sheets are of the latest technology too, and it is dripping with serum. The hydration effect is reasonable, but at price point I’d rather get MBD masks.
4. ODBO Vitamin C Mask
Price: gift from korea
I do not like this. The shape is very odd and it doesn’t cover up my forehead. I guess I generally do not like Korean masks and Taiwanese Masks fits me better!
Typically, my skincare steps would be: naruko rose & snow fungus foam -> Hada Labo SHA Lotion -> sheet mask -> serums -> sleeping mask
Naruko Tea Tree Night Gelly
This was the first sleeping mask I tried. The texture is light weight and when applied it has a slight sensation, typical of astringent from tea tree products, but not very strong. It feels like a gel moisturiser and sort of ‘dries up’, leaving a not so sticky surface, but when you wash it off the next day it sorts of ‘dissolves’ and you can indeed tell that there was a layer on your face. That is good, because it shows it remains on your face doing its job overnight, but not leaving you sticky like an oil slick.
Naruko Rose and Snow Fungus Night Gelly
The texture is somewhat like the Tea Tree one, just that it was not as light and didn’t have the astringent feeling. It was slightly more sticky, but still belonged to the non-sticky category so it is still comfortable to have overnight. This is supposed to be more hydrating than the Tea Tree one.
Laneige Water Sleeping Pack_EX
This one is very hydrating and feels thicker than just a gel moisturiser. However, the surface will dry up too, so it still is comfortable to have on all night. I love the cosmetic smell of this too. If your concern is plain hydrating, I would recommend this.
Bioessence Bird’s Nest Whitening Sleeping Mask
I got this as a sample which could be used for 2 nights. The texture of the gel was kind of choppy rather than smooth. It smells like cheap cosmetic smell to me. But those aside, what I really disliked about this was how sticky it was. It never dries up and it leaves my face sticky the whole night, even with the air con on. It makes me look like an oil slick. As for the whitening effect, I am not sure. For sure, the morning after both nights I feel I have appeared fairer but I think the credit goes to the My Beauty Diary Black Pearl sheet mask I used for these 2 days prior to application of sleeping mask. I do not recommend this product at all.
My Beauty Diary Masks
Others I have used:
· Neutrogena Deep Hydration Mask
· ZA True White Essence Mask
· Ettusais Acne Whitening Dual Mask
· Watsons Bird’s Nest Mask
My staple mask for now is My Beauty Diary Black Pearl mask. It brightens up my skin slightly and it’s apparent after each use. Typically, sheet masks only helps to hydrate the skin, no matter which flavor you choose. I’ve tried almost every one of the My Beauty Diary mask but somehow Black Pearl works best for me.
Neutrogena, Za and Ettusais masks are good too, but at higher prices. My Beauty Diary can go as low as 80c a sheet so it’s good for daily use. Watsons and Neutrogena can cost $2/sheet during promotion time, Za $19/box of 6 during 20%+20% sales, and Ettusais cost $49.00/box of 7.
I find these work better than My Beauty Diary, giving a more radiant skin after use. Za True White really gives a brighter skin while Ettusais is just like Za just that it comes with 2 pieces for each mask, to suit the T zone and the U zone. However, using cheap mask daily is better than using premium masks once a week.
On the other hand, among the Za True White range, only the mask and foundation are loves for me. The other products break me out.