SKINFOOD Seaweed Marine Food Gel Mask

SKINFOOD Seaweed Marine Food Gel Mask is part of the 5 hydrogel masks from the Marine food series launched by SKINFOOD couple of years ago.  They are not easy to find in EU even though they are of an excellent quality for people with all skin types.

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ A refreshing and moisturizing gel mask infused with seaweed extracts and blue marine complex for intense hydration.
❇ Use to soothe and calm a sun-stressed complection.

Directions from the manufacturer:

After cleansing your face, use toner and place mask onto face. Remove after 10-20 minutes and pat excess essence for absorption.

Ingredients:

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Ceratonia Siliqua Gum Extract, Chondrus Crispus Powder, Sodium Polyacrylate, Croscarmellose, Polysorbate 20, Hydrolyzed Pearl, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Trideceth-6, Algae Extract, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Gelldium Amansii Extract, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Sea Water, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.

My experience:
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To me this SKINFOOD Seaweed Hydrogel mask is a good skin refreshing and hydrating mask that is a good make-up base for the day. The mask comes in gorgeous blue packaging that is easy to open. Unfortunately the back side is all in Korean so no idea what it says there. Inside the pack there are 2 pieces of hydrogel (for upper and lower halves of the face). Each piece is protected by 2 pieces of plastic shielding, one thinner and one hard one. The scent of the essence is amazing. It seems like the same type of fragrance is used in scenting each and every mask from this range. The fragrance is floral and marine at the same time. Very yummy.

Essence is transparant and semi-liquid ensuring that this mask won’t glide of your face. The adherence and fit are as good as they can get. The luxuriously thick gel hugs my face in the right places. The eye cutouts are also well positioned and have a nice cut so that the edges of the mask don’t irritate the area close to my eyes. There is a thin sheet of fabric embedded in the gel and sometimes they may cause irritation in the areas with sensitive skin.

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After 40 minutes my skin is supercharged with moisture. What is very lovely about this mask is that it leaves little to no tacky residue, same as the sea cucumber and jellyfish masks. My skin is fresh, extremely hydrated and cooled down.  Loving this mask series a lot. Would I recommend it? Yes, if you have oily and dehydrated skin. This version and the seaweed one are most suitable for you. If your skin is more on the normal-dry side, get the oyster or sea cucumber mask.

Summary:

Pros:
+  Paraben, Sulfate, Silicone, Alcohol free formula
+ Super fit and adherence
+ Good quality hydrogel
+ Skin hydrating results are very prominent
+ Beautiful packaging and fragrance
+ Comfortable application

Cons:
– Hard to get in EU
– Info on the pack all in Korean
– Contains fragrance

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: Not Available
❇ Internationally: Available at beauteque and amazon
❇ Price is +/- 5€ per one hydrogel mask

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

 

SKINFOOD Beauty In A Food Mask – Horse Fat

SKINFOOD Beauty In A Food Mask – Horse Fat sheet mask is something very unusual I’ve stumbled across in last weeks. It was not expensive and I am not squeamish about the ingredient so I decided to give it a go.

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ A beauty mask sheet that contains rich nutrients and moisturizing ingredients to make skin moist and smooth.
❇ Horse fat are called Maya in Korea which contain fatty acids which are similar to human oil (sebum), this mean maya can penetrate quickly into the skin comparing with other ingredient.

Directions from the manufacturer:

After cleansing, use a toner to refine skin texture. Place mask on entire face, avoiding eyes and lips. After about 10-20 minutes, remove the sheet and lightly pat to absorb the remaining essence.

Ingredients:

Purified Water, Glycerin, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methyl Glucoside Distearate, Butylen Glycol, Horse fat (40 Mg), Alcohol, Arginine, Acrylate / C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Hamamelis Virginiana Extract, Carbomer, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Disodium EDTA, Macadamia Seed Oil, Cholesterol, 1,2- Hexanediol, Ceramide NP, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Tocopherol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

My experience:
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The biggest issue for me was the sheet. It allowed all the essence to drip down my chin so to me it felt more of a boob mask rather than a face mask. For the rest this mask turned out to be a pretty good one and worth buying again.

The mask comes in a orange packaging with horse’s head on the picture. The essence is enriched with horse oil/fat and I was very careful opening the package because I didn’t know what to expect. To my surprise the essence in the bag was fragranced with something herbal and flowery so there were no traces of any kind of animal smells. Essence itself was milky white and had a nice slip to it. After applying the mask on the face I kept it on for 20 minutes and then removed.

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I can’t tell that much magic has happened but it was definitely not a bad experience. My face was well moisturized, it had a slight sheen to it leaning towards more oily finish. There ws no tackiness or stickiness to it. Once I woke up I saw that my skin was well moisturized and had a more even tone. I liked the look of it so I was running around doing my stuff with zero make-up on. I am intrigued by the horse fat ingredient and will be looking some more into it.

Summary:

Pros:
+ Pleasant scent and formula of the essence
+ Good skin rejuvenating results
+ Great hydrating mask
+ Interesting concept ingredient
+ Silicon, paraben and sulfate free formula

Cons:
– Drippy
– Hard to find in NL
– Would like to see a better quality sheet on this mask
– Contains fragrance and alcohol

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: I’ve got mine from boozyshop.nl but it seems to be not available from this store anymore
❇ Internationally: Available at beauteque,  amazon and skin18
❇ Price is +/- 2€

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

 

Skinfood Real Tea Gel Mask Lavender

Claims from the manufacturer:

❇A real flower tea gel mask containing lavender petal powder and lavender flower extract that moisturizes skin and promotes relaxation.

❇ Lavender is excellent for sterilization, antiseptic, and relaxing purposes. The mask also contains peppermint, chamomile, and rosemary leaves.

Directions from the manufacturer:

Extract mask and tightly apply on facial skin, following the contours of your face. After about 10-15 minutes, remove the sheet and pat face to absorb the remaining essence. Apply any remaining essence in the pouch to your neck and body.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, 1,2- Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment, Ricimus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Powder, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Allantoin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Disodium Edta, Fragrance, Water, Potassium Hydroxide

My experience:

The Real Tea Gel Mask Lavender by Skinfood brand is one of those masks that contains pieces of the shredded plant in the gel. I like it a lot but it is great not only because it looks nice but because it does something amazing to my skin!

The sheet of this mask is  made of hydrogel, mesh and plant particles and is soaked in a lot of essence that has light tea brew color to it. The essence is completely transparent, runny and smells of lavender. The scent of this is heavenly. I do not appreciate lavender in body products but when it comes to the skin care I like it a lot. The hydrogel is protected by 2 layers of plastic,  transparent and white ones. The mask is split into 2 pieces for the bottom and top parts of the face.

The fit of the sheet is good for my face frame. You see it very often that the hydrogel masks are nearly always fitting any type of the face better than a regular cotton or felt fabric sheet. I usually apply the bottom piece first so that the top part will overlap it preventing it from sliding down my face. Overall the way this mask is cut reminds me of the MISSHA Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Hydro Gel.

Once the mask is on my face it tends to move around for first 5 minutes but then it adheres and I can not even move it with my fingers until the time I have to peel it off my face. The average wear time with this one is 20-30 minutes. After that the edges start drying out and poke the already sensitive skin under my eyes. Once the mask is off I am left with baby smooth skin witha trace of stickiness. This disappears after 20 minutes and my skin is looking glowy, radiant and brightened. The texture spots are as good as gone. I do not have any need to hydrate my face but I still apply my moisturizer over my face. Overall a great mask to have for those days when your skin is dry and dull. This one definitely saves the day!

Pros:
+ Paraben, Sulfate and Alcohol free
+ Contains Niacinamide and Lactobacillus Ferment
+ Amazing fragrance
+ Pleasant fit and adherence of the sheet
+ Great at brightening and hydrating skin
+ Evens out skin tone and calm irritated spots
+ Good for all skin types
+ Cruelty free

Cons:
– Contains fragrance
– Has a mesh layer that sometimes irritates my skin (around the edges of the mask)
– Runny essence

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: boozyshop.nl
❇ Internationally: Available at skinfood, sokoglam, amazon and many other webshops
❇ Price is 4,95€ per sheet at Boozyshop

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂