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[REVIEW] LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask

Despite my love of matte lipsticks and my occasionally dry lips, I never really saw the need to use lip masks, much less sleeping masks. However, Friend A told me that she used this quite a fair bit and it wasn’t too bad, so I decided to try out a travel-sized version that I bought on Shopee for just SGD2.


Product Description

Sleep-in mask for the lips; gently melts away dead skin cell leaving lips moist and supple the next morning.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 27


Ingredient List

Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Hydrogenated C6-14 Olefin Polymers, Polybutene, Microcrystalline Wax, Shea Butter, Synthetic Wax, Candelilla Wax, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Hydrogenated Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Mica, Astrocaryum murumuru Seed Butter, Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone, Aromatics, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Methicone, Carnauba Wax, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, CI 15985, CI 15850, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Water, Potassium Alginate, Propanediol, Glycerin, Alcohol, Lycium Fruit Extract, Cranberry Fruit Extract, Strawberry Fruit Extract, Raspberry Fruit Extract, Sapindus mukurossi Fruit Extract, Blueberry Fruit Extract,  Rubus chamaemorus Seed Extract, Coffee Extract, Chenopodium quinoa Seed Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, Calcium Chloride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Beta-Glucan, Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Ascorbyl Glucoside

I’m a little disappointed that shea butter doesn’t rank as high as I would have expected, as well as how low the fruit extracts rank in this ingredient list.


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Packaging: The full-size product’s packaging looks very similar to the Water Sleeping Mask, but I think the travel size one is also pretty good. In fact, the packaging + size are really very good for bringing along when you’re traveling, because it’s so light and easy to pack into your luggage.

Texture: There was a period of time I suspected that this was just lip balm because it felt exactly like it!! The texture is really smooth and feels a bit like wax (probably because of the shea butter). It doesn’t feel sticky on the lips, and you might not even remember that you applied this mask the previous night when you wake up in the morning.

Plus point: I also love how it smells and tastes like berries!

Effectiveness: This lip sleeping mask promises to remove dead skin cells from your lips – while I’m not too sure about that claim since I haven’t actually seen the dead skin cells (LOL), I do think that my lips feel more supple in the morning after using this. I’ve also had no allergic reactions, a good sign since my lips are one of the fastest to react to irritants in products.


Final Verdict

If your lips are in dire need of care no matter how much lip balm you apply every day, this product will come in handy for you. On the other hand, if you have no major issues with your lips, I personally feel that it is a little difficult to justify forking out SGD27 to take care of your lips.

It’s also a tad troublesome to remember to clean off the sleeping mask the next morning. As of yet, I haven’t had the experience of not cleaning it off before, so I can’t tell you what will happen if you don’t.


Rating

Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮
Effectiveness: ✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮

[REVIEW] THEFACESHOP Real Nature Masks

Korea is a paradise for buying cosmetics and skincare, and Myeongdong is the one place where you will find everything you want and need at the best possible prices. I bought 60 of these face masks for 29000 won (~SGD34.80) during one of their offers in one of TFS’ shops in Myeongdong this summer, which was about less than SGD1 per mask.

As these masks come in a variety of ingredients, I will be reviewing the ones that I have tried and tested individually.


Calendula

The mask sheet drenched in serum with soothing Calendula helps smooth dry, rough, dead surface cells.

I have had great experience with calendula as a skincare ingredient (thanks to my previous experience with Kiehl’s calendula toner), and had high hopes for this as well. This is also probably my favourite in this product line. I find that my skin feels very moisturized and smooth after using this, and it also helps that calendula smells pretty good. I am definitely repurchasing this.


Blueberry

The mask sheet with Blueberry essence (the gifted “super food”) replenishes skin’s moisture barrier to protect its energy and vitality and help create baby-soft skin.

I honestly didn’t like this one as much as the product description promises. I thought maybe it was just a one-off bad experience; unfortunately, it’s been the same with all the blueberry ones that I bought. My skin always felt very dried out and itchy after using this, and nowhere near moisturized. While I didn’t get extremely bad acne from this, I certainly won’t be buying this again, nor recommend this ingredient at all.


Mung Bean

The pore care mask sheet with Mung Bean essence purifies and helps tightens pores, leaving skin clean and smooth.

I have pretty neutral opinions on this. It’s not amazing, but not bad either. It really smells like green beans (which I do not enjoy), but it moisturizes my skin sufficiently. My skin doesn’t feel super smooth and tightened after using it either, but I do feel a slight difference. Not my first choice to buy again, but if it comes sold in a pack with other ingredients, I wouldn’t mind too much.


Cucumber

The moisture recharging mask sheet with Cucumber essence provides cool moisture to dull, dry skin to quench its thirst.

I’m no fan of cucumbers, but this is really good. My skin always feels super dry and dull, but it gets pretty moisurized after I use this. I like the nice, cooling feeling that this mask provides, and I would definitely stock up on this again.

Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

As a fan of sheet masks for their convenience and how good they immediately make my skin feels, I had my fair share of doubts about wash-off masks when I got a sample of  this with my Innisfree membership (go sign up if you haven’t!)

Frankly, it’s not often that I see very enthusiastic reviews about Innisfree – most are just okay with the products, some rather happy, but none as eager as the ones I have seen regarding this mask. I had seen so many raving reviews about this product all over the Internet that I thought I would just give it a go.


Product description

A 6-in-1 pore treatment clay mask containing super volcanic cluster capsules to effectively absorb sebum and cleanse pores

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 22.16

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Ingredient list

WATER, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, VOLCANIC ASH, GLYCERIN, SILICA, TREHALOSE, KAOLIN, BENTONITE, POLYVINYL ALCOHOL, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, ZINC OXIDE (CI 77947), GLYCERYL STEARATE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, JUGLANS REGIA (WALNUT) SHELL POWDER, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CITRUS UNSHIU PEEL EXTRACT, OPUNTIA COCCINELLIFERA FRUIT EXTRACT, ORCHID EXTRACT, CAMELLIA JAPONICA LEAF EXTRACT, PVP, PEG-100 STEARATE, POLYSORBATE 60, STEARIC ACID, PALMITIC ACID, HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL, XANTHAN GUM, IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), ZEA MAYS (CORN) STARCH, SORBITAN STEARATE, POLYACRYLATE-13, MANNITOL, MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE, LACTIC ACID, POLYISOBUTENE, MENTHOXYPROPANEDIOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, TETRASODIUM PYROPHOSPHATE, POLYSORBATE 20, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), DISODIUM EDTA, PHENOXYETHANOL

I don’t do this for my reviews on makeup products, but I try to take special care when it comes to skincare – after all, I’m trying to save my skin, not kill it. As usual, what really jumps out from this list is how highly ranked Volcanic Ash is, which is a good sign!


I have very serious issues with my pores and oily skin – I could clear my black and whiteheads on one weekend, and have them appear again the next day. Thus, I’ve been on a hunt for any product that could help me keep this problem under control, and I’m so glad to find something that really, really works.

This is pretty easy to apply, even though it does take slightly more effort than your usual sheet masks. Just spread it over your face, wash it after 10-15 minutes of application, and you’re done!

After applying this on my face and rinsing it off, I can see the immediate difference. Gone are my white and blackheads on my nose, and my pores are significantly smaller than before. It works so much better than my Bioré Pore Pack, which only helps to yank out some blackheads (emphasis on some), but not help me to absorb excess oil off my T-zone. My face instantly feels refreshed and tighter after a quick mask session that I would use this everyday if I could – but it’s not recommended (!) and my sample is only 10ml worth, so I can’t afford to waste it, haha. This is really different from the sheet masks I usually use, because those do not target pores and oil control.

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Final Verdict

After just the first time I used this, I became so thoroughly convinced by its effectiveness that I’m extremely keen to get a full-sized product. I’m very fussy about the skincare products that I use, because I tend to have very oily, sensitive, acne-prone, dull skin (a ton of problems, I know), so it says a lot when I strongly recommend a skincare product.

I think the price is very justifiable as well. A 10ml sample is likely to last me for 5 months, with 1-2 applications per week, so a 100ml one is more than sufficient to cover your masking needs for very long. It’s almost as good as a cheap sheet mask you can get from Innisfree, but with targeted application.

The only downside I can find about this product is that it does not really moisturize your skin, nor feeds it with as much ‘nutrients’ as other masks promise to do, or at least make you feel like they do. If you face dry skin, this is probably not the mask you’re looking for. However, if you have skin that is really oily, and pores that need tightening and cleaning, you cannot give this product a miss.


Rating

Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Effectiveness: ✮✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮