Today’s masking adventure was an interesting one. Having received the Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Sheet Mask & Celestial Black Diamond Eye Mask Set from my IPSY Ultimate box this month, I decided I was curious enough to give it a go instead of one of the other masks I have in my collection. I had to know what a $47 sheet mask was all about.
Technically it is two masks. One is the sheet mask and the other is a set of eye masks. It is recommend that the eye masks be worn under the sheet mask so that is what I did. While IPSY does give a bit of a blurb about the masks I decided to go directly to the 111Skin site for more information. First off I found that a pack of the sheet masks (five masks in a pack) retails for $135 while the eye mask retails for $15 per set. Divided out that means each sheet mask is $27. And as anyone capable of basic addition can tell you $27 + $15 = $42. My guess is they got to $47 with tax and shipping added or something like that. I’m a little annoyed that it was considered a full sized item when they are sold in packs of five but that is a whole other thing.
To the masks!
First the Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Sheet mask. According to the 111Skin product page…
The ultimate pre-event mask; this hydrogel formula infuses the skin with radiance boosting ingredients for a glowing complexion.Originally created as limited-edition item, this mask has grown into a global cult product and a staple in the 111SKIN collection. Containing 24k Gold and Damask Rose, this mask works both to illuminate and calm the skin for a party-ready glow. Used by supermodels, celebrities and influencers – this is a must-have in any skincare arsenal.
Not bad, but it is not just the mask alone we are using today. That’s right I am going for the full relaxation face mask today. I have my candles at the ready, soothing music awaiting the signal to play and the pillows fluffed on my bed so I can lay down and zone out for fifteen minutes. I even turned the ringer off on my phone. So of course I am adding the Celestial Black Diamond Eye Mask, which according to 11 Skin …
This potent mask has been formulated to combat fine lines, wrinkles, and dehydration around the eye area. The formula contains a small amount of retinol to retexture skin without irritation, vitamins to improve discolouration, and a potent peptide complex to fight lines. This mask is ideal for frequent flyers, night-owls, and those prone to fine lines and darkness around the eye area. Recommended to leave on for 20 minutes, or until completely dry, the result is a refreshed, plumped, hydrated, and brighter eye area
Super fantastic. First we rinse off the skin and pat dry, then on goes the eye mask. The comma shaped patches are a set jelly like consistency and feel a little rubbery going on. Once in place they feel a little cooling against the skin. They are sandwich between little sheets of plastic so make certain you get all of the plastic off.
The face mask too is sandwiched between plastic and is of similar jelly like consistency. Seriously if you have ever played around with gelatin and made a jelly sheet then cut out rounds for a fancy dessert, it is almost the same identical texture as this mask. Because the mask was larger, I was more worried about tearing it, but I managed to get it on my face without issue.
It too is slightly cooling and is heavier than the regular cloth like sheet masks I’ve used before. I have to say the weight is oddly soothing against the face. So mask in play I pressed play on my soothing music, lit my candle – a prosecco scented one today, lightly sweet scent to the air but not cloying or overpowering. Then I lay back on my plumped pillows and spent fifteen glorious minutes not thinking about anything. The most conscious thought was registering a song lyric I always thought was something else when I heard it playing in the background.
It was a magnificent and much needed break to the day.
But alas, all breaks must come to an end. So I arose, ended the music, snuffed the candles and set the bed back to normal daytime standard. Then I went to the bathroom to assess. I have to say it is really a tale of two masks. I peeled the larger face mask off and patted in the remaining serum. I then pulled off the eye patches.
I have to say while I love the eye patches, I am not a big fan of the sheet mask. My skin does not feel refreshed, it feels kind of greasy. Figuring I needed time to let it absorb, I left it alone for a few minutes and then came back. It didn’t absorb any better after a few minutes. I think that this mask is better suited to someone with dry skin. While it may claim universal suitability, my skin wasn’t having it. I felt greasy and in need of a wash. And I am not one of the most oily people on the planet. I think if you had oily skin you would really not do well with this mask.
By contrast, the area under my eyes was fantastic. The skin felt plumped and refreshed. I felt energized and more awake. Now as I did layer the two there is the possibility it was the face mask and eye mask working in tandem, but as that refreshed feeling was only under my eyes, I am going to have to give it to the eye patches. They may look like oversized commas but I really enjoyed them.
While it is doubtful I will ever pick up another of these sheet masks, I can see myself ordering the eye patches. At $15 per set they are a little on the pricey side, but these are the first under eye masks I’ve tried that I actually felt did something for me. Usually I put on eye masks and end up wondering what all the hype is about. These make me understand the hype. I don’t think I’d use them all the time, but for a quick pick me up, these are something I could see having on hand.
So Friday face mask results, no on the face mask, but a resounding yes on the Celestial Black Diamond Eye Mask. A mixed result to be sure, but at least I found a product I like which always makes me happy. I hope whatever you have planned for the weekend you have a good, and safe time. As for me, I have a gain soaked garden in need of a good weed pull before I begin spring planting. And as anyone who has ever pulled weeds knows, it is a natural social distancing mechanism because as soon as you start, everyone disappears lest you ask them to help out. I’ll be back Monday, ready to review projects and offer my first tentative comments on my new at home workout regime. See you then.
If you are interested in face masks, you might want to try out one of FaceTory’s mask subscriptions. They will send you a variety of masks each month (the number determined by the type of subscription you choose.Its a great way to try a variety of different masks.
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