MINI BLOG SERIES: BRING GREEN – FRESH BOWL PACK – Watermelon [Moisture Cooling Sleeping Pack] – As Good as Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow Sleeping Pack?

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So apparently, a Korean-inspired company called Glow Recipe has a watermelon mask that is gaining traction overseas, called Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask. I have not personally tried this mask on account of it not being available here locally and I don’t like online shopping much when it comes to cosmetics, but it did make me curious.
Was this mask going to be a serious contender to Glow Recipe’s famed sleeping mask?

You can read my reviews on Bring Green’s bowl packs over here:

Now on with the review!

What it is: 

It is a sleeping mask that you apply after washing your face. You leave it on overnight and then wash it off the next day.

TL;DR: 

Not moisturising enough for me personally.

Price & Availability: 

You can get these online for US$ 2.00 or instore at Olive Young. Locally, they go for ₩1,500 per pack. Occasionally, there will be ‘buy two get one free’ deals.

Size/Quantity: 

The company website states that each contains 8 g of product. It certainly contains enough product for your face and neck both, perhaps even your decolletage if you have a small face.

Ingredients:

This has been the only ingredients listing for far that I have been able to find for these Bowl Packs. Overall, the ingredients list looks ok, perhaps with the exception of the fragrance which may be irritating for people with sensitive skin – but then we don’t know in what concentration it has been added. We have a few hydrating ingredients in there plus some emollients and thickeners.

NB. Do note that Korean companies are not obligated to list ingredients in order!!

Purified Water,  Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract (5%),  Glycerin,  Butylene Glycol,  Glycereth-26,  Cyclopentasiloxane,  Pentylene Glycol,   Chondrus Crispus Extract,  Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract,  Eclipta Prostrata Extract,  Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract,  Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract,  Curcuma Xanthorrhiza Root Extract,  Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract,  Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil,  Corallina Officinalis Extract,  Dimethicone,  Cyclohexasiloxane,  Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer,  Sodium Polyacrylate,  Sodium Polyacrylate Starch,  Caprylyl Glycol,  Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer,  1,2-Hexanediol,  Disodium EDTA,  Fragrances

I then had a look at Glow Recipe’s ingredient list, which appears vastly different and certainly superior in terms of skin benefits – more hydrators and acids for brighter skin:

Packaging: 

It’s basically a plastic capsule sealed off by a foil lid on top. I would recommend this type of format for when you’re travelling or out and about in particular.

What the company says: 

– Watermelon: Containing 5% watermelon extract

– Watermelon: It is a refreshing sleeping mask as crisp as watermelon that soothes and moisturizes your skin with an amazing cooling effect.
Watermelon: After cleansing, spread a layer of the sleeping mask and pat your face to aid absorption. Then, rinse it with lukewarm water next morning. (sleeping pack)

Consistency/Texture: 

In the capsule, it is a lovely sheer baby pink gel that is quite thick in texture, definitely not runny.

Scent: 

It does actually smell of freshly cut watermelon, a scent which is very pleasant and delicate.

Application: 

The mask goes on very nice and smoothly, which I attribute to the dimethicone contained in the formula. It did feel a bit too light and watery going on – if you’re looking for something nourishing, this is not the one for you.

Efficacy:

I used this in place of my usual combo of moisturiser + face oil, meaning I still went through with my regular routine as follows:

Eye makeup remover > micellar water > cleansing oil > pH balanced foam cleanser > acid toner > hydrating toner > hyaluronic acid serum > hydrating toner > essence/ampoule

which I then topped off with this watermelon mask.

As hinted at above, it did not feel rich enough going on, but then I did not pay it much mind at the time seeing as I knew that I was used to richer oils and moisturisers. It was cooling but then that’s what I do with all of my face masks, to help bring down inflammation in my skin.

The mask sank into my skin a little too rapidly for my liking and my skin felt as though it had absorbed completely after less than 30 minutes. Again, I am not used to this as I prefer having product on top of my skin which can then sink in as the night progresses. I like my skin to feel cocooned and protected by products with emollient textures, I realised. My skin did not feel tight but neither did it feel cared for.

The next morning, I woke up to skin that again, was not tight but was not the most comfortable it had ever been, either. Do check out the photos above – my skin is matte and not glowing, however a glow is what I want from an overnight sleeping mask. I was not tremendously impressed.

Final Thoughts:  

No, I did not hate this, but… I won’t be repurchasing either.

I would definitely be curious to try Glow Recipe’s watermelon mask, though.

Have you tried any watermelon mask lately, perhaps even the famed Glow Recipe one? Do let me know if you have in the comments. Much love!

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