There are very few wash off or sleeping packs / overnight mask packs that capture my attention and my wallet. I’m from Honey (reviewed here) as well as Cell Fusion C’s gimmicky yet effective bubble mask sachets (reviewed here) were outliers.
None of today’s masks bowled me over, though they were… nice, for the most part. Let’s jump in! Slightly more detailed reviews further down below – here’s a quick little overview for now.
|Product name||the good||the bad|
|Wally’s Tomato Cream Pack||Hydrating clay mask, does not dry skin out while still offering some refining action, super cheap price||DISCONTINUED : ( But not that super effective – I prefer Cell Fusion’s offering mentioned above|
|Dr Jart Biome Night Therapy||Lightly hydrating||Yucky smell, doesn’t do anything your night moisturiser can’t do, expensive|
|So Natural Red Peel Tingle Serum||Acid peel dupe for The Ordinary, should be nice if used with caution||In my case, it was too irritating; plus, I was using it wrong. Might be a great find for people with less sensitive skin than mine|
|CNP Propolis Deep Moisture Pack||Soothing, hydrating, calming, especially for angry skin and people with damaged skin barriers||Sticky, doesn’t do anything a moisturiser cannot do, expensive|
|Bring Green Artemisia Real Pack||Smells nice and looks cool||Doesn’t do anything|
|Innisfree – Green Tea Sleeping Mask||Cannot think of any||Perfumed to the max, not hydrating, sticky, uncomfortable|
|Dr Jart+ Cicapair Sleepair Ampoule-in-Mask||Some hydration||Nothing that stands out. Just a really meh product. Nice to have but can easily be replaced by any garden variety moisturiser. It smells nice and herbal, though.|
Where’s Wally – Wally’s Tomato Cream Pack | Wash-Off Pack (wash off mask)
Honestly, this mask wasn’t half bad. It was a clay mask suspended in a moisturising base, meaning it did draw out impurities while at the same time not sucking the moisture out of your poor skin. I enjoyed using this in the summer time as it was cooling, especially when left in the fridge.
It was by no means a miracle worker, but it did do a decent job and I would have considered actually repurchasing except for the fact that… it appears to have been discontinued!! 😥
Dr Jart+ Vital Hydra Solution Biome Night Therapy Mask (sleeping pack)
If you read my previous review about Dr Jart’s Biome essence, your main takeaways might have been that it smelled absolutely awful (I likened it to rotting meat or perhaps unfiltered period blood stank), that it was nice and lightly hydrating otherwise, that it was expensive, and that it did not do anything that you could not have achieved with a cheaper toner or moisturiser.
Aaaaand that is exactly the case for the night mask, too. Will not be repurchasing.
So Natural Red Peel Tingle Serum (wash off mask)
I did not realise it at the time but it appears as though this could be considered a dupe for The Ordinary’s AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution. It has the same red colour and is also meant to be washed off.
The first time I used this, I was actually wowed. Skin felt baby smooth! However – and I attribute this to user error aka I was using it wrong – as time went on, I noticed irritation, redness and zits. I am not planning on repurchasing as I think that my skin is too sensitive for it, but if I had to use it again, I would be sure to only leave it on for 30-60 seconds per application, and to only use it once a week.
These days, I try to be very careful with my acids and exfoliators, and all I use are lightly acidic toners day and night, plus cellulose based peeling gels like this Dr G cult favourite one, which I was a little dismissive about in the past when my skin was not so sensitised but which my skin seems to like a lot these days. Seems like I cannot handle anything stronger than that.
CNP Propolis Deep Moisture Pack (sleeping pack)
I have actually talked about this before – see review here – and I have always liked this sleeping mask. While it does not actually do much outside of what a regular cream moisturiser can do for you, this is very soothing and hydrating to angry, irritated skin and it brings down redness, as well. I will not be repurchasing however as I find the price a bit steep; plus, I can get very similar results with a moisturiser or even Vaseline – they’re less sticky than this sleeping pack, too.
Bring Green Artemisia Real Pack (wash off mask)
If you have lived in Korea for a while, you’ll know that skincare containing mugwort has been a massive trend which started in 2019 I think. I was very excited to try this mask and the ingredients list certainly seemed nice, too. It smells so lovely – a green, natural scent, very herbal and medicinal – and looks cool on your face, too. If you’re a skinfluencer (lol), I am sure this mask would make for a great selfie.
When it comes to efficacy however, I am saddened to report that this mask did absolutely nothing, zilch, nada. Perhaps the tiniest softening effect, but nothing noticeable.
Innisfree – Green Tea Sleeping Mask (sleeping mask)
I was unable to finish this. It was a gift from a friend who was cleaning out her beauty closet and I was excited to try it – however, once applied, this was like smearing perfume on my face. The smell did not go away, either. So strong!
It was sticky to boot, and I found it severely lacking in the hydration department – I would say that it was a little drying, even. I cannot think of anyone who would enjoy this mask.
Dr Jart+ Cicapair Sleepair Ampoule-in-Mask (sleeping mask)
It’s a little unfair to judge a product after only two sample sizes, especially considering how I am biased towards disliking sleeping masks in the first place – please cross reference and check out other people’s reviews too if you are interested in buying this.
Just with most sleeping masks I have tried, this is indistinguishable from a moisturiser to me, plus it is more sticky than a regular cream. Suffice to say, these samples did not lure me into getting the full size product.
I do remember some hydration, a nice smell and pretty jelly like texture. What I do not remember is this having any positive effects on my skin.
As per my exchange with fellow blogger Angela from A Fine Mess on her review about another sleeping mask – those seem to be a marketing ploy more than anything else. Wash off masks don’t capture my imagination much either, perhaps precisely because they only stay on for a certain time and thus don’t really get the chance to make much of a difference in the first place.
What are some sleeping masks or wash off masks that you could recommend?
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