It is the era of sheet masks. K-beauty enthusiasts eagerly look for more moisturizing, visibly enhancing sheet masks everywhere and many companies brought up sheet masks with different textures (cellulose, cotton, and hydrogel) and “fascinating” active ingredients (snail, collagen, peptides, placenta and even horse fat.) But as we all know, cosmetic companies has been plagiarizing each other we have similar types of sheet masks regardless of brands. I mean, aren’t you getting bored with sameo snail hydrogel masks or Hyaluronic acid moisturizing masks?
Finally, I got to try the hottest “it mask” in China and Korea – Leaders First Ampoule Mask-Mela Tox. And let’s see how it is.
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The sheet is sealed in the brown, transparent test tube (that’s the reason why many Korean beauty bloggers call this as Test tube mask). The tube contains a generous amount of serum, and the sheet is soaked into it. If you tilt off the cap, you can see a piece of very thin (but durable) sheet that is rolled in a thin plastic bar. I couldn’t smell something recognizable, but it has a recognizable sweet/acidic odors. I guess they are from the ingredients.
Since this mask is rolled and soaked in the serum bottle, it is hard to open it up and put it on the face. HOWEVER, it adheres to the skin VERY VERY well. As you can see from the photo below, (Ewwww.. sorry for my face ╯▂╰), it doesn’t leave much room between the sheet and the skin. It feels much more comfortable than most of the hydrogel mask because it is very thin but I don’t think you can walk around with this on your face because it has plenty of serum on the sheet.
Even after you pull out the sheet, lots of serum still remained in the tube. So you can constantly apply those serums on the top of sheet mask (Blogger said that you can leave it and use it as a facial serum later, but I decided to use it all for my precious skin tonight.)
(If you don’t want to hear about organic chemistry of this sheet, you can simply pass this section 0^◇^0)/)
They used evening primrose extract as a base instead of water, which is a proven anti-inflammatory, soothing emollient. Niacinamide is the fourth ingredient after solvents, intensifying the brightening effect. I don’t think this cosmetic contains especially harmful ingredients. Most of the solvents and emollients are commonly used chemicals. Alpha bisabolol is added for the last constituents. The company claims that this ingredient promotes skin brightening, but I could not find reliable literature about this statement so I won’t mention it in this blog. (However, alpha-bisabolol is a known antioxidant for sure.)
Standing Ovation for Leaders. They successfully developed a new type of mask sheet that works. After the mask, I could feel my face was very moisturized, and it gave my skin a natural glow. I don’t know about the brightening (Seriously, after one mask no one expects to become Snow White, right?), but it surely does its job (For the moisturizing result, I will give 6 stars if I can). It was absorbed really well and even in the next morning, I could feel my skin was soft.
1 line Review
PROS: A generous amount of serum that we can apply on the top of the mask, Lovely.
CONS: it’s kinda inconvenient to open the mask since it is rolled in a plastic bar
IDEA: Yay, I found one mask sheet to my skincare routine.
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