Find Your Best Sleeping Pack This Summer !

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Sometimes I really feel like Korean products are like wines.↖(^▽^)↗ There are many prestigious brand and famous products but at the same time, there are so many “cult-wine” like products in the realm of K-beauty. I mean, there are many unknown, economically priced brands with excellent quality and it is such a great fun to find those products and share with others. So Blog #M did a little experiment on these less appreciated sleeping masks. (*¯︶¯*) We picked up 3 sleeping masks and 2 sleeping mask substitutes. So here are our experiment subjects.

  1. LLang Redgin Magic Sleeping Pack $31.50
  2. BOTANIC FARM Black Soybean Milk Pudding Sleeping Pack $24.50
  3. Code 9 black volume cream $35.00
  4. Code 9 Super Seed Oil Mask $33.00
  5. Skinfood Lettuce Cucumber Watery Soothing Pack ?

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Texture Test

For you, we have prepared tiny texture dishes below. Llang & Botanic Farm has jelly like texture but Llang has more watery, honey-like texture than Botanic Farm. Code 9’s Black volume has thickest texture among them. Code 9’s Super Seed Oil Mask has the butter like texture, and skinfood has the most watery texture, with only slight viscosity.

 

Spotting Test / Oil Chromatography

We prepared commonly used oil blotting paper and run the chromatography. (I know, it is not a real chromatography, but since we use the hydrophobic affinity of blotting paper, we can somehow consider it as chromatography process.) Anyway, if the oil circle spread winder from the spotting, it means that it contains more oil in it. By the way, I am not trying to say that oily sleeping packs are bad (But I personally prefer less oily sleeping masks for the summer.) rather, you can use this as a reference when you buy your next sleeping mask.

(Original)

oil test1

As you can see, Code 9’s Super seed oil and Botanic Farm Soy bean mask have high oil contents. Llang’s Redgin has the least oil, and the texture maintained even after 2 hours.

 (After 40minits)

oil test after 40m

Skin-gun Test

(before skin test number)

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  1. After the cleansing my inner arm thoroughly, I ran the skin gun test. The oil index is 18%, and water index is 40.01%.
  2. I run the skin gun test, and see the chart below. Oil/Water change indicates the change from my initial skin condition. Redgin showed highest increase both in oil & water index.

after 5minits

Oil Water Oil % increase Water % increase
Redgin 23.60% 52.50% 67.38% 67.20%
Soy bean 22.60% 50.30% 60.28% 60.19%
Black Volume 22.10% 49.30% 56.74% 57.01%
Super Seed 18.80% 41.90% 33.33% 33.44%
Lettuce Cucumber 20.60% 45.80% 43.26% 46.18%

 

after hour

I run the skin test again after one hour. Oil/Water change indicates the change from the run 2. Still, Redgin showed the highest Water/Oil index in skin. Interestingly, Super Seed showed increase in number, both for oil& water index. (I guess it is due to Super Seed’s Oily texture because it absorbs really slowly.╮(╯3╰)╭)

 

Oil Water Oil % change Water % change
Redgin 21.90% 48.70% -7.20% -7.24%
Soy bean 20.70% 46.00% -8.41% -8.55%
Black Volume 20.80% 46.40% -5.88% -5.88%
Super Seed 20.50% 45.60% 9.04% 8.83%
Lettuce Cucumber 20.20% 45.10% 0.00% -1.74%

 

Winner of the First Lab 0^◇^0)/

So, the winner of Blog #M’s first experiment goes to……………

☆ミ ☆彡LLang Redgin Magic Sleeping Pack !!!!!!! ☆ミ ☆彡

From both test, I could assure Llang’s sleeping pack is nicely formulated, giving fresh texture for hot & sticky summer but maintain oil and moisture index in my skin pretty well. If you have really oily skin, Skinfood’s Lettuce-Cucumber Watery Soothing Pack may be a really good choice as well because it effectively controls the oil in your skin, and maintain the moisture level nicely.

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Plump & Hydrate UP! NEOGEN CODE 9 Black Volume Cream

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Intro

When Laneige introduced Water Sleeping Mask to the Korean cosmetic market, K-beauty bloggers responded with fervent enthusiasm. I mean, it was REALLY REALLY convenient – you don’t even have to put the sheet mask on your skin for 20 min!Σ( ° △ °|||) You may apply it like cream and go to sleep. It is the first cream-type sleeping mask among Korean cosmetic products, and the most sold one as well. (they sold over 20 million jars worldwide.)

After Laneige, other cosmetic brands brought similar type of water-based sleeping masks, but market response was just so-so. Because all other “me-too” products were just so similar to the Laneige’s regarding texture and concept so K-beauty fans did not really have to change their routine product into new, unknown and more expensive products. But in 2012, the spotlight moved onto NEOGEN’s Code 9 Black Volume Cream. With innovative design and interesting texture ( Black! I mean the cream is black jelly!!), they have become best seller of the year 2012 in CJ home shopping channel and NEOGEN became a major cosmetic brand from no-name internet based cosmetic brand.

So much for the history, let’s take a look at the product. 0^◇^0)/

First

First Impression

One undeniable thing to say about this cream is that product design is really chic and convenient. The container can be placed in the holder, and you can put rubber spatula right next to it. It smells floral but very light and pleasant. (Not“Guerlain” like strong, powdery floral). The cream texture is more like a thick jelly •﹏•, and you would need (and also it’s recommended by the producer) rubber spatula to spread on your skin because if you use hands, it will be absorbed into your hands. (This is not an exaggeration. Check out the video and you will know what I am talking about.) I would recommend wearing thick layer if you want to use this as a sleeping mask. It will extremely hydrate your skin (You will feel like you wear the sheet mask for 2 hours on next morning) If you want to use this in the morning, just try as little as possible because it does not absorb really quick.

ingredient

Ingredient Check

I couldn’t see especially harmful ingredients but I do not like about the complexity of this cream because they put too many plant extracts.~^O^~ So if you are allergic to any plants, please check out their ingredient list thoroughly (They advertise themselves that they added more than 79 extracts, but I really don’t know why.) They put commonly used moisturizing agents such as glycerin and butylene glycol. They used hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, increasing the bio-availability of this incredible moisturizer. I think this stabilized, low molecular weight hyaluronic acid is the unique selling point of this cream.

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after

After Thought

As they claimed, it is a marvelous moisturizing sleeping mask. It excellently hydrates my skin, (even in the morning%>_<%) and slightly plumps the fine lines. I could actually see the visible difference on the second day, my skin was nicely hydrated and visibly dewy. But it is a bit sticky and does not penetrate the skin so well (So it is actually a mask, not cream) so it is not really suitable for daily moisturizing cream, but it is an excellent sleeping mask.

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