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maskin’ it

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“tear off your mask, your face is glorious!”-rumi

wei manuka bee venom mask, $68.00
description: from birchbox’s website, this product claims that “the purified venom in this mask is gentle and nourishing, and combines with healing herbs to help to fight wrinkles, correct imperfections, and firm skin.”

uses: anti-aging properties, firms and nourishes skin

formula: the formula reminds me of whipped butter. it is light and airy, very creamy to the touch and glides (yes, literally) over your skin. once one your skin, give it about 10 seconds and you start to feel a slight tingling sensation. this doesn’t hurt, or annoy, but it makes the skin feel like the mask is actually working.

texture: i would compare this stuff to the jet-puffed whipped marshmallow creme. so fluffy and light!!!!!! dries very smooth and even. when i pat my face, my skin is not sticky or crunchy to the touch. after 10 minutes you’re supposed to use warm water to rinse this off, but i might just keep it on longer because it’s seriously making my skin feel so hydrated and refreshed!!

smell: has a slightly natural smell mixed with some floral notes. overall, the smell is very, very faint.

eslor chlorophyll lifting mask, $38.00
description: from eslor’s website, they claim this product is a “skin tightening mask. the dried film of natural milk proteins, plant extracts, seaweed extracts, and minerals tighten the skin, help enhance blood circulation, and help diminish fine lines.

uses: for tighter, glowing skin

formula: when you open the lid, you are greeted with a bunch of green slime!!! no, but really. remember back on nickelodeon when they would have those award shows with slime being dumped on people’s heads? pretty sure the verb back then for this was being “slimed.” ok, if you weren’t old enough, google it.

texture: sticky, kind of thick, slime-like. rubs on like a gel, and dries very tight on your skin. removes easily with a warm, damp wash cloth.

smell: reminds me of baby lotion products. sort of sweet, almost baby powder like.

royal apothic cuppa cuppa firming tea treatment mask, $58.00
description: from birchbox’s website, this product claims that it’s “infused with a blend of exotic teas, this clay mask leaves us with smoother, firmer, more radiant skin. this clay-based formula is packed with antioxidant-rich black, green, and white teas, as well as other beneficial botanical extracts including acai, pomegranate, coffee, and goji berry. it firms, reduces dark spots, helps skin retain moisture, and gently exfoliates to reveal a refreshed, luminous complexion.”

uses: reduces dark spots, moisturizes, and boosts brightness

formula: this product is purple!! the color reminds me a lot of blueberry, pear & carrot baby food. so random. there are also these micro exfoliating particles that help exfoliate the skin as you massage this onto your face.

texture: the finely textured exfoliating particles set this face mask apart from the others. overall the formula is a medium consistency that spreads over the skin easily, and skins into the skin almost immediately. once dried, you don’t feel a harsh tightness when you try to smile or talk, which is a bonus. has a tendency to flake off the skin just a tad if you don’t rinse with enough warm water.

smell: i enjoy the smell of this mask the most. it is a light musky smell that reminds me of estee lauder night creams. another random comparison.

clariSEA deep pore detox activated charcoal exfoliating mask, $18.00
description: from birchbox’s website, they claim that “using a mix of charcoal and french kaolin clay, the gentle formula draws out impurities from deep within pores, clearing blackheads and sopping up excess oil. with regular use, breakouts are reduced, and existing pimples heal faster. plus, you won’t have that dry, tight-all-over feeling that can come from similar treatments.”

uses: helps unclog pores, reduce blemishes, and get rid of excess oil

formula: surprise! this mask actually comes as a clay powder until you add water to it. i scoop out a spoonful into my palm, and add 2-3 drops of water and mix together until a thick paste-like consistency is formulated.

texture: chalky until mixed with water, then it reminds me of a thin paste. it applies well, and dries super fast. be careful to not move you face for 5 minutes when applying because this mask makes your skin very tight and flakes off if you smile, laugh, cough, talk, etc.  after 5 mines, for best results, i would recommend using a cleansing cloth to remove all the charcoal from the skin.

smell: doesn’t really have a smell. maybe a chalky smell if you really get this stuff into your nostrils.


verdict

all five of these products are formulated to provide different results to the skin. one is better for providing anti-aging relief, the other is best for deep cleaning pores, so is there really one best option out of the lot? probably not. these are just the face masks that i have purchased myself, and i wanted to share them with y’all because of how diverse they all are. please comment below what your favorite face mask is as i am always in the market to try (and review!) new facial products!!

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