Hey guys! What’s this? Another review in like a week? I feel motivated and inspired to keep up blogging ^_^ I hope you like my reviews, here’s a new one today. It’s one of the masks I got from Efacemasks (how did that happen? read here). I have never tried any masks from Kracie before. They are a Japanese brand, and this particular line is called “3D” so it’s suppose to wrap around your neck a bit to help shape your V-line. A sharp and slender V-line is a sign of beauty in a lot of places in the world, but here in the US most people don’t consider any particular face shape to be ideal. Isn’t it interesting how beauty standards vary based on where you live?
So to begin, based on the marketing of the mask, we should expect it to have good anti-aging and also moisturizing ingredients, and we should also hope that it can slim our V-lines. Let’s see what’s inside:
Water, dipropylene glycol, glycerin, butylene glycol, maltitol, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, phenoxyethanol, diglycerin (glycerol), PVP (Polyvinylpyrrolidone), polysorbate 20, methylparaben, sodium polyacrylate, carbomer, xanthan gum, disodium EDTA, hydrolyzed collagen, citrus medica limonum (lemon) fruit extract, soluble collagen, propylparaben
(click each ingredient for more info; quotes are from truthinaging.com ingredient database)
Glycerin: Again, we see this as a common star ingredient in sheet masks. Not much else can match up to its ability to moisturize skin.
“For some time it was thought that too much Glycerin in a moisturizer could pull water out of the skin instead of drawing it into the skin. However, researchers (eg Appa et al) have shown that glycerine restores the skin to normal hydration”
And…. that’s it. After checking and rechecking, I couldn’t find another ingredient worth talking about.
To whit, let’s look at a couple common trap ingredients:
Hydrolyzed Collagen; Soluble Collagen:
We know that our skin needs collagen, so it would make sense that adding it to skincare MIGHT help but in this case it does not. Your skin is like the bark of a tree, and while some things applied to it can help skin, it would have to penetrate the skin. It is becoming widely known that collagen molecules are too big to penetrate skin. In order to regenerate collagen there are many methods backed up with good data, including: microneedling, topical vitamin C, glycolic acid peels, retinoids, lasers, LED phototherapy, and (possibly) eating collagen daily. (More info here: “How Can I Rebuild Collagen?”)
Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract:
Wait, didn’t I just list Vit C as a collagen rebuilder? Yes! But this is lemon fruit extract, they’re not the same thing. We can’t be sure how much Vit C is in this, and the concentration and type is important because vitamin c is unstable and breaks down (ie: becomes ineffective) easily. Light is a common destroyer of Vit C!
Okay, okay, so it doesn’t contain any excellent anti-aging ingredients, but does it at least moisturize well? Let’s check my before and after. My skin is still a little stupid right now, so I hope you know it takes some courage to show my makeup-free pics. For science!
Aftersies (Also, I dyed my hair. Do you like it?)
The most noticeable differences I could tell from the before and after were that my skin was less red, and also very clearly moisturized and glowy. If you compare my face to my neck you can see the redness reduced in the second photo; and if you check the shiny places you can see in the second photo a bit more shine. Hardly dramatic, but it was a pleasant result.
- Moisturizes well! I felt like my skin was smooth and very soft. Similar to the effect of the My Beauty Diary Bird’s Nest Mask
- The mask itself stays wet, allowing you to wear the mask a long time. I could wear it for an hour without it drying out.
- Smells okay, light flowery smell but nothing overpowering, not even a little.
- Fits and covers my face well
- Reduced redness in my skin, even though it is not marketed to do so.
- Sadly, not much in the way of anti-aging. In fact, the last mask I reviewed (MJ Care Green Tea Mask) is $1.29 and has FAR better anti-aging ingredients.
- About $6 a mask! The benefits are not good enough for this price, I’ve used many cheaper masks that I like.
- Does not help the V-line look sharper or smoother. No firming effect.
Bottom Line: I can’t recommend this mask, nor would I purchase it. In this case, it’s not a good value even though it worked nicely as a moisturizing mask because nearly every sheet mask can moisturize. Maybe some people would say that I should not consider price but to me it does matter how much a product costs! It was a fun experience trying a more premium mask, and it wasn’t a disappointment but it also can’t give me any strong long-term benefits. I think there would probably be much better products for the price. I’ll let you know as I keep trying masks!
Have you ever tried a Kracie brand mask, how about a 3D-type mask??