image is a photo of a manicured hand holding an opened package of the My Beauty Diary Bird's Nest sheet mask. The packaging is cream colored with silver Edible Nest Swiftlet silhouettes and Chinese characters as well as the English product name.


Today I’ll be reviewing the My Beauty Diary Bird’s Nest mask (learn more about sheet masks and My Beauty Diary here). Right now you might be saying “Bird’s Nest?!! Asia, what the fuck?” but before you flip out let’s learn more about it.

One of the largest consumers of bird’s nest products is mainland China, the nests being used to make soups, beauty products, and PROFIT. Male edible nest swiftlets (aerodramus fuciphagus, similar to swallows) produce the nests using their saliva. The nests take 35 days to create, and workers are specially trained in climbing and extraction, only taking part of the nest so that the swiftlets can rebuild. After harvesting the nests, they are painstakingly cleaned strand by strand to remove anything that is impure. As you can see they’re difficult to produce, and therefore very expensive. Even just a handful of bird’s nest can run about US $100! A figure I discovered here puts the Malaysian production of bird’s nests at US $1.59 billion, and other countries also produce bird’s nest, notably Thailand and Indonesia.

Image is a photo by Paul B. Jones of swiftlets and their nests on cave walls. The birds are dark grey and light grey, they're similar-looking to swallows, and their nests are white flecked with grey, possibly feathers.
Adorable swiftlets! Producers house swiftlets in caves (like these) and buildings.
(Photo by Paul B Jones)


Bird’s nest is considered one of the “four great youth tonics” in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and the wealthy elite during dynastic times would eat bird’s nest soup daily to keep their skin healthy and young. Today, bird’s nest is said to benefit the skin and is used worldwide for that purpose. It’s a strong symbol of luxury, and due to the building’s shape China’s Beijing National Stadium (2008 Summer Olympics) is nicknamed “The Bird’s Nest”.

Image is a photo of processed bird's nest. The nests are shaped like cups cut in half horizontally, they are a pale cream color, almost white, and they are free of impurities.
The nests look fancy when they’re all cleaned up.


If you’re still worried that it’s “super gross and ewww Asia” think about some of our own products:


Now that we know more about bird’s nest, let’s talk about this particular sheet mask from My Beauty Diary I picked this up during my Imomoko haul back in September, and it came in the “Top 7 Sellers Mask Pack” (7 Sheets) for US $9.44. Sheet masks are best when used regularly, as their effects are not long-lasting, but I bought the sampler so that I could try out a bunch of different ones, and then repurchase more of the best.

Despite freaking out non-Asians the bird’s nest mask doesn’t have any weird smells. It smells a little like glycerin, a nice, clean, almost non-scent. The masks usually say to wear them for 20 minutes but for moisturizing masks I leave them on about an hour (pretty much until the essence is dry) because I’m a rebel. When I took the mask off I didn’t really notice much of a difference, so I went to bed. Since you don’t wash sheet masks off I was expecting to remove the remaining product with my morning face wash. You know that soft sensation that comes from the smooth film of liquid on your skin? I kept trying to wash it off, and my skin kept feeling smooth like soap or something was lubricating it but instead it was actually from the softness of my own skin! Guys, this blew my mind. There was nothing to wash off, my skin was just so soft it felt lubricated.

I absolutely loved what it did to my skin, and this is by far one of the best sheet masks I’ve ever used. Why is it so amazing for $1.35? Let’s look at some of the ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate 20, Methylparaben, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Swiftlet Nest Extract, Kappaphycus Alvarezii Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Dimethylsilanol Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Polyglutamic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide

Wonderful glycerin right at the top! Such a fantastic ingredient to soften skin, glycerin combined with other emollients and/or oils is a fundamental cornerstone of most moisturizers. I have no idea whether or not “Swiftlet Nest Extract” (or the other botanicals) have any effect whatsoever, and really how much can manufacturers put in if they’re selling masks for $1.35? It’s likely there to entice and distinguish the product for marketing reasons (brillant!) but in this product I’d chalk a lot of the benefit to the well-formulated use of glycerin. I’m not sure either way, but I love this product.

The good:

  • Softens skin like OMG. This is seriously noticeable.
  • Cheap! You can buy from trusted retailers like Imomoko and Sasa in single or 10-pack for $1.20-$1.50 per mask.
  • Smells fine.
  • Effect lasts for a few days; some masks are only good until the next morning (sucky!) but my skin was soft days after.

The bad:

  • It will make your other masks jealous
  • You may have a difficult time NOT petting your skin due to the softness
  • You have to be careful to buy from safe retailers, there are a LOT of fake My Beauty Diary products.


Bottom line: This is one of the BEST sheet masks I’ve ever used, compared to my other favorite MBD Aloe it has less of a glow but more of the softening, but I love them both. The tl;dr (too long; didn’t read) here is that I’d recommend it. I’m repurchasing it in bulk. I love it! It’s going on my “Best of” topbar!

Product was purchased by me. Read my disclosure here.

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12 Responses to “My Beauty Diary Bird’s Nest Sheet Mask Review”

  1. Natasha Says:

    That’s awesome! I now want to break out some of the masks that have just been sitting around waiting for me to slow down.

    Bird’s Nest does have an exotic ick factor… which is why I’ve never tried the soup… but I would (and did) try it in a facial mask in Beijing. I suspect there’s very little actual bird’s nest in it, but that is just fine by me. I have a hunch it’s the glycerin that worked its magic…

    Now to sit down with my masks and GoogleTranslate and see if I can find glycerin at the top of the list…


    Tiffany Martin Reply:

    Yeah I really bet it’s the glycerin, but still this mask is so nice and I highly recommend it!

    I suspect for many it’ll be at the top (: but you should let us know what you learn!


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  3. Natasha Says:

    Yep. Google Translate confirms that glycerin is the number 2 ingredient in my mask, right after a special kind of water.


    Tiffany Martin Reply:

    Glycerin is such a helpful ingredient, I love when I see it in products (:


  4. Nancy H. Says:

    This sounds awesome! I have loved the MBD mask I have used in the past~ Actually, I think I have this very same mask in my sheet mask pile! I will have to use it ASAP!~
    Haha, I love the first two “bads”! Hilarious!


    Tiffany Martin Reply:

    Nancy, what other MBD masks do you like?

    Haha, yeah I didn’t really dislike anything about this mask but it was an opportunity to be a total smartass which I can’t resist (;


  5. Joey Says:

    lol bird’s nest is so common here that I never even thought much about it. Reading this article is pretty amusing for me as yeah, it is pretty gross, actually haha…but what the heck

    I’m a huge fan of MBD masks and I’m super regretting not getting the Bird’s Nest mask. I just thought that it was marketing gimmick and they’d never add the ingredient it. Reading your positive results make me want to buy some now.


    Tiffany Martin Reply:

    Isn’t it interesting when you see stuff you’re used to explained by an outsider? I hope I did a good job and that my info is accurate. In the west, almost no one has even heard of bird’s nest, but it seems to be everywhere in Asian beauty and health.

    I loved the hell out of this mask, and I’ve tried a lot of masks at this point. I’d say this is my fave. No idea if the bird’s nest is responsible but this mask stands out above the rest.

    If you try it you should post about it ^_^ I follow ya so I wouldn’t miss it (:


  6. Barbara Says:

    Hi Nancy,
    I am a sheet mask junkie and also purchased from Sasa. Thank you for the imomoko site. I didn’t know about that one. I also love games., freeridegames, gametap, gamehouse. Also makeup and bath and body care.


    Tiffany Martin Reply:

    My name isn’t Nancy, though….

    Cool, what games do you play there? I love to play addictive stuff.

    What masks do you like the most? Have you tried any of the My Beauty Diary masks?


  7. Sally Says:

    Thnx for the review!! i saw the birds nest mask thing and wanted to know what it does! Also how do you tell if the my beauty diary masks are fakes?????


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Posted by Cake-Pie
Dated: 25th November 2012
Filled Under: Beauty, Reviews