I bought a bunch of sheet masks from my Imomoko haul back in September. As you guys know from reading my Bihada Sizuku mask review I love sheet masks. Being a sheet mask princess makes me so happy and the time I spend sitting with a mask on is the most relaxing part of my day. It’s about time I review a few more, don’t you think?
Introducing My Beauty Diary! MBD is a Taiwanese brand that has basically consumed the world of face mask making. They’re so ridiculously popular that people make imitations of them even though they’re $1-$2 a mask. MBD has a lot of formulas and mask products, and have since expanded outside of masks into other skincare. They have products for a veritable cornucopia of uses: whitening, brightening, moisturizing, plumping, vitalizing, toning, anti-aging, and a lot more. MBD recently became available through Wal-mart, and since I haven’t tried the Wal-mart products I can’t be sure they’re the same as the formula sold in Asia. You can also find MBD masks at better prices at Asian retailers (Imomoko, Sasa, eBay, Amazon) but don’t go for prices that are too good!
How to use Sheet Masks:
1. Wash your face. A good time to use sheet masks is at night.
2. Open your package and unfold your mask, careful not to drip essence on anything!
3. Put it on. Scare your roomates.
4. Wear any moisturizing version for at least 20 mins but really as long as you like. Wear other types as indicated.
5. Remove the cotton mask and if it’s still wet, feel free to apply the damp remains to other parts you want to make pretty. I usually do my neck and upper boob parts.
6. Don’t wash it off, that’s stupid. You can still do the rest of your non-cleansing skincare routine if you have one.
7. Wake up the next day and enjoy the glow! For best results use a few times a week, or if you’re rich, use one every day!
The set I bought from Imomoko included 7 of the MBD favorites (Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, Arbutin, Black Pearl, Bird’s Nest, Red Vine, and Aloe) and of those I’ll be telling you about the Aloe, Collagen, and Hyaluronic Acid masks. If you haven’t read my unusual circumstances yet it might be helpful to do that now as these will affect reviews. Maybe you’ll have some quirks in common with me!
Aloe Mask: My fave of the three.
When it comes to marketing I rarely accept the advertised explanation for a product’s quality. In this case, “Aloe” is probably not why this mask is SO EXCELLENT (btw it is that good). It’s probably due to the Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, and ironically Sodium Hyaluronate (the salt form of Hyaluronic Acid). I say ironically because as you’ll soon read, the Hyaluronic Acid mask was the least moisturizing of all three masks reviewed. I wouldn’t say the other ingredients don’t play any kind of role, but I would guess that it’s more likely that the glycols are providing the hydration I so love.
The Aloe mask felt really good, and fit my face pretty well (about the same as the Sizuku masks). It comes with a little plastic filler inside that makes it easier to unfold the mask, the MBD masks are made of a finer cotton than a lot of other masks (and finer than they used to make) to allow for the essences to better absorb into your skin, but it makes them more fragile. I left this sucker on for about 1 hour (an episode of Protect The Boss), and it was still nice and moist when I was done. I took the remaining product and applied it to my neck and upper boob parts to make them soft and pretty.
By far of all the masks I’ve reviewed to date, this is my favorite one. The hydration was superior, the smell was calming, and boy did my skin glow. I will be buying these in bulk.
Water, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Hydrolized Yeast Protein, Casein Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Morus Alba Bark Extract Citrus Medica Limonium (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Soluble Collagen Triethanolamine, Hydrolized Lactalbumin, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Arctostaphylos UVA Ursi Leaf Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil, Dimethysilanol Hyaluronate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Methylaparaben, Polysorbate 20, Tocopheryl Acetate, Squalane, Citric Acid, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Dimethicone
Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Mask: Not so good
This mask was the greatest disappointment to me. I love hyaluronic acid in other products, and it’s a nice ingredient, but I guess there isn’t enough in this formula because ironically, of the three masks, this mask was the LEAST moisturizing. It smells okay, the formula feels nice, the essence wasn’t gunky or sticky, it absorbed nicely, but it just didn’t do much. It was disappointing and I don’t think I would buy it again.
Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Phenoxyethanol, Ananas Satmus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonun (Lemon) Peel Extract, Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Beta-Glucan, Chlorphenesin, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Polyglutamic Acid, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Nasturtium Officinale Flower/Leaf Extract, Dimethylsilanol Hyaluronate, Kappaphycus Alvarezii Extract, Polysorbate 20, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Triethanolamine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydrolyzed Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance
Collagen Firming Mask: Better than the Sizuku masks but couldn’t compete with Aloe.
It’s a good time to note that collagen is another marketing feature that I don’t fall for. It’s supposed to make you think you’ll have fuller, bouncier, more youthful skin after use (and with some products this could be true) but it won’t be because of collagen; it’s more likely another ingredient provided the benefit. Collagen can be a fun way to boost moisture or temporarily improve texture but the molecules are too large to penetrate skin, and including collagen in a product does not cause your skin to collect or produce it. That said, this was a nice level of moisturizing, and for some reason this particular mask is suited to firming the skin. I felt like what it did was temporarily tighten it, by affecting the tension on the surface of my skin. As soon as the mask washed off the effect was over. It wasn’t a bad mask but not HG (Holy Grail) by any means. It’s #2 out of the three masks here. I’m not interested in repurchasing it, but if it fell into my hands I would probably use it again.
Water, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Lecithin, Triethanolamine, Sorbitol, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Soluble Collagen, Sodium PCA, Methyparaben, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Dimethylsilanol Hyaluronate, Betaine, Threonine, Arginnie, Alannie, Serine, Proline, Lysine, Glycine, Glutamic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 20, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Hydrolized Elastin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Citrus Medica Limonium (Lemon) Peel Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Polyglutamic Acid, Fragrance, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Hydroxide, Colloidal Gold
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