Guys, so far I’ve reviewed products I liked, and some that were a bit MEH, so be prepared: today you will be reading a very negative review. As this is only my personal experience, and other people may still like this mask I also have included some tips for those planning to brave a try with it.
I got this from my awesome blogger friend Natasha (of Confessions of a Skincare Junkie), who sent me a LOT of awesome stuff during our “Sample Swap”. We both had too many samples to ever use. I suck so I haven’t sent her mine yet, but as a total kindness among the samples she also threw in some mask products she wasn’t planning to use (she knows I love masks!!).
Natasha said her Chinese isn’t too good anymore but she sweetly managed to translate a few of the key words for me, so I could discover the functions of the mask. It’s a take off style mask (as opposed to My Beauty Diary, which is left on the skin), and it’s supposed to “whiten” skin (don’t panic! in Asian beauty “whitening” is synonymous with brightening. Nothing can bleach/”whiten” your face in one use).
Front of the Package, 25g of product
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Based on what the translation said, I was expecting a black sheet mask, but upon opening I discovered it’s not a sheet mask at all. Here I’m thinking: “This looks like a black clay mask. Yay!!” Uh oh…
Hereafter known as mistake number one.
Guys I began applying this mask, and let me tell you 25g is a generous amount. It was so much that just to use it up I caked it on everything I possibly could: upper lip, eyebrows, neck. This ended up being a mistake, because this is NOT actually a clay-style mask at ALL but a peel-off mask (and a VERY adherent one at that).
I am very fussy.
And caking it on had two very negative effects for me. One, once this mask dried, it dried unevenly due to the amount of product I put on. And when it hardened, it REALLY hurt, it needed to be taken of IMMEDIATELY. So I peeled it off unevenly to spare myself suffering. And two, once I started peeling it, it was SO stuck to my skin it pulled things off, like some of my eyebrow on my right eye (on the left side in the photo). I learned my lesson, so for my other eyebrow I tried washing it off instead. This is when I learned another exciting fact about this mask.
My poor sink.
This mask is a lot like squid ink. When washing off mask parts that could not be peeled it was so much black that I thought this mask was breeding. I would rinse rinse rinse, and it looked like nothing had come off my skin, and yet my sink looked like BP Oil had been there. It took me AN HOUR to get this effing shit off my face. I stained my shirt, my sink, and a few of the things around my sink, because this product when combined with water thins and can spread easily. It was a huge hassle to clean up.
I admit, this is my own doing.
In a way, I only have myself to blame. It’s not the manufacturer’s fault that I don’t read Chinese or Korean, and I’m guessing it clearly states the mask is a peel-off type. I would have used it more correctly if it had been known to me. Still, in sharing my experience I must be honest. I hated this experience. It was such an effort to get this mask off and clean my sink. I hardly appreciated the benefits of the mask at all.
Check it out, this mask actually does work though.
I suck for not taking a “before” pic but I’ll tell you what, this is a noticeably brighter Cakepie. You can see a little redness from ripping this mask from my skin (it stuck HARD), but besides that wow. It definitely delivered brighter skin. I don’t know if it was a chemical reaction changing my skin, or if it was the mechanical action of TEARING MY SKIN OFF OF MY FACE. But the result is as advertised.
- Annoyingly, this mask really works. My skin was so bright! WOW!
- Very cheap mask, I found it online here for ~$2 a mask (I don’t know anything about the seller, beware).
- There is so much product in the pack that if you’re careful (it dries up) I bet you can get two uses out of it.
- Ripped my eyebrow off. This stuff sticks REALLY HARD, so don’t put it on anything sensitive.
- Masks like this can pull and stretch pores, making them bigger!
- Pretty difficult to find.
- It was super messy and threatened mass staining of my bathroom (thankfully it came out of the bathroom sink, but left a stain on my shirt sleeve).
- It hurt my face when it dried because it was so tight.
- No English anywhere.
- Did not readily wash off my face (but it’s supposed to be for peeling anyway). Something like an HOUR to get it all clean, off my face and gone forever.
- Not relaxing.
- I don’t think sensitive skin could survive this. I have skin impervious to irritation and it still hurt and irritated me a bit.
Tips for use:
- Please do not put the entire contents of the package on your face. Only apply as much as you need to COVER the skin, a thin, thin layer. And apply evenly!
- Don’t you dare apply this to eyebrows, around the eye area, or places where you are sensitive.
- Surprise! It peels! So when it hardens start peeling it off. Right away. Don’t wait or you’ll regret it.
- One more thing: Wear dark clothing or something you don’t care about. It will stain whatever clothes it touches. It has no mercy.
Bottom line: I might try this again, JUST ONCE, to see if it works better now that I know more about it. But I was very unhappy despite the good results because it took so much energy. I’m so sick that when I waste this kind of time it ruins my ability to do other things. I hated this mask for robbing me of my energy. I also did not find it relaxing, which is one of the main reasons I love masks so much (of course I also love skin benefits ^_^). I would not recommend this mask, I think there are better, SAFER brightening products available, and products that are much more fun to use.
If you dare try this evil mask you have to tell me how it went! Please heed my warnings before you do (I hope you have a better go than I do).