How did we get to November 1st?! I don’t even know how we got here, but we’ve been living and breathing COVID for 8 months now and just when I thought masking would never be a regular part of my life, it is. So much of our routines have changed now because of the pandemic and I will admit that although I feel relatively “pre-COVID” in my day-to-day, every couple of minutes throughout the day (which is a lot when you think about it) I am reminded of our situation whether it’s when I “mask up” for work, see my husband working from home every day, or witness my glossy and cream lipsticks going to waste from disuse. The latter has cut down my makeup purchases an INSANE amount since only long-lasting matte liquid lipsticks work for my day-to-day so I guess that’s a good thing!
Purchased by me
I’ve taken the last 20 days of #100DaysOfSheetMasks relatively easy since the hives as I took it as a sign to cool it on crazy skincare. I will be on Day 84 tonight of the challenge so I will still be done this month, but closer to the end of the month as opposed to early November when I normally wrap everything up. Korean beauty brand Soo’Ae was a big part of my masking challenge and all of the masks have been fun with relatively good results for the most part. Unfortunately, there is always one that doesn’t quite live up to the hype and for me it was the Unicorn Glow Hologram Mask.
This is a double-sided sheet mask with a purifying charcoal layer on the inside which is supposed to aid in niacinamide and collagen absorption to give skin a brighter and firmer look. I mean, I guess when your skin is “cleaner’ it is more receptive to absorbing things?
The disappointing part came when I finally took out the mask because even on the Soo’Ae website, the mask looked like it had holographic properties, but alas it turned out to be just a regular foil mask which was fine, but not what I was expecting.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua/Eau/Agua), Methylpropanediol, Glycereth-26, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Niacinamide, Butylene Glycol, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Arginine, Carbomer, Betaine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Allantoin, Trehalose, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycine, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Serine, Glutamic Acid, Camellia Sinensis (Green tea) Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Aspartic Acid, Leucine, Natto Gum, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Alanine, Lysine, Tyrosine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Proline, Valine, Isoleucine, Histidine, Methionine, Cysteine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance (Parfum/Fragancia)
Clarifying and brightening
None that I could detect. To me, it just smelled like charcoal since the back side of the mask was charcoal-lined.
Thick, but this is typical of foil masks
As good as it’s going to get so there is a bit of “tenting” in various areas of my face
Good, but uncomfortable.
Final verdict: I’m not a huge of foil masks and combined with the essence being incredibly sticky, I just can’t imagine using this mask again. If the essence had been less tacky, I would be a bit more forgiving about the fact that it wasn’t holographic, but all together I just felt a bit let down.