If I have a few minutes spare for a bit of pampering I will always give myself a mask (or an at-home facial including several masks if I have quite a bit of time) so any new mask arrivals always pique my interest. MasqueBar are a Korean brand of masks that are due to shortly launch into Boots with four different variants; two of which are sheets with the remaining two being cream masks.
The four masks types are Anti-Blemish Mud Mask (cream), Brightening Sheet Mask, Pore Refining Creme Mask and Anti-Wrinkle Sheet Mask. So far I’ve only tried the Anti-Blemish Mud Mask which you can see me modelling here (prepare yourself, it’s a bit sexy) and I really liked it, so I have high hopes for the other three – I’ll keep you updated on how I get on. In the meantime, here’s a closer look at each mask.
I’ll start with the Anti-Blemish Mud Mask which is the one I used last night. It’s a mud mask packed full of spot-fighting goodies such as Tea Tree, Kaolin and Vitamin A, all of which are housed within a rich and creamy white mud. It dries to a typical clay mask finish meaning you need a bit of graft to get it off afterwards, but it’s by no means the hardest mud mask I’ve tried and it comes away with a bit of soaking.
The next in the cream mask duo is the Pore Refining Creme Mask which is designed to refine and even the complexion whilst minimising the appearance of pores. It contains Raspberry Extract, Lemon Fruit Extract and Vitamin E and to me it sounds like a great choice for combination skins as it’s got ingredients that treat both aspects of that skin type.
Now on to the first of the sheet masks which is the Brightening Sheet Mask. Sheet masks are a little different to cream/mud masks as they’re pre-soaked sheets that you place over the face that then force the ingredients into the skin. Sheet masks are usually moisturising and hydrating and you don’t often get spot-fighting ones, but that’s not to say they don’t exist. The Brightening Sheet Mask is designed to treat dark spots and pigmentation and is pre-soaked with Vitamin C and Liquorice Root.
Last up is the Anti-Wrinkle Sheet Mask which is collagen-infused and probably the most suited to dry or dehydrated skin types. It contains Green Tea Extract and Vitamin E and this is probably the one I’ll try next, so keep an eye out for my thoughts!
The MasqueBar masks come in boxes of 3 for £9.99 a box, making each mask less £3.50 a go, so it’s very good value for what appears to be some pretty fab ingredients and formulations – I’m excited to see what other types join the original line-up! These all launch exclusively into Boots in October 2014.