Jamela made my top 2011 list here, with good reason. They make excellent treatment sheet masks, overnight masks and serums that are cost-effective and well-made. I reviewed their Lavender overnight mask here, and now I’ll share my experience with their sheet mask.
The Gold Collagen range includes both a facial sheet mask and a neck mask. Both masks come in individually sealed packets where the mask is soaked in a treatment. You use the mask by removing it from the packet and sticking it directly on to your face and/or neck. The way the mask itself feels is a little tricky to describe, but if I had to, I’d say it’s like a slightly solidified gel. It’s easy to work with but fairly delicate, so you need to handle it carefully when removing it from the envelope. I’d also suggest removing it over the sink as some of the liquid it’s contained in can get away from the mask.
You can slightly stretch the mask to fit over your face before pressing it into the skin to make it stick. I found that it was a fairly good fit at the top part of my face, but the lower part of my face was trickier and I needed to purse my lips to keep the part of the mask above my lip from sliding down onto my mouth. Another thing worth noting is that I have a slightly larger than normal nose and as a consequence, the mask fit snugly across my nose but didn’t fit flush against the sides of my nose and the starts of my cheeks. I found that the best way to wear the masks was when I was at a slight tilt like lying around watching TV as if I was too upright, the neck mask didn’t stay in place.
I’ve used these sheet masks twice now and both times I found them easy to work with. It’s suggested that you leave them on for a minimum of 30 mins but you can leave them on for several hours. Both times I left it on for about an hour and it was easy to settle down in front of the telly without the mask bothering me. They feel very cooling when applied and this cooling effect doesn’t go away; it isn’t overly cold, it just feels quite soothing.
It’s safe to say that wearing the mask is not the most flattering look and you do end up looking a bit like the lead in a horror film, so try to use the mask when you’re sure there are no neighbours around to terrify!
I really liked the impact the mask had on my skin. It made my face look much smoother, more nourished and toned and a lot calmer. I’ve been having problems with various skin issues like dry skin and breakouts and it definitely felt like this mask had a soothing effect on these problems.
Like a lot of people, I’m guilty of neglecting my neck area which is ridiculous if you consider how much time I spend focussing on trying to keep my face soft and supple, as if I don’t do the same for my neck then eventually my neck will age, won’t match my face, and the whole facial care routine would’ve been a bit of a lost cause! The neck mask had the same effect on my neck as it did my face; the whole area felt calm and moisturised and considering it’s quite an easy thing to do – just stick it on and it gets to work at treating the area – I’m pleased that I’m doing something to treat my neck too.
Once you’re finished with the mask, you can chuck it into a bath with you where it’ll dissolve and then work as a diluted treatment on your body skin too. I only have a shower at my home so I haven’t had a chance to try this, but I did think that another way of making full use of the used mask would be to dissolve it into a sink full of hot water and fill a bottle with the dissolved solution to make a toner. Again, I haven’t tried this either but if you’re a fan of money saving then this could be a way to make full use of the mask and minimise waste.
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I really do rate these sheet style masks as I like the fact that there is a product being applied to my skin that’s then locked in by a sheet mask, plus there’s no faffing about waiting for the mask to dry. Also, rather significantly, I’m not aware of the presence of the mask as I really struggle with the dreaded nose itch with other masks, and I find myself counting the minutes until I can wash them off, whereas that isn’t an issue with these masks.
Jamela Gold Collagen Face Masks are available here at £37.50 for a pack of 5 and the neck masks are available here at £15 for a pack of 2. There will be a BuyaPowa for the face masks shortly so it’s worth keeping an eye out here too.