Sheet Mask Journal July/Early August 2016

I fucking love sheet masks, ok? I heard about them, did the “oh that’s a weird beauty gimmick, I’m sure some people love them but they’re not for me” and I was WRONG. I have seen the error of my ways. I’ve been brought into the glowy, radiant skin light.

To atone for my sins (I like this weird religious analogy and I’m gonna roll with it) I’m going to attempt to keep a journal of all of the sheet masks I use to make sure I don’t waste my money repurchasing things, to track what ingredients work and don’t work for me, and to add to the general kbeauty sheet mask blogosphere. Here we have installment one. These installments will happen intermittently, basically whenever I have enough empties and time to justify a post. Edit: which will be frequently, as I’m popping sheet masks like bubble wrap lately. 

The format will be: brand and source of brand within this context, a brief review of each sheet mask within that brand/source category, repeat for each brand/source, and lists of each masks ingredients at the end of the post (with hyperlinks in the post for quick reference). Ingredients aren’t the end-all be-all of my sheet mask experience, and I don’t want to clutter up the meat of the post with ingredient lists when I could instead have pictures. Let’s get started!


TONYMOLY sheet masks, purchased in San Francisco Japantown’s TONYMOLY/K-POP BEAUTY store (which has been having an ongoing identity crisis but sometimes has reasonable sales):

why is this picture so dark? fuck you that’s why

Strawberry Nose Pack– pull-off masks/pore strips are Literally Satan(TM) by some schools of thought, but I really liked this one. The combination of pre-mask, gentle pore pull, and soothing post-mask was really lovely. My nose was very moisturized for several days, which was a little odd. I think if I use this again I’ll sheet mask the rest of my face as well. The packaging, which I didn’t photograph or save, was very adorable as per usual TONYMOLY. Repurchase? Probably.

I’m REAL Mageoklli Mask Sheet Skin Purifying– surprisingly moisturizing, left my skin pretty radiant. I’d describe the effect as “supple.” Unfortunately, I threw out the packaging for this one without thinking. Repurchase? Maybe. (So I can finish this brief review to my satisfaction, if nothing else.)

I’m REAL Avocado Mask Sheet Nutrition– very moisturizing, pleasant and cooling to wear. Helped alleviate my nose/cheek redness, and smelled confusingly delicious and not at all like avocado. Repurchase? Maybe.

Pureness 100 Snail Mask Sheet Skin Damage Care– didn’t really do anything, I had over exfoliated a little this day, and was hoping that this mask would provide relief. Unfortunately, it did nothing to decrease my redness, stung and little, and was wholly unimpressive. Repurchase? Probably not, but maybe once to make sure this experience wasn’t user error on my part.

Pureness 100 Hyaluronic Acid Mask Sheet Hydrating– a pleasant surprise after the Pureness 100 Snail. Very moisturizing, and helped my (incredibly dehydrated) skin to look very hydrated on a day when I completely forgot to drink water at work and ended up with a dehydration hangover upon getting home. Don’t be like me, kids, but if you are like me, this mask might help you look awesome when you feel like shit. #hugovermask Repurchase? Yes, especially if they’re still on sale the next time I got to Jtown.


Pure Smile lip, patch, and sheet masks purchased in Jtown’s Candy Doll beauty store, which is definitely the best shop in Jtown in terms of stock selection, customer service, and general competency:

I still have seven strawberries left

Choosy Honey Lip Mask– this was fun to wear, but did absolutely nothing. It just felt like a floppy gel sheet that didn’t really seem to have essence, lotion, or anything on it. Amusingly, directions recommended applying lip balm before use if your lips were dry. Maybe this was supposed to be an “add your own essence” style mask, but if so it did a bad job explaining. Repurchase? No.

Strawberry Point Patch– also amusing, with some basic moisturizing properties. I really liked the small size of this mask patch for my cheeks, but I think I’ll try other brands and hopefully find something more moisturizing or treating. Repurchase? Maybe, they had lemon, cucumber, and orange point patches and I’d like to see if the fruit extracts have any discernible difference.

Pure Smile Snail– this mask was moisturizing and a little soothing, a veeery basic mask experience but overall good. At $1.50 in-store, this would be a good emergency stash stocking option if I run low on bulk masks. (I’m still looking for my ideal bulk mask(s), there will be a lot of discussion of this blog of different brands, shops, etc. in the future!) Repurchase? Likely.

Pure Smile Royal Jelly– I loved this mask. It was moisturizing, soothing, and made my overall skin texture even while providing a little radiance. It also smelled very floral/honey without being overwhelming, and the smell didn’t linger on my face (always a plus). I decided to grab it because products claiming to contain royal honey have worked well for me in the past, and I saw several people on r/AsianBeauty listing this mask as a favorite. The only downside is the weird fit, but I’ve only tried one or two sheet masks that really fit me, and the strange cut-out-but-still-attached eyeholes, when cut off, provided extra nose coverage. Repurchase? Yes, and I’m looking into bulk ordering for these friends. eBay seems to be the best option for large amounts of Pure Smile, but $1.50 in store is a good deal comparatively and will definitely come in handy.


Lululun sheet mask pack, also purchased at Candy Doll in Jtown:

apologies for the shitty picture, reflective packaging is a nightmare

Lululun Regular Style 7day Mask Pack– I’m still working through this “7 days” mask pack, but I like it after even one two masks. This Japanese mask fits my face PERFECTLY, with a little overhang on the sides of my face that I snip off and apply to my nose for maximum coverage. This mask gets closer to my eyes than any other mask, which may be a dealbreaker for some, but I like it a lot. Gotta get that ginseng, rice ceramide, niacinamide, honey, hyaluronic goodness right up near the eyeballs, friends. Yummy. The only shortcoming of this mask is its lack of moisturizing properties when compared to other masks, but benefits (glow, plumping, skintone evenness) outweigh this. I can always get moisture somewhere else. Repurchase? Yes, at $6 for a 7pk of masks, Lululun is a really great daily mask option. Because this particular flavor doesn’t moisturize as much as I need, I’ll be trying out the Moisture Style (blue package) soon to compare.


My Banila Co. It Radiant mask was purchased on SokoGlam’s website, and the only other place I’ve found this line of masks thusfar has been RoseRoseShop. SokoGlam has them for $5 (which makes me sad because that is not a super sustainable frequent-use mask price for me) and RRS is about $4 + a wait when you take shipping into account:

look at my blurry, horrible picture!

It Radiant Calming Aloe & Edelweiss w/ White Flower Complex– I also loved this mask. It was incredibly moisturizing, the effect lasted all throughout my barista shift and gave me extra-radiant skin. It also destroyed the redness in my nose/cheeks and gave me a more even skintone than I’ve seen with any other mask I’ve tried. It’s a hydrogel, but stayed on my face (and fit my face) better than any other hydrogel I’ve tried, and the transparent mask with lace pattern, though unnecessary, is very fun. At $5, this mask definitely wont be in my everyday arsenal, but I plan to try out the other masks in this line (Moisturizing, Lifting, Illuminating and Nourishing. RRS carries them all, SG carries Moisturizing and Lifting in addition to Calming) and stock up one the ones I like. Repurchase? Yes, my wallet is crying.


My The Face Shop mask was purchased at The Face Shop in Jtown, which carries mostly TFS but also possibly some other brands? I’m really not sure, there aren’t a lot of labels in this store. For example, prices are a weird mystery that can only be solved by asked the salespeople to scan barcodes. Prices you see are probably wrong, and have no bearing on reality. There’s also a lot of mystery surrounding what things actually are, and unfortunately the more expensive (read: hanbang) items have little to no English labeling. See below:


Myeonghan Miindo Heaven Grade Ginseng Mask Sheet (aka TFS Ginseng Disappointment)– was an unmitigated masking disaster, no wonder I was unable to find another source for this mask (besides from Korea Depart, which might be discontinuing the whole line). Besides doing literally nothing for my skin but leaving a weird yellow-y “24 kt gold” film, this product wasn’t moisturizing, plumping, radiance enhancing, brightening, firming, or otherwise effective at all. The hydrogel was ill-fitting and slippery, to the point where I kept sort of pushing it up my face like some weird wet skin-colored seaweed because it was too slippery to actually grab with my fingers. There wasn’t very much of essence, which is fine for affordable masks like Lululun, but not something this fancy (and slippery).

Also, it was $12. Twelve. Dollars.

I know, I should’ve know better then to spend $12 on a sheet mask. But I wanted to know. I wanted to try some fancy fucking hanbang ginseng goodness and I didn’t want to have to wait to get it shipped from Korea. (Side effect of this choice: I now have four carts full of a wide variety of ginseng sheet masks open in my browser right now.) And the packaging was beautiful. (And entirely in Korean, I know know that this is the Heaven Grade Ginseng flavor because I researched the packaging before going to Jtown.)

And, it gets worse.

I bought a second one. In snail. I haven’t tried it yet. That’ll be a different post for a different day.

Part of this Ginseng Disappointment happened because I was too polite to tell the salesperson that I didn’t actually want to spend $12/mask when the sign on their box said “$5 moist” or something. I’m lucky I didn’t buy three, I had originally grabbed two of the ginseng so I could see if the effects were reproducible. I had no way of knowing that the effects were “extreme disappointment” and “why am I yellow, I have yellow undertones but not like this.”

Never again. (Well, I’ll be buying TFS masks again, but not this line and DEFINITELY not from TFS Jtown.) NEVER. AGAIN.

Just. $12. Augh.

Ingredients! I decided to make this a separate part of the post because this is getting longer than I initially intended, and ingredients lists create huge, unappealing visual chunks.

TONYMOLY I’m REAL Avocado Sheet Mask Nutrition ingredients: water, glycerin, butylene glycol, mineral oil, macadamia ternifolia seed oil, allatonin, panthenol, polysorbate 80, xanthan gum, sorbitan sesquioleate, chlorphenesin, carbomer, dimethicone, phenoxyethanol, tromethamine, persea gratissima (avocado) fruit extract, 1,2-hexanetiol, propanediol, fragrance, prunus ameniaca (apricot) fruit extract, caprylyl glycol, illicium verum (anise) fruit extract, disodium EDTA, retinyl pamitate, thiamine HCl, riboflavin, niacin, carnitine HCl, panthothenic acid, biotin, folic acid, ascorbic acid, tocopherol

TONYMOLY Pureness 100 Snail Mask Sheet Skin Damage Care ingredients: water, glycerin, butylene glycol, PEG-32, PEG/PPG-17/16 copolymer, glacier water, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, panthenol, allatoin, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, betaine, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, arginine, xanthan gum, disodium EDTA, snail secretion filtrate, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, sodium hyaluronate, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, fragrance

TONYMOLY Pureness 100 Hyaluronic Acid Mask Sheet Hydrating ingredients: water, glycerin, butylene glycol, PEG-32, PEG/PPG-17/6 copolymer, bis-PEG-18 methyl ether dimethylsilane, glacier water, sodium hyaluronate, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, panthenol, allatoin, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, betaine, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, arginine, xanthan gum, disodium EDTA, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, fragrance 

Pure Smile Choosy Lip Pack Honey ingredients: water, glycerin, butylene glycol, ceratonia siliqua gum, xanthan gum, royal jelly extract, milk protein extract, bee venom, honey extract, niacinamide, calcium pantothenate, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, tocopheryl acetate, pyridoxine HCl, maltodextrin, silica, sodium starch octenylsuccinate, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, hydrolyzed collagen, beta-glucan, sodium hyaluronate, chondrus crispus (carrageenan), piper methysticum leaf/root/stem extract, cetyl ethylhexanoate, allantoin, ceramide 3, calcium lactate, polyglutamic acid, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, fragrance, methylparaben, phenoxyethanol, disodium EDTA, iron oxide (Cl 77492)

Pure Smile Strawberry Point Patch ingredients: water, glycerin, propanediol, fragaria chiloensis (strawberry) fruit extract, sodium hyaluronate, alow barbadensis leaf juice, methyparaben, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, illicium verum (anise) fruit extract, 1,2-hexanediol, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, portulaca oleracea extract, camellia sinensis leaf extract, allantoin, panthenol, disodium EDTA, hydroxyethylcellulose, tocopheryl acetate, sodium citrate, phyto collagen, arbutin, fragrance

Pure Smile Snail Essence Mask ingredients: purified water, xanthan gum, disodium EDTA, allantoin, glycerin, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, portulaca oleracea extract, hydrolyzed collagen, erythritol, natto gum, sodium chondroitin sulfate, snail secretion filtrate, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) water, PEG-14M, PEG/PPG-17/6 copolymer, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, PEG-40 hydrognated castor oil, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, tocopheryl acetate, sodium hyaluronate, arbutin, perfume

Pure Smile Royal Jelly Essence Mask ingredients: purified water, xanthan gum, disodium EDTA, allantoin, slycerin, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, portulaca oleracea extract, erythritol, natto gum, hydrolyzed collagen, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) water, PEG-14m, PPG/PEG-17/6 copolymer, phenoxyethanol, methyparaben, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, tocopheryl acetate, sodium hyaluronate, arbutin, royal jelly extract, perfume

Lululun Regular Style 7day Mask Pack ingredients: water, glycerin, propanediol, niacinamide, sodium PCE, honey, glycosphingolipids, hydrogenated lecithin, lysolecithin, sodium hydroxide, sodium hyluronate, panax ginseng root extract, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, vaccinium myrtillus leaf extract, persea fratissima (avocado) fruit extract, melia azadirachta leaf extract, plantago major see extract, citrus reticulata (tangerine) peel extract, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, xanthan gum, citric acid, sodium citrate, phenoxyethanol, methyparaben, butylene glycol

Banila Co. It Radiant Lace Hydrogel Mask Sheet Calming Aloe & Edelweiss w/ White Flower Complex ingredients: water, glycerin, niacinamide, ceratonia siliqua gum, chondrus crispus powder, lactobacillus ferment, scutellaria baicalensis root extract, camellia sinensis leaf extract, artemisia princeps leaf extract, houttuynia cordata extract, citrus junos fruit extract, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, 1,2-hexandiol, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, butylene glycol, jasminum officinale (jasmine) flower extract, ethylhexyl glycerin, disodium EDTA, potassium hydroxide, fragrance

Myeonghan Miindo Heaven Grade Ginseng Mask Sheet ingredients: water, butylene glycol, glyerin, niacinamide, ceratonia siliqua gum, cetyl ethylhexanoate, chondrus cripus (carrageenan), sodium hyluronate, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, polyacrylate-13, polyisobutene, polysorbate 20, allantoin, cellulose gum, phenyl trimethicone, phenoxyethanol, CI 77491, titanium dioxide, synthetic fluorphlogopite, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, tricholoma matsutake extract, panax ginseng root extract, 1,2-hexanediol, ethylhexyglycerin, sodium polyacrylate, adenosine, disodium EDTA, achranthes fauriei root extract, poria cocos sclerotium extract, polygonum multiflorum root extract, angelica gigas extract, cuscuta japonica seed extract, lycium chinense fruit extract, panax ginseng root extract (again, for some reason,) fragrance, potassium hydroxide, gold, citric acid

“gold”, why.

I thought about adding more pictures (I have some horrifying strawberries + floppy hydrolips selfies) but I think I’ll saved that for individualized mask reviews that might someday happen someday. The next installment should be coming pretty soon, I have opinions about things. 😐


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