Beauteque Mask Maven, $15 per month plus $3.95 shipping for US addresses; see website for international shipping rates
Oh, no! For the first time, the answer to "Can Emmett Fit?" is no. Poor Emmett! He barely fit into the Mask Maven bag last month. This month, he doesn't fit at all. There are new baby bunnies that will be happy to take his place in the Mask Maven bag, though!
Beauteque's Mask Maven is a monthly beauty box that sends subscribers nine to eleven Asian (usually Korean) masks. Korea is known for having some of the best skincare products out there. Most of the masks are sheet masks for the face, but they generally have one mask that is different. Generally they have one mask each month that isn't a sheet mask -- sometimes they have a powder mask/modeling pack, sometimes a liquid mask, and sometimes a mask for a different body part (e.g., lips, eyes, hands, feet, chin, etc.). Many times, it can be hard to find high quality Korean masks available for sale individually or for sale on websites that ship to the US. This subscription lets you try out a variety of masks so you can see which brands, ingredients, and mask types work best for you before you buy a multi-pack of a mask you've never tried.
Beauteque sent me this Mask Maven free of charge for review.
Here's what I got in my April Mask Maven:
- Recipe Slowganic Sheet Mask in Grape (one sheet mask, worth $1.99)
- Recipe Slowganic Sheet Mask in Tangerine (one sheet mask, worth $1.99)
- Skinfood Beauty in a Food Sheet Mask in Strawberry (one sheet mask, worth $1.99)
- Skinfood Beauty in a Food Sheet Mask in Jeju Tangerine (one sheet mask, worth $1.99)
- Yadah Vitalizing Mask Pack in Pomegranate (one sheet mask, worth $1.99)
- Yadah Brightening Mask Pack in Lime (one sheet mask, worth $1.99)
- Dermal Açai Berry Collagen Essence Mask (one sheet mask, worth $1)
- LoveMore Loofah Aloe Hydrating Mask (one sheet mask, worth $4.79)
- Banila Co. It Radiant Lace Hydrogel Eye Patch (one eye patch, worth $6.90)
The April Beauteque Mask Maven bag was worth $24.63. Mask Maven's values are never incredibly high because sheet masks are generally inexpensive, but it's always worth more than you pay for it. Each month, Mask Maven has a theme. The April theme was The City in Spring. I'm not really sure how the masks related to the theme, but that's not a big deal.
I am almost never able to try every mask in my Mask Maven bag before writing the review. There are only so many masks I can use in a short period of time. I will review each mask Emily and I were able to try. Any we haven't had a chance to use, I'll just give you a quick description of what it's supposed to do. If you've tried any of those I haven't had a chance to try yet (or even ones I have tried), feel free to tell me how it worked for you in the comments!
First up, we had two sheet masks from Re:Cipe, a company I've never tried before. The Slowganic Sheet Mask in Grape is full of antioxidants and is supposed to help you fight wrinkles. I'm always up for a good anti-aging mask, so I used this one. I liked how this mask fit. It wasn't too dry or too wet. My skin felt tight in a good way after I took it off. I have yet to try the Slowganic Sheet Mask in Tangerine. Tangerine has brightening properties. I have a few dark spots on my face from pimples that are long gone, but left their mark behind. I'll have to try this and see how it works for me.
Next up, we have two masks from Skinfood. Emily used both of these masks. They were pretty strongly scented, but Emily loved the strawberry and tangerine scents. The masks are supposed to be hydrating and Emily found that to be the case. Her skin is on the dry side and she loves moisturizing masks. The masks fit her face well and were neither too dry nor too wet. She loved the Skinfood masks and hopes to see more in future Mask Mavens. Maybe I'll get to try one next time!
There were two Yadah masks, another company that is new to me. I used the pomegranate, which is packed with vitamins A and E. The vitamins are meant to give your skin elasticity and firmess. The pomegranate mask had a light scent to it. It wasn't my favorite scent, but it wasn't bad. I noticed my skin felt a little firmer after I used this mask. The mask liquid was on the gelatinous side, but that was nice because it wasn't drippy. It fit my face perfectly. I really liked my first Yadah mask.
I haven't had a chance to try the Yadah lime mask. The lime mask has brightening properties. I hope to try it soon.
The Lovemore Loofah Aloe Hydrating Mask was the first mask I tried this month. I'd never tried a loofah mask before. According to the information card, this mask is made with deep ocean water. The aloe in the mask is soothing for the skin and the loofah is moisturizing. This mask was very hydrating, but it was difficult to use. It wasn't cut right to fit my face. The mouth hole was very small and strangely shaped. I had to rip the mask a bit to make it fit properly. It was uncomfortable and was the first mask I've ever used that I couldn't wait to get off my face. The ingredients are fabulous for your skin, so it's too bad that's ruined by an ill-fitting mask.
I have yet to try the Dermal Açaí Berry Collagen Essence Mask. I absolutely love açaí, so I'm looking forward to trying this. I used to spend winters in Brazil and loved eating açaí while I was there. Last I knew, açaí isn't grown in Korea, so I was surprised to see it in a Korean mask. This mask contains lots of antioxidants, collagen, and vitamin E to fight signs of aging. Also, for anyone wondering, it's pronounced ah-sah-EE. I speak Portuguese and it grates on me when I hear people mispronounce the fruit. Silly, I know.
Finally, there was the Banila Co. It Radiant Lace Hydrogel Eye Patch. I got this same eye mask in Beauteque's other subscription box, BB Bag, back in November. There's occasionally some overlap between the two subscriptions, but I don't mind getting multiples of the same mask several months apart. This mask goes around the eye area only and has a lacy appearance to it. It contains green tea for brightening and collagen to prevent signs of aging. I tried this back in November and liked it. It did have a brightening effect to it.
I loved the April Mask Maven. They had a good mix of masks and I was able to try a couple that were unlike any others I've used before. I'm looking forward to trying the masks I haven't gotten to yet. If I use them before I write my wrap-up at the end of the month, I'll tell you how they worked then.
What did you think of Mask Maven this month? Did you have a favorite mask? How did the loofah mask fit on your face?