Beauteque Mask Maven, $15 per month plus $3.95 shipping US (ships internationally, see website for shipping rates)
My favorite of the baby buns enjoyed hanging out inside the Mask Maven bag. She thought it was very comfortable. Remember when Emmett could fit inside it? He has grown so fast!
Mask Maven sends subscribers nine masks each month. Most of the masks are sheet masks for the face, but they always have one or two that are either for a different body part (hair, hands, feet, eyes, lips, etc.) or a liquid or powder mask for the face. Most of the masks are Korean, but there is occasionally a Japanese mask. Korea is known for having unique skincare products that work amazingly well, so this is always a fun subscription. This is a great way to try out a variety and figure out which brands and ingredients work best for you because there are so many different types out there. Some of the ingredients you'll find in Korean skincare might seem a little weird and out there (e.g., snail mucus, donkey milk, sea cucumber, bird's nest), but they use them because they work.
As I mentioned in my review of Beauteque's BB Bag a few days ago, Beauteque is undergoing some big changes! Currently, they sell a wide range of K-beauty products, but, beginning July 1, they're going to be selling only masks. There will be all types of masks -- sheet, powder, liquid, hair, hand, foot, and whatever else you can think of -- and each one of them will be tried by someone at Beauteque to make sure it's of good quality before it goes on Beauteque's website. They have said this change won't affect their subscriptions, so we'll still have our beloved BB Bag! I was so worried they were doing away with the BB Bag, so I'm happy to say they aren't.
Beauteque sent me the June Mask Maven free of charge for review.
Here's what I got in my June Beauteque Mask Maven:
- Lovemore Wine Yeast Whitening Mask (one mask, worth $2.20)
- Lovemore Rosa Hybrida Whitening Mask (one mask, worth $2.20)
- Dr. Morita Green Tea and Amino Essence Moisturizing Mask Sheet (one mask, worth $1.99)
- A'Pieu Sweet Melon Sheet Mask (one mask, worth ~$2.50)
- Daylight and Hue Propolis Essence Mask (one mask, worth ~$2.50)
- LUS Royal Jelly Essence Mask (one mask, worth $5.99)
- NO:HJ Manuka Honey Mask (one mask, worth $2.50)
- Hanaka Macaron Facial Mask in Hyaluronic Acid (one mask, worth $3.90)
The June Beauteque Mask Maven was worth about $23.78. I wasn't able to find all the masks for sale online, so I estimated the value of those to be $2.50 each because most masks seem to cost $2 to $3. If you're looking for a subscription that is worth a lot more than it costs, then this isn't the subscription for you, but that's not what Mask Maven is for. Being able to try a wide variety of masks that aren't easy to find in the US (sometimes impossible to find!) is what this subscription is about. Oftentimes, when you can find these masks for sale online, you can only buy them in multi-packs, which is not something you want to do with a mask you've never tried.
Each month, Mask Maven has a theme. This month's was Skincare Sundae, so the masks were all about sweet treats. It was a cute theme and perfect for summer! As you can imagine, there are only so many masks I can use in a short period of time, so I've never been able to try every mask before writing the review each month. Emily and I try as many as we can, though. For those we've tried, I'll tell you all about how they worked for us. For those we haven't gotten to yet, I'll tell you how they're supposed to work.
First up are the Lovemore Rosa Hybrid Mask and Lovemore Wine Yeast Mask. These don't fit the sundae theme as well as the rest of the masks in the box, but I was still excited to try them. You might notice that these say that they are whitening. Anytime you see a Korean skincare product that says it's is whitening, it is actually what we usually call brightening in the US. It'll even out your complexion and help get rid of any dark spots that pimples left behind. I haven't had a chance to try the Rosa Hybrid Mask, but it is supposed to brighten your skin with rose essence and deep ocean water. I tried the Lovemore Wine Yeast Mask. Lovemore's masks are made of caterpillar silk and are quite soft. I found the mouth hole to be way too small and had to tear it a bit to make it work for me. The mask had a very light yeasty scent. It made my skin feel soft and gave me a little glow. I wish Lovemore's masks fit my face a little better, but I like them enough to overlook that. I'm looking forward to trying the rose mask. I hope it smells like roses.
Next up, we have the Dr. Morita Green Tea and Amino Essence Moisturizing Facial Mask. Emily tried this mask and loved how moisturizing it was. She said it had a soft tea scent to it. This mask is also supposed to be anti-aging, but it's hard to see those results after only one use.
We haven't had a chance to try the A'Pieu Melon and Milk Mask. The milk in this mask is supposed to soften and brighten skin. The backside of the package is entirely in Korean, so that's all I know about this mask. I hope it smells like melon.
Next up, we have three bee masks! One with propolis, one with royal jelly, and one with honey. I haven't had a chance to try the first one, Daylight and Hue's Propolis Mask, or the second one, NO:HJ Manuka Honey Mask. I used the Lus Essence Royal Jelly Mask. Propolis is an antioxidant, so it's great for fighting signs of aging, and it'll also make your skin extra soft. I'm looking forward to using this mask. NO:HJ's honey mask also contains witch hazel, so it will give your pores a deep cleaning while the honey brightens your skin and gives you some elasticity. The one I used, the royal jelly mask, is antibacterial and is also hydrating. While I didn't like the scent of the royal jelly mask, I loved the mask. It fit my face perfectly and the material it was made of was thick and sturdy. My skin felt tight and hydrated after I used this. I hope to get more royal jelly masks soon!
Finally, there were the Dermal Strawberry Collagen Essence Mask and the Hanaka Macaron Facial Mask in Hyaluronic Acid. All subscribers got a strawberry mask, but some received the Ipuda Strawberry Mask instead of the Dermal. I haven't gotten to the strawberry mask quite yet, but I'm going to need to use it soon! It is not only brightening, but it also helps with oiliness. My skin gets so oily and gross in the summer, so I'm hoping this will work for me.
Emily used the Hanaka Macaron because she always needs moisture. This was a clear gel, not a sheet mask, and you applied the gel to your face, then rinsed after 15 to 20 minutes. The gel had a very fresh scent to it. It reminded me of mint and ocean. Hyaluronic Acid is perfect when your skin needs serious hydration. Besides being moisturizing, this mask also brightens, firms, and repairs damaged skin. Emily loved this mask and wished we had more of them.
I loved the sundae theme for this month's Mask Maven! There was a good variety of masks and there was something for everyone. I hope they have more dessert and/or fruit themes in the future because fruity masks are usually my favorites. If I had to choose a favorite mask of the ones I've tried so far, I would go with the Lus Essence Royal Jelly Mask, but I've liked them all. Emily's favorite was the Dr. Morita Green Tea mask.
What did you think of this month's Mask Maven? If you're a subscriber, which mask was your favorite? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!