Is there a better time of year to talk about masks than Halloween? Not that I need an excuse; if you’re a regular reader, you know about my undying love for masks of all kinds. I came across these sheet masks from major-league Korean brand Tony Moly recently, and didn’t think twice about about giving them a try.
Tony Moly is a brand that I’m sure most people are at least somewhat familiar with. They are probably the most well-known of all the Korean beauty brands on the American market. Known for their inclusion of high-quality ingredients and whimsical, eye-catching packaging, they’ve become a cult favorite in the beauty industry. It surprised me when a quick trip down memory lane made me realize that I hadn’t tried anything from the brand before, but after skimming the hundreds of products the company offers on their website, it was confirmed; I’m a Tony Moly rookie. Shameful, really.
As I mentioned before, I grabbed a couple of the masks from their Master Lab series, the Vitamin C mask and the one with Ceramide (both $4 each at Ulta.) The special feature with these masks is the material the sheet is made from. unlike most thicker paper masks that can be a bit heavy and slide around on the face, Master Lab sheets are made from a natural cellulose material, which is lighter and conforms to the contours of the face better, which means less of that placement struggle we’re all familiar with, and better absorption of the product into the face. Which means you’re getting all the benefits of the product you’re supposed to be getting. Good thinking, Tony Moly!
I was pretty excited to try the Ceramide-based mask first, as it is designed to not only be moisturizing and soothing, but helps to protect the skin’s natural barrier as well, so you get the moisture and are able to better maintain it, too. With all the medications I have been taking in addition to the chemotherapy, my skin is almost constantly on red alert when it comes to dehydration. The first thing I noticed about this mask is that it. Smells. Unbelievable. I seriously could not stop sniffing. It was a great cross between fresh and floral, like a one way ticket to a day at the spa. These masks are pretty heavily saturated, and I did notice that the mask itself was quite a bit thinner and lighter than most I’ve tried. It was considerably easier to apply and I didn’t constantly feel like it was trying to slip off my face. They do have the standard instructions; leave it on for ten or fifteen minutes, massage in the remaining serum and allow the skin to absorb the goodness.
The vitamin C mask was another good option for my skin’s current condition, as I felt like I was beginning to look a little drab. There are six other formulas in the line, including Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, and Caviar (if you’re feeling fancy!). With a variety like that, there is a mask to meet everyone’s needs, and because they are so affordable, you can try them all if you’re interested. My experience with the vitamin C mask was a bit different; first, the scent. I know scent is a personal issue, and ten different people could smell the same scent and have ten different reactions. But for me personally, I couldn’t help but think that this mask had the distinct odor of lemon furniture polish. Thankfully it wasn’t as heavily scented as the first one, so it wasn’t so overwhelming that I couldn’t use the mask. But that can be off-putting for some people, so I thought I’d mention it. There also seemed to be quite a bit more of the formula on this mask than the other one. Again, not so much that it was running off my face, but the amount left over after removing the mask was significant. However, I did notice that my complexion seemed brighter overall, so mission accomplished.
I would recommend these masks if you’re looking for an inexpensive and quick pick-me-up for your skin. I am definitely interested in trying more from this line, and more Tony Moly products in general. If you’re sensitive to scented products though, you may want to take a pass on these; my guess is that all the Master Lab masks are just as concentrated with scent as these two were. If you’re a Tony Moly fan (or not) and want to suggest some other products i should be trying, let me know in the comments. Have a great week!