Okay, first of all, this mask was my very first experience with both My Beauty Diary as well as the sheet-style face mask. So I can’t really give any comparisons to their other masks, I hope that you understand.
I bought this on impulse after randomly falling down the rabbit hole into reading Asian beauty blogs one afternoon – I decided to treat myself to one box of the famous sheet masks, and selected My Beauty Diary Sake Yeast Mask for two reasons: one, I’d always been interested in the sake skincare trend, and two, the advertised effects (“Offers whitened, brightens, translucent, and flawless look. Moisturizes, smoothes, and firms. Recommended for normal and acne prone skin”) sounded like something I could use.
Here’s the official description from the My Beauty Diary website:
Sake brewed from deep ocean water, the sake yeast extract promotes the regenerating of cells, allowing skin to be clear and radiant. The Vegetal Collagen provides the nourishment needed by the skin maintaining the skin’s regenerating healing function.Cactus Extract contains rich amount of flavonoids, polysaccharide and amino acids which keeps the skin hydrated. Grapefruit extracts soften skins and regulates sebum secretion, allowing skin to stay refreshed and oil free. Algae Extract improves the skin metabolism and keeps the skin elastic and firm.
I have sometimes-sensitive oily skin that is also prone to dryness and tends to get very stressed-out looking very easily. With the abnormally long and cold winter this year, my skin had reacted very badly to the mix of needing the super-drying heat on inside and the extremely chilly and windy weather outside. It looked dull, uneven, I was getting breakouts for the first time in months beyond my usual small period bump – my face just looked exhausted. I find drinking sake to be an exceptionally refreshing experience (Sayuri sake…. mmmm~), so I was curious to find out if my skin would feel the same way!
So did this mask help? Read past the jump to find out!
I used the mask as a ‘refreshing’ reward after a particularly hard workout this week. I washed my face first as per the guidelines, and after some fumbling, I got the (very saturated and very cold, haha) mask to sit evenly on my face. The mask itself was kind of big, but I guess that’s to accomodate various facial sizes/structures, and it was easy enough to move around so that my face was covered. The smell was very strong, as one would expect – just like sake, but nothing headache-inducing (I can be sensitive to smell in face/hair/makeup products) or suffocating. I laid back for twenty minutes with the mask on, then followed the instructions and removed the mask but massaged the remaining ‘serum’ into my face. I didn’t wash it off nor did I apply any further moisturizer, I wanted to see how my skin reacted to the mask and the mask alone.
First of all, I’m happy to say that I did not experience ANY irritation. You can see in other reviews of mine that this is a big risk, too much artificial fragrance or any number of random ingredients can result in my face either breaking out or just getting an irritated rash of tiny red bumps all over. This mask did not cause me either of these ill effects, nor did it negatively affect my current breakouts.
Here is the ingredients list:
Purified Water, Propylene Glycol, 1,3-Butylene Glycol, Comfrey Extract, Glycerine, Cactus Extract, Algae Extract, Nanospheres, Aloe Extract, Marigold Extract, Vegetal Collagen, Centella Asiatica, Grapefruit, Hyaluronic Acid , Calendula Extract, Sake Yeast Extract, Bio-Active Silanols, Lemon Extract, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Butyl Paraben, Methyl Paraben, Ethyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben, Phenoxyethanol, Tween 20, Lactamide, Fragrance
I ran everything through CosDNA, and only a couple ingredients triggered any sort of warning – a couple 1 rankings (Carbomer for irritation, Calendula, Marigold, and 1,3 Butylene Glycol for acne) and one 2 (Triethanol amine, for acne), so I’m not really surprised at the lack of irritation or breakouts. This seems to be a low-risk product, in my opinion.
However, my face did look utterly refreshed! I actually looked like I’d had decent sleep, my skin’s texture was smoother and more even, and I looked more radiant. It’s three days later and my face still looks significantly better, tone/texture wise, than it did before. I don’t look pallid and sick and stressed out anymore, which is great! The night I used it/the morning after, my skin was so even and fresh that it was like I’d applied my LM tinted moisturizer.
So personally, I think that this mask has earned a spot in my permanent stash. I’d recommend a test first, of course, but if this works for you the way that it did for me, what a great thing to do early in the day/the night before of a special date, job interview, etc, any time you want to look your best.
Packaging is easy to store, keeps the item fresh (they’re individually sealed), and the price – I paid $13.50 for 10 – isn’t dirt cheap but not super expensive, either. But since it gave me actual, awesome, visible results – more than I can say for a lot of other masks I’ve tried – to me, I find it worth the cost.
I purchased my box off of Amazon from CP Cosmetics (you can see the exact listing here, it appears that they have since increased the price to $14.95). My Beauty Diary masks are also available at SASA.com. I’ve heard some varieties are stocked at Wal-Mart, but since I really don’t like shopping there, I haven’t gone to check out their selection.