Beauteque Mask Maven Box Review + Coupon – June 2016
Beauteque Mask Maven is a monthly subscription box dedicated to masks. If you love trying new Korean sheet masks, this subscription is for you!
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Beauteque Mask Maven
The Cost: $18.95 month-to-month ($15 subscription + $3.95 shipping), save with 6- and 12-month subscriptions
COUPON: Save 10% off your subscription with code CRATEJOY10
The Products: 9 to 11 masks of all kinds, straight from Korea. Most are facial sheet masks, but you will sometimes see a hair mask or hand mask or lip mask, too.
Ships to: USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, and parts of Asia (see international shipping costs during checkout)
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
One side of the card reveals this month’s theme, “Skincare Sundae.”
The other side of the card gives a little more information about the masks, including directions if they are unusual.
Daylight and Hue Propolis Mask – Value $2.35
I can only find these for sale on eBay. This brand is new to me. Propolis is a resinous substance made from mixing bee saliva and beeswax with sap from various tree-based sources; it is used in various repair tasks around the hive. Like honey, propolis has antibacterial properties. It also may have antiviral properties since it is used in some remedies to treat cold sores, etc. Further, it may have anti-inflammatory properties and that is probably why it is present in this mask. I do think some redness was reduced after I used this. Obviously this is not a vegan product (and you should not expect this to be a vegan subscription…).
A’Pieu Melon and Milk Mask – Value $1.44
I also got this mask in July’s TutiiMask package. But, it was my favorite mask from TutiiMask so I was happy to see a second one. I found it hydrating and I liked the scent (which was very light). This contains melon extract and milk proteins that are supposed to work together to brighten the skin. This one fit my face well and didn’t leave any sticky residue.
Lus Essence Royal Jelly Mask – Value $1.50
I am definitely seeing a bee/honey theme this month. Royal jelly comes from honeybees and is used to feed larvae and adult queens. It has a lot of nutrients including B vitamins, some antioxidants, and minerals that may increase collagen production (probably more likely to happen if it is taken internally, however). I found this one moisturizing and calming.
Hanaka Macaron Facial Mask (hyaluronic acid) – Value $2
I actually bought a 10-mask variety pack that included these not so long ago, so I am happy to see more. The set is supposed to help correct uneven skin tone and this mask, in particular, contains some plant extracts that will have antioxidants to help fight free radical damage, as well as hyaluronic acid, which is known for its moisturizing properties. As much as I love sheet masks, it is nice to get a non-sheet-mask product every now and then, too! I am hoping that if I combine this with the ones from the set I bought, I can start to see some longer-term results. (So far, these are definitely helping in the moisture department.)
No:hJ Manuka Honey Mask – Value $2.02
And another bee/honey mask! We’ve gotten several No:hJ masks from Beauteque Mask Maven this year. Manuka honey is produced in Australia and New Zealand and, like all kinds of honey, has antibacterial properties. It may be especially useful in treating wounds. Honey also contains compounds that promote wound healing. Manuka honey, in particular, contains a compound called methylglyoxal in higher quantities than with other types of honey; this may be partly responsible for a stronger antibiotic effect for this type of honey. Anyway, this was very nice on my skin when I used it (similar in performance to other No:hJ masks) and I think it would be beneficial especially if you have acne-prone skin.
Lovemore Wine Yeast Mask – Value $2.20
This brand is also new to me. The mask sheet is made from silk extracts (so non vegan) and uses ocean water as the base. This is a Taiwanese brand, by the way. The key ingredient here is wine yeast, which contains enzymes that may help skin appear more youthful (though how this works, I am not sure). This stayed on my face well and didn’t drip everywhere, so that’s nice.
Lovemore Rose Hybrid Whitening Mask – Value $2.20
Rose essence is collected and purified through steam distillation for this mask. I thought it had a nice, light floral fragrance (not too strong, so it shouldn’t bother those of you who are not fans of rose scents). Rosewater is commonly used as a gentle toner and I do think I got some toning benefits here.
This has sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid), which is a polymer that hangs on to water molecules, so it is quite hydrating (but not too drippy – didn’t get all over my shirt). It also has green tea, which has a ton of antioxidants that should help fight free radical damage (including signs of aging like uneven skin tone and fine lines).
Ipuda Strawberry Mask – Value $0.90
Subscribers could receive one of two different strawberry masks. This is the one I got. I’m happy, since this is a new brand to me. It did not have a noticeable scent or color, although I found it to be quite drippy (almost on the level of My Beauty Diary masks). This has strawberry extract, as you might expect, which has lots of antioxidants and vitamins. I did find it very moisturizing and my skin dried in a reasonable amount of time after using it, despite the high level of serum.
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $16.60 for the June 2016 Beauteque Mask Maven. That is a little under the cost of a month-to-month subscription, but Beauteque runs sales on subscriptions all the time. Plus, you can find the same mask for $1 on some sites and $3 on others, plus some you can only get in multi-packs, and for many you have to pay for shipping from Korea or Taiwan, so value on a strict dollar basis can be a tough thing to pin down. At any rate, I’m happy that the sheet mask repeat (for me) is something I love and that I discovered a lot of new brands. This month seems particularly suited to oily/blemish prone skin, but isn’t lacking in anti-aging benefits, so it was perfect for me in that regard.
What did you think of the June 2016 Beauteque Mask Maven? Do you get any K-Beauty or Asian Beauty subscriptions?