Miss Tutii TutiiMask Subscription Review – October 2016
Miss Tutii is an international beauty subscription featuring sheet masks primarily from Korea. They have three different subscription options: TutiiBag, TutiiMask and TutiiBox.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review.(Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This review is of the TutiiMask, $12.95 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: TutiiMask
The Cost: TutiiMask ($12.95/month, receive 7-8 masks); TutiiBag ($15/month, receive 4-5 deluxe samples and/or full sized products); TutiiBox ($25/month, receive 6-7 full sized and/or premium samples).
COUPON: Use code FIRSTBAG to save 10% off your first month (month-to-month subscriptions only).
The Products: Sheet masks (and sometimes other masks) from Asia and beyond!
Ships to: US (free), Canada ($5.95), International ($10.95)
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The bag came with this information card, which included more information on the products (plus some key ingredients and/or intended effects). This is nice since most of the masks only have directions/ingredients in Korean.
Leaders Skin Clinic Sheet Mask – Value $3.50
The ampoule on the left side of the package contains hyaluronic acid as a main ingredient. This is a long polymer that holds on to a lot of water. This keeps moisture near the surface of the skin and is definitely moisturizing as well as sometimes having a plumping or firming effect. The water in the sheet mask is from glaciers and is supposed to contain a lot of minerals and amino acids for further moisture. It also contains adenosine, which is supposed to help fight wrinkles by increasing production of collagen and elastin. (Not sure I buy that last part; during my biochemistry PhD I worked extensively with nucleic acids, and adenosine is already pretty much everywhere.) Anyway, this was a great mask for inclusion as the weather gets cooler and drier.
Tosowoong Mermaid Princess Aqua Refresh Whitening Mask – Value $3.25
This includes propolis, which has a lot of minerals as well as antibacterial properties. (It is collected by bees, though, so this is not a vegan product. In general, you should not expect a lot of vegan products in Asian beauty subscriptions.) I think it was calming to my skin but I would need to use it more than once to see the brightening (aka “whitening”) effects.
Too Cool for School Pumpkin Sleeping Mask – Value $1?
The value is an estimate here because I couldn’t find size information on the sample. It was supposed to be good for two uses, and it probably is enough product for that because I ended up with a lot left over. However, the container was not easily resealable (you can’t fold it over and clip it like I would with foils). At any rate, this was a fun inclusion for October. I have tried this product before and I like it. It did not leave my skin oily the next morning at all, and pumpkin has some enzymes that gently exfoliate the skin. It is good to try if you are sensitive to harsher peels.
This is what I received for my “Halloween surprise” mask (see the photo of the information card up above). Active ingredients here include grapeseed oil and jojoba oil for moisture, lotus seed, which is soothing and has antioxidants, and nicotinamide (same thing as niacinamide), which helps even out skin tone. The mask sheet on this was a little stiffer than some of the other masks this month, but it retained its moisture for hours. (I put it on the counter intending to take a photo and it had not completely dried out even 5 or 6 hours later.)
Secret Key Nature Recipe Mask Pack, Pearl – Value $2.90
Pearl extract is supposed to help brighten dull skin. Of course, ground up pearl powder would never penetrate the skin, but depending on how the extraction is done, some compounds might leach out. I can’t find enough information in English to figure out how the extraction is done. This is moisturizing and calming (from hyaluronic acid and purslane) and I think the royal jelly it contains helped heal a breakout since I used several royal jelly/honey/propolis masks last week.
Here is a shot of the face printed on the panda mask. (Sorry no mask selfie. I can’t wear glasses or contacts with masks on and that makes it pretty much impossible to take photos of myself, and my husband wasn’t home to help out.)
Mediheal Pore-Stamping Charcoal Mineral Mask – Value $2.50
This was a black mask sheet with charcoal. I really like these since the pores on my face (especially my nose) seem to get clogged, and charcoal always helps clear things up. This also has pomegranate extract and green tea callus culture extract so it is full of antioxidants (it is too complicated to explain callus culture here so I have linked in case you are interested; I know a lot about this from work and from botany classes). And there are the standard ingredients like adenosine and allantoin that appear in a lot of Korean skincare.
Tomato is supposed to be firming; I really think I would need to use it more often than just once to see that sort of effect. This was definitely moisturizing, and I also like tomato extracts for the antioxidants and for help with breakouts.
Also included was this little bag of extra samples. My birthday was in October and I thought this was a fun little way to acknowledge that! I am assuming every subscriber who has a birthday on file would get this during their birthday months since the card was pre-printed, so be sure to fill out that part on your profile when you sign up.
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $18.15 for the October 2016 TutiiMask. (That’s just for the masks, not the birthday extras.) That is a really good value for this subscription. Although I was familiar with some of the brands, everything was new to me except the pumpkin sleeping pack, which I was happy to have more of as it is something I would totally buy once I run out of my supply of other sleeping masks. I think my favorite this month was the Mediheal charcoal mask but there wasn’t anything that I didn’t really like.
What did you think of the October 2016 TutiiMask? Do you get any K-Beauty or Asian Beauty subscriptions?