Beauteque Mask Maven Box Review + Coupon – January 2017
Beauteque Mask Maven is a monthly subscription box dedicated to masks. If you love trying new Korean sheet masks, this subscription is for you!
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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
Good to know: Because the January Mask Maven packages shipped out so late, Beauteque has given subscribers a $5 credit for the February shipment
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)
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One side of the card reveals this month’s theme, “Beauty Resolutions.” I find the themes kind of iffy in terms of curation, but I also really don’t care about the themes. Please note: this is a review of the January package.
The other side of the card gives a little more information about the masks, including directions if they are unusual.
This month there was also a suggested calendar for when to use the masks. I did not follow it, of course (or else how would I ever get the review to you all in a reasonable period of time?) but rather used one mask every weekday. Still, it was a fun thing to include and I’d be interested to see more of these in future packages.
Missha Almond Milk Sheet Mask – Value $1.20
I used this on a day when I had really irritated skin from some other skincare products and it was definitely soothing. I also think I detected a hint of almond scent, which is my favorite scent in the whole world, but that might’ve been wishful thinking.
Ingredients are a bit hard to find (in English). However, apparently, this contains almond extract, which should be high in vitamin E (moisturizing) as well as minerals like magnesium and manganese, and also milk extract, which will have proteins and fats that should also be moisturizing. This one was great for dry winter skin.
Skinfood Beauty in a Food Mask Sheet in Ginseng – Value $1.99
I’ve tried some other masks from this product line in the past, mostly the fruit extract ones, so the ginseng one was new to me. The key ingredient here is ginseng, which is supposed to have anti-aging effects. Ginseng has some antioxidants, which will help fight free-radical damage, like from the sun (this should lead to fewer fine lines over time as well as a decrease in discoloration from sun damage). Ginseng is also supposed to improve blood circulation.
It is kind of hard to assess these effects after one use, but I do feel like this had some toning benefits and, as with most sheet masks, it was moisturizing, so there was definitely at least a temporary increase in skin firmness.
Secret A Skin Guardian 3-Step Total Facial Mask Collagen – Value $2.20
This is one of those three part masks. The information card didn’t include much in the way of directions but I figured out at least that the first packet was a cleanser. Despite the “O2” in the name, there wasn’t much foaming/oxygenation action, but it was a good cleanser. The second packet was called “booster ampoule,” which seemed to work in the manner of a serum or moisturizer. Finally, there was a standard sheet mask.
There is a lot of information on the linked-to page about what each step is supposed to do, but not much about the actual ingredients. I’m going to guess this contains niacinamide for whitening/brightening (see note below) in at least one of the steps (probably #2), as well as collagen (most likely in the mask serum). Macromolecular collagen is too big to be absorbed by the skin but is great at hanging on to moisture, so you should see some improvement in skin firmness and reduction in fine lines (I like to think I did, but multiple uses are probably required to get real results).
(For the record, the top-most chemical structure doesn’t make any sense from a chemical standpoint. It kind of looks like uracil drawn by someone who doesn’t understand how many bonds nitrogen and oxygen should have. The one below it is niacinamide.)
SNP Character Face Art Mask Sheet Cat – Value $3.25
This is supposed to be an anti-wrinkle mask. The mask sheet, itself, is a little stiff, as are many masks that are printed on. This has a ton of plant extracts, which are great sources of antioxidants: lime, carrot, tea leaf, etc. It also has hydrolyzed collagen so it is not vegan (but between the collagen and shea butter, it is fairly moisturizing). I think this would be great for multiple uses to see the antioxidant effects, though it is a bit expensive for a single mask sheet.
Here is what the print on the cat mask looked like. It’s a little odd for a printed mask, but it’s also not like anyone was around to see me wearing it.
SNP Animal Warming Eye Mask Panda – Value $3
This is a little different from your standard sheet mask. It actually doesn’t have any serum but is more like one of those Thermacare heat wraps. When you open the packet, a chemical reaction starts that creates heat. (The chemicals never touch your skin.)
I used this one night when I had a sinus headache and it was great. It broke up the congestion a little bit. While it didn’t fully get rid of the headache, it was a nice solution for late at night when Sudafed isn’t a good option. I wore it for 15 minutes but I kept checking and I’d say the heat lasted for about half an hour.
Here is what the warming eye mask looks like out of the package. You hook those parts on the side over your ears to keep it in place.
FaceQ Pearl Brightening Mask – Value $1.90
This has pearl extracts (so it is not vegan, but you shouldn’t expect vegan products from Asian brands, in general, though there are some exceptions). It also has a lot of amino acids as well as hyaluronic acid (a carbohydrate polymer that holds onto water at the surface of the skin and is thus moisturizing and firming). I thought the mask sheet fit my face well and had neither too much nor too little serum. It was definitely hydrating and I think I saw maybe a little brightening (from the pearl) after one use, but I’d have to try quite a few of them to see how it will hold up over time.
Note: Of course crushed pearl wouldn’t penetrate the skin, but if you chemically extracted components, those potentially could, depending on what they were.
My Beauty Diary Vanilla Moisturizing Aroma Mask – Value $1.99
I have used a lot of My Beauty Diary masks in the past but this one is different and I wonder if they have changed something? It used to be that My Beauty Diary masks were made of floppy/flexible sheets and had so much serum it would drip all over your shirt when you wore them. But this one was stiffer and had a more reasonable level of serum.
It didn’t smell much like vanilla, more like soap to me. It has hyaluronic acid for moisture as well as some amino acids and rose essence (good for toning, which I definitely think I noticed here).
Y.E.T. Don’t Worry Mask Sheet in Infant/Anti-Wrinkle – Value $1.99
This brand was new to me. I’m glad to get two masks from the same product line so I can compare. This has some pretty standard moisturizing ingredients (sodium hyaluronate, glycerin, aloe, snail secretion filtrate, etc.) as well as some plant extracts like grapefruit extract and tea leaf extract, both of which have antioxidants. There is also purslane extract, which I find to be soothing.
I don’t think this gave me infant-like skin (I’m 39; that would be hard to do…) but it was soothing and hydrating for sure. Over time, the antioxidants should help reduce the formation of fine lines and skin discoloration from free radical damage.
Y.E.T. Don’t Worry Mask Sheet in Bee My Love/Shimmering – Value $1.99
I was sort of hoping this mask sheet would actually be shimmering, but it was just plain white.
The featured ingredient here is honey and this did have kind of an artificial honey scent. Honey has antioxidants and minerals as well as some antibacterial properties. This also has soothing ingredients like allantoin and licorice root extract, moisturizing ingredients like argan oil, and additional antioxidants from acerola, tea leaf, and grape seed extract. I don’t think it made my face shimmer (probably not something I want anyway) but I had had a pretty awful breakout from a primer that didn’t agree with me (I’m looking at you, Urban Decay De-Slick primer) and I feel this helped my skin recover some, so I would keep this mask around just for dealing with bad reactions to skincare products.
Verdict: I calculated a value of $19.51 for the January 2017 Beauteque Mask Maven. That is above the cost of the subscription, and I was happy with getting 9 different items to try. I was also happy that there were no duplicates, something that has happened in recent months with Mask Maven. All the masks were new to me, as were a lot of the brands. Highlights for me included the Y.E.T. bee mask since it addressed a specific problem I was having and also the warming panda mask since it was great for relieving sinus congestion.
What did you think of the January 2017 Beauteque Mask Maven? Do you get any K-Beauty or Asian Beauty subscriptions?