Beauteque Mask Maven Box Review + Coupon – February 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 gave 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, “Love is in the Air.” 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 February package.
The other side of the card gives a little more information about the masks, including directions if they are unusual.
Eek, glare. Many, many sheet mask packages involve some kind of foil on the outside and are really quite shiny.
Tsaio Super Firming Mask Sheet – Value $2.50
The first listed ingredient here is Job’s Tears seed extract. This ingredient is supposed to brighten the skin and I have seen claims that it reduces melanin and dark spots on the skin, though I’m honestly not sure I believe that. (At any rate, such an effect wouldn’t be visible after one use.)
This also has collagen, aloe, glycerin, and sodium hyaluronate, all of which are moisturizing. The collagen and hyaluronate (neither is vegan, by the way) are polymers that hold on to water at the skin’s surface and may aid in diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This mask was definitely hydrating and I’d consider buying a whole box to see how I feel about the firming benefits after long-term use.
Tsaio Deep Moisture Mask – Value $2.50
The ingredients here are primarily moisturizing (aloe, sodium hyaluronate, trehalose, and the like). There’s also calendula which I find to be calming to the skin and witch hazel, used in a lot of toners. If you want the benefits of witch hazel toner but with no alcohol, masks like this might be an option for you.
This was supposed to be moisturizing and it was! I could have really used this when it was a little bit colder outside, I’m pretty sure it would’ve been perfect then. (To be fair, we’ve been having unseasonably warm weather here.)
Both of these masks were pretty large, flimsy sheets that clung to the face well. However, they had a lot of flaps and slits on the sides near the cheeks that were a bit hard to manage (kept folding under and getting stuck, etc.).
Tsaio Advanced Complex Mask – Value $2.50
This mask has so many extracts, I’m not even sure where to begin. This has hydrolyzed pearl and niacinamide, both of which I’ve seen in other brightening/whitening masks. I know niacinamide definitely works for me but I’m not sure about the pearl; I doubt that would penetrate the skin. This also has glycerin, aloe, swiftlet nest extract, and sodium hyaluronate for moisture.
The fit of this one is similar to the two Tsaio masks above. This is as good a time as any to note that Korean masks are not usually vegan, if that is important to you. Also, a lot of them (this one included) contain parabens. I do not avoid parabens as I think the studies faulting them for various ailments are flawed, but I’m sharing this in the interest of giving full information.
Annie’s Way French Rose Silk Mask Sheet – Value $2.50
I’ve definitely received a mask from this product line in the past, but I can’t remember from where (I just know the packaging is pretty similar). This had a light rose scent and also contains hyaluronic acid for moisture and peony root extract which can supposedly soothe rough, itchy skin. This mask fit pretty well and wasn’t too drippy and I also thought I experienced a little in the way of toning from the rose extract (rose water is a common toner).
Nature Planet Relaxing Mask Blending Herb Tea (Green Tea) – Value $2.50
Key ingredients here include tea leaf extract (lots of antioxidants that should help prevent free radical damage) as well as apple extract (more antioxidants), honey extract (has some antibacterial properties), allantoin (smoothes rough skin), and rose extract (has some toning benefits).
I love it when skincare includes tea extract. I drink about 5 cups of tea a day and I guess I like to slather it on my face, too. I do feel this was soothing and I’d definitely consider buying a whole package to see how it works long term (need to use more than once to assess antioxidant effects).
Nature Planet Relaxing Mask Blending Herb Tea (Black Tea) – Value $2.50
The key ingredients here are pretty similar to the other mask, but with lemon extract instead of apple extract (so lots of vitamin C and other antioxidants). I found the performance of this one pretty similar to the other. Although fragrance is listed in both ingredients lists, I didn’t notice a particularly strong scent to either, more of a generic clean, fresh scent.
These masks fit pretty well, including all the way around the sides of the face, and they weren’t too drippy, but the fabric was quite flimsy and kind of hard to unfold. Still, I was pretty happy with both of them.
Purederm Choco Cacao Collagen Mask – Value $1.99
This had a vaguely sweet, dessert-like scent that I couldn’t really place as chocolate. Oh well. This has cacao extract, as you might expect; cacao is full of antioxidants and I do like antioxidant skincare a lot. This also has allantoin (pretty common in K-beauty products and soothing to rough skin when used over time). And it has papaya extract, which has digestive enzymes that may gently exfoliate the face.
I am going to assume this has collagen in it as well, though that wasn’t in the ingredients list on the Beauteque site (click the link in the product name to go there). Collagen is pretty good for moisturizing and a temporary plumping effect and I think I saw that here.
Y.E.T. Don’t Worry Mask Sheet (Heart Beating/Nutrition) – Value $1.99
This has allantoin and licorice root extract pretty high up in the ingredients list and I find these both to be soothing. This also has glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, and argan oil for moisture, and tons of antioxidants from cacao (of course), acerola fruit extract (high in vitamin C), tea leaf extract, grape seed extract, and more. It also has papaya extract; this contains some enzymes which may help exfoliate the skin.
I liked this mask. The serum absorbed into my skin pretty quickly, which was nice, and didn’t interfere with putting on makeup. Plus, the ingredients list hits all of my highlights. I’d buy a box of these for sure. Once I work through my massive stash of sheet masks…
Annie’s Way Jelly Mask (Rose) – Value $3.99
This is the only non-sheet mask. You will sometimes get a non-sheet mask with this subscription (usually not more than one per month). This was a clear, viscous jelly. Instructions on the information card said to put it on pretty thick, so I did. It definitely had a strong rose scent. And it was really, really difficult to remove afterward. I think your best bet at getting it off is using a wash cloth (I didn’t have one nearby). This had wonderful toning benefits. I notice it contains peppermint extract so probably part of what I felt was from the menthol-induced tingling (I’m a bit sensitive to menthol).
Rose water is pretty high up on the ingredients list and there are other moisturizing ingredients including sodium hyaluronate. I’m not sure I’m a fan of wash-off jelly masks after having tried one, just because of the difficulty in removing it, but I am glad to have had the chance to try it.
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $25 for the February 2017 Beauteque Mask Maven. That’s a pretty good value for this subscription (and since there has been some comment discussion about K-beauty values here on MSA lately, all the prices were taken from the Beauteque shop since all the items were available there this month). I like the opportunity to explore several masks from the same product line (like the Tsaio and Nature Republic masks) and I was happy to receive so many masks with antioxidants this month. This was a pretty good month for me from Mask Maven!
What did you think of the February 2017 Beauteque Mask Maven? Do you get any K-Beauty or Asian Beauty subscriptions?