Facetory Subscription Box Review – March 2017
Facetory is a monthly sheet mask facial subscription. The company aims to provide its members with the latest cult faves from the Korean sheet mask trend. Rather than arriving in a box, the products in this subscription come packaged in the cutest envelope! I love those doodles.
This is a review of the FOUR-ever Fresh subscription level ($4.95 per month + shipping), which includes 4 curated sheet masks made from traditional fabrics like cotton and cellulose. They also offer a Seven Lux subscription level, which includes 7 curated sheet masks with slightly higher-functioning ingredients (think hydrogels and other more sophisticated ingredients).
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The Subscription Box: Facetory
The Cost: $4.95 + $0.99 shipping for the FOUR-ever Fresh subscription (4 masks per month), or $14.95 + free shipping for the Seven Lux subscription (7 higher-functioning masks per month)
COUPON: Use code MSA20 to save 20% off your first box!
The Products: 4 or 7 sheet mask facials representing what’s new and popular in the Korean sheet mask trend.
Ships to: U.S. and Worldwide
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I have combination skin that’s been awfully dry and dingy this winter. In addition to drinking more water and being diligent about moisturizing, I’m excited to add sheet masks into my skin care routine! I like that this info card gives you some tips on how to best use the masks in the box. I followed what they said and gave my skin a good scrub in the shower before coming out and popping a mask on.
The products in the box are listed out on this card, as are their benefits. Since much of the product details on the sheet mask packages are written in Korean, which I’m not familiar with, I like that they share that information here in English, too.
There’s an “Editor’s Note” in the box this month. The theme of the box is “Lights, Camera, Action”. From what I’ve seen, the products don’t really fit into that theme, except that they’re “new releases” on the Korean beauty scene!
Beyond Herb Garden Peony Mask – Listed Value $1.50
I really loved this mask! According to the card, this mask is all about restoring radiance to your skin. I’m not sure if my skin is more radiant, but the creamy essence of this mask brought a lot of moisture to my parched skin.
I do think exfoliating beforehand really makes a difference (thanks for the tip, Facetory!), but I also think the formula of this mask left my skin feeling uniquely smooth. I wish I had a better way to say it, but this mask left my face feeling almost plastic-y smooth—and without a residue-like feeling, to boot!
The Face Shop Real Nature Goji Berry Mask – Value $3
This mask boasts natural ingredients, including goji berry extract, which should bring moisture to the skin.
I know goji berries as an antioxidant-packed superfood, so I expected big things from this mask—maybe too big. Like most masks, it felt refreshing on my skin, it had a nice fresh smell (though it was powdery and subtly floral, rather than berry-ish), and it did lend my skin some much-needed moisture. However, I found the essence to be a little lacking. It was very watery and drippy, which was a bit annoying as I applied it, and the moisturized feeling didn’t last long after I took the mask off and worked the serum in.
DewyTree Trehalose Aqua Solution Mask – Value $2.60
The star ingredient in this award-winning mask is trehalose, which is actually a plant-based sugar with moisturizing properties. By combining this ingredient with several other skin-nourishing potions, this mask hopes to reverse the toll of environmental stress on my skin.
This mask had a light, clean scent and an essence that was a little drippy as I applied the mask. The fiber is apparently thinner than other masks, which should help it fit better against my face, but I didn’t experience anything too out of the ordinary in terms of where it fit or gapped against my skin. After taking the mask off, my skin felt refreshed and firm, if not notably smooth to the touch. The mask information says the results should last into the next day, but within a few hours, I already felt my skin fading back to normal.
No:hj Healing Mask Pack in Lustre Lemon – Listed Value $2.00
Wow, this mask has it all! In addition to being moisturizing, the mask has anti-inflammatory properties and ingredients that encourage cell regeneration. All things I’m looking for as I wake up my skin for spring! Oh, and it has real gold flecks in it. Seriously!
The mask has a really subtle citrus smell and a slightly thicker essence than other masks in this box (though nothing close to a gel). I kind of wished the gold flecks, which aren’t super noticeable in the essence (it’s not like glitter or anything) would have transferred to my skin, but I lost track of them once I took the mask off. I have a feeling they just stuck to the fabric mask. They were more of a superficial ingredient, though. The essence itself did bring a lot of moisture to my face, which seemed to last all day. I did get a subtle residue feeling, though, which stuck around a little longer than I’d have liked.
Verdict: At $4.95, Facetory is an incredibly cost-effective subscription. The value of the masks that I found was about $9.10 altogether, which means you get 4 masks for almost half the price. Even when the masks didn’t wow me, they did leave my skin feeling refreshed and moisturized for at least a little while. Plus, these masks gave me an excuse to take a breather and just relax. (Ya gotta self-care, y’know?) I’d probably pay $4.95 to nab another one of those Herb Garden Peony masks, so I consider this subscription to be a sweet deal.
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