Beauteque Mask Maven Box Review + Coupon – March 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!
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (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)
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One side of the card reveals this month’s theme, “In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb.” 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 March package. These ship late in the month for me and then I like to actually use all the masks before posting a review!
The other side of the card gives a little more information about the masks, including directions if they are unusual.
No:hJ Bananaman Ssul Mask Sheet (bamboo) – Value $2.25
The art on this package makes me laugh (and seems vaguely suggestive…). Anyway, this is a black sheet mask that is low on the serum but not dry. It does not have a strong banana scent.
This has your standard moisturizing ingredients (glycerin, aloe, sodium hyaluronate), antioxidant ingredients (citrus, tomato, tea leaves), soothing ingredients (purslane, allantoin, etc.) and of course banana extract. Banana has vitamins like C and E (antioxidants!) as well as potassium and it is moisturizing. It is, overall, a good mask that hits a lot of the things I look for in a mask, including those you can detect immediately (moisture) and others that will have more of an effect over time.
Berrisom Animal Mask – Tiger – Value $3.25
This has a ton of standard mask ingredients like glycerin, hydrolyzed collagen, and sodium hyaluronate, as well as tea extracts and other antioxidants. But the key ingredient here is red ginseng. I think it gave the mask a little bit of a woody scent (which I found pleasant). Ginseng is supposed to help reduce redness and hyperpigmentation and can help with eczema as well. (I don’t have eczema so I can’t speak to the effects there. I think I would need to use this for awhile to see any impact on hyperpigmentation.) This is definitely one I would be interested in trying again.
Berrisom Animal Mask – Sheep – Value $3.25
This has a lot of similar ingredients to the tiger mask (no collagen, though). It doesn’t have much of a scent. The key ingredients here are vitamin C, which of course is an antioxidant that can help fight free radical damage, and arbutin, which is supposed to even out skin tone. So over time, I think this would be an excellent mask to use if you are getting a lot of sun exposure.
Here are the masks so you can see the animal prints. (I do masks in the morning before work. I don’t have a smartphone so I can’t take selfies and my husband is already gone by then so I can’t ask him to take my photo. So you get to see them on the kitchen counter, instead.)
Both these masks were just a little stiff, probably due to the mask material having to be suitable for printing. The fits were a little weird due to the animal features like horns. Serum levels were excellent.
Esfolio Pure Skin Essence Mask Sheet – Pearl – Value $2.49
These have relatively short ingredients lists as sheet masks go. Of course the key ingredient in the pearl mask is pearl extract. While ground-up pearls would not penetrate the skin, pearl extract might, depending on how the extraction process is carried out. Pearl extract is supposed to have brightening effects and I think I saw a little of that here. This product also allegedly has something called “hatch extract,” but I don’t know if that’s a really bad translation or error in the ingredients list or if they are referring to caviar extract (which would supply oils, amino acids, minerals, etc.).
Esfolio Pure Skin Essence Mask Sheet – Snail – Value $2.49
If you are familiar with K-beauty at all, snail secretion filtrate will be nothing new to you. This is a long carbohydrate polymer that holds on to water and thus keeps the surface of the skin moisturized. This also has some soothing ingredients (like purslane). This is a good mask, overall, for moisturizing and soothing.
These were both pretty standard as sheet masks go: they are moisturizing but don’t have too much serum, they’re not too drippy, etc. The fit was decent for each (I do have a small face, though).
My Beauty Diary Tranexamic Acid Treatment Mask – Value $2.25
This mask has tons of serum (what I’ve come to expect from My Beauty Diary) and a rose scent. It is a little small in the chin area. This mask has some different ingredients from what I’m used to (although the ubiquitous aloe, glycerin, and sodium hyaluronate are present), including white lily extract, which has a long history in herbal medicine and may help treat wounds and burns as well as having some anticancer properties (obviously don’t use this instead of going to the dermatologist, but it can be part of a prevention strategy). (The active ingredient tranexamic acid is used to help with blood loss and bleeding disorders…) This can be another good one to use if you get a lot of sun exposure with a different approach than standard antioxidant masks.
Purederm Age Defying Collagen Mask – Value $1.99
This one had an average flexibility and serum level. The sheet, itself, had those flaps that hang below the eyes (at least, I let them hang so I can read while using masks). I felt maybe a slight tingling when using this one. It’s funny, but the ingredients list at Beauteque doesn’t even list collagen among the ingredients but I’m going to assume there’s some there or the name choice is kind of strange. Anyway, collagen is a protein that holds on to water molecules at the skin’s surface and may help with wrinkles and/or fine lines. This also has papaya extract, which has some enzymes (e.g., papain) that can gently exfoliate the skin. The tingling didn’t bother me and this didn’t dry out my skin, and I think over time it would lead to some nice results in terms of resurfacing the skin (it also has allantoin which is good for skin smoothing).
Mizon Enjoy Vital-Up Time Soothing Mask – Lavender – Value $2.25
I definitely find lavender soothing and this has some lavender extract. I think this might be a nice one to use before bed. I imagine it has a lavender scent but the day I used it, I had a terrible cold and pretty much couldn’t smell anything at all. This has a few moisturizing ingredients like glycerin and sodium hyaluronate and a few soothing ingredients (e.g., allantoin in addition to the lavender).
No:hJ Pearl Modeling Foil Mask – Value $2.80
First off, my apologies that the picture looks blurry. The package for this one actually has some very cool holographic effects. However, these do not photograph well at all and lead to the result above. Anyway, the package is fun to look at in real life. This is a black mask with silver foil. The foil kept the serum from drying out or evaporating, so I got full moisture the entire time I was using it. The mouth fit was not very forgiving, though – flexibility was reduced because of the foil. This is one of those masks that has a ton of active ingredients. It includes witch hazel and tomato extract, both of which do a little toning (tomato also has lots of antioxidants). It has pomegranate, lemon, and green tea extracts as well and these also have antioxidants. It has honey which is full of vitamins and minerals as well as having some antibacterial effects. It has allantoin to soothe rough skin, lots of moisturizers (glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, aloe), and pearl extract, which may help with hyperpigmentation. This is a great general purpose mask if you are looking to address a lot of different skincare concerns with one product.
Here is a shot of the foil mask out of the package.
Verdict: I calculated a value of $23.02 for the March 2017 Beauteque Mask Maven. That is more than the cost of the subscription plus shipping (prices are Beauteque shop prices), all the masks were new to me (though I’ve sampled some of the product lines before), and I learned about some new ingredients, so I’m happy!
What did you think of the March 2017 Beauteque Mask Maven? Do you get any K-Beauty or Asian Beauty subscriptions?