Beauteque Mask Maven Box Review + Coupon – November 2017
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.)
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: Use code SHEETFACED to save 10% off of your subscription.
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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The information card has changed since the last time I reviewed this subscription. You don’t get any English instructions now (unless the mask packet itself happens to have them) but there’s not much involved in using most sheet masks!
Wonjin Effect Amino Up Mask (3 step) – Retail Value $3.20
Most masks from Mask Maven are standard sheet masks, but you will usually get one that is different in some way. This month it is this 3-step mask from Wonjin. This comes with a toner (very thick, so I applied it like a serum) and an eye cream. The mask was quite flexible (so it fit well) and high in serum but did not drip all over my shirt.
This has niacinamide which may help even out skin tone and/or reduce redness, a lot of amino acids, propolis (which is a bee-related ingredient with a lot of minerals and possibly antibacterial effects), plus trehalose and hydrolyzed collagen for moisture (the collagen and propolis mean it is not vegan, but you should not expect most K-beauty items to be vegan). This was very moisturizing but other effects would require more uses to really notice.
My Beauty Diary Apple Polyphenol Mask – Retail Value $1.99
At some point in the past, I had acquired an entire box of this particular mask. They used to be very, very drippy, but it seems the formula has changed and now they still have a lot of serum but it doesn’t make such a mess. This has a light apple scent.
The main attractions here are the antioxidants, mostly from apple skin. These help fight free radical damage (free radicals cause skin aging like discoloration and the formation of fine lines). This also has tannins from apple skin, which may provide some toning benefit. This has some other fruit extracts as well for vitamin C as well as aloe for moisture. Please note this one does contain some silicones, but they weren’t a problem for me when using this.
MJ Care Aqua Bamboo Black Mask – Retail Value $2.50
This one had an average amount of serum but the mask, itself, was a bit stiff so it didn’t conform to the contours of my face as well as some of the others.
This has a lot of minerals from glacier water and volcanic ash extract. It also has sodium hyaluronate, and hydrolyzed collagen and elastin (another animal protein) so it is not vegan. There will be a few antioxidants from fruit extracts as well, and there’s niacinamide to even out skin tone. I am going to assume the bamboo extract that is the main draw here is a carbohydrate polymer that holds on to a lot of water at the skin’s surface, providing moisture and temporarily decreasing the appearance of fine lines (though I forgot to look in the mirror after using this…).
The Face Shop The Solution Firming Face Mask Collagen – Retail Value $2.99
This one had a low-to-medium level of serum and the product left on my skin dried pretty quickly after mask removal.
This has several ingredients traditionally associated with brightness and soothing roughness, like niacinamide, licorice extract, allantoin, and vitamin C (an antioxidant). This has some other vitamins as well as a few antioxidants from fruit extracts. Collagen is too large of a molecule to actually enter the skin, but it may hold on to water molecules at the surface of the skin, which can have a firming effect (at least temporarily). If you are a morning mask person, this one is good to use before putting on makeup because of the short drying time.
Real Nature Red Ginseng from The Face Shop – Retail Value $2.99
This one had a slight reddish tinge to it and a creamy serum that felt kind of dry on my face, even though there was a lot of serum in the package. It was a little unusual and is proving a bit difficult to describe.
This has a lot of ingredients that would be considered “energizing” in food – cocoa seed extract, ginseng extract, etc. I’m not quite convinced they have that effect on the skin, but they do have antioxidants as well, so I won’t complain (I love skincare with antioxidants). This also has allantoin to soothe rough skin and sodium hyaluronate for moisture.
Annie’s Way Bubble Tea Mask Green Tea – Value $2.25
I received two different masks from this product line. This one had much less of a scent than the strawberry one, but otherwise, the experience of using them was similar. I did not notice any bubbles of any kind so I’m not sure about the name, but of course, I also can’t see my face while the mask is on (looking in the mirror does no good because I require glasses…).
This has witch hazel extract, which provides some toning benefit. It is moisturizing thanks to the sodium hyaluronate. The main ingredient here is obviously green tea leaf extract, which has a lot of antioxidants. There are also a few vitamins as well as allantoin.
Mijin Cosmetics Pearl Essence Mask – Retail Value $1.99
This one has a good amount of serum that dries quickly after mask removal. It has a light scent that is non-cloying (though I can’t really identify it, either).
This has pearl extract. While actual pearl powder would be too big to penetrate the skin, I suppose it is possible that some compounds from an extract might, depending on how the extract was prepared (which of course they don’t tell you). Pearl extract is supposed to have a brightening effect. This has witch hazel, which is good at toning, and allantoin and purslane which are both good for soothing purposes. And of course, there are various moisturizing ingredients like aloe and sodium hyaluronate. I can’t say I saw brightening, but I also only had one mask to use. I think you’d need a whole box to really see an effect.
Annie’s Way Bubble Tea Mask Strawberry – Value $2.25
This was the second Annie’s Way Bubble Tea mask this month. You will often receive two or more products from the same product line as part of a Mask Maven subscription, but this is a good way to check out brands. This had a strong scent and was kind of hard to unfold, even with backing paper. It had lots of serum but wasn’t drippy.
The strawberry here is a source of vitamins including vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant. This also kiwi and cucumber extract for additional moisture and vitamins. It is pretty moisturizing thanks to the sodium hyaluronate, and it also contains allantoin to soothe rough skin. (After all the allantoin in these masks, I do feel that my skin is pretty smooth.)
This had a very thick serum on a black mask sheet. It had a scent that was honestly not too memorable (at least it didn’t annoy me!).
This includes activated charcoal, which can help draw gunk out of your pores. I haven’t been wearing makeup lately so I don’t have much gunk in my pores, but charcoal does usually work for me. This also has niacinamide for brightening, plus lots of moisturizing ingredients (glycerin, olive oil, sodium hyaluronate). Then there are some unusual extracts (like hydrolyzed yeast extract, which will probably be high in amino acids) and pea extract, which has amino acids and minerals like calcium, iron, and potassium. Some people say that pea extract can help with elasticity, though those sources aren’t exactly peer-reviewed…anyway, this is a good overall mask to use if you are looking for amino acids in your skincare.
Verdict: I calculated a value of $23.15 for the November 2017 Beauteque Mask Maven. That’s higher than the month-to-month cost of the subscription. Other than the apple polyphenol mask, everything was new to me. My skin is pretty moisturized and smooth after 9 days of using these masks, and even though you can’t see the effects of antioxidants (how would you measure “lack of skin discoloration?”), I like to know they’re in there. I appreciated that most of the items did not have strong scents, too (and the scented ones were non-irritating).
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, as of publication, this box was still available!
Coupon – Save 10% off your subscription with code SHEETFACED
Value Breakdown: At $18.95 for this box, you’re paying about $2.57 per mask.