Beauteque Mask Maven Box Review + Coupon – August 2018
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About Beauteque Mask Maven
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)
Beauteque Mask Maven August 2018 Review
The number of sheet masks out there for sale must be incredibly large. Mask Maven almost never sends repeat items, and I discover something new every month:
The box came with this information card. This month, all the masks are all kawaii (cute) in some way. Usually, this is just relating to the packaging, as there weren’t faces printed on the masks or anything. There were some errors on the information card, like listing a mask as being “mud texture” when it wasn’t, etc. Oh well. They’re sheet masks (mostly) so they’re not complicated.
JMsolution: Honey Luminous Royal Propolis Mask – Retail Value $2.99
Although this says “black” on the package, the mask is not black, nor is the serum, which was kind of a yellowish (honey?) color. Propolis is a mixture of bee saliva and beeswax with sap or other exuded substances from plants and is used by the bees as a sealant. (I always knew it was associated with bees but only just now looked it up.) I would imagine propolis has some of the same antibacterial properties as honey and this has royal jelly (bee larva food) as well, and a lot of anti-inflammatory compounds like neem extract and turmeric extract and holy basil (aka Tulsi) extract. This one had pretty thick serum and was also moisturizing.
Berrisom: Water Bomb Jelly Mask – Moisture – Retail Value $3.99
I sort of expected this to be a hydrogel mask but it wasn’t. However, the serum was quite jelly-like, so I guess that is where the mask gets its name. The main ingredient hyped here is actually grapefruit extract, which will have some vitamin C and other antioxidants. This also has milk protein extract and honey extract, so it should have some amino acids and possibly antibacterial compounds. (This is a good time to note that you should not expect to receive many vegan products with this subscription.) The serum took a while to dry with this one but it was definitely moisturizing.
Milatte: Fashiony Pearl Mask – Retail Value $1.99
Pearl has traditionally been used in Asian beauty preparations for brightening. Actual ground up pearl wouldn’t penetrate the skin, but this says “pearl extracts,” which may have some compounds that do penetrate (depending on the extraction method, which I don’t know). This also has niacinamide, which can help even out skin tone and reduce redness, and allantoin which is supposed to soothe rough skin. This was kind of low on the serum and the mask, itself, felt a bit stiffer than some of the others.
Milatte: Fashiony Tomato Mask – Retail Value $1.99
This does not smell like a tomato at all, which is fine since I don’t really want to go to work (I use masks in the morning) smelling like a salad. The texture of this one was basically the same as the previous mask (they are from the same product line). This has a lot of vitamins, including several which are antioxidants, as well as niacinamide for evening skin tone and a lot of moisturizing compounds like sodium hyaluronate, trehalose, etc. I found this one to be similar to the pearl one and think it might take multiple uses to notice a real difference there.
Esfolio: Pure Skin Essence Mask Sheet – Milk – Retail Value $1.99
This one, as you might expect, contains milk extract. The description says it “is effective for keeping the skin clean,” and I have to admit I don’t really get what that is trying to say since this is not a cleanser (especially since the description also says to wash your face before you use this…). Anyway, I found this pretty soothing and not too strongly scented. There was quite a lot of serum with this one.
Esfoilo: Pure Skin Essence Mask Sheet – Honey – Retail Value $1.99
This is quite similar to the milk one, which makes sense since they are from the same product line. I did think this had a slight honey scent (or a scent I associate with honey in sheet masks, anyway). Otherwise, the ingredients are pretty similar to the milk one. The honey, of course, will have some additional antibacterial and/or anti-inflammatory compounds (i.e., may help with breakouts a little bit).
Milatte: Fashiony Black Eye Mask – Panda – Retail Value $2.99
This is just an eye mask. (There is usually one mask per package that is not a standard sheet mask – it may be an eye mask, or one of those heated eye masks, or a hand/finger mask, or even a mud mask.) It is supposed to help with dark circles, but I don’t get dark circles so I can’t speak to that. It has a whole lot of moisturizing ingredients (trehalose, sodium hyaluronate, etc.), which should hold on to water near the surface of the skin, which may help reduce the appearance of fine lines. This also has a lot of great antioxidants from plants (acerola, blueberry, broccoli, mango, etc.). I feel like this is the kind of product you would use more for prevention than treatment, as the antioxidants should, over time, help fight sun damage.
NOHJ: Healing Mask – Moisture Aloe Mask – Retail Value $2.99
Do you ever just look at a mask package and know exactly what using the mask will be like? I feel as though this one was that way. Probably because of the clear packaging, and clear serum, and I immediately thought “moisture” and what do you know, but the serum was so drippy with this one that it got all over my t-shirt. This one is both soothing (lanolin, aloe, bamboo leaf extract) and moisturizing (aloe, sodium hyaluronate, etc.). It also has antioxidants from plant extracts (blueberry, green tea, tomato, etc.). This is a good multipurpose mask as long as you have some time afterward for the serum to dry.
Avocados are trendy right now, I guess. Healthy plant fats and all. Using this mask didn’t really remind me of an avocado (no smell or color anyway) but it does have fatty acids from avocado that are supposed to help with skin softening, and there are antioxidants and moisturizing compounds as well. This one is free of parabens but most of the masks aren’t, and it does contain Japanese honeysuckle extract, which has paraben-like molecules. (For the record, I don’t avoid parabens because the American Cancer Society has discredited the study wherein parabens were linked to breast cancer. However, if you are avoiding them for some reason, best to avoid Japanese honeysuckle extract as well.)
Verdict: I calculated a value of $23.12 for the August 2018 Beauteque Mask Maven. That’s a little bit above the cost of the subscription and a little bit more even than last month’s package. I’m kind of glad they didn’t go with a bunch of animal-face-printed masks for the kawaii theme because the printed masks are often kind of stiff. I did like all the honey and antioxidants this month as my skin has been a little unhappy lately and honey usually helps with that, and it is still pretty sunny where I live so I can use all the antioxidants I can get. I think I may have used the Esfolio honey mask before, but all the others were new to me.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you have to sign up by the 15th to get a box for the month, so your first box would probably come near the end of September.
Coupon – Save 10% off your subscription with code SHEETFACED
Value Breakdown: At $18.95 for this box, you are paying approximately the following per item:
- Propolis Mask: $2.45
- Water Bomb Jelly Mask: $3.27
- Pearl Mask: $1.63
- Tomato Mask: $1.63
- Esfolio Milk Mask: $1.63
- Esfolio Honey Mask: $1.63
- Panda Eye Mask: $2.45
- Healing Moisture Mask: $2.45
- Avocado Mask: $1.80
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