Beauteque Mask Maven Box Review + Coupon – November 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 November 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 has a theme of “Bon Voyage.” This was actually November’s package but they ship late in the month and then with post-Black Friday mail delays, I didn’t receive it until quite late.
MJ Care Mask: Arbutin – Retail Value $1.99
The key ingredient here is obviously arbutin. This is a lightening or brightening ingredient that is supposed to help reduce dark spots and/or acne scars. Well, obviously it would take more than one use to see that kind of effect (imagine if there was a product that instantly did that?).
But, I think this one would be fairly safe for regular use. It has some soothing ingredients like aloe and purslane and some moisturizing ingredients like sodium hyaluronate, plus witch hazel (for toning) and allantoin (supposed to help with rough skin although I would not say my skin has ever been rough so I’m not sure I’m qualified to comment on that). Certainly, there was nothing in it that irritated my skin when I used it.
MJ Care Mask: Pearl – Retail Value $3
Pearl has apparently a long history in Asian beauty preparations as a brightening or whitening agent. Actual pearl powder is too big to penetrate the skin, but a pearl extract might allow a few compounds through, depending on how the extract was prepared. (This mask has pearl extract.)
This one has tons and tons of moisturizing ingredients: aloe, shea butter, sodium hyaluronate, trehalose, and jojoba oil, just to name a few. It, too, has purslane (supposed to be soothing) and some antioxidants (vitamin E as well as a fruit extract) that may help fight free radical damage (of course don’t go out without a good sunscreen). I found this one soothing and non-irritating as well so I think it would also be suitable for long-term use.
My Beauty Diary Destination Mask: Antarctica Glycoproteins – Retail Value $1.99
I find the inclusion of the word “glycoproteins” in a mask name kind of funny, because, although I know what they are (I have a PhD in biochemistry), I would imagine a fair number of people have not seen this word before. (For the record, they are basically just proteins with some sugar molecules attached. They should be good at holding on to water molecules near the surface of the skin but are likely too large to penetrate the skin.)
This also has a licorice extract, which is supposed to reduce oil production. I feel like my skin *was* less oily after using this mask, but it’s also cold outside and I find I produce less oil in general under cold weather conditions. (This also has other moisturizing ingredients like aloe, avocado oil, and collagen.) Like most My Beauty Diary masks, this one is literally dripping with serum, so don’t use it while wearing clothes you later intend to wear out of the house.
My Beauty Diary: Sahara Scenedesmus Oil Balancing Mask – Retail Value $1.99
Often you’ll receive a couple of masks from the same product line, which I am a fan of. I have learned something new with this mask; scenedesmus is algae that grows in hot and dry climates.
Focuses for this mask include providing moisture, balancing oil production, and relieving redness. There are a few moisturizing ingredients, including the ubiquitous sodium hyaluronate, but this mask is more remarkable for the large number of plant extracts including many that are the sources of vitamins and antioxidants (so there may be something to the redness relief if this is used over time). Actually wearing this one was pretty similar to wearing the one above.
Tony Moly Fresh to Go Mask: Cucumber – Retail Value $3.50
This is expensive as masks go and I guess it’s because of the brand (I often receive brands in Mask Maven that are smaller and/or new to me, but I’ve used a lot of Tony Moly products in the past), because actually using this mask is a fairly standard experience (I guess there is a slight aroma that reminds me of cucumber).
This one does have some silicones (please note that it would take me about 400 pages to discuss each ingredient in detail, so I just hit a few highlights, usually, and this may not be the only mask with silicones). It also has tea leaf extract which is wonderful for antioxidants and I thought the cucumber was nicely toning without irritating my eyes (for some reason, certain products with cucumber extract irritate my eyes a bit but this one did not).
JM Solution Glow Luminous Flower Firming Mask – Retail Value $3.99
This mask had a light rose odor and the serum was tinged ever so slightly pink. This has rose water and lavender water, so you get some gentle toning and skin-soothing benefits, respectively. (This also has calendula extract, another soothing ingredient.)
There are also a ton of forms of sodium hyaluronate/hyaluronic acid, etc. This is a great moisturizing ingredient; it is a long polymer that holds on to a lot of water molecules near the surface of the skin (as is the case with many other ingredients mentioned above, it is too large to penetrate the skin). At this point I will mention that sodium hyaluronate is not a vegan ingredient (sometimes there are plant-based compounds that are kind of like sodium hyaluronate that get labeled as such on ingredients lists, so it’s not necessarily weird to see it in a vegan product), as it is usually a byproduct of poultry processing. In general, you should not expect K-beauty products to be vegan. You will also have seen pearl up above, but other animal-derived ingredients (snail secretion filtrate, honey, etc.) also pop up from time to time.
CNF Cosmetic Iceland Mask: Litchi – Retail Value $2
I think this is the first time I have ever seen litchi used in conjunction with Iceland (litchi, sometimes transliterated “lychee” is a fruit from southern China). As a brightly colored fruit, naturally, litchi has lots of antioxidants that may help protect against sun damage (when used in conjunction with a good sunscreen, of course). This sheet mask is made from an eco-friendly cloth and I’m actually glad the manufacturer called attention to that because sometimes I feel a bit guilty about all the packaging waste and trash that comes about from using a single sheet mask.
For a Korean sheet mask, this has a pretty short ingredients list that includes things like sea water (full of minerals), sodium hyaluronate (moisturizing), tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E, so another antioxidant), witch hazel (for toning), ascorbic acid (vitamin C, again an antioxidant), etc. This one was pretty gentle and not strongly fragranced and would be good for regular use as well.
AM Piggy Head Mask Ali Shan Green Tea Purify Calming Mask – Retail Value $2
Well, this mask’s name is a mouthful. I’m honestly not sure where one concept begins and the next one ends. I can’t be certain the ingredients list on the Beauteque website is correct since it doesn’t actually list green tea (or any kind of tea) extract in the ingredients list! (For the record, tea is full of antioxidants.)
This one has lavender and chamomile, which are great for soothing skin, and witch hazel, which is a toning ingredient. It also has grapefruit extract, which is supposed to help even skin tone (and which will also contain a lot of antioxidants). I found this one to be heavy on the serum but I used it on a morning where I worked from home so I didn’t have to put makeup on afterward (so serum that takes a long time to dry isn’t really a problem).
Iloje Frozen Time Collagen Patch: Firming – Retail Value $3.50
This is a strange little mask. There’s a plastic sheet in the top part of the pouch that has little patches on it. The product information page says they are freeze-dried. Anyway, they are very thin and the back of the mask package shows where to use them. They’re a bit hard to peel off the plastic backing without messing them up (they’re not really like cling wrap but they have some of the same issues on a smaller scale). Anyway, you use those first and then put the mask on over them, and the serum from the mask is supposed to help them dissolve, which it basically did, though a few pieces were left stuck on my face afterward (I got them off with toner).
This has extracts from 4 or 5 different rose species (rose water is a gentle toner). It also has propolis, which is a bee-derived ingredient that should have some anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, so this may be a good one for troubled skin that’s also somewhat sensitive (as far as I can tell, this is alcohol-free). I think all the little patches were more trouble than they’re worth, but it was an interesting concept and fun to try.
Verdict: I calculated a value of $23.96 for the November 2018 Beauteque Mask Maven. That’s a reasonable amount above the month-to-month cost of the box. Although some brands were new to me, I was familiar with a lot of other (i.e., Tony Moly, My Beauty Diary, etc.). The products were all new to me, though. I thought the “Bon Voyage” theme was fun and the curation stuck to it at least somewhat (with place names in either mask names or key ingredient names).
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, this was the November package. You have to sign up by the 15th to get a box for the month, so your first box would probably be January’s box and arrive in early February.
COUPON: Use code SHEETFACED to save 10% off of your subscription.
Value Breakdown: At $18.95 for this box, you are paying approximately the following per item:
- Arbutin mask $1.57
- Pearl mask $2.37
- Antarctica mask $1.57
- Sahara mask $1.57
- Cucumber mask $2.77
- Rose mask $3.16
- Litchi mask $1.58
- Piggy head mask $1.58
- Collagen patch mask $2.77
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What did you think of the November 2018 Beauteque Mask Maven? Do you get any K-Beauty or Asian Beauty subscriptions?