Beauteque Mask Maven Box Review – February 2019
Beauteque Mask Maven is a monthly subscription box dedicated to masks. If you love trying new Korean sheet masks, this subscription is for you!
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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
The Products: 9 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 February 2019 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 “Me, Myself, and I” although I’m not really sure what that is supposed to mean in terms of curation.
EyeNLip Charcoal Moisture Essence Mask – Retail Value $1.99
I like the packaging for this one; it is also a new brand for me and we received two masks from this brand (see the other below). This was weird for a charcoal mask as the sheet was white and the serum was clear (the charcoal is present as an extract and I can’t say more about that without knowing the extraction method, but of course that information is not on the product page). Anyway, this has quite a lot of fruit and vegetable extracts (carrot, cabbage, blueberry, eggplant) which of course are going to be full of antioxidants and vitamins, and there’s aloe for moisture and skin soothing properties as well. I can’t say I noticed any particular effect from the charcoal extract (whereas if you use a clay mask with charcoal in it, I feel like you can see some clearing of the pores right away).
Double and Zero Espresso Mask – Retail Value $3
This was a new brand for me. I am happy to note that it did not really smell like coffee (since that is a smell I don’t care for) although there was a bit of fragrance that I am having a hard time placing. This has coffee extract (full of antioxidants), cocoa and grape extracts (also both full of antioxidants). I think it may also have a little caffeine as it made my skin feel a bit similar to when I use eye creams with caffeine in them.
My Scheming Hyaluronan Mask – Retail Value $2.99
If you see “hyaluronan” and “hyaluronic acid” and think those sound the same, for all intents and purposes with respect to skin care, they are. This is pretty moisturizing but it actually dried on my skin and I made it all day without feeling sticky (it was a work from home day so I didn’t try to put on makeup afterward). This also has cucumber extract which may help with puffiness under the eyes although I haven’t really been experiencing that lately so I can’t provide my thoughts on that effect.
EyeNLip Hyaluronic Acid Mask – Retail Value $1.99
Here is another mask from this brand. The ingredients are somewhat different from the charcoal moisture essence mask, which is interesting (brands often have entire product lines that are almost the same except the key ingredient). This has red ginseng which is supposed to help brighten skin tone, though I suspect you’d have to use it a lot more often than once to see results there. Of course, this also has hyaluronic acid, hence the name. This is a large carbohydrate polymer that holds on to water near the surface of the skin. It is moisturizing and may help temporarily minimize the appearance of fine lines. But the molecule is too big to penetrate the skin. This has purslane, which is soothing, but it also has cinnamon extract. It wasn’t enough to irritate my skin (I am very sensitive to cinnamon in skincare), though.
Happy Bath Essence Mask Lotus – Retail Value $2.50
We received another mask from this product line as well (see below). I like receiving multiple masks from the same line because they are often similar in ingredients but maybe one has a scent you like and one doesn’t, and this way you can find out. For the record, this one had a scent that seemed clean and fresh and a bit watery, which I guess was the lotus? Lotus apparently has vitamin C and antioxidants that may help fight free radical damage. This also has lavender, which can help soothe the skin and reduce redness. This one was heavier on the serum than some of the others this month and my skin took a while to dry after I removed it.
A’Pieu Chocolate Milk One Pack – Retail Value $1.99
This was listed as a bonus on the information card but I don’t know if everyone received the same bonus. We have had this mask in past packages and it is a good one for daily use. This has milk extract, which is supposed to be moisturizing, and cocoa has antioxidants that may help with anti-aging concerns. This also has mistletoe extract, which is supposed to be anti-inflammatory. So you can address a lot of concerns with this one. It was gentle and not too heavy on the serum.
Mizon Joyful Time Pomegranate Mask – Retail Value $1.99
This brand and product line pops up quite a lot in Mask Maven but they don’t usually send repeat masks and I’m not sure if I’ve tried the pomegranate one before, at any rate. This has pomegranate extract, which has lots of antioxidants including vitamin C. This also has hydrolyzed collagen (so it is not vegan; this is a moisturizing ingredient that can only come from animal sources) and allantoin, which is supposed to smooth rough skin. (I recently learned that most industrial allantoin is purified from cow urine. Oh well.)
My Scheming Pore Minimizing Black Mask – Retail Value $2.99
This was the only black mask sheet for the month; all the rest were white. I’m not sure the black color did anything in particular, it may have just been a design choice. It has witch hazel, which you have probably seen in a lot of toners and which should help with inflammation and large pores. This one also has cucumber extract which may help with under-eye puffiness. This one also has some non-vegan ingredients like hydrolyzed silk and hyaluronic acid (almost all hyaluronic acid used in industry is a byproduct of poultry and/or seafood processing). This was a good one for moisturizing; we had a cold snap last week and extra skin hydration was appreciated at that time for sure!
Happy Bath Essence Mask Rose – Retail Value $2.50
This has rose extract, as you might expect, and it has a light rose scent (which is something I like). Rose extract is often found in gentle, non-alcohol toners and is supposed to be anti-inflammatory. Otherwise, I found this one to be quite a lot like the lotus mask.
Verdict: I calculated a value of $21.94 for the February 2019 Beauteque Mask Maven. That’s basically about the equivalent of one $3 mask free and the rest at regular price; you can save with longer subscriptions and/or use a coupon to get a somewhat better deal. The subscription is great for trying individual masks before buying a whole box and is almost always a better value than purchasing masks individually, but of course, the per-mask price is less with a box of 10 of the same masks. Anyway, I was happy to try a bunch of new masks this month and to learn about several new brands
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, this was the February package. You have to sign up by the 15th to get a box for the month, so your first box would probably be March’s box and arrive in early April.
Value Breakdown: At $18.95 for this box, you are paying approximately the following per item:
- Charcoal mask $1.72
- Espresso mask $2.59
- Hyaluronan mask $2.58
- Hyaluronic acid mask $1.72
- Lotus mask $2.16
- Chocolate milk mask $1.72
- Pomegranate mask $1.72
- Black mask $2.58
- Rose mask $2.16
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What did you think of the February 2019 Beauteque Mask Maven? Do you get any K-Beauty or Asian Beauty subscriptions?