Beauteque K-Beauty Mask Maven Review + Coupon – July 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!
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
About Beauteque Mask Maven
The Subscription Box: Beauteque Mask Maven
The Cost: $18.95 month-to-month ($15 subscription + $3.95 US 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 the full list here, with international shipping costs during checkout)
Beauteque Mask Maven July 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 “beach ready” theme. The themes used to bear little relationship to the masks, but I really feel like they’ve been stepping it up lately and that there’s a better connection.
JNN-II Urban Daily Routine Cooling Mask – Retail Value $2.50
This is a new brand for me and this is the first of two masks from this brand. The ingredients list reads like a salad (potato, cucumber, tomato, bell pepper, carrot, parsley, etc.). This particular combination will have some antioxidants (vitamins A and C, in particular) and should also be soothing. (I did find it soothing when I used it. This one might be good to use after being outside on a hot day.) This also has your standard moisturizing ingredients like sodium hyaluronate and trehalose, which hold on to moisture near the surface of the skin. Fragrance is listed in the ingredients list but I don’t even remember it so I’m thinking it was pretty mild.
JNN-II Aqua Moisture Cream Mask – Retail Value $2.50
A lot of times, when you receive several masks from the same brand, they are really similar in terms of ingredients. Interestingly, that is not the case here. The ingredients here are maybe a little more “standard” if there is such a thing in K-beauty – licorice extract, sunflower seed oil, centella, matricaria, tea leaf extract, and so forth. This will have a different set of antioxidants than the mask up above (from the tea leaf) and also it has specifically soothing ingredients like matricaria. The serum on this one is creamier and not clear, as opposed to the one above, although I can see the benefit of using it under similar circumstances (being hot and/or dry).
Farmstay Real Nature Coconut Mask – Retail Value $1.99
This has a slight coconut scent but I really didn’t think it was very strong. It has coconut extract. It’s not clear to me how the extract was produced and that could be important because of course coconut oil is very moisturizing, while coconut water is full of minerals and electrolytes. Both would probably be good for the skin, but not for the same reasons. This also has sodium hyaluronate and alginic acid, which is a new ingredient for me but, as I expected, it’s a long polysaccharide (chain of sugars linked together) that holds on to water molecules.
Holika Holika Real Nature Lemon Mask – Retail Value $1.99
This has lemon extract, which, according to the product page, helps restore skin elasticity and lighten hyperpigmentation. I don’t think you are going to see either one of those after only one use. As you might expect from the lemon, though, this one also has vitamin C. It also has papaya, which contains some enzymes used in gentle exfoliators, as well as matricaria and lavender for their soothing properties and allantoin which can help soothe rough skin. This one has a light fragrance but I didn’t find it overpowering. I found it pretty gentle to use and I think I could probably get away with using this one at least a couple of times a week if I was so inclined (my facial skin is rather sensitive so I have to carefully consider such things).
DerMeiren Spout Pouch Pore Tightening Mud Mask – Retail Value $2.50
It is pretty rare to get non-sheet masks in Mask Maven so this was kind of a fun change of pace. I have a huge collection of mud masks that I am trying to use up so when I don’t have sheet masks to use for MSA, I work on my mud masks, so I already expected to like this, and I did. It looks like a bigger package than it is; really, there is only one use in here unless you only want to put it on one part of your face. Like, you could probably get two uses out of it if you only used it in your T-zone. This one helps absorb excess oil and I feel like it cleaned some gunk out of the pores on my nose. This one mostly has clays for ingredients, as you might expect.
Wizyoung Pomegranate Collagen Essence Mask – Retail Value $1.99
I guess variations were possible with this mask, but I got pomegranate, which is fine with me, because I really like antioxidants in skincare. Although you can’t really see them working, over time they should help prevent free radical damage (of course you should also use sunscreen). I can’t find an English ingredients list but pomegranate, which we’ve already talked about, is in the name, and so is collagen. Collagen has a reputation for helping with the condition of skin, hair, and nails, but that’s when taken internally. When applied externally it’s pretty much just going to hold on to water near the surface of the skin, which is nice for minimizing the appearance of fine lines. For what it’s worth, collagen is from animal sources, but most K-beauty products are not vegan (hyaluronic acid is also from animal sources, typically, though some Western products have a plant-based compound with similar properties).
DerMeiren Spout Pouch Lemon and Honey Peel Off Mask – Retail Value $2.50
Like the other one from this brand, I feel like this was one use only. I used it on a weekend so I’d have a bit more time, because I find that peel-off masks really need time to dry properly. And, this did dry and actually peeled off in big pieces instead of a bunch of tiny bits. What I find mildly funny is that the second ingredient is polyvinyl alcohol, which is chemically related to polyvinyl acetate, which is in Elmer’s glue, and this did have some properties that reminded me of Elmer’s glue, but I also never really paid attention to the ingredients of peel-off masks before, and that could be common for all I know. Anyway, I really liked the way my skin felt when I finally got this all off although it took a bit longer than just removing and trashing a sheet mask. Pieces fell in the sink and when water ran over them, they liquefied again, which was interesting.
My Beauty Diary Japanese Sakura Mask – Estimated Value $2 (Buy 8 for $15.99)
It is my understanding from poking around on the web that this is a limited edition. It is a lot like other My Beauty Diary sheet masks, including the fact that it has just a ton of serum and takes a long time to dry. Sakura refers to cherry blossoms and is typically high in antioxidants as well as essential fatty acids (which will be moisturizing) and is believed to be anti-inflammatory as well. This is another one I feel like I could use frequently without any ill effects, it was pretty gentle on my skin and very moisturizing. Like so moisturizing I think it would be good to buy a box or two of these for wintertime when my skin gets super dry.
Beauugreen Vitamin Essence Mask – Retail Value $1.99
This one is unusual. It has a 3D sort of shape so it was confusing to unfold! But I figured it out. The whole point with the 3D was to make it conform to the shape of my face but I think my face must be a bit of a different shape from their models, because it stuck out quite a lot from my forehead. But it was fun to try. It definitely smells like orange, too. This has your standard sodium hyaluronate along with aloe leaf powder, which is soothing as well as moisturizing. Citrus fruit like orange, as you know from reading my posts, is high in antioxidants (including vitamin C).
Verdict: I calculated a value of $20.96 for the July 2019 Beauteque Mask Maven. That is about $2 over the month-to-month cost of the subscription. It’s not the highest-value month but I will give Mask Maven points for coming up with some new and different products to send out, like the pouch masks and the 3D mask. I enjoyed trying everything and especially enjoyed learning about all the new products and some new brands as well.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, this was the July package. You have to sign up by the 15th to get a box for the month, so your first box would probably be September’s box and it should arrive in early October.
Value Breakdown: At $18.95 for this box, you are paying approximately the following per item:
- Aqua cooling mask $2.26
- Aqua moisture mask $2.26
- Farmstay coconut mask $1.80
- Lemon sheet mask $2.70
- Mud mask $2.26
- Pomegranate mask $1.80
- Lemon peel off mask $2.26
- Sakura mask $1.81
- Vitamin essence mask $1.80
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What did you think of the July 2019 Beauteque Mask Maven? Do you get any K-Beauty or Asian Beauty subscriptions?