Beauteque Mask Maven Review + Coupon – November 2019
Beauteque Mask Maven is a monthly K-beauty 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 US shipping). Save with 6- and 12-month subscriptions.
COUPON: Use code SHEETFACED to save 10% off of your subscription.
The Products: 9 masks of all kinds, straight from Korea and Taiwan. Most are facial sheet masks, but you will sometimes see a hair mask, hand mask, or lip mask, too.
Ships to: The US, Canada, Europe, Australia, and parts of Asia (see international shipping costs during checkout)
Beauteque Mask Maven November 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’s theme had to do with moisture, and that’s fine for all of winter. I’m kind of glad it wasn’t a Thanksgiving box or something; I wouldn’t put it past them (I received their Halloween box in mid-November, so…). Please note that some of the packaging for the individual masks has changed and I honestly have no idea whether the masks received are in the old or new packaging. Just be aware that if you click through to purchase something, it may look a little different than what’s pictured here.
Mizon Joyful Time Pomegranate Mask – Retail Value $2.90
Sometimes you can’t find a lot of information about a mask’s ingredients and this is one of those times for me. However, it is safe to say this has pomegranate extract. Pomegranate seeds, being a deep, red color, are a good source of vitamins and antioxidants, which may help fight free radical damage. I find that antioxidant masks — and this is no exception — don’t have immediate results, but rather what you want to do is consistently use them as preventative measures. This did not have a strong scent and was definitely moisturizing.
Mizon Joyful Time Hyaluronic Acid Mask – Retail Value $2.90
This is from the same product line as the previous one, so it is likely the ingredients are similar. Certainly, using the two masks was quite similar. This one was also moisturizing. Instead of pomegranate, it has hyaluronic acid. This is a long, modified carbohydrate that has a tendency to hold on to water molecules. It is too big to penetrate the surface of the skin, but because it holds on to water, it may help minimize the appearance of fine lines in areas to which it is applied.
Holika Holika Pure Essence Mask Sheet Damask Rose – Retail Value $1.99
This one smelled like rose but it wasn’t overpowering. I found it very soothing, which is nice as my skin gets irritated in dry weather, and it is definitely dry where I am right now. It has allantoin, which is supposed to help smooth rough skin, and it also has matricaria and lavender, which are also soothing. Rose water has often been used as a gentle toner, and I think that was at play here as well, although because the serum took awhile to soak in (there was a lot), I can’t say for certain that what I felt wasn’t just evaporation or drying of the serum. Anyway, this is a good one for winter or anytime your facial skin is a bit irritated.
Holika Holika Pure Essence Mask Sheet Shea Butter – Retail Value $1.99
Although this is part of the same product line as the previous mask, the ingredients list overlaps less than you might think. It has some citrus peel oils, which are going to be great sources of antioxidants, and of course shea butter, which is moisturizing. I find my skin agrees more with natural moisturizers than synthetic ones, these days (but I do know people with the opposite experience, so try things and find out what works for you), so I was happy to see the shea butter. This one also has sodium hyaluronate for additional moisture as well as matricaria and lavender, which are soothing as discussed above.
Nature Republic Real Nature Mask Sheet Avocado – Retail Value $1.90
Here is another one where I have had some trouble finding an ingredients list. The serum in this one is a white, milky sort of color (most of the others are clear, but you do find one like this every now and then). Avocado oil is another natural oil that is moisturizing, and it’s kind of a trendy ingredient in Western products lately as well as Korean ones. I used this in the morning and the serum didn’t take too long to absorb, nor did it interfere with later application of makeup.
Beauugreen Hydrogel Under Eye Patch – Retail Value $2.50
I am not much of an under-eye patch user, to be honest, but I tried these out and they were something of a different experience for me. First off, they were kind of dry to the touch, so they didn’t slide everywhere when I put them on, which was a nice surprise. They felt cooling and I’m sure if I had had puffy eyes they would’ve helped. They had little gold flakes. Apparently gold is supposed to help with skin elasticity but I’m honestly not sure how much effect there can be when the flakes are embedded in the hydrogel and there’s not a lot of serum to carry atoms or ions away from the flakes. They do look pretty, though, and even though they were kind of dry, my skin did feel different afterwards — it was more toned, for sure. These also have collagen, which may help hold on to moisture near the surface of the skin (but which is too big to absorb through the skin).
Timeless Truth Gold Flakes Moisture Boosting Black Charcoal Mask – Retail Value $2.99
This one has little gold flakes as well, but it does have more serum so I suppose if any of the gold escapes into solution (like atoms off the surface or something) it might actually get to your skin. But, I honestly think most of the function is to look pretty, which it does against the black of the mask. This mask also has charcoal, which can be good for getting rid of junk in your pores. I think my nose looked nicer after using this, and it was also moisturizing. This one also has an algae (spirulina) extract, which will be a great source of vitamins and minerals.
JMSolution Water Luminous SOS Ampoule Hyaluronic Mask – Retail Value $3 (found here for $1)
This one shows up in Mask Maven with some regularity, which is perhaps why Beauteque has it on sale right now — their shipment of this one must’ve been huge. I kind of feel the packaging is excessive here; this was, by far, the biggest envelope of the month but the mask takes up maybe 1/3 of the package. This is a good mask, though. It is very high on the serum, which helps with moisturization. I do like this for winter quite a bit. The product page suggests it is also useful after sunburn but without an ingredients list, I can’t say if I think that’s true, although it does feel quite cooling, so I suppose it could help with that.
Frienvita Moisture Filtering Mask Plum Vita E – Retail Value $2.50
The product page says this removes dead skin cells although I’m not sure which ingredient is responsible for that (nothing I recognized outright). I’m pretty good at exfoliating regularly so I don’t necessarily need that feature, but if you like all your skincare in one step, I guess that’s helpful. This does have plum extract (despite it being in the name, it doesn’t show on the packaging, so you can never be sure) which should have some good antioxidants, and it has a lot of moisturizing ingredients including sodium hyaluronate and sugar maple extract. Also in the name is vitamin E, which is an antioxidant. This one was high on the serum as well (nearly everything was this month except the under-eye patches) but also not a problem in terms of makeup application.
Verdict: I calculated a value of $22.67 for the November 2019 Beauteque Mask Maven. Take that with a grain of salt as prices were all over the place, depending on where I looked. (I always start with the Beauteque site but sometimes they are out of stock of box items.) It’s about average for this subscription value and is a few dollars over the month-to-month cost of the box. Most of the masks were new to me and all of them were moisturizing. I thought the theme was great for winter and offered a whole lot of exactly what my skin needs at this time.
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:
- Pomegranate mask $2.42
- Hyaluronic acid mask $2.42
- Damask Rose mask $1.66
- Shea butter mask $1.66
- Avocado mask $1.59
- Eye patches $2.09
- Gold flakes mask $2.50
- Water luminous mask $2.51
- Frienvita mask $2.09
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What did you think of the November 2019 Beauteque Mask Maven? Do you get any K-Beauty or Asian Beauty subscriptions?