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.
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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 February 2020 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 was "Me Time."
Skin Planet Amino Solution Cream Mask - Estimated Value $1.79
As you might expect from the name, this one contains amino acids. It also has hyaluronic acid, which is moisturizing because it holds on to water molecules near the surface of the skin (so it *might* help temporarily improve the appearance of fine lines). I guess the amino acids are supposed to be firming; the listing I linked to says it provides care for "complicated and flabby skin" and I don't really know what is intended with that language. Anyway, this has a thicker serum that really is more like a cream, hence the name. It is not as drippy as a lot of other hyaluronic acid masks, which is kind of nice. The only place I could find this mask for sale online outside of Russian websites was Amazon, which is linked here for value reflection.
Purederm Multi Area Black O2 Bubble Mask - Retail Value $3
This has two parts to the packet. One is like a mud mask that you put in your T-zone and then there is a sheet mask for the lower half of your face that starts bubbling when it hits air. For this one, you do have to rinse your face afterwards. The mud part is supposed to get rid of excess oil (I have certainly been having that problem the last two weeks when I've been working from home and not wearing makeup, and I think it did help a little) and the bubbling part is supposed to help exfoliate in some way It's hard to judge exfoliation but maybe if you used it over time? This one wasn't so crazy with the bubbles compared to some I've tried.
The Saem Natural Tomato Mask - Retail Value $0.82
Tomato is a source of lycopene, an antioxidant that is closely related to vitamin A. This mask is free of parabens, benzophenone, mineral oil, and artificial colors. The page where I found it for sale also says it is free of "animality" which *probably* means it's vegan, but don't quote me on that. I just can't think of anything else that would mean. I found this one to be not too drippy and it had something of a toning effect. It's inexpensive so would be good for daily use if you want to focus on antioxidants.
Skin Planet Daily Fresh Garden Bamboo Water Mask - Retail Value $5
First off, I would take the value with a grain of salt, because this does not really feel like a $5 mask to me. But, it is the only US-based site outside of Amazon that had a product listing for this mask, so I didn't know what else to put. This has bamboo water, which is supposed to help replenish collagen, although I'm unclear on how that is supposed to work from a scientific standpoint. It has sodium hyaluronate, which is basically the same as hyaluronic acid for biochemical purposes. It has witch hazel, which you'll recognize from a lot of toners. And it has aloe, which is moisturizing and anti-inflammatory. Obviously I can't see any effects on skin collagen but I like that it does both toning and moisturizing. Depending on your skincare needs, if you can find this one for a good price, it might be good for daily use as well.
Beauugreen Hydrogel Gold Energy Mask - Retail Value $2.50
There were two hydrogel masks this month. This is the first. I guess it has little flakes of gold in it (it looks like that anyway). I'm not sure what those are actually going to do, being bound up in the hydrogel matrix without a lot of moisture, but they kind of look pretty. This has not so much serum, but in that it's typical of a hydrogel mask. I think this would be good to wear before makeup because it won't interfere with things setting, but I haven't worn makeup for two weeks because I've been working from home in my pajamas that whole time. This one is supposed to help improve skin elasticity and blood circulation and I can't really say one way or another whether I think I observed that. I think this would be nice and cooling if you kept in the refrigerator before use.
Beauugreen Pullulan Anti-Aging Hydrogel Mask - Estimated Value $3.74 (Buy 5 for $18.70)
You'll recognize a lot of ingredients here from things I've discussed in the past, like allantoin for soothing rough skin (fun fact, that is extracted from cow urine), niacinamide for brightening, sodium hyaluronate for moisture, and tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E, an antioxidant). And then there is pullulan, which is in the name, and is supposed to minimize the appearance of wrinkles. I just had a look at the structure and it's a long carbohydrate so it is probably going to act quite similarly to hyaluronic acid from a functional standpoint. Like the other hydrogel mask, this one was low on the serum and didn't take a long time to dry.
Dewytree Madecassoside Melting Chou Mask - Retail Value $3.50
This one is supposed to help balance skin tone and redness. I don't currently have a lot of problems in that area, but I think maybe it helped a little? Like a lot of sheet masks, if you're looking for more than moisture, you'll have to use them a whole bunch of times in a row to see the promised effects. (Madecassoside is from the plant Centella asiatica and is an antioxidant. The difference in getting madecassoside as an ingredient on its own is that it is in a more controlled and higher amount than it would be if you just used a simple plant extract.)
Elizavecca 24K Gold Mask - Estimated Value $2.01 (Buy 10 for $20.08, found here for $10.04)
Here is another mask with gold. This also has snail secretion filtrate, which is going to hold on to a lot of water near the surface of the skin so it will be good for moisture and possibly fine lines. This one has some fancy packaging for what is basically a plain sheet otherwise (with tiny bits of visible gold leaf). I can't find out much about the other ingredients (that seems to be a common theme this month) but it was moisturizing and soothing and didn't take too long to dry after I removed it.
The Yeon Aloe Moisture and Calming Mask - Retail Value $1.99
Aloe is moisturizing but it also has some antioxidants (like vitamins A and C), plus it is somewhat soothing, and there are also matricaria and centella extracts which should be soothing as well. This has some additional antioxidants from tea leaves and some additional moisture from sodium hyaluronate. This is another one where I think it would be great for daily use to cover a lot of skincare bases.
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $24.35 for the February 2020 Beauteque Mask Maven. The values were kind of all over the place, but that's a little over $2 per mask, which is not bad considering you usually have to buy a box of 10 of the same kind to get those kinds of prices, and you don't always want to do that if you've never used a particular product before and/or may not be familiar with the brand. I thought it was fun to get a couple of hydrogel masks this month, for a change of pace, and I could say the same for the bubble mask. I kind of like the shift in products to more antioxidant-containing masks as the weather gets warmer; even though I'm not planning on socializing outside, I have planted vegetables in some pots on my deck and I got a puppy so I am going outside more and I like the idea of antioxidants to get just a little extra sun protection (above and beyond SPF of course).
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 April’s box and arrive in early May.
ACTIVE DEAL: Save 10% off of your subscription
Value Breakdown: At $18.95 for this box, you are paying approximately $2.11 per mask. Alternatively, you are paying about the following for each item:
- Amino cream mask $1.39
- Bubble mask $2.33
- Tomato mask $0.64
- Bamboo mask $3.89
- Gold hydrogel mask $1.95
- Pullulan hydrogel mask $2.91
- Madecassoside mask $2.72
- 24K gold mask $1.56
- Aloe mask $1.55
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