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Birchbox The Masking Made Easy Kit Review – September 2020

The Birchbox Masking Made Easy Kit is one of the latest exclusive kits from Birchbox featuring products from popular brands like Glow Recipe, Sunday Riley, and Sand & Sky.

FYI – this kit is still available for purchase

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

About this Birchbox Kit

The Box: Birchbox The Masking Made Easy Kit

The Cost: $25

This kit includes:

  • Pai Copaiba Deep Cleanse AHA Mask + Cloth
  • Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Face Mask
  • Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask
  • Sunday Riley Saturn Sulfur Spot Treatment
  • Rael Hydration Sheet Masks
  • Pūrlisse Matcha Green Tea Antioxidant Sheet Mask

Ships to: The US, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands

Birchbox The Masking Made Easy Kit Review

Here is the info sheet for the box. This box was all about masks. Considering I jokingly call myself the mask queen on Instagram, I was excited to dive in.

Also, every September order came with cookies to celebrate Birchbox’s birthday- yum 🙂

Pai Copaiba Deep Cleanse AHA Mask, 0.30 oz – Estimated Value $7.11 (buy the 2.53 oz version for $60)

This is a potent mask- it’s made with kaolin clay and lactic acid to deeply clean your pores and exfoliate, and it’s paired with soothing fruit extracts to make this more sensitive-skin friendly. I’m a big fan of gentle exfoliation over more harsh treatments, so I had to wait a few days before using this to make sure I wasn’t at risk of over-exfoliating. Once this was on I experienced some tingling, but that never crossed the line to burning. I left it on for the shorter end of the recommended 6-8 minutes, and I followed up with a hydrating sheet mask to make sure my skin was soothed after the strong exfoliation. I will say, though, my skin was super soft when it was all said and done, and I had minimal redness on my easy-to-inflame cheeks. 

 

Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Face Mask, 0.85 oz – Retail Value $25

After receiving the eye cream sister to this face mask, I have been lusting over trying out this retinol sleeping mask. Since this has encapsulated retinol in it (along with avocado, hyaluronic acid, and squalane to buffer the drying effects) this is best suited for a few nights a week rather than every night, but each time I have used this on my skin I have woken up absolutely glowing. This is definitely a product I’ll be buying the full-size version of in the near future (maybe Glow Recipe will surprise us with a cute holiday set that features this!)

Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask, 13 g – Estimated Value $10.62 (buy the 60 g version for $49)

Since my skin is dry, pores and oiliness aren’t big skincare concerns that I have, so while this is a decent occasional mask for me, it is much more suited for those with oily skin. Star ingredients include Australian pink clay, aloe, bentonite, Kakadu plum, and witch hazel, so this is really going to tackle pores and texture. I used this mostly on my nose to be safe, and it did leave that part of my face feeling really clean!

comfort zone Hydramemory Mask, 0.27 oz – Estimated Value $6.01 (buy the 2.02 oz version for $45)

I’ve tried a few comfort zone products through Birchbox, but this mask is new to me. It’s a hydrating mask made with hyaluronic acid and moringa oil, and this can be used as a sleeping mask or as a quick no-rinse mask- just tissue off any excess residue after a few minutes. The texture reminded me of a heavier moisturizer cream, which makes sense considering some moisturizers could double as a hydrating mask if you apply a thick layer and towel off the excess. I thought I would love this, but honestly, I was left kinda “meh” feeling. My cheeks were absolutely more hydrated, but the mask irritated my eyes a tad. I know the instructions say to not apply near your eyes, but I am an imperfect human who needs a product to have a little wiggle room (I’m not saying I applied this super close, but I think some got near my eyes when I was tissuing off the excess as instructed).

 

Sunday Riley Saturn Sulfur Spot Treatment, 0.24 oz – Estimated Value $9.60 (buy the .5 oz version for $20)

Sulfur is the product that my acne responds to the best, and I really enjoyed the old formula of the Saturn mask. Now that it has been reformulated, it’s branded as a spot treatment instead of an all-over masks but still boasts an ingredients list that has 10% sulfur, 4% niacinamide, and 1% Zinc PCA. I can’t really tell much of a difference between the old version and this version (I have both), but that isn’t really a bad thing because my skin still reacts well to it. Also, even though this sample is small the smol box it came packaged in brought me joy.

Rael Hydration Sheet Masks, 1 ct – Estimated Value $3.20 (buy 5 for $16)

This sheet mask was really nice! I used this after trying out the Pai mask, and it was just the tall drink of water my skin needed. Star ingredients include hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, panthenol, allantoin, and rose water, so this mask was destined to make my skin happy. 

Pūrlisse Matcha Green Tea Antioxidant Sheet Mask – Retail Value $8

This mask is made with matcha, aloe, and allantoin to hydrate your skin while providing it a dose of antioxidants. Antioxidants are one of those things where you don’t really know if they work because they prevent further damage, but I like reaching for products that have them. The mask itself fit my face without being too drippy, and I may have accidentally fallen asleep right after wearing this without doing any other type of skincare routine (I had wanted to follow up with the glow recipe mask!). Luckily, my skin suffered no ill effects and wasn’t too dry, leading me to believe this mask gave my skin a nice dose of nourishing moisture to last me through the night. That being said, I think the price is a bit absurd for a mask of this quality- it’s pretty standard, and nothing, in particular, makes it worth double the price of comparable sheet masks. 

Verdict: The value of the Glow Recipe mask alone is the same price as the cost of this entire kit, so I do declare this one a winner. In fact, once Birchbox announced that everything on their website was 25% off for customer appreciation, I purchased a second one just to have a backup of my Glow Recipe sleeping mask. Skincare is just about the only extracurricular activity I have during the times of COVID, so this set really was a fun treat to explore. In terms of value, Birchbox promised a total value of $68 and my math adds up to $69.54. It’s clearly worth it to me since I already purchased a backup, but if you’re not interested in the Glow Recipe mask you can probably safely skip this one. 

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this kit if you order today? Yep, I haven’t snagged them all yet.

Check our Birchbox Coupon List to get the most up-to-date coupon!

Value Breakdown: This box costs $25, which means you’re paying approximately the following per item:

  • Pai: $2.55
  • Glow Recipe: $8.99
  • Sand & Sky: $3.82
  • Comfortzone: $2.16
  • Sunday Riley: $3.45
  • Rael: $1.15
  • Purlisse: $2.87

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Written by Jessica Hapak

Jessica Hapak

I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza and when I’m not working as a family law attorney I enjoy hiking the Louisiana trails (alligator sightings are a favorite!) or relaxing with Duchess, my cat. I’m a sucker for anything labeled a mystery box and I’ve never met a bath bomb I didn’t like.

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Birchbox Limited Edition Boxes, Birchbox Reviews| Tags: birchbox | 2 comments

Comments (2)

  1. Hi, Jessica! Great review! I also purchased this kit, and I really enjoyed the Purlisse Sheet Mask and the Hydramememory Mask. I have dry, sensitive skin, and it LOVES green tea. I hate how that mask is twice as much as it should be, but I will probably repurchase it. I applied the Hydramemory Mask after using the Pink Clay Mask (and oops, I put it all over because I didn’t know any better), and my skin just drank it up. There was no excess left to wipe off after the end of 3 minutes. The Pai mask intimidates me, so I haven’t used it yet.

    I’ve tried the Glow night mask a few times now, but I have yet to have found an overnight product that leaves me “glowing.” I live in dry Colorado, and if I wake up not looking puffy with dry patches, I consider that a win. So far, I’ve been doing okay with the Province Apothecary’s night serum, but if you have a suggestion for a holy grail “I wake up looking like a cherub” product, I’m all ears!

  2. I had a free shipping coupon mailed to me and was going to use it for this but it’s trying to charge me anyways. ☹️ I’ll try again later, but it does look super tempting!

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