FaceTory is a monthly beauty box that's perfect for people interested in the Korean sheet mask facial trend. The company aims to provide its members with the latest cult-favorite products, essences, and ingredients.
This is a review of the 7 Lux subscription level ($19.90 per month + free U.S. shipping), which includes 7 sheet masks with slightly higher-functioning formulations (think hydrogels and other more sophisticated ingredients).
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The sheet masks come packaged in a cheerful yellow bubble mailer- my eyes definitely enjoyed the bright colors of the packaging and the sheet masks inside. To me, sheet masks are supposed to be fun, and I think Facetory does a good job with their branding to keep things lighthearted and joyful- the outside packaging saying "Woo Hoo!" is exactly how I feel when my subscription box is delivered to me. The subscription also comes with an info sheet detailing the products inside- so let's dive into them.
The Breakdown – What’s Inside The Box
ESW Beauty Pineapple Bliss Revitalizing Raw Juice Sheet Mask – Retail Value $6
I enjoy the concept behind this sheet mask- the packaging, product name, and ingredients are all centered around green juice. The star ingredient here is pineapple extract, and the formula also has pear, kiwi, and ginger. I've tried a juice-themed mask before from another brand and hated how it left my skin incredibly sticky, but that wasn't an issue I had with this mask. Overall, this worked really well for me.
ESW Beauty Green Reset Anti-Aging Raw Juice Sheet Mask – Retail Value $6
If you blindfolded me and asked me to tell you the difference between this one and the pineapple mask I don't think I would be successful, but I still enjoyed this mask just as much. The formula has antioxidant-rich broccoli along with apple and spinach, and like its pineapple counterpart, this was hydrating to my skin without being sticky.
Needly Peony Jelly Mask – Retail Value $3.64
This mask was a delight. The mask material itself was thick and plush in a way that felt really nice on my skin, and the essence was thicker than your standard sheet mask liquid- really almost jelly-like. Along with peony, the formula has niacinamide and honeysuckle, and when I was done wearing this mask my skin did look like it had a soft glow.
Farmskin Fresh Food For Skin Energizing Blueberry Mask - Retail Value $1.75
Blueberries are my boyfriend's favorite fruit, and he was quick to point out that this mask smells like what people think blueberries smell like, but not what a natural blueberry actually smells like. Whatever blueberry smell it is, I don't mind it. The material of this mask isn't as soft as some of the other masks (like the dreamy material of the peony jelly mask), but it wasn't uncomfortable to wear. I applied this after a day out in the sun kayaking, and it really felt calming to my sensitized skin.
Celarion Propolis Ampoule Sheet Mask – Retail Value $2
I am a big fan of skincare that contains any ingredient from bees like honey, propolis, or royal jelly. This mask combines all three, and my dry, sensitive skin absolutely loved it. This was a nourishing and soothing treat for my skin, and I left it on a little longer than the standard 15-20 minutes just because I was enjoying it so much.
Mediheal Line Friends Tea Tree Care Solution Mask – Retail Value $2.50
I am a big fan of Mediheal masks and always find their collaborations to be adorable- just like this mask made in collaboration with LINE Friends. I don't actually know what the LINE Friends are, but that adorable chick on the packaging makes my heart smile. This mask features tea tree, willow bark, and centella asiatica, and it is designed to help your skin during break out. I had a fresh pimple on my chin that sprouted right before I gave this mask a shot, and it looked noticeably less red once I removed the mask.
Facetory Dream Garden Camellia Mask – Retail Value $4
This was my very first time trying a Facetory mask, and it was a pleasant experience. To start, I like the cute packaging and the note on the back that the camellia flower represents two eternally entwined lovers. The sheet mask material is plush and pretty thick, but it had a flexibility to it that allowed it to fit the curves of my face well. This was an incredibly hydrating mask that felt soothing to my skin, and I would happily use this mask again.
Whamisa Mini Water Cream, 0.5 oz – Retail Value $4
This mini moisturizer features the iconic natto gum extract (also known as fermented soybeans), only without any of the signature stench. The water-cream formula was lightweight, but it still felt like it was providing a good bit of moisture to my dry skin. I love that instead of a plain ol' water base this moisturizer has a base of rice and aloe extract- I'm not surprised at all that my skin really enjoyed this.
Value – Was This Box Worth It?
The Cost: $19.90 + free US shipping
Value Breakdown: This box costs $19.90 + free shipping, which means that each of the 8 items in the box has an average cost of $2.50. Everything in the box added up to $29.89, which was $10 more than the cost of the subscription. That's obviously not a crazy high value, but it is still worth it to me when sheet masks are so low cost (compared to other skincare products) to begin with.
This was my first month with a Facetory subscription, and I really enjoyed it. Many of the brands featured were completely new to me, and I thought all of the sheet masks performed well and were enjoyable to wear. With a sheet mask subscription like this, you're really paying for a slight discount and a great curation. If you use sheet masks at least twice a week (or even more frequently, if you're like me), then this is a subscription worth checking out.
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Other Things You Should Know
Can I still get this box if I sign up today? No, order by the end of the month to receive the September 2021 box.
Which sheet mask from the FaceTory 7 Lux August box would you like to try most?