Welcome back to another Mask Mondays. Has this week begun well for you?
I have a short mask review for you today, and unfortunately it’s not going to be all so positive. This is more so a chance to highlight that some gimmicky or fun looking skin care products really aren’t worth the hype – at least in this case.
I first heard about Kokostar just over a year ago. The brand’s model – with her artistic flair and Kokostar’s tenancy to create vibrant product photography often tying-in with Western 50s and 60s fashion ideals – often popped up on my Instagram explore page. I later then got to know the brand further through a friend of mine and at a few K-beauty expos around Korea.
I will admit that what they do best is capturing the attention of buyers with enticingly colourful food themed skin care and pairing packaging which is reminiscent of Summer time; i.e. fresh tropical fruits and ice-cream. Their products on the other hand are often hits or misses – there’s no medium. The sheet masks I’ve tried by Kokostar so far have been a mixture of great and so unrecommended that I regret trying them.
Kokostar’s Slice Mask range was designed in accordance to the “toner/essence cotton pad masking method (?)”, which I’ve touched on before in a blog post. To quickly summarise toner/essence masking is a popular method for ensuring that these particular skin care steps are more effectively absorbed into skin. It can also be used as a quick 5~10 minute way to deeply hydrate any skin type to maintain a better balanced ratio of water~oil. Some like to use it as an alternative to daily sheet masking or to use up opened toners and essences before they expire. However it is essential to mention that half sponge half cotton, pads/rounds should be used as these soak up liquids best and will adhere properly and closely to skin. And the toner or essence must not contain alcohol, essential oils or fragrance to prevent acne for example.
Which makes me question: why does this watermelon slice mask contain fragrance?
Fragrance is placed last in the contents list, but its too strong and artificial. I can’t put my finger on it, but I also feel like it contains something else that irritates my skin. Whatever it is, it means I can’t use these mask patches without breaking out. I know that they may be fine for other people, but I think they should stop advertising these as being so hydrating and seemingly all inspired by Nature (yes, they do at least contain many botanical extracts). They leave a sticky texture and not a lightweight dew. They make your skin glow in a healthy looking way and are convenient, but not worth the risk of breaking out if you have had experiences of triggering acne from using similar products before.
Fit: 8/10, considering that they are patches rather than a whole sheet, they give you flexibility to place the patches to contour your own unique facial features and face size. The only thing I’d like to change is the size of the patches, it could be helpful to provide 3 alternating sizes in one packet.
Price Point: 7/10. Not too bad at all. You can find these for under £3 ($3.92/€3.33) online if you search well and do price comparisons. You can get 2 uses out of 1 packet, so in a sense it costs you £1.50 ($1.96/€1.33) per use.
Impact: 3/10. They’re cute and all, but didn’t do any good apart from soften my skin.
Repurchase: No thank you. These are better suited to normal or non-problematic skin types that don’t require too much attention.
Overall rating: 4/10.
Despite this negative experience with these mask patches I do like Kokostar’s Waffle Mask range for treating skin in Autumn and Winter, so I wouldn’t say the entire brand is a dud.
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