Today I’d like to bring you a review of the Isntree Hylauronic Acid Deep Moisture Water Mask (… that’s a long name). I initially planned to post about a few masks I used a few months ago during the lockdown period for this 3rd installment of Mask Mondays, however I’ve been wanting to try this mask since hearing about it last year at a couple of K-beauty conventions and blogger events in Seoul. Now that I’ve finally got my hands on one, I didn’t want to save it aside for too long.
So why I am hyping-up this mask so much? – Well if you’ve stuck around long enough to see previous posts here on SimplyEm’sBlog and my Instagram, you may have noticed my appreciation for the Isntree Hylauronic Acid Toner Plus; as well as the original version of the toner. This sheet mask presumably contains a similar formulation to the toner essence as it is part of the same Hylauronic Acid range.
I’ve overly spoken about the benefits and functions of Hylauronic acid on plenty of occasions, so I’ll spare you of the repetitiveness in this review. Instead let’s skim through some of the other key ingredients in this sheet mask.It contains:
- Sodium hyaluronate (505ppm),
- Avocado extract,
Full contents list: Water, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium PCA, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Ceratonia Siliqua (Carob) Gum, Glucomannan, Allantoin, Panthenol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Trehalose, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, PVM/MA Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Carbomer, Tromesthamine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Disodium EDTA
Hydrolyzed Hylauronic Acid actually only makes up 2.5ppm of the mask’s essence/ampoule – which I suppose I shouldn’t be so surprised by considering a large amount of sheet masks generally don’t contains a lot of the ingredient mentioned in the name of a sheet mask. However, knowing how Isntree are capable of making a toner with 50% Hylauronic Acid I’m a bit disappointed that they haven’t incorporated the same know-how into developing a sheet mask which is also rich in Hylauronic Acid for thoroughly treating skin which is deeply dehydrated.
Nevertheless, I quite like this mask. I wouldn’t say it’s one of my favourites, but I would repurchase it and recommend it to anyone as HA is such an inclusive ingredient for all skin types as well as multiple skin concerns.For my sensitive oily skin this mask provided the right balance of moisture to regain the firmness and plumpness that is had lost by the end of the day without causing greasiness. It didn’t seem to encourage excessive sebum production neither, which is a key factor for me personally.
Honestly there isn’t too much to say about this mask, because it isn’t unhelpful in any way nor is it so unique that I can pin point some additional benefits that makes it stand out against other comparable masks. So let’s swiftly move onto rating this mask…
Fit: 8/10, the fit isn’t bad. I had to fold it over a few times near the lower half of my face but I have to do that almost everytime with sheet masks. The fabric is soft enough to not cause irritation and sit comfortably – it has the ideal medium thickness.
Price point: 7.5/10, thesedays you can pick these up for around £3 on average across multiple online retailers based in the UK, Hong Kong and Korea which ship internationally.
Impact: 8.5/10, again I rate it highly because it does give instant results and that’s not so common. Keep this mask in mind if you want to bring that bounce back to skin if you haven’t been keeping on top of a good or consistent skincare routine for a few days or so.
Repurchase?: Yes, like I said earlier I will use this again if I have access to it at a good price and will consider buying a whole box of them as that’s more cost effective in the long run.
Overall rating: 8/10.