It’s been a couple of years since I used a sheet mask from Nature Republic. I stopped buying Nature Republic masks because some varieties were inconsistent with the quality of others despite belong to the same range. I vaguely remember their masks being thick, almost tissue like, with the essence being so runny that most of it ended up on your clothes and bathroom floor. In other words, their old masks could be described as “first generation” masks – basic masks for affordable daily masking. Since then Nature Republic (NR) have updated their “Real Nature Mask Sheet” collection which is more fitting to second generation mask characteristics.
What’s changed? – These Real Nature are thinner and have more manoeuvrability; to a degree they are more flexible for hugging the contours of facial features without lifting up at the edges throughout wear.
The essence/ampoule used for these masks is of a better quality – still watery but viscous enough to not drip too much.
Today, we are analysing the Royal Jelly version in particular. It’s purpose is to moisturise and nourish skin whilst adding in a natural source of anti-bacterial and anti-septics provided by the Royal Jelly itself. Royal Jelly is described as having a slight milky semi-transparent texture and appearance, which separates it from honey which typically is clearer and more sticky. It’s composition and qualities are favoured by all skin types and can even be used by acne-prone skin types; further quenching the thirst of inner and outer dry skin.
Other than Royal Jelly key ingredients which stand out to me are Adenosine, Arginine, Centella Asiatica Extract and Chamomilla flower extract.
Full Ingredients list:
Aqua, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Alcohol, 1.2-Hexanediol, Adenosine Arginine, Butylene Glycol Carbomer Centella Asiatica Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Extract Citrus Limon Fruit Extract Disodium Edta Ethylhexylghlycerin Glycery! Acrylate / Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Glyceryl Caprylate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Parfum Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oi Pvm / Ma Copolymer, Pyrus Malus Fruit Extract, Royal Jelly Extract. Sodium Hyaiuronate. Trehalase, Vitis Vinifera Fruit Extract Phenoxyethanol
I used this mask in the morning rather than in the evening as I usually would because my skin was feeling depleted and lack plumpness, because I forgot to apply my night moisturiser the night before. I took to this mask in search of the rich nourishment my skin clearly required at that point in time. The mask itself was very comparable and didn’t dry too quickly or before the 10~20 minute time frame stated on the back of the packaging. I was satisfied with the amount of essence the sheet held and it wasn’t difficult to extract the remaining essence from the bottom of the packaging.
Fit: 8/10, it required minimal overlapping as the sizing was large but not so huge that it drastically effected the positioning. The fabric above the lip area, just beneath the nose, was a bit too wide but also stayed in place.
Price point: 8.5/10. Currently at the only UK based Nature Republic branch and on their website these cost 1.79 a sheet, which is very decent for a mask outside of Korea. Which means they cost around the same as the Garnier sheet masks which are commonly found in Europe. If you happen to go to Korea, or take a look on YesStyle or wholesale type K-beauty websites you are likely to find these masks in multi packs of 10 or 10+10 (buy one pack and get another for free) for around $10~$15. Bargain!
Impact: 7/10. It restored plumpness and stopped my skin feeling uncomfortable. The only thing I didn’t like is that it didn’t leave much residue to gradually seep into skin after wear.
Repurchase?: Yes, I already got myself a back up.
Overall rating: 7.5/10.