Friday, July 1, 2016

Masking The Truth

face masks (clockwise from top): Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask, Dr. Jart Vital Hydra Solution, and Dr. Jart Brightening Solution; eye mask: Forever 21

I'm kind of obsessed with face masks now that I've finally found a few good ones. I remember the days of picking up ninety-nine cent clay masks in the checkout aisle at WalMart and begging my mom if I could get one. Since then I've transitioned to the self-heating, soothing feeling of Biore's charcoal mask and then eventually upgraded to the magic of Glossier and Dr. Jart. Though I'm not quite on the level of masking nirvana, I definitely have a variety of favorites --and a couple of disappointments-- to share.

I l-o-v-e the Glossier Moisturizing Moon mask. I've talked about it ad nauseum on A Glamorous Revelation, but this time instead of using it as part of my Sunday night masking ritual I've been mixing in activated charcoal to each dollop before slathering it across my face in the mornings. The results were a more satisfyingly hydrated, deeply cleansed face prepped for makeup application. In the absence of my Glossier galaxy mask, it served its ultimate dual purpose of clearing my pours and hydrating skin without being too harsh.

But the moisturizing moon mask + charcoal had nothing on the amazing results of the Dr. Jart Brightening Solution sheet mask. I am borderline obsessed with this sheet mask now and am already mourning the precious dollars I will spend buying more in the future. The quality of the serum was definitely above average, but the quality of the sheet mask material itself sealed the deal. Once applied, it locked in place without a single budge during the 40+ minutes I had it on. My biggest sheet mask pet peeve is that when they are on your face they don't stay put when you talk or move any facial muscles; a problem I no longer have to face with Dr. Jart sheet masks. After leaving the sheet on my face for twice as long as the recommended time, I washed my face and basked in the glorious results of a brighter face and slightly less visible scars.

However, I can't say the same for Dr. Jart's Vital Hydra Solution. During the summer, hydration is barely a problem for my skin so this sheet mask didn't have much to work on. Nonetheless I barely saw any changes in the state of my skin and would hardly say it made a lasting difference. This mask came after my day with the Brightening Solution Dr. Jart mask so my expectations were high, but with the price of the VHS I had to be honest with myself about what it did for my skin.... Nothing. I really wanted it to be amazing, especially since the quality of the mask material was almost as good as the Brightening Solution and the mask serum felt sooo soothing on my face. But alas, I am an honest lad and must say I am thoroughly disappointed.