I’ve just had quite an eventful weekend, with both joyful and sad news that’s left me feeling rather drained. So last night, in an attempt to center myself in the chaos, I picked up the last of my Faith in Face hydrogel mask, and had an “Oh shit!” moment. I’d forgotten to prepare a post for today. Fortuitously, past PB must have had prescience of future PB’s eff-up, for she had taken all the photos necessary for me to rustle up this post in the length of time it took me to indulge in the mask.
I’d bought these Faith in Face masks in a fit of curiosity a few months ago, while browsing in a Watson’s store. I often throw a cursory eye over the sheet mask ranges, just to see what’s new, but without paying a lot of attention to them, for I don’t use sheet masks very often anymore.
But these caught my eye for a few reasons – quirky packaging (reminds you of any brand? Hint: S&G), and the fact that these are hydrogel facial masks. Wait, what?! Hydrogel face masks for just about RM10? I had to try them! :D
Sheet masks you’re familiar with are probably those paper masks with cut outs for eyes, nose and mouth, and soaked in essence. That was all I was familiar with, until I tried a hydrogel mask from Taiwanese brand, L’Herboflore. That was truly a game-changer for me.
What are hydrogel masks?
Hydrogel masks, unlike paper or fibre masks, come in a gel form. They are sometimes transparent, and sometimes opaque, depending on the different brands. While I’ve stopped being so enamoured by regular paper sheet masks, I’m pretty much sold on the hydrogel masks.
Hydrogel masks, having a gel texture, tends not to dry out as quickly on skin. This gives the added benefit of allowing your skin to absorb and retain the essence better, because it isn’t drying out, and being reabsorbed back into the paper. It also lasts longer, and from what I have tried, doesn’t drip half as much as regular paper masks. Oh, and the gel texture adheres much better to skin than paper!
The Faith in Face hydrogel masks are a little thicker, and a little more opaque, which makes them easier to handle. They come folded in the foil pack, with some plastic sheets as separators, so it’s easier to unfold them.
The one in the picture is Hold Me Tight, which is supposed to be a lifting and firming mask. It comes in 2 pieces, for the upper and lower part of the face.
While it was very nice to use, cooling down my skin significantly, and feeling very comfortable, without drying out or dripping, I felt that all it really did was to kick up my skin’s moisture level. I was left with skin that felt lovely and moisturised, after which I followed up with my regular night routine. But was it lifted and firmed? Nope. Not by a long shot. I wasn’t expecting it anyway. It’d have to be a miracle product for a sheet mask to actually lift and firm your skin – come on! :P
In fact, both the other masks felt the same for me. Nourish Me, which was a nourishing type mask, meant to revitalize skin, and Black & White Film Star, meant to be a “Flash Whitening Mask” which I take to mean instant skin brightening…. felt the same. Lovely instant boost of moisture to the skin, lovely bouncy skin that feels cool and calm… but nothing else.
Let’s be realistic here. Sheets masks don’t do zilch, except cool down your skin and give it a little moisture boost. When your skin is cooled, and moisturised, you will naturally notice that it looks a little brighter, with your pores looking less noticeable. It’s true of all sheet masks – don’t believe me, try any one and see for yourself. Besides, they are on your skin for too short a time, and most people use it too rarely, for it to actually make a difference. If you really want to see effects, use the same one EVERY DAY for a month. Then you might notice some difference :P But really, who’d do that eh?
Sheet masks are a fun treat, and although it used to be that people would laugh at how it looks like a scene from a horror movie, these days, no one bats an eyelid when they see someone using a sheet mask.
My cynicism aside, I have to say that I enjoyed using these Faith in Face hydrogel masks. They were fairly affordable for hydrogel masks (hydrogel masks are usually more expensive than paper/fibre masks), they left my skin feeling all bouncy and cool, and they were quirky. I couldn’t really ask for more.
IN A NUTSHELL
Faith in Face hydrogel masks are from Korea, and are fairly affordable for hydrogel masks. The masks adhere well to the skin, feel comfortable, contain a generous quantity of product, do not drip and do not dry up quickly. I got 3 variants, but they all only did 1 thing – leave my skin feeling cool, calm and moisturised. I usually leave them on for about 30-40 minutes, massage in any remaining product on my skin, and then follow up with my regular skincare routine. I quite like them, and if I see them on offer, or want a nice pick me up, I might buy them again.
TIP: Pop these masks in the fridge for a few minutes before using. It’s a treat for your skin!
PROS: Affordable Hydrogel mask, Adheres well to the skin, Does not dry out quickly on skin, Cools down skin, Leaves skin feeling moisturised and comfortable
CONS: Does not do anything it claims to do on the pack except cool and moisturise skin
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who enjoys using sheet masks, Anyone who wants an affordable hydrogel mask, Anyone who does not expect a miracle from just a sheet mask
PRICE: About RM10 each but goes on sale occasionally
WHERE TO BUY: Watson’s stores in Malaysia (You might be able to get them online but I’d be a little wary and always check for authenticity because you just never know!)
Have you come across these Faith in Face masks? Have you tried them?
You know, I didn’t even know they were Korean. They didn’t give off that Korean vibe. I actually thought they were Taiwanese at first, until I delved further! I’m glad that hydrogel masks are now easier to find, and more affordable. One day, I’ll talk about why I rarely use sheet masks anymore ;) Have you tried these?