Exuviance Pigment Lifting Masque [Mask] Review


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This lift-off masque is formulated with concentrated brighteners to diminish the look of dark spots for a more even tone, leaving skin looking luminous and cushioned with moisture. Treat yourself to a pampering, intensive skin-transforming experience with this unique masque. The concentrated formula is packed with powerful ingredients selected to deliver specific brightening benefits, diminishing the look of dark spots and uneven pigmentation, so skin looks younger.
Specifically designed to adjust to fit any face, simply press the masque on your skin to adhere and lock in the active-rich formula, letting your skin absorb all the benefits of the brightening ingredients. Our patented NeoGlucosamine® gently exfoliates, helping to break up existing dark spots and creating more even pigment and youthful tone. Vitamin C takes the brightening process one step further, helping to diminish the look of existing dark spots and prevent the formation of new spots. The lightly hydrating serum leaves skin luminous and cushioned with moisture. Experience beautiful results when you lift off this special masque. Reveal a younger looking, brighter complexion with more even tone. (Description  courtesy of Exuviance.com)

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KEY FEATURES:
1. Patented NeoGlucosamine® exfoliates skin to help break up existing dark spots, creating more even pigment
2. Vitamin C amps up the brightening process by helping diminish the look of existing dark spots and preventing the formation of new spots
3. Lightly hydrating serum leaves skin luminous, cushioned with moisture
4. Masque is designed to adjust to fit any face so it adheres and locks in the active-rich formula

DIRECTIONS: After cleansing, place the masque over the entire face, gently smoothing the fabric onto skin. Leave the masque on for 10 minutes allowing skin to absorb the potent brighteners. After 10 minutes, remove and discard the masque, massaging excess solution into the skin. Follow with a moisturizer. For best results, use with Exuviance® OptiLight products. Use once or twice a week.

KEY INGREDIENTS: NeoGlucosamine®, Vitamin C.

INGREDIENT LIST: Aqua (Water), Trimethylolpropane Tricaprylate/Tricaprate, Butylene Glycol, Acetyl Glucosamine, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Acetyl Tyrosinamide, 4-Butylresorcinol, Citric Acid, Phospholipids, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Elettaria Cardamomum Seed Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Hedychium Spicatum Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Hibiscus Abelmoschus Extract, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Polianthes Tuberosa Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Ceteth-24, Ceteareth-20, Steareth-2, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Ammonium Hydroxide, Sodium Citrate, Limonene, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, CI 60730 (Ext. Violet 2), CI 42090 (Blue 1).

THE FIT: So this is not the best fitting mask. Although they say it is designed to fit any face, I did not find that to be the case. The ‘design’ feature I think they are referring to is the many slits around the edges (which is a huge plus). This is something different from the typical Asian sheet mask which I usually have to make slits in order for them to fit properly. I am not sure is the largeness of the mask is due to the idea that the bone structure of Westerners is larger than that of Asians. The lifting edges will make it difficult to sit upright so it is best to lay down or sit in a reclined position. Even then due to the thickness of the mask it does not lay flush to the skin. 

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MY THOUGHTS: Despite my comments on the fit of the masque/mask, I actually think it is working. I have only used a couple of the masks to date because after use I noticed a bit of dryness and peeling. The exfoliating effects of NeoGlucosamine® at work? But I have noticed that my skin looks a bit lighter. I am not using any other whitening/lightening/brightening masks or products so I am quite sure that the difference I see is due to this product. I can only use this once every two weeks (I use soothing and hydrating masks in between) because of the dryness but I am willing to use all the mask in order to see the difference. I will try to post a 12 week update.
Another thing that I noticed is that right out of the packet the masque appears and feels dry. In the Asian mask world this would be frowned upon. However, it is moist to the touch which I find strange and even will the ill fit, after the 10 minutes one does observe the solution [essence] remaining to be massaged into the skin.  The masque also has a light blue color which I thought would transfer to the skin but it did not and as it dried (well to me) the fabric turns white.At first when the description said lift-off masque I thought it was one of those new rubber or modeling clay masks that you would actually have to lift off. But alas this is a sheet mask. 
The masque (6 masques at 0.60 fl oz per masque packette) retails for $65 on Exuviance. A fair price for a well formulated product that works. 

Made in the USA.

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Disclaimer: These products received from Exuviance and their representatives through BrandBacker for review considerations. This does not  influence my opinion and this review is based on my experience with the product. The overall description of the product, image, benefits and ingredients were adapted from information provided by Exuviance.

Miss Carol Kiwi Whitening and Brightening Mask

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MISS CAROL Kiwi Whitening & Brightening Mask improves dullness and uneven skin tone. Kiwis are yummy fruits that contain twice as much vitamin C as other fruits. 

Suitable for: For all skin types

Functions to: Whiten, Brighten, and  Nourish

How to Use: After cleansing and applying toner, apply mask evenly onto face. Leave on for 15 -20 minutes. Remove gently and pat remaining essence into the skin.

Type of Mask: Paper Mask

Volume: 20g/mask

Where to Purchase: Part of a monthly subscription program but can be purchased from sasa.com

Would I Repurchase: Probably not. It didn’t do anything amazing.

Price: $1 – $1.50

Country: Made in Korea

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Leaders Insolution Sheet/Coconut Gel Mask Haul

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I hauled a few sheet masks from the Leaders Insolution 2015 Black Friday/Cyber Monday 60% off sale. I am a huge fan of their Teatree Relaxing Relaxing Renewal Mask (provides oil control and helps to soothe irritated, sensitive skin). It is my go to sheet mask for whenever I have a breakout, even one pimple. I always have a couple in my stash. Sheet/gel masks are a fantastic addition to anyone’s skincare routine. There is a mask for every and any skin issue and skin type. I picked up a few others that I have not tried before:

Balancing Recovery [Coconut Gel] Mask balances skin by cleaning pores and reducing excess oil.

Brightening Recovery [Coconut Gel] Mask brightens dull and uneven skin tone.

Broccoli Superfood [Coconut Gel] Mask conditions and softens the skin leaving it fresh, youthful, soft and glowing.

Stepsolution Shining and Lifting Eye Patch (2-step) is a pearl hydrogel eye patch that delivers an intensive nourishing and illuminating effect.

Illuminating (Mela-Tox) Treatment Mask intensely brightens dull skin.

Vita Brightening Renewal [cotton] Mask provides an instant energy boost for dull skin while minimizing dark spots and brightening complexion.

Black Aqua Pore-Scaling Charcoal [cotton] Mask contains charcoal and volcanic ash that remove impurities; chlorella and green tea extracts deeply hydrates skin.

Anti-Aging Treatment [cotton] Mask improves elasticity and firmness.

Aloe Soothing Renewal [cotton] Mask relieves sensitive skin from stressors.

AC Clear Treatment [cotton] Mask provides relief for irritated, stressed, and sensitive skin due to breakouts and various harmful external factors.

Orange Superfood [Coconut Gel] Mask brightens the skin and improves skin texture by cleansing and tightening the pores.

These masks retail bewteen $2 -$4 on the Leaders Cosmetic USA site (currently having a 50% off sale)  but can be found for less on other Asian Beauty retailers such as Imomoko, ebay and Amazon.

PBMDisclaimer: The brief description for each mask was adapted from the descriptions on the Leaders website.

 

‘Black Friday’ Haul #1- Pretty & Cute

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I received the first of my post-Thanksgiving/Black Friday hauling a few days ago. Up first is all these lovely masks I picked up from Pretty and Cute. It was super fast shipping.  Not only was the shipping exceptional but the sale was even better.  They offered 30% off sitewide: 35% of Skin79 and 40% off Lioele products.

I just went with the 30% off since I got a variety of products. These masks ranged from around $1.50 to $2.50 and I picked up 2 of each.

The Face Shop real natural Green Tea mask.

Lioele Viva La Vida Whitening, Perfect Essence Brightening and Ginseng masks.

Holika Holika Aloe, Tea Tree, Honey and Pomegranate Juicy; Ceramics + Honey, Arbutin + Pearl sheet masks.

Purederm Skin Recovery Red Ginseng Essence masks.

My Beauty Diary Roe, Sake Yeast and Black Pearl masks.

Girl’s Day Shining Pearl, Protect & Healing Red Ginseng, Fresh Vitamin C, Moisturizing Snail  Collagen masks.

Naruko Rose & Botani HA Aqua Cubic Hydrating masks.

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#iloveprettyandcute #haul #prettyandcutehaul #beauty #mybeautydiary #HolikaHolika #Naruko #GirlsDay #TheFaceShop #Lioele and #Purederm

Baviphat Urban DollKiss China RMB Clean Mask – Review

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Baviphat Urban DollKiss China RMB Clean Mask– Hyaluronic acid, fruit extracts and vitamins aim to provide long lasting moisture.

Suitable for:  For all skin types (assumed).

How to Use: After cleansing and applying toner, apply mask evenly onto face. Leave on for 15 -20 minutes. Remove gently and pat remaining essence into the skin.

Type of Mask: Sheet Mask

Volume: 15ml/mask

Where to Purchase: No retailer can be found and this mask was a part of a monthly subscription program.

Price:  NA

Country: Made in Korea

Would I repurchase? No.  I had the same thoughts about this mask as the previous one I tried. It had a pleasant smell but not a lot of essence. The essence here felt very viscous but not moisturising and the sheet itself felt like it a damp piece of cloth.  The packaging is cute but this was not able to redeem the mask.  About ten minutes into the process the mask dried out.

L’HERBOFLORE Garden of Venus-Immortelle Uplift Firming Mask – Review

20151119_231534~2_resizedA firming sheet mask enriched with Helichrysum italicum (Immortelle flower) extract to enhance the elasticity of the skin and minimize the effects of aging. Immortelle is also known as the everlasting flower, and it helps tighten, soften and brighten the skin. 

Immortelle flower or Helichrysum italicum is a flowering plant in the Daisy family. It is sometimes called the curry plant because of the strong and distinct smell of curry emanating from the leaves and primarily grows in the Mediterranean. The plant produces an oil from its blossoms which is used for medicinal purposes. It has anti-inflammatory, fungicidal, and astringent properties and is used to soothes burns and chapped skin.

Suitable for: All skin types.

How to Use: After cleansing, remove backing and apply mask evenly onto face.  Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove sheet and gently pat remaining essence into the skin.

Type of Mask: Sheet Mask

Volume: 30ml/mask

Where to Purchase: I purchased from Chuusi (Canadian online skincare boutique) but I have seen this brand being sold by other online Asian beauty retailers.

Price: $2.25 – $4.00

Origin: Made in Taiwan

Would I repurchase? Yes. I immediately fell in love with this mask. There is no ‘curry’ smell to this mask instead it was slightly scented (not irritating) and smelt divine. The mask was saturated with essence with not too much remaining in the packet. After 20mins the mask was still wet and I kept it on for another 15mins. It felt that good on the skin. Afterwards the remaining essence was quickly absorbed and did not leave the face feeling sticky and uncomfortable. My skin felt good, soft and there was a noticeable glow. I look forward to using this mask again and others from the L’Herboflore line.

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Shop Chuusi Sheet Mask Haul

I came across Chuusi via Instagram and was immediately hooked. This Canadian based Asian beauty store carries a nice variety Asian makeup and skincare products. The prices are quoted in Canadian dollars but once accessed from the US immediately converts to USD. As long as the exchange rate is in our favor I am happy and the prices are some of the most reasonable that I have seen to date. I discovered a new brand L’Herboflore that I am totally in love with. I purchased the masks below with a coupon but I will most likely purchase without one. 

20151116_214150~2_resizedL’HerbofloreParty Sweetheart Sweety Strawberry Whitening & Sweety Black Tea Balancing Masks; Oriental Herb Four Kernels Oil-Control & Eight Elixir Royal Whitening Masks; Garden of Venus Grape Anti-Aging, Pear Nourishing, Lychee Translucent Hydromasks, Immortelle Uplift Firming and Cherry Blossom Whitening Masks; Aegean Sea Chlorella Anti-Oxidant Firming & Black Pearl Whitening Masks. This brand originates from Taiwan.

InnisfreeIt’s Real Squeeze Masks in Shea Butter, Pomegranate, Bija, Acai Berry, Manuka Honey. This brand originates from Korea.

Tony Moly – I’m Real Sheet Masks in Seaweed (Skin Purifying), Tomato (Radiance), Red Wine (Pore Care), Makgeoli (Skin Purifying). As well as a few samples. This brand originates from Korea.

IMG_20151121_173320-2_resizedEtude House (Made in Korea) Green Tea Nose Pack ; Lovemore (Made in Taiwan) Herba Saussurea Involucrata (Snow Lotus) Revival, Loofah & Aloe Vera Hydrating and Pearl Barley & Milk Smoothing Sheet Masks. They have a nice selection of LoveMore (a highly sort after brand) masks, another brand I LOVE!!!!!! And they are so affordable.

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Baviphat Urban DollKiss Euro Solution Mask – Review

PhotoGrid_1444017126864_resizedBaviphat Urban DollKiss Euro Solution Mask– Is packed with antioxidants including Centella Asiatica to fight free radicals and heal troubled skin.Centella is a herbal extract that is often used in ointments particularly psoriasis and aides in the  healing of minor wounds. This mask is described as great in relieving the skin from daily environmental stressors.

It is difficult to find anything about this company especially this line of sheet masks. It seems that they can only be traced to Beauteque’s Mask Maven subscription program.

Suitable for:  For all skin types (assumed).

How to Use: After cleansing and applying toner, apply mask evenly onto face. Leave on for 15 -20 minutes. Remove gently and pat remaining essence into the skin.

Type of Mask: Sheet Mask

Volume: 15ml/mask

Where to Purchase: No retailer can be found and this mask was a part of a monthly subscription program.

Price:  NA

Country: Made in Korea

Would I repurchase? No. This mask has virtually no essence and the sheet comes out of the package almost dry. the packaging is cute and it feels as if there is a lot happening inside. By 10 minutes into the process the mask completely dries out. 

Etude House Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Mask

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Hyaluronic acid provides rich moisture to keep skin hydrated. This mask is Formulated with various botanical extracts for healthier more radiant skin.

Suitable for:  For all skin types, especially dry skin.

How to Use: After cleansing and applying toner, apply mask evenly onto face. Leave on for 10 -15 minutes. Remove gently and pat remaining essence into the skin.

Type of Mask: Cotton Sheet Mask

Volume: 20ml/mask

Where to Purchase: Any online retailer that sells sheet masks such as online beauty boutiques, ebay and Amazon.

Price:  $1.00 – $2.50

Country: Made in Korea

Would I repurchase? No. The main reason is because of the fragrance. I am very sensitive to fragrance in skincare products especially if it is not a wash off product. The fragrance lingers for hours.  The mask is a bit small and as with most sheet masks I had to cut the section over the bridge of the nose. Apart from that it was okay. The essence was milky (an emulsion) and saturated the mask well, with about a teaspoon remaining in the package once sheet was removed. Once the sheet is removed the essence is a bit tacky but eventually is absorbed, slightly similar to a thick lotion.

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MASKGENIE OCTOBER 2015 MASK POUCH

October’s pouch has a few masks that I am excited to try: the Mediheal Dress Code Black and Elizavecca Milky Piggy 24K Gold Waterdew Snail Mask Pack. I am most intrigued by the Bio’MAIN Cordyseps Sinensis Sleeping Pack.

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  1. Shara Shara Baby Hand & Nail Mask (Korea)
  2. Scinic Black Dual Mask Aqua White (Korea)
  3. Mediheal Dress Code Black (Korea)
  4. Sister Diary Cactus Loofah Mask (Taiwan)
  5. Elizavecca Milky Piggy 24K Gold Waterdew Snail Mask Pack (Korea)
  6. MAJN Activating & Tightening Eye Mask (Hong Kong)
  7. Bio’MAIN Cordyseps Sinensis Sleeping Pack (Taiwan)
  8. Beauty Mate Anti-Blemish Repairing Mask (Taiwan)
  9. Dr. Morita Hyaluronic Acid Essence Mask (Taiwan)
  10. Biore Nose Patch (Japan) 

Here is MaskGenie’s review/recap/unpouching of the October 2015 Pouch