Recently, I am on a masking regime that goes at least twice - thrice a week. I was running low on masks already so I decided to try out Face in Faith's masks which I've been seeing some girls on my Instastory use and rave about.
Just to try it out, I bought their After Shower Look hydrogel masks from Watsons. The original price was $14.50 and I got them at $11.60 because they were having a 20% sale. For a drugstore mask, it was pretty pricey because there were only 3 pieces in the box. If I were to get it at full price, it would have been almost $5/piece as compared to My Beauty Diary masks which are priced at $16.90 for 10 pieces ($1.69/piece).
There are other ranges of masks but I picked the After Shower Look because it claims to give you "moist skin just like 'After showering", and my face has been a little dehydrated lately. I'm not too sure if the 'after shower look' means moisturised-looking skin but after showering, my impression of skin after shower is squeaky clean and a little dried out. I usually dash out of the toilet and into my room to perform my skincare routine. But it's quite interesting so it was worth a shot to me. On top of that, all hydrogel masks by FIF are paraben free, mineral oil free and cruelty free. For one, I was excited to try out a hydrogel face mask because I've never tried one before.
First, cleanse your face. Open the pouch and do a patch test by applying a bit of the essence to your wrist.
Carefully peel off the thicker protective film from the upper and lower parts of the mask. Apply the mask, fitting it to the curves of your face. Then, remove the thinner protective film from the outside of the mask.
After 30 minutes, remove the mask and discard. Gently pat the face with fingertips to help the skin absorb the remaining essence.
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Dimethicone, Sodium PCA, Cellulose Gum, Polyacrylate-13, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Sodium Polyacrylate, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Sodium Hyaluronate, CI 42090
The mask was of a thicker quality than I expected which made me feel better about the pricing. Still, it is quite fragile, so careful handling is required. It's not difficult to get the mask off the protective films and onto the face. As I've already read prior reviews, I was aware that it's a 2 piece mask (top part covers forehead, nose and cheeks, bottom part covers chin and jaw). The fit was fine just as Korean/Japanese/Taiwanese masks made for Asian faces.
The immediate feeling after application was a slight cooling sensation and the mask continues to sit comfortably on my face. But I had to lie or lean on my bed's headrest or else it feels like it would slip off.
30 minutes later, the mask got significantly drier than when it was fresh out of the packet.
Did it really give me the 'after shower' skin look? Nope.
Skin was softer after removing the mask but that effect didn't last through the day. Skin wasn't significantly moisturised either. For a mask that costs almost $5 a pop, I'd have to say I expected a lot more.
However, I did like that the mask wasn't dripping wet with serum because some of my sheet masks are like that and it gets onto my phone and clothes, which can get a little messy.
It would be unlikely for me to repurchase but I do have one more face mask to try from FIF that I purchased out of curiosity - their Signature Gold Mask that was sold individually so I picked up one piece at $4.95 (about the same price as the non-premium FIF masks).