This mask needs some major attention! It's amazing, and just lovely for my sensitive skin. I decided to try it after reading all the good reviews on MUA and on Sephora. I am so cautious about trying new skincare because my skin is so sensitive and reacts easily to any number of new products. But I've been wanting to add some new products to my routine just for a little pampering and moisture. Here's a quick rundown on my skin: mostly normal, slightly dry in small areas depending on allergies and weather, very sensitive, NW10.
This feels so soothing, hydrating, gentle, and effective. Basically everything I want in a face mask. It's a translucent-milky gel that dries completely clear once it's on skin. To use I cleanse my skin first, then apply a semi-thin layer all over my face (sort of thicker than I'd apply a regular facial moisturizer, so maybe about the size of a quarter for my whole face), avoiding the area directly around my eyes. It feels slightly cooling on contact but not in that potentially irritating, chemical reaction type of way. It stays semi-moist depending on how long I wear, but never fully dries even after an hour, which I actually like. That way I can talk and still move my face without it feeling like it's cracking or the gel is peeling up. To remove it I simply rinse with lukewarm water and then apply my regular skincare products.
I leave it on for anywhere between 15 minutes and an hour, depending on how much time I have and how much nourishment I feel my skin needs. I use it every few days and have experienced no negative side effects. It gives my skin a lot of extra moisture, and my skin feels so soft and smooth afterwards. Plus, my face looks rested and just very even toned and radiant. It's a great de-puffer too, so occasionally I use it in the morning if I'm looking a little puffy.
I'm not a fan of fragrance in skincare this is extremely light and unoffensive. It's a pleasant, light citrus scent, but not in a tangy or sharp way. More like a mild lemon balm or orange balm with a tiny bit of floral. Not really noticeable at all. It comes in a sturdy plastic squeeze tube that's good for travel and doesn't leak. It's $39.00 for 2.6oz.
A few websites don't have the ingredients listed so here it is:
Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Methyl Trimethicone, Glycerin, Isododecane, Propanediol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Sodium Chloride, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Lauryl Peg/Ppg-18/18 Methicone, Ophiopogon Japonicus (Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract), Peg-10 Dimethicone, Parfum (Fragrance), Chondrus Crispus (Chondrus Crispus Extract), Viola Tricolor (Hydrolyzed Viola Tricolor Extract), Maris Aqua (Sea Water), Isostearyl Alcohol, Dodecene, Potassium Sorbate, Hydrolyzed Chondrus Crispus Extract, Algae (Algae Extract), Carrageenan, Silica, Ethylhexylglycerin, Trisodium Edta, Sophora Japonica (Sophora Japonica Root Extract), Barium Sulfate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Thymus Serpillum (Thymus Serpillum Extract), Citric Acid, Maris Sal (Sea Salt), Sodium Dehydroacetate, Fagus Sylvatica (Fagus Sylvatica Bud Extract), Plankton Extract, Alumina, Tocopherol, Geraniol, Linalool, Limonene, Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides).
I wouldn't have expected NARS to have such great skincare given that it's primarily a makeup brand, but it's really impressed me lately. I bought the scrub and the Restorative Night Treatment as well and so far have had fantastic luck with all of it. I think NARS has really struck a good chord with their skincare line, making everything gentle and free of parabens. Highly recommend checking this mask out, I imagine it'd work on a lot of different skin types.