'Winter' is my perfect excuse to indulge my love for face masks.
Today's one I'm particularly excited because what I have to share is a massive dupe for another coveted, 'trendy' (I hate that word) and expensive mask. You probably already know I'm talking about the Fresh Rose Face Mask, which is just about everything I love in a good, basic face mask - namely botanical extracts, soothing and antioxidant properties, damn well hydrating and a gel or jelly texture.
You may have already seen me sneak this mask into my Korean Skincare Dupes post - but for those who haven't, I introduce Korea's Dearpacker Royal Black Tea & Black Rose Mask. A deeply hydrating gel made from 70% black tea and rose extracts, this mask calms, plumps and replenishes the skin with lost moisture.
Packaging for me is neither here nor there if I'm perfectly honest. The lid design is pretty enough (actually the box is really pretty and cute - it makes me want a quaint little tea party with Viennese Whirls or something) but the jar itself is plastic and I admit I yearn for it to be glass. I suppose what more can I expect with it being more affordable - Fresh is still plastic at $62!
On first impressions this mask has a fresh, citrus-y rose scent - you can actually pick out the rose and tea which I think is reassuring. The jelly consistency is a delight with all it's bounciness - I adore this kind of texture if I haven't emphasised that enough already. There's a caramel tinge to the gel, just like the Fresh mask, inside of which little particles of tea are suspended, and the packaging is inclusive of the obligatory 'tiny spatula' to save you dipping your fingers into it.
Rose Extract, Black Tea Extract, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sophorae Fructus Extract, Panthenol, Rose Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Calendula Oil, Borage Oil, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Chamomile Flower Oil, Lavender Oil, Black Tea Leaf, Lemon Peel Oil, Bergamot Fruit Oil, Orange Peel Oil, Juniper Oil, Methyl Gluceth 20, Propanediol, PEG 60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Carbomer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Potassium Hydroxide, EDTA, Trisodium Iodide, Fragrance, Limonene, Linalool.
and in comparison to Fresh:
Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Rosa Centifolia Flower, Maris Aqua (Sea Water), Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Porphyridium Cruentum Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, Faex (Yeast Extract), Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Caramel, Maltodextrin, Parfum (Fragrance), BHT, Citronellol, Phenoxyethanol.
You can see that the two formulas are pretty similar - the Fresh contains more/different botanical extracts but the Dearpacker has it's active ingredients at the forefront of the list - which, to be frank, I prefer. I would just say that the inclusion of citrus and lavender oils could potentially be irritating to uber-sensitive skins so bear that in mind if you react to things like that - I can honestly say though I've had no hint of irritation and my skin loves this mask.
On the skin the mask has a lovely cooling sensation, obviously even more so if you use it from the fridge - great for post-hot bath or summer situations. Speckled with little bits of tea, I've got to admit I look somewhat diseased when wearing this - but the results are more than worth it. It's recommend to keep this on for around 10 minutes - but I slather on a thick layer and leave it on longer - sometimes in conjunction with my Silicone mask to prevent evaporation, which is a real help. After perhaps half an hour, I rinse away the mask and my skin feels gloriously plump, hydrated and youthful. I definitely feel that gel masks like this are some of the best hydrators, and the proof is in the pudding. Giving such soft skin, this mask I find is exceptionally useful to use prior to makeup, as everything glides on effortlessly, or whilst multimasking - where I'll take my Alpha H Pore mask through the centre of my face and the Dearpacker everywhere else.
I also picked out the Black Ginseng Hydromask - a hydrogel sheet mask that promises to brighten and anti-age. A super smooth, slippery mask that's divided into two parts, fits to the contours of your face perfectly for maximum surface area. With high concentrations of niacinamide (our favourite brightening ingredient), green tea antioxidants and wonder-extract ginseng, it's a great 'better-than-basic' mask that offers a little more than 'just' hydration.
Purified Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Carrageenan Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ginseng Extract (100ppm), Chinese Skullcap Extract, Green Tea Extract, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Horsetail Extract, Caprylic Glycol, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment, Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Black Iron Oxide, PEG 60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Allantoin, Pine Leaf Extract, Birch Sap, Honey Extract, Pine Mushroom Extract, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Adenosine, Disodium, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, Red Iron Oxide, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizite, Bergamot Berry Oil, Lime Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Juniper Oil, Coriander Oil, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Secret Tree Oil, Gold (1ppm), Potassium Hydroxide.
I love coming across products I can rave about - especially face masks, that have the potential to make such a big difference to the skin - and happily, these are some of them. I think the tea and rose mask especially will be keeping it's place front and centre of my skincare collection. BBcosmetics were also kind enough to offer the coupon code BARELYTHEREBEAUTY for 8% off your order (from which I make no gains), so feel free to go wild! They stock more of the Dearpacker mask range - like the Miracle Time Lifting Mask or the nourishing Avocado Mascream (mask/cream).
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