Hello fwends! I am so sorry this review is going up late–I had a million things to do yesterday (but I’m still calling this Mask Monday haha).
For this installment of my mask review I tested the Master Lab TonyMoly Intensive Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating face mask. Some of you might remember that I purchased this mask in my Shop Hush Haul. I believe I purchased this mask for $3 USD.
First of all, let’s go over what hyaluronic acid is because it kind of sounds scary, right? H-Acid is a natural acid found within the body (it’s in our eyeballs) that was formerly used to primarily treat burns or skin disorders topically and joint pain.
In more recent years H-Acid has been discovered as a miracle product for anti-aging. I compare hyaluronic acid to heavy cream. It is a liquid substance that looks and feels like water, but is heavier and richer and more packed with moisture. Applying this acid onto the skin keeps the top layers feeling moisturized and looking youthful.
The purpose of this H-Acid mask is to inject moisture into the skin for a youthful, dewy, plumped look. It claims to absorb quickly and intensely hydrate the skin.
This is another sheet mask where the pouch contained excess liquid. The sheet itself was a standard sheet mask though the mouth was too narrow for my face and I had to adjust that. Overall the sheet fit my face well.
Similar to my last review, I applied this mask on Sunday morning after washing my face. This time, I steamed my pores open with a hot towel prior to application. Once the mask was applied I let it sit untouched for 20 minutes.
A couple things I noticed is that the mask actually dried onto my face. When I went to take it off, it kind of stuck to my skin. I’ve never had that happen before. My skin is somewhat oily so perhaps the steaming caused more absorption of the product. I also noticed a very fine outline of where the mask had been applied, and those imprints lasted most of the day.
I felt my face was tightened and had a subtle, hydrated glow. It felt almost tacky to the touch and I felt the smile lines on the left side of my mouth had diminished a bit. The right side is my problem area; I didn’t notice much of a difference there.
I relaxed around the house for another hour or so, makeup free, then applied a lot of moisturizer and sunblock before makeup to go out for a few hours. When I got home I cleaned my face off and, like last Monday’s mask, I applied the leftover serum in layers until I’d used it all to sleep overnight in.
I woke up with still a tacky feeling to my skin and a nice, plump look. Still no progress with the right side mouth wrinkles though.
I have tried other products containing hyaluronic acid so I knew what to expect. This mask did leave my skin with a subtle plumpness that I feel was true to it’s claims. Though I did feel hydrated from using this mask, I would not say it is intensely hydrating to someone with dry skin. Perhaps just averagely hydrating.
All in all, I felt this was $3 dollars well spent although I am not sure if I’d be so quick to purchase this exact mask in the near future. I wasn’t very happy with the weird tackiness or the way the sheet left imprints on my skin. I do recommend trying this out, and I feel that it could work well on sensitive skin types. It isn’t going to have you glowing like you just used a Becca or ABH highlighter, but it gives a nice, healthy radiance. Using this mask has made me curious to try other hydrating masks for a comparison, or other products containing hyaluronic acid.
Have you ever tried this mask? Overall, what have your experiences been with other hydrating masks? Or what has your experience been with hyaluronic acid?
Thanks for reading everyone! I am looking forward to writing my next review.
PS: photo courtesy of Shop Hush!