There's no doubt Korea has a reputation for being on the cutting edge of beauty, introducing products like BB creams and cushion makeup to the world, with Western brands quickly catching on. Sheet masks are one of the latest Korean trends to catch fire, and Sephora's take on this type of mask is surprisingly good!
What is a sheet mask? It's a fiber mask (with cut-outs for your eyes, nose, and mouth) that's saturated in moisturizer or a mask formula and then laid on the face for a period of time and then removed. It's not a groundbreaking delivery system but it can be fun, though COMPLETELY unnecessary, it is not a better delivery system for ingredients in any way shape or form!
Honey Mask is designed to be hydrating and is recommended for dry to very dry skin. The mask is richly saturated with moisturizer, though not drippy, and it adheres easily. Sephora directs you to leave it on for 15 minutes and then take it off, but not to rinse off the moisturizer once you're done.
Because of its formula, this mask never truly "dries down" (as some do), but instead feels wet the entire time it's on. Once you take it off though, the moisturizer absorbs quickly, leaving skin feeling softer and hydrated, though not tacky. Very nice!
As for the ingredients, there are some tried-and-true emollients (among them glycerin, castor oil, aloe vera, and the honey that gives this product its name) that will soothe dry skin. It also contains fragrance so be forewarned that can be sensitizing for all skin types.
Although this is overall a good mask that does what it says, the reason it doesn't rate higher is that it would be better served by a more robust mix of beneficial ingredients (including antioxidants and skin-replenishing ingredients). Still, it's a fun product to try for a spa like experience!
- Easy to use.
- Leaves skin feeler softer and hydrated.
- Features good emollients and skin-soothing ingredients for dry skin.
- Formula would be more impressive with additional beneficial ingredients.
Sephora's first foray into skin care was back in 1994, when they offered a colorful, artfully packaged selection of bath gels. Their facial skin-care came on the scene a few years later, but for the most part wasn't worth waiting for. Sephora must not have been too pleased with these earlier versions, because lots of retooling has been done, although, sad to say, that hasn't improved on the ordinary, mundane status their products have consistently shared. Makeup is what Sephora's house brand does best. The only reason to shop this inexpensive skin-care selection is for everyday basics or the occasional impulse buy you may or may not enjoy adding to your routine. Otherwise, most of the skin-careproducts can't compete with the other brands sold in Sephora boutiques worldwide.
Note: Sephora is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Sephora may not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they dont test on animals unless required by law. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Research Team.
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Once an incomplete line lacking such basics as foundation and concealer, Sephora's color collection has blossomed into a comprehensive group of products, most of which are priced considerably lower than products from the many other lines sold intheir boutiques. Although the low price and the selection may draw you in, not everything is worth exploring; for example, some of the products (for example the inexpensive pencils, which are not worth considering) demonstrate the old adage that sometimes you really do get what you pay for. That's not to say you have to spend a lot of money for quality makeup, but it does seem that many of Sephora's potential bargains are below average in terms of performance.
What you really should pay attention to are the pressed-powder foundation, one of the concealers, the powder blush, the liquid shimmer, and a few of the mascaras. Of course, the hallmark of this line has always been an extensive selection of makeup brushes. That still holds true, and you'll find that in this case the prices are more than fair.
More than most other makeup lines, Sephora excels with their accessory offerings. From makeup bags to train cases and on to all manner of beauty tools (from tweezers to nail clippers and manicure aids), the selection means you will assuredly find something that meets your needs. It's easy to get caught up in the variety and scope of Sephora's makeup, and testers are readily available so you can play all you want. That's great, but it doesnt compensate for a line with more than its share of average to poor products (and they change frequently, often not for the better). However, if you pay attention to the favorably rated products, you're more than likely to be very pleased.
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