Ultimate Nourishing Honey Overnight Mask
COSRX’s Ultimate Nourishing Honey Overnight Mask’s formula hits a lot of high notes on paper and in real-life use, but ultimately falls just short of achieving our highest rating.
Packaged in an opaque plastic squeeze tube, this fragrance-free leave-on mask has a moisturizing, lightweight gel texture that feels like a dream and is suitable for all skin types. It’s hydrating without being heavy, and soaks into skin, leaving it immediately soft and smooth.
Front and center on the ingredient list is antioxidant and skin-soothing propolis extract, along with water-binding amino acid arginine, skin-plumping sodium hyaluronate, and skin-soothing allantoin. All of these will contribute to moisturized, soothed skin, though despite this face mask’s name, it doesn’t actually contain any honey. It does contain the emollient honey-adjacent ingredients propolis extract and beeswax (it’s just that these are not the same as honey).
Aside from the misnomer, the main reason this doesn’t earn our highest rating is that a more robust formula would be better to achieve the clearer, smoother looking skin COSRX says this can lead to. Overall, it’s a very good option, but it could be even better with some more antioxidants, ceramides, or other skin-loving ingredients.
- Lightweight gel texture is hydrating without being heavy.
- Leaves skin feeling soft and smooth.
- Contains antioxidant, skin-plumping, and skin-soothing ingredients.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Formula would be more impressive with additional beneficial ingredients.
- Doesn’t include the honey that’s in the product’s name.
A brighter, more beautiful complexion is easier to achieve than you think with COSRX's Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask. Crafted with pure propolis and honey extracts, this overnight mask helps reduce the appearance of breakouts and dryness, leading to a clearer, healthier-looking complexion.
COSRX is one of a growing number of Korean beauty brands – a category known by many simply as K Beauty – that’s gaining a foothold in the Western cosmetics world. COSRX got its start in 2014, though it’s essentially an offspring of older “sister” brands, including C20 and Gatzmen, which have longer-standing histories in the Korean market. As the story goes, COSRX came about after the parent company compiled a decade’s worth of research based on customer data and beauty consumer research.
The brand name, as you might have guessed, is a mash-up of “cosmetics” and “RX” (for prescription), and illustrates COSRX’s overall philosophy. Whereas some other K-beauty brands are known for whimsical packaging and brightly-colored products, CosRX’s focus is minimalistic packaging and products designed to target specific skin care concerns, each highlighted by active ingredients.
To that end, the brand is largely successful. Most of the packaging is designed to protect light- and air-sensitive ingredients, though there are some jars in the mix. The formulas focus on active ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acids, hyaluronic acid, and beta hydroxy acid (though it should be noted, COSRX uses BHA derivatives, since salicylic acid’s use is restricted in Korea).
Most of the exfoliants are formulated at the optimal pH for exfoliation, which is between 3 and 4, and are fragrance free. Unfortunately there are some formulas that include natural ingredients that can potentially sensitize skin, including pine and cedar extracts, and anise fruit extract – proof once again that natural isn’t always better! Some products also contain drying alcohol, which is interesting since other products are specifically advertised as being “alcohol-free.”
Overall, this line is worth considering, especially if you prefer a more targeted approach to skin care that focuses on science rather than trends. For more information, visit cosrx.kr, the brand’s official Korean site. COSRX is available for purchase at several U.S. and online retailers, including Ulta, Amazon, and SokoGlam.
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