StarSkin Calming Mask
I’ve been reading about and spotting StarSkin masks for ages now and always wondered if they could worth the £8.50 price tag for a single mask. So I was pleased to receive one in my December Rose Edit Glossybox and last week I finally got around to trying it out.
The version of this product I tested was the Calming ‘Behind the Scenes’ one. This one is aimed at refining pores, purifying and sebum balancing – perfect for my combination/oily skin.
I should probably admit to doing something stupid at this point; when I opened the sachet and took out the mask, I initially tried to apply it to my face having removed ONE sheet of backing paper stuff when there are in fact TWO, one on each side of the mask. Needless to say, the mask didn’t sit properly on my face with one layer of backing paper still attached! Once I’d figured this out and removed both, the mask was much easier to apply and smooth out onto the face!
There is one element of this mask that almost put me off at the outset – the texture of it. The packet says that there are 30ml of serum in each sachet and they’re not kidding! There’s so much serum that I’d advise opening and applying this mask over a sink. All that serum makes for a very slimy texture and if you’ve popped it in the fridge for 10 minutes before hand as recommended, then you will find yourself applying one cold and slimy mask to your face. This was almost a deal breaker for me.
I forced myself to leave the mask on for the recommended time though and I’m very glad I did. When I removed the mask I used clean hands to gently rub in the excess serum and my skin looked so much better than before. In fact for days afterwards I noticed that my pores were smaller and the oil production in my t-zone had calmed right down. Even waking up in the morning, when I’d normally expect some shine to have built up in that area, my skin was more matte than I’ve ever seen it without feeling too tight or dry. All that serum obviously worked and continued to do so; I folded the sachet and put it in the fridge and there was enough serum in there to last a week!
There’s no avoiding the fact that £8.50 for a single use face mask isn’t cheap, but it really does do wonders for the skin. I’ll be using them again and when people ask me what gift card I’d like for birthdays/Christmas, I’ll be pointing them towards places like ASOS that stock StarSkin masks. Come to think of it, using these masks might actually save me money in the long run – I could stop trying endless different serums/mattifying products that rarely work and just use these! Did you see that beautiful piece of ‘I’m justifying over-the-top beauty expenditure’ there? :)
Have you tried these masks? What do you think?
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