Saturday, April 18, 2015

Beauteque Mask Maven April 2015 Review and Unboxing

 I've got a brand new Kbeauty subscription for you guys today! While some of you may be familiar with Beauteque's Monthly BB Bag, you may not know that they also have a monthly Mask subscription called Mask Maven! I have an embarassing, massive collection of sheet masks and wash-off masks and don't use them nearly as often as I should, but I can never have enough of them! It's so nice to always have masks on hand that treat every possible skin issue I could have. They're so inexpensive that it's easy to build up a big collection of them!

What is Mask Maven?
Mask Maven is a monthly subscription service that sends you 9-11 masks each month. These masks range from sheet masks, hand and foot masks, hair masks, wash-off masks and more, although it seems that it's usually sheet mask-heavy. You receive a different variety of masks each month.

Subscription Details and Pricing
You can subscribe Month-to-Month, or prepay for a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription. You are billed on the 20th of each month if you subscribe for the month-to-month option. If you subscribe after the 10th of the month, you will have to wait until the following month to receive your bag. Bags are shipped starting on the 20th of each month, although they have shipped earlier occasionally.

 Month to Month:
$16 per month
3 months:
$16 per Month
 6 months:
$15 per month
12 months:
$14 per month
 

Shipping costs range from $3.95 to $9.95 depending on where you live. Beauteque currently ships Mask Maven to the following Areas: US, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore.
I had no idea what to expect from this bag since it's my very first one, although I have caught glimpses of past bags on instagram, so I had an idea of what I was getting into!
 Since each bag can vary slightly, The Mask Maven info card doesn't have information on specific masks, which I hope they might change in the future for anyone who isn't as familiar with ingredients and usage of each mask type. The info card does show general instructions on how to use the masks, though, so that's good! Also, I really like the pale purple and simple mask logo!

So let's take a look at the 9 masks I received this month!

Holika Holika: Juicy Mask Sheet in "Pomegranate" and "Mango"
 I have tried the blueberry version of these and I really liked it, so I'm happy to see two more in this bag that I haven't tried before. These masks are also clearly labeled for what they are used for. The Pomegranate is for elasticity and the Mango for Revitalizing. While I normally reach for moisturizing or oil control masks specifically (depending on how my skin is acting that day) it's nice to have other varieties on those days where I just feel like pampering rather than caring for a particular skin issues. These ones smell great too, from my experience!

My Beauty Diary Sheet Masks in "Mexico Cactus" and "Red Wine"
 My Beauty Diary is an extremely popular brand when it comes to sheet masks. They're a Taiwanese company, but they're sought after worldwide due to their wide availability, low cost, and effectiveness. I've tried the Red Wine mask before and I really love it. It's used for brightening and evening out the skin tone, and it really does work, of course only temporarily. The Mexico Cactus type is new to me, however it's used for hydrating and moisturizing the skin, so it'll definitely be used! I'm interested to see how it compares to the My Beauty Diary Hyaluronic Acid mask!

Leaders: Amino Moisture Mask
Etude House: Vita Complex Mask
 I've heard a lot of positive buzz about Leaders sheet masks lately, so I'm really happy to see one here! I've never tried their masks before, but that's a good thing as I'm always looking for new ones to try. This one contains lots of goodies like amino acids, ceramide and hyaluronic acid- making it a great moisturizing and nourishing treat for your skin. 

Since Etude House is such a popular brand and their sheet masks are so inexpensive, I have used them dozens of times. Interestingly enough I haven't tried the Vita Complex yet. This one is apparently for "Radiating Skin" which I'm assuming it just contains vitamins and goodies to help nourish the skin. My one complaint about the Etude House Sheet masks is that the eye holes seem to be incredibly small compared to other masks I've used. Sometimes I have to cut the eye holes larger so I can see while I'm wearing them!

Tonymoly: Red Cheeks Girl's Patch
Hanaka: Black Rose Acne Fighting Mask
Hanaka: Royal Jelly Q10 Sheet Mask
First, let's get the last of the sheet masks out of the way. Hanaka is another Taiwanese brand, and we received two of their sheet masks in this month's BB Bag. This one in particular contains Royal jelly which helps enhance skin's brightness and resiliency. I was excited to try these when I got them in my BB Bag, however I tried the oil control mask from the BB Bag this month, and it broke me out around my chin and on my forehead, so rather than tempt fate I'll be passing this one on to someone else who might like it!

The Tonymoly Red Cheek's Girl's Patch is kind of weird. I've actually used it before and wasn't impressed, honestly. I'm not even entirely sure what the point of it is. If you have redness on your cheeks, why would you use tiny little circles to combat it? Wouldn't you just use a brightening or soothing sheet mask? 
These are made out of a thick, rubbery gel (just like a lip mask if you're familiar with those) and they do not stay in place. When I laid down wearing these, they slid out towards my ears. When I sat up wearing them, they slid down my face. Eventually I just held them in place with my fingers for the rest of the time I wore them, and honestly...I feel like they made my cheeks more red. Not a fan, but I think it's a nice addition to the bag objectively- something different to break up all the sheet mask monotony!

Finally we have the Hanaka Black Rose Acne-Fighting Mask. This is a wash-off mask rather than a sheet mask. While I have lots of wash-off masks, I don't use them nearly as often as I would like because of time issues. I have been adopting a method where I will slap on a wash off mask 20 minutes or so before I get in the shower. Then I can just rinse it off and move on with my day. I haven't tried this one yet, but I do suffer from hormonal acne due to various health issues, so I'm always down for trying an acne-fighting mask or treatment! Even though this is from the same company (Hanaka) that made the mask that broke me out, I'm hoping it was simply an ingredient in that particular mask. I'm willing to risk it to give this one a go!
Overall Thoughts
 Mask Maven costs $16 per month (less if you pre-pay for a longer subscription) and the April bag contained 9 masks, making each mask cost under $2. While you can definitely get Korean sheet masks for less than that, $2-$3 is the average price from US-based stores, so I believe this is actually a good value. What bumps the value up even more for me is the convenience of having masks delivered to me each month- No need for me to scroll through hundreds of different masks on my favorite kbeauty sites! Mask Maven is also a great to try masks you might not normally see or even think to pick up, which is something I love. Subscriptions should really be "discovery services" in their own way, and I think Mask Maven succeeds in that aspect. Very pleased with this month's bag, and I'm really excited to see what the May bag will contain- I'm crossing my fingers for a few more non-sheet mask items!

If you're interested in signing up for Mask Maven, you can do so HERE.

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2 comments:

  1. Very tempting! I do love having a good selection of masks to try out :)

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    1. I agree- I always have tons of sheet masks on hand but I love having a variety to choose from althe time :)

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