When you hear the word face mask, what is the first thing you think of? There are so many different types of masks with endless options to improve your skin. And maybe this review will help you find the mask that suits your needs best. Or maybe it will be the next one? Who knows.
To be honest, this particular mask was a complete impulse purchase – while I was browsing through the Mac store buying myself a holy grail primer – which I definitely did not plan. But, as you might notice if you keep reading on, I will definitely repurchase the Nourishing Mask, no matter what.
This product is something I bought at Douglas, which – I think – is a store you can find exclusively in Austria and Germany… But I still wanted to introduce it to you, as I do not believe in buying products from one country to one brand without trying something new. What do you think? Keep strictly to the things you know and can read, or try new things from time to time?
Douglas Essential – Nourishing Mask
The packaging is not really a looker in comparison to other masks, but it is small and practical. The cup shape is also definitely more convenient than the small packs, which make scraping out all of the mask a real struggle.
All in all, the general design off the mask is something I have grown to love from the very first moment, because of the ease of use.
I got mine for 1€ on sale – otherwise, I would not have bought it – but the usual price ranges around 3€, which is average for a facial mask as far as I know. (Which is still too expensive)
Aqua, Coco-caprylate/caprate, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Butyrospermum Parkil Butter, Stearyl Alcohol, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Peg-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Parfum, Ci 77891, Salicylic Acid, Acrylates/c10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrasodium Edta, Mel, Allantonin, Ci 19140, Ci 15985, Citric Acid
Because there was no official ingredient list, I did the only – definitely not – reasonable thing a blogger can do and typed all of the ingredients listed myself. Excuse any mistakes I might have made… Because I definitely do not know 90% of the ingredients listed.
Aqua: Also known as water. Har har. It is the most important skin component and our human body mostly consists of water. It is also the most common ingredient in cosmetic products. To tell the truth, in comparison to other ingredients, water does not have that many positive effects on our skin in regard to our skincare products. It is used to eliminate the hardness, minerals and to avoid product contamination. And to stretch out some of the products.
Coco-caprylate: Is used as a skin-conditioning agent or emollient. Unlike the regular oil this agent is not supposed to feel sticky, but silky like a lotion. Coco caprylate is – as you might have already guessed – derived from coconut oil. It is also a natural ingredient with little to no hazards to the skin, which is also said to help skin regeneration.
How to use it:
Fun fact, even though this product is sold on the German market, the instructions are all written in English… Personally, I do not mind, I just find it a bit peculiar.
What do you think about random language choices? Or is there a deeper meaning behind it that I do not know about?
- Apply a thick layer to the whole face, avoiding the eye contour area. Leave for 5 minutes, then remove any residue without rinsing.
I don’t have anything else to add to be honest, this mask is rather straightforward so I rather doubt you will not have any problems with the application. I just used a slightly dampened towel to wipe of the mask but if you have a fluffy face towel, you can also keep it completely dry. I just did not want to wipe my face with a semi-coarse towel while it is completely dry.
What it claims to do:
- Nourishing mask
Keep it short and simple right?
I linked the Douglas Website, in case you are interested in the mask after my review.
What it really does:
Let me be brutally honest for a minute. I had my period the day after I used the mask – and I have the worst kind of time of the month: I am so sensitive, get pimples and crave chocolate… a lot – this is most definitely the reason my skin did not feel nourished.
But the mask itself did feel so good that I did not want to take it off at all. Five minutes are definitely not enough to appreciate the smooth and relaxing feeling. The smell is also incredibly lovely.
My skin did feel smoother than before and applying makeup after the mask was a walk in the park.
Con 1: Except for the fact that it is not available internationally – or at least as far as I know – I cannot find anything negative…
Pro 1: The smell is… perfect. I know that whether something smells good or not is rather subjective, but the Nourishing Mask is the perfect mix of an incredibly pleasant smell and the subtlety a mask needs to not smother you if you put the mask around your nose area.
Pro 2: The shape of the mask is perfect for an easy application and getting the most out of the pack without having to get out the scissors out of the drawer.
Pro 3: Ease of application and design aside, the smoothness and feeling of the mask is indescribably soft and relaxing.
Even though I don’t know whether this mask has some miracle effects or not, but my skin felt smooth while and after using it. I did not even want to wipe it off because the feeling was so pleasant and the smell is just heavenly. Not too overbearing but still pleasant.
I will so repurchase this the next time I get to the Mac and Douglas store and I will also get one for my grandmother. I recently found out where my beauty obsession comes from, which is definitely not my mum – don’t tell her I said that 😉
Would I recommend it? Well, a five out of five should say more than anything else – you should definitely purchase this should you have the chance to and then tell me your opinion on my new holy grail.
My Alchemiin Tip:
With sheet masks, refusing them is rather difficult. But a mask like the Douglas nourishing mask is perfect for a two-time use. No, I don’t mean scratching off the residue mask from your face to reuse it.
12 millilitres are more than enough for one use, so rather than slathering a centimetre of product onto your face, use about half of it and then put some Saran Wrap to keep it fresh until the next time you feel like a mask. You may not be able to keep it for a month, but a few days should definitely be within reason. This way you will not feel like you are wasting 3€ for one use.
Day two of my weekend review spree. Tell me how you liked this review down in the comments and have a lovely Saturday. (Or whatever day of the week you are reading this at)