Douglas Essential | Instant Radiance Mask – Review

Douglas Essential instant radiance mask review

Have you ever used a mask that looks like jello? Looks are nearly everything that matter when you buy a beauty product – but in the end, it is the performance that makes us repurchase something. So here we are, testing something pretty and looking at its quality.

Like the other Douglas mask I have reviewed, this was a complete impulse decision on my side but after having a really positive experience with the Nourishing Mask, I was looking forward to trying my second purchase. 

Like the other mask, this product is something I bought at a Douglas store, which is a store you can find in Austria and Germany. If you are ever in the area you should check the local beauty stores out. I do not believe in using beauty products limited to just one brand or one country – I want to try new and exciting things from all over the world to show them to you guys!

The product:

Douglas Essential – Instant Radiance Mask

The packaging is really simple and down to earth. The funny thing is, that even though practically all of the surface is covered in writing, it looks really minimalistic. The red colour looks really fresh and reminds me of a summery watermelon atmosphere.

After opening it I was a bit surprised because the amount of the product looks sufficiently less than the other one, but after using it I can assure you it is not. The gel-like substance is a bit compressed and squished together.
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 for a broke uni student or anyone else but… we need to bear with it because we love masks, right?)

Douglas Essential instant radiance mask review


Aqua, Glycerin, Urea, Methylpropanediol, Acrylates/c10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Oleth-20, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, Oleth-10, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Allantin, Tetrasodium Edta, Vaccinium Macrocarpon Fruit Extract, Propylene Glycol, Ci 1470, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Ci 17200.

Because there was no official ingredient list, again 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. And as it is 3am as I am typing this… I am asking myself “why?” – Yes I was cranky when I wrote this :p – 


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.

Glycerin: Is also known as Glycerol or Glycerine. Glycerin is an ingredient that is found naturally in the skin, helping it establish its natural balance and hydration levels. Products that contain Glycerin help the skin maintain a natural healthy look.

Pure Glycerin takes the water from the skin and therefore is normally only used in a concentration of 5% or lower, in order to prevent that from happening.

Urea: Is an organic crystalline compound also called Carbamide. It is used to hydrate the skin with its moisturising properties and additionally also exfoliates the skin.

Urea is found in our skin naturally and is one of the factors influencing the skins’ moisture levels. If you have dry skin, the Urea percentage is noticeably lower than that of a regular skin type. So, for someone with dry skin, this is definitely an ingredient to look into when buying skincare products.

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? I’m still wondering about that since the last review. 

  • Apply to the face, avoiding the eye contour area. Leave for 3 minutes and rinse with water.

These masks are really straightforward and easy to use. There is not much you can do wrong and my tip is to just “go for it”
This is also the point where I would like to compliment said ease of use because I have had many masks which were difficult to apply or had endless useless instructions.

Douglas Essential instant radiance mask review

 What it claims to do:

  • Instant radiance

Funny sidetone, the German translation says: Maske “Strahlend schöner Teint” which means: Mask “radiating beautiful complexion” but is the really fluffy and dramatic version of the English title. I have to admit, I was cackling a bit… 

I added the link of the Douglas Website, in case you are interested in the mask after my review.


What it really does:

The first thing you notice when opening the mask is the smell. I have to be honest, I love fragrances in some occasions but after the initial five minutes the smell really started to get overwhelming. In general, the Instant Radiance Masks’ smell is really artificial and just “too much”. I would not call it unpleasant per se but… it is too much

After using the mask my skin felt really smooth and moisturised. At first, I was a bit sceptical but after rinsing gently, my cheeks and forehead felt dewier than before and even a day after using the mask I still had really “mochi” cheeks.

Just for some background info, as I have a really small round face with big round cheeks and dimples, my friends started calling my face mochi and poking my cheeks. All in good fun naturally, but it kind of stuck with me. 


The cons: 

Con 1: The smell can get too much very easily and using it for longer than the recommended three minutes may make you nauseous in the worst case scenario. But if you like strong smells or keep the sniffing to a minimum you will be alright.


The pros: 

Pro 1: The effect the mask has on the skin is really good. I also like many of the ingredients and their positive effects. It does not work as well as other skincare products I have tried and reviewed so far but certainly better than most.

Pro 2: The package design makes applying the mask really easy. You can just scoop it out and spread it all over your skin without having to worry about missing some parts of the product.

Pro 3: The gel-like feeling is kind of fun to apply. I did not really associate the jello consistency of the Instant Radiance Mask with skincare – I was thinking of food, yes – but I quite liked the refreshing and cooling effect.

Douglas Essential instant radiance mask review


Besides the smell, which I seem to mention a lot in this review, I really like the overall feeling of the Douglas Essential Instant Radiance Mask and the positive effect it had on my skin. And I definitely had fun applying the red Jello all over my face! So, sadly it is no holy grail but rather a bit wonky four out of five.

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Would I recommend it? So, so. I did not really mind the smell that much, but I can see some people really disliking it. But if you decide to buy it, scroll down and see my Alchemiin Tip to see my personal recommendation.
Will I repurchase it? No, because I would rather reuse the Nourishing Mask than this one… Sorry




My Alchemiin Tip:

I can really recommend this during the hot summer months. I put it on yesterday in my room for review purposes, but I feel like this will be even more relaxing to use in the evening, sitting on the balcony with a refreshing drink.



I am prewiring some reviews because I will be moving next week and presume I will be rather busy during the whole process. But this really kept me motivated, as I got around to using some of the products I really wanted to use for a long time now!

Stay motivated guys! Love,  Eden.

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