Hello my skincare-loving friends!
I am so far behind on reviews. So, so far. There have been some shifts in my writing career as of late that may lead to very exciting new opportunities, but it doesn’t leave me much time to test or blog about skincare. Boo to that. I am finally playing catchup and hope to have a few reviews up for you by next week.
Today’s item of interest is the Mogongtox Soda Bubble Sheet Mask, one of the newer mask types I had yet to try until today. I’d seen the videos of people wearing these masks while their faces bubbled with foam, but never found myself overly motivated to try it out (also, being the pH-phobic skincare junkie I am, I was like “FOAM?”). But when I did a recent mask haul to restock on my fave MyScheming and Tosowoong masks, I saw one for cheap at Memebox and decided to take the plunge, if only for the fun of the experiment.
I am not very experienced with Mediheal products, and only knew of the name because of their Dress Code Masks (review forthcoming on that mask soon too). There’s some buzz about them in the k-beauty community. Memebox not only has a nice stock of their products, but also frequently puts them on sale, so at $2.50 there’s very little investment risk for me in trying out this mask.
A quick visit to the ingredient list, if you will:
Water, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Glycerin, Propylen Glycol, Lauric Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium, Hyaluronate, Dimethyl Sulfone, Potassium Hydroxide, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Betaine, Stearic Acid, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Water,Centella Asiatica Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Beta-Glucan, Papain, Carbonated Water
Nothing that my face hates, and a few things I’m actually not familiar with, such as Centella Asiatica Extract, which is apparently a small, herbaceous, frost-tender perennial plant. Pretty sure that won’t break me out into hives, but we’ll see.
The resemblance is uncanny.
The mask itself does not cover the full face, as you can see in the horrifying portrait of myself above I took when I first put it on. It’s a black cotton material well-soaked in a viscous product that fits over the bottom half of your face below the eyes, also covering the nose. In short, you really do look just like Hannibal Lecter in his “Silence of the Lambs” mask that keeps him from biting off people’s extremities. No matter how strong your selfie game is, you probably won’t look cute in this mask no matter how hard you MySpace the angle.
So the gimmick to these masks is that they foam, of course. Due to the carbonated water, you will actually feel your face tingle as you wear this mask. The bubbles also foam up quite a bit so you go from serial murderer to Santa Claus, as you can see here. This is after about ten minutes of wear. The mask stays extremely moist and adhered to my face quite well, even the long skinny piece that goes over the nose bridge.
The package advises a 10 minute wear, while Memebox advises 15. I did 15 because I was busy doing something else, then I peeled it off and snapped a photo of the result. Apologies from grainy shot, my apartment literally has no good natural lighting.
Pretty good! The mask claims to reduce pore size, but my pores are small (hail you, skincare goddess, whatever you are) so I cannot say that the mask had an effect on that for me. It does claim to use “peeling technology” to remove dead skin cells and I’d say that that claim is accurate, as my skin looks brighter and clearer now than before I used the mask.
Would I buy again? I would. They’re still $2.50 at Memebox (as are most Mediheal masks) so check it out. They haven’t made my most-loved list yet, but they are pretty high on quality and brilliantly priced. Would love to hear if you have a bubble mask you think is out of this world!