HOLY FUCKS, THIS MASK.
A dear friend sent a k-beauty care package my way recently and included this mask in the box. I finally decided to give it a shot last night. I’d like to apologize for not having any pics of the actual mask as I was not expecting this to be anything other than a standard mask that would give me a little glow, like 90% of the masks I already use.
That was not what happened. Here is what happened.
LOOK AT MY FUCKING GLOWING SKIN OH MY GOD and yes I have cat hair all over my shirt I’m sorry
I want to note that I’ve been skipping some parts of my routine lately. Life has been extremely stressful career-wise, which would be an ideal time to pamper, but instead I have gotten a bit lax. And I noticed when I was putting my BB cream on that it no longer gave me a glowy finish, and instead it looked matte. I always thought the glow was from the BB cream itself. It’s not — it’s from good skincare.
This is a pic taken on Saturday, April 9. I am wearing the exact same makeup from the first pic except the pink eyeshadow. As you can see overall tone is even, but there is no dewiness and it looks dry.
Of course the results made me go diving for info on who the fuck Banobagi was because I had no idea. And I quickly found out that it’s actually an award-winning premier plastic surgery clinic in Korea.
Now it makes sense why people would be interested in the masks. Located in Gangnam, Banobagi seems to be well-reviewed, have fluent English speakers on staff to work with foreigners, and according to one blogger who had procedures there, is one of the only plastic surgery clinics in Korea that has emergency equipment on hand in case something goes awry. (What the fuck, other Korean plastic surgery clinics?)
So I’ll have you know when it comes to exotic ingredients in masks and other k-beauty products I’m kind of an asshole. Sometimes it sounds to me like they are trying way too hard to sell some shit that you’ve never heard of and make it the next big thing. So reading that Jeju Island Water was in this mask sounded really pretentious to me, and I opened it with a super skeptical attitude because sometimes I am an elitist jerk.
What’s in the actual mask:
Water, Butylene, Glycol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Beta-Sitasterol, Glyceryl Linoleate, Glyceryl Linolenate, Glyceryl Arachidonate, Panthenol, Ubiquinone, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Biotin, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil, Oxygen, Trehalose, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Hydroxyacetophenone, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimenthyl Silane, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Crosspolymer, Arginine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance
As soon as I opened this mask I had a feeling I was in for something different. It was coated in a thick jelly that immediately made me think of KY Jelly. WEIRD. After applying the mask I did some research and discovered that its liposomal jelly, something I didn’t know much about — and what I learned was quite remarkable.
From the International Journal of Research in Pharmacy and Chemistry:
“Liposomes established themselves as a promising novel drug delivery vehicle in several different basic sciences and as a viable alternative in several applications. Liposomes are microscopic spheres with an aqueous core surrounded by one or more outer shells consisting of lipids arranged in a bilayer configuration. Liposomes are acceptable and superior carriers having ability to encapsulate hydrophilic and lipophilic drugs and protect them from degradation. It also has affinity to keratin of horny layer of skin and can penetrate deeper into skin and hence give better absorption.”
In short, this jelly is a little bit magical. When you peel the mask off (I wore it for a half hour), your face is still sticky and looks super plump and dewy. It’s really amazing. Here’s a little video of Korean actress Lee Tae-ran showing off the masks and what they do.
Okay, so clearly you and every person on earth who loves k-beauty needs to try Banobagi masks. You can dig these up and import them from sites like G-Market for cheap if you want to try them, but the shipping may take a little while. However, my friend got hers from Pink Seoul, and since I wouldn’t know about these masks without their curation, I wanted to give them the business. It’s $25.95 for a pack of 5 (2 lifting and 3 hydrating) and includes a cute headband to keep your hair out of the way. You can get $5 off your first $25 order there by using the code CHOKCHOKBEAUTY at checkout!
As soon as the pack comes in I will do a step-by-step picture review of the lifting masks – sorry I didn’t take those pictures for this experience, but I was busy beating the pants off my boyfriend in last night’s rounds of Magic: The Gathering (and yes, I beat him wearing this mask. Lucky him). ^___^