I’ve been dying to try the new Memebox Meme Mask since it was announced on the Memebox Korea site a few weeks ago, and one showed up at my house randomly yesterday. A note explained that the Meme Masks are going to be available in the Memebox Global Memeshops on 17 November so maybe I’d want to try this one out. Umm, YES!!!!!
There are a few reasons I’m excited about Meme Masks. First: they’re hydrogel masks. Hydrogel masks tend to be more expensive than cotton or pulp sheet masks. When I asked about the price of the Meme Masks I found out that they will cost $3 apiece or 5 for $10. So that means that if you buy a box of 5, they’ll cost $2 each–I often pay that much for quality sheet masks, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a hydrogel at that price.
But all of this talk of price and quality means nothing without some testing and evaluation. So I took it out of the package.
And I put it on.
OK, first off, this is a two-piece hydrogel. So if you look closely at my selca, there’s a seam running across my cheek where the top and bottom parts meet. As you can see, my absolutely giant (or as my husband says adoringly, “strong”) nose can’t be contained by the mask. Unsurprising; I was kicked in the face while playing goalie as a child and it’s never been quite the same since. ahahaha Other than the nose problem, this mask fits like a glove, wow. I usually have weird gaps and things, but this mask felt nicely tailored to my face. I can see it working for a variety of face types and sizes–the two piece concept makes it easier to create a nice snug mask hug.
The hydrogel really is gel-y and soft–it’s comfortable to wear. This photo shows the smooth texture of the mask material that’s in contact with one’s skin.
I was really impressed by this net-like thing you see here. It’s a layer of knit thread that sits between the two gel layers and it seems to provide some thickness and structure for the mask–this is likely why the mask fit so well. The mask feels substantial, too–it’s actually thick and not a flimsy gel film.
Once I was done testing the mask I ripped it apart a bit so you can see the two layers. There’s that woven nylon-ish knit layer then there’s this nice thick layer of gel on top of that.
I’ve used other hydrogel masks and one issue I had with them was flimsiness–they were slimy, thin sheets that did a lot of sliding. This is clearly a lot more substantial and higher quality.
I always try to be aware of ingredients, so here’s the ingredient list (copied from the back of the mask package–English instructions are provided^^): Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cellulose Gum, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-60, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Polyacrylate, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Polyglutamic Acid, 1,2-Hexanediol, Chamomila Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Water, Aloe Bardadensis Leaf Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Adansonia Digitata Seed Extract, Potassium Hydroxide.
I ran the list through COSDNA, the cosmetics ingredient analyzer and the ingredients look good for people with acne-prone and/or sensitive skin. Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) rates 5 out of 5 as an acne trigger, but it’s used here as the jelly in the gel, not something in the essence itself. Otherwise the only triggers are Butylene Glycol and Hydrogenated Castor Oil, both potential acne triggers that rate 1 out of 5 in terms of risk. Cool, I can use this!
Some of the highlights in the ingredient list are niacinamide, which provides brightening and helps to fade hyperpigmentation (PRAISE!) and adenosine, which is anti-inflammatory. This mask claims to help with wrinkle-fighting and I did notice that my forehead micro lines, which function as the barometer of my skin’s overall health and moisture, were nowhere to be seen this morning. In fact, my forehead looked wax smooth, hecka yeah!
What I appreciated most about this mask was that the moisture seemed to be drawn into my skin pretty deeply instead of forming just a thick, vaguely annoying film on the surface. It’s been a bit since I’ve worn a mask that I could see myself wearing before putting on makeup without washing off the essence first, but this mask hit that moisturized-but-not-gross-or-suffocated sweet spot.
I’m excited about the Meme Mask coming to Memebox Global–before this sample mask even arrived, I actually bought a box of five of these masks from Korea (it’s on its way to my office now) because I was so excited about trying these. I’m pleased to say that I’m impressed by the quality and especially the pricing of these masks–this is a killer deal for people looking for a quality hydrogel mask. I’m probably going to need a lot more than five ahahahaha sob.
If you’re planning to buy these when they arrive on the 17th, here are some codes n’ things to help get the best deal.^^
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