Either way, mask mondays are here to stay and today I'm going to share my experience with 3D Rice Wine mask and Aqua 3 Step mask! It's my first time trying both 3D and 3 Step masks, btw. I did already try a 4D mask, though!
Soc 3D Rice Wine Beauty Serum Mask Pack
Description: Durable 3-dimensional mask that is not flat like regular sheet masks.
Recommended wearing time: 10-15 minutes.
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lactobacillus/Panax Ginseng Root Ferment Filtrate, Lactobacillus/Rice Ferment Filtrate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Folic Acid, Human Oligopeptide-1, Lecithin, PEG/PPG-18/4 Copolymer, Polysorbate 20, Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Carbomer, PVM/MA Copolymer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Ethanol, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Allantoin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methylparaben, Fragrance. (View on CosDNA.)
I'm not sure why the recommended wearing time is said to be 10-15 minutes only. I had it on for about 40 minutes and the mask was still very moist by then. It had a thecker gel-type essence. There was also a bit of extra essence in the packet which I squeezed out and applied all over the mask.
The sheet itself had very nice quality. It was strong and flexible. It also had a mild scent, which didn't remind me of anything specific, but was nice.
The ingredient list for this mask is also very impressive: collagen, sodium hyaluronate, fermented goodness, aloe & human oligopeptide. I know, the last one may sound weird, but it's actually a polypeptide of 53 amino acids and not derived from humans.
The aftermathThis rice wine mask was super soothing and hydrating and left my skin plumped. I belive it also accelerates skin's healing process, but I've only used 1 mask so I can't give you a full "tried & tested" review. I do think it's something to stock up on, though! Up to now, I had never heard of SOC before, but I kind of want to try all of their masks now.
Where to buy?
I was so amazed when I found out that this mask costs only $1 at Skin18! I thought it would be at least $3 to be honest, because it's a 3D mask and packed with such nice ingredients.
Laffair AQUA 3 Step Skin Renewal Mask
Description: This 3 step mask comes with a facial foaming cleanser and a high functional ampoule.
Recommended wearing time: 15-20 minutes.
Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Beta-Glucan, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Adenosine(0.04%), PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Citrullus Colocynthis Fruit Extract, Velvet Extract, Castanea Sativa (Chestnut) Seed Extract, Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract, Rheum Palmatum Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Betaine, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA. (View on CosDNA.)
Finally, I get to pull out my set of of super cheap pH strips from Ebay, which allow me to be more sciency than ever before. I know there are better options too, but I don't really use them very often. I pH tested every micellar water and shower gel in my home when I first received these strips and doing that confirmed me that these were all pH balanced, so there's really no need to pH test every single product I own.
However, many AB foam cleansers are known to have ridiculously high pH level. So the first step to reviewing this 3 step sheet mask was, of course, to test the pH of the foam cleanser.
As I already said, these pH strips were super cheap, so they're not very good if you want to know the exact pH level of something. However, I think it's safe to say that the pH of this cleanser is definitely above 7, which is considered too high. In fact, anything that has higher pH than water, should not go on your face including bar soap and baking soda.
The cleanser had a super yummy sweet fruity scent, though, and I did try it for the sake of this review, but overall I wasn't impressed with it. I believe this is largely due to the fact that ever since I pH tested it, I already made up my mind that it's not very good.
The ampoule was okay. It was a thick gel-type of liquid, but unfortunately didn't have the same fruity scent that the cleanser had. So it was simply okay, I guess.
It had a pleasant fresh scent and also a thick clear essence, which I personally like because it doesn't drip everywhere. I also think that masks with this gel type of essence seem to stay moist for longer. I had it on for about 40 minutes or more. There was loads of extra essence in the packet too.
The aftermathMy skin felt moisturized and calm, although I think this is pretty average. I personally prefered the essence of the SOC mask, but this mask had a really nice material & fit.
However, I find that I'm not a big fan of this 3 step system. I understand it might be good for travelling, but I don't think a true skin care enthusiast would replace their low pH cleanser with this high pH one. Therefore, there's no reason to pay extra for that.
Where to buy?
Laffair AQUA 3 Step Skin Renewal Mask is available at Skin18 for $2.20.
In conclusion, these were both really nice, but I'd rather recommend stocking up on the SOC masks! If you do want to try the Laffair ones, I would advice you to not use the cleanser that comes with it.
Want to read more about sheet masks? Check out my previous mask mondays too!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Skin18.com, all thoughts are my own.