Freeman Star Fruit Purifying Facial Paper Mask ($1.99) is one of three new facial sheet masks that were recently introduced to the permanent line of Freeman Skincare products. You might recall I already reviewed the Blue Agave formula of these masks.
Although the Star Fruit formula isn’t for my skin type I decided to give it a whirl anyway and give you a few thoughts about it.
The Freeman Star Fruit Purifying Facial Paper Mask is for more stressed out skin types that need soothing. Breakouts, irritations, redness, this mask is formulated to calm skin with Lavender and Niacinamide to help balance out oil production and tea tree to prevent further breakouts. It also contains Witch Hazel which helps to refresh skin and reduce the appearance of pores.
One of my issues with the original mask I tried is I didn’t like the fiber the mask was created with. It’s paper thin and has a bit of a scratchy feel. I find these sheet masks aren’t as saturated with essence as Asian sheet masks nor are they as soft to wear.
Considering the market for sheet masks in drugstores is virtually nonexistent Freeman has a fairly good market niche they can peg especially at the very budget friendly price of a mere $2 a mask. However, the masks need a slight improvement in the fiber used and the amount of product they contain to make for a good pick.
The mask is meant to be placed over your face and worn for 10-20 minutes. It has cut outs for your eyes, mouth, and a slight slit for your nose. Star Fruit apparently aids in preventing acne and oil skin. I had a bit of excess oil when trying it a few weeks ago as I tend to get a little more oily in the Summer months.
The mask was actually a bit irritating for me and made me itchy. This is highly unusual for me as my skin is bulletproof! I rarely get flare ups or break outs from new skincare products. It tingled slightly and after using it my lower neck felt a bit itchy where the essence had dribbled down slightly.
Thankfully I didn’t break out but I did experience weird itchiness. I definitely tightens up skin after use so I wouldn’t recommend it for those with combo or drier skin as after use your skin will feel tighter and stripped of oil.
Overall, Freeman Purifying Facial Paper Mask are shaping up nicely but they need a bit of work to gain my full approval…..! These formulas aren’t quite working out for me and not delivering the results I get using Asian sheet masks. A little reformatting on the fiber used when creating the mask and a bit more essence might solve the problem and make them a ready pick for those who can’t readily find sheet masks in their area.