Memebox Space Kitten Exfoliating Galactic Black Peel-Off Mask ($23) from the I Dew Care Collection is another crazy facial mask that contains shimmer much like Too Faced’s Glow Job Radiance-Boosting Glitter Face Mask that I recently hated all over. I said it before, I’ll say it again, shimmer or glitter in a facial mask is just plain dumb. But that didn’t stop me from wanting to review it!
For me, these types of products seem like they are created for Instagram. The glitter, the shimmer, it’s all a guise to get a product to go viral across Instagram. Because let’s face it, shimmer does sell doesn’t it!? I know I get terribly excited about it.
MemeBox Space Kitten Mask is pretty horribly formulated. Really, you don’t want this stuff on your face. It contains some really crummy ingredients. Excuse my French. And in other news, it actually contains some good ones too!
First off, Alcohol Denat is the fourth ingredient here which is the worst kind of alcohol as it is very drying. Secondly, it contains a lot of fragrance. I found it pleasant enough but if you’re sensitive it’ll likely be a no go.
But by the funniest thing about Space Kitten Mask is the fact it’s actually fantastic on some weird level. I tried Memebox I Dew Care Disco Kitten Mask and I wasn’t terribly impressed but Space Kitten did hold some odd appeal for me.
Here’s how things went down when I tried it.
Interestingly enough it actually does contain some good ingredients for your skin like Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramide, and even Volcanic Ash and Charcoal Powder. It’s actually created to brighten, exfoliate, and absorb excess oil while cleaning pores. Keep that last part in mind as I’ll speak more about it in a few minutes.
The mask is a thick, dark sludge-like texture with speck of refined silver glitter in the mix. The glitter doesn’t give the texture a gritty feel in the least and I thought it was barely noticeable once I applied it. The mask has a rather strong floral scent which I find pleasant but sensitive users might not like it. It spread easily on my face and sets/tightens around 20 to 30 minutes after application. I felt the need to sit down for around 30 minutes because at 20 it still felt a little wet on my face. It’s your typical black peel-off mask and could be likened to products I’ve reviewed in the past like Shills Black Mask Purifying Peel-Off Mask but one of the things that comes to mind the most would be Seikisho Mask White which I’ve likened to waxing your bikini area. The first time I went to Japan one of the first items on my wish list was Seikisho Mask White. Sadly, I forgot about it upon getting there and it wasn’t until much after my visit that I decided to try it. It sort of became an oddly favorite item for me and that’s sort of where Space Kitten Mask fits in too.
I feel like I’m doing way more harm to my skin than good when I use this but I’m terribly addicted to the way it makes my skin look and feel. That probably sounds crazy but it’s true.
So, first off. I HIGHLY don’t recommend using this on sensitive skin. It is beyond painful. When I started using the Seikisho mask I felt sure it was literally removing hair from my face. But this goes above and beyond that formula. This will literally remove hair. It is beyond painful to remove. As you know I’m dry, dull, and have fairly resilient skin. After I remove this I looked like I had a chemical peel. It left my face quite red. Actually, I don’t recommend it to anyone at all because it is painful. WOW! I can’t even begin to describe how painful. I literally had to stop and peel versus just yanking it off in one go. I was sweating as I peeled it off. Maybe a rip it off quickly like a band-aid technique would be better but I think I’d have literally drawn blood if I did it that way. It’s pretty intense.
You wanna know what happened after I peeled it off right? Well, I was red like a lobster. I misted myself with my favorite facial mist and thankfully didn’t experience any burn of sting. After that I followed up with a gentle gel moisturizer. I didn’t apply anything else as I didn’t want to irritate my skin further. I’m actually taken to multimasking with it. First I apply this mask, leave it on 30 minutes, remove it, and follow up with a hydrating sheet mask to sooth my skin.
After several minutes the redness disappeared and my skin looked stupid good. Smoother, literally firmer, brighter, glowing and not even dry. I felt for sure that alcohol would leave my skin feeling two sizes too small but it didn’t. Not to mention the pesky clogged pores/blackheads on the side and tip of my nose were completely gone. I don’t personally have clogged pores as my pores aren’t visible on my face however, I do have pesky ones on my nose and this helped clear them up. I can see myself using this as a nose strip of sorts and just applying it on my nose and ripping it off! But if you do have clogged pores this should clear them right up. If you have a mustache, no problem this will rip the hair right off. I’m kidding about that last part, sort of.
If you are a masochist and want to try this it goes without saying don’t get it near your eyebrows, hairline, or sensitive skin around your eyes and lips. Keep in mind there’s A LOT of pain involved in removal. As much as I liked the results I wouldn’t recommend this to my worst enemy.
Memebox Space Kitten Mask is available at ulta.com.