March 14, 2012

HadaLabo Gokujyun Paper Mask Review

HadaLabo is an extremely popular collection of skincare produced by Japanese brand, Rohto. One of the things that makes the brand so popular is that promise that their “super” Hyaluronic Acid can hold and retain moisture in the skin than regular Hyaluronic Acid.

Hyaluronic Acid is hugely popular at the moment in most all skincare products and heck even some makeup items. It really does help skin to retain moisture while hydrating it and keeping it soft.

Needless to say HadaLabo has captured all that is great about Hyaluronic Acid and placed it in some very effective skincare products.

But someone needs to teach them how to make a facial mask.

The HadaLabo Gokujyun Collection is the “super hydrating” part of Hadalabo’s Collection. Of course, like any great skincare brand this collection features a facial sheet mask.

Sorry older readers but for those new to facial sheet masks just a simple break down of what one is. It’s simply a mask made out of durable cotton fiber, soaked in essence (it’s very wet), which has cut outs for your eyes, mouth, and nose. You’ll wear the mask for 20-30 minutes allowing the essence to absorb into your skin. Different masks address different skin issues and there are masks available for whitening, brightening, dryness, etc….

This particular mask is suitable for very dry skin. There isn’t a doubt the mask is highly successful at hydrating skin and locking moisture in place although any skin type can take advantage of it. If you’ve never used some of HadaLabo’s essence products you’ll take note that this will make your face feel a tad sticky after use but it absorbs within a few minutes for a smooth, well hydrated feel.

In the dead of Winter, twice weekly with these will easily ease flaking, dry patches, etc…for those with drier skin. Heck, dry skin users should embrace using this type of mask at least two to three times a week to keep skin smooth and supple. Dry skin is a high aging factor and keeping it as moist as possible should be a top priority.

I love these, I really do.

But on the down side, I’m not sure who exactly they made them for. Seriously, it must be for people who’s eye sockets are located on their cheek bones and who’s mouth is on their chin. The fit of the mask is absolutely, positively awful. I’ve used many masks and some have had poor fits but most at least fit the contour of my face decently well. This just fits terribly. I really am lacking the full experience because of the bad fit and also because the mask seems to have a fair bit of excess cotton which causes it to bunch up.

I buy them religiously but I really wish and hope that HadaLabo will address the issue because it seriously kills the experience for me.

Overall, these are a great way to add much needed moisture to dehydrated skin but please for the love of skincare do something about the terrible fit.

I’m begrudgingly giving these a Muse Approval even though the fit makes them more of a rant than a rave.

I purchase them in bulk off, $10 or so gets you 5 masks.

If you use them, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Michelle

    Hi! You should try Leader’s Clinic masks! I find them very hydrating! These masks are from Korea. Perhaps you can give them a go? 🙂

  • Sierrablue

    got the make up remover and the moisturizing toner and both are very lovely. Will definitely stay away from the sheet masks then. I got a rather large face haha.