January 9, 2019

Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask Review & Swatches

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.
4 stars out of 5

Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask ($45) is a new cream sleeping mask that contains avocados and honey which acts as an overnight mask to address drier skin, dullness, and uneven skin texture as well as loss of firmness.

What the hell is a sleeping pack or sleeping mask anyway? Sleeping masks are pretty common in Korean and Japanese skincare routines and for the past two years have become popular here in the US as well. I always find them rather strange simply because they remind me of a heavier moisturizer versus an actual mask. I do tend to use them quite often in the Winter months when my skin is busy being very dry as they are quite a great way to restore moisture, ease dullness due to dryness, and even act to brighten up your complexion.

You’ll find that Glow Recipe gets a lot of raves for their Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask but I personally require something a little more hydration and as nice as that formula is it isn’t my top pick for Winter skincare.

However, Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask is!

Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask arrives in a 2.7 oz glass jar that’s sort of shaped like an avocado. It’s pretty expensive at $45 as I can think of some of my favorite sleep masks from Mizon and Skin Food who have options that are $20 and under. That being said I still really liked this and I would repurchase it although, it does contain a few irritants such as fragrance as well as lavender water. And sadly, the jar packaging does mean the good ingredients it contains are exposed often to air.

Glow Recipe packs this up with different avocado ingredients which are all front and center on the list. These include Persea Gratissima Fruit Extract, Persea Gratissima Fruit, and Persea Gratissima Oil. This alone is very impressive but right after that things get ruined a bit with the introduction of lavender. Lavender thankfully doesn’t cause me issues but it can be a problem for sensitive users. They recommend it for all skin types but I do it is best suited to drier skin as it might be a bit too rich for those with oily skin.

I realize I’m on and on about negative aspects but I actually did love this. It’s fantastic. The formula is super thick and creamy but still absorbs very easily. It does have a light, fresh almost cucumber-like fragrance that was pleasant to my nose and disappeared soon after I applied it. The mask immediately hydrated my skin after I applied it. It’s quite heavy yet didn’t leave my skin oily or sticky but very well hydrated and smooth.

If you’ve never used a sleeping mask it is meant to be apply onto your skin after all your other skincare as the final step in your routine. I typically gently pat it into my skin until it absorbs. In the morning, you’ll wash it off. It’s not something that transfers onto your pillows as it is meant to be fulled absorbed into your skin like that of a moisturizer and not left to sit on top of your skin the way a traditional wash off mask would be.

I think the results are quite visible in the morning as my skin looks and feels smoother, my makeup applied better and looked more even and smooth on my skin, and my skin was more hydrated not to mention a touch brighter as well! It does contain a very, very gentle PHA which acts to gently exfoliate your skin as you sleep which could account for why my skin looked and felt smoother not to mention brighter!

Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask has me wanting to pop a five star rating on it but the jar packaging and some of the ingredients have me bringing it down to a four but not preventing me from Muse Approving it for!

Where to buy


Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask is a new avocado, honey, and PH sleeping mask that’s $45 and 2.7 oz in size. This thick, rich, and creamy face mask is meant to be applied as the last step of your nightly skincare routine and washed off in the morning to reveal smoother more moisturized, firmed skin. It does have fragrance and some irritating ingredients such as lavender but overall, I’m happy with the results when using it and woke up with smoother, more hydrated, brighter skin!

Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Water, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Water, Aniba Rosodora (Rosewood) Wood Extract, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Butter, Honey, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Stearic Acid, Gluconolactone, Kaolin, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Spirulina Platensis Extract.


  • Very hydrating.
  • Resurfaces and gently exfoliates so skin is smoother when you wake up.
  • Eases dullness and brightens up your complexion!


  • Jar packaging.
  • Fragrance and some irritating ingredients such as lavender.
  • Bit expensive compared to other Korean sleeping masks.


Anyone with drier skin should get on well with Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask!

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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  • Christina

    Ok, you just sold me on this. I don’t use sleeping masks and have tried maybe two, Belief being one of them, which I am definitely allergic to. Since then, I’ve been scared to try anything else, but I saw that this has avocado oils high on the list and was intrigued. I can’t stand tacky creams on my faces, so if this is creamy and absorbs well, I’ll give it a go. My skin has been so dry lately from heavy winds that my cheeks are starting to burn!

  • Lily

    My skin isn’t normally sensitive. But this really burned upon application for me. Probably going to return

    • Isabella Muse

      really? I didn’t have any issues! I’m sorry to hear it ๐Ÿ™

  • kimkats

    I may indulge in this – I really like the watermelon sleeping mask! I got it and the small size of the watermelon pink juice moisturizer when they were a lil special set at sephora. How does the avocado compare to the watermelon one? Is it as moisturizing? More or less so?

    Thanks for another lemming, muse! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Kim! I actually mentioned in the post about the watermelon one not being as rich! Hope this helps!? ๐Ÿ™‚


    I love sleeping masks! I use them in the winter too. My favorite is the one by Pacifica. It’s in a tube, doesn’t cost a fortune and I believe it is even vegan.
    At any rate, you are correct about this being a little pricey when there are so many options out there. Plus the jar thing is a problem as well.

    • Isabella Muse

      they really are nice especially in the Winter ;-D Pacifica makes some very nice stuff ;D

  • Andrew James

    Id love to use a sleeping mask but id be afraid of making my pillow sticky haha because i know i wont sleep on my back

    • Isabella Muse

      sleeping masks actually absorb fully into skin so no stickiness or tacky feel!

  • Michelle Luna

    I actually just bought this the other night, but haven’t yet tried it. I love avocado and watermelon so of course this line has that gimmicky draw for me, and I like the packaging. I have sensitive skin and never think about ingredients (mostly because I barely use skin products, though I keep buying them meaning to get into the habit!), so I will now try this out tonight and see how my skin takes it. Thanks for mentioning that aspect
    I bought the watermelon mask before I knew about the moisturizer and I STILL haven’t even tried that either! I suck at this skincare routine stuff haha
    I’m not a fan of jars either but I think I like them more than most pump bottles, as I find it hard to measure out tiny amounts, especially when it’s an oil that I only want a dab of at a time. Almost every bottle of oil I have (I have LOTS) with a pump top puts out so much in one pump that like half of it will drip off my fingers before I can get it up to my face… I’m about to start that wicked annoying IG trend of just dripping the bottle directly on my face!