April 4, 2019

Milk Makeup Watermelon Brightening Face Mask Really Does Give Me That Just Washed Face Glow

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4 stars out of 5

I finally got around to trying Milk Watermelon Brightening Face Mask ($24) and I’m trying to decide if the just washed face glow it gives me is real or just a placebo. I’ve become addicted to this little face mask stick and I use it three (sometimes four) times a week! I’ve already run through nearly two sticks and I’m about to purchase a third but I still can’t figure out if it’s actually doing anything or if I’m imagining it!?

You ever do that with skincare or makeup? You literally trick yourself into believing how amazing that midnight black matte eyeshadow looks on your eyes when in reality everyone is looking at you like someone punched you in the eye. Or how about that at home chemical peel you tried? Believing how much brighter and smoother your skin looks and what a beautiful glow it gave you! When in reality you look like Samantha from Sex in the City after her facial peel!

So, yeah, I’m not sure what’s going on here but even if I’m completely deillusional I still love Milk Makeup Watermelon Brightening Face Mask!

Milk Makeup Watermelon Brightening Face Mask is a facial mask in a stick. I’m pretty sure Milk Makeup gave birth to all the skincare things on a stick! We have cleansers on a stick, moisturizers in a stick, everything is pretty packaged up in chubby little swivel up tubes lately for those people that just need to swipe and pat and get the hell on with their day! If you recall I recently tried and reviewed Olay Fresh Reset Pink Mineral Complex Clay Face Mask Stick which is $13.49 and 1.69 oz in size. It wasn’t really a great product for me which made me really skeptical about indulging in Milk Makeup’s Watermelon Brightening Face Mask that’s $24 and 1 oz in size. Maybe the hydration aspect or the pink tone, I dunno but I was like, “Oh these sound and look the same! Why bother spending $24 on Milk’s version when the Olay one failed me so badly?” But I bit the billet and went and ahead and tried Milk’s version.

I’m glad I did because I really like it.

So, as I said it comes in a swivel up chubby tube and you apply it directly to your face by swiping it on. There’s some part of me that’s all, “OMG THIS IS SO GROSS! THE GERMS! THE BACTERIA!” but I really try hard to suppress that when using these sticks. According to the brand it contains watermelon extract that hydrates, brightens, and adds luminosity to your complexion. They market it for drier, duller, and uneven skin tones. Ok, so far, so good as I’m their exact demographic.

When I read the ingredients I was all sorts of pissed it contained Kaolin. Kaolin is notoriously drying for me! It’s something I just can’t get away from when it comes to facial masks. It’s in practically every face mask! Thankfully enough this is offset with water, glycerin, Sodium Stearate, and Propylene Glycol all of which are hydrating ingredients. The watermelon extract this contains is pretty much far down on the list so, I’m really unsure how beneficial that is. One thing to note is it also contains Titanium Dioxide which is commonly used in a few different brightening masks/treatments in Japan and Korea. Titanium Dioxide does add a white-ish cast in my experience which could account for the “brightening” effect however, it’s very low on the ingredients. If we take it apart and break it all up there’s actually nothing in here that’s going to change your skincare lift around or make you look years younger.

However, in my experience using it I do like the results it produces. Whenever I use it I end up looking like I just washed my face. Clean, fresh, pink cheeked! Maybe the actual pink of the product is somehow producing that pink glow I get! I dunno but I do know my skin looks pretty darn happy after using this.

There are two options for use. One is swiping it on your dry skin and waiting ten minutes before rinsing. I hate this method as it drags rather harshly across my skin and it feels drier using it this way. The other method is swiping it across wet skin and waiting for ten minutes for it to dry before rinsing. This method is easiest for application and I feel like it’s less tugging and less drier however, this also means that the product seems to melt down quicker as well. It’s also a little messier as the mask builds up around the base and needs to be wiped off before your store it away. I still prefer the wet application though.

I leave it on about 15 to 20 minutes which is far longer than they recommend but it doesn’t do me any damage or harm. I had no issues with the formula breaking me out. It dries down to a clay-like finish but doesn’t tighten up. It rinses clean away and didn’t leave behind a film of any kind. I didn’t detect any fragrance when applying or wearing it. Even though it contains some really great hydrating ingredients I wouldn’t say it leaves my intensely hydrated. The moisture factor is very light! What I do like is the way my skin looks so much less duller and a lot more perkier!

So, is it actually working or am I making myself believe it is? I dunno…! Either way, I still like this one!

Have you tried Milk Makeup Watermelon Brightening Face Mask?

What were your results?

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Where to buy


Milk Makeup Watermelon Brightening Face Mask is a stick facial mask that can be applied directly to your face for easy, travel-friendly masking. This is 1 oz in size and will set you back $24. The formula is water and glycerin-based with a good deal of hydrating ingredients it does contain Kaolin as well but I didn’t find it drying at all thankfully. This mask isn’t exactly groundbreaking by any means in terms of ingredients but I liked how it gave me that just washed my face look! All clean, glow-y, and perky! It seemed to really addressed my dullness and made my skin look fresh and bright.

Water, Glycerin, Kaolin, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Gellan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Stearic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Opuntia Ficus-Indica (Prickly Pear) Seed Oil, Cellulose Gum, Lepidium Sativum (Garden Cress) Sprout Extract, Sodium Polyacrylate, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 80, Alcohol, Lecithin, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Lens Culinaris (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Sodium Lactate, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Soy Isoflavones, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491).


  • Smaller size and mess-free application makes for easy travel.
  • Formula was lightly hydrating and not drying making it ideal for drier skin types.
  • Seems to do well at addressing dullness and giving skin a brighter and less tired appearance.


  • Expensive for the size.
  • Doesn’t contain all that much watermelon at all.
  • Ingredients are groundbreaking at this price!


Milk Makeup Watermelon Brightening Face Mask does seem to produce instant results so, if skincare instant gratification is what you’re looking for this might be a good mask for you!

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

About the Muse

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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