Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Laneige Special Care Water Sleeping Mask Review (Delights, Pop! Holiday Edition)

Laneige Special Care Water Sleeping Mask, 70ml
Bought for: P900 | Original Price: P1000 and above
Bought from: a Korean shop

I have been having a hard time dealing with breakouts and blemishes (from previous chicken pox infection), and using countless products that seem to not work great together took its toll on me. I had a major tweak in my skincare routine just the start of April 2018 wherein my once multiple skincare steps dropped to at least four--cleanse, tone, moisturize and spot treat scarring with the famous Sebo De Macho. What has been a useless tub of humectant suddenly became a holy grail for me. Yep, I am talking about Laneige Special Care Water Sleeping Mask.

I have been using this for a good couple of months now and during the first month, it seemed to be just not working. I have heard good stuff about this and though I didn't expect it to work like magic, I had huge hopes for this. I speculated it was because it didn't suit the other products I was using and now, I guess I was right. I had to stop using it for less than two weeks (end of May-April) when I had the infection and mainly because I needed something soothing other than my Aloe Vera Soothing Gel from Serafica, I decided to give this a second shot. I guess it was the perfect time to assert whether it's working or not without the use of anything else other than a trusted cleanser from Cetaphil. Turns out, it works!

Claims (as per Laneige)
1. Skin purifying effect: SLEEP-TOX™ technology purifies skin during sleep, keeping it in optimum condition. SLEEP-TOX™ technology’s purifying effects help to rejuvenate and normalize skin that is often fatigued and sensitized by stress during the day. This helps the skin to achieve a well-rested appearance the next morning.
2. Skin moisturizing: MOISTURE WRAP™ helps skin retain moisture throughout the night. The dense beta-glucan moisturizing shield (network) consists of active agents such as Hydro Ion Mineral Water, evening primrose root extract, Hunza apricot extracts, and more so that skin fully absorbs the goodness during 8 hours of sleep.
3. Skin soothing: contains skin-soothing agents that are gentle on sleeping skin, helping it recover overnight. Ultra-mild, safe formula that can be worn overnight / Non-comedogenic, sensitivity tested.
4. Aromatic SLEEPSCENT™ helps you relax during sleep. SLEEPSCENT™ specially developed for Laneige Water Sleeping Mask is an AMOREPACIFIC original, allowing skin to relax and rest and boosting its ability to regenerate.

How To Use

Step 1. After washing the face at night, apply toner and emulsion right before going to bed; Step 2. Dispense an appropriate amount (2.5cm in diameter) and apply on the tip of the nose, cheeks, forehead, and chin in dots; breathe in the scent for 3 seconds; Step 3. Spread gently along the texture of your face using outward strokes; Step 4. After the product is absorbed into skin, leave it on overnight without washing the face. (Wash the face the next morning.)


Water, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Trehalose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Root Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Beta-Glucan, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Chloride, Potassium Alginate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Polysorbate 20, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Propanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Stearyl Behenate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, HYDROXYPROPYL BISPALMITAMIDE MEA, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Alcohol, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, CI 42090


Housed in a durable, chic-looking jar, it's but a bit bulky considering that it has only 70ml of products inside. The whole exterior is made up of high quality plastic and the cap was sort of frosted. If you are bringing it to getaways, you might want to store in a cushion-y pouch or handle it with extra care as it's also prone to cracks and dents. Mine's in a limited edition packaging so it has some party popper designs but naturally, the product just come in a simple blue jar.

It also has an accompanying spatula that makes it hygienic to use as you don't have to dip your fingers inside--who knows what and how much bacteria you're mixing on! What isn't so nice about it is that it lacks informational facts on the tub itself though that's where the box came so useful. Good thing, it displays the expiration date on the bottom.

Texture, Scent and Ease of Application

The product is aqua blue in color and has a gel-type formulation that glides easily on the skin. It claims to be a sleeping mask so the texture is way too different from your usual face mask. First, it's not oily nor sticky and gets drank by the skin without any uncomfortable residue. It does not transfer on any fabric so you can really sleep on it all night. It isn't too light either to pass up as a daily moisturizer. That makes it suitable for every skin type, I guess. It's like a typical moisturizer that does something more. It replenishes moisture, makes skin look healthy and gives a brightening effect as you sleep. Smells just subtle, fresh and soothing, you can can catch a whiff of the aroma to also get a good night's sleep.

Overall Performance

I've talked about Laneige Special Care Water Sleeping Mask in my Instagram post where I told everyone that I use it after I got my chickenpox to hasten the healing process. I am using this product nonstop every night since then and I really see a huge improvement on overall texture of my skin. My scars seemed to lighten and became a lot less red. I know chicken pox scar appearance heal overtime but it's barely a month! My brother who had the infection prior to me, still have dark reddish brown scars but mine's look more healed. The scars still are noticeable and pinkish but I don't think people would look at them in dismay since I now have healthier-looking skin. My overall complexion looks better now  and I even got a compliment from a friend who said "Kumikinis na ulit muka mo ahhh!" (which of course, not in an exaggerated way because they are still way too obvious). It's just that I wasn't the only one who's noticing how effective this product is in giving that glow we need.

Do take note that I have super oily skin and moisturizing products tend to trigger sebum production. I'm glad to inform you, guys, that this product didn't do anything like that nor clog the pores. I recently had my period and although zits do still pop like crazy, they are fewer and smaller now. It does not claim to do that but since it's a significant effect, I thought it's worth mentioning. All the active ingredients really do a great job in smoothening the skin!

Overall Thoughts

If you have dry and sensitive skin, this is great to moisturize your skin and prevent any flakiness. If you have oily skin, don't worry because it's gel-based so it's oil-free and lightweight. This product is worthy of being recommended whatever skin type you have as it's gentle and non-stinging. It's a great night moisturizer to soothe and heal dull and tired-looking skin so you wake up as if you had a complete 8-hours of sleep! There's a reason why it's a holy grail for me and I'll surely repurchase!


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