Sunday, October 25, 2015

(post under construction) Why I'm still not impressed with Tony Moly I'm Real Sheet Masks

mI already wrote about my deep hatred of the Lemon Brightening Mask. If you read that one you can imagine why I wasn't exactly jumping at the idea of trying more. Well I had them so I've been using them and keeping notes. Feel free to check out that post if you want to read my earlier rantings... or See how these masks look on my face.

1. Tomato Mask for RadianceOn the back we have the standard instuctions and ingredients COSDNA Analysis gives only one red flag. Butylene Glycol is a level one acne trigger. Avoid this mask if you are sensitive to that ingredient. Or if  you hate tomatoes. Or if you lack patience. Maybe I should take my own advice here...

And I put on this mask on a day I really wanted to feel Radiant. I have no idea why I used this one because after my Lemon Brightening Mask experience it's a wonder I didn't just deaths the rest of these right? Well I've found hits and misses among the Tony Moly collection and  I didn't want to miss a new favorite already sitting in my stash due to one bad experience. I would have ended up buying them to try later if I didn't do it now. Curiosity killed the cat, but these are sheet masks not poison.
please not: Despite the pictures of food on the packages these masks are not for human consumption. You put them on your face... At least I did. Maybe I did something wrong?
Fresh out of the package this mask had plenty of essence. I recalled that from the Lemon Brightening mask. The mask smells sort of like watery tomato. It reminds me of rinsing a cutting board after making a fresh tomato sandwich. You know just the smell of the water mixing with tomato juices before you add soap? This mask made me hungry!
It probably would have held out for an hour based on the amount of essence in the package but I didn't have the patience I had with the first mask. I'm also not positive what sort of Radiance this is supposed to give me. I mean I think of brightening masks as giving radiance... So when I took it off I was hoping for at least a healthy glow.
Well... That didn't happen. Makeup provided my radiance that day. After I washed off the mask residue. This mask did not feel uncomfortable while I was wearing it but like the Lemon version it left a sticky feeling that I just couldn't handle.
3/5 for this one. I am giving it points for smelling like nice memories... Let's change the name and purpose to aroma therapy mask? On to the next mask!
2. Tea Tree for Skin Soothing
 So Tea Tree is a pretty common mask Flavor. It says it is for skin soothing in this mask. It says it will  get rid of my uneven skin tone. Even years of chemical peels hasn't done that so I'm not holding my breath! but maybe it could even things out a little, at least temporarily. Sheet masks are supplementary skincare not magic wands after all!
COSDNA Analysis Red flags are all low level. Avoid if you are sensitive to Butylene Glycol or Carbomer.
My test run...
While the Lemon Mask smelled like Lemon and the Tomato like watered down tomato, I didn't get even a hint of tea tree from this mask. Tea Tree oil has a pretty recognizable scent and I've been using it in skincare since I was a kid so i'm pretty sure I would recognize it.
Well 30 minutes after I put it one my skin looked the same. Again it was just sticky and wet. I felt slightly more gross than when I put it on. Not even a cooling sensation here. 2/5... I know someone likes these right? Please share if you do. I mean these were the masks chosen to sell at Ulta and Sephora. To represent Tony Moly products in the United States along with the Pocket Bunny mist I hold close to my heart. There had to be a reason for this choice. I will try them till I find it...
3. Seaweed Skin Purifying
 Bright and Radiant with the freshness of the sea sounds good. I know a lot of people doubt "Special water" claims but I always found the ocean seemed to make my skin heal. I'm pretty sure it was the salt content...This is technically not a sea water mask anyway. It's seaweed.
COSDNA Analysis  Red flags are all low level. Avoid if you are sensitive to Butylene Glycol or Carbomer.
Trying it out...
I'm OK with the fact that this mask doesn't smell like seaweed. It smells a little like an "ocean" themed scented candle minus the smell of wax.
That's it. 30 minutes and we have a sticky face. Great. Really glad i put this on. 2/5.
moving along...
4. Pomegranate for Elasticity
 ...again....COSDNA Analysis finds...Red flags are all low level. Avoid if you are sensitive to Butylene Glycol or Carbomer. It's almost like... despite the different "flavors" and purposes... these masks are exactly the same!
This masks says it will help to firm sagging skin. I don't find my skin to sag on my face all that much but I have noticed a difference with other firming masks. Combined with good hydration a firming product makes the skin feel "bouncy" hence the elasticity claims....
This mask smells more like a light floral fragrance than like pomegranate. Please change this line name from the "I'm Real" line to the "scented candle and aromatherapy shop," line and maybe i'll like the line better. Of course that wouldn't make the sticky feeling I need to wash off go away. At least it wasn't irritating? 2/5. NEXT!
5. Aloe for Moisturizing
 COSDNA Analysis Red flags are all low level. Avoid if you are sensitive to Butylene Glycol or Carbomer. No seriously I looked the mask up. Check the link man.
Not much noticeable scent to this mask. Aloe doesn't have a strong smell so I'll call this a win. All this mask is meant to do is moisturize. I like the simple claims. Each mask has one purpose!
Well.... This mask did moisturize my face! I had to wash off the excess essence but really it was the first Tony Moly I'm Real mask that just did what it said. 3/5. I prefer not to wash off my sheet mask essences. That's part of the appeal of a sheet mask to me really so it loses some points there. But honestly. Best of the bunch so far!
6. Red Wine for Pore Care
COSDNA Analysis Red flags are all low level. Avoid if you are sensitive to Butylene Glycol or Carbomer. Just really avoid the entire Tony Moly I'm real mask line if you are sensitive to those things. This mask is supposed to even the skin tone  by making pores less visible. I have a pretty serious BHA routine that makes my pores pretty invisible. My skin texture is damaged by scarring. It looks like pores kind of... but even the best mask won't change that! Still anything that maintains that empty look makes me happy.
That's why this mask was worth a shot. I also happen to LOVE red wine.
...This doesn't smell much like red wine. Not any wine I would drink any way. Whatever. Skincare right? Inspired by red wine... still it doesn't even make me want to drink red wine. Has anyone else ever left just a little bit of wine in the bottom of a glass and not gotten to washing the glass till the next day? Maybe I'm just gross but I have. This masks reminds me of washing that glass the next day. The wine has turned into a gross near gel layer on the bottom of the glass and you have to soak it in hot soapy water.... This mask smells like that. Not really pleasant. I left it on for 30 minutes anyway.
2/5 face looked exactly the same... I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and say maybe it helped with maintenance. I don't known. Even if it hadn't felt sticky (it did like all the other masks,) I would have washed it off to make the smell go away. I didn't have a taste for red wine for a few days after. So... if you are trying to cut calories this mask might help!
This makes a total of 7 Tony Moly Masks I'm Real masks reviewed. There are 11 in the set so that means I have only four left to try. (OK I'm lying... I just didn't want to keep typing. I have two more to try... the others can go in another post.)
I also have some pureness 100 masks to try as well as two from the earth beauty line. I think maybe I'll try those out before more of these because honestly... I'm not loving any of these. If you want an AWESOME Tony Moly mask try the Snail Hydrogel mask. Those are fantastic! Have you tried the Tony Moly I'm Real Mask line? Tell me about it in the comments. Don't worry! If you love them I won't bash you. I probably love something you hate too. That's why we have so many options and I won't stop trying new things!
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