Review: Tony Moly I’m Real Seaweeds Mask Sheet

For the past few weeks, I’ve been hoarding all sorts of kikay items. If you’ve been following me via Instagram, you’ve probably seen the Heroine Make products I bought—mostly products for the eyes. What I didn’t share was the set of Tony Moly mask sheets (also known as facial mask) I bought at the same time.

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Last night I got to try the Tony Moly I’m Real Seaweeds Mask Sheet, which is marketed as a skin purifier.

Skin Benefits of Seaweed

Particular to Tony Moly I’m Real Seaweeds Mask Sheet, the seaweed used is the bladderwrack (a form of kelp), which has high iodine. However, it’s not safe to ingest bladderwrack in case you’re thinking of curing any thyroid conditions you may have.

According to WebMD, people apply bladderwrack to the skin for skin diseases, burns, aging skin, and insect bites, but, there isn’t enough scientific research to determine whether it is actually effective. Still, articles abound as to the beneficial uses of seaweed in general.

Aside from iodine, herbwisdom notes that bladderwrack is also rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, sulfur, silicon and iron and high in some B-complex vitamins. It contains moderate amounts of phosphorus, selenium, manganese and zinc and small amounts of vitamins A, C, E and G. It also contains anti-sterility vitamin S as well as vitamin K. It is rich in algin and mannitol, carotene and zeaxantin with traces of bromine.

So now that we have the basics, let’s go to the Seaweeds Mask Sheet of Tony Moly.

Tony Moly I’m Real Seaweeds Mask Sheet

Tony Moly Im Real Seaweeds Mask Sheet

Fast Facts

Price: Php 78.00Tony Moly Im Real Seaweeds Mask Sheet back
Volume: 21ml

Ingredients:
Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Panthenol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil Chlorphenesin, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Phenyl Trimethicone, Carbomer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Propanediol, Tromethamine, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Glacier Water, Dipotassium Glycymhizate (?), Caprylyl Glycol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Alantoin Disodium EDTA, Fragrance

Product Description:1 
Micro emulsion essence type mask to provide deep moisture
Three (3) layer pulp mask sheet to give deep moisture to skin
Bladderwrack purifies for clean and soft skin
No paraben, talc, benzophenone, triethanomalin, tar coloring

How To Use:
Tear open and apply to face.
Leave on for 20-30 minutes and then remove.

Tony Moly Im Real Seaweeds Mask Sheet forehead gap

Impressions

Scent: 8/10

Smells great! It definitely did not smell of the sea, salt, or seaweed. But that’s the thing. I can’t place the scent because it wasn’t what I expected. Probably the apple extract has something to do with it but then the ingredient list showed “fragrance” so it may be something else. The scent doesn’t win against Watson’s Camella Callus Cell Vitamin F Facial Mask, but it’s still worth commending.

Price: 8/10

Reasonable. Not as pricey as Dermal’s, but not as cheap as Watson’s. Considering the recommendation to use facial masks 2-3 times a week, you’d want to have cheap ones with good quality.

Application: 7/10

There is still the forehead gap. I guess if you have a wide forehead as mine, then it’ll be a constant problem. Other than this, I found the instructions lacking, if only because Tony Moly is made in Korea and has more than half of its back information in Korean. So I had to do a bit more research (same with Dermal’s) to know how exactly to use these products and what these products are for.

Tony Moly Im Real Seaweeds Mask Sheet appliedSince Dermal’s, I’ve been applying facial masks after applying toner and have also been massaging the excess extract on my forehead and neck—places the mask can’t reach.

This mask also requires more time to leave on compared to Dermal’s and Watson’s, both of which only require 15-20 minutes. So if you’re in a hurry (to fall asleep maybe), then this may not be the mask for you, unless you don’t follow such instructions anyway.

Finally, I think the cuts/grooves on the sides are to short so that it becomes hard to have the mask conform to the contours of the face. When I applied mine, it became uneven on the left side while it was smooth on the right.

Promise: 7/10

After researching on seaweeds, bladderwrack in particular, I’m not so sure anymore if the Tony Moly’s I’m Real Seaweeds Mask Sheet will deliver in its promise at “Skin Purifying”.

What I felt after removing the mask though is tighter skin. It didn’t feel smooth and silky, because my fingers couldn’t glide without friction. But it didn’t feel like I wasted my money either.

One thing’s for sure. It didn’t irritate my skin or cause any adverse reaction. So that’s a definite plus!

I also found the mask to be very cool on the skin, which probably contributed to its feeling pleasantly tight after.

Verdict: 8/10

If you’re into Korean brands, have the time for a long beauty ritual, and believe in the power of the sea, then you’d like the Tony Moly I’m Real Seaweeds Mask Sheet. You’d love the scent and the feeling of tighter, firmer skin. Whether it actually purifies is yet to be seen and may require regular use. Will I buy this again? Probably not. It’s not as cheap as the other brands but it’s good for trying at least once.

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REVIEW: Watsons Camellia Callus Cell Vitamin F Facial Mask

It was a whole day of pampering for me last weekend. I spent the whole day at the salon giving my hair and nails much love. But I didn’t stop there. When I got home, before finally turning in, I tried Watsons Camellia Callus Cell Vitamin F Facial Mask. It was something I bought during one of my kikay moods and at last got around to trying.

Fast Facts

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Price: Php 69.00
Where: Any Watson’s branch
Size: 23ml
Shelf Life: 3 years from manufacture date

Product Description:
Made in Korea; moisturizing and soothing; nourishing; no parabens, alcohol, or lanolin
Effectively helps moisturize and nourish your skin
Helps replenish skin moisture levels and helps maintain your skin’s hydration levels
Helps to soothe your skin, leaving it healthier, and more moisturized after use

Ingredients:
Punica Granatum Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit/Leaf Extract, Codonopsis Lanceolata Root Extract, Ceteth-20, Perilla Ocymoides Seed Extract, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glyceryl Stearate, Disodium EDTA, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, PEG-8, Phenoxyenthanol, Lecithin, Camellia Japonica Callus Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Sprout Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Sprout Extract, Brassica Oleracea Gemmifera (Brussels Sprouts) Extract, Glyceryl Linoleate, Glyceryl Linolenate, Parfum, Ceteth-10, Glyceryl Arachidonate, Ethylhexylglycerin, BHT, Coceth-7, PPG-1-PEG-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional

Directions:
1. Remove makeup and clean face thoroughly.
2. Place the mask sheet on your face.
3. Smooth out mask to ensure perfect fit.
4. Leave for 15-20 minutes, then remove. No need to rinse off.
5. Massage the remaining essence into skin until fully absorbed.
6. Recommend to use 2-3 times a week.

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Impressions

Of the masks I’ve tried, I like this product best, which kind of surprised me since it’s cheaper than most of its counter parts. If you’re on a budget or just beginning to learn about facial masks, this brand would probably be your best bet.

Scent

From the moment I opened the package, I smelled flowers and was already hooked. It was a wonderful scent and immediately made me relax when I finally put the mask on. I dreaded the end of the 20 minutes when I had to remove the mask. I just can’t get enough of the flowers!

Application

If the scent was relaxing, the application was perplexing, unfortunately. As with Dermal’s Collagen Mask I tried previously, unfolding the mask was quite a challenge. I’ve tried a few masks between Dermal’s and the current one, but never got the hang of unfolding the masks. I hope they can invent a better way for this.

So as with this one, I was deathly afraid of tearing it accidentally at the edges. Thankfully, it survived. The sad part, though, was that a lot of the essence transferred to my hands, which I could not massage into my face at the time.

After surmounting this challenge, it was easy. Just position it first around the eyes, and you can easily smooth it outwards from there. Make sure to push out any bubbles.

What to expect

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Expect a forehead gap!

Expect a cooling sensation where the essence has been applied. This was quite relaxing in my opinion and which is good, especially for those with visible pores.

If you have a wide forehead, like me, expect about an inch of forehead exposure. I’ve had this problem with past masks so it was already something that I expected. It was still disappointing though.

If you use this before bed time, expect soft skin the next day. I just loved this! My skin didn’t even feel the least bit itchy with this product. A good sign! So, that’s a check on the claims department.

Verdict: 9/10

As I said, this one has become my favorite so far. You will fall in love with the scent of flowers, relax under the cool mask, and wake up with soft, supple skin the next day. Who wouldn’t want that?

Will I buy this again? Without a doubt. The price is also easy on the wallet and so it won’t feel like you’re splurging if you ever want to stick to the 2-3 times a week regimen.

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REVIEW: Dermal’s Vegetable Placenta Collagen Mask

After a long week of calls, meetings, hearings, reports, and irritations, I find myself looking to my BDJ Box for comfort. I feel like my face is showing my stress and it needs to be revitalized. Opening my BDJ May Box, I took out one of the facial masks inside—Dermal’s Vegetable Placenta Collagen Essence Mask—and tried it out.

Fast Facts

Dermal Placenta Mask
Price: Php 140.00
Size: 23g
Purpose: Firming, Regeneration, Moisturizing
Shelf life: 3 years from date of manufacture
Ingredients: water, glycerin, butylene glycol, turnera diffusa leaf extract, hydrolyzed collagen, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, portulaca oleracea extract, betaglucan, panthenol, tocopheryl acetate, polysorbate 80, disodium edta, xanthan gum, methylparaben, fragrance

Impressions

Use

It’s my first time to use a facial mask on my own. My prior experience with masks applied by some other people was that they’re all cool and calming. Maybe because I was on my own in applying the mask that I got stressed out with Dermal’s Vegetable Placenta Collagen Essence Mask.

I found the instructions at the back of the package lacking. Here’s what the How to use says:

  1. Take out the mask sheet from the pack and unfold it.
  2. First, gently apply the mask sheet around your eye part and then fit your face contours.
  3. Leave on for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Peel off the mask sheet and tab the remaining collagen essence over your face until it completely absorbs to your skin.

It didn’t say what time of day I should use it, the frequency, and what to do before and after use. Normally, when doing my product reviews, I type my first draft during or immediately after use. Since this product requires itself to be adhered to the face for 15-20 minutes, I started drafting this post.

10 minutes into my usage of the mask and searching the internet for additional information to add to this post, I find out that I should have applied toner first on my face before putting on the mask. I also found out that I should be lying down, waiting for the 15 minutes to finish before removing the mask. I was sitting up the whole time, typing this post.

Even though there may not be any consequence in not having done the foregoing, the O.C. in me feels as though I did something wrong and because of this, I won’t be getting the full benefit that the product promised.

So for those who plan to use any Dermal mask, please note the following:

  • Use the product after your have washed your face and applied face toner.
  • Make sure you are lying down while the mask is in place.
  • The product is best used at night.
  • After removing the mask, massage the extract into the skin for easy absorption. Do not wash your face.

Application

As it was my first time, I found removing Dermal’s Vegetable Placenta Collagen Essence Mask from the package and unfolding it a chore. I was afraid of nicking the mask with my nails or dropping it to the floor. It was slippery and didn’t quite agree to being unfolded. I thought it would dry up by the time I’m able to put it on my face.

But pressing it around the eyes first is really the best way. You wouldn’t want the extract stinging your eyes. So after doing this, it was fairly easy to press the rest of the mask around my face. It didn’t quite reach the hairline above my forehead though. There was a good one inch of my forehead exposed.

After the 15 minutes were up, I removed the mask. It was still a bit damp but I was afraid of prolonging the mask on my face. My skin already felt tingly.

After removing, I dutifully massaged the remaining extract throughout my face, especially the part of my forehead and neck not reached by the mask. The massaging portion was what soothed me.

Other than the struggle of unfolding the mask, everything was a breeze.

Scent

I forget what the flower shown in the package is called (the name’s not in the package either) but I believe the scent of the mask is that of the flower in the package. It was on the citrus side. Not as relaxing as lavender but it was refreshing.

The scent was stronger when I removed the mask and massaged my face. I think the longer it stays on the skin and gets absorbed, that’s when the scent fully comes out. How this happens, I don’t know. Maybe through evaporation? (I was never a science whiz >.<)

Verdict: 7/10

I haven’t many experience with facial masks nor am I enthusiastic about them. If not done at a skin clinic, I find that using them can be a chore. Especially after learning that I should’ve been lying down at the time. There’s no option to multitask in a way.

However, my experience with Dermal’s Vegetable Placenta Collagen Essence wasn’t unpleasant. For mask lovers, Dermal could be a good option although I can’t vouch for it.

After an hour of usage, my eyebrows and parts of my face started to get itchy (though not severely so), perhaps because it’s new to my skin. But for those with sensitive skin, you might want to try just one mask or none at all if you can help it. There may be ingredients in it that can irritate your skin.

As for me, I don’t think I’ll spend money on this. Like I said, I’m not a fan of facial masks. Somewhere out there, there might be the perfect facial mask for me. It’s just not this one.

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How about you? Do you have a facial mask you’d like to recommend? Maybe yours is the facial mask that I’ve been looking for. Let me know what you think.