I think of My Beauty Diary masks as the grand daddy of the sheet mask trend, especially for us in the Western hemisphere. Sure, there may be newer and better things out on the market these days, but it's still fun to try some of the classics. I have a selection of five different masks to review for you today: Apple Polyphenol, Bird's Nest, Mixed Berry, Bulgarian White Rose and Earl Grey Tea & Macaron.
I don't have much to report about this particular variety: it moisturized a little, it brightened a little, it wasn't particularly soothing, which is possibly my favorite result I usually get from these sheet masks. The mask had a pleasant green apple scent, so if you like that, it feels quite refreshing. It was alright, but I wouldn't go out of my way for this variety.
Apart from bird spit, the mask also contains glycerin, a hefty dose of hyaluronic acid, red and brown algae, gotu kola extract, rice and soy protein as well as aloe vera juice. The mask is completely saturated in a runny essence, so much so that I found some of the liquid dripping of my face while the mask is on; there's definitely enough product to be able to use this mask twice. I loved the effect of this one: my skin was noticeably plumper, brighter and more hydrated, and the scent was faintly soapy and pleasant. Big thumbs up!
I left this one on for a bit longer (30 minutes versus 20) and used my fingertips to lightly tap the surface of the mask while it sat on my skin, and I have to say nearly all of the essence absorbed into my skin. When I removed the mask, my face was so much more even in tone that I thought it looked whiter, as weird as this sounds. My pores also seemed a bit tighter. At first, the remaining layer of the essence felt a bit tacky, but it absorbed into a velvety smooth finish in a couple minutes. I really really liked this one! Maybe it wasn't as hydrating as the Bird's Nest, but the brightening effect was amazing.
I hope this review was even remotely helpful for you; My Beauty Diary sheet masks are definitely a good place to start if you're new to Asian masks, and choosing from all the different varieties (Black Pearl! Broccoli! Luffa! Sake Yeast!) is at least half the fun. Have you tried any masks from My Beauty Diary? Which ones are your favorite?