Abalone is one of those mysterious Asian food items that I often crave because it’s expensive and associated with happy family wedding/red egg/Chinese New Year banquets. I also love the crunchy bouncy gelatin texture. Until recently, I had no idea what it really is or how it’s obtained.
I thought it’s a sort of clam. Well….sorta. It’s a “marine gastropod mollusc” or marine snail.
We go from garden snail to marine snail in the world of Asian beauty. A natural segue dontcha think? =)
The ingredients are typical, similar to the countless masks I’ve reviewed. Advertising for the mask says: Mask sheet caring for the skin moisty and tight with pure sea are abalone’s effective component and hydrogel.
It’s very vague with explanations of how exactly abalone will help your skin beside the fact that abalone contains taurine and protein and “vitamins.” If we follow that logic, I can just crush some Centrum tablets and mix with water to use as a mask yes?
Here’s the full ingredient list for your reference:
- Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Ca p깨licjCa pric Triglyceride, Otrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Chondrus Crispus (Carraneenan), Dimethicone, Abalone Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, CelJulose Gum, Sodium Polyacrylate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Trideceth-6, Sea Water, CamelJia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Paeonia Albiftora Root Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Leaf Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethan이， Fragrance
I rather like the texture of the mask sheet. It is a two-parter like most hydrogels. One side is slightly more ribbed (heh, heh) than the other, though I don’t think there’s a huge difference which side you slap on. It’s a medium weight which is good for fit. Too thick and it slides off your face or is too stiff to adhere. Too thin and it’s too flimsy and doesn’t stay put.
The nose part of the mask is quite long. Who actually has a nose THAT long, unless they’ve had a nose job? Oh, right.
The bottom sheet of the mask overlaps nicely with the top, for adequate coverage. Overall the fit of this mask is among my favorites. There’s plenty of serum but the serum is thick enough so that it doesn’t drip all over the place.
After 30 minutes, I felt that my skin is super hydrated and soft. However there’s no brightening effect and the effects dissipated by the following morning. At $10 a pop, I expect MOAR.
Pros: lovely luxurious feeling, nice hydrogel material, unique abalone extract
Cons: temporary effect, pricey