"Diamonds are a girls best friend," unless your broke as hell - then you're probably like me and hope to feel glamorous when you come across a diamond powder infused sheet mask, like this one from Tosowoong...
The Tosowoong Diamod Bird's Nest Aqua Mask is a two-piece hydrogel mask. The stars of this mask are diamond powder are swiftlet nest extract - of course I'm using the term "stars" loosely here. Diamond powder, as glamorous as it sounds, offers no actual benefit to the skin, besides the optical illusion of brightening and diffusing imperfections on the skin. Swiftlet nest extract, on the other hand, is a popular ingredient in Asia in both skincare and food. The extract is taken from swiftlet nests, which are constructed from the birds' saliva, and only bits are taken from each nest at a time so the birds can easily rebuild. Birds nest extract is supposed to rebuild collagen, aid in cell regeneration, and brightens and hydrates the skin giving an overall better complexion.
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Swiftlet Nest Extract (1,000 ppm), Butylene Glycol, Colloidal Platinum, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Bambusa Vulgaris Water, Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Phragmites Communis Extract, Fragrance, Potassium Hydroxide, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Diamond Powder (0.1 ppm).
Healing & Calming ingredients
Emolient & Moisturizing ingredients
Potential irritants/acne triggers
Do not use if you are sensitive to castor oil, butylene glycol, or any other ingredients in this mask.
As with all two-piece masks, I apply the top half first so that I can get it situated, and then apply the bottom half accordingly and make sure I have enough mask between both pieces to cover my entire face. This mask has pearl paper on both sides, so you'll either remove one side, apply the mask then remove the other side - or you can remove both pieces of plastic and carefully apply the mask piece (which is what I do).
This mask is translucent with the diamond powder and titanium dioxide creating a silver sparkling shimmer all over the mask. The pieces applied easily, but they were still at first and didn't soften up until the essence had mostly absorbed into my skin. I got an overall good fit with this mask, but it wasn't the most comfortable to wear - and while it seemed to have plenty of essence when I first opened the package, it seemed awfully dry when I had it on my skin.
When I removed the mask after about 20 minutes, I was a conflicted with my feelings about this mask. My skin felt plump, was soft, and looked brighter - but it wasn't very hydrated at all, which was surprising looking at all the hydrating ingredients this mask has. I was also a bit surprised to find large silver specs on my skin afterwards as well - like children's glitter, not fine or luminous at all. This mask was a bust for me. I love swiftlets nest extract in other products, but Tosowoong kinda let me down with this one.
I purchased this mask from Memebox USA*.
TL;DR: This mask contains diamond power to give a luminous glow, swiftlets nest extract to rebuild collagen and boost cell regeneration in your skin, and a slew of moisturizing ingredients. The fit is good but the material is stiff and takes a while to warm up. This mask is brightening and plumping, but not very hydrating.
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