Review: Innisfree “It’s Real” Royal Jelly Sheet Mask

In my last order from RoseRoseShop, one of the things I bought was a  boatload of sheet masks from Innisfree.

Innisfree is a Korean brand with an eco-friendly, natural ingredient philosophy. Their website states that they are “dedicated to sharing the clean and pure energy of nature for healthy beauty”. 

I really like sheet masks. A lot. But I always worry when buying new skincare items for the first time – especially if i can’t actually SEE it before I pay money to have it brought over from Korea. (Let’s face it, acne sucks and shipping isn’t cheap.)

Today my skin felt a little dry after I cleaned it, so I figured I’d pop on a nice sheet mask to help add some moisture. And you know what sounds super luxurious and fancy? ROYAL JELLY. I mean, it’s ROYAL. Clearly that is awesome and I will come out of this married to a prince or something. Why haven’t I been doing this all along?
 
The front of the packet says “infused with the blend of herb complex water and ingredients from nature, this real mask adds vitality and energy to your skin.” There are 20mL of essence in each packet.



Anyway, so I put on my toner and then slapped on the mask.  The first thing I noticed is that the mask itself is thicker than the ones from both Etude House and My Beauty Diary. I guess that’s neither here nor there – it’s not enough to give me a clear preference in terms of brand, although I do like it. The second thing I noticed: this fits my face REALLY WELL.  I mean, crazy well!  Obviously, it wasn’t made for someone with facial features like mine, so I have to make adjustments for how prominent my nose is, but there’s so much less extra fabric and the better fit means that the mask sits closer to my face, so I feel like it creates a better ‘seal’ – the mask itself does its job of keeping the product from evaporating right off my skin.  It also has bits built in to cover your eyelids when you close them.  Let’s be real, though – skincare is the last thing I do before I go to bed, and if I have to close my eyes for over 20 minutes, I’m going to fall asleep and they’re going to have to peel this mask off my face with a crowbar in the morning. So i just left those flaps folded down.  It’s a nice feature, though, if you aren’t the kind of person that insta-naps.
 
This mask smells like honey.  I’m not particularly partial to the fragrance in general but it’s fairly soothing, I think.  It isn’t overpowering, just a nice, light scent that reminds you which mask you’re wearing.
 

The directions on the pack say to leave the mask on for 10-20 minutes, then to remove it and pat your skin with your fingertips until any remaining essence is absorbed.  Since this is my first time with one of Innisfree’s masks, I took them mostly at their word and only left the mask on for about 25 minutes. When I took it off, there was clearly some essence that hadn’t absorbed into my skin (the mask was still damp as well).  My skin felt like I had literally just dumped some honey on it – it was sticky and wet. I obligingly hit myself in the face over and over with my fingertips to “pat the essence in” until I felt ridiculous and finally decided to just give up and let what was left either sink in or evaporate on its own.

Five minutes later, my face skill felt kind of sticky. I decided to skip the rest of my night-time routine and see if this worked as kind of a sleeping pack.

The next morning, when I splashed water on my face, I was … let’s say surprised … to find that all of a sudden there was a film of what felt like slime on my face.  Clearly not everything had absorbed despite the eight or so hours that I had left my face alone.  I had to quickly wash the residue off with soap, which didn’t really thrill me.  Once I got rid of the residue, though, my skin felt soft and fairly well moisturized.

Overall, I feel like this product was made for someone with drier skin than mine – clearly there was more essence happening than my skin could handle.  I don’t dislike this mask, but the two I have left I’ll save either for the winter, or for days that I’ve accidentally stripped my skin badly. People with dry skin will like this mask more than I did, I’m sure.

3/5.  It’s a good product, I think, but it’s not for my skin.  I’d buy it again… if I thought I’d ever need it.

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