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Okay. So this whole thing about beauty products from Korea, or K-Beauty, as it’s commonly referred to, has been trending for a few years now. BB and CC creams have been all the rage for quite some time, but I never jumped on the bandwagon per se because those products don’t look good on darker skin and I was under the impression that more makeup items from Korea or K-Beauty-inspired makeup was not geared for women of color, particularly Black women. But what had started to grab my attention was the fabric face masks that I’d seen on so many beauty blogs and magazines.

I was at my local Sephora recently just perusing the skin care section not looking for anything in particular when I noticed the Sephora brand face masks and eye treatments. I’d seen them at Sephora over the last year or so, but I didn’t think about trying any of the items, but my curiosity peaked so decided to see what they were all about.  Just the pricing alone made me want to really indulge and indulge I did!

With the attractive colorful packaging, I picked up each K-beauty inspired mask to read each formula carefully.  The Pearl Mask was the first item I put in my shopping cart immediately because it’s supposed to brighten the skin with a “natural-origin pearl” to create a perfected and highly illuminated skin. Sign me up because I love for my skin to be bright and healthy! I also picked up the Pearl Sleeping Mask which is a gel that’s applied to the face to be slept in overnight.  Very eager to try an overnight mask,  I added that one to my cart, too.  I also chose the Green Tea and Honey Eye Masks to try, too.  The Green Tea for providing a “wide awake” look around the eyes and the Honey for fine lines.  I don’t have fine lines around my eyes, but I love anything with honey in it.

As soon as I got home, I couldn’t wait to try the Pearl Sleeping Mask.  After cleansing thoroughly, I applied the gel very generously to my face using a clean foundation brush.  The product looks like it’s make for one use, but I managed to get three uses from it because they give you so much product and that’s more bang for your buck.  At $4 a pop, it’s totally worth it because the mask actually did what it said it would do!  Aside from the fact that it felt a little sticky as it was drying, I did go to sleep that night with no stains on my pillow.  I rinsed my face the next morning and my skin looked very clear and bright.  It was like I had a wonderful facial the day before.

A few days later, I decided to try the actual Pearl fabric face mask.  I followed the instructions on how to apply the mask, but I found that the mask was soaked with the Pearl formula and it didn’t quite fit my face.  The fabric was too large for my face and it kept wanting to fall off because it was weight down with the product.  I managed to let the mask stay on for at least 8 to 10 minutes while I did some chores around the house, but decided to take it off and rinse my face.  After taking the mask off, my skin still looked radiant, but the fabric itself was a bit too cumbersome for me.  But at $6, it was a great way to try something without forking over a ton of moola.

I have yet to try the eye masks, so that’s for another post.  But hands down, I’ll chose the sleeping mask any day over the fabric face mask.  And for the money, you can try every single item without any buyer’s remorse!! High Five!!

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