I saw these little guys floating around Memebox in their new Tutti Frutti box, and remembered I'd gotten them in a GlossyDays box but hadn't tried them yet. So...I tried them. And what did I learn? Don't do a wash-off mask before an exam. And some actual relevant things. Scroll to the bottom for the TL;DR.
Tell me about the brand.
Half Moon Eyes are a Korean company, who - while having a limited range - seem to be slowly establishing themselves. The tagline,' just the way you are' is pretty cute, and goes further to establish that the company (Xian Company) motto is "Motto of Xian Compnay Inc. is to provide beauty products that enriches lives of women by giving a hand with selecting the appropriate products wisely."¹
Cool! But they're a fairly new company, with only these mask packs, a toner/essence, and nail decals available. To be honest, I'm absolutely adoring these little companies cropping up on Instagram and these curated boxes, and it's a great way to get more exposure. I also really like trying out new products (my wallet does not).
Get to the mask already.
The mask itself is of a pink-clay variety, similar consistency...well, exact same consistency as Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Clay Masks. It's thick, which makes it a little hard to spread around. It also has little black seeds in it that look like they could be dragon fruit seeds. They're not rough at all, which is great.
Scent wise, it smells like passionfruit. That's right, I said it - passionfruit. And don't get me wrong, I know what dragon fruit smells like. But this is not that. It may be the way it interacts with the honey extract, or it's just the extra fragrance they've added. On that note...
Talc (1 for acne, 3 for safety), Water, Glycerin, Kaolin, Glyceryl Stearate, Bentonite, 1,2-Hexanediol, Montmorillonite, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Panthenol, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Polyethylene, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Fragrance(Parfum), Lactose, Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Disodium EDTA, Butylene Glycol, Hylocereus Undatus Fruit Extract, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Squalane, Carbomer, Hydroxypropylcellulose, Red 33 (CI 17200), Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract, Water, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Dipropylene Glycol, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Sodium Palmitoyl Proline, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Sodium Metabisulfite, Swiftlet Nest Extract, Honey Extract, Pentylene Glycol² ³ [Mishibox] [CosDNA]
As you can see, there's a fair few irritants, and swiftlet nest extract. Which, may not be a big deal to some people (and I'm not pushing my agenda here), but it is worth keeping in mind. Other people have done reviews on bird's nest extract in cosmetics and the like, if you, my beautiful reader, are interested.
The product claims to be moisturizing and removes waste from skin without that tight and dry feeling after cleansing, immediately shrinks pores (...) by 'strong oil absorbing effect* from dragon fruits extract and cooling effects from hot spring water rich in carbonation'⁴ and hydrates and nourishes from the canola honey extract (from Jeju, because where else?). That's a lot of claims.
*(Also, the talc. That'd do it.)
First thing that hit me was the passionfruit smell, and the second thing was the amount of product. It's a lot of product. I ended up layering it on, and then spreading it to my chest-parts. It's not the worst thing I've slathered on my face, but it's also rather annoying to have to use up the whole capsule in one sitting, rather than being able to reseal it like a jar.
Second thing I noticed was the very much lack of cooling effect. Now, I've only recently repaired my moisture barrier (and it was bad), so it may be just sensitive, but I also have sensitive skin. And when a product is tingling/borderline burning, it's never a good sign.
Third thing! I did not read the instructions, and left it on for 20 minutes. The recommended time is 10 minutes until the colour lightens, and 'enjoy the tingling sensation while drying'. I did not enjoy this. It was not enjoyable.
Instructions are to take it off in a circular massaging motion with warm water - that, I did with a washcloth, because I could not get it all off with my hands alone.
Does my face look different? It looks a little brighter, however I feel like this might be because of the clay in the mask, because it always looks a little fresher after a clay mask - regardless of brand. My pores are much the same, as is my chest.
I went about my day afterwards (8:30am), after thwacking on sunscreen, and in all honesty, my face was an oil slick by 1pm. It's still somewhat clearer, but again, I'm uncertain if it's because I used a mask, or if it's because today is a damn good skin day.
FINAL WRAP UP OR, TL;DR
Packaging: Capsule, large amount of product, unable to close and save rest of the product for a later date.
Price: Reasonable - around $2 - $3 dollars (however, this product was in the GlossyDays Spring Box, which I purchased).
Results: Incredibly disappointing, and would not repurchase. Harsh, but in all honesty I will try my other one (I got two) later on this week and update my Instagram if it's any different the second time around.
Availability: Everywhere, apparently. And I found it on Mishibox. If you're purchasing the Tutti Frutti box from Memebox, it'll be included there as well.