Capsule Masks ft. H&M, Innisfree & Neutrogena [A Full Review]

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Capsule masks, they seem to be everywhere nowadays, multiple beauty brands are now offering different types of capsule masks to target different skin issues. Capsule masks are also great to bring when you are travelling as they are already mini sized (hint: ideal for our upcoming trip to Korea!). We decided to pick up a few types of capsule masks from a variety of brands: Innisfree, H&M and Neutrogena.

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Neutrogena Capsule Sleeping Masks HKD$24.90 each @Mannings

This capsule masks are a brand new line from Neutrogena, I noticed these about a week ago. So far they have only released 2 masks, the fine fairness for wrinkles and whitening and the hydro boost, ideal for deep hydration.

Amount of uses: Multiple Uses (4 generous uses)

Scent: Like most Neutrogena skincare, it has a slight fruity and floral scent.

Effectiveness (both): 

  • Ideal for those who sleep in an air conditioned room.
  • Hydrating
  • Non-irritating on sensitive skin
  • Absorbs into your skin quite quickly, whilst forming a protective layer on the surface of your skin when slightly dry. (no pillow stickiness).
  • Soothing on the skin
  • TIP: If you place it in the fridge overnight and then apply it onto your skin, it has a really cooling property.
  • FINE FAIRNESS:  Although you might not see a significant whitening in your skin, you may notice slight lightening of freckles upon using it twice (consecutively).
  • HYDRO BOOST: This sleeping mask is very similar to the Laneige water sleeping mask. It is hydrating and soothing on the skin. After sleeping through the night in air-conditioning my skin doesn’t feel tight but supple hydrated.

Star Rating: ★★★★

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H&M Skincare Capsule Mask  HKD$29.90 @ H&M 

Amount of uses: 2 uses.

Scent: If I am brutally honest, I don’t particularly like the scents of these masks, they are very artificially scented and I don’t find them very pleasant. The Manuka Honey mask is the closest to a “natural” honey scent. However, if I had to identify the scent. I would identify them as this:

Manuka Honey: honey with a slight citrus scent. Charcoal Pumice: woody scent and Chinese herbal scent. Pomegranate and Mango: fruit yogurt scent.  

Effectiveness: 

  • Manuka Honey:  The honey mask is slightly sticky. It applies easily and smoothly on the skin. I had a few family members mentioned a weird scent… unfortunately it was coming from the mask. The Mask also dried very quickly and peeled off easily. My skin felt really clean and well cleansed.
  • Pomegranate and Mango: This mask acts just like a clay mask, after applying the face mask you leave it on for about 3-4 minutes (compared to 10-15mins suggested by the instructions). This mask dries very quickly and is very thick. If you save it for a 2nd time, you might find it a little difficult to apply.
  • Charcoal Pumice: The Charcoal mask contains fine pumice grains that will help to help exfoliate your skin. After exfoliating you leave the mask on your skin and wait for it to dry. Because of the pumice grains and the act of massaging your skin you can help to scrub off some of the dead skin, prepping the skin for the detoxing properties of the mask. Not bad but a little drying.  (Tip: Try to use this mask the day that you open it)

Star Rating: ★★

UK link: Honey Charcoal Pomegranate&Mango / HK link: in-stores only

Definitely a very standard mask. They do have a variety of capsule masks that address various skin troubles however, they I haven’t found them too effective and because they don’t come in a resealable package, the clay based masks can dry out quickly. I have found the peel off masks more effective than the clay masks.

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Innisfree Casule recipe pack: ‘Bija &Tea Tree’ and ‘Canola Honey’ HKD$15-20 each @innisfree

Innisfree has made a huge change in their packaging of their capsule masks. In the past they were non resealable masks, so for the clay masks you definitely need use them up upon opening them. However, now they have a a lid for you to reseal and keep for a later use. 5 points to innisfree for this design. IT is now perfect for traveling with.

Amount of uses: 4 uses

Scent: Canola Honey: light, floral and sweet (honey). Bija & Tea Tree: the scent is quite pungent at first (strong herbal/medicinal scent) however, after applying it on the skin it becomes tolerable.

Effectiveness:

  • Canola Honey: Applies like a dream, it isn’t sticky like most honey masks, it has a runnier consistency (almost like a serum). I wouldn’t recommend applying too much, because of the runny consistency it has a tendency to drip. Be wary if you have sensitive skin, my sister (the hipster) had an unfortunate mild irritation to the mask, so please apply it onto your wrist before applying to your face. 
  • Bija and Tea Tree: The clay texture is really smooth and moist so that it applies like a dream. It is hydrating on the skin, at first I saw ‘tea-tree’ and thought that it might have some acne fighting/pore minimising properties however, it does have a slight minty feel on the skin and soothes.
  • Volcanic Clay: We have also tried the Volcanic Clay capsule which is almost like a trial version of their volcanic clay masks (tubs).

Star Rating: ★★★★

UK & HK: Tea-Tree&BIJA Canolahoney

 

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