Lately I’ve started using a sheet mask almost every night. I use one at least 4 times a week, and I’ve seen a huge difference in how my skin looks and feels. As someone who struggles with dehydrated skin, I’ve seen my skin lose its tightness and start feeling much more hydrated, and dehydration lines around my eyes are temporarily plumped. I’ve even been dealing with fewer breakouts, and when I do get a pimple, it seems to heal faster.
A few weeks ago, I reached out to Naruko USA to see if they’d be willing to sponsor a prize for a giveaway. I’ve been loving the Naruko products I’ve tried so far. I’m almost finished the Tea Tree Night Gelly, and I’m working on the Magnolia Night Gelly and the Magnolia Lotion. I really like how Naruko incorporates a lot of plants that have been used in traditional medicine (such as snow fungus, licorice root, and bitter melon), while also using proven ingredients like tea tree, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid. Plus, all of the products I’ve tried have felt so elegant on the skin and so pleasant to use. I decided that Naruko was a brand I’d like to partner with.
I was expecting a couple boxes of masks, maybe, but Rachel from Naruko USA generously offered to give away close to 100 sheet masks!!! Yeah, you read that right! She sent me a few boxes of masks to try and allowed me to request whatever combination of masks I wanted for the giveaway, as long as they totaled near 100. So I asked for a combination of all of them, because I think they’re all excellent in their own way. UPDATE: Giveaway is now closed.
So please enjoy the review of the Naruko Narcissus, Snail, Tea Tree, and Bitter Melon masks below.
Naruko Tea Tree Mask
Naruko’s tea tree masks are very popular online, and many people testify to the masks’ ability to clarify skin and banish breakouts. I can personally add that I had a pimple starting on one cheek, and after using the tea tree mask that night, it was gone by the morning (that literally never happens).
This is a soft cotton mask soaked in a watery essence that smells like tea tree and mint, very similar to the Tea Tree Night Gelly. The first thing I noticed was that instead of being white like most cotton masks, the Naruko Tea Tree Mask is black, which is kind of fun. The mask contains activated carbon, which helps to draw out oil and impurities.
The watery essence soaked deeply into my skin, leaving it hydrated and glowing (my skin is normal-dehydrated). It had a slight cooling effect. When I took off the mask, my face didn’t feel sticky at all (which I love because I hate sticky sheet masks). I patted in the rest of the essence and it absorbed completely. I do find that I need to put on a serum or lotion right after using this mask though. If I let it dry completely, it can leave my face feeling a little tight. But as long as I seal in the essence with something heavier on top, it makes my skin soft and smooth.
This isn’t the most moisturizing mask for those with dry skin, but it does work wonders for calming blemishes. It also claims to help control oil, but since I used these at night, I didn’t really notice if it really did or not.
If you have oily and/or blemished skin, I’d encourage you to try these out!
Key ingredients in bold: Purified water, butylene glycol, ethyl alcohol, hamamelis virginiana extract, tranexamic acid, xanthan gum, 2-phenoxyethanol, sodium citrate, chlorphenesin, salicylic acid, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, serenoa surrolate fruit extract, lens esculenta (lentil) seed extract, enantia chlorantha bark extract, sodium hyaluronate, piroctone olamine, kalanchoe spathulata extract, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, scutellaria alpina flower/leaf/stem extract, peucedanum ostruthium leaf extract, ginkgo biloba leaf extract, artemisia umbelliformis extract, leontopodium alpinum extract, epilobium fleischeri extract, calendula officinalis flower extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, camellia sinensis leaf extract, essential oils of tea tree, orange, spearmint, lemon, lime, peppermint, grapefruit, niaouli
Naruko Bitter Melon Mask
The bitter melon mask was the only one of the four that I hadn’t heard anything about. I was definitely intrigued, as bitter melon is supposed to have a lot of health benefits when eaten as a vegetable or drunk in a tea, including clarifying the skin.
Don’t worry, it doesn’t smell bitter…the mask has a lotiony smell with a slight vegetal undertone, like freshly cut green bell pepper. It’s not unpleasant and I didn’t mind it at all. The essence was quite watery, and like the tea tree mask, absorbed very quickly into my skin. This is meant to be an anti-shine purifying mask, so again, it should be suitable for those with oily/blemished skin.
I found that the essence absorbed almost completely leaving next to no residue on my skin, and my face felt plumped and firm after using it. My skin truly did look mattified after I used it, so this would be a great morning mask if you want to control oil.
Like the tea tree mask, I did find that I needed to seal in that goodness quickly with a heavier product afterwards, so if your skin is on the drier side, have a serum or lotion ready. My skin felt calmer, plumper, and brighter after I used this mask.
Key ingredients in bold: purified water, glycerin, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, butylene glycol, benzyl alcohol, propylene glycol, glycosyl trehalose / hydrogenated starch hydrolysate, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, salicylic acid, chlorphenesin, triethanolamine, phenoxyethanol, hydroxy ethyl cellulose, xanthan gum, allantoin, niacinamide, momordica charanitia (bitter melon), cocamidopropyl dimethylamine, isopropyl methyl phenol, sorbic acid, aesculus hippocastanum (horse chestnut) extract, cucumis sativus (cucumber) juice, fragrance, dipotassium glycyrrhizinate, menthyl lactate, polysorbate 80, butyrospernum parkii (shea butter) fruit, ascorbic acid, benzalkonium chloride, camellia sinensis leaf extract, isomerized safflower acid, palmitoyl tripeptide-5, anthemis nobilis flower extract, maltodextrin, cera alba, silica, palmitic acid, clay, zinc sulfate, fucus vesiculosis (seaweed) extract, ethylhexylglycerin
Naruko Snail Essence Intense Hydra Repair Mask
When I first posted on Instagram that I was going to try the Naruko snail masks, I was warned by several people that the snail masks were extremely slippery and I needed to have a good hold on them to prevent them from slipping out of my fingers as I pulled them out. This is truly a very slippery mask, but I successfully managed to get it on my face without incident.
This is a very SNAILY mask in that it is super slippery and stringy while at the same time pretty thick and sticky. I imagine people might have a love-hate relationship with it. If you’re into the texture of snail mucin, you’ll probably love it. If it squicks you out, you probably won’t. I liked it, and I felt that my skin was super soft and deeply hydrated after I used it. It did leave a bit of stickiness on my skin, but after 5-10 minutes it had absorbed leaving my skin plump and moisturized.
If you’re allergic or sensitive to seaweed or algae, avoid this mask as algin is one of the top ingredients, which probably helps give it that characteristically goopy texture.
Key ingredients in bold: purified water, algin (brown algae), snow fungus (tremella fuciformis) extract, hydroxyethylcellulose, butylene glycol, carbomer, glycerin, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, PEG-45M, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, sodium hyaluronate, snail secretion filtrate, allantoin, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, calendula officinalis flower extract, avena sativa (oat) kernel extract, triethanolamine, beta-glucan, sodium polyglutamate, fragrance, dipotassium glycyrrhizate
Naruko Narcissus Repairing Mask
This is more of a “typical” moisturizing sheet mask. The Narcissus mask has a thinner serum that can be a little drippy, so I had to lie on my back while using it otherwise it was all dripping down my neck. The mask fabric is thin and comfortable. I felt that the Narcissus was the most moisturizing of all four masks I tried. Although the essence was thin, it really moisturized well and I didn’t even feel like I needed to put on a moisturizer afterwards (although I did anyways). It did leave a slight film on the face after like most sheet masks do, but it wasn’t sticky.
Key ingredients in bold: purified water, butylene glycol, glycerin, sodium PCA, PEG-55, xanthan gum, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, chlorphenesin, hydroxyethylcellulose, sodium acetate, isopropyl alcohol, cellulose, kalanchoe spathulata extract, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, scutellaria alpina flower/leaf/stem extract, peucedanum ostruthium leaf extract, ginkgo biloba leaf extract, artemisia umbelliformis extract, leontopodium alpinum extract, epilobium fleischeri extract, calendula officinalis flower extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, camellia sinensis leaf extract, lactobacillus/ olea europaea (olive) leaf ferment extract, quaternium-55, tetrasodium EDTA, bis-PEG-18 methyl ether dimethyl silane, polyquaternium-39, disodium EDTA, mentha piperita (peppermint) extract, eucheuma cotonii extract, sodium hyaluronate, pseudoalteromonas ferment extract, bifida ferment lysate, lactobacillus ferment, snow fungus (tremella fuciformis) extract, artemia extract, narcissus tazetta bulb extract, dihydroxy methylchromone, essential oils of mandarin, tangerine, sweet orange (citrus sinensis), ylang ylang (cananga odorata), potassium DNA