Naruko Masks & 99 Mask Giveaway!

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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.

 

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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

 


110 Comments

  1. I can’t wait to try the Tea Tree masks! My skin’s been through a rough patch recently, and I’ve heard so many great things about Naruko generally!

  2. I would love to try any of the sheet masks! I have two of their night gelly but I’ve never tried the sheet masks!

  3. This giveaway is so awesome!! I really want to try the DNA Repair Night Jelly, Magnolia Lotion, and Snail sheet masks 🙂

  4. Nice! In depth and detailed post. Ive never tried Naruko, and I keep seeing them all over Instagram. Definitely on my list!

  5. This sounds like such an amazing giveaway!! How generous of both you and the people at Naruko. The snail essence and tea tree ones sound amazing!! ????

    – @skincare.bunny

  6. I remember hearing about naruko years ago but never knew they made masks! Thanks so much for the in depth review with the lists of ingredients. Also, thank you for doing such an amazing giveaway! Good luck to all! ????

  7. I would love to try the tea tree mask and I’ve also been looking at the Rose & botanic HA aqua cubic blush cushion 🙂

  8. I need that Naruko Bitter Melon mask for my shiny nose but I always wanted to try a snail product!

  9. I’d love to try the Snail mask, and the Raw Job’s Tears pore minimizing masks! Thank you for the amazing giveaway!

  10. I would love to try the creme of jing cheng at some point!

    And thank you for this wonderful giveaway!

  11. There are so many Naruko products I want to try…I used Naruko in the past (like 5-6) years ago and I really loved the area Tree line and the Magnolia line. Both were great at balancing and preventing breakouts. They have changed some of their formulas so of course I’m curious to see if they work the same for my skin 😉

  12. I’ve tried the Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Mask and really like it. It’s super hydrating. Been looking forward to trying the Snail & Narcissus Repairing varieties.

  13. What a generous giveaway! I’ve had my eye on Naruko products lately, as I’ve been seeing these products pop up on my IG feed more often. I love tea tree and snail products for my oily, acne-prone skin, but the bitter melon mask sounds intriguing. I’ve never tried Naruko products before. Even if I don’t win this, I’m definitely going to try Naruko products this year.

    • Besides the Tea Tree Shine Control & Blemish line, the Raw Job’s Tears and Appleseed & Tranexamic Acid lines look interesting and seem like something I’d use to achieve my skin goals.

  14. I am interested in trying the Bitter Melon mask! My mom always tells me to eat more bitter melon because it’s good for the skin!!

  15. Oh my gosh the dark spot brighten sounds amazing! What a special giveaway, the generosity of this community never ceases to amaze me and warm my heart!

  16. Heard good things about these masks before and now with your review they’re definitely up on my radar! Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  17. I’ve been hearing this brand so much lately but never tried anything from them.truthfully all of their products sounds interesting. But I would love to try any products with their snowfunguses . and that bitter melon mask sounds so fun! Thanks for hosting this amazing giveaway!!

  18. Wow what an amazing giveaway!!! I’ve never tried any of these masks before so I would love to try all of them but I’d love to try the bitter melon and the narscissus masks the most!! Thank you for hosting this awesome giveaway!

  19. So generous! I was just looking at the mask variety set on amazon.com too! Crazy coincidence. Would love to win and share these masks with my friends

  20. You know my love for the TT night Gelly. So intrigued to try more from their line. This is an awesome opportunity they sponsored. Thank you. Xo

  21. I really want to get my hands on the tea tree night gelly, I think it’d do wonders for my combo/oily skin! Thank you for hosting this.

  22. This is an awesome giveaway. I really want to try their snail mask. I heard a lot of good reviews about it.

  23. Omg thank you so much for this generous giveaway!!! I would love to try any of the mask sheets. They all seem so intriguing.

  24. Wow thanks for the giveaway!!! Honestly I’d love to try a good portion of their sheet masks (curiosity kills the wallet!!!!)

  25. Ah yeah! I love all the Naruko products I’ve tried so far! That snail masks is one of my favorites. I’m wearing it right now lol

  26. Thanks for this giveaway. I tried Naruko Snail Essence Intense Hydra Repair Mask before. I want to try others also.

  27. OMG! That is so generous of you and Naruko! I’m really interested in trying the Bitter Melon mask. I haven’t tried anything like that yet. And, of course the snail essence. Snail essence is kinda magical. :p

  28. I have an extensive collection of Naruko products and really want to try something from the Narcissus repair line next!

  29. I would love to try any of the Naruko sheet masks (they’re new to me) or their night gelly! I heard it’s great for oily skin types. ❤️ Thank you for the giveaway beautiful!

  30. I’d love to try the Naruko night gelly for oily skin! My daughter and I suffer from oily skin and we have been look everywhere for something that’ll help!

  31. Honestly any of their products; I’ve tried the Narcissus sheet mask and I love them!

  32. I have been eyeing those AMPM products! If you tried them, let me know how those are~

    • I’ve been using the ampm A30 retinol treatment and it’s amazing! I’ll be doing a review of it soon!

  33. I would love to try the tea tree as I have been experiencing breakouts recently, probably from a poor diet /: the other masks sound like they would be wonderful too!!

  34. Thanks so much to you and Naruko for a wonderful giveaway! Honestly, the bitter melon mask has me so interested! My skin is oily and acne prone so I think it would be great for me.

  35. The pineapple clay mask and the sunscreen! ???? But my body needs some bitter melon anti-T, haha. Their Job’s tears mask is outstanding so I definitely want to try more.

  36. I just ordered Naruko’s Face Renewal Miracle Essence and I can’t wait to try it! I’d love to try their face masks as well

  37. Who’s oily and is always looking for calming/blemish-reducing products? *raises both hands* Seriously, these sound so great! I’ve also been trying to increase my masking frequency lately (gotta chip away at the stash somehow…) But of course, I love hearing about masks that are new to me–and especially speak to me! Thanks for sharing the love! 🙂

  38. I’ve never tried their products, but I’m curious about their sleeping packs! These masks would be a ~lovely~ introduction, though! ♡

  39. I accidentally said I followed you on Twitter when I don’t have a twitter account – could you remove two of my entries for twitter : soko_glow? SORRY!! >.< thank you for the lovely giveaway!

    • Don’t worry about it, I think Rafflecopter will adjust it automatically :). Thanks for entering!

  40. Thanks for this amazing giveaway! I’m most excited to try the Naruko Snail essence mask!

  41. I’ve never tried any Naruko products but I’ve heard a lot about them. Thank you for providing such detailed descriptions of these masks! ???? The tea tree one sounds great!

  42. I’m sad to say I’ve never heard of Naruko before, but they all sound great! The bitter melon one has me worried, because I don’t like the taste of bitter melon, hahaha! (Who does?) XD

  43. Aw what an amazing giveaway! I’m definitely most excited to try their tea tree masks! My skin is incredibly breakout prone and I’ve heard amazing things!

  44. I love using face masks and love how Naruko was so generous to sponsor this giveaway! ????

  45. I really want to try their tea tree night jelly. I’ve found that tea tree products have really helped me calm down and prevent breakouts.

  46. After reading your reviews, I think I would most love to try the bitter melon masks! I’m so intrigued, I like to eat it and I wonder if the masks will work as well for me! Thanks for hosting such a lovely giveaway!

  47. I’d love to try the tea tree masks! I’ve always loved using facial masks and would love to try some more.

  48. Wow this is such an amazing giveaway! The product I’m most excited to try is the snail mask, it sounds awesome!

  49. I want to try the Magnolia toner! It’s actually in my skincare stash right now but I need to use up my current toner first 🙂

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