I’ve mentioned this before, but most of my recent purchases stemmed from the fact I want to make skincare more entertaining. Maybe my hypercritical-eighth-grade-hipster mentality is just resurfacing again, but I’ve been looking into less hyped products recently because they seem more exciting. FACETORY looked like a good chance to switch things up, because I hadn’t heard of any of the brands featured in the December box. I can’t quite say the same thing for the January box, but more on that later
This review includes
- An overview of the Facetory service
- A specific overview of each mask
- My overall thoughts on the December box
There’s a FOUR-ever Fresh subscription option that costs 4.95USD and 0.99USD shipping a month and comes with, you guessed it, four sheet masks. This is what I subscribed to, but there is also 14.95USD box with free shipping that comes with seven masks. My December box shipped on December 27 and arrived either the 31st or January 1st, but they just updated their shipping so from February on they will be sending out some boxes each week. I’m not preferable to this collective shipping method, or the new random one.
Facetory claims the value of these masks is 9.50USD, which I find pretty accurate, and though the savings of purchasing this box are just a few dollars, sheet masks are usually not more than a few dollars to begin with, so as a percentage of the total I find the savings of the box significant. As mentioned before, I had never heard of any of these brands before and wouldn’t have known to try these masks out, so I appreciate being introduced to new brands through the service.
Sheet Mask Reviews
Fix & Tox Hydra Shield Programming Mask
Fix&Tox is a Korean brand with sheet masks available on Yesstyle and Sasa. At those sites respectively, it’s 11.61USD for a 7 pack and 16.50USD for a 10 pack. The descriptions explains that the mask uses “3 protein complex forms a layer to strengthen the skin’s barrier to protect and deliver nutrients into the skin” (Yesstyle Description). These proteins are hydrolysed corn protein, hydrolysed wheat protein, and hydrolysed soy protein; COSDNA categorises all these ingredients as antistatics, while soy hydrolysed soy protein is also a moisturiser. Wheat protein is considered a texture enhancer by Paula’s Choice, corn is difficult to find information on, and hydrolysed soy protein is a common moisturiser used in lotions and hair conditioners (Cosmetics Info). Besides notable fragrance at the end of the ingredients for those who are avoiding fragrance, the rest of the ingredients don’t seem too notable and are mostly meant for significant moisture.
The essence in the mask, maybe due to the proteins, is thicker and creamier than the runnier essences I’m used to and I did find that this made it more difficult for me to apply products after the mask. I tend to apply all my toners/skins/essences/serums/etc. before a sheet mask so it wasn’t too much of an issue, but I didn’t wear makeup that day because I wasn’t in the mood to chance having to do everything over. My skin felt plump after I took the mask off, which was around the twenty minute mark. Theoretically the thicker essence may be helpful for those with dry skin in the winter. In terms of the actual mask and fit: it came with a plastic sheet covering, but something unique was that there were extra slits on the side. Most masks just have one or two slits on the side to make adjusting it around the curves of your face easier, but this one had two or three extra ones that take an extra minute to adjust. Otherwise the fit was average.
Fascy Collagen Mask
This Fascy Collagen Mask is part of the Tina collection, the rest of the collection featuring an Aqua, AC, and Whitening Mask. Doing more research into this mask’s background was actually disappointing for me, because I would rather have gotten any other mask in this set. I haven’t done much reading on topical collagen, but it’s not something I’m personally interested in for right now or the future. It’s mainly used for anti-aging purposes to my knowledge, but other ingredients seem more effective. The Cosdna here shows that differentiating ingredients include Collagen (elastic and marine), green cavair, fermented extract, salix alba bark extract, tricholoma matsutake extract, chrysanthemum indicum, cinnamomum cassia bark extract, origanum vulgare leaf extract, chamaecyparis obtusa leaf extract, scutellaria baicalensis root extract, portulaca oleracea extract, lingzhi mushroom extract; there is also fragarance, for those who avoid it. Besides the lingzhi mushroom extract, which Cosdna has never heard of before, the other specialty extracts are all featured in around five other products. A 10 pack is 16.40USD on Amazon and 17USD on easianmall.
The mask is faintly lemon-lime scented at first, but it wasn’t strong and I stopped noticing after a while. The mask was soaked, but there wasn’t much left in the bag afterwards. The essence is the thinner and more hydrating sort, it lasted a good 20 minutes on me. It’s a solid mask, but nothing special though I’m always very skeptical of collagen type masks.
NO:HJ Tea Tree Mud Mask
You can find this product on the official NO:HJ website here, and on KoreaDepart for 0.98USD each here. NO:HJ isn’t as obscure of a brand as Fix&Tox, but this is part of their Texture Mask Pack line, which is less popular than some of their other lines, and therefore more difficult to find. Other NO:HJ products can be found on beauteque, just not this one. They don’t have a specific ingredients list on their website, but feature a list of botanical extracts and ingredients included in the sheet mask. Included are tea tree, mud, cucumber, mulberry root, aloe vera leaf, green tea, bamboo, lemon, acai palm, and tomato extracts. These generally tend to focus on skin soothing and brightening. Going in I was skeptical because I wasn’t sure how effective mud extract, or essentially dirt, would be.
I haven’t been able to find much on the subject of mud extract, so I can only speak to this mask from personal experience–it was my favourite of the bunch. The scent isn’t tea tree-esque at all, unlike most tea tree products since tea tree oil tends to overpower scents around it, but rather smells faintly of baby powder. The mask is very thin and the best fitting mask I’ve had to date; I don’t tend to talk about mask fit because most fit fine, just a bit wider around the mouth and not covering my eye bags. This mask fit near perfectly around my eyes, with just some space near my outer tear duct, and fit the shape of my lips perfectly. There was enough essence to last a half hour, and my skin felt super plump and visibly brightened after using; it didn’t do anything to soothe redness though, as my redness was more prominent after the rest of my skin was brightened. I’m now very interested in other NOHJ masks and as a sidenote I love the packaging.
Felix 8 Nature Flower Aqua Mask
I can’t find anything about this brand online in English or Korean, but the description provided by Facetory calls it “an all natural cellulose mask containing an essence made up of 12 different types of botanicals such as chamomile, peppermint, lotus, jasmine, and rose to calm and rejuvenate dry, troubled, and sensitive skin. The back of the mask reads the same, calling it a natural and eco-friendly cellulose 12 flower complex mask. I was worried it would smell excessively floral due to the theme of the mask, but I didn’t notice the scent too much though it is faint. This mask was hydrating, though nothing much else.
For 5USD, I received one mask I didn’t like (Fix & Tox), two that were average (Lascy and Felix 8), and one that I absolutely loved (NO:HJ). I’m driving this point into the ground right now, but the fact the masks were all new to me is also value I get from the service. I’m going to subscribe for a minimum of four months so I can get a feel for the types of masks I’ll be sent before deciding whether I want to continue, but I’m optimistic at this point.
One concern for the future: I noticed that the January box features two mask lines that I consider “standard”: Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze, and Tony Moly It’s Real. The Leaders Amino is popular, but not as standard/widespread and I haven’t tried that specific Leaders mask so I’m okay with it. Some of the brands in the December box were more obscure, but I’m worried that it was due to Facetory not having as wide of a customer base and not being able to work out deals with larger companies. If their becoming more popular means they can work with larger/more popular companies and the masks become more common, I will probably unsubscribe.