Always on the lookout for something new and unusual, I was excited to find these ‘magic’ colour change masks in SaSa. Billed as a ‘first’, and (of course) coming from Korea, the sheet mask is printed with a design using heat sensitive ink, which changes colour as the temperature rises. The idea seemed to be that once the mask had changed from blue to lilac, it was time to take it off and pat in the product still remaining on your skin. In practise, however, this did not work as planned.
My first mistake was to try using the mask straight from the packet, which had been in my bathroom and was therefore at room temperature. What I should have done was read the instructions properly first which, since they are mostly in Korean, meant looking for a website with an English translation.
The key point there was that the mask should have been stored at 3-10 degrees C, so I stashed one in the fridge for a while. This being Singapore, however, the ambient temperature is almost always around the 32-34 degrees C at which the mask changes colour. Which it promptly did, before my eyes, before I could get it on my face. I expect that in colder places – including Korea – this does actually work as expected, and would be quite interesting and satisfying to watch. As it was, I had to work fast, with an ice pack in one hand and a camera in the other, to get some usable photos (see below).
But never mind, the various active ingredients (which include marine and plant collagen, chamomile and liquorice) were presumably not affected by the temperature change anyway. So in the end, this is just a slightly more amusing take on the standard sheet mask which is so popular in Asia at the moment. A neat idea, and less than S$5.