Face Pack Vending Machine

Face Pack Vending Machine

You know how there are evenings you just NEED a sheet mask after the shops are closed? We’ve all been there, right??

Hmmm… it’s a very appealing idea, though, to imagine being able to dash out at any hour and buy yourself a face pack from a special vending machine.

I saw these Lovely Mart machines in shopping malls in Beijing, and was delighted by them, although never actually got round to trying one out. But this is something I would like to see in other places too, starting with Singapore!

Air-Laynic Pore Mask

This is another of those seriously medical looking’ injection’ masks, which come with a syringe full of the product for you to add at the point of use, but this one is targeted strictly at the pores around your nose.

I loved the tagline on the packaging – ‘Where is strong butterfly? Pore be surprised’ – and also the promise that this would be ‘the best solution to help your skin problems without stimulus’.

This product is Korean, from a company I have not previously heard of, called 23 years old. Which is presumably why they specify that this mask should be left on for exactly 23 minutes… kind of cute.

Anyway, I dutifully squeezed half the gloopy, slightly creamy coloured contents of the syringe onto the stiffened sheet mask and applied it over my nose. This is when you are supposed to tap the mask to activate the carbon dioxide it contains, which makes for a hot and prickling sensation that is not particularly comfortable. I also found at this point that the size of the mask impeded my vision whilst also overlapping my mouth, which is strange because I don’t think my face is smaller than that of the average Korean girl.

Looking at the ingredient list, it appears that as well as the carbonated water and sodium bicarbonate that obviously account for the fizzing sensation, the mask also contains caffeine, liquorice root and ivy. There’s also a stern warning that you should not go on to apply anything containing aloe or alkali, which is slightly worrying.

During the course of the 23 minute wait, I discovered that tapping the mask again at intervals reactivates the carbon dioxide and the hot, prickling feeling starts again. It was strong enough to make me expect that my skin would look red and irritated afterwards, but it seemed fine, at least until I tried to scrub away dead skin cells as suggested. Then I came over all pink.

As half the product in the syringe remained, and it came with a cap to keep it fresh, I assume this means the mask can be reused. The trouble is, after I had washed this clean, it had clearly lost its original components of citric acid, xanthan gum and lactose, and was now soft and floppy. Whether this makes any difference to the efficacy of the mask the second time round remains to be seen.

Pre-Makeup Mask

This seemed like a novel idea – a 1 minute mask designed for just before you start applying your makeup. Obviously it is Korean, from cosmetics firm Innisfree, and contains organic green tea water from Jeju Island.

The 3 small patches in the packet are for your forehead and cheeks, and are supposed to optimise and moisturise skin to create an ‘ideal skin condition’ for your makeup. As with all sheet type masks, you cleanse and tone first, relax whilst it is on, then pat any remaining product into your skin after removing the patches.

Daughter #2 tried this out for me before a party, and her main comment was that it added about 20 minutes to her routine without making any noticeable difference. As she is always running late (sorry, sweetie…) this was not a good thing. Maybe we will try again on another day when there is more time to appreciate it.

Decollete Mask

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I was very happy to see this – sheet masks really seem to be improving my complexion, to the point where my neck is clearly being left behind, so a version which is designed to treat both areas at once looked like a great idea.

It’s a tricky item to deal with, though. It needs unfolding carefully and takes time to position piece by piece with multiple flaps and gaps to smooth out in the right places. There’s a 9 step set of pictorial instructions to help with this, but even so I found it needed readjusting constantly to keep it all in contact with my skin.

I have only seen this in Tokyo so far, but feel I could probably create the same effect either by doubling up on sheet masks, or tracking down a specific neck patch to use at the same time. But the product works so well that I will be pursuing this idea…


Lace Mask Sheet

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Here’s another variation on the sheet mask theme, again from Korea although this time from banila co. The ‘it Radiant’ hydrogel mask sheet actually comes in 2 parts, which you apply after cleansing and toning, then leave for 20 to 40 minutes. Instead of the usual cottony fabric soaked in product, this is made from a gelatinous film, which daughter #2 described as ‘sort of slimy’. She did admit later to finding her skin was markedly soft and smooth afterwards, which means it can’t have been all bad.

The nice thing about this mask, quite apart from the happy descriptions of the ingredients and likely results, is that the film is printed with a pretty pattern like lace. It is white, which means the look is very subtle, but it hits the right note of delicate feminity this brand seems to be aiming for. I bought it in Sasa in Hong Kong, but will buy it again if I see it here in Singapore.