When your skin isn’t feeling or looking too great, face masks are the answer. Especially if you’re looking for something to work fast, even if it’s only temporary results. Plus it’s fun. Trying out Etude House’s Pearl Extract Mask, I was hopeful that it could perk up my (lately) dull skin to something more luminous, much like a pearl aka the treasure of the sea.
Packing: Encased in a pouch, the mask itself is neatly folded in. I did notice that this one didn’t come with a plastic setting, just the mask itself - so what you see is what you get. Not a big deal for it to come with it or without, just makes things more straightforward and less things to throw away.
What I really loved was seeing how much essence and liquid was in here, you can see that it’s fully saturated and there’s also a reassurance that you’ll get your money’s worth. Though it’s not overly swimming in it, just enough to keep for a while if you decide not to use it right away (or from buying multiples, etc.).
Scent + Application: There’s definitely a light perfume-y scent present. I didn’t find it too overbearing, since it adds on a “pretty” mood to this whole process of slapping a hockey-looking mask on your face.
The mask design is pretty general, in an attempt (my guess) to fit a variety of face shapes. I found that it was pretty okay for most of my face. It was only a touch long lengthwise, but it’s an easy fix since I just covered most of my chin with it. It’s also very delightfully cool to the touch that it was a relief to lay on my warm skin.
Mask on (ignore my bad attempt to cover wonky eyes):
With some of the excess liquid that is sure to get on your hands while you’re adjusting and smoothing out the mask on your face, it’s a good move to just smooth some of it over your neck so that it can reap some of the “pearl extract” benefits as well.
The directions dictate to leave it on for 20-30 minutes and being not-in-a-rush, 30 minutes went by pretty quick while I was laying down and reading - quite enjoyable.
Results: After 30 minutes, I found that the mask itself was still pretty wet and you could really leave it on for another 30 if you wanted. But going by the directions for minimum time, I really liked what I saw after peeling it off. (Oi, bare face.)
Most of the “shine” is really just moist skin, since this was post-mask right away. I could really see a difference of just my skin looking more awake and a bit brighter as well. And weirdly (well, maybe), it seemed to have made my chin/jawline a little more defined as well. I felt like it was a bit more shapely looking in the mirror. Or maybe it was just from all the moisture going to areas with more fat - haha. But I found the results lasted for a good couple of hours before everything absorbed in and faded away, not bad.
Overall: A+ A very enjoyable face mask that definitely made my skin feel more rejuvenated. It gives off a nice balance to really pamper your face so that it looks more pretty and “pearl-like” (brighter, mostly), that it matches its name well. Really recommended.
Interested? You can pick up a Pearl Extract Mask for yourself here for just $4 at KpopHeaven.
(Disclaimer: Etude House’s Pearl Extract Mask was provided to me for review purposes. This review is purely my opinion.)