Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Face Shop Mask Sheet Guide Plus A Review of Red Ginseng & Cnidium Officinale ♪♪♪

Truth is, whenever I purchase any mask from The Face Shop, I turn to this guide which I got for free a few years back, and start my search. That means, even before I go to the TFS store, I already have a list of what I intend to buy.

The guide is a fun, easy way to find out which particular masks are perfect for my skin type and which ones are not. All I need to do is to choose from the ones under the All Skin TypesOily to Combination or  Mature labels and I'm ready to go shopping! 

That day, I wanted to care for my 39-ish skin and so among my purchases involved this rather unusually named mask sheet: Qi (Chi) from the Imperial Herbs Product Range, especially made for mature skin. According to package info, this particular mask sheet is drawn from an ancient imperial prescription of five medicinal herbs that include twinleaf and asparagus root extracts to revitalize, hydrate skin. 

At the back, I found out this info:
*  Red Ginseng is good in providing strength and energy for the saponins in Red Ginseng help even out facial contours and soften skin.
* Cnidium Officinale promotes and improves circulation and also revitalizes, nourishes skin.

Just like any mask sheet from The Face Shop, this one is almost dripping wet with extra essence left in the package. The Red Ginseng scent is not that apparent compared to Tony Moly's Red Ginseng Hanbang Mask Sheet. In fact it's very fragrant and doesn't have that mysteriously unique scent you expected considering all the imperial herbs jargon. 

As you can see, the mask sheet is somewhat thinner than Tony Moly's or is it because it is covered with a little bit more essence than TM? Hmmmm.....

The essence is all over my hands, and considering my thrifty nature, I was actually glad because I had reason to use it as  "free hand cream!"

The size is just about right, although I read some reviews from Caucasian bloggers who found the mask smaller than their faces. 

As you can see, the mask fitted me quite well enough.

I left the mask sheet on my face for almost 40 minutes, a good 20 minutes longer than what is usually prescribed in the package. I don't know if it's just the weather, but the mask sheet dried out much faster than Tony Moly's which I had on for an hour fifteen minutes!

Since I've been  using TFS mask sheets for quite a long while, I know that almost four tablespoons of essence are still lurking at the bottom of the package. How can I say no to some freebies?

So even though I've finished with the mask sheet, I still slathered some essence on my face for that extra something. 

The Upside:
*  I like the fragrant scent which is not too overpowering.
*  It did not break me out at all.
*  It provides extra essence that I can just slather on later.
*  I love the idea that I'm using some form of ancient herbal ingredients to soothe my skin.

The Downside:
*  Since the mask sheet is a little thinner and is dripping wet, I had difficulty putting it on my face without worrying if it will tear or not.
*   Although I know that the extra essence is good for my skin, it feels a little bit sticky to my liking.
*  Despite all the imperial jargon, it boils down to following proper skin care in the end, since the use of masks, is simply just one of them. But if you regularly use it, you'll see the distinct difference in your skin in terms of suppleness and elasticity.

Qi (Energy) Mask Sheet: Red Ginseng & Cnidium Officinale is sold for Php 125 at all The Face Shop branches nationwide.

Next: Make-Up & Skin Care


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  1. ey thanks for the review, naku ang tamad ko sa masks, the notion that i can't move around the room for at least 15mins is O_O LOL

  2. hahaha. oo nga marge. medyo hassle nga lang kasi nakahiga ka lang dapat. but you made a nice review of a certain mask before di ba. i read it.

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