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Monday, 20 March 2017

PACKage Masks

I owe the peeps at PACKage an apology. I received the Melt Me Softly nose strips and Everyday Bouncy sheet mask a while ago to test out. Then I totally forgot about trying them out. So my sincere apologies for this super late review of the two masks.

As I have mentioned, these are received from PACKage as a result of an event they had on Instagram months ago. I received these free of charge but I am going to provide my honest opinions to these masks. Believe me, I don't hold back on items I received for free. Just look here..😅😅😅
Can I just say the package of these PACKage masks are very cute? I love the design on all of them! 😍 Second of all, I am glad PACKage sent over more than one of each masks because I had trouble with the Melt Me Softly nose strip the first time around. Lastly, I wish PACKage's official website has an English option. There was no English instructions on the back of either masks and the website was only in Korean. Luckily, there are numerous websites that has the product so I was able to obtain instructions through a Google search. But I am lazy and wish I didn't have to do that. 😆

Melt Me Softly nose strip 
 Ingredients: As per the package. 

Water, MethylPropanedial, Carbomer, Tri Ethanol Amine, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, PEGHydrogenated Cator Oil, Fragrance, 1,2-Hexanedial, Phenoxy Ethanol, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Arctium Majus Root Extract, Mentha Pierita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Extract, Juniperus Communis Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Saponaria Officinalis Root Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Extract, Portulaca Leracea Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Cymbopagan Schoenanthus Leaf Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Viginiana (Witch Hazel) Water
 When I opened the package, I was hit with a very strong smell that I want to say is spicy and minty. Which makes sense given the presence of the peppermint extract in there. The mask itself is in the shape of a nose strip from Biore or any other brand. But it is a soft cotton (?) fabric that is very stretchy but doesn't tear easily.
It is also drenched in a clear essence that is very liquid. In fact, there was still so much of it left in the package, I probably have enough to completely soak the nose strip in it and reuse it. (Of course I wouldn't do that as it is unsanitary but that's how much essence was left in the package.)
My strawberry nose~~🍓🍓 
Let's talk performance. I tried this mask twice as the first time didn't yield anything for me. But each time I used this mask, it felt very cool and slightly tingly on my nose. But I do have to say, don't use it when you have an open wound. The first time I used it, I had an open wound on one side, and it felt tingly and irritated my eyes a little bit. 
The first time, I had the mask on for about 30 minutes. The mask itself was very moist still when I took it off and I had essence left on my nose. I massaged it and tried to extract but I couldn't get much out. But looking at the pictures, it looks like the sebaceous filaments on my nose, aka the strawberry seeds on my strawberry nose, got lighter in the flash images. 
I tried it again, and this time I found instructions of massaging the nose with the mask still on. I had the mask on for 15 minutes and then massaged my nose with the mask for a good minute. Once I removed it, I started to try and push down on my sebaceous filaments with an extractor while my nose is still wet and things started to pop out! It's quite gross actually.. Hahaha. 😅And you are about to see that grossness! 
Also, word of advice, it comes out much easier when it's wet. I started one side of my nose while it's wet and the extract was much easier than the other side as it was dry by the time I got to it. 

The mask is advertised to melt away your blackheads and gently extract them. I managed to extract quite a bit of sebaceous filaments with much less pressure than what I would normally use. So I would say this mask does what it is advertised to do, but only to a certain extent. It doesn't completely melt it away, but it does make extraction much easier. I have seen Instagram posts where the after photos shows a completely smooth nose, which is bogus as it is not THAT strong. But it does do a pretty good job in reducing the look of a strawberry nose. These seem to be a lot less harmful to your skin than the traditional nose strips like Biore's. So I would definitely recommend this mask as it cost roughly the same as the nose strips but much less painful and actually work to a certain extent. 

Everday Bouncy facial mask 
First of all, how cute is the package?! It's a little bear under a beehive! Which makes so much sense as it is referring to the honey that is in the mask! The nose strip has a farm with lemon trees, which refers to the lemon extract within it!
 Ingredients: As per the package. 

Water, MethylPropanedial, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Arginine, HydroxyEthylCellulose, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Honey Extract, Propolis Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Glycerin, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Proplyene Glycol, PVM/MA Copolymer, Trehalose, Panthenol, Allantoin. 

Ooh... Galactomyces ferment, honey extract, propolis extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, all these hydrating ingredients.. I am impressed. 😄
The mask is made of the same or very similar material as the nose strip. So it is very soft and pliable. It came soaked in a thick clear essence, but it didn't drip as much as the nose strip. 
As for the fit, I was very happy that it goes almost all the way up to my ears, which doesn't happen often. BUT! The overall fit of the mask is terrible. The mask comes with eye flaps, which is great because the eye sockets were so huge, I had to arrange the eye flaps to cover some of my under eye area. The nose area was also terrible, in that the nose flap sits perfectly fine on my nose, but the area next to my nose is exposed. I tried to move the mask over to cover it, but that just distorted the rest of the mask and I just couldn't cover that area at all. Luckily the essence is so thick I just slather the essence on the exposed area and it stayed moisturized the whole time. The same issue goes with the mouth area. -_- 
I had the mask on for about 15 minutes, and the mask itself was still moist when I took it off. I had a ton of essence leftover on my face and it was very sticky. I tried my best to pat it all in but it just wouldn't sink in.  I wanted to see how long before it stops being sticky/tacky so I didn't put anything else on top until it stops feeling tacky to the touch. That took about an hour and half and multiple touches. So I assume it stopped being tacky partially due to the multiple touching of my face with my hands. 
The stickiness aside, my skin feels soft and hydrated so all those hydrating ingredients did well! However, I probably wouldn't purchase this mask by itself as I have other masks that does similar job and does not leave my skin feeling tacky for so long. 

Overall Thoughts

I am very grateful that PACKage sent me these masks to try and review. Once again I am sorry I took so long with the review. 

I didn't mind the scent of the Melt Me Softly nose strips despite not being a fan of minty smells. It does its job in reducing the look of a strawberry nose, and making it easier to extract the sebaceous filaments. It feels like it does less damage than a traditional nose strip and I would purchase this on its own. 

On the other hand, the Everyday Bouncy facial mask provides the much needed moisture to my skin. However, it's poor fit and how it left my skin sticky for so long made it a no buy for me. Sorry! But I can get masks that provide similar results with a better fit and less stickiness. 

P.S. I didn't include any sites to purchase these masks as they are readily available on different U.S. and Canadian websites, as well as some European websites. 

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