We’ve all heard of sheet masks, clay masks, wash off masks, patting splash masks, and more but there is also a type of mask that has been (and still is) quite a craze in Korea which is the modelling mask. I am sure many of you have heard of and seen Korean girls using this type of mask on social media but for those of you who are still not so familiar with the concept, here is an explanation from Facetory:
Modeling masks are masks that you mix yourself and apply on your face. So, think of it as a DIY mask! They create a barrier that forces the active ingredients to sink into your skin. The texture is a thick, gooey substance that you apply onto your face with a spatula. It then solidifies into a rubbery sheet after 15-20 minutes of being on your face and you remove it to reveal brighter, dewy skin!
Okay now let’s look at this Aqua Bab Modelling Mask:
23 Years Old creates this mask in the hope of providing spa experience to your home. It is formulated to treat and prevent dehydration and moisture loss.
(infographic from Hermo)
Aqua, Glycerin, Glucose, PEG-75, Algin, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Chloride, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, Coptis Chinensis Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Propolis Wax, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trisodium Phosphate, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Cellulose Gum, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Niacinamide, Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Lanolin Oil, Phytosphingosine, Ceramide 3, Squalane, Phospholipids, Phytosterols, Beta-Sitosterol, Polysorbate 20, Tropolone, rh-Oligopeptide-1, Panax Ginseng Callus Culture Extract, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Flavor
Glucose, Calcium Sulfate, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower, Allantoin, Niacinamide, Malpighia Emarginata (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Gardenia Yellow + Gardenia Blue, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Powder, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch
Key ingredients are hibiscus sabdariffa flower (to gently remove dead skin cells and rejuvenates skin), lanolin oil (for moisture supply), morus alba bark extract (to deeply cleanse skin and also for brightening), and red ginseng which is to energise and soothe skin. This modelling mask is free from paraben, sulfate, alcohol, EU allergen, and silicone if any of these is your concern. However according to skincarisma, this product is not fungal acne-safe so for those of you with malassezia, that’s something to consider. There is also niacinamide and licorice root extract for brightening and acne control. It also has centella asiatica and Achillea Millefolium Extract for soothing.
How to Use
This comes with a green mixing bowl, a white screw-up lid, four wooden spatulas, four gel packets, and four powder packs.
The instruction is pretty easy to follow:
- Mix the crystal gel packet and the powder pack together in the mixing bowl.
- Stir the mixture with the spatula well until completely mixed
- Using the spatula, apply evenly over the entire face.
- When the mask has dried after about 20 minutes, remove the mask by gently peeling in the upward direction starting at the bottom.
- Lightly tap the remaining essence on the skin to allow full absorption.
Please watch these videos on how I prepare the mask (thank you so much my darling husband for helping me to record these hehe):
(just showing you the texture of the gel)
(the texture right after mixing)
(The texture once it’s mixed well)
To be frank I am never a fan of modelling mask or clay mask that I have to mix on my own not only for the hassle to find a mixing bowl and a spatula but also because of the need to mix it well before I can use it and then it can get messy especially when applying on the face. These all sound like a chore to me. Besides, some modelling masks just require too much work in which I have to mix it with water or my own toner plus having to find my own bowl and spatula for the mixing ritual and whatnots. So, knowing that this Aqua Bab Modelling Mask comes with its own bowl and spatula and the pre-measured gel and powder really eliminates those off-putting factors. It’s amazing how 23 Years Old put so much thoughts in this yay!
They has definitely spared me the stress of measuring out the appropriate amount of liquid to mix with powder like most modelling masks. Besides, the wooden spatulas and the mixing bowl with lid can be re-used in the future when I want to try some clay masks or modelling masks so yeah, I really appreciate the packaging.
I followed the instruction closely and it’s not hard to pour the gel and the powder and mixing it. After mixing, the mask turns into a gooey gel slime texture with red-brown spots in it. Applying the mixture to the face with the given spatula is not really a breeze as I need to be careful but it’s not a hassle either. After 20 minutes the mixture hardens and turns into a jelly consistency. It smells subtly fragrant but I couldn’t pinpoint what it is.
The whole experience is almost hassle-free, easy-peasy lemon squeezy. It doesn’t drip upon application but you have to be careful. I still need to lie down while wearing because the jelly texture needs some time to harden.
While wearing it I can feel that it cools down my skin surface which I find really calming and soothing. This would be a great choice when your skin is irritated or hot from the sun as you spend your day outdoor. As I take it off I can feel that my skin looks dewy, and my face feels really hydrated from deep within. Skin also feels supple and soft to the touch. My skin looks a bit brightened too so this is great for makeup prep, methinks.
My rate: 4.5/5
Would I repurchase: Yes when it’s on sale hehe because even though the price for four applications of spa-like experience at home is well justified, I think that I can buy other products with more than just four applications with that amount.