As a person who has struggled to have clear, glowing skin, I have learned that it’s best to find products that do all the hard work. When I first heard of a sleeping mask I was a little skeptical; I thought they would be thick, sticky and leave my pillows dirty. I did a bit of research and eventually bought one and I have never looked back. Today I plan to do a comparison blog between two of the most popular sleeping masks; Laneige Water Sleeping Mask and the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask.
Laneige – Water Sleeping Mask
Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Trehalose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Root Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Beta-Glucan, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Chloride, Potassium Alginate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Polysorbate 20, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Propanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Stearyl Behenate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, HYDROXYPROPYL BISPALMITAMIDE MEA, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Alcohol, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, CI 42090
Claims: The Laneige Water Sleeping Mask claims to moisturize, soothe, purify and replenish your skin whilst you sleep as well as having a light scent to help you relax; it’s like a good nights sleep for your skin.
How to use: Apply a thin layer as the last step in your evening skincare routine. Pat your skin gently to help with re-absorption. When you wake up, cleanse your skin as normal.
Thoughts: I have been using this mask for about 2 years now and I absolutely love it. I always make sure to have a refill ready so I’m not caught off guard. I also put some in a small jar when I travel so I can put it on before a long plane ride so my skin doesn’t dry out from the airconditioning.
The mask is a jelly-like consistency that absorbs quickly into the skin. It doesn’t feel tacky or sticky and it doesn’t leave marks on my pillows. The scent is very light and you don’t notice it after a few minutes. When I wake up and cleanse my face, I notice my skin is brighter, softer and more moisturized. I love this mask during the summer as it’s very light and doesn’t clog my pores. In winter I generally apply a thicker layer as my skin tends to dry out and be flakey.
This sleeping mask has won several beauty awards and is not considered a kbeauty cult classic. It’s one of Laneige’s top selling products and they have redone the packaging lately. If you are new to sleeping masks, I would definitely suggest trying out this mask first. It is available in its original formula in a small/sample size of 15ml, the full size at 70ml and now in a lavender version which I have not tried. It is available at most kbeauty online sites such as yesstyle.com and also Sephora.
Glow Recipe – Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask
Ingredients: Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Caulerpa Lentillifera (Seaweed) Extract, Simethicone, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit, Silica, Propanediol, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Extract, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Extract , Paeonia Suffruticosa (Peony) Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Brassica Oleracea Capitata (Cabbage) Leaf Extract, Ipomoea Batatas (Sweet Potato) Root Extract, Betaine, Beta Glucan, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Xanthan Gum, Alcohol, Fragrance
Claims: The mask claims to be a luxuriously bouncy, breathable sleeping mask that smoothes and perfects skin, overnight. This pillow-proof formula acts as a radiance-boosting hybrid hydrator, formulated with soothing, amino-acid rich Watermelon Extract, hydrating Hyaluronic Acid, and pore refining AHAs that work while you sleep to gently exfoliate and clarify.
How to Use: Scoop out a small amount and apply to face as the final step in your skincare routine. If you have severely dry skin, add an extra dollop and make sure to pat (not rub) the product into your skin. Wash thoroughly in the morning. If you wish to use this mask as a wash-off mask, apply a thick layer to the face and leave for 10-15 minutes. This is great for sensitive skin.
Price: 80ml $45 from Glow Recipe.
Thoughts: I first saw this mask when I was shopping in Malaysia inside Sephora. I always check out the kbeauty section to see what’s become popular. I love anything watermelon so I had to give the jar a sniff and it smelt absolutely delicious. I was a bit put off by the price to begin with and knew I still had half of my Laneige sleeping mask so I settled for the sample pack. I tried out the mask and absolutely loved it. If you’re not a fan of scented skincare, you may want to avoid this mask as it definitely smells of very sweet watermelon. I don’t notice the scent after a few minutes and find the mask absorbs instantly into my skin which is always a plus.
I find the formula a little lighter than the Laneige mask so it’s definitely more of a summertime skincare product. It has a very jelly-like consistency, more so than the Laneige. I do find my skin looks and feels softer and plumper by the morning and although I don’t ‘glow’ as much because of my acne, I do find my makeup applies smoother after using this mask. However, if I use too much of this mask by accident, I find it starts to pill and peel off my skin which is a little gross.
The mask has become hugely popular mostly due to being in Sephora stores and it’s cute packaging. It’s got quite a hype built around it and has also won a few beauty awards. It’s one Glow Recipe’s top sellers at this point. It is available for purchase from Sephora and online.
Last Minute Comparison:
As much as I enjoy smelling like a watermelon, I think I would have to choose Laneige as the winner in this comparison. I just find the formula more responsive to my skin type, and I prefer the effects of the Laneige in the morning. I do still enjoy using the Glow Recipe mask and will definitely finish my tub, but perhaps it will be better in Summer as my skin changes with the weather.
If it’s a matter of price, the Glow Recipe is generally cheaper than Laneige. At the moment, a few kbeauty sites are having a sale so if you shop around, you can get the Laneige at a cheaper price. This is generally when I shop and sometimes buy 2 of the same product to keep as a spare. If you’d like more blogs on kbeauty; I have this one from a few months ago. I plan on writing more about beauty soon.
If you’re wondering where to buy asian skincare from, I recomend YESSTYLE. I’ve been shopping with them for years. Use code MONMON8 for an extra discount.
Have you tried any of these products? Which one do you think is better? What should I try next?