I had high hopes for this mask from Korean brand Too Cool For School, as it looked and sounded like it would be really indulgent and nourishing. It does yield some good results, but unfortunately it is not at all pleasant to use and this is enough for me to cancel out the good work it does. There are much more enjoyable masks out there that do the same job.
The Too Cool For School Egg Cream Mask is available in the US ($6 from www.sephora.com) and it promises a range of results. This is a microfibre sheet mask that is soaked in a serum that contains egg white (to moisturise and luminate) and egg yolk extract (to moisturise and smooth skin). Too Cool For School say that this mask will hydrate, firm and brighten skin as well as removing sebum and dead skin cells for a clean and soft feeling.
The ingredients say that this mask contains a fragrance, and I expected it to have a nice creamy cake batter-like scent to make using it a really indulgent experience that matches the name of the product. However, this mask smells exactly like fake tan, and like fake tan, the scent is very strong and you constantly feel desperate to wash it off. The mask comes folded in a sachet- it is just like all other regular sheet masks in design, except that it has a plastic mesh overlay. There are no skincare benefits to this as far as I can tell, but it does make the mask easier to unfold, so this may be why it is there.
You place the micro-fibre side against your skin, peel of the mesh then smooth it over your face so that it fits snuggly into all the bumps and crevices. When you take it out the packet, you will see that it really is soaked in serum- it drips everywhere. I rubbed all the excess left on my hands into my neck and decolletage so as not to waste any. You leave the sheet on your face for 15-20 minutes and then rub the serum left on your face into the skin. There will be a lot of it left, so it will take you quite a few minutes to rub it in and get it to absorb.
Unfortunately, as well as the deeply unpleasant smell, it also leaves a dirty-feeling sticky film on your skin that will make you desperate to cleanse. My skin did feel and look at lot firmer and brighter after using it, so I would recommend that if you want to try this mask, that you do it at night and try to leave the residue on your skin as you sleep. There is no way that you could comfortably wear makeup or go about your day without first washing it off your skin, so to make it as beneficial as possible, you need to leave it to work for as long as possible. I left the 'film' on my skin overnight and it had defintiely still improved the look and feel of my skin when I cleansed as normal in the morning- it felt very soft, extra clean and looked a lot firmer. I was pleased with the results of this mask, but they are results that I can get elsewhere a lot more pleasantly.
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