It's also a "water drop" type of product, which literally beads up into water droplets on your skin. To be honest, I am not really sure what the point of having water drops form on the surface of your skin, because I don't see how that is supposed to help retain moisture inside your skin. So it seems really gimmicky to me, but I promised myself I would test it in both winter and summer conditions before I made a decision.
So here's the review!
Full product name: Lioele Waterdrop Sleeping Pack
Purpose: A nighttime mask meant to hydrate the skin as you sleep, with added moisture from the "water drop" function.
Scent: Like shower gel or shampoo. Floral, but in a sort of cheap first-generation Herbal Essences sort of way? Fairly strong, and it lingers.
Texture: Initially, a cool-feeling gel that melts into a thin film with water droplets.
Quantity: I got the 120ml, but it comes in a 60ml size as well.
Availability: Several places online, I got mine from Pretty&Cute but it's pretty common.
Price: About $16 for the larger size, $10 for the smaller one.
Repurchase: Nope. Not a fan.
I have to say, I have seen a lot of water drop type products on the market, everything from BB creams to moisturizers, so I assumed they were everywhere for a good reason. I fully expected this to be nicely hydrating as it was recommended to me by the (very sweet) girls of PrettyandCute.com as a way to combat my winter dry skin. It was also very highly reviewed on their website as well, with a high number of reviews (44) so it seemed like a safe bet.
Since it's not always clear from the packaging, the idea is to smooth the gel in a thin layer over your face, and as the water droplets form, lightly pat your face to absorb the water. There's just one problem in this equation-- in the desert, the water drops evaporate right off my face before they ever have a chance to absorb. To be fair, I think part of the issue is that they have to work through the layer of film on my skin, and that just takes too long in arid conditions.
Worse, it didn't really work to keep my skin hydrated overnight, and my pores weren't happy with the layer of goo blocking them. I noticed that whatever breakouts were forming, they were worse after a night trapped under the sleeping pack, so I would have to rub off the mask in those areas so the breakouts could dry out.
Also, the gel is a pain to apply, as it quickly gets 'melty' when it touches the warm skin of my hands, so it's sort of part-gel part-sticky part-slimy part-water as you try to hurry it onto your face before the texture becomes impossible to work with.
|Starting to slide off the back of my hand as it 'melts'|
When it comes to actually applying it to my face, I would try to mix it a bit on my hands to make it thin enough to apply on my skin, just like I do with ... well, everything. Cleansers, toners, serums, etc.
|Beginning to be runny and sticky and chunky at once|
|Water droplets forming|
When it does finally spread out evenly, it turns into this unpleasant sticky film/residue with that artificial cooling feeling from whatever ingredients they've added for that feature.
That's something else I am going to rant about in a second, but in the meantime, take a look at how it forms the "water drops" on the skin, which yeah yeah yeah it looks so cool and heyyy it really does contain water guys! But think about this for a second in combination with the heavy film I mentioned earlier. How are these wee drops of water supposed to penetrate through that thick goo and absorb into the skin?
Moreover, since I live in a dry climate, those water drops are going to evaporate straight off my face in minutes, long before the skin underneath the film gets any of that moisture.
Lastly, to return the concern about them adding unnecessary ingredients for gimmicks' sake, not only am I not a fan of adding artificial "cooling" ingredients as they irritate my skin, but they've clearly put a lot of pigment/filler in this to turn it a pretty blue colour to match the packaging. Also has a fair bit of fragrance added. Was it really necessary to add all the blue stuff? As long as the natural colour of the product doesn't look like it was distilled from corpses (fresh or otherwise) I really don't see the point of playing russian roulette by adding extra ingredients that could trigger breakouts.
All of these things I would have tolerated if it had lived up to the hype. Since it was recommended to me by the P&C staff and has highly rated by review on their site and by bloggers in my google searching, I really was expecting it to do so much more.
Not everything works for everyone. This may have been an amazing product for others, but it really didn't work for me. I disliked the film it left on my face, it exacerbated existing breakouts, made my skin feel suffocated, and worst of all, didn't really seem to do a good job of imparting long-term moisture to my face. I noticed as soon as I wiped it off the next day using a cotton swatch with water, my skin would go right back to being tight and dry with no lasting hydration or firming effect. Very disappointing.
This may be product that fell victim to being over-hyped, so I could be expecting too much out of it, but I don't think it's unreasonable to expect your hydrating products to leave your skin ... well, hydrated and soft instead of greasy, clogged, and irritated. Definitely pass for me.
Leave me a comment if you have your own favourite night time face masks, or your own much-hyped products that fell flat.
All the best,
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