Since I’ve somewhat been on a gel-based product roll, having reviewed Astalift’s Jelly Aquarysta Concentrate and Laniege’s Sleeping Pack, I thought I should include yet another product of a similar texture before I run out of steam. =D
In comes this Intensive Soothing and Hydrating Masque from Cellnique. I was recommended this by one of my most favourite people in the world – Stephanie of Beaute Fabuleuse whom I believe has gone through many tubes of this!
I never did expect the texture of the Intensive Soothing and Hydrating Masque to be gel-like based on the packaging of the product. I am all for pump bottles as they are more hygienic but it does take a bit more to get every single drop of product out towards the end.
Another thing that surprised me was the relatively short ingredient list. Although I’m not one who puts up the ingredient list of a product so early into my posts, I thought I’d place it here today:
Purified Water (Aqua), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Gel, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Carbomer, Collagen, Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginiana) Extract, Horse Chesnut (Aesculus Hippocastanum) Extract, Allantoin, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben.
Aloe Vera Gel, as one of the main ingredients helps to soothe irritated skin. It also acts as a water binding agent according to Cellnique and this helps deliver a soft, smooth and supple texture to the skin. Witch Hazel on the other hand acts as an astringent to aid with inflammed skin and restore the skin’s normal sensitivity threshold. Lastly, Horse Chestnut Extract balances skin circulation and helps promote clear skin!
Here’s what you should expect to see when you pump the product out of the tube;
A really pretty clear, blue gel with next to no scent at all. Application wise, I use this once to twice a week after my usual cleanse and tone routine, leave on for 10 minutes and rinse it off with water or a damp cotton pad. Yours truly favours the former method to remove the masque because I find having to dampen a cotton pad cumbersome. =D
I thought of using this as a sleeping mask as the texture of this product is extremely similar to the Laniege Water Sleeping Pack but Steph stopped me from doing so as this masque will dry your skin out should you leave it on too long!
Although both the Laniege Sleeping Pack and this Intensive Soothing and Hydrating Masque are two completely different products, I wanted to compare them in terms of texture because at first glance they look really similar!
I found the Laniege Sleeping Pack had more slip to it and didn’t leave my skin feeling dry after leaving it on too long. Then again, this is meant to be a sleeping mask, not a rinse-off mask. =p The Cellnique masque felt really watery and did not have as much slip as the Laniege Sleeping Mask. Also, this masque dries up rather quickly and should I leave it on for over 20 minutes my skin would feel taut and rather uncomfortable. So rinse this product off after 10 minutes, ladies and gents!
One way to tell if a product’s any good is by having a look at my travel kit. 😉 I have been travelling a little more than I’d like to over the last month and this has found its way into my travel kit! Here’s why:
1. Packaging is user-friendly: No spills because the cap’s really sturdy and the pump dispenses quite a good amount of product. I should mention it’s travel-friendly too due to its size.
2. No mess formula: I rarely carry sheet masks or masks of any kind when I travel simply because I am sloth. This, however has changed my perception completely.
3. Non-sticky: Any product that leaves my skin feeling sticky will not sit on my dresser for long. This is why I love my gel-based products because it feels like I have not got anything on my skin at all. 😉
Execution wise, I apply 3 pumps of product all over my face and neck: this should form a thin veil over your skin. I prefer applying a thin layer to a thick one because I did not see any difference when I applied a thick layer so less is more in this case! After application my skin feels smooth and soft but I do not think this helps with the redness in my skin as promised. But then again, nothing has really helped with my skin’s redness!
This is a product I would repurchase again and again because it’s so easy to use and my skin seems to love every drop of this product so thank you Steph for introducing this to me! <3
Are you an avid mask user? Which types of mask do you normally use?