My little sister wanted to try this mini 3-pack of Etude House face packs. She bought the gauze face masks that are intended to be used with it, and we decided to split two tubes together and do half our faces with each.
She bought them from Tester Korea (pack / mask) for 3000 Won and 1500 Won respectively (~$2.79 and $1.40 USD)
If you click on the links above you'll see that the instructions tell you to put the gauze mask on first, then use a face pack brush (paint brush basically) to paint your mask over the gauze. I wish I could read Korean so I could see what the logic behind this is, because honestly it was a complete flop and I have no idea why anyone thought this was a good idea. Just take a look at the pics...
Left: Gauze game faces Right: The Sweet Pumpkin pack
Left: Sweet Pumpkin half of the face Right: The Carrot pack
Left: Consistency of the Carrot pack Right: Painting it on
Our finished faces...(absolutely ridiculous)
- Pumpkin was indeed moisturizing
- Carrot was indeed "brightening" (aka whitening temporarily)
- Easier to take off with gauze
- Only enough for 1 application (yes we know it's a sample, but it's not resealable even!)
- Carrot burned us both
- Poor fit gauze
- Carrot did not absorb through gauze well
Time for a brutally honest review. According to reviews online, the Carrot pack was for "brightening and glossy." The Pumpkin pack was for "moisture and nutrition for skin." The pumpkin pack performed just fine, but in fairness I don't believe the pumpkin was the actual moisturizing ingredient. It seemed to be made of the same formula red ginseng masks usually are made with (lots of glycerin). I could be wrong--I just didn't think it was all that special. It smelled pleasant enough though, like spiced pumpkin. The carrot mask on the other hand was terrible and burned my sister's sensitive Caucasian skin, and my not-at-all-sensitive Asian skin. When we removed the mask we did notice that the half of our face we used it on was indeed brighter and lighter. The effects are only temporary, but it will do the trick if you need a quick fix for some sort of event. I was not very pleased with the burning though. Overall we liked the Pumpkin Pack, but we weren't fans of the Carrot pack.
That said, I feel the need to extensively talk about these crazy gauze thingies...I mean really, who thought of them? These are the worst idea ever. I'd rather put the masks on directly. I thought maybe the masks would be liquid enough to absorb through, but the Carrot pack only absorbed when we basically pressed it through as much as possible. The little carrot chunkies stayed on the outside. The fit on the masks was terrible and it felt like I was putting one of those cheap "eco grocery bags" on my face. It was so hard to get the mask to lay flat; we just gave up. The only good thing I have to say about the "gauze" is that it made getting the masks off much easier. I honestly think the gauze thing would work better with special toners than masks. Save your money and don't buy these, or if you do--wear them over the mask to keep them moist. I really have no idea why they'd suggest painting over the mask.
Honestly on a scale of 0-5 I'd rate it "... what did I just put on my face"
Would not buy again (at least with the gauze)