Sunday, December 16, 2012

Dr. Jart + Water-Full Hydrogel Mask

During Sephora's VIB Gift Card promotion I found myself needing to add a few more dollars to my cart to make sure I got the $20 off promotion. I browsed many of the stocking stuffers, sale items, and minis but I've been so much more discerning about what I purchase of late that nothing seemed to be a "need to have item." Then I stumbled across Dr. Jart+ Water-Full Hydrogel Masks and got quite excited as Sephora sells these masks both in packs of five, and individually packaged for single use. By now I'm sure it's obvious that I'm always up for a bit of skin care experimentation, so the single use item seemed like the best fit to fill my cart. 

 Dr. Jart's Water-Full Hydrogel Mask is meant to restore moisture, elasticity and a feeling of plumpness to the skin. According to the brand "its unique Hydrogel material locks-in moisture while its Trans-Dermal Technology allows hydrating actives to penetrate at levels two-times greater than a generic moisturizer." As an added bonus, the mask also contains hyaluronic acid which helps give skin a boost of water to decrease the feeling of dry, rough and dehydrated skin.

Much like any sheet mask Dr. Jart's Water-Full Hydrogel Mask peels off a paper backing and adheres directly to the skin. There is an immediately noticeable difference about this mask, though, as Dr. Jart's sheet mask is not wet like many others I've tried from brands such as My Beauty Diary. The "Hydrogel material" the brand mentions in their product description is a thick, gel like layer that affixes itself to the skin not unlike a sticker. 

I anticipated that my skin would feel wet, or that the gel would appear to have absorbed into my skin leaving less on the sheet mask itself when I removed after thirty minutes, but no it was all still there. What struck me as most odd was the fact that my skin was not at all damp, dewy or wet when I removed the mask but completely dry. To test the effectiveness of the mask I avoided applying excessive amounts of moisturizer for the duration of the evening. I don't say this much on Getting Cheeky, but upon examining my skin the following morning I was unmoved. My skin neither felt more moisturized nor worse for the wear, but just as it had before I applied the Water-Full Hydrogel Mask. Perhaps Dr. Jart's mask is a product that requires multiple uses to notice a difference, but as I already have a veritable cornucopia of moisturizing products that do their job immediately I won't be purchasing another.

Have you tried the Dr Jart. + Water-Full Hydrogel Mask? What were your thoughts? Did you have more success with this mask, or a similar experience?