LuLuLun is very popular in Japan and has the rep of being one of the top-selling facial masks. I tried a LuLuLun mask (a special edition Lavender one) a couple of years back but wasn’t impressed. But seeing it so often in drugstores, with the “#1 Bestselling Mask in Japan!” stickers plastered everywhere, I wondered if I might have been a little unfair to it since I only used two sheets instead of the intended 7 consecutive days.
To set things straight once and for all, I decided to challenge myself to using the entire pack for 7 consecutive days! This is a considerable feat for me because I’m rather lazy about using sheet masks, especially with arrival of the cold season. Slapping a cold sheet on my face when living in an apartment without central heating (as is common in Japan) is the furthest thing from fun for me. But for the sake of the experiment, I persevered! And here are the results!
LuLuLun Sheet Mask (Pink)
I decided to choose a standard offering from LuLuLun for this experiment instead of some limited edition version like previously. LuLuLun has 3 main types: Pink (balance moisture), Blue (high moisture), and White (brightening).
I decided to go with Pink since it was the most basic of all and the better to use as a benchmark.
For moisture: Hyaluronic acid, Acacia honey
For balancing skin: Rice ceramide, Panax ginseng root, Bilberry leaf extract, PCA-NA
For elasticity and glow: Mandarin orange peel extract, Neem leaf extract
All the mask sheets are put into one common zippered bag, which is something I can’t say I liked. There’s the question of hygiene, how well the essence would distribute, and if the essence would dry up prematurely.
But this form of packaging is pretty common in Japan; I’ve seen as many as 100 masks packed into one single bag! It’s more eco-friendly and also keep costs down, but the OCD in me will probably never get such masks. 7 is already pushing my limit.
Here’s how the mask fits me:
To be honest, I felt like I was being judged by the mask T_T Apparently my nose is too bulbous seeing as there is not enough to cover the sides of my nose. I also apparently had too big a face by their standards because the mask fell short and couldn’t cover my face fully. There was a 2-3cm gap all around my face between where the mask ended and where my face actually ended. FML.
But true to their advertised claims, the coverage for the eyes and mouth was crazy! Especially the eyes. The eye holes are really the smallest I’ve ever experienced. I consider myself to have pretty small eyes, so I imagine this mask might be a lot more tricky for someone with big eyes to wear.
The material is very thin and comfortable, and the amount of essence (80ml for 7 sheets), while not as generous as most individually-packed masks, was still pretty decent.
I used the mask at night and left it on for about 40 mins (till there’s just the slightest bit of essence left in the sheet). I then remove the mask, massage the essence into my face and measure the moisture levels in my face once everything is absorbed.
In terms of moisturization, I think the mask does a pretty good job. I only dropped 3% after 10 hours (what? a girl needs her beauty sleep!). My face also feels sliiightly softer and smoother. Not startling or impressively so, but enough for me to notice. After I wash my face (with just water) though, the level plunges to my everyday usual of 35%.
The results were pretty much similar the remaining 6 days.
At the end of the experiment – that is, on the first day that I woke up without using this mask the night before – my skin’s moisture levels are exactly the same as pre-experiment. It’s like the 7 days of masking never happened!
The most attractive thing about this sheet mask is the price. At less than 50 cents a sheet, the price can’t be beat. It may also be one of the reasons why it’s so popular and sells so well. The price makes it so easy to buy! The cutesy packaging might also win points with some people.
This mask is good when in a pinch and you need some quick moisturizing. But for me, this won’t be a mainstay. My inertia to use masks is very high, so when I DO use a mask, I want to make it count and use something my skin loves. This mask only falls into the category of platonic friends. Decent as a backup, but never a hot date.
I might try the other types (blue or white) though since they’re a step up and might be better. But 7 days of consecutive masking again… eh. I need some time to recover first!