12 Jun 2017

Review: Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask

Literally everyone, bloggers and youtubers I follow, are raving about this mask. This is said to be one of the best sleeping masks ever made, at affordable price with amazing results. Is that so? Let’s read on to find out more below!

Most sleeping masks in the market is retailed at around RM 100, some cheaper ones can go down to RM 50 (i.e. Innisfree Wine Jelly Pack) whereas the expensive ones will cost you around RM 200. This Sulwhasoo one, retailed at around RM 180, definitely belongs to the expensive category. However, if you compare that to Sulwhasoo ginseng cream which is about RM 800, then you can call this Overnight Vitalizing Mask “affordable”. It is one of those things young girls go for when they cannot afford other Sulwhasoo products.

I got mine from Gmarket last year at sales. It was in my wish list after hearing all the positive reviews around it so I quickly grabbed one when it was on sales. I got it for about RM 150 with shipping if I am not mistaken.

The product is housed in a gorgeous and elegant tube, inside a golden box. There isn’t any information printed on the box, but you can get everything you need to know from their official website or from the product description in a separate paper that comes attached. The packaging and such does show that this is a high-end product.

The official website claims that this is a leave-on mask made of loads of herbal ingredients to deliver intense moisture and care to your overnight. Since you don’t have to wash it off, I normally use it to replace my cream at night. If you are like my mom or aunt, who are more familiar with the concept of “night cream”, then you can think of this overnight mask as a modern version of “night cream”.

The mask is lighter in consistency if compared to night cream. It comes in the form of a highly-spreadable and creamy lotion that feels really lightweight and moisturizing when applied. Instead of smelling like its ginseng counterpart, this overnight mask actually smells like herbal ginger. The skin feels moist and soft after the mask is fully absorbed. No heaviness or tackiness whatsoever.

This overnight mask also utilizes its unique Organic Respiration Layer (ORL) technology to allow the mask to feel light and “breathable” when you sleep. Just think of it like a garden pot with holes to allow the plant to “breath”. Doing so allows oily and sensitive skin to “breath” while wearing something so nourishing on overnight, without compromising its moisturizing property.


Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Squalane, DI-C12-13 Alkyl Malate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Cyclohexasiloxane, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Seed Extract, Polygonatum Officinale Rhizome/Root Extract, Lilium Tigrinum Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Rehmannia Glutinosa Root Extract, Chrysanthemum Morifolium Flower Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Adenophora Stricta Root Extract, Lyceum Chinse Root Extract, Coix Lacryma-Jobi Ma-Yuen Seed Extract, Angelica Tenuissima Root Extract, Honey, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Seed Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract, Morus Alba Root Extract, Beta-Glucan, Sodium Hyaluronate, Trehalose, C14-22 Alcohols, Stearic Acid, Silica, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Isostearate, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Palmitic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PEG-100 Stearate, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Polyacrylate-13, Phytosteryl/Behenyl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, C12-16 Alcohols, Carbomer, Polyisobutene, Xanthan Gum, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Dextrin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Polysorbate 20, Propanediol, Ehtylhexylglycerin, Alcohol, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance



The ingredients are pretty standard, with loads of “texture-ingredients” and emollients, some of which may cause acne or allergic reactions. These include butylene glycol, squalane, dimethicone, stearic acid, cetearyl alcohol, PEG-100, and carbomer. However, rest assure that these are very commonly found ingredients in most skincare products especially moisturizing cream so unless if you are particularly sensitive to any of these, there is nothing to worry about here. Most of these ingredients are also more suitable for drier skin, and some may be too rich for oilier skin so oily skin should also take note on that.

A lot of skincare benefiting ingredients such as shea butter, squalane, green tea, ginseng, mondo grass, licorice root extract, peony flower extract, lotus, rhizome, lily, rehmannia, coix seed, walnut seed, and so on are included in this mask. I mean, if you are paying RM 180, you will expect all these ingredients in your mask, don’t you? I wouldn’t pay RM 180 for a 10-15 minutes mask but I think it is reasonable to pay RM 180 for something that you can use instead of your cream at night with such a good load of herbal ingredients.

Most of these skincare ingredients are antioxidants. A whole lot of them are herbal extracts. Among which, licorice root extract is known for its anti-inflammatory, dark spots-reducing and anti-acne properties. It is particularly beneficial for flaky, itchy, and sensitive skin, as well as those with UV-induced skin damages. Sealwort rhizome, peony flower, rehmannia, and so on are herbal ingredients commonly used in Sulwhasoo products. They are mostly anti-inflammatory that is also believed to “nourish the yin”, inhibit bacterial growth and provide free radicals scavenging effects. Walnut shell is added here as a natural exfoliant to slough off dead skin cells, reveal younger looking skin and diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Ginseng, with all its goods such as anti-wrinkles, anti-oxidizing, anti-inflammatory and de-pigmentation, are pretty high up on the list, which I am delighted to find. Next we have lotus, lily, lychee, coix seed, honey, white mulberry, and many more which are commonly found plant extracts to moisturize and brighten up the skin.


I don’t use this mask every night, only as and when I need. So, I still have about a quarter left in the tube after using it for more than 6 months. I find that I usually reach out for this mask when my skin is feeling dry and papery. I won’t feel like using it when my skin is oily or dehydrated. And my skin won’t feel great when I use it under those occasions either. I do notice that my skin appears brighter, healthier and more “genki” when I wake up the next morning most of the time after using this, and the effect will last 1-2 days. The mask, despite its creaminess, is not heavy or suffocating at all, which I really enjoy. However, I don’t see amazing results from using it. I mean, mask should give you instant or visible results, isn’t it? But I don’t get those from this mask. It just feels like a pretty moisturizing cream where I will wake up to a well-nourished and plump skin in the morning. But, nothing amazing or outstanding. My skin doesn’t suddenly improve or become “less-yellow” like most Taiwanese bloggers claim after using.


Having said all these, I think it is fair to say that I like this mask, but I just don’t love it enough to give it a 5-star rating. It is still pretty good if you compare it to other ones like Innisfree, Mamonde, and many more, but keep in mind that it is also more expensive than those. I think it is a well-made mask if compared to Laneige, but Laneige is more suitable for all skin types including oily skin but not Sulwhasoo. Sulwhasoo is more suitable for drier and mature skin so oily skin in my opinion, so normal and younger skin like mine may not appreciate it as much as we should. Again, YMMV in term of skincare preference. Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask is definitely a well-made mask using quality ingredients, but may not suit all skin types.

packaging: ★★★★☆
scent: ★★★★☆
texture: ★★★★☆ 
ingredients: ★★★★☆
performance - moisturizing: ★★★★☆
performance - anti-aging: ★★★★ (judging by the ingredients)
performance - brightening: ★★★☆ (due to greater moisture content)
general impression: ★★★★ (CP value not as high)

You can get this from: Sulwhasoo Malaysia | various Korean retailers
[Disclaimer] This is NOT a sponsored review. Product is purchased with my own money. All copy right of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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