22 Aug 2017

Review: Yuri Pibu Lotus Water Mask and Black Tea Firming Mask


Honestly, I am never a big fan of wash-off mask. I like sleeping mask and sheet mask, but most of the time I prefer just cream because I hate putting something on my skin that I need to wash off 10-30 minutes later. For this reason, I also don't quite fancy hair mask. So I really don't know why I bought this Yuri Pibu mask duo set. I guess I just accidentally got overexcited when I saw them available for 50% less its retail price at Testerkorea. You know how I feel about the Yuri Pibu Artichoke Power Essence so anything Yuri Pibu excites me, plus the discount factor.

I couldn't find a lot of information online about the Yuri Pibu masks. I guess either the products are discontinued or some of its ingredients out of stock. (It then makes sense why Testerkorea sells it at 50% cheaper). I saw Sarah from Glow Recipe talking about them in her Bridal beauty secret video, and several Korean-speaking blog reviews from Navers also sharing about them, but rarely bloggers, so I am hoping that my review here can provide you with some useful information on both products (if they have not been discontinued).

Let's head right on to the review!


Yuri Pibu Lotus Water Mask


This is a sleeping mask with a pudding-like bouncy gel consistency. It claims to hydrate, soothe and revitalize the skin from stress and fatigue. It contains 77% lotus flower extract and 7 different botanical extracts to soften and moisturize the skin.


As you can see, the mask is pretty watery. However, it is not one of the fastest absorbing sleeping masks I've tried, unless you only apply a little. It still leaves a layer of tackiness or film over the skin. It has a raw leafy scent that is neither fragranced or floral. Not the kind of scent I like but not too unbearable.

INGREDIENTS


Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Sclerotium Gum, Isoamyl Laurate, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Betaine, Sunflower Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Potassium Olivoyl Hydrolyzed Oat Protein, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Oleate, Sodium PCA, Squalane, Hizikia Fusiforme Extrac, Gelidium Sesquipedale Extract, Broccoli Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Lepidium Meyenii Root Extract, Lemon Water, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Cucumber Extract, Niacinamide, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Hyaluronate,Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Krameria Triandra Root Extract

INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS



This contains lotus, oat protein, essential oils, and some botanical extracts like broccoli, fig, algae, sea kelp, maca root, lemon, cucumber, and so on. I also spotted niacinamide and sodium hyaluronate in here. Since 77% of the product is lotus, I think you can pretty much ignore the rest and focus mainly on lotus. Lotus, as discussed in the Primera Miracle Seed Essence review, is primarily an antioxidant with rich linoleic acid and amino acids content to moisturize, repair and strengthen the skin's barrier. It also contains flavonoids and polyphenols to retain the production of oxygen to purify and revitalize the skin. Lotus is also a natural AHAs to slough off dead skin cells and reveal a younger looking skin. It is also a very good anti-inflammatory.

Basically, these combination allows the Yuri Pibu Lotus Water Mask to soften, moisturize, revitalize, and purify the skin. Gentle exfoliating and moisturizing in one.

Despite the complex and long list, the ingredients have a surprisingly good safety rating with an overwhelming green scores on EWG and CosDNA. There is also no fragrance or artificial preservative, only essential oils function as natural preservatives. Sensitive and oily skin will cherish it!

I will talk about the performance later. Now, let's look at the black tea mask:

Yuri Pibu Black Tea Mask


Yuri Pibu Black Tea Mask is a wash-off mask enriched with 70% black tea extract and red wine extract to nourish, calm and firm the skin. It is more suitable for drier and mature skin who are troubled by wrinkles, dryness and a loss of elasticity of the skin.


The mask comes in a bouncy, creamy consistency. I won't say that it is sticky, but definitely creamy and concentrated. As such, it doesn't come off your skin or gets absorbed easily. You definitely have to rinse it with water otherwise it would dries down sticky. The mask has a weird, unpleasant tea scent that smells like it has been there for ages.

INGREDIENTS



Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Schizosaccharomyces Ferment Extract Filtrate, Isoamyl Laurate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Betaine, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Cetyl Palmitate, Rheum Palmatum Root Extract, Sorbitan Palmitate, Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil, Squalane, Sclerotium Gum, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Fruit Oil, Usnea Barbata Extract, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Avena Sativa Kernel Extract, Rubus Fruticosus Fruit Extract, Mirabilis Jalapa Extract, Litchi Chinensis Pericarp Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium Fruit Extract, Rice Ferment Filtrate (Sake), Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract, Polymnia Sonchifolia Root Juice, Gaultheria Procumbens Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Biotin, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil

INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS


This firming mask is packed full of antioxidants. It has fermented black tea, rheum palmatum root extract (a type of Chinese herb), Japanese pepper, lichen extract, oat kernel extract, raspberry, lychee, blueberry, sake, rosemary extract and so on. All these extracts share the similarities of being a potent antioxidant against radicals damage. Subsequently, we also have anti-inflammatory like pasque flower, mirabilis jalapa flower, cucumber, and so on.


Since this is a wash-off mask, I pay less attention to its respective ingredients, only to its texture and how much benefits I am gonna get from the mask as a whole. As a creamy pack, this does provide a nice emollient cushion and a protective occlusive seal on top of my skin. I can definitely feel that all the tea extracts, berries are slowly sucked into my cells and provide nourishment. It is very gentle, not irritating at all. Its emollient serves as a nice moisturizer that calms irritation from a dry and cracking skin.

HOW TO USE

I think the unique part about these masks lies in the fun of mix-matching. There are many ways one can use the mask, which is demonstrated in the video below:


I normally use them in the following ways:


  • whenever my skin feels dry: apply the lotus mask all over my skin, and then both the lotus and black tea masks in a 1:1 ratio in top of the lotus mask
  • whenever my skin gets oily: apply the lotus mask all over my skin, in a thick layer, then rinse off 10 minutes later
  • if I am exposed under the sun for long hours: take off my sunscreen with cleansing water (then rinse with water), sit down and apply the black tea mask (or black tea - lotus cocktail) then step in the shower with the mask still on and rinse off when I finish showering
  • if my skin feels itchy: apply a thin layer of the lotus mask as cushion, then the black tea - lotus cocktail for 20-30 minutes
  • if I don't have enough sleep: apply the black tea mask (or black tea : lotus ratio at 3:1) and lay on the bed for 20-30 minutes before rinsing, then follow up with a sheet mask
  • if my skin looks dull and flaky or whenever I want to exfoliate: use Neogen Bio-Gauze Peel to remove dead skin cells and sunscreen (please use a makeup remover if you wear makeup), then apply a thin layer of lotus mask followed up by a thicker layer of black tea mask to soothe and enhance the absorption of AHA into my skin (both lotus and Neogen bio-gauze contains AHAs)
  • for combination skin - apply the water mask on oily part and the black tea mask on dry part

I don't like to wear the both of them overnight. I find the lotus mask not that well-absorbing and the black tea mask too rich to be left overnight.

PERFORMANCE



Both Yuri Pibu Lotus Water Mask and Black Tea Firming Mask are meant for each other so you gotta talk about the both of them in paired, and used them in pair of course.

As standalone masks, they are not impressive to be honest. The lotus mask is too bouncy and dense to serve as a sleeping mask. Sleeping masks are normally designed to be quick-absorbing and non-sticky but the lotus mask isn't. And the scent actually worsens my mood to sleep. The black tea mask, on the other hand, is a rich emollient mask that will do well for dry to flaky skin but still nothing too impressive.

But when you put them together, they function as the perfect warriors for literally any skin types! You can mix and match the masks in different ratios to serve different skin days - dry, combination or oily! You can also use it whenever your skin is extra dull, tired, or rough. Since it doesn't contain any harmful ingredients and irritants, you can also safely use it for sensitive skin days!

The masks gave me immediate soothing and smoothing effects, mostly due to its rich emollient content. The lotus mask is particularly good at hydrating, calming and cooling whereas the black tea mask works well to nourish and revitalize. The black tea mask gives me more "glow" whereas the lotus mask only hydrates and cools so I like to use the water mask in a hot summer afternoon once in a while. I also put some of the mask into a container and put them in a fridge for extra cooling effect.

Won't say that they are particularly good at treating the skin because they are just masks, but definitely quality masks at the price.

CONCLUSION


I have a mixed feeling on the mask duo. On one hand, they are good at what they are designed for - creamy, occlusive seal, hypoallergenic, quality ingredients... but they are not what I am looking for. I always prefer lightweight overnight mask with smaller molecules and nice scent, which the lotus mask doesn't have. I also prefer leave-on mask over wash-off mask, which both products once again lack. But my poison could be your apple. You might like them if you like cock-tailing mask, fragrance-free skincare, and wash-off masks. In short, these masks don't meet everything I like about masks, so it is hard for me to tell you whether or not I would recommend them. I can, however, advise that if you like anything raw and DIY, you can always give them a try.

Pros:
- hypoallergenic
- bouncy, lightweight consistency
- effective at calming and moisturizing the skin
- skin-tertainment with the cocktailing and multi-tasking

Cons:
- short shelf life (6 months)
- smell weird
- cannot leave the product overnight as it will stick to my pillow

Overall impression: ★★★ (both products)
You can get this from: Testerkorea | Glow Recipe | Ebay etc.
[Disclaimer] Products are purchased with my own money. All copyright of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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