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Product Review: Sekkisei Essence Mask

As I mentioned before, Fab kept giving me the beauty swag that she received in her fashion-show gift bags. As you can imagine, this pleased me greatly. A pathetic amount of sleep during Fashion Week has made my skin somewhat blah, and my eyes are puffy, so I was very happy that Fab gave me her sample of Kose Sekkisei Essence Mask ($54/box of six masks). It's a brightening and moisturizing mask that comes wrapped in its own individual pouch.

These are rather pricey masks, and so I was hoping for great results. So much so, that I hummed "All I Need Is A Miracle" while unwrapping the product. It's a thick cotton mask shaped to fit your face, with holes for your eyes, mouth, and nose. I applied it, looked in the mirror, and recoiled. To find out why,

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The horror, the horror:

You can see why I was so taken aback when looking in the mirror. I looked like Jason Voorhees of Friday the 13th. Funny, no?

The mask is heavy, with a generous dose of the moisturizing formula soaked into it. At first, I liked the invigorating scent, but after about 5 minutes, my eyes began to tear up. After five more minutes, I removed the mask and blended the residual product into my skin. My skin feels slightly softer, but my complexion doesn't look different (although, to be fair, results could possibly take more than one application). Although none of the lotion got into my eyes, they remained watery and irritated nearly 30 minutes after using the mask.

I've used other products from Kose, and for the most part, I like them a lot. (This mask is more affordable, and it produces better results.) But as for Sekkisei Essence mask, it's not a must-have.


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joanna-shue joanna-shue 8 years
we use these kind of masks a lot in Asia~ you need to lie down for some of the mask only if they don't seem to stay on your face. but more importand, you should make the mask totally touch your skin without any bubble underneath it. Just make sure it covers every inch of your skin and lie down!!
creamytofu creamytofu 8 years
perhaps your putting the mast too close to ur face. I noticed that ur suppose to spread it so u dont have the folds, from u picture above it seems u didn't fit the mask to your face.
Daisie Daisie 8 years
Too funny, Bella!
emalove emalove 8 years
It's scary-looking!
dannysf dannysf 8 years
Bella, thanks for being our guinea pig. Yikes!
Skin-Diva Skin-Diva 8 years
Your experience sounds traumatizing. I understand this brand to be very popular in Asia, perhaps it wasn't suited for your skin type.
bluesmile bluesmile 8 years
this brand is so popular in Asia, it's crazy.
celebskin22 celebskin22 8 years
I love this brand! I haven't trid this mask, but i used their face wash soap and its AWESOME!
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 8 years
:) Thanks for posting that pic, Bella. It is pretty funny looking, especially with that look in your eyes! They eyes kind of remind me of Hannibal, when he was in that face mask thing. You're a brave girl, sacrificing for the rest of us!
brittanyk brittanyk 8 years
I now have "All I Need Is A Miracle" stuck in my head, thanks Bella!! :-p
ALSW ALSW 8 years
I love that you hummed that song. And definitely a scary picture!
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
:ROTFL: You're funny Bella!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Eh.
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