Product Review: Let Me Skin Ultra H2O Modeling Mask
Let’s be real, one of the many reasons we love Korean products is due to the cute packaging and branding that comes along with the functionality. Sometimes you want to try a product because it looks so darn amusing. This is how we came to try Let Me Skin’s Ultra H2O Water-Jelly Modeling Masks. The brand, Let Me Skin, is a company created by an esthetician whose mission was to make professional-quality products available to the average consumer. This product in particular won the Korea Satisfaction Award in 2016! Read on to see if it lived up to the hype.
What's a Modeling Mask?
Modeling masks are used for facials in Korea. Having read about Alicia Yoon’s experiences with modeling masks in the country, I learned that modeling or rubber masks are used in both premium spa settings and by family facialists (which is a thing in Korea, but we can dream can't we). The basic idea is to provide intense hydration and nourishing ingredients to the skin by locking it all in with the rubber mask. The ingredients are mixed into a goop and spread onto your face. Once dried, it creates an occlusive barrier, meaning the ingredients from the mask have a one-way ticket to your skin without absorbing any of the nutrients from your skin into the mask. Modeling masks are a way to bring the spa home with you so it’s no surprise they are quickly gaining popularity in the Korean skincare market.
The Let Me Skin Ultra H2O Water-Jelly Modeling Mask is a rubber modeling mask that comes in 3 different flavors: Brightening & Plumping, Hydrating, and Soothing. The masks are enclosed in colorful pill-like packaging, with two pieces that break apart in the center. You can use one half of the capsule to mix the product together. (The pill case is about 8 inches long and closes shut so as a bonus it can be repurposed to hold or mix other things!) For reference, Elizabeth and I tried the Hydrating and Brightening & Plumping masks (shown below) - respectively.
Inside the capsule you'll find 2 “servings” of the product - Solution 1 (x2), Solution 2 (x2), and a spatula to mix the solutions.
The innovative element about this modeling mask is that the formula is given in two packets of solution, rather than a packet of powder that needs to be mixed with water. The benefits are multiple. First, you don’t lose any product to the atmosphere and you don’t run the risk of inhaling product. Secondly, mixing a rubber mask with water also has the potential to draw out even more hydration from your skin faster than the mask can provide your skin with it due to evaporation. The dual solution formula is intended to be mess free and efficient in providing the two parts in precise amounts - no need to worry about how much water to add. The benefit of rubber modeling masks mask allow the ingredients to sink into your skin and seal the goodness in more efficiently than any old cotton sheet mask since there's no risk of evaporation.
How to Use
This mask should be used after the cleansing and toning steps in our routine. The instructions are in Korean, but they are pretty standard: mix, put on your face, remove. You can reference the product on Peach & Lily’s site for instructions in English. Simply mix solutions 1 and 2 in one half of the pill packaging with the spatula provided. The pill doesn’t really sit upright unless you put product into it, so you may opt to put it into a bowl instead. Spread the mask onto your face with the spatula (avoiding the eye area) and leave it on for 20-30 minutes or until dry before removing.
Solution 1 (the rubber mask) is pretty viscous and on the sticky side. Mine was a light pink since the theme for the Brightening & Plumping pill’s packaging is pink. Solution 2 (the mixing solution) is provided in less volume, and milky in consistency.
Since solution 1 was pretty sticky, the technique I used was to place a little bit of solution 2 into the pill first before putting all of the solution 1 packet in. Then, I put the rest of solution 2 to mix the solution. Thus, solution 1 was sandwiched between two layers of solution 2. This seemed to have worked pretty well for me to evenly mix and distribute the solutions together.
Since the product comes with 2 separate mixing solutions, I've broken down the ingredients per each solution below. Solution 1 contains the rubber mask ingredients and Solution 2 contains the “water” or solvent to help the rubber mask be more easily spread onto the face. Solution 2 is the same for both masks.
Ingredients - Brightening & Plumping (pink/purple pill)
Aqua, Glycerin, Glucose, PEG-75, Algin, Potassium Chloride, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Propolis Wax, Caprylyl Glycol,1,2- Hexanediol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trisodium Phosphate, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Cellulose Gum, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Pearl Extract, CI 77491, Allantoin, Adenosine, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance
Ingredients - Hydrating (blue pill)
Aqua, Glycerin, Glucose, PEG-75, Algin, Potassium Chloride, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Propolis Wax, Caprylyl Glycol,1,2- Hexanediol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trisodium Phosphate, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Cellulose Gum, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, Caviar Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, CI 77289, Allantoin, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance
There are similar ingredients in Solution 1 for both formulas, both the brightening and hydrating masks contain the following key ingredients: niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, licorice root extract, centella asiatica, ginger root extract, coptis japonica root extract, camellia sinesnsis leaf extract, and propolis wax. These are all great ingredients with many beneficial effects such as brightening, soothing, moisturizing, healing, and protecting.
For the Brightening & Plumping mask, key ingredients include rice bran and pearl extracts which provide brightening effects. Allantonin and adenosine are present as well for hydrating and soothing purposes. Rose water provides a calming and anti-aging effect.
For the Hydrating mask, key ingredients include caviar extract and shea butter which pump up the moisturizing factor. Jojoba oil is moisturizing and anti-inflammatory.
Solution 2 - same for both masks
Aqua, Calcium Sulfate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Zea Mays Starch, Potassium Chloride, N Lycium Chinense Fruit Extract, Zingiber Officinale Root Extract, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Propolis Wax, Caprylyl glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Lecithin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Phytosqualane, Hydrogenated Macadamia Seed Oil Esters, EpilobiumFleischeri Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Xantan Gum, Cellulose Gum, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Citrus Paradisi Fruit Extract, Bacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Chlorphenesine
Solution 2 contains many similar ingredients to solution 1 as well. However, the addition of hydrolyzed collagen does wonders to plump and hydrate the skin, contributing to intense hydration. Macademia oil provides even more hydration and aloe extract provides moisture as well.
Jane’s Thoughts: Brightening & Plumping Mask
I was so freaking excited for this mask. I saw it on Peach & Lily’s feed, kind of forgot about it, but when I stumbled across it again I knew I had to have it. I love the idea of mixing your own mask (bringing out the chemist in me), and the fact that this had two solutions to mix rather than powder and water sold me - as well as the cute af packaging. I bought one for Elizabeth as part of her going away present. I knew it was something we’d both been wanting to try and we could share our experiences with each other - and now with our readers!
After mixing the goop together, I worked quickly to spread the mask onto my face. It was a little on the messy side and I had to smooth out the mask on my face a few times to account for excess goopiness. The mask is goopy but not heavy, and the spatula worked well to spread the mix all over your face. Once I put the mask I immediately felt a cooling and soothing sensation. It was so refreshing - this would be great to use on a hot summer day. I noticed a light fragrance that wasn’t overpowering, I hardly noticed it while the mask was on. I left the mask on for about 30-35 minutes before peeling it off. The mask was breathable even behind a semi-thick layer of goop. It was comfortable, all of the soothing ingredients worked together really well, and it contributed to a relaxing experience. The fragrance did not cause any reaction on my face.
I appreciate how easy the mask was to remove after the 35 minutes. I didn’t wait until it was completely dry but it peeled off nicely with just a few patches of product left behind. There’s no extra essence to pat in as everything has already been absorbed by your skin and you can literally move on to the next step in your routine which was nice. Due to the amount of time it takes to mix, put on, and take off the mask, I probably wouldn’t use it during my normal routine unless I had extra time to spare.
I noticed a glowing effect after I removed the mask and my skin did look significantly more hydrated. I have to say I was impressed by how plump and how much brighter my face appeared; it had a dewy effect as well. I definitely believe the stellar ingredients with all the soothing, brightening, and hydrating goodness were effectively transferred to my skin.
However, in terms of repurchasing, I would venture out to try other other modeling mask brands before repurchasing this one.
- Packaging: 5/5
- Use: 4/5
- Results: 5/5
Overall, I give this mask 4.5/5. I know that doesn't average out correctly and the mask is amazing but it's not exactly holy grail for me. I don't have anything else to compare it to since it's my first time using this type of mask.
Elizabeth’s Thoughts: Hydrating Mask
Jane gave this mask to me as a going away present before I moved to Washington. I was immediately drawn to the packaging, I’m all about super extra packaging. Also, the idea of mixing it just seemed like super fun! I was so excited to try this, and honestly it was the best going away present Jane could have ever given me. I had no idea these masks were a thing, and I was super excited. I read up about it after Jane gave it to me on the Peach & Lily website, and I was super excited to try it. I wasn’t able to try it sooner because of my move, so I decided to save it for a ~special~ occasion.
When you pop open the container, there’s 4 pouches (conveniently labeled 1 and 2), so that’s two masks, and a spatula. You mix the pouches together in the container using the spatula, then use the spatula to spread the mask all over your face. Once I mixed it, the mask seemed super gummy (almost like those sticky hands kids play with). You spread the mask evenly all over your face and leave it on for 20-30 mins. As soon as you put it on, it feels super cold and soothing. It honestly felt a little weird, I kept picturing the little sticky hands all over my face. I got used to it, and it felt pretty nice. Taking it off was so satisfying because you peel it off.
I immediately noticed my face being a lot clearer. It felt super smooth and refreshed, I loved it. It takes a little longer to use than a sheet mask, but it’s a good excuse to sit down and actually relax without having to worry about anything else. It doesn’t leave behind any sticky residue, you can just use the rest of your routine. I would recommend using a bowl or something to mix the mask, the pill container has no balance and it made the whole process a bit messy. I definitely will be purchasing more because it was so fun to use and the results are undeniable. 5/5 for me!
We loved these masks and think it is worth the hype. This was our first experience with a modeling mask and we both felt like you get that next level spa facial experience that a typical sheet mask doesn’t quite achieve. It’s a little messy but less messy than a powder + water mixture would be. I think this was a great modeling mask to start out with and I’m definitely intrigued by the world of rubber face masks.
You can purchase all 3 variations of this mask on Peach & Lily for $20 or Forever 21 on sale for $14 at the time of this post. Since there isn’t too much of significant difference in the mask ingredients you should achieve a similar effect regardless of the one you purchase. You get at least two uses out of it (or more if you portion it out), so if you break down the cost it’s the same price as 2 premium hydrogel masks. There are probably cheaper modeling masks out there, but the pill packaging can be used to mix and store things as a nice bonus. We consider it a win-win. Overall we think everyone needs to try these masks!
Jane & Elizbaeth