A few months ago I purchased the Cult Beauty Starter Kit which was a fabulous deal of a beauty box featuring lots of fantastic products inside – I was convinced to buy the box for the inclusion of Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask, as it was a product I had wanted to try for a long time. Containing the 30ml sized mask which comes with a price tag of £20.50 and the box was £25 – it was a deal that was definitely worth snagging.
Firstly – you may have noticed that I am dropping Face Mask Friday out of the titles – this one would be number 68 in the series – but I don’t post face mask reviews all that frequently any more as I’m trying to use them up – so for now that title is being put to bed!
Glow Recipe is a brand with a relatively small line up of products inspired by K-Beauty – but it seems like the concentrate on getting each product right a each product always seems to be met with fantastic reviews and loyal fans. The Watermelon Sleeping Mask called my name, I love watermelon scented things and everything down to the packaging just was catching my eye. I’ve been trying to avoid purchasing face masks all throughout 2019, whilst I finished others off – but it became irresistible when it was part of the Cult Beauty Starter Kit to not finally add it to my bedside table.
The mask comes in two different sizes – a generous 30ml (£20.50), as well as a huge 80ml (£41.00) – I’d definitely recommend starting with the 30ml as a little does go a long way with this product, and it would be a huge task to finish off a 80ml if it didn’t suit your skin. But if it does turn out to be an essential in your skincare routine, the 80ml does offer undeniably good value.
The packaging of this is sleek and cute, with a wibbly-wobbly almost ice like effect glass packaging, it feels heavy and luxe, but the millennial pink lid and product make it feel modern & cool (do the kids still say cool?). Both the 30ml and 80ml come in the same kind of packaging – whilst I love that I got the “full packaging experience” with the 30ml, I think it would have been good if the 30ml was even a little lighter on the thick glass bottom to make it a bit more travel friendly.
The texture of this mask is a liquidy gel – the larger size tub comes with a spoon to decant out, but the small pot is shallow enough to dip clean hands into. This spreads quite far and I layer a thin layer all over my face, I was expecting to be hit with a strong scent of watermelon, but it’s much softer and lighter than I expected. Initially this feels a little tacky on the skin once applied, but it sinks in quickly and is “pillow safe” within a few minutes.
Masks for me I expect to see instant noticeable effect, albeit often temporary. I expect a mask to do more than a moisturiser but I do expect to see results fade within 24-72 hours, if I’m treating this product as a mask, I’ve not felt particularly impressed. If I’m treating it as a gel texture night moisturiser, then it changes the review completely.
Using this once, I felt like my skin was moisturised but no more so than any other moisturiser would be. I tried this a couple of times a week for 2/3 weeks and felt a little underwhelmed by what I was seeing, I was really struggling to understand the obsession that this has over it. So I decided to step it up and use it more frequently, once I’d found that I was using it pretty much every night in place of my moisturiser I felt like it was making my skin soft and smooth over the course of the week.
I find gel like textures usually are very suited to my oily skintype, and this is no exception – I find it works without overloading the skin and by morning the product has all sunk in. I’m not sure how those with normal skins would fair with the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask, I can imagine it might not me moisturising enough, but for normal, combo and oily skins this is a fantastic overnight boost of moisture.
There is also a Watermelon Glow Moisturiser from the same line and I’d be interested to try that in future to see how the two compare, whilst I think this is great as a replacement for moisturiser I wouldn’t want to use this in the daytime for under makeup, but I’d be interested to see if the moisturiser is as good as the mask.
Normally if I was using a mask as a moisturiser so it could make it a pretty pricey thing to use in place of moisturiser, but it’s light and far spreading nature means that I think I’m using this up at the same rate as I would any other moisturiser and the cost is as much as I often have spent on other moisturisers, so it’s not ended up being such a frivolous switch of use. I think potentially those with younger skins might use this as a mask and see that temporary boost, but in a post-30 world, this isn’t potent enough for that kind of boost any more.
Whilst I’m intrigued about the moisturiser from the same line – the Pineapple-C serum and the avocado sleeping masks are also ones I’d be really intrigued to try at some point – I’m crossing my fingers for a new Cult Beauty starter kit with those in to sample i in future!
The Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask is available from Cult Beauty here (affiliate link) at £20.50 for 30ml and £41.00 for 50ml.
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