[REVIEW] NATURE REPUBLIC Fresh Vegetable Pack

Nature Republic always has incredibly creative mask pack ideas that use somewhat natural/fruity/vegetably ingredients. This brand alongside The Face Shop and Etude House are few of the first KBeauty brands that got me obsessed into skincare (literally sucked me in). Last year, when I went to HK I learnt about Innisfree which is kind of a similar version to Nature Republic but under different companies. oooh, rivals! Anyways, today I’ll be reviewing the Fresh Vegetable Pack from Nature Republic because I’ve had this product for such a long time already.. and it’s about to expire lol.

Disclaimer: I do not consider myself as a beauty guru/expert, and all sorts that fall under that category. This product was purchased with my own money and I am not being paid to write this. My review, photos, impressions and thoughts are all my own, unless stated otherwise. In terms of effectiveness, while this product may or may not have worked for my skin, it may or may not work for yours – remember, your mileage may vary (YMMV)! 
Links: Affiliate links will be marked with an **. But to save y’all some time – I currently do not have any affiliate accounts anywhere yet. 

Also —- In this post and since it is the new year, I present you guys with a NEW rating system! It’s not exactly new, but I’ve been thinking long and hard about how I can give an accurate representation of the product and which areas of a product is most important to the average person. With that in mind, I changed the way I weighed each category – you’ll be able to see in the table below! I realised that it’s silly to make Effectiveness and Price have the same scoring total, when Effectiveness would obviously be 100x more important than price! Hopefully with this new scale, I’ll be able to provide a more accurate and better representation of each product.

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Evaluation

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Price

$5.50 USD for 150mL on Nature Republic

I don’t know how much this is because it was a gift, but I know it was purchased from the Nature Republic store in Hawaii in Waikiki. I don’t think it’s too expensive though! Probably close to $10USD – $11USD

Quickie
The Good
  • Cooling effect
  • Works well on a really hot day
  • May or may not help sunburns – (I haven’t tried, but based on the product I feel like it could help)
  • Quick and easy to use as a pick-up mask on a lazy day
The Bad
  • Hard to spread
  • A bit drying
Will I buy this again

Nope – I prefer the Aloe gel spread more, since it’s much easier to spread and apply throughout the body because I wouldn’t have to wash it off. The mask pack does feel nice, but since the one I have is 300mL it’s really hard to finish unless you go ham and use it 3-4 times a week (I think?).

Claims

Wash-off typed vegetable pack that provides nutrition and moisture to the skin with fresh vegetable water. (from Nature Republic)

It says that this pack can be used both on the face and on the body, wherever needs ‘cooling‘ since this vegetable pack has a moisturising/soothing effect. The cooling effect is supposed to help with pore tightening, sebum control, increase moisture and nutrition balance.

Packaging

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Green plastic tub, that comes with a cover which protects the product. My cover got stuck to the padding that is attached to the lid, but either way, it helps keep the product in the jar instead of going all over the place.

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One peeve I have about the packaging is that the words on the back with instructions are way too small. They look like size 2 font lol (font for ants??) But other than that, the tub itself is pretty standard. Not much complaints there!

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Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Acrylates/, Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Copolymer, Betaine, Alcohol, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Ficus Carica Fruit Extract, Solanum Tuberosum Pulp Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa Root Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica Extract, Brassica Campestris Extract, Brassica Rapa Leaf Extract, Brassica Oleracea Capitata Leaf Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum Fruit Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Pueraria Thunbergiana Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract, Apium Graveolens Extract, Cichorium Intybus Leaf Extract, Capsicum Annuum Fruit Extract, Soluble collagen, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrogenated lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol Acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Allantoin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Xanthan Gum, Ceramide 3, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Yellow 5, Blue 1

Contains vegetable ingredients: Carrot, Broccoli, Tomato, Radish, Green Tea, Radish, Bell Pepper (from Nature Republic)

Here is the CosDNA for it -> None of the ingredients should cause any acne or irritation problems; however, it is best if you know what ingredients you are allergic to. I highlighted the ingredients at scored a 3+ on safety :)

Also, this product has fragrance as one of its ingredients – even though it is one of the last ingredients, it might not be the best choice to use this if you have sensitive skin (just to be safe).

Fragrance

It would be wrong of me to not comment on the fragrance because it’s quite strong, you smell it the moment you lift up the cover. To me, this mask carries a citrus-y scent. It reminded me of grapefruit, but mixed with some other stuff. It’s a nice smell, but it might be too strong for some.

Texture

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I was really surprised the first couple times I used this product because of the texture. It’s like jello, wiggles and moves around quite a bit as you go through the container.

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The texture of this product is like jello but slightly harder. An interesting thing about this product too is that when you move it around, or scoop some out it slowly levels off on its own. I don’t know what to call that kind of texture :s.

texture

When you apply it though, it crumbles a bit before it becomes spreadable. It’s also slightly sticky!

Application

I apply this product right after cleansing, since it is a wash-off pack and I can’t be bothered to rinse my face that many times. After I wash off the mask pack, I continue with the rest of my routine starting from the toner, serum etc. etc..

spreading-it-out

Hopefully you can see what I mean, when it crumbles during the application. I would suggest apply this over the sink (if you don’t already do that) because it gets everywhere, sometimes I drop bits into the sink or on the floor because it crumbles. Try not to slop a huge amount at a time because it’s hard to control and spread it when you have a large amount. Once its on the face, it spreads easily and nicely – it’s just the initial application!

TIP: To have an easier time washing this mask pack off, use a sponge or a towel, otherwise you’ll be trying to rub off the mask in luke warm water for a long time!

Results

When you apply the mask, you feel an instant cooling effect. Which feels nice on a hot day, or if you’re feeling kind of sick and your body temperature is heating up. It tingles as it sets on the skin, but since its a gel-type of mask pack, you don’t have to worry about cracking it, or creating unwanted wrinkles etc.

before

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after

I didn’t think it would be necessary to do a before/after for this mask pack – but I did it anyways (Sorry for the bad cropping job). There really isn’t much of a difference in anything except my skin felt slightly dryer after using the mask compared to before. I have dry skin though, and it gets worse during the winter so I usually try to stay away from clay masks if I can. I didn’t think that this mask pack would dry up my skin, but it did (even though it’s not as bad as clay masks).

In Summary

A mask pack that can be used for both face and body on hot summer days, or days when your skin needs cooling. Besides the cooling effect, there really isn’t any other benefits to it. While it does say it helps nourish and moisturise the skin, it didn’t exactly work well for me because my skin felt slightly dryer afterwards. 300mL is way too much, unless you use it everyday and in every possible place you can! Overall, since it is such a wallet-friendly product, I can’t really expect much out of it – at least it’s refreshing to use :).

Thanks for reading!
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