LANEIGE is one of the KBeauty brands that is highly popular mainly due to its most well-known product, the Water Sleeping Mask and it’s funky Two-Tone products (in particular, the lip bars – which I reviewed here). I’ve been trying the Water Sleeping Mask (WSM, for short) for almost a year now! It is one of the first sleeping masks that I’ve tried, and was recommended to me by a co-worker. I purchased this in HK from BONJOUR for $120HKD (if I remember correctly – though I don’t think the price will be the same now?). This product can also be found in Sephora, and the Aritaum store in Aberdeen, for those who are from Vancouver and are interested. :)
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. 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)!
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Total out of 5: 3.95/5
CAD$30.00 at SEPHORA
- Soothing, and cooling effect
- Can be used in multiple ways (primer, sleeping mask, wash-off mask)
- Skin feels soft and smooth after the application
- Finish is light, and not very sticky (still sticky, just not extremely sticky ya’know – really depends on how much you put on)
- Can be a bit pricey – $30CAD for 70ml (~$0.43/mL)
- If used daily, can finish the entire tub really quick. It looks like you have a lot of product but you actually only have 70mL ish :(
- Easily replaceable with other similar sleeping masks
- Doesn’t really deliver on ALL its claims (brightening, “radiant” skin) -> for me, I only saw radiance immediately after I applied it
Will I buy this again
I’m on the fence with this one. It’s not a bad product, but it’s not a great product either. It’s hydrating, feels good the next morning but there’s no WOW factor. It’s also a product that is highly replaceable with other products that could do a similar job (or so I think) – I need to find more sleeping masks to try before I can firmly say whether or not I would buy this again.
- Refresh and soften skin
- Deeply hydrate (aka intense hydration)
- Skin looks and feels radiant and refreshed
Above points are extracted from Sephora
The packaging is very modern, and simple – it’s what makes you notice that it’s a product from LANEIGE. It’s like a perfect cylinder o_o. It’s a little deceiving though, because you think you get a lot of product in the packaging, but the tub that stores the packaging is like 2x smaller than the actual size of the whole thing..(you can see it from the SPECS picture above).
The product comes with a spatula, which is what I love about this brand – their Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask came with a really cut lippie spatula too. Plus spatula = more hygienic = more clean = less germs = happy me.
Water, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Trehalose, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Beta-Glucan, Castanea Sativa (Chestnut) Seed Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Hydroxypropyl Bispalmitamide Mea, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glycogen, Glutamic Acid, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethiconol, Lysine Hcl, Magnesium Sulfate, Mannitol, Manganese Sulfate, Serine, Sucrose, Stearyl Behenate, Citrulline, Alanine, Arginine, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Zinc Sulfate, Caprylyl Glycol, Threonine, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Polysorbate 20, Propanediol, Pca, Histidine Hcl, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Blue 1 (CI 42090)
Here is the usual CosDNA analysis – the main concerns for some would be Butylene Glycol (which is almost in every single beauty product) and Dimethicone which has been flagged for acne. There are a few ingredients that are 3+ in terms of safety – I highlighted them in red. I didn’t realize that this had sulfates in them, I’m not a huge fan of sulfates :(.. but I’m not sure if these are particularly harmful.. I would have to look more into those ones.
Texture & Viscosity
The sleeping mask is as slightly thicker and is more cloudy compared to a gel-based moisturiser. When you apply it, it leaves a thick layer (similar to the CLINIQUE Moisture Surge Extened Thirst Relief). The texture of the two products are reallys similar, except that the LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask has a slightly lighter gel texture (not as goopy). Really don’t know how to put the texture into words T_T. I hope the picture shows what I mean.
Application & Effectiveness
Regardless of what what step I use this mask as, when I apply it, I put this on the 5 main points on my face and gently swipe outwards. I pat my skin afterwards to make sure that it’s even everywhere and that it’s getting absorbed into my skin. I don’t use the spatula to scoop and put on my hand, I scoop the product and put it on the inside of the lid – where I use my finger to swipe product from. It gives me a peace of mind (lol) because it feels a lot more hygienic as opposed to dipping my finger into the tub and getting product out.
I mainly use this as the last step of my routine, which is as a sleeping mask. I feel like this is the method that works the best alongside using it as a moisturiser. Whenever I wake up in the morning, some of the mask is still on my face and when I wash it off, my skin feels really soft and smooth.
On days that I am lazy, I just skip out on the essences and plop this on as a moisturiser and use the HOLIKA HOLIKA Acerola Honey Sleeping Pack as my sleeping mask. This also helped during the dry seasons (fall/winter) as it gave my skin that extra uumf it needed to stay hydrated. It helped prevent my skin (along with other parts of my routine) from getting dry flakes that I would normally get around my cheeks and mouth area.
The effects are the same whether or not you choose to use it as a sleeping mask or as a moisturiser. A funny thing is that it claims to brighten and give your skin some radiance – but it doesn’t really do that?? The softness and smoothness of the skin that you get is not long-lasting, it’s a short-term effect that just gives you that extra hydration for that particular moment.
Wash off Mask (Leave on for 10 minutes, then wash off)
I don’t use this as a wash off mask because it feels like a waste. If you don’t like having multiple layers, this could be an option. I gave it a try and my skin does feel soft and smooth after washing the mask off, but the effect is not as great compared to if you were to leave it on overnight.
One of my friends told me that they heard that this sleeping mask works well as a primer. I tried it out with my NATURE REPUBLIC Snail BB Cream, and it didn’t really feel like it made a difference for me. The application felt the same as if I didn’t have any primer on.
Here’s a comparison on my arm that I did to see if I could see any difference..I did notice that the application looks a lot smoother (less skin texture showing through compared to the side that doesn’t have the sleeping mask on) with the sleeping mask, but it’s not like “wows I’ll use this as my primer” kind of smooth. It also looks more dewy. I get how it would work as a primer though, because it does make the skin feel smoother – but it didn’t really work for me.
Having been using it for close to a year now, I feel like this worked well during the winter and dryer seasons (because I needed something stronger lel). Whenever I use it, I notice that the next morning my skin feels a lot softer and smoother. There aren’t really any brightening effects. My skin feels hydrated and refreshed (because of the cooling effect) after applying this product. However, the effects are not long-lasting. This is more of a short-term effects sort of product, because the soft and smooth feeling goes away during the day. The effects are only noticeable when you immediately wash the mask off, then when you do your thing throughout the day it just disappears. Which makes sense, because it’s meant to intensely hydrate the skin after a long day. The description and claim that it makes the skin brighter and more radiant is a bit of a stretch for this one – I wouldn’t expect any brightening coming from this product that focuses specifically on just hydrating. I wouldn’t actively look to buy this one again, but if I can’t find anything to replace it then I might – BUT, the mask market is pretty competitive..