Forencos Selene Project Silk Mask Series Review
Monday, 22 June 2015
Since my skin has been acting up due to my raging hormones (I'm literally a teenager again), I have stayed away from using sheet masks in favour of a simple, mostly organic skincare routine using oils to cleanse and moisturise my skin. However, I decided that my skin was stable enough to start trying out some new skincare, so I joined Bntnews again after a long break. It's great to be back!
My first review is the Forencos Selene Project Silk Mask Series. The series contains 7 sheet masks intended to be used every day for one week, and is themed in accordance to Greek mythology- how's that for creativity?!
The front of the pack has this pretty constellation on it which catches the light and glimmers!
This series of masks translates the story between each day of the week and the Gods who are behind them. You are supposed to start on Tuesday with the detoxifying Volcanic Ash mask, but I like to live dangerously so I started on a Friday instead.
I hope I didn't offend any Gods...
Tuesday: detox with Hephaestus
The weeks begins on a Tuesday with Hephaestus, god of metallurgy, fire and volcanoes. Jeju’s volcanic ashes eliminate dead skin cells and clean and contract pores.
Wednesday: moisture with Poseidon
The caviar extracts that Poseidon, god of the sea, gives to your skin has a similar texture with it in terms of amino acids, minerals and vitamins. Moisturizes and increases collagen production.
Thursday: relax with Dryas
Australian indigenes were already using tea tree leaves to cure infectious diseases. Tea tree oil is amazing at calming and soothing the skin.
Friday: regenerating Midas
24k pure gold treats wrinkles and helps blood circulation while delivering minerals.
Saturday: eslastic Gaya
Horse oil is similar with human sebum and helps control its secretion. It also contains ceramide for skin regeneration and elasticity.
Sunday: illuminating Helios
Pearl was loved by Cleopatra for its high mineral and amino acid concentration as well as for the bioactive substances it contains. Its reinforces skin’s immunity and acidity for a bright complexion.
Each mask has a small sachet of ampoule attached to it. Take note you are supposed to use the ampoule AFTER the volcanic ash mask and BEFORE the masks for the rest of the series.
The ampoule is the same throughout the week and it has a really thick and sticky glue-like texture that warms up when you rub it into your skin. There is a lot of product in the sachet, and I started using only half of it each day because there was just too much for my face. Strangely enough, it doesn't absorb into the skin at all and just sits on top of your skin for hours in a thick, shiny layer. I would recommend using these masks at night time before you go to bed for this reason.
To be honest, I didn't enjoy using the ampoule with the masks, but you will see that the whole system made a visible difference to my skin in 1 week!
The volcanic ash mask is soaked in a clay-type essence which draws impurities out from the skin. I left mine on for around 1.5 hours and it dried in some patches, but remained wet in others. The dry patches tugged at my skin when I peeled it off and my skin felt a bit dry afterwards. The sticky ampoule quickly fixed that problem though!
I have to say that this is one of the more terrifying masks I have tried. The patchy brownish orange colour reminded me of 'the Thing' (from the Fantastic Four)! It is definitely a very unique mask!
The rest of the masks are a different story. Remember to use these after you have applied the ampoule. They are silky, thin and fit my face almost perfectly and almost look as if I am wearing nothing at all. The silk material allows you to easily smooth out any creases and air bubbles with your fingers. The essence is thin, hydrating and plentiful and it doesn't drip. Sometimes sheet masks can be too heavy and slip down my face but this is not a problem with these masks due to the lightness of the sheet and the strong adherence to my face. Strangely enough, all the masks had a very similar light and fresh smell despite having different ingredients. Your face will be beautifully moisturised afterwards!
I really enjoyed using these masks and looked forward to my treatment every night before bed! I was persistent and used 1 mask every day for 1 week to properly gauge the effect the series had on my skin.
Before you can see my problem areas were my forehead and chin. I have acne and scars. I'm comfortable with showing you guys my bare face with no editing at all- none of us are perfect.
Here is the result after 1 week of using the masks, without any other changes in my skincare routine. I am fairly surprised myself as I couldn't really tell a difference from day to day during the week. My skin actually looks... Nice! The scars have faded significantly and it looks so dewy and more even!
Overall, these masks are very effective for hydrating and evening out the skin. As an acne prone person, I can say that they did not break me out, although I can't speak for those with very sensitive skin. The series was extremely hydrating, and considering this, I would suggest that those with oily skin use the ampoule very sparingly.
This was my first experience with a daily mask series and I have to say I am very impressed with the results!
Have you guys tried a mask series before? Did you like it?