I’m here to talk to you about a sample, so that must mean #SampleSunday is here! w00t! 🤗 Today we’re going to talk about a mask, a sleeping mask to be exact! This is the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask. If you’re not familiar with K-Beauty (or Korean Beauty), then just know that Laneige is a brand that has crossed over to the Western world in a big way, being sold at Sephora in Canada/US* and at Target in the States. Laneige is one of those brands that is mid-range in price. Not high end like say Amore Pacific or Sulwahsoo, but not uber affordable like Etude House or Skin Food. In the States I would say its the Origins amidst the range of Algenist down to Neutrogena.
So what is the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask?* Let’s take a look at the claims, courtesy of Laneige. According to the site, the Water Sleeping Mask is meant to hydrate and lock in moisture, brighten and purify the skin with Apricot and Evening Primrose extracts and soothe and relax with Sleepscent™, “an essential blend of ylang ylang, rose, sandalwood oil and orange flower, to relax and calm.” Additionally, the product does not contain parabens or phthalates.
Lastly, this product appears to have been reformulated, so what you see here and what I’ll attest to is the newer formula and is sold in the US.
So now that we know that, let’s jump into the ingredients (As listed on CosDNA):
Let’s take a look at the extracts included:
Evening Primrose | While there is limited research and data, what is available claims that this extract is a good source of linoleic acid. Linoleic, or Omega-6¹, is a fatty acid that can help the skin retain water or moisture as well as reduce inflammation.²
Apricot | This fruit is contains Vitamins A & C. Both are amazing for the skin and have a lot of benefits.
Quinoa | As with evening primrose, there’s limited research and data, but quinoa does contain vitamins A, B2 and E and is said to boost collagen production and seal in moisture.
Now let’s take a closer look at the product itself…
As you can see, the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask is baby blue in color and has a gel-like consistency. It does have a floral fragrance, so keep that in mind if you’ve got sensitive skin. Fragrance isn’t a trigger for me, so I haven’t had a negative reaction based on that, even though I do have sensitive skin.
Before we get into how the mask performs, let’s actually talk first about what a sleeping mask is. A sleeping mask, sleeping pack or overnight mask, is a mask that you apply after you wash, tone, essence and/or serum. You then wash the mask off in the morning (always wash off the mask!). It’s not a night cream, but has similarities. These masks are mostly meant for intense hydration and in some cases, like this, exfoliation and relaxation. (Perhaps a separate posts on my favorites? 🤔)
Does this mask lock in hydration, brighten and relax? Well, I do think this locks in hydration. However, I make sure that I’m applying a good amount and am using a lot of hydrating products. With the cooler months approaching, the cold winds here really get my skin going for a loop. because of that, I typically turn to this, or something similar, to help calm my skin down. The gel-like consistency is nice and cooling and feels like aloe on the skin. I’m not conservative with this either. I just smother it all over. On nights that I feel extra dry, I apply my night cream and let that soak in a bit and then layer with this. I typically wake up with smooth and glowing skin. The dewyness is real af. Also, my skin doesn’t feel tacky, just looks very glossy.
As far as the scent, the Sleepscent™, I can’t say that it helps put me to sleep, but the scent is nice. It smells luxurious or spa-like. Since I’m typically awake for a while after I do my night time routine, I can’t say that it makes me more sleepy. Like last Thursday night, I don’t think I went to sleep until 3 hours after I applied it. However, again, if you’re sensitive to scents, just note that this may not be for you.
Also, Laneige recommends to use this twice a week, but I personally only used it once a week to match my typical weekly routine.
I personally love this mask. I think if you know you’re good with scents and want some extra hydration, I would definitely recommend this. You wake up glowing and hydrated, which is awesome. Do you get better sleep? Meh, I don’t know about that. I tend to not have dreams as I don’t get deep sleep, but the last night I remember using this, I did. Coincidence? Probably. 😂
What are your thoughts? Are you head over heels for this k-beauty staple or would you leave this at the door? Share your thoughts!