Best Asian Face Masks 2010!

Posted on January 5, 2011


With 2010 having come to an end, I thought it’d be a good time to do a review of the Asian face masks that caught my eye for the year. Some of these might be familiar to you if you’ve been following my blog, as I have reviewed some of them before, but there is the exception of one face mask which is so exclusive I’ve not reviewed it- until now!

Skin Food Papaya Yoghurt Mask

You can read an in-depth review of this face mask HERE but, in essence, this became one of 2010’s best asian face masks for me because it doesn’t irritate my skin when I use it, it leaves my skin looking healthier without drying it out, it has a pleasant smell, is convenient/quick to use and has a pocket friendly price.

Skin Food Rice Mask

This isn’t a “Skin Food” themed post, but it’s undeniable that two of my favourite face masks for 2010 have been created by the (all natural) company. You can read a more in-depth review of this mask HERE. This mask is, surprisingly, different to other face masks because of the way you use it; having to massage it into the skin and then wash off- made me think for a moment that it should be classed as a ‘cleanser,’ however, it’s (temporary)  abilities to soften skin after use, left me in no doubt that it was indeed a mask.

Hisamitsu Lifecella Essence Hyaluronic Acid Mask

You can read an in-depth review of this mask HERE.

Amongst my collection of 5 or so, face cloth type masks, this was the only one I truly felt compelled to write  review on because it’s abilities to help make skin appear softer, dewier and moisturized, just had to be shared with my readers!

Skin79 Lemon Brightening Mask

Product Name: Lemon Brightening Mask

Brand: Skin79 ( Korean website or for their US English website)

Size: 75ml

Price: $20 or approx £14 (via

Company Info:

Information about the company’s establishment is hard to come by for us English speaking nationals- however it’s undeniable that Skin79 are ahead of the game when it comes to Korean skincare products, having been the 1st brand to produce Korean BB creams.

They personally  consider themselves to be a ‘specialist skincare’ brand who like to create products that have the “harmony of nature and skin science.” Essentially, they ensure that all their products are natural and a true reflection of the benefits that nature can offer to our skincare.

Product info:

A mask which is said to help brighten dull skin whilst helping to maintain and moisten skin.

To use: after cleansing, apply a proper amount to skin and leave for 10-15 mins then wash off

My take on the product:

9 out of 10 stars

The first thing you’ll notice when you use this mask is it’s scent; being a lemon based mask, it is unsurprising to find that it does have a nice citrus smell to it, some people might not take to this, but I personally find citrus smells to be more reinvigorating and appealing compared to floral scents.

The texture of the mask could be compared to that of a thick and creamy night time moisturiser; this is particularly useful because it makes the mask easier to apply and you’re left with no doubts as to whether you’ve covered every part of your face with it -as some other liquidly face masks do. Weirdly enough, the mask comes with a mini spatula, which I assume is supposed to be used to ensure that you scoop out a ‘reasonable’ amount each time you use it, but I find it completely unnecessary!

Whilst the mask appears very yellow in it’s pot, it actually neutralises when applied and so appears a bit more whiter and lighter than glowingly yellow.

On the matter of whether it lives up to it’s advertised capabilities of brightening dull skin? I’m glad to say that it really did but that users should take note that, as with all masks, these results are only a temporary resolution- so don’t expect this product to work if you’re thinking that it’d make a great skin lightening product! Everytime I use this product my skin definitely appears brighter and, dare I say it, a bit whiter (yet again this is only temporary) than usual.

The reason why I can’t give this mask top marks is because, although it did help make my skin appear brighter, I didn’t notice any ‘moisturising’ affects after using it. My skin didn’t feel tight or dry after using it, but the usual dry areas on my face (my cheeks) didn’t seem to look or feel any ‘better off’ either.

I know I often go on about whether or not a product causes me irritation when I use it, but I find such information useful for my fellow combo/sensitive skin readers to hear about! This face mask is ‘safe’ in that sense- it even remained irritation free when I used it during my (usually very sensitive) sick days.

Pros: Lightened and brightened my skin tone greatly after use, the scent is addictive-ly pleasant, the texture is great for making an easy application, whilst ensuring the product will last for a long time and it didn’t cause any irritation when used.

Cons: Not purchasable in the UK, so overseas prices (especially shipping) can be expensive.