There's been a crazy hype blowing around with Forencos' Silk Mask Series, which is endorsed by Korean superstar, Song Joong Ki (aka my boyfriend, kidding! Hardcore fans please don't hate on me).
So I decided to write a fair review on their Selene Project Silk Mask Series (Limited Edition) since we do sell it on the site and of course, because I love Song Joong Ki. I'm even sacrificing my bare face knowing it's going to be displayed nakedly on the interweb forever.
The packaging looks like the image above, with Song Joong Ki's handsome face printed on the front of the box.
Inside are 7 different kinds of mask, a different one for each day of the week. What's interesting is that each mask comes with a little packet of "Mask Base Ampoule" to be applied before placing the sheet mask on. The ampoule acts as an activator for the sheet mask and has a load of Vitamin C in it to brighten the skin. Vitamin C is also great for lightening fine lines and wrinkles!
For those of you who don't believe me, I actually used one mask a day for a week and I fell in love with sheet masks even more after the review. I'm not even kidding, I LOVE SHEET MASKS. I can't stop using them and even when I'm really busy, I'll try to use one every other day.
Day 1: Gaia Mayu Elastic Silk Mask (Saturday)
I didn't start the experiment on a Tuesday (which was supposed to be the first mask in the series) but on a Saturday so this is sheet number 5 in chronological order.
First thing I have to mention is the ampoule serum that you have to spread on your face before applying the mask. I was quite taken aback by it thick, honey-like consistency. I spread it on my face and I could feel a bit of a tingle due to an open wound from a blemish. On the packaging, it says there's 160mg of Vitamin C which could explain the slight burning sensation.
I quickly opened the mask and applied it on my face. It felt cool and calming. My face was pretty dry before I used the mask and when I removed the mask after 20 minutes, my face was glowing and smooth.
My blemishes also calmed down and weren't red anymore.
"Saturday 5th stage flexibility intensive care mask containing nutrition from highly enriched fermented horse oil
Fermented horse oil is skin flexibility intensive care mask which contains ceramide, and it improves skin vitality and helps stretch marks on skin. (*Fermented oil is so similar to human’s sebum so it reinforces sebum lipid)" (Buykorea)
Day 2: Helios Black Pearl Illuminating Silk Mask (Sunday)
First thing that hit me was the smell...
It smelled so beautiful, like I was lying in a field of roses 🌹
I loved this mask, It made my skin look a lot brighter after, and one thing I forgot to mention was the amount of serum inside the package. I had more than enough inside the package to rub it all over my neckline.
"Black pearl extract is skin tone up reinforcing mask which contains various mineral, amino acid and bioactive substance, and it makes skin smooth and shine through absolute skin purification action.
Black pearl is main ingredient, UV rays care treatment that purifies skin tone with plenty of nutrition from ampoule!
Brightening + moisture supplying at the same time! High class mask pack." (Buykorea)
Day 3: Swallow's Nest Total Care Silk Mask (Monday)
I was out in the sun all day so my skin was in some dire need for nourishing. Funny enough, that day's mask happened to be Swallow's Nest which has some amazing rejuvenating properties.
I was really scared that I would get freckles because I forgot to re-apply sunscreen during the day but I'm pretty sure the mask made me quite a bit fairer. The dry patches around my nose also disappeared.
"Total intensive care mask pack that allows swallow’s nest extract normalizes skin turn-over cycle and cares skin flexibility + moisturizing + wrinkle improvement.
Contains a bottle of ampoule’s nutrition as it is! / Total intensive care treatment with highly enriched swallow’s nest extract.
Moisture + wrinkle improvement + flexibility at the same time! High class mask pack / Wrinkle improvement functional mask pack certified by Food & Drug Administration, sub resources such as peptide, collagen care even moisture + flexibility + brightening intensively." (Buykorea)
Day 4: Hephaestus Volcanic Ash Detox Silk Mask (Tuesday)
Okay, so I'll admit that this is my least favourite mask of the series. The smell just really didn't appeal to me, and the mask had a strange yellow-brown tinge to it but I guess that's due to the volcanic ash.
My pores did look quite tight (especially around the nose area) after I removed the mask though.
"Jeju volcanic ash is detox intensive care mask pack that purifies inside of pore and also cares sebum adsorption + contraction + wrinkle improvement.
Toxic substance removal detox intensive care treatment that contains Jeju volcanic ash as a main ingredient and also nutrition from ampoule!
Moisture + Pore care + Dead skin cell removal at the same time! High class mask pack / It’s a wrinkle improvement functional mask pack certified by Food & Drug Administration, sub ingredient such as Jeju volcanic ash, chitosan helps moisture + pore care + dead skin cell / toxic substance / waste removal intensively." (Buykorea)
Day 5: Poseidon Caviar Moisture Silk Mask (Wednesday)
Not bad! After the terrible smelling mask yesterday, I was afraid the next one would smell weird too but this smells great! In fact, it smells like fresh laundry to me? This mask is pretty straightforward, purely moisturizing (which honestly everyone can do a bit more of).
Not many people know this but caviar is actually really good for preventing free-radical damage to the skin!
My face was supple and moist for the rest of the night after I put the mask on for 20 minutes.
"Caviar extract is moisture supplying intensive care mask pack which contains amino acid mineral and vitamins and it cares moisturizing + strengthening moisture + wrinkle improvement.
Caviar is main ingredient, moisturizing intensive care treatment with nutrition from ampoule!
Moisturizing + supplying moisture + nutrition at the same time!! High class mask pack!
It’s a wrinkle improvement functional mask pack certified by Food & Drug Administration, and caviar tree extract (main ingredient) and salmon roe extract(sub ingredient) promote formation of hyaluronic acid and collagen and prevents skin damages." (Buykorea)
Day 6: Dryas Teatree Relax Silk Mask (Thursday)
It's really funny how I sprouted a few tiny acne bumps during the day and the mask for today just happened to be teatree-infused.
I'm not sure if you can see from the image above that my forehead is a little bit bumpy, but this mask TOTALLY got rid of my redness. Even this acne mark I got on my cheek faded. My face felt less irritated (maybe this is psychological, but hey it worked) and in the morning my acne receded.
"A treatment that contains tea tree extract as a main ingredient and also nutrition from ampoule helps balancing sebum and reinforcing skin barrier.
Relaxes trouble and supplies moisture at the same time! High class mask pack / It’s a wrinkle improvement functional mask pack certified by Food & Drug Administration, and tea tree extract (main ingredient) and green tea extract (sub ingredient) relaxes the skin germinal action such as suppressing pimple bacteria.
Relaxes trouble, supplies moisture / 2000mg of tea tree extract is contains, helps intensive treatment care with nutrition as much as a bottle of ampoule." (BuyKorea)
Day 7: Midas Gold Regenerating Silk Mask (Friday)
I was pretty sad that this was the last mask in the box...
This mask has freaking 24k nano gold in it. GOLD.
Do you know how much a 24k Gold facial costs? A LOT.
Gold helps blood circulation and also with wrinkle prevention, not that I need to be worried about wrinkles at this age but it's important to start preventing them early. Damage is hard to reverse once it's been done and it costs a ton to get fillers/botox treatment.
This one smelled pretty nice too, and my face felt kind of bouncier after?
"It’s a wrinkle improvement intensive care mask. It has nano gold and 7 peptide ingredients, helps to activate skin and prevent wrinkles.
Contains a bottle of ampoule’s nutrition as it is! / Wrinkle intensive care treatment containing nutrition of highly concentrated nano 24k gold.
Full of gold and peptide! High class mask pack / Wrinkle intensive care functional mask pack certified by Food & Drug Administration, ingredients from pure gold and peptide help to improve wrinkles, and prevent wrinkles effectively.
Wrinkle improvement functional / Wrinkle improvement mask pack certified by Food & Drug Administration and completed clinical testing.
Intensive nutrition supplying / 24k pure gold has ingredient that helps to improve wrinkles and promote blood circulation, and we also put gold nutrition as much as 25ml bottle of ampoule.
Also good for sensitive skin / 7 kinds of harmful ingredients are excluded, ingredient from nano gold and 5 kinds of plant extract are kept so it’s also good for those who have sensitive skin." (BuyKorea)
Maybe I'm hallucinating but seriously, my skin felt a lot nicer after a week of mask therapy. Even my S.O. said my skin looked smoother (since I have some pretty obvious acne scars thanks to puberty hitting my in the face). I know I said the volcanic ash one smelled pretty nasty, but I think the pore shrinking element helped redeem itself. I'm not a believer of using one mask a day.
I don't care if you think I'm crazy, but if spending 20 minutes a day just lying back with a sheet mask on my face can make my skin better, I'm not going to be lazy and give myself an excuse about how I'm "too tired" to slap something on my face.
I think this mask pack is really worth the bang for your buck.
You get to try 7 different masks, each coming with a intensive serum pack filled with Vitamin C. There's caviar, gold, bird's nest and other expensive ingredients in it. It's even good for people with sensitive skin!
If you would like to try it, use code 'TAKE10' for 10% off :)
Click here to go to product page: Forencos Silk Mask Series