Review: Patchology FlashMasque Illuminate (Limited Edition Touch of Lace) ★★★★☆
My skin is recovering well and it’s pretty much back to normal now. But due to my inability to exfoliate, I thought I’ll use a brightening mask to take the dullness down a notch. This is the Patchology Illuminate FlashMasque in Limited Edition Touch of Lace. I got it from an Ipsy Maskerade Set that is now sold out. There is no expiry date stated on the packet, fingers crossed it is still good.
Made with an advanced material, Patchology FlashMasque Illuminate delivers vitamin C, licorice extract and grafruit seed extract into skin within 5 minutes. It claims to brighten dull skin and provide antioxidant protection from environmental toxins. Patchology website is selling it at $30 for a box of 4.
Skin is looking a little red , lackluster and feeling dry. I’ve cleansed and toned my skin, skipping exfoliation until my skin is 100% recovered. Find out how I typically prep my skin for masking.
I’m not sure if it’s the licorice or the ink, but the mask smells really pungent, like a combination of ink + elmer’s glue. When I read the description on the packet “touch of lace”, I was expecting this to be an actual lace mask. I admit that I was a little disappointed to see a printed lace pattern even though it’s very pretty. I am personally not a fan of any printed masks because it contains ink. Gotta be real careful with my sensitive skin.
More pictures of the print and the mask since it is so pretty.
The material is of medium softness and it was very easy to unfold. The fit is amazing, like it’s made for my face! Good thing too since it is so pretty, I will be taking a thousand selfies.
Happy to report that there is zero stinging or sensitivity. It does what it says it will do, brighten. But nothing more. My skin is not as hydrated as I want it to be so I patted in some coconut oil. Below is a side by side comparison of the before and after pictures.
Wow! It took down almost 100% of the redness and gave my skin a subtle glow. I’m very happy with the result and would walk out of the house without make up. Although I love the results, I’m not sure if it is safe to use a printed mask continuously long term. Also, considering the price point, $7.50 per piece, I don’t think I would repurchase and even if I did, I would only use it on special occasions.