Review: Naruko Bitter Melon Anti-Shine Purifying Mask ★★★☆☆

I am totally in love with all of Naruko’s products, watch this space for more of their product reviews! Naruko Bitter Melon Anti-Shine Purifying Mask mask claims to control sebum secretion and balance out the oil and water content in your skin.

Naruko is a Taiwanese brand founded by Niu Er. He is a skincare guru who is known to look 20+ years younger than he really is.

The main ingredient, bitter melon, contains hydroxy acid that helps repair damaged tissue, relieves swelling and inflammation, promote oil and water balance. It also contains aloe (soothing), salicylic acid (AHA, anti-acne), niacinamide (whitening), horse chestnut extract, cucumber juice, shea butter, camellia, and seaweed extract.

$11.36 for a 5-pack on Amazon.

purified water, glycerin, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, butylene glycol, benzyl alcohol, propylene glycol, glycosyl trehalose/hydrogenated starch hydrolysate, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, salicylic acid, chlorphenesin, triethanolamine, phenoxyethanol, hydroxy ethyl cellulose, xanthan gum, allantoin, niacinamide, momordica charanitia (bitter melon), cocamidopropyl dimethylamine, isoporpyl methyl phenol, sorbic acid, aesculus hippocastanum (horse chestnut) extract, cucumis sativus (cucumber) juice, fragrance, dipotassium glycyrrhizinate, metnthyl lactate, polysorbate 80, butyrospernum parkii (shea butter) fruit, ascorbic acid, benzalkonium chloride, camellia sinensis leaf extract, isomerized safflower acid, palmitoyl tripeptide-5, anthemis nobilis flower extract, maltodextrin, cera alba, silica, palmitic acid, clay, zinc sulfate, fucus vesiculosus (seaweed) extract, ethylhexylglycerin

Naruko Bitter Melon Anti-Shine Purifying Mask
Before masking

My skin is feeling a little dry today and I’m still battling two gigantic pimples this week. They are on the way to recovery but they are still huge and bumpy. I’ve already cleansed, toned and exfoliated my skin. Find out how I normally prep my skin for masking.

Naruko Bitter Melon Anti-Shine Purifying Mask

The material felt like wet notebook paper and is pretty flimsy, hence a backing helps or I would’ve torn it. It was drenched in clear watery essence, there were still tons of essence left in the packet. There was a strong bitter scent which lingered throughout the entire masking session.

Naruko Bitter Melon Anti-Shine Purifying Mask
During masking

Fit was great! Adherence was decent where areas were flat, not so much around the edges or nose area. It did tingle for the first 10 mins, I kept it on for another 25 mins without any irritation as it was starting to dry out around the edges. The scent was so strong that I could taste bitterness in my mouth, I was glad to take it off.

Naruko Bitter Melon Anti-Shine Purifying Mask
After masking

After patting the essence in, my skin looked brighter, less red, and acne spots were less inflamed. It dried down to a matte finish, but wasn’t hydrating enough for my combo dry skin so I topped it off with a light moisturizer.

Below is a side by side comparison of the before and after pictures.

This is great for under makeup, or oily skin peeps with acne issues, or peeps in hotter climates. I wouldn’t be in a hurry to repurchase this, the tea tree variety worked better on my skin. More Naruko reviews here.

$11.36 for a 5-pack on Amazon.

Go be beautiful!