Who would have thought for a sleeping mask for the lips? Well, this all started when Laneige came up with one back in 2015 and has been all the rage till now. Because of the rise in the popularity of lip sleeping masks, brands have been coming up with their own. Enters Mamonde Lip Sleeping Mask infused with antioxidant-rich plum blossom extract, shea and muru muru butters to help lock in moisture and glycolic acid to gently exfoliate. This hydrating lip product can be used overnight or double up as a glossy lip balm in the day.
About the brand: Mamonde is a K-Beauty brand born from a single, beautiful idea: there’s more to flowers than their beauty. In Mamonde Garden, through a sincere care for the flowers, essences are extracted in the most gentle ways, collecting only naturally fallen buds, petals and seeds to preserve their life source and our shared ecosystem. Guided by sunlight, water, wind and soil, they nurture dozens of floral species including Camellia, Hibiscus, Honeysuckle and Roses as they open and close, bloom and recede, in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
Ingredients like Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Hydrogenated Poly (C6-14 Olefin), and waxes, are pretty common among all lip sleeping masks. They form a waterproof layer over the skin to trap moisture and prevent trans-epidermal water loss.
Instructions: To use as balm, gently glide a small amount onto lips. For enhanced overnight care, apply a more generous amount before bed.
As always, Mamonde’s packaging brings out the little girl in me with the pretty and dainty floral designs and subtle use of colors. 20 g of product came in a squat plastic jar with a screw-on top. I took a double take as this reminded me of La Mer’s The Lip Balm.
Not trying to throw shade at anything, just pointing out the similarity I observed.
Upon opening the top, I was greeted with a pleasant floral scent that’s not too overwhelming. I’m bad at describing scents, which I could tell you which flower it smells like. There was also a clear plastic cover protecting the fresh product. The dink in the brand new product reminded me that I was too rough in removing the plastic cover and ended up destroying that pristine surface before I could take some pictures.
Unlike Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask, this did not come with a spatula or applicator of any sort. As a skincare junkie, I have a drawer full of those so no issues there. After the spatula’s first dip in the product for swatching purposes, I actually ignored the spatula and applied with my fingers instead.
The product has a soft balmy texture and melts into a thick, sticky paste upon contact with warm skin. It has a hard-to-spread consistency and drags the skin due to the tackiness, so dabbing it on the lips works better.
I have been plagued with wrinkly lips my whole life. Also, they dry out and crack easily even though I use color products like lip tints and lipsticks twice a week. Hence, I have a habit of applying lip balm multiple times a day, and a thick layer right before bed. My current go-to lip product is surprise surprise… Aquaphor Healing Ointment! I bought a huge 14 oz jar a little less than a year ago and am a quarter way through it. I also have travel-sized tubes scattered all over the place, you’ll never catch me dead without a thin layer of healing ointment over my lips. That’s how I’ve been keeping my lips crack-free the past few years. There is nothing I can do about them lip wrinkles, they’re part of me and will always be.
In the demo above, I have a really thick layer on as I was ready for bed. This type of application gives a clear glossy finish with maximum tackiness. The next morning, the thick layer of product is still there and I did not observe any change to it. My lips, on the other hand, felt plump, smooth, and bouncy. As a lip balm in the day time, this can be a little too sticky for my liking. Finish is satiny. Also, this is tasteless if you accidentally licked your lips.
Compared to my HG Aquaphor Healing Ointment, this wins in terms of scent, packaging, and the added bonus of a gentle exfoliation. They essentially give me the same results, moisturized and crack-free lips. Both are priced at $14 but the Aquaphor gives me so much more product, 14 oz versus 0.70 oz, making Mamonde 20 times more expensive. It’ll have to be a special occasion or a sale before I’d consider to purchase Mamonde’s. I’m very satisfied and happy with Aquaphor right now. Check out more Mamonde reviews here.