Review: Annie’s Way Q10 + Syzygium Firming Mask ★★★☆☆
Annie’s Way is a Taiwanese brand and this mask is part of their latest Fantasy Land series which consists of 6 other sheet masks with beautiful whimsical packaging. They’re all have the feather light, invisible silk material, just like the ones in the silk mask series with plainer packaging.
Annie’s Way Q10 + Syzygium Firming Mask claims to brighten, repair, tighten, and soften skin, as well as minimize the appearance of fine lines with Q10 as the main ingredient.
ubiquinine Q10 – repair and soothe dry skin
sodium hyaluronate – provide instant hydration while forming an invisible protective layer over skin
lecithin – has excellent hydrating and nourishing properties, helps maintain skin cell vitality and proper functioning
syzygium jambos leaf extract – refine fine lines, tighten, rehydrate, and nourish skin
boerhavia diffusa root extract – soothe and relax skin; improve skin’s defense capability against environmental stressors
My skin is feeling dehydrated and slightly irritated. I’ve cleansed, exfoliated, and toned my skin. Find out how I normally prep my skin for masking.
Out of the packet, I caught a mild fresh scent, typical of a Taiwanese sheet mask. Essence was clear and runny.
The tencel material felt just like silk. It was light, extremely thin, and extremely soft. It came with a thick perforated plastic backing to hold its shape and also to aid in the application. Place the sheet mask with the backing on your face, then peel off the backing from the outside. This prevents the mask from curling up and sticking onto itself, which is a disaster because it is almost impossible to unfold that mess.
However, I noticed something that did not happen with the previous silk masks. As I removed the plastic backing, fibers seemed to get caught with it so I was unable to remove it smoothly at one go. Perhaps this is something the company needs to improve.
Fit was great! Mainly due to the softness of the material, I was able to easily manipulate it to fit my face. My only complaint how small the mouth hole was. It was literally a slit. Granted, I could push it up to make space for my mouth, but still, it felt constrained and uncomfortable.
Adherence was also great! Again, it’s thanks to the softness of the material. Once the material touched my skin, it clung for its dear life and refused to budge.
I had this on for 30 mins, it was still surprisingly damp.
While patting in the remaining essence on my skin, I felt a slight cooling sensation. The essence absorbed and dried down quickly to a matte and non-sticky finish.
There was a huge visual improvement! My skin looked very plump, calm, even toned, smooth and bright! My skin also felt hydrated but not moisturized. For my combo skin type, I layered on a hydrating serum and a moisturizer to seal in the goodness. Oily skin might be able to get away with just a gel moisturizer. Dry skin will definitely need a whole moisturizing routine after this.
However, I wished the effects lasted longer. After an hour or so, my skin returned to looking red and dull, albeit still hydrated and smooth.
Below is a side by side comparison of the before and after pictures.
I have mixed feelings about this mask. On one hand it made my skin look and feel amazing immediately after masking. On the other hand, some of the effects were really short term. As there are other Annie’s Way masks that have thoroughly impressed, I choose not repurchase this. Check out more Annie’s Way reviews here.