Review: Naruko Narcissus Repairing Mask ★★★☆☆

 

Naruko Narcissus Repairing Mask is targeted at prematurely aging skin. It claims to repair and sooth damaged and weakened skin with a highly potent and hydrating formula, resulting in radiant and healthy skin. It also claims to restore elasticity and youth to the 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.

Some notes on the ingredients:

  • lots of glycerin on top of the list
  • contains isopropyl alcohol = drying
  • contains fermented ingredients = absorbs easily
  • narcissus at the very bottom of the list
  • parabens-free
  • but contains phenoxyethanol

It’s been awhile since I’ve used a Naruko mask. I guess it’s because I know they’ll never let me down so I stopped being curious. But I’ve just hit the big three-o and masks like these are right up my alley. Don’t get me wrong, I’m embracing getting older, fine lines, cellulite, hyperpigmentation and all! But it doesn’t hurt to try to delay all that good stuff!

$17 for a box of 10 on Amazon.

Purified Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium PCA, PEG-55, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Hydroxyetfiylcellulose, Sodium Acetate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Cellulose, Kalanchoe Spathulata Extract*, Glycyrrhtza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract*, Scutellaria Alpina Flower/ Leaf/ Stem Extract*, Peucedanum Ostruthium Leaf Extract*, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract*, Artemisia Umbelliformis Extract*, Leontopodium Alpinum Extract*, Epilobium Fleischeri Extract*, CalendulaOfficinalis Rower Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract*, Lactobacillus/ Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Ferment Extract, Quatemium-15, Tetrasodium EDTA, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Polyquaternium-39, Disodium EDTA, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Extract, Eucheuma Cotonii Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Lactobacillus Ferment, Snow Fungus (Tremella Fuciformis) Extract, Artemia Extract, Narcissus Tazetta Bulb Extract, Sorbitol, Dihydroxy Methylchromone, Essential Oils of Mandarin, Tangerine, Sweet Orange (Citrus Sinensis), Ylang Ylang (Cananga Odorata), Potassium DNA

*Phytoferulin is an exclusively patented complex formulated with 11 different plant extracts

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Before masking

My skin is feeling slightly dry and very irritated today. I’ve cleansed my skin. Find out how I normally prep my skin for masking.

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Material

Out of the packet, it gave off a subtle fresh scent, nothing overpowering. If you’ve used Naruko masks, the material of this variant is just like the rest. Soft, somewhat thin, and pulpy. Be careful while unfolding for the material tears pretty easily. Good thing it came with a perforated plastic backing to give it some firmness and hold. Essence was clear, runny, and slightly tacky. The entire 25 ml of essence was soaked in the sheet mask as there was hardly any left in the packet.

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During masking

Fit was above average. The holes were a little too small for my liking. The sheet was wider than it was long, so much so that it was almost touching my ears. The overall fit was pretty decent.

Adherence was also average. Aside from hanging loose at the chin and fold lines threatening to pop up, the mask stayed put for the most part thanks to the tackiness of the essence.

I took the mask off after 30 mins, it was still damp.

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After masking

There were lots of runny essence left to pat in. It took about 10 mins to dry down/absorb to a slightly tacky finish.

Immediately, my skin looked bright, even-toned, radiant, calm, and plump. Hydration was moderate. However, the effects lasted a mere hour on me. After which my sin returned to its natural state, dry and red. I followed up with a calming essence and a thick moisturizer to appease my skin. There was no change to my pore size.

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

I’d reckon this is a great one for hotter days or oily skin types due to its ability to cool the skin. However, this is not sufficient for my sensitive dehydrated skin type, especially in the summer. It’s still a pretty decent and affordable mask for everyday use. Find more reviews of Naruko sheet masks here.

$17 for a box of 10 on Amazon.

Go be beautiful!

Love,
Elaine

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