Review: illi Hanbang Camellia Nourishing Intensive Moisture Mask ★★★.☆
illi Hanbang Camellia Nourishing Intensive Moisture Mask is a hanbang-based (inspired by oriental medicine ancient beauty remedies and is based on plants and mostly oriental herbs) mask with camellia oil as the main ingredient.
Along with ginseng, natto gum, and fermented soybean, this Jeju Island camellia oil-based mask claims to moisturize and nourish the skin. I was unable to glean more information from the packaging as everything was in Korean.
My skin is feeling very irritated especially around my left cheek where a couple of harmless whiteheads have evolved into painful cystic pimples. I’ve cleansed, toned, and exfoliated my skin. Find out how I normally prep my skin for masking.
Out of the packet, I detected a strong powdery fragrance. I was a little disappointed because I chose this mask in hopes of getting some hanbang-scented aromatherapy. The essence had a milky-gel consistency. There was a palm-full left in the packet which went on my neck, arms, and on my face prior to slapping the mask on.
The cottony material felt thick and coarse. It was drenched in essence and did not come with a backing. There were no drips and unfolding the sheet mask was pretty easy.
Fit was great! The holes lined up with my features and there were some excess on the sides to cater to larger faces.
Adherence was bad. Fold lines refused to stay flat and the piece around my chin popped loose every single time I press it down.
I took the mask off after 30 mins, it was still damp.
The remaining essence absorbed/dried down fairly quickly, leaving my skin looking silky and feeling tacky.
My skin felt nicely and comfortably hydrated to the point where a moisturizer was not needed in the day and optional if used at night time. The best improvement I noticed was the complete eradication of my redness and skin irritation. My skin tone looked more even and developing cysts were alot less painful. However, I did not notice any brightening effects.
Below is a side by side comparison of the before and after pictures.
This is a great and affordable option for dry skin types with irritation concerns. I’ll definitely use this again when my skin is angry. Aside from that, it was a pretty regular mask on someone with normal skin and zero concern. Check out more illi reviews here.