In order to make those on-trend Korean rituals accessible for us European gals, SEPHORA just recently expanded their mask range with two new lip patches that really sparked my interest. So I came, I saw, I tested, and today I’m here to share my experience with you.
The SEPHORA Lip Masks are made of bio-cellulose, a super thin transparent material that adheres perfectly to the lips. They’re soaked in a very watery gel that doesn’t leak while you have them on, so it’s entirely up to you if you want to relax on the couch or finish scrubbing the kitchen floor (I’d say go for the first option, I’m sure you deserve it!). The patches are shaped like a mouth and have a little hole in the middle, so that as long as your lips and face move as little as possible you can still talk, if you so wish. You will just look and sound like someone who’s undergone major dental surgery and still has their mouth numb, so I wouldn’t take any important calls while having the mask on. You can definitely talk to your partner/sibling/dog/goldfish/imaginary friend, though, and entertain them with your odd appearance and sounds. All in all, these masks are very convenient and comfortable to wear, but the question is: do they do what they promise?
SEPHORA claim that the Shea mask ‘protects the lips from everyday aggressions and soothes every sensation of dryness’, while the Rose one ‘immediately moisturizes, softens and soothes the lips’. Their formulations are almost identical, though, as the two characterizing ingredients (shea butter and rose extract) are at the very end of the ingredient list, so, as one would expect, their effect is exactly the same (and even the very faint scent they have is the same).
I should start by saying that I exfoliate and moisturize my lips every day so they’re usually in pretty good shape. For the purpose of this review, I didn’t do that the days I tested the masks and both times, before putting them on, the center of my lower lip was slightly dry. I kept the masks on for a little longer than the recommended 15 minutes and when I took them off, my lips did feel softer and the dryness had disappeared. That feeling didn’t last too long, though, and after a couple of hours I felt the need to apply some lip balm. Also, I think it’s worth mentioning that I didn’t turn into Angelina Jolie (damn it!) nor Kylie Jenner (thank God!). They’re not marketed as a plumping product, but I think some people might expect that from a lip patch, so I thought I should let you know.
Honestly, I’m not very impressed with SEPHORA’s Lip Masks, as I think a good balm will do a better job at moisturizing, soothing and protecting the lips. I might repurchase them in the future just because they’re fun to use every once in a while, but it’s more likely I’ll experiment with other lip masks (that is if I can get my hands on any!).
Have you ever tried any lip patches? What was your experience with them? And have you ever had an imaginary friend?