Laneige is a branch of Amore Pacific, Korea’s largest cosmetics company, and was the first Korean brand picked up by Target. It’s quite popular in Asia and has stores in New Zealand and Canada as well as the U.S. I love Korean cleansers and was slightly familiar with the brand from having lived briefly in Korea, so I was very curious to try one of their most-recommended products, the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask. Their products are based on “research into the science of water” and most utilize some form of suspended water to deliver maximum hydration. I picked this up for $21 at Target.
Product Claims: “Recharge dehydrated skin overnight. Highly concentrated, ionized mineral water and ceramides deliver intensive doses of moisture to stressed, parched skin. Aromatic Sleepscent — orange flower, rose and sandalwood — relaxes and rejuvenates while apricot and chestnut extracts brighten and purify fatigued skin. The result: skin looks and feels radiant, refreshed. Wake up to soft, glowing skin with Water Sleeping Mask.”
Experience: While the blue jar packaging is extremely pretty, a minor complaint is that jar packaging allows air in which breaks down the ingredients, and you can get bacteria and dirt into the product over the course of dipping your fingers in and out over time. Upon opening, the mask is a clear, fairly thick watery gel that comes with a plastic wand for application. The wand is there almost as if to make up for the jar packaging, since ideally it would prevent you touching the mask with your fingers. However, it ended up being very impractical as the product slips off the wand easily and splashes onto the counter. I wound up just using my fingers. The product is delightfully cool going on the face, and has a very light but highly refreshing scent.
The first time I tried this I applied way too much, but by the second time I had realized that a little goes a long way and the experience was much better. This is an overnight moisturizing mask to be used once or twice a week. I applied it shortly before bed and then as instructed washed it off the next morning.
Review: My skin did feel refreshed and fairly moisturized, but also a little tight and rubbery in the morning (I know some people like this feeling, but my primary concern is to keep my skin constantly feeling as comfortable as possible, so the tightness isn’t something I’m fond of).
The moisturizing results also weren’t nearly at the level of other masks I’ve tried before, such as Korres Wild Rose – my skin felt somewhat but not dramatically moisturized. I did love the feel and the scent of this a great deal, but I think ultimately gel formulas don’t soak into my skin as well as lighter, creamier formulas do; I had the same problem with Garnier’s Moisture Rescue Gel Cream, also a clear, thick gel – really liked the packaging and ingredients but the gel formula didn’t deliver enough moisture to my skin. I was underwhelmed at the results and ultimately felt that my skin just didn’t quite get along with this mask.
Having said that, I gave this to my roommate to try as well and she loved it. Her skin is a little on the oilier side, and I’ve read several testimonials from people with oily skin who also loved it, so I might recommend this for those with normal to oily skin. (Also note that if you do pick it up, don’t throw away the blue box the jar comes in, as the jar itself has no instructions for use on it, only the box.) Did I love this particular Laneige product? No, but I would gladly try other products from this brand.