I received several Etude House I Need You sheet masks through an exchange on Reddit. I got the following flavours: Mugwort, VitaComplex, Royal Jelly, Acai Berry, Green Tea, Lemon, Pomegranite, and Snail. I decided to try the Mugwort variety first. Onward to the review!

Etude House I Need You Sheet Mask Mugwort

Product information:

From the Etude House website:

Mugwort Mask – This mask sheet contains mugwort extract (Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract) that improves circulation for a clearer complexion.

Etude House I Need You Sheet Mask Mugwort

Ingredients:

WATER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERIN, CITRUS PARADISI (GRAPEFRUIT) FRUIT EXTRACT, ALCOHOL, PANTHENOL, CARBOMER, PEG-60 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, XANTHAN GUM, ARTEMISIA PRINCEPS LEAF EXTRACT(20MG), POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, ALLANTOIN, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, SOPHORA ANGUSTIFOLIA ROOT EXTRACT, LONICERA JAPONICA (HONEYSUCKLE) FLOWER EXTRACT, PRUNUS PERSICA (PEACH) LEAF EXTRACT, PAEONIA ALBIFLORA ROOT EXTRACT, GINKGO BILOBA LEAF EXTRACT, SCUTELLARIA BAICALENSIS ROOT EXTRACT, DISODIUM EDTA, PHENOXYETHANOL, FRAGRANCE

The CosDNA analysis of the ingredients can be found here.

Ingredient Spotlight:

Citrus paradise (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract: The grapefruit may have anti-septic and skin conditioning properties. Extract from the peel, however, may cause a reaction in skin exposed to sunlight.

Artemisia Princeps (Mugwort) Leaf Extract: Mugwort may function to condition the skin, but research is lacking.

Camellia sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract: Green tea is an antioxidant, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory. When applied topically, it is known to reduce swelling.

Sophora angustifolia Root Extract: This root extract may reduce skin hyperpigmentation.

Lonicera japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract: Honeysuckle is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.

Prunus persica (Peach) Leaf Extract: Peach leaf extract may function as a skin-conditioning agent, but research is currently lacking.

Scutellaria baicalensis (Skullcap) Root Extract: Skullcap is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.

Etude House I Need You Sheet Mask Mugwort

Assessment:

Appearance: This masks comes in a standard tear open pouch. The mask was a little difficult to pry out of the package because it was stuck and I didn’t want to waste any precious essence. The mask smelled floral-y and herb-y.

Essence: There was lots of essence soaked in the mask but very little remaining in the package. Unfortunately for me, there wasn’t even enough left to pat onto my face after the sheet mask was done.

Fit: This sheet mask was a little smaller than others I have tried so it fit onto my face better. In particular, the chin pieces stayed put and I didn’t have to constantly pat them back down.

Effect: What I immediately noticed was a reduction in redness in my cheeks. One of my skin issues is redness, so it was great to wear a mask that gave me some redness relief. My skin also felt softer and smoother. Check out the before and after pics:

Etude House I Need You Sheet Mask Mugwort

Before

Etude House I Need You Sheet Mask Mugwort

After

Conclusion:

This sheet mask was nice to wear! The fit was good and I saw a reduction in skin redness. The only gripe I have is that this redness reduction was temporary. That, and there wasn’t a whole lot of essence left over, so I didn’t have any to pat onto my chest or arms. For a mask that costs $1.20 per sheet, however, I think it’s a great buy.

TL;DR:

  • temporary reduction in facial redness
  • leaves skin soft and smooth
  • good mask fit
  • inexpensive
  • no left over essence

Score: 4.5/5

Where to buy: Etude House, eBay

 

References

Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary A – Z:Cosmetics Cop Expert Advice. (n.d.). Retrieved 28 February 2015, from http://www.paulaschoice.com/cosmetic-ingredient-dictionary/

Michalun, M. V., & Dinardo, J. C. (2015). Milady Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary (4th ed.). Clifton Park, NY, USA: Cengage Learning.

Singh, S. K., Baker, R., Wibawa J. I. D., Bell, M., and Tobin, D. J..  (2012).  The effects of Sophora angustifolia and other natural plant extracts on melanogenesis and melanin transfer in human skin cells.  Experimental Dermatology, 22, 54–80

Winter, R. (2009). A consumer’s dictionary of cosmetic ingredients: complete information about the harmful and desirable ingredients found in cosmetics and cosmeceuticals. United States: Three Rivers Press.

 

Edited November 19, 2015 for formatting