I’ve Added These Steambase Masks to My Very Picky Top 10 List — Here’s Why
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In the past couple of years, I’ve racked up some amazing new finds to add to my favorite mask list, with the 23 Years Rose Gold, the JM Solutions Aqua Water Ringer, and the JayJun Anti-Dust Whitening Mask being the most notable additions. With those high-performing contenders setting the bar so high, it’s not often that I come across new masks that make me stop and take notice.
After receiving a package full of Steambase goodies, I was excited to try the wide variety of masks within, but I wasn’t holding my breath expecting miracles. Right out of the gate the first thing I noticed was the heft of the packaging. Printed on a heavy paper with clean modern designs, the packaging of the Steambase masks was very high quality. Normally I say don’t judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to sheet masks, in my experience it’s more often than not that the more care is put into packaging, the better the result. Alone in my bathroom I literally made this face into the mirror like the weirdo I am and promptly raised my expectations a little more.
Steambase Calendula Deep Moisture Calming Mask
The first mask I tried was the Calendula Deep Moisture Calming Mask. Lately, my skin has been in a downward spiral freakout thanks to hormones and heavy stress. Calendula and its well-known antiseptic and calming properties seemed like a great start for the kind of tonic my skin needed.
This water-based mask is crafted around its first ingredient onsen-sui, a thermal spring water from Onyang, a 1,300-year-old famed vacation spot for Korean royalty during the Joseon Dynasty. This water was said to have “natural lotion”-like properties thanks to its rich mineral and natural silica content. Kings would soak in this water to cure skin and circulatory diseases. Sign me up.
The mask sheet was lovely and light, very thin and form fitting, allowing a perfect fit. On the mask were bits of calendula petals, which I thought was a lovely addition both esthetically and aesthetically. I love attention to detail and thoughtful formula enhancement like that. It would have been easy to leave the petals out to save on production costs so I tip my hat in appreciation to Steambase for making sure they made their way in.
The essence was plentiful, lightly viscous, and instantly refreshing. I sat with the mask uncovered (as opposed to wearing a silicone cover over it, which I often do with my masks) for about 20 minutes, and there was still plenty of essence. When I was done, I used a massaging roller to help with absorption and circulation. I then followed up with my face oil and moisturizer and then a full application of makeup. What I really loved about this mask, aside from the instantly happy plump skin I received, was that there was absolutely no pilling afterward during my makeup application. Sometimes with the kind of heavy-duty masks I tend to gravitate toward, pilling is a big issue so my masking is strictly reserved for nighttime. I was really happy to discover a mask that not only gave my skin a calming, hydrating boost but played nicely with makeup as well! My masking can come out of the darkness now on days when I need to wear makeup. A+ for you, Steambase Calendula Deep Moisture Calming Mask!
Steambase Avocado Rich Moisture Nourishing Mask
The next mask I tried I knew had to be reserved for nighttime due to the high probability of that pesky aforementioned pilling. The Steambase Avocado Rich Moisture Nourishing Mask is a lotion-type mask, one of my favorite niche mask formulas. The essence in this mask is thicker even than the Steambase Roseherb Emulsion in my opinion (which I’ll be reviewing soon!). However, like the Roseherb Emulsion, this lotion is not at all sticky. I used this mask after cleansing, toning, serums, and oils, and it was awesome. It added a light but extremely nourishing layer of moisture to my skin.
After masking for about 25 minutes (I lost track of time doing bedtime rituals with the kids) with a silicone cover, the mask was still thick and juicy with lotion. My skin was well hydrated and glowing. I did a rub test and didn’t get any pilling, however I think unless your skin is incredibly dry and dehydrated, this mask might be a bit much for regular daytime use. All in all, this is a super mask that I really enjoyed and look forward to using again.
Steambase Ginsengberry Premium Lifting Mask
The final mask I tried was the one that got me the most excited initially: the Steambase Ginsengberry Premium Lifting Mask. It has the same packaging as the Huxley Oil and Extract Masks that I love so much, but instead of being oil-based, this mask contains a liquid ginseng berry and red ginseng extract essence at the bottom of the package. The essence is housed in a separate compartment that, when pressed, pops into the main compartment that holds the mask, flooding it with ginseng goodness. The ultra-thin masks soaks up the essence and delivers it to your skin with its clingy form-fitting sheet.
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I loved this mask. I’m already a huge fiend for anything ginseng and this mask gave it to me in spades. I would relegate this to nighttime use like the Avocado mask because the essence does pill a bit when rubbed, which is no problem when you’re sleeping but isn’t optimal during the day. It’s light and juicy but adds a huge dose of nourishment to the skin in a way that’s very obvious when the mask is removed. I can see keeping this one in the fridge for a refreshing bedtime masking treat in the summer, and that’s exactly what I have planned for it.
All in all, I was highly impressed with these Steambase masks. I love that there’s three distinct types to choose from but they all are in keeping with Steambase’s skin nourishing principals based around the onsen-sui Onyang spring thermal water. They could have easily phoned it in with three identical watery masks but instead gave us a great variety to choose from. These are going to join my JayJun, JM Solution, and 23 Years masks on my very picky Top 10 List.
Have you tried any Steambase masks? Which ones are you excited to try?