Aug 14, 2019
Yes, the heart-shaped capsules are cute (and the faces gracing the set even cuter), but is the Mediheal Bio Capsulin Love Me Mask Set BTS Edition — which reportedly sold out in three hours in Korea — worth the hype?
As a 39-year-old woman who can name six out of seven BTS members (Jungkook, Jimin, V, Suga, RM, and Jin) and can recognize exactly one of them on sight (Jungkook, because he’s the cutest), I can comfortably say that I’m not exactly a superfan. Which actually makes me a good candidate to review the new Mediheal Bio Capsulin Love Me Mask Set BTS Edition, since I won’t be starstruck by their pretty, pretty faces on the box.
(They are so pretty, though. Especially Jungkook. So pretty.)
I’m already a fan of Mediheal’s regular NMF Aquaring hydrating sheet masks and their Tea Tree Care Solution calming and anti-acne masks, which I enjoyed in last year’s BTS-branded special set, so I jumped at the opportunity to try and review the new collab. Let’s have a look.
Mediheal x BTS Bio Capsulin Love Me Mask Set: First impressions
The packaging for these masks struck me as odd. Instead of coming folded neatly into flat pouches, as is the norm, the trio of masks included in this set come in little heart-shaped plastic capsules with peel-off lids. I squinted suspiciously at the first one. In what kind of condition could I expect to find the mask inside? I pictured a wadded up ball of cloth sitting in a puddle of essence, with half of it dried out and the other half soggy.
Luckily, Mediheal knows what they’re doing. Yes, the masks are wadded up untidily in the tubs, but since they’re a medium thickness biocellulose, they turned out to be much easier to unfold and smooth out than I expected. And since biocellulose masks tend to come with a thicker essence than cloth or pulp masks, which often carry more watery essences, the essence was evenly distributed on each mask. No dry patches. (No extra essence either, but that’s OK.)
A word on biocellulose masks
For some reason, I’ve been encountering biocellulose masks much more often these days than I have in a while. I call these “face condoms” for their close adherence and latex-y semi-translucence (and for the way they look once removed from the face). They are actually my least favorite type of mask.
The thinner cousin of the more commonly seen hydrogel mask, biocellulose masks are made through the fermentation of natural materials, usually coconut. The slippery mask sheets are more occlusive than regular sheet masks, thinner and clingier than hydrogels.
I generally don’t like biocellulose masks as much as other types because I’ve found many of them use a syrupy essence that’s better for emollient moisture on the surface than for hydration deeper in skin. For me, sheet masks are generally a fix of intense hydration, so the typical biocellulose mask’s effects don’t appeal as much. Still, I had three on my hands, so I gave them a shot.
OK, so are they any good?
They’re Mediheal. Of course they’re good. But they’re good in a different way than the regular Mediheal masks I’m used to.
The user experience on all three of the Bio Capsulin Love Me masks is the same. Once removed from the plastic tub and smoothed onto my face, these fit closely, earning their “face condom” title. No sliding around or excessive bunching.
These masks are cut longer than is ideal for my face. I had to fold up the end of the nose piece and the lower edge of the upper lip piece because essence in my nose and mouth are not fun experiences. It also took a little adjusting to get more chin coverage than the large mouth opening wanted to give me. Those are minor gripes, though. No sheet mask can fit every face perfectly. As long as it isn’t so massive that getting it on my face makes it look like an unmade bed, then it’s fine.
The thick, rich-feeling essence lubricating these face condoms smells lightly of lavender and herbs. They stay moist for quite a long time — I used each one for almost an hour without them drying out completely. And once removed, they leave my skin glassy smooth and highly moisturized, an effect that lasts well into the next day.
Ultimately, the persistence of the masks’ moisturizing effects is the key differentiator between these and regular fabric or pulp masks with more watery essences. While I find that biocellulose masks like these are less deeply hydrating and plumping than normal sheet masks, I am impressed by their longer-lasting moisture. For drier complexions or skin that needs a lot of emollient surface smoothing, the Bio Capsulin Love Me Masks will do more than the standard Mediheal masks.
As for the different special effects claimed for the different types of masks, they’re not particularly pronounced, but they are noticeable. The blue heart contains the Hydra Mask, which does provide the most hydration of the three. That one gave me that coveted “glass skin” look. The green heart contains the Soothing Mask, which I used after discovering a little red pimple right between my eyebrows. By the next morning, the little red spot was gone. And the Toning Mask in the purple has a subtle all-over brightening effect, though based on the brightening ingredients in that one, regular use is better than one-off use.
Check out the ingredients below.
Hydra Mask ingredients: Water, butylene glycol, glycerin, propanediol, 1,2-hexanediol, polyglyceryl-10 laurate, polyglyceryl-4 laurate, octyldodeceth-16, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, panthenol, trehalose, betaine, tromethamine, caprylyl glycol, sodium hyaluronate, ethylhexylglycerin, allantoin, disodium EDTA, agar, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP copolymer, xylitylglucoside, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, isopentyldiol, hinokitiol, anhydroxylitol, zeolite, xylitol, glucose, polyglyceryl-4 oleate, sucrose palmitate, ceramide NP (ceramide 3), syringa vulgaris (lilac) extract, viola tricolor extract, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) extract, solanum melongena (eggplant) fruit extract, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) extract, paeonia suffruticosa root extract, lanvadula angustifolia (lavender) oil, CI 77491 (CosDNA profile)
Soothing Mask ingredients: Water, glycereth-26, glycerin, dipropylene glycol, 1,2-hexanediol, trehalose, polyglyceryl-10 laurate, polyglyceryl-4 laurate, panthenol, allantoin, hydroxyethylcellulose, octyldodeceth-16, tocopherol, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, glyceryl acrylate/acrylic acid copolymer, tromethamine, zeolite, agar, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP copolymer, sodium hyaluronate, biosaccharide gum-1, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf extract, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, sodium acetate, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) extract, ethylhexylglycerin, CI 77491, syringa vulgaris (lilac) extract, viola tricolor extract, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) extract, solanum melongena (eggplant) fruit extract, artemisia vulgaris extract, centella asiatica extract, madecassoside, dextrin, asiaticoside (CosDNA profile)
Toning Mask ingredients: Water, glycerin, glycereth-26, butylene glycol, dipropylene glycol, 1,2-hexanediol, phenyl trimethicone, polyglyceryl-10 laurate, polyglyceryl-4 laurate, hydroxyethylcellulose, octyldodeceth-16, allantoin, trehalose, panthenol, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, glyceryl acrylate/acrylic acid copolymer, zeolite, tromethamine, agar, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP copolymer, sodium hyaluronate, tocopherol, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, sodium acetate, CI 77491, solanum melongena (eggplant) fruit extract, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) extract, viola tricolor extract, syringa vulgaris (lilac) extract, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbic acid, ascorbyl glucoside, glutathione (CosDNA profile))
Ultimately, while I don’t see myself using these as everyday masks, I like them for those times when my skin needs a little more surface oomph. Do I love the Mediheal Bio Capsulin Love Me Mask Set? “Love” is a very strong word, but these are reliably effective, like the rest of Mediheal’s product portfolio. And much like certain BTS members, I wouldn’t kick these out of bed.
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Jude writes as Fiddy Snails at the K-beauty and skincare blog Fifty Shades of Snail and can be found on Instagram @fiddysnails. Named the ELLE Malaysia Beauty Blogger of the Month for June/July 2017 and one of ELLE Magazine‘s 10 Cool Beauty Bloggers to Watch in 2018, Jude loves ginseng, snail, honey, propolis, and tuna fish kimbap, though she generally doesn’t put the kimbap on her face.