Do you like tea? Do you have an eternal craving for French bakery items? Do you perhaps enjoy beautifying your skin? If so, you are in the right place. Today I present to you the Earl Grey Tea & Macaron Sheet Mask, by Taiwanese brand My Beauty Diary. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve reviewed a sheet mask. Awhile back I went on an eBay splurge to get a bunch of random cheapies, and this one looked so cute I couldn’t pass it up.
I’m not sure I get the whole macaron craze, though. Who decided they were the new ‘it’ food? Yes, they are cute and pastel and I’m sure they taste good, although I’ve never actually tried one. And as for tea, well, I’ve never been a tea person. The closest I’ll get to tea is an Arnold Palmer, heavy on the Palmer. I DO like trying out new skincare items though, so into my virtual shopping cart this went.
The ingredients are considerately marked in English, just for me. It turns out this baby is from a limited edition collection from My Beauty Diary, so you might have trouble locating it now outside of eBay.
And apparently I’m a little slow to hop on the Earl Grey Tea & Macaron express train. This collection was released in 2011, thus the production date on the back. Luckily for me, it doesn’t expire until later this year, so we’re golden. Onto my face it goes.
Softening and smoothing
Best for normal and dull skin
From Sasa.com (who no longer carries this product):
My Beauty Diary Earl Grey Tea & Macaron Sheet Mask illuminates and clarifies the face in 20 minutes. The combination of black tea ferment and bergamot essential oil gives a miraculously brightening effect. It brightens dull and yellowish skin tone, leaving skin briskly clear, fair and flawless. Sweet almond protein and sugar cane extract are mixed to leave skin glittering and translucent, smooth and delicate. The fruit extracts of rosa canina, blueberry and acerola leave skin fair and perfectly clear, enhancing the skin’s translucency and ability to defend. It’s suitable for normal skin and is recommended for dull skin without lustre.
This mask comes all neatly folded up and completely essence-saturated. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with the scent. I’m not a huge fan of the smell of tea (which is reminiscent of catnip) and I haven’t the slightest idea what a macaron would smell like. Someone send me a damn macaron. Anyway. I was pleasantly surprised by a soft, almost citrus-y scent. Not really tea-like, and I don’t imagine macarons are bleeding Citron. No complaints though, it was nice and not overbearing, the way a lot of sheet masks are.
Unfolded, it’s your typical Asian sheet mask. Something about the look of sheet masks really creeps me out. It’s like some stormtroopers fell into the uncanny valley. Anyway, this mask has a plastic sheet on one side. Pull it off, pat the mask onto your face and you’re ready to go.
This mask is supposed to do its job in 20 minutes. As per usual, I leave mine on from 45-60 minutes, or whenever it feels thoroughly absorbed. Once it’s done, it’ll be more opaque and, well, dry. This particular mask is supposed to be hydrating (what mask isn’t?), illuminating and clarifying. I am just now recovering from the world’s worst sunburn, so I honestly didn’t care what the purpose of the mask was, I just wanted something cooling and soothing on my face ASAP. So, I grabbed this one out of my legendary box-o-masks. I’m not sure why I haven’t thought of this before. This made my facial sunburn SO much more bearable. It brought the redness down and kept my face hydrated, an absolute must when treating a sunburn. As for illuminating and clarifying? My face felt fresh and brighter afterward. I haven’t had any acne or pore issues lately, so I can’t really attest to clarifying. But hey, it could happen.
My only real gripe with this mask is how it fits on my face. No mask is perfect, obviously, but just once, I’d like to have a mask that will cover my nose and not waste half the mask on my upper lip area. I feel like I look like a dinosaur from The Land Before Time. You know, they have that little pointy overbite thing going on? You have no idea what I’m talking about? Well, okay, see ya.
Pros: Hydrating and soothing, brightening. Affordable (I got this for ~$1 USD on eBay).
Cons: Just the fit.
Final Verdict: I don’t know if I’d recommend this particular mask, unless you’re really into macarons and tea. It wasn’t bad or anything, just nothing different than what I’ve tried before. But I DEFINITELY recommend trying out a mask, any mask, if you have a nasty sunburn. If you’re interested in trying this one out, you can find it on eBay.
Interested in other products from My Beauty Diary? Check out one of my first reviews EVER on the Black Pearl Mask.