Hello everyone! Miniso–a Japanese fast fashion designer brand just recently opened in SM City Davao last August. This got me really excited because as much as I love Korean Skincare, I am a big fan of Japanese products. I remember back when I was still a student in college, I would purposely go to Manila before going to Dumaguete just so I can buy notebooks and pens from Muji, and clothes from Uniqlo. I don’t know how the Japanese does it, but their products are really good–and I didn’t even notice that I preferred Japanese products until much later. To be honest, I didn’t have any idea what Miniso was when I found out that they opened here in Davao, but I still got excited because it’s Japanese.
It was so funny because during my first visit in Miniso, I was with my mom and there were sooooooooo many people inside the store that we decided not to buy anything yet because the line’s too long and everything was chaotic. All we did was look around and yknow, did some window shopping on the products we think we might purchase. And one of the items that caught our eyes was this:
Compressed Facial Mask Sheets! It really looks interesting because it’s different, and it looks like small candies. When I saw this, I immediately told my mom that I will get one of these soon when we go back to do some shopping. Sure enough, in our second visit, my mom got the white ones while I got the black.
I was really excited to try this and see how it works because if ever this facial mask was good, I can skip hoarding tons of sheet masks and just pop one or two of these in my bag whenever I travel and bring my preferred serum or essence with me (the thing that I would soak this with.
So anyway, here’s how an individual compressed sheet mask looks like:
According to the packaging, the sheet mask must be soaked in ‘essence toner’ for it to decompress. I honestly have no idea what an ‘essence toner’ was, but yknow some Asian products, they have completely different terms for different products, and you have to be savvy enough to know what they actually meant. Well, since most sheet masks are soaked in Essence, I chose The Body Shop’s Drops of Light Pure Translucency Essence Lotion.
I actually got this Essence Lotion as a present last Christmas, and I used this in my very first skincare routine, but I wasn’t able to finish all of it because I wanted to try more Korean products. Thus, I just put this is my shelf in case I feel like using it again.
(related: 2016 Skincare Routine)
So to test the facial mask, I got an old container and put the compressed sheet mask in the middle.
And I put two to three drops/squirts of the essence lotion on the product. I did this while I was putting clay mask on my face, thinking that after washing the clay mask off and applying my other products, the compressed mask will be soaked enough to open up and I can use it before I apply my emulsion and moisturizer.
So, after 20 minutes of letting my clay mask dry, washing it off, applying my essence, serum and eye mask, the compressed mask didn’t look like it would decompress anytime soon, so I decided to transfer it on a smaller container where it can be filled with more essence. I added two more drops/squirts (I honestly press the bottle for the product to come out so I guess I can call it ‘squirts’ lol) for good measure.
After a few more minutes, I got tired of waiting and decided to press the compressed mask to force the essence in so it can finally decompress.
So yeah, after almost an hour of frustration, it finally decompressed and it looked like this:
I have to be honest, it was a disappointment because I applied more product that I usually would apply on my face on this and yet this doesn’t even feel wet enough to be a sheet mask. Yknow, sheet masks are usually soaking wet and oftentimes there will still be product dripping out of the mask once you remove it from the packaging, while this one looked really dry. I didn’t bother using it on my face anymore because I didn’t want to add anything to my disappointment anymore.
Anyway, my brother got another compressed mask and put water on it, and after a matter of seconds, it decompressed. So maybe I thought it was my fault because the essence was too thick and the mask couldn’t absorb it completely. Thus, after a few days, I did a second experiment with my Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner.
After all, the mask’s packaging said ‘essence toner’ and maybe they really meant ‘toner’, or maybe there might really be an ‘essence toner’ in Japan, I don’t really know. If you guys know anything, please comment down below.
This is how to looked like before I added toner on it (by the way, a freshner is a toner too.):
After three squirts of the freshner, it immediately turned into this:
It decompressed fast and it’s ready to use.
But then again, I didn’t use this on my face because the Wonder Pore Freshner is alcohol-based and I didn’t want my face to be soaked in anything alcohol-based for too long. I do use this freshner from time to time, but I don’t think it is advisable to use it as a sheet mask.
Final verdict: I guess you guys can say that I don’t like putting this sheet mask on my face based on the fact that I didn’t in the two experiments. To be honest, I don’t think I will be using these compressed sheet masks anytime soon, or whenever I travel, because first, I need to find an appropriate product to soak this with, and second, I would actually need to put more than what I usually apply on my face on this product for it to work. Lastly, in my own opinion, I think it will be more space savvy to use the readily soaked sheet masks than using these whenever I travel because I still need to bring another bottle of product to use this. While in regular sheet masks, I can just put them anywhere in my own convenience. However, I would recommend these compressed masks for people who likes experimenting, and for those who has watery products and would want to reinforce it’s effects on the face with a sheet mask.
Before I end this blog post, I would just like to clarify that the goal of this post is to share my thoughts and opinions on a certain product and I, in any way, has no intention to degrade or dignify Miniso in any form. I’m just stating my honest observations, hoping that I can help the people out there who are interested in this product.
Since Miniso has a lot of products in their store, expect that I will be posting other reviews from the items in their store soon. I hope you’ll be around to read that once more,
Until next time,