After researching and writing a story on camellia flower and the antioxidant wonder that is its oil and extract, I’ve been determined to fit camellia oil into my routine as much as possible. So of course, I was excited to try Boscia Tsubaki Oil Deep Hydration Hydrogel Mask.
Formulated with cold pressed tsubaki (or camellia) oil, which acts as a powerful antioxidant that reduces inflammation, the sheet mask also features, according to Boscia, vitamin E, serine to absorbs excess oil and impurities, and jojoba leaf, another antioxidant.
This feels like a typical hydrogel mask, and after using cupro and microfiber masks that are super lightweight and cling so well, hydrogel is no longer my bae. Though I will say it does stay put relatively well, unlike the heavier hydrogel masks that tend to slide off your face before the 20 minutes is up. It’s the palest of pink shades, which is a nice, selfie-friendly touch. It fits my face well without too much excess around the edges. There’s not much essence — just enough to keep the mask damp. As I smear the peel-off plastic on my neck and hands to get every last bit of essence on me, I notice that there’s some pilling on my neck just moments later.
After 20 minutes, my face feels moist, not damp. There’s not much to pat in. It doesn’t pill with my following serums, but it does suddenly feel sticky. I don’t mind sticky (thanks to my love of J. One Jelly Pack), but I know a lot of people do. But it doesn’t pill so that’s a big plus. My face feels more firmed and lifted than super hydrated and juicy, but I’ve got no complaints. And after, my face feels hyper-moisturized, albeit a bit tacky — less like I’m wearing a high-tech, featherweight Uniqlo Heat Tech tee and more like I’m wearing Spanx under a fur coat. That layer of warmth is palpable on my skin. It’s not light and refreshing by any means, but for wintertime, I’ll take it. Just be warned: combined with the tacky J. One Jelly Pack, you’re in for some pretty strong “gripping,” which actually doesn’t work great with a cushion, but it’ll probably work better with foundation.
Here are the full ingredients:
Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Chondrus Crispus Powder, CI 16255, Polysorbate 60,Butylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Trehalose, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Niacinamide, Algin, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract
Have you tried the Boscia Tsubaki Hydrogel Mask? What’d you think?