Review: My Beauty Diary Southern France Apricot Mask

5.27.2011

Wheee....more My Beauty Diary~ This was a very scrumptious smelling mask.  This and the MBD Yogurt mask (though I didn't like it that much) are two of the yummiest smelling MBD masks. Though I must admit the yummiEST smelling mask to me is still the Silk Whitia Soy Milk Whitening mask...it smells like delectable cake ^_^;;


Purchased at: BonjourHK ($9.70) or Sasa ($12.10)

Description:
My Beauty Diary Southern France Apricot Mask softens, smooths and highly moisturizes the skin. Apricot extract from southern France provides excellent moisturizing effect. It quenches the thirst of skin, leaving dry skin keenly comfortable. The skin surface will be inscrutably velvety to the touch.  Added with extracts of highly moisturizing grain, such as oat, job's tears and hydrolyzed rice protein, it gives more in-depth nourishing and nursing effect to dry skin. The stratum corneum is fully soaked in moisturizing ingredients. It maintains skin’s suppleness, elasticity, fairness and clearness.
Suitable for: It is suitable for normal skin. It is especially recommended for dry skin and combination skin that tends towards dryness.

I had to increase the saturation to make the silvery text show :P 
As cute as MBD packages are, the shiny packaging is a pain to photograph ><

Experience: The scent was lovely from the moment I opened the package. A very sweet, apricot scent.  There was a mild cooling effect and the experience was very nice.  I think the soothing, pleasing scent had a lot to do with that.  After removing the mask my face felt refreshed, looked brighter, and was more hydrated.  Redness was generally down and I have never experienced any irritation.  Downside is that the effects of this mask aren't as obvious compared to the MBD Apple Polyphenol mask.  I dunno what it is but the Apple Polyphenol always gives my face this incandescent glow (I reckon from the mildly exfoliating effect of the mask).

The envelope packaging is a little blah - I think it's the pre-2010 packaging.

Overall
Fit: After a bit of research, word has it MBD updated the material and cut of their masks (though the ingredients/formula are unchanged) in 2010.  For me personally, post-2010 masks, which are thinner and cut with a lot of forehead space ^^ are the ideal fit for me.  I believe the Yogurt mask I tried was manufactured pre-2010 and was an awful fit.

Scent: Exactly as you'd expect. Like a sweetly spiced apricot. Very pleasing and mild.

Mask texture: Thin and silky.  Sticks well to your face a holds a lot of serum.

Excess serum: A dime sized amount as does most masks from the MBD Natural Key line have.

Claims: Soften, smooth, moisturize/suppleness, elasticity, fairness and clearness. <-- I would say this mask does everything it claims.  My face always feels softer, plumped (smooth), and more moisturized afterward.   

Overall Results: Definitely solidly in the category of masks that are good but not fantastic.  I'm not positive if I'd buy it again but it's something I would definitely recommend others try if they are interested in trying a couple MBD masks.  It's very gentle, smells excellent, feels good, and there was no irritation.  There was a slight cooling effect as well.  I would give this a solid 7/10.  If it were more of a unique mask and the results were startlingly good, I'd rate it higher. However, it does everything it promises so I can't complain too much :)

11 comments :

  1. Thanks for the review.... shopping on sasa now :D

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  2. if you get the chance, the natto mask is quite surprising. natto as food is blechhh but the smell of the mask is sweet and mild (for me).

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  3. Haha, I hope you didn't taste this one despite the temptation of its delectable smell ! :-b It's good you're reviewing all the MBD masks. I honestly can't tell the difference between most of them but I haven't done as much research as you ! I actually quite like the old packaging. Is there still as much excess liquid in the new ones as there are in the old ? Should seriously find a way to minimise the waste like storing it in a serum jar or something haha !

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  4. thanks for the review, sounds like this product doesn't work well but good smelling and non irritatant is good thing!

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  5. Another great mask review as always Elle ^^ This apricot one sounds like it would be perfect for my drier skin type. And thanks for sharing! I didn't know that they had changed the shapes of their masks.

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  6. I have not tried this one yet! Thanks for teh review!

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  7. Another great mask review as always Elle ^^ This apricot one sounds like it would be perfect for my drier skin type. And thanks for sharing! I didn't know that they had changed the shapes of their masks.

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  8. if you get the chance, the natto mask is quite surprising. natto as food is blechhh but the smell of the mask is sweet and mild (for me).

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  9. Wearing the Apricot mask as we speak. My question is how long do I leave it on. The box is in mandarin so I cannot read it and the only english is the name and the ingredients. I must say it feels cooling, and the scent is delicate and sweet. I can feel it starting to "adhere" to the skin as it dries up and my face soaks in the serum. It only dripped a couple of times so the amount of serum is excellent. I would say that you are doing a pretty good job of reviewing but it would help if you could let us know the optimum time to wear the mask.
    Thanks so much
    HC June 27 2012

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    1. I remember reading on Sasa that you leave them on for 15-20 minutes. I tend to be cheap and leave it on till it's mostly dry ~30 minutes, but people have told me that once the sheet becomes drier than your face, it starts leeching moisture back from your face, which I suppose sorta makes sense considering osmosis. Si I would say 20 minutes would be optimal and just rub the damp mask on your arms/neck or something :)

      Glad you like & thanks for feedback!

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    2. Ok, Sasa says 20-30 minutes ^^;; So I guess 30 minutes should be fine. I think so long you remove it before the mask dries to your face cuz then you literally have to peel it off :P, it should be fine.

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