When it comes to skincare, I don’t really seek out a brand. I like trying everything, and sometimes a lot of things I like happen to be from the same brand, which then becomes my favorite brand. I’ve reviewed Peter Thomas Roth’s rose mask, cucumber mask and love their SPF. When I saw they came out with a new 24K Gold mask and Bubbling mask, I just have to try them.
The Bubbling mask reminds me of Philosophy Oxygen Peel and Bliss Triple Oxygen Energizing mask, all of which focuses on one star ingredient–Oxygen. In terms of skincare, Oxygen supposedly boost cellular turnover and helps in healing, thus make your skin fresh and bright. There isn’t really any concrete scientific data/evidence I can find, but it is harmless and if it works for you (the Philosophy Oxygen Peel sure worked for me) then why not use it?
The other ingredient of interest today is gold. As for the gold mask, Colloidal gold is supposedly better than other types of gold in skincare. The claim is that gold have anti-aging, anti-acne and anti-inflammatory properties. Again, there aren’t a lot of research/scientific data that I can find to back it up, but silver is suppose to have healing properties and there’s been magnetic jewelries with claim of boosting your health, so this is not that far of a stretch.
24K Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Mask
Description: “An ultimate luxurious antiaging treatment featuring 24K gold and colloidal gold. This lavish, pampering treatment helps to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a youthful-looking complexion. Caffeine helps tighten and firm the look of skin while peridot—an exquisite gemstone rich in magnesium—re-energizes and helps reduce the aging effects of stress. The 24K gold imparts an opulent, radiant glow and locks in moisture for ultra-hydrated skin.”
Ingredients: Glycerin, Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caffeine, Olivine Extract, Colloidal Gold, Pentylene Glycol, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Metabisulfite, Mica, Phenoxyethanol, Gold (Ci 77480), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).
My take: A thick, slightly stick gel with very fine gold shimmer. There is no sensation going on and no scent. You can’t really get a fully opaque layer, and you don’t really need that thick of a layer as they claim, since the mask gets a little more sticky but never really dries. It does take a bit of effort to rinse off, but no worse than Origins Charcoal mask. It left the skin feeling velvety soft and hydrated, that’s all I’m able to tell. If you look at the ingredients, aside from caffeine and minor amounts of gold, it’s just a basic hydrating mask.
Brightening Bubbling Mask
Description: The Brightening Bubbling Mask has effective brighteners, hydrators, and anti-oxidants that support the oxygenation of skin cells that may be compromised by environmental factors—imparting a visibly-refined appearance and a polished rosy glow. It is formulated with FIFLOW®, which assists with carrying oxygen into the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and plump surface cells—resulting in a more luminous, healthy-looking complexion. SYMWHITE™, GIGAWHITE™ and Glucosamine, and potent tyrosinase inhibitors work with botanical brighteners—Bearberry, Mulberry, Licorice, and Vitamin C— to assist with evening out the skin tone and minimizing the look of UV-induced skin pigmentation. Sodium PCA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Mango Butter, and Vitamin E come together to keep skin looking soft, smooth, and youthful. Give dull, congested skin an instant “pick me up” with this all-in-one brightening mask.
Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Methyl Perfluoroisobutyl Ether, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Perfluorohexane, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Licorice Root Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Mango Fruit Extract, Phenylethyl Resorcinol, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium PCA, BHT, Allantoin, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Mallow Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Primula Veris Extract, Veronica Officinalis Extract, Peppermint Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Perfluoroperhydrophenanthrene, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Glucose, Methyldihydrojasmonate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Perfluorodecalin, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Sodium Chloride, Phenyl Trimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Corn Starch, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch Octenylsuccinate, Sodium Hydroxide, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Lauryl Glucoside, Perfluorodimethylcyclohexane, Dipropylene Glycol, Ethoxydiglycol, Hydrated Silica, Lauryl Laurate, Ceteareth-20, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Sodium Benzotriazolyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Menthyl Lactate, Methyl Diisopropyl Propionamide, Ethyl Menthane Carboxamide, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Mica, Tin Oxide, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Alcohol Denat., Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Blue 1 (CI 42090).
My take: It is a blue gel that you rub onto clean/damp skin. While Bliss Oxygen mask fizz up the second you rub it on, this takes a few seconds longer, giving you a bit more time to spread/rub it onto the skin. It feels a tad cooling and tickling as it fizzes on your face. There is no scent, or a very mild/faint clean minty scent. The skin feel nice and clean after rinsing off, but that’s all I can tell from one sample/use.
Conclusion: As for whether the gold mask is worth $80 just because it contains gold (since other ingredients are same as <$40 hydrating masks)….. that is for you to decide. There is no scientific proof altho some people firmly believes in the benefit. As for me, while I enjoy it, it’s not worth $80 since there are plenty of hydrating masks I like for cheaper.
The Brightening/Oxygen mask is $55 for 3.4oz while Bliss is $54 for 3.4oz. I do feel more of an effect from the Peter Thomas Roth mask than Bliss so for pretty much the same price/amount I’d go for PTR. However, I do see a more immediate/instant effect from Philosophy than PTR, but Philosophy is also more expensive at $59 per 10 application and the preparation/application process is quite fussy…. fussy enough that I might just pick up the PTR mask instead of the Philosophy when I finish up my current (Bliss) oxygen mask.