While Sephora’s customer service and rewards have been a hit or miss for me, they’ve certainly been keeping up with the trend in skincare. They’ve been adding so many new skincare brands that I don’t even know where to start! While the Korean skincare trend is still growing, there’s also an emerging trend of people more interested in locally made/grown skincare with purer ingredients. One such brand that has made the splash lately is Farmacy. According to their website, “Farm-grown, hand-picked botanical define Farmacy beauty, which fuses age-old wisdom with cutting-edge technologies to create irritant-free bioactive formulations for fresh, radiant skin.” The plants are grown in New York, where it is harvested and shipped to the lab only 2 hours away to be processed and made into skincare products.
In addition to the fresh, plant-based ingredients, Farmacy also boasts of Echinacea GreenEnvy™ as their star ingredients in all the products. Echinacea GreenEnvy™ is a unique, patent-protected variant of echinacea purpurea that contains the highest known concentration of cichoric acid, which helps protect the skin by supporting natural collagen and normalizes the skin pigmentation process to promote a more evenly toned complexion. I don’t farm or garden so I don’t know what Echinacea is, but google says:
Ok then, sounds good. Since Sephora offers a variety pack of masks and had a promo code for the night balm, it sounds like a good time to sample the products from this brand. Review for the night balm will be for the next post, today it is all about the coconut gel masks!
The coconut gel provides intensive hydration and restores the skin’s balance, while the bio-cellulose sheet releases the complex of components to provide the skin’s surface layers with a penetrating surge of active ingredients. Papery cotton and sometimes hydro-gel are the most common materials for masks, the only coconut cellulose mask I can think of aside from Farmacy is When, which have slightly thicker sheets I believe. The mask comes with a blue film on one side and a white cotton film on the other side to prevent the mask from sticking/clinging to itself. While they recommend taking the blue side off first, the white sheet is stiffer and I find it a bit easier to peel off the white sheet first, stick the gel mask on then take off the blue sheet. You can’t remove both then put it on, otherwise it is difficult to peel/smooth out the edges.
To be honest, all three masks feel the same. They all use the same coconut cellulose sheet with the same packaging. Because the coconut sheet is so thin, it doesn’t feel as wet as the paper cotton sheet masks and dries quickly, but there were a lot of serum gel in the packet so I smoothed some over the mask after applying it on my face. It keeps the mask hydrated longer and thus pushes hydration/nutrients into my skin longer. You don’t want it to dry completely or it will leave imprints on the skin. The serum/excess formula for all three masks also have the same milky white liquidy gel consistency. After smoothing on the plenty of leftover gel serum, skin looks shiny and plump and feels a little greasy but it’s not oily or flaky. It was such a thick layer, like I smoothed a mask on, that I didn’t think it would sink in but it did in 30min to 1hr later and left my skin feeling soft and smooth. The difference between the masks is only in scent and effects:
Brightening – coconut cellulose mask with a mild floral scent. After taking the mask off, my skin feel moisturized. I notice the redness on my face was reduced slightly immediately after, but I’m not sure if it’s temporary since I only used one mask.
Deep Moisture – coconut cellulose mask with an almost unnoticeable clean, cucumber scent. After taking the mask off, my skin feel moisturized. Since all three masks moisturize well and my skin is not extremely dry, I can’t distinguish the difference between deep moisture and others in terms of how hydrated/moisturized my skin was. If scent bothers you at all, even natural ones, and you just want hydration, then this is worth a try.
Soothing – coconut cellulose mask with a mild green, fresh, floral scent. After taking the mask off, my skin did feels hydrated, comfortable and soothed. I didn’t see brightening or anything, but it did feel comfortable on the skin, even the sensitive areas.
I do very much enjoy the sheet masks. It feels like coconut cellulose sheets did a better job of providing deep hydration and moisture than paper/cloth/hydrogel sheet mask, but then again I wonder if it’s the solution and not the sheet that made more difference. These masks are $8 each, but the effects are also a bit more obvious and long-lasting than my $3 Korean sheet masks. The cheap sheet masks are more for every other day use or not particularly dry skin, while this would be great for an emergency or for particularly dry and easily irritated skin. I will buy them when there’s a good discount or when my skin is desperate, otherwise $3 sheet masks are good enough for me most of the time.
The packaging did not provide any description or ingredients altho Sephora did, but I pasted them below for your convenience:
A supercharged boosting solution for stressed, tired skin. This calming mask helps restore the skin’s radiance, moisture, and tone. Kale extract offers a complex blend of minerals, antioxidants, vitamins, and amino acids that help rebalance vulnerable, stressed skin. Vitamin A strengthens the skin, while active minerals help restore the skin’s ideal oil and water balance.
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, Alcohol, Collagen Extract, Patented Echinacea Purpurea ‘Greenenvytm’ Root Extract, *Brassica Oleracea Acephala Leaf Extract (Kale), Diethoxyethyl Succinate, Hexanediol, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Betaine, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Carbomer, Arginine, Phenyl Trimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium Edta, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Hyaluronic Acid, Allantoin, Fragrance, Thymus Serpillum Extract, Hyssopus Officinalis Extract, Propolis Extract.
A supercharged brightening solution for dark spots and freckles. This mask helps even skintone and improve overall clarity. Purple broccoli extract delivers a powerful skin clarifying action due to the varietal’s high level of antizymes, which possess antioxidant properties in addition to the benefits of chlorophyll, vitamins and minerals. Antizymes support balanced melanin production levels to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation.
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Glycereth-26, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Olive Oil Peg-8 Esters, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Betaine, *Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Patented Echinacea Purpurea ‘Greenenvytm’ Root Extract, Cyclohexasiloxane, Hexanediol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Polyacrylate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract, Fragrance, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate.
A supercharged moisturizing solution for dry, tight, uncomfortable skin. This hydrating mask reinforces the skin’s natural barrier function, leaving it super-hydrated, plumper, and smoother. Cucumber extract delivers high levels of vitamin C, which assist in helping to maintain moisture levels.
Water, Butyleneglycol, Glycerin, Glycereth-26, Portulacaoleraceaextract, Oliveoilpeg-8esters, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Betaine, *Cucumissativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Patented Echinacea Purpurea ‘Greenenvytm’ Root Extract, Cyclohexasiloxane, Hexanediol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Polyacrylate, Fragrance, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate.