Saturday, August 9, 2014

Review: Karuna Brightening Mask

I have a review to share with you all. Recently, I got a free sample pack of Karuna's Brightening and Clarifying masks--for the awesome shipping price of $1!! How Asian of me...I couldn't resist!

Today, I'll be sharing about the brightening mask!

Here's some product details directly from the website!
SKIN TYPE: Sun Damaged, Discolored Skin, Not Suitable for Sensitive Skin

MISSION: Revealing & Enlightening

- Grapefruit Seed Extract helps deflect environmental toxins
- Rare Asian plant extracts promote brighter skin tone
- Salicylic Acid gently exfoliates dead skin cells

DELIVERY: Made from biodegradable wood pulp natural cloth that retains 50% more moisture than synthetic material, Karuna sheet masks force pores to fully absorb nourishing ingredients that help create instant results—much more than a serum would alone.

PRICE: $28 for 4 masks
The packaging was quite typical--nothing very unique. I believe, however, that that actual product's packaging is a bit different. Since I got a sample mask, the exterior appears quite plain. 

The mask is wrapped around a plastic structure--probably meant to make opening the mask easier. However, for me, it was still pretty difficult. Sadly, when I unfolded my mask, it was ripped!! 

The mask was very difficult to use. It was soaked with product/serum (which is pretty nice), but that also made applying the mask difficult since the mask was very easy to rip. When I was trying to apply the already ripped mask, I ripped it more trying to fit it on my face...

Here's a close up -- can you see the rip right under my eye? 
When the mask was finally applied, my face stung. After a couple minutes, the stinging stopped, and my face had a nice minty feel to it. I left the mask on for 20 minutes and then rubbed the remaining product into my face (no need to wash it off!) Sadly, my face was a bit red afterwards, and the stinging started again as the serum began to dry. 

The next day, the redness was completely gone. I believe my face looked a little bit righter, but the difference wasn't quite noticeable... My sister, who tried the mask as well, felt the same way. 

I know lots of people think this mask works quite well, but I believe I just discovered that I have sensitive skin...and since this mask is not for sensitive skin, my face became irritated, red, and stingy. >___< Whoops, at least I know now :)

This mask didn't work well for my skin type. The results also were quite clear. 

  • sticks to the face well
  • pricey ($7/mask)
  • stings a little
  • easily broken/ripped
  • unpleasant smell - smells a bit like chemicals
  • serum is a little sticky

Overall rating:     
Repurchase? No, but I'm willing to try a different mask from the brand.


  1. So bad that this mask doesn´t workon your skin, I don´t like the sheet masks that smells like chemicals either.

  2. Shame it didn't work on you but at least it was a sample right ^^"

  3. To bad to read that it didn't work well for you skin type! It is indeed an expensive mask *O* thank you for the review!

  4. Yep! I love trying new things! At least samples mean I didn't waste lots of money on a product that doesn't work :)

  5. Yeah. D: at least it was a learning experience. Next time I want to try some asian masks---they'll be much more wallet friendly :)