The Dr. Jart Hydration Lover Rubber Mask sounds cool, but the puckered-up baby-face graphic on the packaging might have been what made me buy it. It's weird and cool and glossy, and slightly raised on the matte paper sleeve. An illustration in the lower right corner immediately reveals that the mask on the inside doesn't actually look like the main image... darn it. But since I'm a big fan of sheet masks that prevent moisture from evaporating through the exposed surface of the mask material, I had to try it anyway. Right?
Inside the packaging a the sheet mask in the usual Dr. Jart sheet-mask sachet, plus an "ampoule" of hydrating stuff. (It pokes through the upper right corner of the packaging. I've flipped it over in this image, so the round part with the water drop on it is underneath.
I don't know why I didn't peel off the top and shoot what's in the Step 01 container. It looks like a white gellified paste. The idea is to apply it generously to the face, then gently place the two-part "rubber" mask on top.
Here's what's on the back of the mask sachet to explain the product.
See? Apply the contents of the little Step 01 container – it contains glycerin, panthenol, a complex of corn, wheat and soy proteins as well as hyaluronic acid, mango seed butter, and macadamia nut oil.
Next, gently place the single-use sheet-mask sections on the face. The directions urge caution when removing the elements from the sleeve; the botanical-extract-infused "rubber" is surprisingly easy to rip or dig a nail through. (Of course I thought about keeping the mask sections afterward to try using them again over some other serum as a hack, but the polymer is more delicate than it looks, and prone to tearing.)
The mask is made of a material derived from green seaweed extract. Infused with glycerin, aloe extract, castor oil and jojoba, It's cooling on skin – no suffocating heat at all – and feels more like a gel sheet than rubber. The sections stay put quite well of the Step 01 stuff; about half an hour in, the edges start to fall away from the skin where most of Step 01 has been absorbed by the skin.
Nope, there's no rubber smell. Instead there's a light and pleasant scent from the Step 01 layer.
As for the results, thumbs up. Afterward, my skin was calm and even in colour, nicely hydrated. (I always apply some kind of facial cream after a sheet mask, just to make sure the extra hydration doesn't just evaporate away. This time I think it was either Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer or Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture.)
Do you need a Dr. Jart Rubber Mask ($17 CAD and $12 USD at sephora.com) though? Is it better than other sheet masks? Well, it's definitely better than any super-thin sheet mask that lets the moisturizing serum evaporate through the sheet's surface. But there are cellulose masks – Farmacy, The Beloved One and Dr. Jart Dermask – that prevent that kind of evaporation and hydrate just as effectively at half the price.
These rubber-look masks are so fun to look at, though! They'd make a good gift for a friend who's into skincare, and they'd be genius for at-home sheet-mask sessions with friends (or with your hubby), doncha think?
Have you tried one of these yet? If yes, what did you think? If no, do you think you might?