My relationship with Asian Beauty has been a mixed bag. I’ve had great results with some products, like the My Beauty Diary Black Pearl sheet masks, but I’ve also had tragic results with others, such as the Scinic Honey AIO.
When I first bought the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask, I had just gotten back from Christmas in Buffalo, New York, where wind chill was -19’F (-28’C) and lake effect was in full swing. My lips were practically falling off of my face in bloody, peeling sheets, despite my constant application of lip balms and creams and ointments — literally anything that resembled relief. It was that type of chapped where your lips burn, even when perfectly exfoliated, because the air hurts your face.
Likewise, when I bought the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, I was deep in dry skin territory. I needed something — anything — to soothe away the dry skin around my nose and boost the moisture in my skin.
I purchased both of these masks at Sephora and they came neatly packaged with spatulas that I promptly misplaced. C’est la vie.
Both products are advertised to boost the hydration levels of your skin while you sleep and supposedly hold the power to do so without making every piece of fur, hair, or pillowcase in the area stick to you like Vaseline does.
As a frequent Vaseline user, this was incredibly appealing. As much as I love Vaseline for my skin, that initial sticking that happens when you lay down at night is… well, it’s just uncomfortable.
So let’s get into it, starting with the Lip Sleeping Mask!
First Impressions: Lip Sleeping Mask
Ingredients: Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Phytosteryl / Isostearyl / Cetyl / Stearyl / Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Polybutene, Microcrystalline Wax / Cera Microcristallina / Cire Microcristalline, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Synthetic Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax / Candelilla Cera / Cire de Candelilla, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Butylene / Ethylene / Styrene Copolymer, Ethylene / Propylene / Styrene Copolymer, Mica (CI 77019), Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Dimethicone, Fragrance / Parfum, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Methicone, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax / Cera Carnauba / Cire de Carnauba, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Red 6 (CI 15850), Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Water, Potassium Alginate, Propanediol, Glycerin, Alcohol, Lycium Chinense Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Fragaria Chiloensis (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Sapindus Mukorossi Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Rubus Chamaemorus Seed Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, Calcium Chloride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Beta-Glucan, Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Ascorbyl Glucoside.
The Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask smells like strawberries. Or maybe it’s strawberries and pears? In any case, it smells sweet and almost candy-like. It is neither unappealing nor extremely artificial smelling, but it is also not completely natural either.
When I was looking at other reviews on the Lip Mask, I had always heard that it didn’t take much, and man were those reviews right. My initial serving of the Lip Mask was far too much — an ample, pea-sized amount that I ended up massaging into the back of my hand after coating my lips.
The Lip Mask has a creamy but waxy texture that spreads easily. It is an opaque baby pink in the jar, but goes on clear.
It has a slight taste to it which I can only describe as “as it smells.” It isn’t at all unpleasant, and it is very faint but present.
It does not dry down, remaining waxy and emollient once applied. I didn’t find this to be a problem, especially since I apply it only before bed and sleep on my side, but I can see it being less than pleasant for people who sleep on their stomach.
In the morning, there was a slight, waxy residue left over on my lips, but they felt very soft and the dead skin removed easily with a warm washcloth.
Lipstick applied easily and my lips remained soft throughout the day in a way that Aquaphor doesn’t quite create. It was like the Sleeping Mask was lotion for my lips, as weird as that may seem.
First Impressions: Water Sleeping Mask
Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Trehalose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Root Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Beta-Glucan, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Chloride, Potassium Alginate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate / VP Copolymer, Polysorbate 20, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Dimethicone / Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Propanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Stearyl Behenate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Hydroxypropyl Bispalmitamide MEA, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Blue 1 (Ci 42090).
The Laneige Water Sleeping Mask smells like a salt water-scented candle. It is a bit beachy and herbal — very refreshing.
The texture of the Water Sleeping Mask is like a light, gel-cream. Like with the Lip Sleeping Mask, a little goes a long way.
Once applied, it takes a couple minutes to dry down to a slight tacky feel. By morning though, I felt like I had rubbed most of it off of my face.
My skin felt soft, but not particularly more moisturized than when I slept with Vaseline on it.
I really enjoy using the Lip Sleeping Mask, and while the pot may seem small, I can imagine it will last me for several months or even a couple years. It made my lips extremely soft and made my lips a fantastic canvas for makeup the following day.
I am a bit torn on the Water Sleeping Mask. While it is inoffensive and doesn’t break my skin out, it doesn’t seem to do much for me, either, which is a shame for $25.00 USD. I brought it with me on the flight to New York City (5.5 hours) and felt like it was helpful, but not so imperative that I would be crushed if I forgot it on my next trip.