I don’t particularly believe that gold does anything for the skin, despite it appearing as an ingredient in a fair few masks right now on the market…but I do believe in skincare fun, and I really liked the idea of resembling King Midas during a masking experience. A face full of gold? Yes please. I also enjoy peel-off masks (providing they aren’t painful), so I wanted to give this a whirl.
The Piolang 24K Gold Mask claims to remove ‘bad cell’, energise, revitalise, and purify skin. It’s supposed to be evening, firming, and brightening. For a peel-off mask, that in my opinion is going to be difficult to achieve. I’m looking for some clarifying, maybe, but not a lot else!
Purified water, polyvinyl alcohol, butylene glycol, ethanol, mica, polyurethane, glycerin, acetyl ethyhexanoate, dipropylene glycol, 1,2-hexanediol, propanediol, anise fruit extract, glyceryl stearate, cetearyl alcohol, polysorbate 60, dimethicone, polyglutamic acid, willow leaf extract, jojoba seed oil, tocopheryl acetate, sodium, phenoxyethanol, gold, snail mucin, white persimmon leaf extract.
The mask uses gold leaf (although I think it’s quite low down the list), which claims to lighten skin tone and firm skin. However, gold hasn’t been proven to have many benefits when it comes to skin. I am willing to concede that the particles, if small enough, can penetrate the skin and give it a more luminous look. Until I read studies and solid information telling me what benefits it provides, however, I’m on the fence about whether gold really is worthy as a skincare ingredient.
The mask also contains snail extract, seaweed, and jojoba seed oil. These are all moisturising and can also help to reduce irritation and skin damage.
It comes in a little black pot with gold lettering and Egyptian style design. It looks quite nice, and for a product that isn’t that expensive, it definitely makes you feel that it’s more luxurious than it is. It comes with a little spatula, which I have to say is pretty much useless and you’re better off using your fingers if you don’t mind that – maybe getting it out the tub with the spatula but then applying better with fingers.
The jar feels slightly heavy, and you get 80ml for the price of $17 (at Althea, at least). You don’t need a lot of product when applying, so I would imagine you could get a fair few uses out of this jar.
You have to make sure that you get the right thickness with this mask. Too little and it won’t peel in one chunk, and too much and it won’t peel at all and is a NIGHTMARE to get off. Nearly all peel-off masks that don’t dry are like this, so make sure you get the right thickness. You’ll be able to figure it out easily after your first use.
Once you’ve applied, you’ll feel radiant and beautiful and GOLD LOOK AT ME I’M RICH AND FABULOUS.
Let it dry for about 15 minutes or so, and then pick a corner and start to peel. This peels off quite easily and sometimes I can get it off in more or less one go. The best thing about this mask is that it doesn’t hurt at all when you peel it off. It’s gentle and this means it’s good for me, as peel-off masks tend to irritate my skin a lot or hurt when I peel.
Results? I have to say, they’re not life-changing. I notice a little bit of pore minimising and the gold does leave a slight sparkly sheen. I think it does well for slight exfoliation and pore cleansing, but other than that, no special results. You will never get moisturisation from a peel-off mask as you would from a sheet mask – it’s not that kind of product – but I don’t detect any supple, bouncy feeling that comes from wash-off or wrapping masks on occasion.
I would be interested to see how this mask fared with oily skinned types – I think it would be much better for them than for me, who is dry. If you have tried this and you have oily skin, I would love to hear your results!
Overall, this is one of the better peel-off masks I’ve tried in terms of it actually peeling and not hurting. The experience is fun, but the actual results of the mask wouldn’t make it stand out for me.
Disclaimer: this mask was sent to me as part of an unboxing review package from Althea Korea. All opinions are my own.