Skincare brands with clear links to dermatological in-house research and spa experience have always appealed to me. It’s like choosing your doctor, it feels good knowing he has many years of experience and all the necessary credentials. Dr.Jart+ is one of these brands. This brand plays so hard on their medical image, you can even meet their dermatologist team on their website (which I personally find quite cool). The brand was created in 2004 by a doctor, and they already have a quite impressive international presence. From my own experience, they were the very first K-beauty brand I discovered.
Many of Dr.Jart+ products are available at Sephora. If you are following a bit the K-beauty development in the United States you probably know this already – Sephora is getting serious about Korean skincare and make-up. And they couldn’t make me more happy! I am just coming back from their K-beauty event in Georgetown, and I am amazed how many new brands they brought on bord! It started timidly, with Dr.Jart+ and some BB creams, but now they are bringing in less known brands such as touch in sol and chosungah22, which I need to admit, I didn’t know – but now I am definitely dying to discover!
Even though the 4 Dr.Jart+ masks in this post seem to belong to the same family – they are in fact quite different. I will thus review each one of them individually:
- Dr.Jart+ Brightening Infusion
This first mask is a hydrogel masks that comes in two pieces (upper and lower face) which makes it easier to position the mask on the face. Personally I prefer the feeling of hydrogel masks as compared to sheet masks, as they have this super cooling effect and seem to dry-off less quickly (and I like to keep them on a long time).
The promise: The Brightening Infusion hydrogel mask claims to be good for dark circles, dullness, dark spots and uneven tone. It contains Galactomyces for a radiant skin texture, Vitamin C to brighten and provide antioxidants and Licorice extract. This is great as dark circles and dullness are exactly my problems! Even though I have never heard of “Galactomyces” before, Vitamin C is a known skincare miracle ingredient and I have also seen Licorice in some K-Beauty products.
First impressions: The mask has a very cooling effect on my face, stays ideally in place (even though I constantly move and stand-up) and the product doesn’t run all over. Although I have a rather sensitive skin, I didn’t feel any burning sensation or discomfort with this mask on, and I kept it for at least 30min – but this, I guess, may vary depending on your skin, so if you have a very sensitive skin don’t keep it for too long.
Effect: My face definitely looked less tired, the dark circles got a bit less pronounced and my skin feeled moisturised! Plus it gave this “glowing” effect that is so dear and praised in the Korean skincare universe. This mask is a go for me!
- Dr.Jart+ Water replenishment
This one is a more “classic” sheet mask, it is very moist (I would say almost too much serum, makes it a bit slippery) and leaves your face a bit wet so you need to gently tap in the remaining product.
The promise: The mask contains classical skincare ingredients, such as Chamomile flower water for hydration, Marine collagen (this one is fancy!),
Witch Hazel extract, which is a natural skincare product I discovered in the US and Cactus extract that apparently has an acne calming effect and moisturizing effect. This mask is meant for dehydrated skin (which is not the same as dry skin) and especially suitable for sensitive skin.
First impression: It was not easy to put it on, as the mask was so moist and slippery. Once the original mess is under control, I would recommend laying down as the mask moves a bit at the beginning. The product was dropping a little bit, so also don’t put on you favourite shirt.
Effect: Promise kept, the skin did feel more relaxed and moisturised. The redness around my face was slightly calmed down, and even my fine lines under the eyes looked kind of better. I guess if deep hydration is what you are looking for, I would give it a chance.
- Dr.Jart+ All That Lift & Firm
Ok, the All That Lift & Firm mask is quite original. It is hydrogel mask that comes in two pieces, upper face and lower face, but the lower face is quite unusual as you have to apply it by hooking the holes over each ear. The mask is very flexible, so this whole “hooking on ears” is actually possible even if it pulls your ears. If you are averse of the slightly “scary” look sheet and hydrogel masks give you, stay away! The mask is also not as moist as I am used to and it literally sticks to your face and gives you a little stretch.
The promise: This mask should be good for wrinkles, loss of elasticity, large pores (does this even go together?) and sagging. It contains Caffeine, Isomerized Safflower acid for elasticity, and good old Aloe Leaf juice for moisture.
First impressions: Stretch, stretch, stretchhhhh – don’t attempt to talk with this mask on. I tried and failed! It kind of also hurt my ears, but maybe it’s just my face that is too big…
Effect: I put that mask on in the evening, and I didn’t wake up with radiant face. On the contrary, my skin still felt dry! (despite my moisturising evening ritual). I would give this mask a try if you look for stretch on the lower face side and your skin is normal to oily (I would say – dry skins stay away).
- Dr.Jart+ Pore minimalist
This mask was by far one of the scariest I tried. You may actually reuse it as a last minute Halloween costume idea (and yes, I couldn’t help but add these Halloween stickers on the picture). Ok, but more seriously. It is a totally black sheet mask, that reminds me of the ‘Water replenishment’ one, as it comes super moist and a is bit slippery when out of the package. I like how it takes advantage of its Korean origin, as even the Charcoal is Korean according to the mask’s packaging.
The promise: This black charcoal sheet mask is good for pimples, large pores and excess sebum. Out of this list, I am the most interested in the enlarged pores department. It contains activated Charcoal, which is also good to detox your skin, Spearmint extract and Arginine to clarify pores.
First impressions: I managed to scare everyone in the house with this mask on, so you can also use it to play a prank on your friends. Other than that, it gives a nice cooling effect, even tough I felt a little burning sensation around my nose (where my skin is the most irritated).
Effect: The mask didn’t irritate my skin, so for sure this promise was kept! It did give me a little ‘brightening’ effect too, and my face looked ‘fresher’. I don’t really have too much acne problem, but the one pimple I had faded a bit after this mask, so maybe it is worth a try if you struggle with pimples invasion.
General Pros: The variety of masks, textures and purposes guarantees that you will find your match. I also like how the ingredients of each mask mix some classical ingredients like Aloe or Vitamin C with more exotic ones – like seriously, what is a “Isomerized Safflower acid”? These sheet masks also have relatively short lists of ingredients, out of which I could easily recognise the majority (so not too much “weird” stuff). They are also parabens free, and the brand is against animal cruelty.
General Cons: The price! With this wide offer of sheet masks, paying more than 7$ seems a bit excessive for a single-use treatment.
I give these mask a 3 out of 5 Kinbeauty rating, and mainly because of my favourite the “Brightening infusion” mask.
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