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Review: NARUKO Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Hydrating Mask

Hello everyone!

Today, I’m back with something a little different from my usual posts. Traditionally, I do not write reviews. Maybe some concise reviews here and there as part of a collective haul/empties/you-name-it post but never have I written a detailed, individual review. Well, I guess this is the start of something new!

Originally, I had planned to post a collection of first impressions relating back to my quite recent YesStyle Haul on my Instagram but as I started writing about the first product in my drafts, I had more than enough to say – in other words, it was getting lengthy. Thus, I decided it was best to type up a full-size review because believe me – this product deserves more than a first impressions glance!

For reference, I have combination/oily skin that can have a tendency to be dehydrated.

Let’s begin shall we?

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What is it?

It’s a box of 10 sheet masks, designed to help skin replenish hydration intensely so that dull, tired-looking skin becomes radiant again.

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How much does it cost?

It’s a pricey one, at around £22, though I got this for about £20. As far as sheet-masks go, this is up-market for me personally, but it’s nowhere near the most expensive in the market, so you can argue that this is mid-range!

Where from? 

I purchased mine from YesStyle! If you are talking about the brand itself, it’s from Taiwan.

Who is it for?

The packaging suggests all skin types – with particular preference to people of dry and dehydrated skin.

What made you buy it?

Through recommendation. I noticed that my stash was on a shortage of sheet masks, so I felt inclined to stock up on something new! This is a favourite of a beauty friend.

Can you talk me through the ingredients?

Ingredients List as follows:

Purified Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Acetate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Cellulose, Allantoin, Snow Fungus (Tremella Fuciformis) Extract, Kalanchoe Spathulata Extract*, Glycyrrhiza Giabra (Licorice) Root Extract*, Scutellaria Alpina Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract*, Peucedanum Ostruthium Leaf Extract*, Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract*, Artemisia Umbelliformis Flower Extract*, Leontopodium Alpinum Extract*, Epilobium Fleischeri Extract*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Chamomililia Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Rosa Alba Flower Extract, Rosa Hybrid Flower Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Triethanolamine, Essential Oils of Rose (Rosa Damascena), Rosewood (Aniba Rosaeodora), Palimarose (Cymbopogon Martini), Petitgrain (Citrus Austrantium Var. Anara), Mannitol, Sodium Citrate, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-15, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Olive (Olea Europaea) Leaf Extract, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Rhododendron Ferrugineum Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Isomalt, Lecithin, Sodium Benzoate, Lactic Acid

*Phytoferulin® is an exclusively patented complex formulated with 11 different plant extracts. All products parabens preservatives free.


Much of its ingredients derives from plant extracts so as far as product name goes, it’s true to description. Botanic. Rose water (Rosa Damascena Flower Water) is also high up on the list which is very promising for those with sensitive, inflamed skin as the ingredient is known to calm skin down, hydrate and control excess oil. Personally, this is one of my favourite ingredients to date.

What’s perhaps not so promising (and ironic) however is the presence of alcohol (isopropyl alcohol i.e. rubbing alcohol) so if you’re particularly sensitive, just be wary of that. Otherwise, the ingredients list is impressive with inclusion of lactic acid and hyaluronic acid (sodium hyaluronate) though these are towards the end of the list.

What do you have to say about it?

After one use and I am writing a full-size review. That says a lot does it not? I am debating whether I should follow ‘rules’ whenever I come to review a product but for this one, I almost instantaneously decided that I love this product.

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Let’s talk about the tearing of the packet first. (We shall call this the ‘tear’ test from now on.) This tears super nicely and smoothly from beginning to end so that the top is completely separated. Perhaps the best I’ve encountered so far. In my experience, some face mask packets don’t tear great. By all means, it tears but some have been weird in not allowing me to tear off the top and no matter how hard you try, it’s not a neat tear either. Not this though. It’s perfect.

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The sheet mask is typically folded along with a sheet covering. It’s not slippery or drenched so is definitely one of the nicer sheet mask that I’ve picked up. There’s nothing worse than a sheet mask dripping everywhere but this was neat – soaked enough. I immediately found the fit to be excellent – of course, this is personal but in terms of eyes-nose-lips placement, it was spot-on. Not only that, but the perimeters of the face matched well too without much need in overlapping the fabric.

One area that I’m particularly impressed with is the chin length. I like to say I’ve tried my fair share of sheet masks, and whilst in general they fit okay, the chin length is always too long which can drag the mask downwards. I realise that the extended chin length is meant for tucking under your jaw but it never stays put and I’m not one to lie down whilst masking either. So NARUKO’s job here is well-appreciated with the chin length being just right and by being so, the whole mask stays put the whole time.

The smell of rosewater is obvious from the start which may or may not put you off. It’s not a faint smell and I found that when I made the effort to smell it – perhaps a bit too much, it gave me a slight headache. The thing is, I do like the smell of rosewater but preferably this can be turned down a notch…it’s quite a strong, synthetic scent. Otherwise, it’s not a huge problem for me as I slowly forgot that it smelt of anything once I was a few minutes into masking. However, if you’re very scent-sensitive then I don’t think this is for you as the scent can be dizzying.

If you can get past the scent, then the real deal is the sheet mask itself! The masking experience was one of the most fast absorbing. (Though, remember – there is alcohol in this.) My skin loved the essence! I could feel my skin drinking it up. It was soothing and I didn’t have to worry about having this wet thing on my face because it didn’t drip or slide off. After about 20 minutes, I removed the mask and much of the essence had been soaked up by my skin with just a little bit left on my nose. It was incredible as this almost immediately allowed me to move on to the next step of my routine. Easy.

Given my skin was rather dehydrated that day, I saw and felt the immediate hydrating benefits the mask had on my skin. Really, I couldn’t stop touching my face the next day. I was looking and feeling fresh like it had been given a second life. It’s a skin kick-starter for sure as I woke up with well-balanced, non-greasy skin. 🙂

Pros:

  • Excellent fit all-around (though this varies from person to person)
  • Full-marks on ‘tear’ test
  • Sheet mask itself is soaked enough with leftover essence for next day or after
  • Free of parabens and preservatives
  • Stuck to my face really well
  • Fast-absorbing and efficient sheet mask. Allows you to go on to next step almost immediately
  • Hydrating mask that revived my tired skin and is one I’d recommend to combination/oily skin types like myself

Cons:

  • The scent is a bit too strong and dizzying though there are individuals who like the scent. Warning for scent-sensitive types
  • Despite free of parabens and preservatives, there’s alcohol present. Warning for sensitive skin types
  • I question whether it’s truly for all skin types. Sensitive skin types won’t like this (in my opinion) and dry skin types might suffer from the alcohol content therefore not moisturising enough

Overall Loving: 8/10

I can get past the scent, but a part of me wish it wasn’t so strong otherwise this would be a solid 9 at least!


Have you tried this brand/product before? Let me know in the comments below. ⬇️

More reviews to come as I’m currently testing a lot of products! ❤ 🙂

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2 Comments

  1. I’m currently doing a 30 day masking challenge and I’m really beginning to notice ingredients between various sheet masks. Most masks have their active ingredients way down on the list but it’s good to see these are fairly high.
    Haha so funny you did a tear test – I never tear the packaging of masks anymore because I’ve had bad experiences! So 100% of the time I cut them with scissors that I keep in the washroom. 😛
    I typically have issues with the forehead length! I got a big forehead… 😮
    Too bad about the strong scent but I’m still curious to try this!

    • I didn’t always think about the tear test but ever since I went through a weird experience of one (will take a photo when I next use it), it really got me thinking about it! And let’s be honest, it’s probably handy when it comes to traveling 😛

      lol big forehead, I’ve got a big FACE which is probably why I don’t have bad fit issues 😂😂

      Yes – the scent is kinda the deal-breaker here. The only other rosewater item I’ve ever used is the Boots Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz I think it’s called, and that smells really calming. Not this though unfortunately so I’ll have to use less effort to sniff it I guess lol

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