If you remember from my YesStyle Beauty Haul + Experience post, I had hauled two different boxes of sheet masks. One was the NARUKO Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Hydrating Mask which I have previously reviewed. Today, I am reviewing the My Beauty Diary Bird’s Nest Mask. 🙂
For reference, I have combination/oily skin that can have a tendency to be dehydrated.
Let’s begin shall we?
What is it?
It is a box of 10 sheet masks, designed to hold as much fluid as possible in order to moisten and soften the skin from layers below the epidermis. From the grid, it claims to nourish and brighten, firm and moisturise so it’s definitely a sheet mask that packs a punch (or so it seems).
How much does it cost?
I purchased mine for £15.51 which is a reasonable price I think. I tried to find a RRP but it was difficult to do so. However, in my experience, the ordinary MBD masks are around £10/11 per box, and the fancier ones (like this one) are priced a little higher. So this price point seems about right.
If you are purchasing online, your best bet is via YesStyle or Amazon. I know in Hong Kong, it is sold across Mannings store which sells a mix of health and beauty items.
Who is it for?
I would say it’s more for those looking for more than your average face mask but still at a reasonable price. For those who don’t know, Bird’s Nest is a prized ingredient in Chinese culture, a bit like how Snail Secretion and Ginseng are top-ranked ingredients in Korea.
Read more on this special ingredient below.
What made you buy it?
I was asking for recommendations on sheet masks and a kind blogger friend recommended me a couple. I took to this particular one as I have tried My Beauty Diary masks in the past and they have never disappointed me. However, I have only tried the ordinary flavours (Aloe, Rice and Hyaluronic Acid to be exact).
Can you talk me through the ingredients?
Before I start, you should ought to know…
Bird’s Nest is harvested and solidified bird saliva in the shape of a nest (to be more specific, from a swallow) which is most commonly consumed in the form of a soup. Pregnant women and new mothers in particular take to this soup as a holy ingredient in restoring their body and skin. As such, from my own knowledge it is an expensive ingredient, and whilst it may seem quite novelty, has been around for centuries, consumed by royalties or so they say.
Water, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Triethanolamine, Sodium Lactate, Polysorbate 20, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Hydroxethyl Urea, Swiftlet Nest Extract, Kappaphycus Alvarezii Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Centellaasiatica Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Codium Tomentosum Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Lecithin, Polysorbate 80, Carbomer, Glyceryl Glucoside, Polyglutamic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance (Parfum), Soluable Collagen, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Glycosphingolipids, Tocopheryl Acetate.
Note: For my ingredients research, I use the Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary.
- Swiftlet Nest Extract aka Bird’s Nest: 15th of 41 ingredients. Ranked fairly high as expected, but of course, we cannot just depend on one star ingredient to support a product.
- To my delight, the ingredients list is mostly positive. I barely found anything bad. Many of the ingredients have moisturising properties.
- I’ve highlighted in bold the good, stand-out ingredients which is impressive and actually, we are getting a lot for our money. Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol and Sodium Hyaluronate are humectants which helps the skin retain moisture. Sodium Lactate stops the product’s pH from being too acidic and is moisture binding. There are also some plant extracts such as aloe vera and mallow, which are anti-inflammatory. Of course, this is just a fraction of the good ingredients that there are!
- The Licorice Extract is actually higher up on the list than Swiftlet Nest Extract which I find quite interesting. Licorice is a depigmenting agent, therefore brightening/evening-out the skin.
- The only red flag is perhaps the fragrance (parfum) which is ranked quite low, and tends to be in a lot of beauty products. So sensitive readers, just be wary of this ingredient and whether it affects your skin or not. If it does, then by all means, look elsewhere for fragrance-free skincare.
- CoSDNA has listed two ingredients from the list as mildly comedogenic: Butylene Glycol and Triethanolamine (aka TEA). However, please note that this should not be a problem in diluted concentrations.
What do you have to say about it?
I have had the experience of dabbling in a variety of sheet masks. Not massively – but enough to say I’ve tried a couple, and MBD packaging design is still my favourite. Each sachet is compact, which makes for easy storage and easy travel unlike the Tonymoly I’m Real Masks for example, which are in irregular shapes. I suppose they are all flat though but these are the small details that can matter and do matter. 🙂
The sachets are easy to tear and open. Seems like such a simple thing right? I actually cannot say the same for all the sheet masks that I’ve tried – some don’t tear that nice but this one is neat and smooth so it certainly passes my tear test, the first test that I like to conduct with all sheet masks.
One thing that I like to point out is that sheet masks don’t always state just who it’s for. Sure, it can tell you that it boosts radiance or hydrates but that can almost be for anyone – which in itself sounds condescending because there is no ‘one size fits all’. My Beauty Diary hasn’t done that here. It states a wealth of information with the star ingredients to back it up and then the actual skin type it’s suitable for. The descriptions written really tell me about the product and not wrapped in some marketing fluff that makes me roll my eyes and think, “Not again”.
Of course, the real test is in its application and performance. The essence is presented inside a silky-cotton sheet mask, that looks relatively wet and moisturising without the dreaded drip. The formula just holds together (without dripping) which tells me that it’s been gelled and bonded well. Even better that there is little/no scent! Before long, I am impressed with the fit and how it feels on my skin – soothing and hydrating.
I have always quite liked the fit of My Beauty Diary sheet masks and this is no exception. I don’t know how helpful this comment is though considering how all our face sizes and shapes are different. I consider myself to have quite a big face which admittedly, comes in handy for a lot of sheet masks – I only occasionally have sizing issues. However, I believe for fit, this is one of the most universal sheet masks on the market. The holes are comfortably in the right places, and the edges don’t ride up on the hairline (pet peeve) or into the far-sides of my face. Dare I also say that this might be the most pleasing fit I’ve had with a sheet mask? I only have to slightly overlap the edge on either side. Bonus points there.
The masking session really lasts about half an hour. Some sheet masks dry up before the recommended time but this one lives up to its description of 20-30 minutes.
I typically like to test sheet masks out when my skin is feeling tired, dull and dehydrated to the point of almost being dry. (Winter woes you see.) Well, this sheet mask served to be perfect for these symptoms. As soon as I peeled the sheet mask off, my skin just felt incredible as if new. It looked more plumped, felt more bouncy and above all, it was moisturised back to life as if winter never hit it. I pat the remaining essence on my face and it absorbs rather well – no stickiness. Instead, I’m left admiring my skin. It is that magical. A problem solver in a packet.
So did this sheet mask make me sad? No. The only thing I’m sad about is that I just finished my last sachet. But will I re-purchase? Absolutely, and that’s saying a lot when I like to jump from sheet mask to sheet mask.
Overall Loving: 9/10
No full marks since I cannot comment on the brightening function – I think this is dependent on many factors (such as the rest of your skincare) and can mean different things for different people.
I was meant to complete this post months ago but it never happened! I only had one more sachet of this left and it only seemed right to finally give the full review on what I thought about it overall and whether I’d recommend it. Well, My Beauty Diary have yet to leave me disappointed.
What should I try next do you think? Let me know in the comments below! ⬇️⬇️⬇️
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