[Review] Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

Back in 2014 or maybe even earlier, I remember hearing about all the rage that surrounded Laneige’s Water Sleeping Mask. The product created a huge cult following and won many beauty awards in America. Of course, I was curious what the hype was about but at that time, I wasn’t really into Korean beauty. I mean I knew about Korean beauty but I didn’t really use K-beauty products consistently until more recent years. Also, I was busy trying to barely float and survive art college LOL. But on my recent Sephora trip, I thought I think it’s time to try it and see if the hype is well worth it. Well, let me tell you, I’m not on that Laneige band wagon LOL.

Laneige Background: Laneige was created in 1994 under Amore Pacific, a huge South Korean beauty and cosmetic company (they currently have 33 brands under them including Etude House, Mamonde, Innisfree, etc). The brand name comes from the French word La Neige which means snow. They launched their brand in US and Canada on 2014. The cosmetic brand uses Water Science which took over 20 years of research and it developed “optimum water to address each skin concern.” On Sephora’s site, they said Laneige doesn’t test ingredients or products on animals. However, Laneige isn’t exactly cruelty-free since they sell their products in China which requires animal testing.


Blue transparent gel, absorbs quickly

Moisture-recharging gel mask works overnight to supply intense doses of hydration with
Hydro Ionized Mineral Water while calming Sleepscent relaxes and revitalizes. Redefine beauty sleep and wake up to glowing, revitalized skin. 

Product Details: Laneige Water Sleeping Mask is an overnight gel mask that deeply hydrates your skin. It contains hydro ionized mineral water to retain moisture on the skin. The face mask has a light blue gel texture that absorbs quickly on the skin. But you guys… the smell tho… omg, it straight up smells like old lady. I mean I’m not that sensitive to smell, okay maybe a little, but this smell overtook my nose and I can’t LOL. I don’t think I’m a big fan of their “Sleepscent” smell. Anyways, it can be used for all skin type and it’s noncomedogenic. It is also formulated without parabens and phthalates. I don’t know how but it won Allure 2017 Best of Beauty Award.

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)

CosDNA ingredient analysis here.

Main Ingredients Analysis:

  • Hydro Ionized Mineral Water
    • Formulated with 6 moisture-maximizing minerals—zinc, manganese, magnesium, sodium, calcium and potassium
    • Help circulate and retain long-lasting moisture on the skin
  • Sleep-Tox
    • Infused with antioxidant-rich Hunza Apricot and Evening Primrose
    • Helps calm the skin from external damages
    • Purify fatigued skin
  • Moisture Wrap
    • “An exclusive technology that features a mineral network of moisture-rich beta-glucan to form an eight-hour time-release moisturizing layer over skin; locks in active ingredients and mineral water.”

Price: The sleeping mask contains 2.3 oz/70mL of product and it costs $25 in Sephora. It’s pretty affordable for a sleeping mask.

How To Use: Use this face mask as the last step of your nightly skincare routine. Apply evenly across the face (A little goes a long way for this product). After product is absorbed completely, leave treatment overnight and rinse off in the morning. Since it is a face mask and not a moisturizer, use once or twice a week.

Performance: Like I said, the smell is very strong but thankfully, it didn’t give me a headache. I like the cooling effect it has when you apply it on the skin. It’s very lightweight and fast absorbent so it doesn’t leave any sticky residue or film. I use a small dime size amount since this product can spread onto the face easily. When I wake up in the morning, my face is super soft and smooth. My skin looks healthier and fuller when I use this face mask on the night before.

Conclusion: It does a great job in keeping the moisture in my skin while I sleep but the smell… It really smells like old lady LOL. How should I describe it… You know when you pass by some old ladies they have a really strong perfume smell but it’s not a good smell? It feels like that. It has a super strong scent and I can’t get used to it. Honestly, if they got rid of their fragrance then this would’ve been a great mask. But I know there are other great sleeping masks that hydrates the skin so I think I’ll pass on this mask. Of course, I’ll use it until it’s gone since it would be a waste not to use it but I’m not planning to repurchase it. Sigh…

  • Pros:
    • Hydrates the skin
    • Light and fast absorbent
    • Skin becomes plump and smooth
  • Cons:
    • Has a really strong fragrance
  • Rating:
    • 1: omg it was horrible just no
    • 2: hmm ya no
    • 3: eh it could’ve been better
    • 4: just missing that last 2%
    • 5: it’s a keeper hun

Where To Buy It:
Sephora – $25
Jolse – $28.19
Laneige – $25



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