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I admit I have an addiction to masks – I use one every night. To earn my stamp of approval, a mask needs to leave my skin soft, glowing and hydrated. Being a big fan of Estee Lauder’s famed Advanced Night Repair serum, I naturally had high expectations of the brand’s latest offering: the Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Powerfoil Mask.
The sheet mask boasts two layers: an outer foil matrix and an inner one infused with a serum with reported reparative properties. According to the brand, the outer matrix acts like a protective cocoon, keeping the good stuff inside (ie the serum) from evaporating.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Powerfoil Mask, $216 for a box of eight sheets.
So did the mask measure up to my yardstick? After removing the mask, my skin was noticeably brighter and plump to the touch. The redness around my nose and slight ruddiness on my cheeks had also faded, thanks, I’m sure, to the potent blend of anti-irritants in the formula, including lady’s thistle, birch extract and magnolia bark extract. I like that the mask comes in two pieces – one covers the forehead, nose and cheeks, and the other, the lower part of the face–as it made application so much easier.
I say the results are worth it – even if you resemble the Man in the Iron Mask for a good 10 minutes. – Charmaine Lee, beauty writer
Yves Saint Laurent Beaute Top Secrets Instant Moisture Glow, $79.
Your skin, only softer
My skin texture has taken a hit after a few bouts of adult acne over the last few years; it’s now rough and uneven, which makes it hard for me to achieve a flawless finish. My new fix? Yves Saint Laurent Beaute Top Secrets Instant Moisture Glow ($79). Marketed as a moisturiser and radiance-enhancer that can be used over, under or even sans makeup, it makes my pores, lines and skin discoloration less noticeable.
What impresses me even more, though, is how soft and smooth my skin feels immediately after application – even without foundation. This multitasker also feels lightweight and leaves a cooling sensation on skin, courtesy of the hydrating micro water droplets in its formula. My makeup now glides on more easily and my skin has a dewy glow that lasts an entire workday. – Carina Koh, beauty writer
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