Review: Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask
When the passion for simple soap-making evolves into making modern day beauty treatments from natural everyday ingredients like sugar, milk, soy and rice, you get Boston-based American brand: Fresh.
I came across Fresh in a women’s magazine featuring their Rose Face Mask. It is a hydrating mask made from everything rose from rose water to rose petals. With that in mind, I visited Sephora Singapore.
The mask was sold out. Typical. Once featured in a magazine, everything gets sold out.
However, sitting on the shelf next to the empty spot was their other mask – Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask. I looked at the jar suspiciously wondering why this was not flying off the shelves like the rose mask. Apart from the higher price tag, the Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask seemed to deliver the same – if not, more, than the rose mask.
Besides delivering the benefit of skin hydration, this mask has powerful antioxidants for immediate softer and radiant-looking skin. The formula is further enriched with lychee seed extract (to support natural collagen and smooth skin), polysaccharides (to firm and reduce appearance of fine lines) and jicima root juice (to hydrate and nourish skin).
|Co-founders of Fresh. From left to right: Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg|
Lev Glazman, co-founder of Fresh, on how he first discovered the healing properties of black tea,
“After first trying Kombucha, a drink made with black tea ferment, I noticed an instant boost in my energy levels and began researching the extract at once. Referred to as the ‘Immortal Health Elixir’ its history traces back to 250 B.C. I found that just as it re-energized my body, black tea works to re-energize the skin’s cells.”
At times, I do suffer from lack of sleep or am caught working long hours in front of the computer. So, being the sucker that I am for natural skincare products, I bought the mask and use it on days when my skin needs a pick-me-up.
The Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask smells like a mix of tea and cucumbers – very refreshing. But the texture takes a bit of getting used to. Unlike others, this lightweight mask has an unusual airy and thick velvet whipped texture that is smooth, yet applies on soft and slightly lumpy.
Kinda like spreading finely whipped mash potatoes on your face.
Almost as soon as I applied the mask on, there is an immediate cool tingly sensation on my face. The sensation gets even more intense when I sit in front of a fan. Some people have noted a warm sensation instead. Warm or cool, you know the enzymes are hard at work!
Despite its fine lumpy consistency, it rinses off well and does not leave any residue.
How to use: Apply on freshly cleansed skin, avoid the eye area. Leave on for 5-10 minutes. Rinse off. Use two to three times a week.
Although the instructions say to leave the mask on for 5 to 10 minutes, I have mine on for about 20-30 minutes instead. In fact, I have read other reviewers using this as an overnight mask.
My skin is instantly smoother, softer and more radiant, as its name suggests. But this award-winning and effective mask does come with a steep price.
Use sparingly by applying a thin layer is good enough to do the job.
Retail price: S$129 for 100 ml.
Available at all Sephora outlets in Singapore.