|REVIEW| [KSTYLES] Clapiel Okotoks Coral Mask Pack: Complicated

Clapiel Okotoks Coral Mask Pack review

Were you expecting a gold mask when you see the gold packaging? Hehe. This is not a gold mask. Instead it is a 70% cotton mask mixed with 30% of a very special ingredient: Chitosan. Chitosan is a sugar obtained from the hard outer skeleton of shellfish e.g. crab and is used in medicine to treat obesity, high cholesterol and Crohn's disease. Let us take a closer look and let me show you why this ingredient makes this mask so special.

Clapiel Okotoks Coral Mask Pack review
Clapiel Okotoks Coral Mask Pack (1pc for USD5.19)



Water, Niacinamide, Butylene Glycol, Glycolic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Panthenol, Allantoin, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Hydrolyzed Corallina Officinalis Extract, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Betaine, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hydrolyzed Chitin, Euterpe0leracea Fruit Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Kernel Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Glycerin, Ceramide 3, TEA-Cocoyl Glutamate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cholesterol, 1,2-Hexanediol. Propanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate

Bolded are the good/star ingredients in the product whereas underlined are those flagged as 4 & above under 'Safety index' in by EWG. Safety index ranges from 1-9 and the lower the number means the less hazardous. Those with asterisk (*) are more likely to cause acne than those without.

The Good Ones
You can read more about the bolded ingredients by clicking on them. Once on the page, just search for the ingredient names and it will lead you straight to the relevant paragraphs that talk about the ingredients.

Clapiel Okotoks Coral Mask Pack review
Everything is in Korean, except the ingredient list.

The Bad Ones
Glycolic Acid we see here is basically AHA. AHA can help adjust our skin pH and chemically exfoliate your skin but it may also irritate sensitive skin peep. However, I doubt the low concentration in this mask will have that kind of power.

Phenoxyethanol is normally used as a fragrance in a beauty product. But I didn't actually detect any smell from this product during the course of application. So I didn't see it as much of an issue.

See that water line there at the bottom section? The upper section contains the mask.

I'm sure from this picture above, you can see that this mask comes in two sections. One is the dry cotton-chitosan mask and another is the essence, which looks very watery at the moment. I spent some time understanding the instructions behind the mask and was thinking how I was supposed to push the essence across to the mask. Everything is in Korean and it took me some time!

I've circled the fold lines for you to see.

This mask is a little special. You can't straight away tear it open and use. Instead, you would need to do some folding and squeezing, before you can get the mask out of the packet. If you noticed, the bottom of the mask has three doted lines. These are not "tear here" marks. You're supposed to fold the mask pack according to these lines. The reason Clapiel did this is to ensure the mask is the freshest when it touches our skin.

This was done wrongly. You have to fold the whole packet, not just the bottom part. After that just press on the "PUSH" printed on the back of the mask.

Sigh, apparently, I was supposed to fold the whole mask packet, not just the bottom section. But I did manage to get the essence across. So I thought it wasn't much of an issue. I gave the mask a few minutes (recommended time is 4-5 minutes) to soak up the essence, while I try to move the mask pack around so that the essence got to the whole mask. If you look at the picture below, you can see that all the liquid has disappeared from the bottom section.

The liquid had disappeared!

I eagerly opened up the mask and found that the liquid had been fully absorbed by the cotton-chitosan mask (because nothing flowed out the moment I tore it open haha). The mask was wet and ready to be used. It was wrapped in a layer of mesh fabric so I carefully removed the protector and pulled the mask open. It was difficult to unfold the mask because the liquid had somehow gave the mask some kind of gel-like texture. It felt gooey and I'm not exactly a fan of gooey stuff.

It's time to tear the mask pack!

It has a mesh fabric covering it to enable easy retrieval from the mask pack.

I was a little disappointed to find that the mid parts of the mask wasn't properly soaked in the essence.  I probably hadn't left the mask with the essence long enough so do make sure you do with yours! Do some massaging too to ensure every part of the mask drinks up the essence evenly. So I put it on and as you can see from the picture below, the parts around my nose and my forehead were looking kind of dry.

I love the fit of this mask. It has a slightly long chin area but I thought that is perfect for me to give my face a lifting effect.

You can cover your eyes and even lips too with this mask. I thought the fit is okay, although I did wish it could go a little closer to my nose.

Recommended time for this mask is 15-20 minutes, I'm going for 20 minutes since it felt comfortable on my skin.

It wasn't rough on my skin but it wasn't as cooling as the masks I've tried recently. It also dried up more quickly than every mask I've used before. But what I love about it is that it didn't have a strong smell like the Papa Recipe Bombee Ginseng Red Honey Oil Mask. This Coral Mask Pack did not have a smell at all and it reminded me of the compressed cotton mask I've used before. Most importantly, it did not itch my skin and that's a good sign!

The mask looks like this at the 20th minute! Look how dry it became LOL.

I couldn't wait to peel it off because I was worried it might take away the moisture it just supplied to my skin. It was again hard to peel off. Just look at the pictures below and you'll see. The mask stayed on my skin even though I tilted my head to one side. Other masks would have fallen off right away HAHA! Also, I felt that it had tightened up my skin a little.

Peeling it off.

It was hard to peel off haha!

This mask has an instruction different from most other masks. It specifically asks us to wash off the mask essence instead of patting it in. After taking off the mask, you are to wait for 5 minutes WITHOUT patting then wash off the remaining mask essence. Follow up with your favourite moisturiser and voila, you're done! Remember, wash it off and do not pat!

The before-after photo, my pores do look hidden but I was hoping the mask would be more moisturising than this.

This is something fun to play with but not something I would use as a weekday mask. It takes too much effort to use (YES, I'm THAT lazy haha) and the effect isn't as prominent as other moisturising / anti-ageing masks. I'd rather go for something that can be torn open and used straight away. I also thought the price is a little up there. If you're thinking of getting something fun to play with, go ahead. But if you just want a mask that hydrates well, this mask by FromNature is better.

Where to buy:

I don't understand why I can't find the mask on KStylesBox at all. So here's a Koreadepart link until I manage to find it.

Koreadepart - USD5.19 (approx. RM20.40)

Thank you for reading, see you in the next post!

The product is sent to me for review purposes by KStyles. Check out their website on kstylesbox.com. As usual, the review is 100% my personal opinion of the product after personally trying it out. Please make sure you consult whoever is selling you the product and ask for samples if you can!

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