Do you like sheet masks? Do you like masquerade balls? Do you want to look like you’re attending a masquerade ball sheet mask party? If the answer to these questions is HELL YES (or at least an Ehh, maybe?), then keep reading, because Mediheal’s Dress Code masks may be for you.
I got a few Mediheal Dress Code masks during my last Memebox mini-haul. To be honest, I thought they were a bit gimmicky and only tossed them into my cart as a novelty and to get up to the free shipping threshold. I really love it when I underestimate a product and later have to admit that I’m wrong.
Since I’m reviewing three different masks out of the same line, I’m going to change up the format of this post a bit. Let’s first learn about the mask sheets themselves.
When it comes to a sheet mask, the mask material itself can be make-or-break. As you might recall, I hate the mask sheets of the Skin Factory Real Honey Moisturizing Ampoule Masks so much that I noisily advocate just decanting the mask serum and using it as a standalone product. On the other hand, even a mediocre essence can be a skin-saver if it’s saturating a soft, clingy, closely fitting mask sheet that holds the moisture in and against your face for a good long time.
The mask sheets used in the Mediheal Dress Code line of sheet masks are some of the best I’ve tried. The fabric is relatively thick, but soft and stretchy. It holds a lot of essence: I’m able to wear these masks for 50 minutes to an hour without them drying out on me, which gives my skin time to drink in as many of the benefits as possible. And it clings perfectly to my facial features. I can talk, laugh, and eat in these masks without dislodging them or having to adjust them much.
I do wish that the eye and mouth holes on these masks were a bit smaller to give more complete coverage of problematic areas of the face, but at the same time, that would make these masks uncomfortable for people with eyes or mouths larger than mine, which is, like, 90% of the population, so I can live with the slight fit issues. As far as fragrance goes, I hardly noticed any. These masks are fragranced, but the scent is very light and subtle to my nose and fades quickly. I used the Black while I had a migraine; my sense of smell was more sensitive than usual then, but even so, it gave me no problems.
As with any other sheet masks, use these either after cleansing and toning or after all of your toner, essence, and serum steps, but before the final moisturizing step(s) in your skincare routine.
Now let’s look at the individual masks!
Mediheal Dress Code Mask: Violet (Tone-Up Care)
Purpose: The Mediheal Dress Code Mask in Violet claims to moisturize, soften, brighten up and “revitalize” stressed and fatigued skin.
Do not use if: You are sensitive to fragrance, botanical extracts such as lavender or witch hazel, or anything else in the ingredients list.
Mediheal Dress Code Mask (Violet) ingredients: Water, glycerin, butylene glycol, sodium hyaluronate, hydrolyzed collagen, xanthan gum, carbomer, tocopheryl acetate, disodium EDTA, panthenol, trehalose, betaine, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, olea europaea (olive) fruit extract, opuntia ficus-indica extract, vaccinium angustifolium (blueberry) fruit extract, euterpe oleracea fruit extract, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower water, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) extract, myciaria dubla fruit extract, morinda citrifolia extract, punica granatum fruit extract, ficus carica (fig) fruit extract, morus alba fruit extract, gingko biloba nut extract, methylparaben, portulaca oleracea extract, beta-glucan, allantoin, triethanolamine, polysorbate 80, adenosine, fragrance
CosDNA analysis of Mediheal Dress Code Mask in Violet comes up fairly clean, with just a couple of 1s and the pH adjuster triethanolamine (which is only present in tiny amounts) scoring a 2 as a potential acne trigger.
Notable ingredients: Just look at the bolded ingredients. The Violet mask in the Dress Code line is a lovely, lovely cocktail of humectants and of moisturizing, soothing, healing, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory plant extracts. No drying alcohol either, a plus for those with dry/dehydrated or sensitive skin.
On the other hand, I don’t see many actives of real interest or that have any body of strong research to support them. My take on that is that my serums and ampoules are the heavy lifters. Sheet masks are a supplement, and I’m more willing to play with concepts like traditional herbal medicine or botanical ingredients with them. As long as you aren’t looking at these masks to give you the same significant impact as a daily use skincare product like a serum, then the hydration and soothing should be more than enough to satisfy.
Wearing this mask was fun. They’re skincaretainment at its finest. I felt so fancy and pretty while wearing it, which is a nice change from feeling like a serial killer for 45-90 minutes in the evening. I Snapchatted selfies of myself in this mask (you can follow me on Snapchat at mommasharkus, by the way) and roved around the apartment trying to surprise Mr. Snails. I lounged on the chaise having wonderfully fancy daydreams and caught a few minutes of Downton Abbey and just generally enjoyed the hell out of the experience.
As mentioned above, I wore the Mediheal Dress Code Mask in Violet for about 50 minutes before the mask sheet began to feel dry enough to remove. Once I did, I was impressed. Almost all of the essence had absorbed into my skin, and what remained on my face was minimally sticky and patted in within seconds. My skin looked a little bit brighter and more than a little bit plumper, and it felt oh so very hydrated and bouncy. In fact, I think I Snapchatted a brief video of the bounciness of my cheek as a result. The next morning, my skin felt very very nice after cleansing.
Conclusion: While this mask doesn’t have any particularly standout ingredients in it to help skin in the long term (since adenosine is the second-to-last ingredient in the list, I hardly even count it), the immediate effects are lovely. I’m definitely going to buy these again.
Where can I buy Mediheal Dress Code Masks in Violet?
I purchased my Mediheal Dress Code Masks in Violet at Memebox, where they were on sale for $1 apiece but look to be out of stock at the moment. You can also find them at TesterKorea, where they cost 3,000 won (currently about $2.58 USD) apiece.
Mediheal Dress Code Mask: Blue (Aqua Care)
Purpose: The Mediheal Dress Code Mask in Blue focuses on hydrating and moisturizing dry skin.
Do not use if: You are sensitive to botanical extracts, fragrance, or anything else in the ingredients list.
Mediheal Dress Code Mask (Blue) ingredients: Water, glycerin, butylene glycol, sodium hyaluronate, hydrolyzed collagen, xanthan gum, carbomer, tocopheryl acetate, disodium EDTA, panthenol, trehalose, betaine, sea water, bambusa vulgaris extract, lilium candidum bulb extract, adansonia digitata leaf extract, opuntia ficus-indica extract, salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower extract, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, cymbopogon schoenanthus extract, squalene, punica granatum fruit extract, ficus carica (fig) fruit extract, morus alba fruit extract, gingko biloba nut extract, methylparaben, portulaca oleracea extract, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, beta-glucan, allantoin, triethanolamine, polysorbate 80, adenosine, fragrance
CosDNA analysis of this mask’s ingredients comes up just as clean as the Violet. Once again, only triethanolamine scores higher than a 1 for either acne or irritation.
Notable ingredients: As with the Violet mask, the Blue delivers an essence that’s heavy on the extracts. Some of the notable differentiators in this one are baobab (adansonia digitata) leaf extract and bamboo (bambusa vulgaris) extract, both of which are said to be highly hydrating when applied to skin. The Blue mask also contains sea water. Now, I’m generally not a fan of ultra super duper special water in skincare, since for the most part, water is water. I have recently noticed, however, that my skin responds very well to products that contain sea water, so I’m willing to open my mind a little and admit that maybe the specific mineral and micronutrient composition of sea water does carry some benefits that plain old filtered H2O may not.
Hydration is kind of the baseline expectation for any sheet mask, so in order for a plain old hydrating mask to impress me, that mask really has to take it to the next level. After a solid 50 minutes wearing this mask and thinking about how I need a colorful feathery fan to go with it, I was pleased to discover that this mask definitely does that.
I can’t remember the last time that my face felt so damn hydrated after a single sheet mask. I’m prone to using two in an evening when I have the time or feel the need (usually after one of our all-too-common arid SoCal summer days), but I definitely didn’t feel the need to wear a second sheet mask after I took this one off. My skin was so plumped that entire fine lines had been smoothed out, and the problem areas around my mouth looked as filled and firmed as if I’d worn a specialized firming mask. The bounciness was incredible. I think this mask got my skin as close to “QQ” as it ever gets. The next-day results were almost as stellar. After I cleansed my face in the morning, I spent a good few seconds just feeling my cheeks and smiling.
Conclusion: Yes, I’ll be restocking these. In fact, they’re going on my permanent stock list–the one from which I usually buy masks 10 at a time. These turned out to be my favorite of the three Dress Code masks I tried.
Where can I buy Mediheal Dress Code Masks in Blue?
Mediheal Dress Code Mask: Black (Whitening Care)
Purpose: Mediheal Dress Code Masks in Black claim to brighten and whiten skin tone.
Do not use if: You are sensitive to fragrance, ferments, soy, cocoa extracts, bee products, or anything else in the ingredients list.
Mediheal Dress Code Mask (Black) ingredients: Water, glycerin, butylene glycol, niacinamide, sodium hyaluronate, hydrolyzed collagen, xanthan gum, carbomer, tocopheryl acetate, disodium EDTA, panthenol, trehalose, betaine, hippophae rhamnoides water, glycine max (soybean) seed extract, pisum sativum (pea) extract, galactomyces ferment filtrate, theobroma cacao (cocoa) extract, pearl extract, honey extract, caviar extract, propolis extract, royal jelly extract, paeonia lactiflora root extract, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, polygonum multiflorum root extract, phellinus linteus extract, morus alba bark extract, sophora flavescens root extract, cimicifuga racemosa root extract, sesamum indicum (sesame) seed extract, angelica gigas root extract, scutellaria baicalensis root extract, methylparaben, portulaca oleracaea extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, beta-glucan, allantoin, triethanolamine, polysorbate-80, fragrance
CosDNA analysis of the ingredients turns up the same as the other two, which at this point shows more about CosDNA’s inability to deal with botanical ingredients than it does about the products themselves. Just sayin’.
Notable ingredients: Hot damn, would you look at the ingredients here. Niacinamide. Sea buckthorn (hippophae rhamnoides) water, ferments, pearl extract, honey and propolis and royal jelly too, licorice root and morus alba bark extract, and the list just goes on and on and on. Mediheal was not playing around with this one.
And that’s why I was kind of surprised to be disappointed with this one.
Don’t get me wrong, this is as lovely and comfortable and fun a mask as the other two I tried, but at the end of my 50 minutes with it, I found the brightening effect to be less amazing than I’d thought it would be. It did provide adequate brightening, but nothing life changing despite the bevy of brightening and anti-inflammatory ingredients in the essence. I found hydration to be the real star of this mask. It was almost as plumping and hydrating as the Blue, leaving my skin feeling juicy and lusciously soft.
Conclusion: Of the three Mediheal Dress Code sheet masks that I tried, the Black turned out to be the least amazing. I’ve gotten better brightening results from a handful of other masks. When it comes to hydration, however, this one is still a winner, and it’s still earned a place on my permanent stock list.
Where can I buy Mediheal Dress Code Masks in Black?
If you choose to get any of these masks from Memebox, remember that Memebox provides free shipping for all orders over $30. Here are some Memebox discount codes:
- 15% off your first order: WELCOME
- 15% off skincare products: LOVEYOURSKIN
- 15% off of makeup products: makeuplove
- 10% off of all orders: SOOTHING10
What are your favorite fun or fancy sheet masks for an evening in?