Keep Cool, Fool: Ecobeauty Micellar Water and Dewytree Hyaluronic Acid Sheetmask
This summer, as usual, I’m not having the least trouble in attaining the world-famous goal of 8 glasses of water a day, everyday… I keep a steady supply within reach at all times; nevertheless, despite my enormous intake of water, I’m not seeing the fabulous changes on my skin that so many sybils of the beauty world promise… oh well, another beauty myth that just doesn’t work for me for whatever reason.
Anyway, lately the topic of water and hydration is never too far from my thoughts, and of course, today’s reviews reflect that.
Ecobeauty Micellar Water
First, a silly factoid about me: I’ve never used micellar water before. I’ve been eyeing several for eons, but for one reason or another, I never bit.
However, one day I went into a cosmetic shop to get something else, and ended up walking out with this micellar water from Ecobeauty, at 4.50€ for a hefty 250ml; besides, I liked the cute, yet unfussy packaging design.
Eco Beauty is a small indie brand from León, Spain with a “natural” concept: they offer a selection of affordable and plant-based beauty products, many of them formulated with ingredients from eco-agriculture, as well as being paraben- and cruelty-free. The first ingredient in this particular product, as per the item description in the brand’s website, is thermal water from Salies-de-Béarn, a French spa town close to the Spanish border that is known for its therapeutic waters.
On another note, I must say that the blurb in the description of this product in the brand’s website, presenting micellar water as a “revolutionary product” left me a little hunh? Micellar water? Really? Even as a recent convert, I’ve been hearing about this product since at least six or seven years or whereabouts, IIRC… oh well…
Does it remove makeup well? Judge for yourself: in the first image I’ve applied mascara, waterproof liner and lipstick. In the second image I swiped a soaked cotton disk once, without rubbing. In the third I swiped the cotton disk a couple more times, which was enough to take everything off, except the waterproof liner, because that bastard isn’t leaving without a fight and a dab of cleansing oil.
Even so, most of the time I don’t really use this product to remove makeup just like that: normally I wash my face in the evening, and then remove any long-wearing trace left over with this product (particularly eyeliner and mascara, because I like my dothraki eye makeup).
At the most, in no-makeup days I sometimes Iike to use it in the middle of the day to keep my face clean and fresh in days of intense heat and oil production, when I can’t tolerate the sludgy feel of my own face.
In any case, this leaves my skin feeling perfectly clean, with no trace of stickiness or tautness, nor does it sting my eyes. Note that, even though the brand indicates this is free of perfume, it is included in the formula, according to the INCI list (the scent is nice and very faint, citrusy); so, even though it isn’t strongly scented, and the brand recommends it for sensitive skin, I’d keep an eye out for this.
Would I buy the Eco Beauty Micellar Water again?
Yes. I like it a lot, and the fresh, clean feeling it leaves on my skin; even with frequent use it looks like this bottle will last me a good while, and in the time I’ve been using it (about two months), I haven’t found a problem with it.
My rating: 4 points; I wouldn’t say this is an indispensable in my bathroom cabinet, but it’s certainly made the list of “trusty options” for cleansing.
Dewytree Hyaluronic Acid Nutrition Focus Mask
This sheetmask is made by Korean brand Dewytree, a firm that, like the one in the above review, puts a lot of emphasis in their use of natural ingredients in their formulas, according to the blurb in their corporate website, notwithstanding the somewhat clinical image of much of its product lineup. It doesn’t seem very well known, or at least I haven’t seen a lot of them online (I found this sheetmask in a b&m k-beauty shop in my town, for about 2 or 3€), and this is the first product I use from this brand.
For the most part, I’m not a big one for sheetmasking (that’s it, cast out from the beauty blogosphere!), but in the midst of the heat-tsunamis we’ve been experiencing, I was deeply glad to have this in my beauty stash: a few minutes in the fridge, and boom, lovely cool mask and chilled, feel-good sensation all over. Life is made of small joys like these.
But enough moaning and groaning about the heat, everybody’s hot these days… how does this sheetmask perform?
To begin with, it’s pleasantly scented but not excessively so, the scent’s rather mild. The material is soft and the fit is rather good, I quite liked it; it’s a comfortable mask to wear. It was quite soaked in essence, and there was enough left over in the envelope to scrape the sides and coat my neck, decolleté, and hands with it.
I would even say that this sheet mask has a bit too much essence; I left it on for over 45 minutes, and it hadn’t dried up when I took it off. Besides, the essence has a rather slippery, sort of “goopy” feel to it… I don’t mind this myself, but I suspect it’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. In this sense, I think this mask would be better for me in winter, when my skin is thirstiest.
After removing it, my skin felt good (and soaked), bouncy and hydrated, and not much else. It remained that way the following day: skin looked nice and smooth, and this was most noticeable in the nasolabial folds, usually much too visible for my liking; after drinking up the sheetmask essence, they seemed to dissolve almost to the brink of disappearing. Same with the fine lines in my forehead.
Would I buy the Dewytree Hyaluronic Acid sheetmask again?
Possibly. All in all, I think this isn’t a hugely remarkable product as far as sheetmasks go, however it does supply a good dose of hydration without causing me any issues that counteract its benefits, so I’d keep this one in mind to use before an event. Otherwise, it’s not really anything essential in my regular care routines. With all of this in mind, I rate it 4 points.
1 point: No! Never again, not even if you gave it to me, or even paid me to wear it.
2 points: I didn’t finish the container and it’s very unlikely I’d buy this again. It might work for you, but it does nothing for me.
3 points: Meh. I’ll use up my jar/tube, but I don’t think I’d buy again. It might work for you, but it doesn’t do much for me.
4 points: I like it. It’s nice and does its job. I might buy this again, if I find nothing I like better.
5 points: I love it! It does its job very well, I find it a pleasure to use, and it’s earned its place in my beauty routine.