Skin Ready For Spring: Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Sheet Masks

Beauties, how is lockdown going for you? I’m sincerely wish for you to be as well as it is possible within the circumstances. 

Me, I consider myself very fortunate to be able to stay home without very serious consequences, and I’m not one of those people who must be out and about or else the house walls close in on them… but, as much as I usually tend to be fairly chill in the face of bleak outlooks, I am feeling the lack of close physical contact with my loved ones, plus the interminable pile-up of bad news that there’s no way to prevent or stop.

One happy thing I had though, is that at least I had built up a nice beauty stash pre-confinement, so I now can do my daily doomsday exorcism rituals slapping on creams, treatments, and masks, so hopefully when it’s okay to step out, I’m fully expecting to dazzle all with my glow.

Papa Recipe Bombee Honey sheet masks
Papa Recipe Bombee Honey sheet masks: Honey Butter Cream, Red Ginseng Honey Oil, Black Manuka Honey.
Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Sheet Masks

I bought these from a local chain shop’s K-beauty section for about 2-3 euro apiece. I don’t use sheetmasks often, among other things because I think sheetmasks never really get to be as effective as being consistent with a proper skincare routine, but I admit that once in a while they’re a pleasure to use when my skin’s feeling thirsty and dehydrated.

Besides, I’ve been eyeing Papa Recipe Bombee Honey line for awhile now, after much snooping in K-beauty blogs and reviews forums, and here I list the ones I got from the simplest to the strangest; I’ll tell you why in a minute.

🍯 Papa Recipe Red Ginseng – Ginseng Red Honey Oil Mask.

This mask (which is supposed to be rejuvenating and calming) smells like honey and red ginseng, and it also contains camellia, evening primrose and dog rose oil, listed before the two star ingredients in the INCI list.

Years ago, I wouldn’t have touched this with a ten-foot pole because of the oils, but now that my skin isn’t nearly as oily as it used to be, especially not towards the end of winter, my face rather appreciates this. Besides, it doesn’t feel thick or oily or anything of the sort, it’s very very hydrating and is quite drenched in essence, enough to apply on neck and décolletage, or even use up the remainder the next day.

Papa Recipe Bombee Ginseng Red Honey Oil Mask INCI
Papa Recipe Bombee Ginseng Red Honey Oil Mask – Water, Glycereth-26, Glycerin, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Chlorphrenesin, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Flower Oil, Honey Extract, Propolis Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Acorus Calamus Root Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale Root Extract, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA, 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance. See analysis in CosDNA.
🍯 Papa Recipe Black Honey – Black Honey Mask.

This mask contains propolis extracts, as well as honey and royal jelly extracts, not too far down the INCI list, which is nice. Based on experience, I think it’s good to note that this is also is one of those black tissue masks that could startle your boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse, parents, children, siblings or whoever happens to be stuck with you at home, when you turn a corner or walk into a room unnannounced.

Anyway, the packaging says that this mask is for elasticity and hydration without adding excess sebum to the skin, so I think it’s more appropriate for warmer weather days or oily/combo skins. I quite liked this one too, and like the previous mask, this left my skin feeling soft and bouncy, though it’s clear that it’s not as intensely moisturizing as the previous mask.

Papa Recipe Bombee Black Honey Mask INCI
Papa Recipe Bombee Black Honey Mask – Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Methylpropanediol, Propanediol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, PVM/MA Copolymer, Trehalose, Polysorbate 20, Panthenol, Carbomer, Arginine, Disodium EDTA, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Royal Jelly Extract, Propolis Extract, Honey Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ceramide NP, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cholesterol, Peat Water, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Citrus Grandis Seed Extract, Acorus Calamus Root Extract, Perilla Ocymoides (Beefsteak Plant) Leaf Extract, Fragrance. See analysis in CosDNA.
🍯 Papa Recipe Honey Butter – Honey Butter Cream Mask.

This mask, which is labeled as nourishing and moisturizing, comes in two parts to fit on the face as desired, which in turn comes with a kind of film (for keeping the essence on the mask, I suppose) that has to be removed before putting on the mask.

From the three masks, this one seemed a bit more fussy and sort of messy to apply (I’m not a fan of masks divided into segments, personally, I prefer just to slap on one piece and go). Besides, this one is clearly meant for dry skin, or skin that’s dried up from the cold weather or other reasons, given the thick consistency of the essence: it contains shea butter, mango butter and cocoa butter, and is much denser than the other masks. Still, it doesn’t feel unpleasant or heavy to use for all that.

Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Butter Cream Mask INCI
Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Butter Cream Mask – Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Squalane, C14-22 Alcohols, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Panthenol, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Carbomer, Arginine, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Mangifera Indica Seed Butter, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Butylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphrenesin, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Propolis Extract, Honey Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Saccharum Officinarum Extract, Citrus Grandis Seed Extract, Acorus Calamus Root Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale Root Extract, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance. See analysis in CosDNA.

To sum up, I quite liked the Papa Recipe Bombee Honey masks: they left my skin feeling nice and supple after a stretch of being drier and flakier than usual, and I’d repurchase the two first masks. The Honey Butter Cream mask, maybe only in deep winter, because in most circumstances it isn’t really suited for my skin type, and this format in sections isn’t one I find all that convenient to use.

Other than that, my main fear that any of these masks could trigger breakouts (because of the oils and butters in a couple of the formulas) didn’t come to pass, but I do think it’s best to keep that in mind if you need to be wary of very rich or potentially comedogenic ingredients (shea is particularly notorious for this).

On the whole, I found Papa Recipe Bombee Honey sheet masks pretty much a worthy extra for cool weather and early spring skincare: they do the job well, they’re rather nice to use and they’re inexpensive, totally something to consider if you like these type of treatments now and then. As far as I’m concerned, they’ve earned their 4.5 points fair and square.

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.

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