Before I left Korea, I told myself I was going to buy some high end Korean beauty items as a goodbye present to myself. As you know, I already raved about the su:m37 miracle rose cleansing stick, but then I read Kerry’s review of the Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask and just knew that I had to get it.
Whenever I think of high end Korean cosmetics, Sulwhasoo is one of the first brands to come to mind. Sulwhasoo focuses on natural herbs and ingredients native to S. Korea, the major one being Korean ginseng. Sulwhasoo is one of the few high end Korean brands that’s available overseas, namely in Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus. So yeah, shit is expensive. However, the Overnight Vitalizing Mask is one of the few items from Sulwhasoo that won’t completely break the bank. Sulwhasoo is known in Korea as an “ajumma” brand, meaning it’s more for older women, but who cares. I think the saleswomen were a bit surprised when I walked up to the counter at my local department store because literally everyone else there was at least 50+. If the products work (and they do!), then I’m all for it.
Ya’ll know how I love my sleeping masks. I feel like they are one of my all time favorite Korean beauty buys. I’m totally here for all things that I can just slap on before bed and wake up with glowing skin. I bought the Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing mask at a great time because I was getting ready to move and could not sleep at all. Lack of sleep + not eating properly = me feeling like I was going to collapse at any moment. I was tired, stressed, and just all around a hot mess. But, let me tell you, my skin wasn’t showing it, and I feel like it was definitely in part to this overnight mask. The mask is designed to replenish your skin, giving you a gorgeous glow. It’s mostly for those with dry skin, but honestly, I think if you have oiler skin you could get away with using it maybe 1 or 2 times a week.
It comes packaged in a 120ml plastic tube with a plastic cap. It feels really sturdy, and looks super luxe sitting on the bathroom counter. What I also really love about the packaging is that the plastic is not completely opaque, so you can still see how much of the product you have left.
The product is a thick, creamy, easy to spread cream that smells absolutely divine (to me). It smells like ginger and other various herbs, and maybe a slight bit medicinal. Some people find the scent too heavy, while people like me are obsessed with it. Since it’s a sleeping mask, it’s designed to be used last in your skincare routine. You only need a small, dime sized amount to cover your whole face, as it’s quite thick. But even though it’s a thicker cream, it absorbs completely (and fast!), so you don’t have to worry about stickiness or an oily mess on your pillow.
To apply, pat it on gently, avoiding the eye and lip area. According to the packaging, it says that the mask should be washed off in the morning with water only, but I feel weird about that so I usually use my rose cleansing stick as it’s quite gentle. I’ve tried it both ways, and didn’t feel like it made that much of a difference. I’m still super bright and glowy in the morning. As usual, less is always more, and one tube should last you quite a long time. I only use it 2 to 3 times a week, but the results are so amazing I have to stop myself from using it every night. Of course, no one is going to stop you if you want to do that, but, it is a little bit on a pricier side, so I like to consider it my little treat a few times a week.
As far as results go, the Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask blows all the other night masks I’ve tried out of the water. My results are not only plump, soft, moisturized, and hydrated skin, but very visible brightening and extreme glowy-ness. The Laneige mask is really awesome, but this one is just a whole new ball game. It’s like 15 hours of sleep in a tube and it just really takes your skin to a whole new level. And it’s not one of those masks where the effects are just visible when you first wake up…nope, it lasts ALL DAY LONG. People have been complimenting me on my skin left and right. I remember a particular day right before I moved to Vietnam I had gotten maybe 5 hours of sleep, had to work, then had to run errands and go to a dinner meeting later that evening. I felt like I should look ridiculously haggard and just in general a hot ass mess, but when I went to the bathroom to touch up my makeup, I actually still looked really great! My skin was still smooth and bright, almost like I wasn’t a stressed out disaster. I love it so much I ended up buying 2 more tubes of it in Incheon Duty Free before I came to Vietnam.
If you know you aren’t going to get a lot of sleep, or if you’ve been out all night partying, or if you’re a stressed student, or, if you just want to pamper yourself, I feel like this Sulwhasoo mask is a must have in your skincare stash. It also makes a really great gift.
I purchased my first tube of the Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask from my local Shinsegae Department Store for 52,000. Yes, it’s pricey, but I find the results are MORE than worth it. You only need a little bit, so the tube will last you quite some time. Treat yo’ self!
If you live in the US, you can purchase Sulwhasoo from a number of places, including their US online store. It’s $50.00, with free shipping from UPS ground. If you live outside of the US or Korea, w2beauty.com also carries it for $44.99, free shipping without a tracking number, and $2.50 for shipping with a tracking number. Use my code 05632401 to get $5 off your first order!