I love overnight masks, mainly because you can leave it on and let the mask hopefully do a bit of magic while you’re asleep. When I saw the STARSKIN 7 Second Overnight Mask, I was intrigued to see how it worked. It comes in a pot of 20 single use pads that are enriched with a serum containing White Water Lily and Queen of the Night extract (70%), Camellia Japonica Seed Oil and Wild Chamomile. Allegedly it takes only 7 seconds to apply, and also contains STARSKIN exclusive ingredients; METEOBRITE™ Complex (which is rich in minerals and silica), and DREAMSTARTER™ (a blend of relaxing essential oils to help the body get a good night’s sleep). The product makes the following claims:
- Oil Serum
- Night Cream
- Sleeping Mask
- Mood Relaxer
Rating and verdict
The mask comes in the form of single use pads; one side is beaded to exfoliate the skin, and the other side you use to buff the skin. Included is also a small pair of tweezers that you use to pick up the pads, mainly because they are saturated in serum and are sticky.
The first time I tried this, it was messy but it may have been because it was the first pad and had more serum on it. It was easy to use, but as the serum is very sticky and runny while you are using the beaded side, you may find serum is running down your face and you have to catch it. You can’t really wring out the pad, so I used the excess serum over my hands, décolleté and arms. I left a visible layer of serum on the face overnight, and to be honest it wasn’t comfortable as it felt heavy and sticky.
Once applied you leave it on overnight, the idea is that the ingredients are slow release, and help to stimulate the skin, and repair and nourish it while the body is asleep and relaxing. That is the ideal time for active ingredients to work on the skin. The next morning I awoke and my skin did feel firmer, and the skin was dry but still felt a little tacky. It also looked smoother which I was impressed with, but I hadn’t slept that well due to the tackiness I felt on my face while trying to sleep.
I decided to give the mask another try a couple of weeks later, and to use less serum and see if that made a difference. There was however still a tacky feeling because it doesn’t absorb into the skin instantly. Once it does, there is still a slight sticky residue on the face as I discovered the next day.
The product may suit some people, but not those who like their products to absorb into the skin quickly. It’s also not ideal for those who are in a hurry at night despite the name that you can apply it in 7 seconds, because you have to use the tweezers and then make sure the serum doesn’t drip down your face while you are exfoliating (imagine using a damp sponge on your face that hadn’t been wrung out). Then with sticky hands you have to replace the inner cover on the pot to keep the serum from drying out. For me it was simply too much hassle compared to my other overnight masks where you simply massage in and leave.
How did it live up to its claims?
- Massage ~ It was a bit too sticky to use as a massage cream.
- Exfoliator ~ The beaded exfoliating side was pleasant to use, but shouldn’t replace manual weekly exfoliations as this is merely exfoliating the surface very lightly.
- Toner ~ A toner is supposed to rehydrate the skin, so it does do that.
- Oil Serum ~ The serum is pleasant, but as you can’t control how much to use (pads are saturated) there is an excess that you can use on other parts of the skin.
- Night Cream ~ It moisturizes yes, and is rich.
- Sleeping Mask ~ The texture is rich but sticky, and is fine if you’re a deep sleeper, but I’m not and each time I turned on the pillow felt uncomfortable, and my face stuck to my pillow.
- Mood Relaxer ~ This didn’t work for me as I was more anxious of the serum sticking to my pillow.
Priced at £32.50 for a jar of 20 single use pads, this is ideal for people who don’t use serums or masks often and want the occasional treatment, or for those who don’t like sheet masks but like the STARSKIN serums. If you are a light sleeper and don’t like to wait for products to absorb into the skin then this may not be the right product for you.
All STARSKIN formulations are free from parabens, silicone, phthalates, mineral oils, sulfates and synthetic dyes, and so are ideal for those looking for skincare products that contain more natural ingredients. The instructions recommend using it 2-3 times a week, but really once a week is enough, and to alternate it with other masks such as a rinse off or sheet mask. An overuse of serums can lead to overstimulation and reactions in the skin.