NARSskin Aqua Gel Luminous Mask

NARSskin is a complete skincare collection from NARS. While it is no surprise to see cosmetics companies branching out into skincare, often their products should be met with hesitation. Cosmetics provides a temporary fix; your skincare should work for the long-haul. With that in mind, I tried the NARSskin Aqua Gel Luminous Mask anyway because I am a sucker for packaging with a minimal aesthetic. It feels, looks and smells like the Estée Lauder of an alien race.

NARSskin products are formulated with the NARSskin Light Reflecting Complex at their core. Algae extract stimulates natural exfoliation, seawater delivers moisture, and light-active micro-prisms refract light.

Type of product?

Advertised as a mask, I would use it as a night cream.

What does it claim?

Skin is hydrated. Botanicals stimulate collagen production and protect the skin. Skin appears more youthful and radiant.

How should I use it?

As a night cream for slightly oily, normal, to dry skin types or temporarily dehydrated skin.

The verdict:

I think this product has an identity crisis. I applied it as a mask in the morning after cleansing, let it work its magic for about fifteen minutes, and tissued it off. I was left with moisturised skin and a great base for makeup…the same results I would get from using any moisturiser. This definitely should not be tissued off as it leaves an odd feeling on skin. Not quite a film, but you can feel something is there. I also would not say this offers an intense dose of moisture, nor does the NARSskin Light Reflecting Complex seem to have any effect.
That being said, I did not mind NARSskin Aqua Gel Luminous Mask as a night moisturiser. Using it as a night moisturiser I found it worked to hydrate and soften skin. And for the price it is rather affordable considering you get double the amount for half the price of a comparative night cream. As it is a gel you will not have to worry with that this-night-cream-is-so-thick feeling; it absorbs nicely with just that weird ‘moist’ feeling left behind. But you’re washing it off in the morning anyway so no big deal.
Despite what I just said, you probably should not buy this. As a night cream it would work, yes, but it would be quite medicore. It is not formulated with anything potent enough to give you long-term visible improvements nor will it improve skin health. If you were to use this I would still recommend a serum underneath and maybe an oil, and at that point this ‘mask’ is too expensive and too fragranced to justify its use.
If you are still interested you can find the NARSskin Aqua Gel Luminous Mask at Sephora, Nordstrom and NARS for about $47.
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