Fresh-Faced: Collagen Mask Review

As often as possible, I try to reserve Sunday afternoons for the “me time” I tend to overlook during the other six days of my week. Today, I’m settling in with a bowl of Whole Foods sesame noodles, Grace and Frankie on Netflix, wall-to-wall twinkle lights, & a new face mask to try. There’s something great about starting off the week feeling rested, organized & ready to take on whatever’s in store for me next. After finally receiving the Mario Badescu Super Collagen Mask off Amazon, I figured now would be a good time to put my freshest face forward. 😉

In the health & wellness world, collagen masks are considered super food for the skin. With aging, a reduction in collagen production can lead to wrinkles, sagging, & overall thinning of the skin. These masks are designed to make up for Father Time, with a collagen boost to the face that promises plumper, softer, HEALTHIER skin. Not to mention, they’re pretty Instagrammable.

Sign me up!



If I don’t look super thrilled here, it’s because five to ten minutes into the treatment the mask had dried up & I could barely move my face. To me, that’s a sign that something must be working. When first applying the mask, it had a thick, syrupy texture but went on smoothly. The color looked mint-green, which is deceiving because this stuff did NOT smell like mint — more like cough syrup mixed with plaster. Actually, this mask almost 100% made me feel like I was filling my pores with grout. Again, not a totally bad thing.


At 18 bucks, this face mask was definitely worth a try. I’ve tried other Mario Badescu products in the past (like this amazing rosewater spray) & my positive experience with the brand is what initially led me to try this painted-on type of collagen mask, rather than the ever-trendy Korean sheet mask treatment. Mario Badescu is known for bringing European-style facials into an easily-accessible market & this is something I kept in mind.


Okay, so I’ve only officially tried the collagen mask once. The “how to use” tab on the side of the jar says to apply 2-3 times a week for maximum results — I guess I’ll have to wait a little longer for my skin to be as soft and pure as a supermodel. For now, I’m loving how clean my face feels, & it’s definitely smooth to the touch (even if it doesn’t entirely look that way). I’m hoping that over the next few weeks I’ll experience more noticeable results — I’ve got undereye circles only a nursing student can fathom & besides, a little natural highlight never hurt nobody. 🙂

Do you have any Sunday night rituals? What’s your go-to beauty routine? Share in the comments below —

x Lyss


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