Review: Dr. Jart+ Brightening Infusion Hydrogel Mask

Before the Brightening Infusion Hydrogel Mask

Looks about right?

One of the biggest problems I have with trying to write about beauty is that I have only had 3 good pictures taken of me since hitting puberty. I am reasonably ok with what I see in the mirror, but as soon as I try to document it on my phone, I turn into Billy Crystal in The Princess Bride.

My poor, long-suffering, fiance has been roped into taking pictures of me so many times, only to see me delete all of them in a fit of frustration. Hopefully, this will serve as a sufficient explanation for why my reviews lack photographic proof of me wearing products.

OK. On to the business at hand. Everyone knows Dr. Jart+ (is there an actual Dr. Jart, or is it like Ann M. Martin?). I am always looking for products that will brighten my pale skin to the point of translucency, so I was sold on the Brightening Infusion Hydrogel Mask when I was last wandering through Sephora. I’ve found that the staff are more likely to be generous with samples if you’re buying stuff, and I really wanted a vial of Sunday Riley’s Luna. I got this mask and 2 pods of Sephora’s night time masks (Rose and Pearl). The mask cost $7.50 at Sephora, which seems a bit high for a sheet mask, but I can’t find it anywhere else online to comparison shop (I checked RoseRoseShop, Amazon, and Jolse).

Obviously, this is a bit higher end than the sheet masks I’m used to. The mask is unnervingly plump, kind of what I’d imagine the layer of fat under my skin to feel like. It smells nice, very similar to a laundry detergent from my youth. The biggest drawback to this mask is that it’s one of those weird 2-piece masks. Part goes on my chin, jaw, and above-the-lip zone, the other covers my nose, cheeks, and forehead. I like to imagine it gives me a jaunty Nien Nunb look.

Unfortunately, the mask began to slip down my face really quickly and I definitely got some of the essence on my lips, which is less than ideal. Also, once the moisture begins to transfer to your skin, the mask starts to feel really weird, like a husk of something. I kept this mask on for about 15 minutes and was happy to take it off.

The effects of the Brightening Infusion Hydrogel Mask weren’t immediately obvious, looking in the mirror, but my face does feel smoother after a few minutes. I didn’t hate this mask, but I also don’t think I’ll necessarily feel the need to buy it again, especially when I have so many cheaper, tried and true, masks.

Pros:

  • Nice smell
  • Most of the essence is on the mask, rather than left in the packet.
  • Great for Star Wars enthusiasts who want to bring their hobby into their skincare regimen
  • Even better for confusing your dog as to who you are

Cons:

  • At $7.50, it’s by far the most expensive mask I own. Even the ones that have GOLD in them max out at around $5.
  • While perfectly adequate, it doesn’t feel like it really did anything, or at least nothing more than an Etude House mask.
  • The fit was wonky and I feel like my lips and eyebrows got more product than they’d ever need.

Get this mask here.