Welcome to the first review of the Bloggers Christmas Beauty Brawl! For the next ten days, three other bloggers and I will be reviewing ten products each, from the same categories, by the same standards. We'll honestly review and score all of our purchases, and at the end of the ten days whichever blogger purchased the best products (has the highest score) will win a prize. Fun for both of us: reviews for you, prezzies for me (I hope!).
Today we're reviewing our choices for a mask or treatment, and my product choice is NIP + Fab Skin Dragon's Blood Fix Plumping Mask. It's a gel mask intended to hydrate with hyaluronic acid, brighten with amino acid, and comfort with "dragon's blood" — 2015's hot new skincare ingredient — which is really sap from the sangre de drago tree.
Now, as you all might have figured out, I'm not a mask person. I find them to be time consuming and messy. That's why I love sheet masks so much! Easy on, easy off. This product is a traditional mask, but I don't want my personal bias about masks to affect my review.
I don't know anything about NIP + Fab, but I definitely chose a book by its cover, here. This brand stands out visually among the others at CVS (or maybe I'm just so used to all the brands there that I'm bound to notice something new). Even Husband commented on the color of the package!
The tube is pretty standard: closes easily with a screw top that's pretty airtight to prevent leaking and it's medium-weight plastic that's not flimsy but also not heavy enough to make it difficult to squeeze the product out. Plus, the color just stands out gorgeously among my other skincare products — there's no way I could forget to use it!
I was pleasantly surprised by the smell of the product, which is very fresh and almost soapy — unusual in a product that doesn't actually cleanse. It's a very pleasant, light smell.
Don't be fooled by the "Dragon's Blood" in the name — this is a clear, gel mask. It's smooth in texture and cool to the touch, as most gels are. I would say its thickness is between a gel moisturizer, if you've ever tried one of those, and a hair gel. It's not super sticky, but it doesn't soak in immediately, either. Smoothing it on with your fingers is relatively mess-free.
So the question to which you probably would like to know the answer: does it work? I did a little research here to find out what it's supposed to do — mainly the dragon's blood — and apparently it works by creating a skin-like film on the face to hydrate & protect (source). The hyaluronic and amino acids also hydrate and refine. Personally, I rarely see any "refining" from a skincare product without regular use, and extended use at that, and to be frank I haven't used this enough (and am not likely to) to find out if it truly has any refining properties.
My skin felt some brief hydration after a 10-minute stint with this mask, but I really noticed more of a difference when I used it overnight (as is suggested as an alternate use on the package). I was a little iffy about getting it on my pillow, but it had dried enough by the time I was done reading before bed. My skin is very dehydrated and had soaked the mask up by morning, leaving nothing to rinse off, but it definitely felt smoother and more supple.
At $14.99 for a 1.7 ounce package, I find this product to be pretty well priced. I'm a proponent of "you get what you pay for" when it comes to beauty products and services, and I find the price, size, and quality all to be in line with each other.
I found NIP + Fab at CVS, which to me says it must be pretty widely available, but it seems like one of those lines that may available in some stores but not others. I do know that Ulta carries it as well.
Interested in another product review? Check out Becky's blog, Hideaway, for her mask pick for the #bxbeautybrawl. Click here to see what the other bloggers are reviewing, and take a look at all of the products I'll be reviewing over the next ten days:
Up for review tomorrow is the Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer!
Have you used any dragon's blood products? What do you think — legit, or hype?
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