Leaders is not a new brand to be featured on SimplyEm’SBlog, and it’s one of the most well-known and widely sold brands for sheet masks from Korea. Leaders sheet masks tick all the boxes for me: they’re affordable Worldwide, the cotton they use is of high quality, the essence/serum in their masks isn’t too diluted, and they excel in variety.
So when Leaders Europe contacted me for a collaboration, I leaped at the opportunity. I’m not obliged to speak positivity about these masks or any of the Leaders masks which I’ll share details about with you in the near future. This is not a paid advertised. As always I’ll be reviewing these products with full transparency.
Usually I’d review one mask at a time, but these masks are from the same ‘Insolution’ / ‘Skin Clinic’ product line and therefore don’t differ on a large scale. The material is the same, the consistency of the essence is the same, and they both provide the same level of hydration. There are just a few points – i.e. some of the ingredients and functions – which separate the two.
To clarify, we’ll be taking at look at the Leaders Insolution Aquaringer Skin Clinic Mask & Leaders Insolution Wrinkle Tox Skin Clinic Mask.
• The Aquaringer mask has been around for quite some time now, but has undergone some packaging changes (now looking at the old packaging I’m starting to think maybe I’ve reviewed this mask already 🤔). It is intended for outer dry and inner dehydrated skin types which feel itchy and uncomfortable due to poor hydration levels. It alleviates stress on depleted skin types with ingredients such as:
Sugar maple extract – combats fine lines and soothes skin.
Sodium hyaluronate – comparable to Hyaluronic Acid for itability to restore moisture skin deep, leaving skin feeling smoother and plumper.
Adenosine – a skin restoring-agent which focuses on smoothing out the surface of skin.
Wrinkle Tox mask
• The role of this mask is to improve skin elasticity and provide other anti-aging effects rather than just focusing on replenishing moisture. In this mask you’ll find several peptides and fermented ingredients which coax natural collagen production. Key ingredients include:
Chamomile extract – added as an anti-inflammatory to calm down common skin irritations.
Pseudoalteromonas ferment extract – a peptide that is classified as a derivative of protein. It is uniquely sourced from mud in a particular region of Antarctica, it contains three amino acids which contribute to warning off signs of premature aging.
The Aquaringer mask is formulated with only 1 form of peptide, whereas the Wrinkle Tox mask contains 4 different peptides in addition to the Pseudoalteromonas ferment extract as described above, and 2 plant-sourced proteins (soy and wheat).
Fit: 8/10, for both masks. Not a terrible fit in terms of sizing, but didn’t entirely align with my facial features and face shape. The adherence was up to scratch. The cotton is intentionally ultra soft to lower the risk of irritation.
Price point: 8/10. Definitely not overpriced. In Korea they cost no more that 2000₩ ($2) per sheet, and in Europe you can find them on multiple websites for between £2.60-£4.00. If you shop around a bit and do some price comparisons then you’ll easily find these masks at the lower end of this price range.
Impact of the Aquaringer mask: 7.5/10. It’s very hydrating and not in a heavy way. It’s a very typical hydrating mask, but don’t get me wrong, it’s highly effective. If you like Hyaluronic Acid sheet masks, then the Aquaringer mask provides the same effects are those sort of masks. It leaves skin looking dewy on the outside and healthy/balanced on the inside.
Impact of the Wrinkle Tox mask: 8/10. This version of the mask provided no more moisture than the Aquaringer mask, but it’s skin firming benefits were more noticeable. I used it at the end of a day when my skin felt less bouncy than at the start of the day, so my skin really appreciated the sort of ‘lifting’ effects of the Wrinkle Tox mask.
Repurchase?: Yes, of course.
Overall rating: 8/10. I had a pleasant experience with both masks. The only thing I disliked about them was the fragrance. It’s not a potent or unpleasant scent, though I do prefer sheet masks to either be fragrance free or contain less fragrance than they have. I wouldn’t say I would choose one over the other, although considering the current needs of my skin and my age, I’d say the Aquaringer mask is best suited to me for the time being. It’s good to start using anti-aging skincare before the age of 30, which I do use, however I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary right now for me to regularly include additional anti-aging treatments such as a anti-wrinkle masks into my routine.
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Disclaimer – The products featured in this post were gifted in exchange for honest reviews. All opinions expressed are my own and have therefore not been influenced by the brand or any company in association.