I have to admit once again that it was the packaging and the name that drew my attention to the Vega Collagen Ampoule Mask from SKIN FACTORY. From my colleague May’s article on essential Korean skin care terms, we learned that ampoules are concentrated liquids are almost the same as “serums” – which means this mask will probably do plenty of good for my very dehydrated skin!
SKIN FACTORY has a whole series of ampoule masks, including E.G.F (epidermal growth factor), I2PL (intense perfection light), Vega Vita Complex (vitamin complex) and so on (it took me some time to find out what these abbreviations actually mean). The main characteristic of these masks is that they’re soaked in 30ml of thick, dense serums, so much that the sachet is especially designed with a second opening that allows you to squeeze out the excess serum and apply it on your face before putting on the actual mask.
The masks are made from cellulose instead of cotton so they soak up the essence without dripping, and hug the face seamlessly. Like all other products from SKIN FACTORY, the masks are free from alcohol, parabens, mineral oils and pigments.
Targeting anti-aging and improving elasticity, the Vega Collagen Ampoule Mask is packed with hydrolyzed collagen and elastin to moisturize, and witch hazel and phellinus linnets (a kind of fungus) extract to tone and soothe skin. The mask claims to reduce wrinkles and boost vitality for a glowing complexion.
Each box contains ten masks wrapped in silvery sachets, mimicking a saline drip with a big hole on top. Two slit openings can be found at the bottom, one for letting out the excess essence and the other for pulling out the mask. Since I didn’t quite notice this attentive design when I first used it, I simply took out the mask and let the remaining essence stay in the sachet, leaving it for future use. I soon realized it was a good decision – the essence was so thick and dense that it would be a waste to use it all at once.
The mask carries a floral scent typical of all face masks. It fits well, embracing the face like a second skin. However, I reckon not everyone would like the essence, which is thick and rather sticky on the skin. It took 40 minutes under the air-conditioner for the essence to sink in. The sticky feeling remained for some time even after I removed the mask.
I have dry, acne-prone skin so this mask works perfectly for me. Apart from being an instant moisture boost, it also makes my face smoother and less sensitive. I can feel my skin plumping up while drenched in the sticky collagen solution. However, I have a feeling that this mask may not be suitable for oily or combination skin due to its over-the-top nourishing essence.
Though the brand recommends that you use it 2-3 times a week, I’ll use it once a week instead, consuming the extra essence over the course of the week. At US$2.6 per mask, I’d say the mask is a bit on the pricy side, but still justified if you think of it as a quality serum-and-mask combo instead of an ordinary face mask.