About bird’s nest: It is an actual bird’s nest, but not the twigs-and-sticks kind. It’s saliva. It’s saliva from the swiftlet bird. Their saliva is hard and cement-like, and the birds build their nests with it.
Bird’s nest dates back to traditional Chinese skincare and medicine, where it was documented to heal infections and help maintain youthful skin. Nowadays, it’s included in products as “swiftlet nest extract,” likely just a cleansed, powder version. The components of this extract are shown to stimulate cell regrowth, wound healing, and improve the skin barrier. This in turn affects skin elasticity, water loss, and ultimately, suppleness. To put it simply, bird’s nest is for skin texture and anti-aging.
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Brand: SNP (Shining Nature Purity)
Name: Bird's Nest Aqua Ampoule Mask
Expiry: ~3 years (Expiration date is Dec.13, 2017)
Price at Honest Skin: $34.20 for a pack of 10
Ingredients: (I’m not an ingredients pro yet, but I starred some that might be of interest.)
swiftlet nest extract*
centella asiatica extract (antibacterial, healing)*
hamamelis virginiana (aka witch hazel) extract*
camellia sinensis (aka green tea) leaf extract
anthemis nobilis flower extract (chamomile)
Closeup for anyone who wants to read:
English instructions (although they seem to be a misprint):
Texture: It’s a thin, slimy serum. It’s slippery and water-based, so it spreads thinly and washes off with water. If you were to apply it to your hands and wash them shortly thereafter, it would wash right off.
It absorbs quickly on my arms and neck. It’s slower on my face because of how much is on the mask.
Amount: There is a lot of serum in this mask. Not only is the cloth itself plenty saturated (enough to be slippery), but each side of the packet is lined with a thick coating of excess serum which can be easily applied to the neck, both forearms, and more. Although to be fair, part of this is actually due to the fact that the serum spreads so thinly.
The saturated and slippery mask:
The Cloth: The cloth is a bit on the thin side for cotton sheet masks:
Fit: I have a small face and it fits well on me. The cloth is thin so it’s able to match my curvature well, even around my eyes and nose. And unlike many masks, the mouth hole is not excessively long. However, there is not a lot of extra slack, just a bit on the chin.
Moisture: It felt wet and moisturizing, though not too different from other sheet masks. After removing the mask, my face was wet for about 5 minutes before the serum dried up. Then, it was sticky for a few more hours. Again, not too different from other sheet masks.
Texture: As far as skin texture, I didn’t notice or feel anything. It’s possible that my skin was a liiiitle smoother and my pores smaller, but if that was the case—that is, if I’m not imagining it—the difference was ever slight.
Here are some before and after photos, just for completion (although I don’t think there’s any difference between the two):
Would I buy it with my own money? Mmm…Perhaps.
In all honesty, it doesn’t feel much different from any other mask. That’s why I say the selling point of this mask lies in its ingredient list And in this mask, bird’s nest is quite high on the list, unlike some masks that have it towards the end.
As for me, I am intrigued by bird’s nest and would be interested in using it more. However, this mask also contains alcohol which is kind of iffy, too.
Long story short, I'd say it's as good as any other cotton sheet mask!
Thank you very much to Honest Skin for sponsoring this review!