Today, I have my very first Annie’s Way product to review for you! Annie’s Way is a Taiwanese brand and I was super excited to actually be able to go to the Annie’s Way Office in Kaohsiung and get to know more about them. You might know them from their famous gelly masks! I picked up a few of those too so I’ll have a review on them soon.
In Taiwan, Annie’s Way is currently only available directly from them, however later this year they may enter retail stores again (Watson’s) so they will be easier to buy if you are a tourist visiting Taiwan!
The mask I have today is a from their revamped line. It is the Rose and Peptide mask – I literally can’t resist anything with rose so I HAD to try this one.
Annie’s Way Peptide and Rose Rejuvenating Sheet Mask Review
The mask material was super thin, and it’s the kind of mask that you are supposed to apply with the liner still on, then peel the liner off when it’s on the face. I had some trouble with this, but maybe it’s because I’m not used to such thin masks. I ended up taking the mask off the liner, then applying it to my face. This mask was easily the thinnest mask I’ve ever tried – it was basically invisible on! The eye and mouth holes were a good size, the only thing I didn’t like was the nose flap. I know it’s just a sheet mask but this was probably the most unflattering nose flap I’ve ever had on my face, all it did was enhance how round and bulbous my nose is so I don’t think I’ll be posting that photo to Instagram 😂 Adherence was great too – once it was on, it wasn’t moving anywhere. Taking a look at the ingredients list, there are other great ingredients other than the prominently featured rose and peptide:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Carbomer, Squalane, Panthenol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Glycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Pentasodium Pentetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Beta-glucan, Opuntia Streptacantha Stem Extract, Fragrance, Morus Alba Root Extract, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Phytic Acid, Silver Oxide, Phosphoric Acid
Squalane and Panthenol are both fantastic ingredients for hydrating skin and improving skin condition. Beta-glucan and Sodium Hyaluronate (AKA Hyaluronic Acid) are also fantastic for hydrating skin. A new ingredient to me is Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, which is actually technically a peptide – I wouldn’t have known this from just the ingredient name, so I’m happy to see a peptide at the top of the ingredients list. It’s also known as Antarcticine and provides benefits such as retaining moisture and boosting collagen production. Another new plant extract is Boerhavia Diffusa root extract, an antioxidant-rich flowering plant. Sources only report on the antioxidant present in the leaves, so I can’t confirm that antioxidants are present in the root extract used here.
An ingredient that I’ve seen in a few products but didn’t realise what it was is Paeonia Albaflora Root Extract, also known as peony root extract. I’ve heard amazing things about peony for soothing irritated, eczematous skin, so I’m glad to see it in this mask formula. The two last botanical extracts, Morus Alba (Mulberry) and Opuntia Streptacantha (Prickly Pear Cactus) also provide great hydration benefits to the skin. All around, there are some really great ingredients in this mask!
This formula doesn’t contain traditional preservatives such as parabens, but opts to use Silver Oxide instead – one of the significant changes the Annie’s Way team made to this product for the relaunch.
I found that because the mask was so thin, it began to dry out pretty quickly. It began to dry and harden on my nose first after 20 minutes, and I removed it then because I was worried about the dry mask actually drying my skin and causing adverse effects – the mask actually dried and hardened on the tip of my nose.
My skin was very smooth and bright after taking the mask off. However, it wasn’t as hydrated as it is from other masks. I would say this is a really great daytime mask, especially in preparation for wearing makeup. The remaining essence was not sticky to pat in at all and absorbed quickly.
I think this is a really good mask – it gets 4/5 from me. My ONLY issue is that this wasn’t hydrating enough for me for an evening mask (which is when I tend to sheet mask) but I did enjoy the other skin brightening benefits.
Have you heard of this cult favourite Taiwanese beauty brand before?
1 – Terrible: Negative effects on skin.
2 – Mediocre: No change in skin/claims not met.
3 – Average: Performs as expected.
4 – Good: Would repurchase unless I try something better.
5 – Amazing: Meets trifecta of perfect packaging, formula, & cost.