I have a new release from Papa Recipe today – the Bombee Rose Gold Honey mask. I was pretty excited for this and picked it up as soon as it was in stock at one of my favourite local AB shops, The Cosmetic Store. It comes in gorgeous pink-toned packaging, and boasts rose extract and gold as key ingredients in addition to the usual honey, propolis, and royal jelly in the regular Bombee masks.
For some reason, I initially thought these masks were hydrogels. What I paid seemed reasonable for five hydromasks, but maybe if I had known they were fabric masks I would have thought twice. When I opened them and realised that they were actually made of normal sheet mask material, I definitely felt a little let down. The gold pattern LOOKS cool but I don’t believe it provides any other benefit.
On opening, the scent is definitely the same of the original Bombee mask, if only a slight touch more floral and less sweet. Like the normal line, the sheet mask is soaked with essence.
Water, Methylpropanediol, Glycereth-26, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Rosa Damascena Flower Water (1,000ppm), Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract (10ppm), Propolis Extract, Honey Extract, Pearl Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Butylene Glycol, Betain, Allantoin, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Hydroxide, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Gold (10ppm), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Chondrus Crispus Flower, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethyl Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance
To be honest, I wouldn’t recommend this over the regular line in the interest of cost and actual benefit. There is currently no genuine scientific evidence to prove that gold has any benefit for skin, which is a shame as that’s the driver for the higher price of these masks.
I didn’t find this as hydrating as the original line either. My skin definitely was more hydrated and bouncy than before wearing the mask, it just wasn’t AS bouncy as it could have been, or really should have been considering the higher price and premium ingredients of this mask.
I did like the overall fit of this mask better than the original Bombee – it’s slightly smaller, so I have less overlap of the mask going straight onto my hair. I also found that it generally adhered to my face very well with minimal discomfort. While it is a little bit thicker than the original mask, it still feels luxurious to wear.
Overall, this gets a 3/5 from me. It’s not that it doesn’t work, but I don’t think the extra ingredients (especially the gold) are worth a higher price point than the original Bombee mask, which I can find for a little cheaper with 10 masks in the box—not five.
Have you tried anything from Papa Recipe, or any honey-based skincare?
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.