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I hope you’re having a great day! We’ve been hit with snow here in Bristol which would be lovely if I hadn’t have had a tattoo appointment (with an £80 deposit already given in) booked which was more than a half an hour drive from where I was. I (thankfully) managed to make it to the appointment and added to my tattoos but boy was it stressful.
One thing that is part of most people’s self-care routines to reduce stress, however, is face masks (flawless segway, I know). Today I’ll be discussing one of the Nip + Fab Jelly Masks. Specifically we’ll be reviewing the ‘Dragon’s Blood’ one.
As far as I’m aware these are relatively new – they launched in September 2018. I decided to ask for the Dragon’s Blood one for Christmas as the idea of a jelly mask was really interesting to me and I love their Dragon’s Blood range (they also do a glycolic acid jelly mask).
The mask retails for £14.95 and contains 210ml of product. It can be purchased from the Nip + Fab website, Boots or Superdrug (or, to be honest, a fair few other places e.g. Feel Unique, or Pretty Little Thing).
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As shown in the photo above, the mask comes in a plastic tub with a screw lid. It’s mostly clear with the brand name, product name, and some additional information about the product on one side. The other side has the instructions and ingredients printed on it.
I wouldn’t say this is particularly exciting packaging however I still enjoy it. I think that being able to see the product through the packaging is important and gives a cool look to it. Although it’s simple, it’s easy to find and distinguishable from other brands. Furthermore, the jar is pretty big which is nice!
Overall, although it’s nothing to go wild about, I do like the packaging and I don’t have any other masks in packaging like this so it’s easy to grab when I want it.
The Nip + Fab website has the following description for the Jelly Mask:
‘Rehydrate your skin with the new Dragon’s Blood Fix Jelly Mask. This refreshing and skin awakening jelly mask is infused with a cocktail of nourishing and skin boosting ingredients, including hydrating-hero, Hyaluronic Acid, as well as our iconic Dragon’s Blood, which will lock in moisture, smooth and plump the skin, while reducing the appearance of wrinkles. The ultra-light, jelly consistency is very cooling and calming, with key active ingredients to soothe and protect the skin. Skin will appear supple and healthy with a dewy glow.
Tip: keep in the fridge for an extra cooling effect.
dragon’s blood: smoothes skin’s appearance + plumps the look of wrinkles
hyaluronic acid: moistures + hydrates
allantoin: soothes + protects skin’
Since this is a more unique mask formula (I’ve never had a jelly mask before), and it does say that you can keep it in the fridge, I wanted to test it in that way. Therefore, I used it cold the first time.
Both my boyfriend and I used it at the same time and I think the first thing to remark on is boy is it cold. Keeping it in the fridge makes it very very cold (seems kind of obvious to say)! When applied it wasn’t uncomfortable, but I do prefer it non-refrigerated. I think it would be amazing to apply this from the fridge in the summer however, especially if we have a summer this year like we did last year! Super hydrating plus cooling in the summer? Sign me up. In the winter though, I’d say not to keep it in the fridge as I personally don’t think it’s as pleasant. I do think that’s a cool thing with this mask though, that you can use it in two different ways depending on what you’re feeling/looking for at that time.
The product itself smells sort of like ‘mens’ shower products, I don’t know how else to describe it but it just reminds me of those generic (usually blue) cool scented shower products that are marketed for men. I know that sounds like a strange description but if you smelled this product, you’d know what I’m getting at!
Although both me and my boyfriend used it at the same time, you can’t really tell if you looked at the jar – there’s so much left! Therefore, I’d imagine that you’d get a lot of uses out of it, I know I will. I find you don’t need a lot of the product as it spreads easily due to the texture being gel-like.
After 5 minutes or so I did notice that it felt like it was drying down a little (that tighter feeling you get when some masks dry) but to the touch it still felt similar to when it was first applied. It did take a little while to wash off after the 15 minutes (it says to leave for 10-15 minutes but I tend to leave masks on for the maximum time) as the texture of the mask makes it slippery. However, I didn’t use a wash cloth to remove it, just my hands and some water, I think it would be much easier to remove if you used a wet cloth I just didn’t have one to hand.
I’d say my boyfriend has more normal to combination skin, whereas my skin is drier than the desert but the mask worked really well on both of us. Both of us felt refreshed after removing the product (probably due to it being cold) and our skin felt really soft and smooth afterwards. I can’t comment on the reduction of fine lines or wrinkles in the long-term but certainly immediately after removing it, our skin looked smooth.
Overall, I really like this product and will definitely use it up. I can’t wait to use it refrigerated in the summer, I just know it will be such a nice feeling. Whilst I originally would think that £14.95 is a lot for a face mask, for the amount of product that you get in the tub and the amount of uses you would get out of it, I actually think it’s really good value. I love the Dragon’s Blood range from Nip + Fab. I know everyone usually talks about the Glycolic range but the Dragon’s Blood products are underrated and I’ve been using the Dragon’s Blood cleansing pads every day (including when I was volunteering at Isle of Wight festival and slept in a tent for a week last year). This product is a great addition to the range and I definitely think it’s worth a try if you’re thinking about it! The texture is really interesting and I can see the effects of the mask immediately.
You can grab the mask from Nip + Fab here, Superdrug here, or Boots here. I’ve linked all three websites because I find that frequently at least one of them has a sale on Nip + Fab products so it’s worth checking each of them (Superdrug currently, as of 01/02/19 has the mask on sale for £7.29).
Okay so that brings us to the end of this review on the Nip + Fab ‘Dragon’s Blood Fix Jelly Mask’. I really hope that you enjoyed reading this, if you did then please leave a quick like! Also make sure you follow my blog if you aren’t already following, I post at least twice a week and am a cruelty free beauty and lifestyle blogger.
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