Masquerade: Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique

Micronutrient + Hydro Mask by Kristina Holey & Marie Veronique ($135 for 1.7 OZ)

One of my more recent purchases which also serves as an introduction to the line, this mask is a gooey, sticky formulation that is ultra-hydrating (click here for more info). After viewing the brand from afar and assessing which products I was most interested in trying at the present, it was an easy choice to be swayed into purchasing this unique mask. Although it is one of the pricier masks I have bought, I simply didn’t want to continue trying out clay-based basks that are focused on detoxifying, as there are already so many great brands out with these types of masks which also happen to work beautifully- I just didn’t need another to add in my collection. We are often so absorbed with exfoliating and purifying our skin, that we don’t also consider how to heal and revive our skin with hydration and moisture. Keep in mind that when your skin is properly hydrated, it will also look more youthful, plump, radiant, and will be healthy– balance out the types of products you choose. I do feel like there’s a shift in green beauty causing brands and consumers alike to hone in on hydration rather than the usual trends of oils and clay masks.

The Micronutrient + Hydro Mask is described by the brand “as a concentration of ingredients that support various processes crucial to the maintenance of skin health and the delay of skin aging. It is like topical supplementation for the skin, and […] profoundly rehydrates skin while improving functionality across a number of parameters—it is basically a skin reset.” From the inclusion of a green tea extract that ensures a blend of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits, B vitamins, and squalene to improve barrier function, this mask has been meticulously formulated, with each ingredient serving a purpose. The role of Marie Veronique and Kristina Holey as skin scientists becomes evident when you pay attention to the ingredients they chose, the ratios of the ingredients, and also through the fact that their products do not have a good scent- clearly they are focused on performance and will not include ingredients that are not good enough, whether they smell good or not. As someone who is a lover of the beautiful scents of nature, I appreciate this and am not hindered in the slightest by this- we want non-toxic, safe, performance.

It can be applied in a thick layer and left on for 20-30 minutes for 1-3 times a week, or left on overnight as a deep treatment. I personally will either follow up a clay mask with this product to seal in moisture, or use it on its own as either a temporary or overnight treatment. For the application, as it is gooey and thick, make sure you take some time to massage the product in. To really help it sink in as much as possible, I will spend about a minute or so massaging it in, especially if I want to leave it on throughout the night. As you massage it in, it will start turning thicker and white, and as you continue to press it into your skin, the product will finally start disappearing into your skin, even upon immediate application making your skin look plumper without feeling weighed down. Although the jar seems small, since the formula is in of itself thick, you don’t need a whole lot of product to accomplish a proper application over your skin.

The mask is sticky through application and as it dries, and remains as such for the whole duration it’s left on. This consistency and texture don’t bother me, however, because immediately after I apply it, my skin literally feels like it’s taking a drink. You know when you go for a run on a hot day then come back dehydrated and that refreshing drink of water just tastes so good? That’s how my skin feels about this mask whenever I apply it on- it literally feels like it’s being revived. Removing it is very easy as well; its sticky yet thick and light consistency is not viscous like honey or molasses and melts away immediately without any residue. Masks that are formulated without clay and are focused on hydration are generally the easier masks to remove since they either won’t dry up or you also have the option to simply wipe off the excess and leave the remaining film on without washing it off .

On my very first time trying it out, I simply cleansed, toned, then applied this mask and left it on overnight. The following morning, I woke up with no breakouts, and my skin was very nicely plumped. Not to mention it really does seal your skin- I used a drop of Zen Physic by moss skincare on top of it to treat a breakout, and the blue oil was evident on my skin even after I woke up. Using it more than once a week is a must for me, that’s how much I love it. This is quickly becoming one of my most used masks to keep my skin in healthy condition; it’s an excellent formulation and leaves me wanting to try more from this line. So yes, it is expensive, but also worth the price you pay. My final verdict is that I will most definitely continue to repurchase it.