COSRX has quite a few moisturizers. There’s the Centella blemish cream [affiliate] which I sometimes want to try but never got around to buying, and the Ultra moisturizing lotion [affiliate], which I may try next time, the Hyaluronic Acid intensive cream [affiliate] which I don’t intend to try because Hyaluronic acid isn’t that sexy an ingredient to me, the Aloe Vera cream [affiliate] which, same reason as the Hyaluronic acid, is not very sexy. There’s also the Honey Ceramide eye cream, which is one of the most expensive things COSRX makes, and the Snail cream, which I would never use because obviously, I have a huge snail phobia. They have a hell lot of moisturizers of all kinds, is what I’m saying.
The ones that I do actually use are the Rice mask and the Honey mask. They are packaged in the same kind of packaging as the rest of the moisturizers, but they are the only ones labelled as ‘overnight masks’. What for, I have no idea. I just pretend they’re normal moisturizers.
Minimal and sleek packaging. I like! I would prefer them not to be in jars, but ah well.
Ultimate Honey Mask ingredients:
Propolis extract (85%), butylene glycol, glycerin, betaine, 1,2-hexanediol, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, arginine, cassia obtusifolia seed extract, dimethicone, ethylhexylglycerin, carbomer, sodium hyaluronate, beeswax, allantoin, panthenol, sodium polyacrylate, adenosine
As you can see, it’s largely propolis, penetration enhancers, glycerin, and some good stuff in small amounts, and that’s it.
Ultimate Rice Mask ingredients:
Oryza sativa (rice) extract (65%), butylene glycol, glycerin, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, betaine, niacinamide, dimethicone, 1,2-hexanediol, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, elaeis guineensis (palm) oil, guineensis (palm) kernel oil, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, cetearyl alcohol, ethylhexylglycerin, arginine, carbomer, allantoin, xanthan gum
Mainly rice extract, and perhaps more oil, and good stuff including betaine and niacinamide. From the ingredients we can predict that the rice mask is gonna be thicker and richer.
No prizes for guessing which is which. The honey mask has been well loved, as you can see, while the rice one is pretty new.
The honey mask is a very light transparent gel. It’s super lightweight. The rice mask is more akin to a traditional moisturizer, but still pretty lightweight.
Let’s talk about the honey mask first. It has a lovely melting texture, of course, and it melds into skin like nobody’s business. It sinks in almost instantly, and leaves only a slightly tacky finish behind (due to the glycerin, me thinks.) It also makes my skin look so radiant. I used to absolutely love it, but in recent days I’m finding it’s a little not moisturizing enough in my super dry office air. It’s great for days I’m not in the office though. I use it primarily as a day moisturizer due to its lightweight properties, and because I don’t quite find it moisturizing enough for the night.
I have to say though, it is very calming and soothing for the skin. And it does moisturize well, but due to its not so occlusive nature, I find the moisturizing effects not so long lasting. If you’re very oily skinned, you would love this as both a night and day moisturizer. If you’re normal like me, you may find it better in the day (and what a fantastic day moisturizer it is.)
Next, the rice mask. It’s far richer and denser and actually feels quite solid in the jar. It still sinks in fast though, and if used in a thin layer, doesn’t leave a residue. It leaves my skin very plump and juicy, perfect for that dewy, radiant look (that always gets diminished by the horrible office air, anyway.) If I am using a more drying foundation like the Armani Lasting Silk, I would definitely use this under my sunscreen instead of the Honey mask. As a night moisturizer, I find it very soothing and more than sufficient for my skin. I can’t speak to very, very dry skin types though. You’ll love this if you have dry to oily skin, probably not for people at the extreme ends.
Would I repurchase? I think they are very cheap for very nicely formulated, solid moisturizers. ~$14.50 + shipping for 50ml each (at my affiliate link above) is a fantastic price, considering a L’oreal moisturizer here costs like $30. My honey mask has been used daily since early October, so 1 tub would last me about 6 months easily. Unless CosRX comes up with something even more amazing at an even better price, or The Ordinary comes up with one that I wanted to try, I would buy both of them over and over and over again. Of course, my preference leans towards the rice mask now thanks to my skin that’s getting a bit dryer, but both probably have a place on my vanity.