[Review] Is Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask worth the Hype?

Bowled over by all the fanfare on Instagram, beauty publications and influencer raves, I decided to get the Glow recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask to see if the Korean brand lives up to its 5-star reviews and worth the splurge. A tiny 30ML jar sets you back around USD22, with the regular 80ml version retailing at USD45.

The Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask is touted to smooth and perfect skin overnight for glowing hydrated skin. It is suggested to treat acne, dullness, dark spots and anti-aging across all skin types. Full list of ingredients below:

Aqua/Water/Eau, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Caulerpa Lentillifera (Seaweed) Extract, Simethicone, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit, Silica, Propanediol, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Extract, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa (Peony) Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Brassica Oleracea Capitata (Cabbage) Leaf Extract, Ipomoea Batatas (Sweet Potato) Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis (Skullcap) Root Extract, Betaine, Beta-Glucan, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Xanthan Gum, Alcohol, Fragrance/Parfum.

The watermelon extract contains essential amino acids and AHA chemical exfoliators to slough away dead skin cells and fight radical damage to smoothen fine lines and clarify pores, while hyaluronic acid and pumpkin extract is rich in antioxidants to hydrate and repair damaged skin cells. It is commendable that the product is vegan and free of parabens, mineral oil, sulfates, phthalates, and synthetic dyes.

How to Use

The mask was of a pink translucency, with a liquid, semi-gel consistency, and you can see the 2 layers distinctively. The smell is heavenly, similar to the scent of freshly squeezed watermelon juice. While the packaging came with a little spatula, it is quite useless since it was shaped like a flat stick without any scoop. It was a pain to try to scoop the contents out of the tiny jar with it! The secret really was to mix up the contents vigorously until you get an even, jelly texture, and then simply use a clean finger to apply it over the face. 

I tried using these two ways, as a Wash off mask, and also a Sleeping mask. The former I applied a thin layer directly after washing my face, then waited for 10-15 minutes to wash off with cold water.  As a sleeping mask, I simply applied after my toner a thick layer and washed it off the next morning. It is difficult to get it stay on the face evenly since its so watery, and I almost always had to lie on my back to prevent it from dripping.


With the former as a wash off mask, the effects were not stunningly obvious. Sure, my skin felt cooling and hydrated, but the effect did not last for long and the hydration was more of on the surface. In comparison, the effects were invigorating as a sleeping mask! I really like how my skin felt smooth, bouncy and deeply hydrated from within. There is a supple softness in the skin, complete with a soft radiance. While there were not any obvious effects reducing dark spots, wrinkles, it boosted up the moisture levels in my skin for the day. If you can get over the tricky application, this is one overnight hydrating mask worth getting!

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