Read our Klavuu White Pearlsation Pearl Serum Mask review and see how it will brighten your skin to new levels.
When I first stumbled upon K-beauty a little under a year ago, the first thing that stood out to me were the ingredients. I loved the emphasis on natural extracts and fermentation. Coming from an American market, seeing products based in ginseng, green tea, rice, and other plant extracts was wonderfully refreshing.
One of the ingredients that intrigued me most was pearl. Of course, I wanted my skin to look like a pearl: glowy, radiant, and dewy—like I was just plucked from the sea. However, pearl also stood out to me because I had never heard of its use, and didn’t really understand how it could help my skin—after all, pearls aren’t living plants like a majority of other natural extracts.
But once I delved into the ocean of information about pearls (pun intended), I realized the multitude of benefits it offered. That’s why I was so excited when Soko Glam curated Klavuu—a top notch Korean skin care brand that practically revolves around the pearl.
One of the brand’s crowning glories is its White Pearlsation Pearl Serum Mask. Enriched with their signature divine pearl serum, Klavuu’s mask delivers a multitude of benefits in a luxurious, intensive treatment mask. I decided to try the mask and see if it really delivered the astounding results its ingredients would indicate. Read below to discover my thoughts.
The ingredients I loved:
I was immediately intrigued by the use of pearl, though not surprised as most of Klavuu’s products employ the many benefits of it. The extract is not that common in the West, but has been heralded by Asian women for generations. Pearls contain high volumes of calcium, as well as amino acids, magnesium, and trace minerals. Thus, the precious beads are treasured not only for jewelry, but also for their anti-aging, brightening, and restoring properties. Some Asian women even add finely ground pearl powder to their tea as an ingested supplement to reap the benefits. I’m not quite ready to start swallowing precious gems, and I don’t think my budget will allow it either. So, I’ll stick with the mask.
The mask is also formulated with niacinamide, which always gets me excited. There are few ingredients as effective when it comes to achieving a clear, bright, even complexion, and mixing that in with pearl made me know I was in for glowier, even skin post-mask. Plus, I was fighting a couple of breakouts when I tried this mask and niacinimaide is great for reducing inflammation and irritation.
The ingredients I didn’t love:
As is the case with most skin care (especially when you’re picky like me), the ingredients list wasn’t all fun and games. I was slightly concerned by the mask’s use of phenoxyethanol. If you aren’t familiar, phenoxyethanol is a commonly used preservative in cosmetic products. In general, it actually isn’t a particularly problematic ingredient, and the nature-mama deep in my soul actually doesn’t mind it. Of all the preservatives out there, it’s one of the better ones, with approval for use in small amounts across the board, and a seal of approval from the Whole Foods Premium Body Care Standards.
However, it has been identified as a toxic irritant for use around the mouth and lips by the European Union. Now, I knew I wasn’t putting the mask directly on my lips, but I was wary about the chance of it slipping onto my lips, or the essence dripping down. Plus, I knew the mask would hug right around my mouth, so I was a bit worried. But it certainly wasn’t big enough of a concern to not try the product, so I went ahead and gave it a go.
As with all Klavuu products, I was obsessed with the packaging. Sleek, minimal, and luxe, the mask is quite satisfying to use. The mask itself is quite thick, but not excessively so. It feels exceptionally high end, and the thickness literally makes it feel like you are putting a fancy blanket of essence on your face.
It clings to the skin perfectly, so I knew I wasn’t going to have to worry about it slipping down onto my lips (phew). Spreading it onto my skin felt amazing, and I knew I was about to settle in for a great masking session. I grabbed a tissue to wipe my lips in case any essence dripped down, and relaxed for 25 minutes.
At the end of my 25 minutes, I didn’t want to take it off. It felt unbelievably good on my skin—cool, refreshing, and just slightly tingly in the best I-can-feel-it-working way possible. The sheet was perfectly doused with essence, so it didn’t dry out at all.
Although the phenoxyethanol did irritate my lips slightly, dabbing it off with a tissue fixed the problem completely (a small sacrifice for how heavenly the mask felt on the rest of my face).
Peeling it off, my skin felt hydrated and refreshed, and looked positively radiant and glowing. If I squinted just enough, I could probably convince myself I was looking at a glistening pearl rather than my reflection. (Okay that may be a slight exaggeration, but you get the point.)
A few hours after taking the Klavuu White Pealsation Pearl Serum Mask off, my skin still felt amazing, and looked even better. To say I was impressed would be an understatement. I was relieved, because the mask comes at a relatively steep price ($9 for a single mask, $36 for five), so I would’ve been particularly disappointed had it underperformed.
The mask looked, felt, and worked at a level which justified its price, and proved to me it was totally worth it. Following this, I will definitely be looking into more pearl masks for future use, although something tells me they will have a hard time living up to the excellence of Klavuu.