Wednesday, May 14, 2014

[Review] Annie's Way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask

Photo By: Elin Chow

If I have to choose my favorite product of this month, it will definitely be the Annie's Way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid and Brightening Jelly Mask! I first came to know about this product from Bubzbeauty's vlogs, a very famous Youtuber who I love very much. Surprisingly, the Annie's Way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask left me feeling really curious and excited. I just could not wait to own one of this product! 

So why am I so deeply in love with the Annie's Way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid and Brightening Jelly Mask? Below are my reasons.

About Annie's Way

I believe most of you are unfamiliar with the brand, Annie's Way. I am not an exception too. In fact I have never even heard of Annie's Way before I saw it in Bubzbeauty's vlogs.

"Transformed into a beautiful Butterfly"

Annie's Way is a Taiwan beauty brand established by Annie Wu back in 2009.  The butterfly logo of this brand signify that the Annie's Way mask, when applied, will transform a humble caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly. 

Currently the No.1 best-selling products on, Annie's Way products are especially very popular in China and Taiwan. 

What Annie's Way Says

The Annie's way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Mask has the following benefits:

- Whitening
- Moisturizing
- Minimizes fine lines
- Lightening dark spots and acne scars

Thus, leaving our skin radiantly bright and soft.

Main Ingredients

1. Arbutin Extract

An whitening agent extracted from the Bearberry plant. Even though  Arbutin Extract is a common ingredient used in many of the skin care products, its effectiveness in skin whitening has not yet been established by researchers.

2. Hyaluronic Acid

The main functions Hyluronic Acid is to provide instant hydration to our skin. Other than that, it also has the ability to prevent or slow down skin aging.

I believe I have already mentioned the benefits of Hyaluronic Acid in my review about the Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion earlier on. If you are interested to know more in details, you might want to take a look at that blog entry here.

3. Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate

Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is a form of Vitamin C, which is known to increase skin's hydration levels and improve its elasticity.

In addition, a single research study has also shown that Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate might also be effective in skin lightening. 

4. Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate

Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate is a skin conditioning agent that is effective in improving the appearance of dry or damaged skin by helping to reduce skin flaking, redness and irritation.

What I Feel About This Product

1. Moisturizing

This product is very moisturizing and does miracles to my skin! I love how my skin feels after application. It feels as soft and smooth as baby skin! I found myself kept on touching my face every now and then without realizing it. The Annie's Way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask is just like a savior to my flaking and damaged skin!

2. Reduce Sebum Production

Recently, my face no longer feels as oily as before since I started using this product. Not sure whether this has something to do with the Annie's Way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask or my hormones. But I do believe that this product is effective in clearing out some of the clogged pores and blackheads on my skin.

3. Whitening

As for whitening, I have not really seen the effect. So far, I have only used this product twice. I think more time will be needed to show the impact. Hopefully this could help to lighten some of the acne scars on my face.

4. Texture

This is a transparent gel-like mask where its texture feels like jelly. The mask itself is not watery and does not feel sticky at all. However, it tends to get a bit sticky when the mask dried up on your face after application. 

5. Smell

The Annie's Way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask does not have any distinct smell. Probably a very mild sweet scent, but not strong enough to make one notice about it.

6. Price & Packaging

Currently retailing at RM 85 per container, you will get 250ML of the product. I purchased mine at one of the MaskSlim outlet store located at Festival City in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur. I believe this is the only store that actually carries the Annie's Way brand. 

I find the price quite expensive. You will be able to find this product selling at a cheaper price online. If I am still living in Singapore now, I would have bought the Annie's Way mask online rather than from retail stores. 

Even though I feel that this product is a little bit expensive, I do not really mind paying for such an awesome mask. However, what I do really mind was the RM 5 that I have to pay for the spatula. So you may be asking me why am I buying the spatula since I thought the price to be a bit ridiculous. If I were to tell you it was because of the beautiful pink  butterfly logo on the spatula, then I must be crazy. I could ensure you that there is a must-buy reason which left me with no choice but to pay the RM 5. I shall explain further below. If you are curious, please continue to read on till the end of this review.

As for the packaging, the Annie's Way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask comes in a pearl white plastic container. Simple and nothing fanciful. The container prevent any unneccessary wastage. I could reach every little bit of this product easily at any time.

7. Difficult to wash-off

This product does not come off easily with water. It actually took me some time to get all the jelly mask entirely removed from my face. I think I just need to be a little bit more patient.

How To Use This Product

I have lots of fun while applying the Annie's Way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Mask. Unlike many other similar product, this is not just a simple wash-off mask.

1. Firstly, I will wash all the oil and dirt off from my face with a facial cleanser.

2. Using the spatula, dig out an appropriate amount of the jelly mask from the container

3. Apply evenly on your face of an approximately thickness of 0.3-0.5cm.

4. Wait for 30 mins for the mask to dry off.

5. Using the spatula, gently scrape off the jelly mask.
*It will be more effective if you scrape it off forcibly as doing so might also help you to remove some of your stubborn blackheads.

6. Rinise your face with water.

7. Repeat the scraping action again before rinising with water again.

8. Keep on repeating the same actions until you have removed all the jelly mask off from your face.

So, this is why I have been 'forced' to pay the RM 5 for a spatula. Without it, it seem to be almost impossible to use this product in the correct way. Well, maybe not impossible, but difficult. You may replace the spatula with something else. However, I would just like to save myself the trouble of running around looking for something similar.

Basically, I will only use the Annie's Way Arbutin +Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask once or twice a week. I think this is more than enough to keep my skin radiantly bright and amazingly soft and smooth.

Final thoughts

Even though I have paid RM 85 for this Annie's Way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask, I was given three sheet masks for free. So I chose the three from Annie's Way Moisturizing and Whitening series. Each piece of them retails at RM 7 at MaskSlim. So that will be RM 21 in total and if I am deduct this amount from the RM 85, the Annie's Way Arbutin +Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask actually only cost me RM 64. 

I have not tried the Annie's Way sheet masks yet. But I believe just like the Annie's Way Arbutin +Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask, the sheet masks will not disappoint me too. 

There are actually 6 different types of Jelly Masks under Annie's Way, each specially customized and targeted to a specific group of consumers. The 6 types of Jelly Masks are as follows:

1. Q10 Anti-aging Jelly Mask - Prevents skin aging

2. Italy Red Wine Jelly Mask - Regulate skin dullness

3. Aloe Moisturizing Jelly Mask - Oil control and minimize pores

4. Lavender Relaxing Jelly Mask - Regenerate and repair tired and damaged skin

5. Honey Deep Moisturizing Jelly Mask - Nourish dry skin and keep skin hydrated

6. Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask - Brightening and lighten dark spots.

Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask is currently the hottest selling product under the Annie's Way Jelly Masks series. Indeed, the mask is just beyond amazing! I love this product so much and simply could not do without it.

For people who are interested in getting one of the Annie's Way Jelly Mask, MaskSlim is currently have a promotion where you get to purchased two for RM 150. 

And no, this is not a sponsored review. I just wanted to share a great product with everyone. If you are looking for something new to try, I really recommend Annie's Way Jelly Masks series. A really awesome and must-have product!

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  1. Where can I buy this product?

    1. In Malaysia? You can buy from Hermo online store.

  2. Where can i buy this product here in the philippines?