Hanbang your life.
Atoclassic is a brand that caters primarily to those with sensitive skin and suffering with atophy (new word for me). So they’re like a Korean Aveeno, Oilatum and Dermaplex but with Hanbang (한방, Korean traditional medicine)! After months of reading Cat from Snow White and the Asian Pear (the Queen of Hanbang)’s posts on hanbang, I was pleased to get my hands on some hanbang products of my own to try out. Great timing too because my skin got an unexpected burst of hypersensitivity to anything I put on it. Bah!
There are six full-size products for me to review, and my review schedule means I need test the products for 28 days (7 days in isolation), which means it’s been a long road of testing! As you know with my new job (#blessed) life has been super hectic, so I haven’t been able to write out all my thoughts the way I want to! But! As masks are single use, first impression, I thought I’d review these first now I’ve had a chance to use them a few times!
All products discussed in this post were provided for review by kokofash.com. For more information on my testing schedule please read my disclosure policy.
Lord almighty the packaging. Everything about this brand screams classic. Not decadent luxury, but simple classic luxury. I normally don’t keep sheet mask boxes, but I changed after I saw these. They look so fancy!
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I tried the #atoclassic Soothing Treatment Mask and it fits really well! The ingredient list is entirely in Korean and I'm not familiar with all the words so I can't say what exactly is so soothing about it. It feels like that cooling tingling you get with menthol, but I can't see menthol on the list nor can I smell it. There's just a faintly herbal scent which is super pleasant! Plus side to job searching is you get to play with fun things in the middle of the day 😜 #kbeauty #abblogger #rasianbeauty #아토클래식 #한방 #마스크 #수딩 #koreanskincare #hanbang #sheetmask
This mask fits my face. I feel like I need to say that again, because. This mask fits my face, perfectly. It’s a one piece mask that hugs my face! I was really surprised because it is rare that I get a one piece mask that fits so nicely.
This mask is made from wood of the eucalyptus tree. TENCEL® is allegedly more environmentally friendly, and has a lower impact because of it’s closed loop manufacturing process. Holy what, someone what?! Wood?! Apparently lots of brands (like H&M) use it as an ethical alternative to cotton and silk, but it’s quite pricy to produce so it isn’t more widely available. I never thought I’d be using a wood mask, that’s bananas.
This range has four masks, however I wasn’t able to try one out because it contains niacinamide which is on my ingredient no-no list, booo. So I gifted them to someone else so they could enjoy what I could not.
I’d hoped that with the emphasis on sensitive skin and the eucalyptus wood mask material the first three ingredients in these masks wouldn’t be Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol the three standard mask ingredients. But, alas, here we are. Though we can be comforted in knowing that that may not matter as much.
Soothing Treatment Mask ❤
Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Water, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Crosspolymer, Arginine, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium, Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Phenoxyethanol, Coptis Chinensis Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Forsythia Suspensa Fruit Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, Disodium EDTA
Of the two, this is my favourite mask. Using it feels like my face is being caressed by a thousand baby angels. Hyperbole is fun! The serum is quite milky, and really generous you could very easily sit for an hour and remove a still damp mask with all the serum in the packet. I don’t like overly moist masks, so milky masks are a real win for me, I can use them as a combo serum/moisturiser step and be done for the night. I like using this mask to relax and unwind, for when I have the time but not the energy (or will) to do my full routine.
I liked that there was no strong or overwhelming smell, and the milky serum itself was not sticky and gross. It just felt like I was wearing a mask of a slightly lighter emulsion. I definitely find that the morning after use my skin looks really really good, all bright, hydrated and clear.
Lifting Treatment Mask
Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Water, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Arginine, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Asparagus Cochinchinensis Root Extract, Rehmannia Chinensis Root Extract, Angelica Gigas Root Extract, Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, Disodium EDTA
The first time I tried this mask I was pretty meh about it. The serum is more traditional, and honestly, it gave me a tingly effect that I wasn’t fully on board with, so I thought I would quietly push these to the side and give them to friends or something. Then, I accidentally picked it and put it on (similar packaging, y u do this) and actually enjoyed using it! I don’t get the same effects as the soothing, my skin doesn’t feel as soothed and doesn’t look as good in the morning, but it’s a nice effect so I’ll keep using them. Not sure what the original tingling was about? Maybe something I’d layered on before? Who knows!
As both serums are quite thick and the quantity of serum means it takes a while to absorb, these masks work best as a routine replacement rather than a serum step in your routine. Especially if you have oily skin like me. If you’re going to use them, I’d just use your regular toners before, mask and then maybe a gel moisturiser to seal it all in!
Repurchase wise, I think I’d buy the Soothing over the Firming, just because the effects are really instant and I much prefer the milky serum. You can find both masks at kokofash.com in boxes of five or individually. There’s also a mask set with one of each mask which is great to try out the whole range without committing to a lot of masks you may not love.