Friday, March 1, 2013

My Beauty Diary Apple Polyphenol Mask Review

Sooo, as most of you probably know, MBD masks are really popular for their relatively low price and their effectiveness. I read a lot of reviews before deciding on these, and I'm really happy with my purchase! 

Where to get it:

Description: My Beauty Diary Apple Polyphenol Mask contains Roselle Acid which removes dead skin cells and improves and prevents enlarged pores. Gentle Nono (AHA) prolongs pore-contracting effects. Hyalyronic Acid stimulates synthesis of collagen and improvens skin's firmness and resilience. Provides moisturized, smoothed, and firmed skin. Recommended for normal skin, especially those with large pores. (from

Claims to:
~Remove Dead Skin Cells
~Improve Enlarged Pores
~Prevent Enlarged Pores


Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Citrus Medica Limonium (Lemon) Peel Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Triethanolamine, Nasturtium Officinale Leaf Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Methyparaben, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Dimethysilanol Hyaluronate, Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolized Albumen, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxide

Packaging: I was surprised by how 'high-quality' they felt. I'm not sure what I was expecting, honestly, but the box was pleasantly heavy and the packaging is of good quality. Mine were from Pretty & Cute (I'm impatient and their shipping takes a lot less time than Sasa) and the box came with a small sticker in English explaining how to use them.

I never massage the remaining serum in, I just let it absorb naturally.

So shiny! Small features like that really contribute to the 'high-quality' feeling.

Scent: A really lovely apple juice-esque scent? I don't know- I really like it though. It's not super duper scented or anything, which is a plus. If you're sensitive to smells it might be too much. Either way, the smell doesn't linger once the mask is on. 5/5

More packaging to make up for my lack of before & after pics.

Fit: As MBD is a Taiwanese brand, the masks are probably cut for different features than mine... it didn't fit me super well.

My nose isn't made for these. Also, you can see that the mask covers my upper lip. I have to fold that up to make a little mustache.

However, the cotton is thin enough so you can make little tears to customize the fit, which I have to do for the nose bridge! The mask is also a bit big for my face, but I just fold over the edges a bit to avoid getting it in my hair. Unfortunately there are usually quite a few wrinkles around the jaw area as well, but with some adjusting I can get it covering my chin and cheeks decently. So overall, it doesn't fit me well, but with some careful tearing and tugging it's adequate. 2/5

Still not a great fit, but better?

Results: Honestly quite effective! It's highly moisturizing, as most of the MBD masks are (to my knowledge). It never makes me feel greasy after, just moisturized and glowing. It feels cool on the skin but warms up quickly and is comfortable to have on after 5 or so minutes. Sometimes I forget its there, but then I remember and get irrationally excited about using it. I am a big fan of my bi-weekly beauty treatments  (*´∀`*)

There's usually a lot of product in the packets, but never overly much. I always have enough left over for my neck and sometimes hands. I like using it on my neck especially, because that way I can touch my neck, rather than my face,  to feel how soft and smooth the skin is after without worrying about causing a breakout. I've never had any issues with drips either, hurray!

After I've removed the mask my skin is definitely 'glowing', smooth, and soft. I also notice that the relatively large pores around my nose are smaller and less noticeable, and that the effect usually lasts until the next morning- quite a while. I have read that some people only have the results last for that night, however, so keep that in mind! It just seems to work particularly well on me. It doesn't irritate my skin or cause breakouts either (:

As for improved skin texture with regular use, I think it does. Maybe it's just that when I use the masks regularly I also am being diligent about the rest of my skincare routine, but adding the Bulgarian Rose toner and these masks into my routine has definitely improved my skin texture! And after a few days when I haven't used a mask recently, I do feel like my skin's condition is slightly worse VS the day or two after? Maybe I'm just imagining it.

Unfortunately I only have a mediocre phone camera to take pics with, so I couldn't take a before and after pore picture ): I'll eventually buy a new charger for my proper camera though! So I'll update this with more pictures eventually.

Conclusion: Final Score 5/5
  • Effective (light exfoliation, brightens skin, tightens pores, the results last awhile for me)
  • A lot of product, so you can use it on your neck and hands or wherever you feel so inclined to
  • Smells good
  • Feels nice and cooling
  • Make you look like a serial killer
  • Relatively low price
  • Why can't I afford to wear them every day?
  • Poor fit for me


  1. Hi Laura! Just letting you know how much I love your extensive reviews! My local Asian store occasionally stocks different kinds of masks, but because they aren't a regular item, they don't have any english on them. So I run home and check to see whether you have done a review.
    Keep up the fantastic work, I love reading what you're up to!!
    Cait xx

    1. Aww thank you so much for this comment! It means the world to me that people find my reviews helpful- that was my intent when I started this blog and it makes me sooo happy to know I can help people!!! You've made my week with this comment, I hope you continue to enjoy my reviews <3



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