As beauty editors, we get bombarded with a ton of new products every day (we know—tough life). Reviewed is a series where we report on some of the best products we've tried. Whether it's a drugstore lipstick that lasted all day or a hand cream that saved us this winter, you'll find all of our favorites in this column. Enjoy!
You know when you're shopping for a new skincare product and you're directed to check the box containing your main concern (e.g., blemishes, dryness, enlarged pores)? Well, typically I find myself in the precarious situation of having too many concerns and too few boxes. Seriously, why do they cut you off at just one or two?!)
After all, the skin is far from static, and depending on the time of year, the kind of shade my hormones are currently throwing, and my blood-to-coffee ratio, my skincare needs will fluctuate. However, there's one box that I'll not check: dullness. Naturally lit-from-within, I am not.
Therefore, when I come in contact with a product that not only boasts a cult following in France (and French girls know their skincare) but also promises to bless me with the same brightening benefits that I would gain only after a full month's worth of serums and scrubs?
Talika's Bio Enzyme Mask
Consider me interested. Enter: Talika's Bio Enzyme Mask ($12), a high-tech sheet mask that's a far cry from a one-trick pony and happens to be genuinely addictive. And given that I might be the only person in this world who abhors sheet masks, that's saying something.
The first time I tried the mask, I'll admit that my expectations were low. Sure, the product claims an all-star lineup of ingredients like vitamin B3, vitamin C, aloe vera, and grapefruit and chamomile extracts, but I was still apprehensive. Could it really tackle my stubbornly dull complexion? Spoiler: It went above and beyond.
Applying the Mask
Firstly, I typically dislike sheet masks due to the inevitable slip factor. I mean, how am I supposed to watch Riverdale, put finishing touches on a story, and shove dinner in my face when I have serum-soaked mummy wrapping sliding down my chin and neck? ( I realize this sounds dramatic, but sheet masks are clearly a sore point.)
However, much to my excitement, the Bio-Enzyme Brightening mask doesn't slip. In fact, it sticks. Enriched with coconut-water-based cellulose for binding and hydration benefits, the mask acts as a "second skin," which helps the ingredients penetrate the skin more effectively and also equates to an all-around better masking experience.
So after letting the mask sit on my face for around 45 minutes (it says 15 to 30, but I honestly forgot I was wearing it), what did I see when I peeled it off? Brighter, prettier skin. Typically, I do an internal eye roll when products promise instantaneous results—especially brightening. Greasy? Yes. Legitimately more radiant? Usually not. Except for this one.
My skin didn't feel tight, greasy, or overly saturated with the product, and I immediately noticed that my skin's overall tone was significantly more even and clear. And while the next day I did have a random pimple on my cheek, I refuse to believe it was in any way related to my most recent obsession du jour.