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? Consider me interested. Enter: Talika's Bio-Enzyme Mask, 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. Read on to find out why.
Pros + Cons
- Visibly brightens skin
- Adheres well to skin
- No messy drips
- Paraben free
- Price per mask is expensive
- Single use mask
I was never the biggest fan of sheet masks, but the Talika Bio Enzymes Brightening Mask is one I'll be keeping in my stash. It visibly (and immediately, I might add) brightens and rejuvenates the skin after just one use.
Talika Bio-Enzyme Brightening Mask
Best for: All skin types
Uses: Brightens dull skin and dark spots
Star rating: 4.5/5
Potential allergens: Fragrance
Active ingredients: Niacinamide/vitamin B3, aloe vera, chamomile extract
About the brand: Talika is a French beauty brand founded during WWII. Its primary focus is on eye care products, but they have since expanded their offerings to skin and body care.
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 will not check: dullness. Naturally lit-from-within, I am not.
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 let's rewind and talk about that coconut-water cellulose again. The mask is made from a unique bio-cellulose material (derived from fermented coconut water) that helps the serum soak into its fibers more effectively—so much so that one sheet mask is the equivalent of putting an entire *month's* worth of serum on your face. And that whole "second skin" thing isn't just a marketing gimmick. Bio-cellulose material actually creates a barrier that prevents all of that serum-y goodness from evaporating, trapping it underneath the mask so it penetrates into the skin more effectively.
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 roll my eyes 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.
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.
If you're looking for a good, effective mask to use before an important event or maybe you just want to look glowy and awake for a Zoom call, this is a great option. But I do have to admit that it is a bit pricey for a one use mask, even if it supposedly contains a month's worth of serum in each package.
Leaders Brightening Recovery Mask: This $7 mask is also made with bio-cellulose (no slipping and sliding here) and is made with skin-brightening ingredients like niacinamide, coconut fruit extract and blue mallow flower extract.
Peach & Lily Original Glow Sheet Mask: Fomulated with a blend of AHAs, peptides and hydrating botanicals, this $6 mask brightens and hydrates the skin, as well as smoothing and plumping fine lines and wrinkles.
I wasn't the biggest fan of sheet masks before I tried the Talika Bio Enzyme Brightening Mask, but it completely exceeded my expectations. If you're looking for a special occasion mask that brightens and soothes your skin instantly, then you'll definitely want to add it to your next Amazon haul.