Sheet Mask Shenanigans: Innisfree vs. Tony Moly vs. Holika Holika

1:57 AM

Good morning! Today, I'm reviewing three masks that feature pomegranate as a main ingredient, briefly comparing them to each other, and to see how well each performs.

  • innisfree it's real squeeze mask - pomegranate
  • holika holika juicy mask sheet - pomegranate
  • tony moly i'm real pomegranate mask sheet (elasticity)


innisfree it's real squeeze mask - pomegranate
According to the Innisifree World site, this pomegranate mask helps to make your skin radiant. Containing pomegranate juice and a variety of other fruit extracts, the mask pack aims to hydrate the skin with  three layered cotton sheet, one that supposedly retains water (to pack in dat hydration for your face!) With all this goodness and a "organic" clean concept that Innisfree freely adopts, the masks seems fresh and radiant, even before opening.

(I'd rather slap on a wash off pack that's just what's sitting in the wooden spoon, tbh....)

I imagine (and expect) that with consistent daily use over a longer period of time, you would see noticeable results, than with isolated or a single use.


Other online sources, shop websites and even reviews detail a slightly different ingredient listing ("the green tea extract" sounds like a typo, guys.....) but this is my own transcribed version, literally from the back of my mask pack, as seen above:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Betaine, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum Juice, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Leaf Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Opuntia Coccineillifera Fruit Extract, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance 

 So there's a nice selection of fruit extracts:
grape fruit, tangerine, prickly pear, tsubaki/camellia and of course, actual pomegranate juice.

The mask sheet is a thin cotton type, soaked in a clear essence. Oddly enough, the scent is hard to pinpoint. It smells fruity but also with undertones of cleaning supplies and dirt. And baby wipes--the ones that are labeled "unscented" but still have a scent. But it is clearly perfumed and not as fruity as I expected it to be.

Prior to application, I did shower and wash my hair. I also washed my face with the CosRX Low pH cleanser, patting in a light splash of Tony Moly Rice Smooth Toner afterwards, and let my face air dry. With a dry, clean canvas, I let this mask set on my face for about 20 mins. I felt relaxed and refreshed immediately, but the perfumed scented was a bit annoying.

With some essence to spare for the neck and ears, the mask unfolded easily without tearing. I spread the small amount of extra essence on my neck, and just chilled. About 20 mins later, my face felt soft and hydrated.

The Innisfree It's Real Squeeze mask also had issues sticking to my face, especially around the chin area. I did find that the mask sheet didn't dry out while on my face and

That being said, the mask was pretty good and managed to hydrate my dry af face. I'd be down to try other Innisfree mask "flavours" but the pomegranate "flavour" isn't really my favorite, because of the scent. It was too all-over-the-place and unrelated to anything fruit related, which made it hard hard to enjoy the mask. Plus, the scent lingered while wearing it.

I have the Aloe, Cucucmber and Blackberry flavours in my stash still, so I will see how those work out, hoping that they perform well.

holika holika juicy mask sheet - pomegranate

Some lovely literature (that I can now kind of read but don't yet understand!):


Water, Glycerin, Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract

Most exciting bits:
pomegranate, grapefruit, orange peel and apricot extracts.

Like most sheet masks, this mask was also a thin silky cotton sheet, that came pre-folded-- I felt uneasy unfolding it, in case it tore (it didn't). The Holika Holika Juicy mask was fairly soaked in a clear essence, but with barely any extra essence.

Without lingering much, the scent was sweet, like fresh fruit, water and dirt. It was a wild combination and I keep smelling the packet just for the scent--it's just so...odd.

It dripped and was wet but also had a little trouble sticking to my chin area.

Soon after applying, I did feel a cooling effect.....then my cheeks started to heat up. It was the strangest sensation, where I felt cool and warm at the same time. I left the mask on for 10 mins and just let my skin rest for a couple of hours.

tony moly i'm real pomegranate mask sheet

I really enjoy Tony Moly as a brand, and also its popular I'm Real line of masks. Some are ok, other are a miss (the Seaweed................) but I generally favour the Rice and Makgeolli flavours the most, having repurchased myself a good eight or nine times (three masks each time). This is the first time I'm using the Pomegranate flavour!

As most brands promote about pomegranate as a fruit to help the skin's elasticity and firmness, Tony Moly also markets this mask as one that will firm the face, as noted on the back of the package. Tony Moly's I'm Real Pomegranate Mask Sheet is marketed towards firming the skin and skin elasticity.

Repeated, continual use of the particular mask sheet may show further signs of a firmer face. Seemingly a common trait to masks, the three layer mask sheet provides a stronger absorption of the essence into the skin. I feel like this works, but seems to depend on if its left on for 10 mins or towards 30 mins and whether your skin is agreeing with the mask and the mask essence.


Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Glycereth-26, Panthenol, Bis-Ethoxydiglycol Succinate, Allantoin, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Chlorphenesin, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol,Tromethamine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Propanediol, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Caprylyl Glycol, Illicium Verum (Anise), Hydroxyethylcellulose, Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance

The pomegranate (Punica Granatum Fruit) extract is about halfway down the ingredients list but there are only two other extracts, anise and a "fruit" extract. Interesting. At least it's not over-the-top like the range of non-fruit or pomegranate-related extracts, found in the Innisfree mask.

With some extra essence in the mask packet, the Tony Moly mask is another thin, cotton-y silk sheet that is drenched in a clear essence. The mask feels cooling even resting on my hand, and has a sweet fruit scent (but bordering into baby wipes scented territory.....) but so far, doesn't linger.

I left this Tony Moly mask pack on for about 30 mins (was watching something) and immediately felt cool to the face. Afterwards, my face felt pretty soft and hydrated. The sweet fruity scent did not linger but I did find that but the essence can dry up quickly.

Unfortunately, my face was also noticeably sticky. :~(((

The mask seems to fit weird, so I recommend cutting it into two pieces (like I did not do, lol) for a tighter, more even fit.

the verdict

The three pomegranate flavoured masks each had its pros and cons. Dripping in essence, the Holika Holika mask can be harder to find online but I did not like the scent even though the fit and hydration was likeable. Other flavours from the Juicy mask line seem to perform (and smell) better--the Aloe and Tea Tree, in particular.

Innisfree's mask has a good concept, of fresh fruit and "clean" refreshing radiant skin....yeah, sure. The scent was too much considering its range of extracts in the ingredients, but had a good fit and did manage to hydrate my face, the lingering scent was not enjoyable. The other flavours may be easier to handle, especially since I'm actually not that sensitive to scents (I just dislike some of them!).

Finally, Tony Moly, with its bright illustration on the pack. Other flavours from the mask line perform better, and while I did keep the mask on for longer and did feel some added hydration, my face was left sticky. Yeck! The Makgeolli flavour doesn't do, no, no way.

So, none of these masks will be a repurchase! Definitely them out no more than once, but always look to the other flavours offered with each of the brands!


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