Magnetic masks have made their way to the drugstore! e.l.f. has recently released a full line of skincare products and I was able to pick up the Beauty Shield Magnetic Mask and gave it a try. I figured the Beauty Shield is e.l.f.’s version of the Dr Brandt Magnetight Age-Defier mask, which I tried as part of my Seven Days of Masking; I wanted to see how the e.l.f. Beauty Shield compares.
First, let’s cover some of the details about the mask. It’s loaded with oils such as carrot seed oil, argan oil, sunflower seed oil, and a hit of vitamins C & E. The Beauty Shield is intended to help protect against environmental damage to the skin, as well as replenishing moisture. The iron filaments work with the magnet that’s provided to pull out impurities, helping to minimize the pores and prep the skin for makeup application.
The Beauty Shield mask comes with a magnetic wand that also serves as the paddle to apply the mask with. I did, however, resort to using my fingers to spread the mask around my nose, where the spatula could not get to. I had a heck of a time getting my hands clean and I managed to make a mess in my sink. Of course, they strongly urge you not to wash the mask off. I suppose it’s because the oils in the mask, in addition to the dimethicone, don’t play well with water. That aside, I will say that application was not all that difficult. The Beauty Shield has a lovely lime scent; the consistency is whipped, and spreads like frosting.
I did feel a little bit of a burning sensation, but nothing uncomfortable. I will say that I could feel this mask on my face, however it doesn’t have the heavy, suffocating feel that the Magentight mask has – I’m always very eager to get that one off my face. The Beauty Shield, on the other hand, was not at all uncomfortable.
The instructions state to wear the mask for 5-10 minutes, then use the magnetic wand, covered with the plastic sleeve, to start removal.
e.l.f. really thought the removal of the Beauty Shield out. The wand and sleeve cuts down on the mess and really works to keep the mask off of your hands. I will say that the plastic sleeve was not able to fully remove the mask but it’s a small thing, really. One of the things that is so frustrating about the Magnetight mask is that the triangle shaped magnet is too small and awkward to hold when wrapped with a tissue, as instructed. Plus, the magnet is so powerful, getting the tissue off (which you have to use more than one) becomes it’s own messy ordeal.
One of the things that is so fascinating to me about magnetic masks is the way it feels and looks while being removed. The filaments stand up on your skin and it’s really kind of cool.
As mentioned, removal was pretty easy, although I did have to go in with a paper towel to get the residue the magnet and sleeve couldn’t get. I think some of the beneficial oils were removed by the paper towel but, I was still left with some on my skin which I massaged in.
My skin was left feeling soft and it looked really good. While the Beauty Shield did condition and brighten my skin, I have to say the Magnetight mask had a slightly better result. Of course, the price for the Beauty Shield ($24 for 1.7 oz or 50g) and the Magnetight mask ($24 for .3 oz or 18g) could be a deciding factor. In my opinion, the fact that you get a wand and sleeves which increases ease of use and cuts down significantly on the mess, makes the e.l.f. Beauty Shield mask a much better buy. They clearly put a lot of thought into convenience and I’m glad for it.
I’ll continue using the e.l.f. Beauty Shield, because it’s so easy to do. I’ve also used the Magnetight mask a couple more times but I tend to get frustrated with the messiness of removal and because of that, I tend not to reach for it as often as other masks.
Those are my thoughts on e.l.f Beauty Shield Magnetic Mask. Have you tried a magnetic mask? If so, did you enjoy it?