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Review: Watermelon Jelly Tote (Skin Food?)

Suitable for all skin types, the Watermelon Jelly Set from the trending Glow Recipe K-Beauty brand is a skincare-trio in a pink jelly bag (also suitable for adults), and perfect for travel.

Having never tried Glow Recipe before, this seemed like the perfect introductory set to the line (although it would also make an excellent gifting option, particularly for those in your life or on your list who enjoy skincare and can appreciate a child-like packaging aesthetic). At a great value to retail cost, it was also a fairly low-cost investment to try out 3 popular luxury skincare brand items.

Formulated for dryness, dark spots, and dullness and uneven texture (as well as preventative anti-aging, but users should not expect to achieve advanced anti-aging benefits using this formulation alone).

The set contains a moisturizer, sleeping mask, and sheet mask (along with the cute reusable tote).

From the manufacturer, “this set is the complete watermelon skincare experience, including the skin-soothing Watermelon Glow Jelly Sheet Mask, the super-hydrating Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer, and the facial-in-a-jar Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask. These three watermelon favorites come in a super-cute, pink jelly tote to take on-the-go.”

Formulated without any gluten and by a vegan/cruelty-free company, all of the included products are are free of any parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, and harsh chemical additives, making them suitable for even very sensitive skin, barring any allergy to a particular ingredient contained in the formulation.

This review will cover some main product features about the collection in its entirety, a look at some key ingredients and corresponding topical benefits with use, some key positives and negatives to bear in mind prior to purchase, briefer reviews on the included products, as well as a final verdict, for you to make a more informed purchasing choice.

The Main Features

For only $40 (retailing at $51), the skincare trio set features one 25 mL Watermelon Pink Juice Moisturizer, one 30 mL Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask, and one 33 g Watermelon Glow Jelly Sheet Mask, along with the reusable tote (which is ideal for shower products and such).

From the manufacturer, “This set is the complete watermelon skincare experience, including the skin-soothing Watermelon Glow Jelly Sheet Mask, the super-hydrating Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer, and the facial-in-a-jar Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask. These three watermelon favorites come in a super-cute, pink jelly tote to take on-the-go.”

Formulated free of any sulfates, dyes, or harsh chemical additives, the set is also vegan and cruelty-free, and formulated for any skin type.

The trio is perfect for treating signs of dryness, dull spots, dark spots and dullness or sallowness for those seeking to restore radiance and glow. Perfect when used in conjunction with the overnight water mask treatment.

I would recommend this to anyone looking for a suitable daily lightweight treatment free of any harsh ingredients

Glow Recipe Watermelon Trio 2
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The Included Products

Here is a look at all of the included products along with some main features with ongoing daily topical use:

Watermelon Pink Juice Moisturizer

This lightweight moisturizer is formulated formulated rich in watermelon extract, and suitable for all skin types (though if you are very dry, you may wish to use an oil or serum type treatment in conjunction.

Formulated with vitamin-rich clean ingredients and vitamins, hydrating hyaluronic acid, and soothing botanicals to boost radiance and glow—which also layers perfectly as a soothing serum for dry skin.

Formulated free of any parabens of sulfates, from the manufacturer, “this lightweight, oil-free moisturizer imparts skin with lush, juicy radiance. Used morning and night—as a moisturizer for oily to combination skin or as a serum for dry skin—it delivers baby-soft skin around the clock. Its bouncy, gel-emulsion texture feels cool on contact like your face guzzled a glass of fresh watermelon juice. Vitamin- and amino acid-rich watermelon extract is blended with hydrating hyaluronic acid and soothing botanicals to calm irritation, brighten, and prep skin for the day ahead, while antioxidants fight free radical damage to ward off fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots.”

The moisturizer is not at all greasy or sticky in texture, and hydrates while feeling highly breathable on the skin. It has a fresh lovely scent devoid of any harsh chemical perfume odors or heavy fragrances.

I definitely noticed while using the cream my skin was radiant, glowing, and fully refreshed. It also definitely helps combat any redness or topical irritation.

It feels like gaining all of the same skincare benefits (as well as comparison in terms of texture), as a rich serum, sans the hefty price sticker.

I would definitely recommend this for the seeking a suitable daily moisturizer to promote radiance, hydration, and soften the skin, even if you have any redness, topical irritation or are in need of soothing (as well as fans of vegan beauty).

Glow Recipe Moisturizer
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Watermelon Glow Sleep Mask

Suitable for all skin types and designed to treat signs of dullness and sallow skin (to restore radiance and glow), this mask also improves uneven texture and helps those with combination/oily skin types to restore balance.

Designed to smooth and soften the skin, this radiance boosting overnight sleep mask contains watermelon extract and hyaluronic acid to obtain the results of a facial, at home at half the cost and in less of the time.

From the manufacturer, “this luxuriously bouncy, breathable sleeping mask refreshingly hydrates, smooths, and perfects skin overnight with a revolutionary pillow-proof, transfer-proof formula. The oil-free, lightweight, glow-boosting hybrid is formulated with ultra-soothing watermelon extract, hydrating hyaluronic acid, and gentle AHAs that work while you sleep to tone and clarify roughened, dull complexions. AHAs smooth the surface of the skin by banishing dead, rough surface cells, clearing the path for ultra-effective, lasting hydration, while hyaluronic acid binds moisture to the skin for an incredibly nourished complexion. Skin is baby-soft and bright in the morning, effortlessly.”

Formulated free of any parabens, sulfates, or harsh chemical additives, it can be used by those with any skin type (barring any specific allergens to ingredient formulations), and is both vegan and cruelty-free.

Prior to using this mask, which is quite lightweight and never feels heavy, greasy, or sticky (or creates any facial or linen residue), my face feels clear, refreshed, hydrated, and softened in the days following and there is a visible difference following use. The scent is lovely and light, and definitely akin to getting a fresh facial (free of the time and hits to credit cards).

Skin appears glowing, plumped, firmed, hydrated, and balanced following use, and the texture is a “jelly” type consistency (to reiterate, no feelings of stick or grease).

Only a very small amount of product is required for use, making it valuable and adding to product longevity. Because of the increase in tone, there becomes a decrease in the need to use exfoliating products as well, and skin always seems detoxified and refreshed. I also noticed a visible decrease in the appearance of pore size.

While it is a crowded category, I would highly recommend this product for anyone seeking a lightweight overnight treatment to restore radiance and glow, and it’s definitely akin to an at home facial, which feels like a deserved splurge from time to time, and makes the purchase seem justifiable.

Out of all of the included products, I would definitely repurchase this and say it was a favorite of the entire set. Of course, also recommended to fans of vegan skincare seeking treatment masks that offer actual efficacy.

Glow Recipe Sleeping Mask
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Watermelon Glow Jelly Sheet Mask

While I typically avoid single sheet masks, as it seems like the definition of a one-off product, I can say without reservation this is the best in its category I have tried to date.

Suitable for all skin types and free of any parabens, sulfates, chemical additives (in addition to being vegan), this gentle sheet mask also includes two individual strips which can be used for the under eye area as well. It is equally parts gentle and refreshing.

If you’re seeking a quick fix to treat sallow or uneven skin, dryness, or lack of texture, this sheet mask is your perfect go-to (especially before a night out or event).

From the manufacturer, “Use this mask as a cooling, hydrating skin treatment twice a week or a prep mask to smooth the look of skin and de-puff before your morning makeup. The texture of the mask is a unique, oil-free, jelly hydrogel. The transparent, pink tint barely makes it look like you’re wearing a mask—which means sheet masking is now selfie approved. The mask conforms to your face and stays in place, making it easy to wear on-the-go.”

It felt quite refreshing, soothing, and nourishing to the skin and I definitely noticed a visibly brighter and more even complexion following use. It has a lovely cooling sensation akin to a serum or topical treatment product.

Skin is plumped (and includes brightening and anti-aging benefits), but also refreshed, detoxified, cooled down, and visibly more radiant following use. The serum on the product was not at all sticky, greasy, or tacky, and felt extremely refreshing and cooling upon application.

With that said, while it is a lovely product I did prefer the moisturizer and overnight sleeping mask, as results are more continual and visible over time with daily topical use.

With that in mind, if you are a fan of sheet masks, this is definitely one of the best I have tried in the category and would recommend it free of reservations, but would also recommend spot testing due to the potent ingredients in the formulation.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Sheet Mask
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Ingredients and Benefits

Especially for those of us who are sensitive, examining labels on your topical products can be just as important as examining the labels on the ingredients in the food you eat. Here is a look at some key ingredients in the formulation and their corresponding benefits with regular everyday topical application. With that said, here are some main ingredients contained in the product formulations as well as their topical benefits with ongoing daily continual use:

Watermelon

  • Helps increase blood pressure leading to a healthier looking aesthetic in the face
  • Anti-aging benefits: decreases the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, and discoloration, helps maintain and improve elasticity
  • Nourishes the skin and helps to soothe and relieve (anti-inflammatory properties)
  • Rich in Vitamin C, the extract can also help brighten the skin and even out all of the texture, smoothening out everything and helping with skin texture
  • Helps control any excess oil production
  • Acts as a natural skin toner

Glycerin

  • Helps in treating infection and decreasing bacteria on the skin
  • Attracts moisture to the skin, which is very absorbing and leaves the skin smooth and soft
  • Anti-acne benefits: helps prevent acne and bacteria that causes blemishes, decreasing breakouts, blackheads and whiteheads, particularly in the t-zone area
  • Anti-inflammatory properties help in treating any topical redness or irritation
  • Soothing and nourishing to the skin, cooling and cleansing
  • Helps in providing a hydrating cleanse that still leaves skin smooth and free of any dirt or oil, without drying out or stripping the skin of natural oil
  • Helps in depleting any lost hydration and soothes very dry skin
  • Anti-aging benefits: with continual daily use over time, fights signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, and with longterm use signs of hyperpigmentation
  • Helps in providing moisture to the skin that is very absorbing and provides a long moisture hold
  • Suitable for both very dry skin, combination skin, sensitive skin, and acne-prone skin

Hyaluronic Acid

  • Maximizes collagen levels to keep skin looking soft, young, and supple
  • Anti-aging benefits: helps decrease the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, and sun damage
  • Helps expedite the cellular turnover process, aiding elasticity and firmness
  • Helps hydrate any dry skin and restore depleted hydration (can hold 1000 times its weight in water)
  • Reduces redness and signs of pigmentation and inflammation on the skin
  • Acts as a humectant to draw moisture into the skin further
  • Acts as a natural lipid barrier enhancement
  • Improves tightness in the skin
  • Improves a smoother overall texture and finishing aesthetic
  • Actively stimulates cell rejuvenation
  • Improves skin clarity and detoxifies

Peony Root

  • Naturally tones the skin
  • Hydrates and conditions, acts as a hydrating ingredient for very dry skin
  • Helps to naturally brighten and clarify
  • Helps to detoxify pores, minimize the appearance of pore size

Licorice Root Extract

  • Improves the appearance of dark marks and sun spots, with continual daily use and over time
  • Helps in the treatment of skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema, making this a safe ingredient for very sensitive skin and those with topical conditions
  • Heals irritations, blemished, and fights topical infections
  • Treats topical conditions and infection
  • Helps to tighten and firm the skin without creating any dryness or pulling sensations
  • Anti-aging benefits: helps address signs of aging such as lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation
  • Helps fight environmental damage and sun damage by creating a protective barrier on the skin, preventing future damage while treating preexisting signs of damage
  • Helps restore radiance, luminosity, brightens skin and helps create a more dewy aesthetic
  • Helps prevent acne and acne scarring
  • Expedites healing rates from any inflammation, scars, or skin irritation
Glow Recipe Hydrating Watermelon Skin Products
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How To Use:

From the manufacturer and recommendations of product use,

Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask:

To use as a sleeping mask (overnight benefits):
-Apply a generous layer to skin as a final step of your routine.
-Gently pat mask until absorbed.
-Wash off in the morning if there is any additional residue

To use as a wash-off mask (10-20 minutes):
-Apply a thick layer to skin from forehead to chin, and neck if desired
-Rinse with lukewarm or cold water after 10-20 minutes

Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer:

-For oily/combo skin: Use as a moisturizer after treatment products.
-For dry skin types: Use as a serum after toning.
-Dispense one pump onto fingertips and pat onto skin until fully absorbed.
-Can be used daily, morning and night

Watermelon Glow Jelly Sheet Mask:

-Remove mask from tray and gently unfold.
-Remove protective backing before application.
-Use as the serum step in your skincare routine on cleansed and toned skin.
-After 10 minutes, peel off the mask and pat remaining serum into skin.
-Follow with moisturizer, or serum, if desired

Glow Recipe Trio set #3
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Positives and Negatives

While this set offers both great benefits with use as well as longevity and visible topical benefits, the only main downsides seem to be in the price point (while compared to retail it is still a steal, however some still may feel for the category it is pricey), and a subset of reviewers have claimed the products have broken out their sensitive skin. The irony is the vast majority of users make claims to anti-acne benefits and enjoy decreases in blemishes with ongoing topical use.

With that in mind, here are a look at some main pros and cons to bear in mind prior to purchase:

Pros

  • All of the products in the set work in tandem to deliver the best skincare benefits, included restored radiance, hydration, even tone, and restored texture
  • Vegan and cruelty free company: none of the products are tested on any animals and no animal product is used during any manufacturing processes, or in any specific formulations
  • All of the included products are free of any parebens, sulfates, or harsh chemical additives, and suitable for all skin types, including the most sensitive skin, barring any specific topical allergen
  • All of the ingredients in the products included work to deliver anti-aging benefits, and prevent signs of aging from occurring
  • Products act like protective barriers for the skin, working to nurture and protect from external damage, pollution, and sun damage (including environmental toxins and exposure
  • Wonderful gifting item for the recipient in your life who enjoys skincare products at a reasonable cost, with items suitable for even those who are sensitive
  • Perfect item as an introductory product to the brand, to test out new products and get a sense of those that you may enjoy, for newcomers who have yet to try out the items or popular k-skincare line
  • Excellent option for current fans of the brand seeking variety and value, and to try out other products they may normally not have

Cons

  • For the category and considering the sizes provided, some still have price objections about the set, however it is important to bear in mind that due to longevity of use and value, compared with efficacy, the set does offer great value with fresh and clean ingredients included in every product
  • While this represents a minority of user feedback, many users claimed while using the watermelon sheet mask they experienced splotchy and red skin or irritation, so it is definitely advisable to try and spot-test prior to use to ensure no allergies occur (I would recommend doing this with all of these, any any, topical products)
Glow Recipe Hydrating moisturizer photo 2
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Money-Back Guarantee

Especially the set nature of the entire item, the return policy in this case may be a highly important factor for you.

The manufacturer, Watermelon Jelly, has a strong return and exchange policy that honors full refunds upon dissatisfaction or allergy, and this policy favors the consumer, both new and returning. If you are dissatisfied with the use of the any of the products, or if they do not work for your skin to provide suitable hydrating or anti-aging benefits, or you experience any product allergy or reaction to the formulation, you may elect to return it at any time.

In this case, you will receive a full refund equal to the entire purchase price of the item. If the item was received as a gift (without receipt), the policy applies for an even exchange, and this policy is applicable to online purchase, as individual store policy may vary depending on location and distributer. It is important to remember you will need to refund the entire set in this case, as individual items are not available for return or exchange.

If you feel the policy if not taken into consideration, you may contact customer service, and you can remain ensured you will receive a full refund.

I was happy to discover that all of the formulations in the set were gentle enough to use even with very sensitive skin and did not cause any breakouts, but due to price barriers or sensitivity concerns this policy may help assuage fears, as individual allergies are highly variable.

While I felt compared to the longevity and benefits this was a worthy splurge, this is a highly individual choice, and only one you as a consumer can decide on.

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The Final Verdict

This set makes and ideal gift to the self or a fan of vegan (or any) skincare brands, especially those interested in trying out trending K-skincare lines that prove efficacy with results and fully refresh the aesthetic and complexion.

While still pricey so some considering the category, the longevity and value and comparison to retail cost seem to make this a very worthy indulgence, especially as a gifting item around the holiday season.

If you are a fan of luxury beauty with moderate price tags and seeking some variety, this collection offer excellent “food” for the skin, that drenches the skin with hydration and helps to heal, brighten, anti-age, and promote total skin health.

Fans of clean products or general vegan cosmetics may also enjoy trying this set out as an introductory item to the collection if they have never tried the line prior.

In terms of overall benefits with topical use, longevity, value, variety, and outperformance in comparison to the category, I would recommend this set free of reservations for anyone seeking quality skincare products that are gentle enough for every day use but still come with all of the anti-aging and brightening benefits you’d expect of a luxury treatment or in-salon facial.

Recommended!

 

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