This is my first experience with a Japanese face sheet mask. I’m already a fan of the Korean or Chinese face sheet masks which are widely available online. I decided to try out these Saborino morning sheet masks, which I luckily got locally at a new Japanese skincare store that popped out in my city. I got the Fresh Fruit White Type, which is in the white packaging.

What is a sheet mask?

A sheet mask is essentially a serum drenched fabric sheet that is cut out to fit your face. There will be cutouts for the eyes, nose and lips so it rests comfortably on your skin. The fabric can depend on the brand and type you buy, some are 100% cotton or silk sheets. The general purposes of these masks is to hydrate and moisturize your skin and often don’t require a face wash afterwards as it is ideal for the serum to be absorbed into the skin.

So what’s Saborino, who made it?

Saborino is a series of face masks under the company BCL (Beauty Creative Lab) from Japan. They’re not new, first released in 2015 with the original with the yellow packaging. They came out with 4 other variants afterwards. They all claim to do the “quick” morning routine for you, essentially the 3 steps: washing, skin care and moisturizing base. Although I’m not sure how moisturizing counts as a different step than skin care…¯\_(ツ)_/¯. They say that you can wear for a minute and it is effective, you could put your makeup and go afterwards.

How did it perform?

I have to say I like it, but I don’t love it. My first use of it, it stung my face a lot, I’m not someone with overly sensitive skin either. I was disappointed, it felt like it was cooling but also irritating my skin. I kept it on for about 1 minute before I couldn’t take it anymore. Regardless, if you have particularly sensitive skin, avoid the minty variants and opt for the Mixed Berry one.

I felt the guilt of throwing it out because I don’t know who else to pass it to, my mother’s skin is more sensitive than mine. I decided to give it a second try the next morning. Surprisingly didn’t sting anymore, I wasn’t sure if it was because it was more concentrated when it was freshly opened or not. I enjoy using it every morning now, it gives a great glow after use.

Scent

Strong mint with mixture of artificial peach/kiwi. No yogurt smell.

Material

100% Cotton, very soft and not scratchy or thick. Enough stretch to not tear super easily. Has decent amount of serum and is not drenched and drippy. Fit isn't great, someone with a wider face will struggle getting this to reach the edges of the face near the ears or jaw line. Eye holes were small and I had to stretch them out gently first before putting it on, in case of burning my eyes by accident. That’s never fun.

Effect

Yes, glow & dewy skin base ready to go. Makeup applied on smoothly with no pilling or weird reactions. Although with combination skin, I felt like it did make my skin more oily by the end of the day. Yes, very. Minty.

Packaging

Great! Snap cover seals in the moisture and doesn’t dry it out.

Rating

For Fresh Fruit White Type only. 8.5/10

Snap cover with sheets stacked inside

The Specs

Group Company: Styling Life Group founded in 1966. Focused in 3 business areas: retail goods, mail order sales and beauty & wellness.

Company Brand: BCL (Beauty Creative Lab) founded in 1996.

Brand Series: Saborino

Price

28 Sheets → 1300 yen ($14.81 CAD or $11.61 USD Nov 18, 2017)
5 Sheets →   420 yen ($4.78 CAD or $3.75 USD Nov 18, 2017)

Please note all ingredients were sourced from BCL’s product pages and translated via Google Translate. There may be translation errors.

Original (Yellow)

If you don’t know what to pick yet, try this one out first.

Ingredients: Water, glycerin, BG, ethanol, ascorbyl glucoside, avocado extract, orange oil, cucumber fruit extract, grapefruit peel oil, tremella fuciformis polysaccharide polysaccharide, peppermint leaf extract, tea tree leaf oil, honey, sodium hyaluronate, betaine, water-soluble collagen , PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, acetyl hyaluronic acid, xanthan gum, citric acid, sodium citrate, menthol, malic acid, phenoxyethanol, ethylparaben, methylparaben, fragrance

Fresh Fruit White (White)

People who want something refreshing but less zesty. Less cooling and a bit more moisturizing than the Minty Grapefruit, but more refreshing than the original. Maybe not recommended for sensitive skin.

Ingredients: Water, glycerin, isopentyldiol, ethanol, PPG-14 polyglyceryl-2 ether, ascorbyl glucoside, aloe vera leaf extract, orange juice, kiwi extract, cucumber fruit extract, grapefruit peel oil, tremella fuciformis polysaccharide, peppermint extract, honey, sodium hyaluronate, hydrolyzed punus deomestica, betaine, prunus persica juice, yogurt filtrate, pyrus malus juice, citrus medica limonum juice, soluble collagen, BG, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, xanthan gum, citric acid, sodium citrate, menthol, malic acid, tocopherol, citric acid, tocopherol, phenoxyethanol, ethylparaben, methylparaben, fragrance

Minty Grapefruit (Teal)

Those who want to have refreshed and tighter skin in the morning. More cooling and less about moisture. Not recommended for sensitive skin.

Ingredients: Water, BG, glycerin, ethanol, PPG-14 polyglyceryl-2 ether, ascorbyl glucoside, cucumber fruit extract, grapefruit peel oil, tremella fuciformis polysaccharide, honeysuckle leaf extract, honey extract, hamamelis extract, sodium hyaluronate, betaine, lemon peel extract, water soluble collagen, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, acetyl hyaluronic acid, sodium, xanthan gum, citric acid, sodium citrate, menthol, malic acid, phenoxyethanol, ethylparaben, methylparaben, perfume

Mixed Berry (Pink)

Moisture and less of a cooling effect. Pomegranate, blueberry, raspberry, grapefruit, mint, peach leaf extracts, honey and hyaluronic acid present. Ideal if you don’t like the mint smell as much.

Ingredients: Water, glycerin, isopentyl diol, ethanol, diglycerin, ascorbyl glucoside, aloe vera leaf extract, raspberry extract, pomegranate peel extract, tremella fuciformis polysaccharide, sphingomonas culture extract, peppermint leaf extract, tocopherol, honey, sodium hyaluronate, blueberry fruit extract, betaine, polyquaternium-61, peach leaf extract, water soluble collagen, lactobacillus / grape juice fermentation broth, (styrene / acrylates) copolymer, BG, DPG, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, xanthan gum, citric acid, Na citrate, menthol, malic acid, phenoxyethanol, ethyl paraben, propyl paraben, methyl paraben, fragrance

Tired Night Edition (Dark Blue – New release in 2017)

Fatigued or tired skin. Soothes with milky lotion, camomile, lavender extracts. Has orange scent with camomille.

Ingredients: Water, glycerin, propanediol, diglycerin, PPG-14 polyglyceryl-2 ether, ascorbyl glucoside, rose extract, orange oil, chamomile flower extract, glycyrrhizic acid 2K, sphingomonas culture extract, honeysuckle leaf extract, honey, hyaluronic acid Na , Betaine, Jojoba seed oil, Polyquaternium-61, Lemna pearl oyster seed extract, lavender flower extract, water soluble collagen, peat extract, (Eicosanedioic acid / Tetradecanedioic acid) Polyglyceryl-10, BG, PEG- Castor oil, ethanol, xanthan gum, citric acid, Na citrate, bisethoxydiglycol cyclohexane-1,4-dicarboxylic acid, menthol, malic acid, tocopherol, phenoxyethanol, ethylparaben, methylparaben, perfume

Where to buy?

  • alphabeauty.net
  • Rakuten JP
  • Amazon JP (create an account with the same email as you did for the Amazon from your country)
  • eBay – Ryushindo Japan (I’ve ordered multiple times)
  • YesStyle (may have limited amounts)

Unless specified, links are for all international buyers unless specified, more focused on Canada/USA.