For the past year, Glow Recipe products have been all over Instagram and seemed to instantly become must-haves. If you could get your hands on them, that is. The Watermelon Pink Juice Moisturizer and Watermelon Sleeping Mask are perpetually sold out from Sephora. Frenzy ensued as only the coolest bloggers could get them in their pink oriented flatlays and the hype was real. After much frustration, these two products finally came back into stock online from Sephora Canada. I purchased both of them and am ready to share my honest opinion and comparisons.
GLOW RECIPE WATERMELON DEETS:
Both the Watermelon Pink Juice Moisturizer ($50CAD for 2oz) and Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask ($59 for 2.7oz) promise to be skin-smoothing and radiance boosting products. I purchased the full size of the moisturizer but only the travel size of the mask ($29CAD for 1oz), since I never run out of masks quickly. The products are also formulated with hydrating watermelon extract, AHA’s, which gradually exfoliate the skin over time, and hyaluronic acid to visibly hydrate and plump skin, and peony extract for brightening. Glow Recipe advises the moisturizer is best for oily to combo skin and the mask is best for all skin types.
Upon looking into the full ingredients list, near the front of the list the Watermelon Pink Juice Moisturizer contains soy protein, wheat protein and corn protein– all known GMO’s and known allergens. I was honestly really put off by this and thought for $50, I didn’t expect to be rubbing corn, soy and wheat all over my face. The mask seems to be void of these ingredients and have higher quality ingredients, but alcohol is listed near the end. These products are cruelty-free and vegan, and also free of synthetic dyes.
WATERMELON PINK JUICE PROS:
-Smells delicious like a jolly rancher
-Easy to use pump bottle
-Doesn’t feel heavy or greasy
WATERMELON PINK JUICE CONS:
-Very runny moisturizer
-Not good for dry skin/dry patches
-The scent is nice, but is it doing any good for the skin…?
-Expensive considering the top ingredients are cheap fillers
WATERMELON GLOW MASK PROS:
-Travel size goes a long way
-Nice gel texture that absorbs before you sleep
-Smells nice also
-Good ingredients throughout
WATERMELON GLOW MASK CONS:
-Contains alcohol in the end of ingredients
-Jar format = less sanitary than pumps or tubes
MY OVERALL THOUGHTS:
Watermelon Pink Juice Moisturizer: 3.75/5
Okay, this is a good summer moisturizer. I usually have dry skin in the fall/winter and know this probably won’t be enough, but for know it’s good with my combo skin. It absorbs nicely and leaves me looking glowy, but I am left wanting a bit more substance. It’s just a little too runny for my liking and the cheap ingredients it’s formulated with are a bit deceptive. I also find the smell in the moisturizer much stronger than the mask, and wonder if that scent is doing my skin more harm than good. I do think this is really over-hyped and I’m not in love, but still glad I tried it.
Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask: 4/5
This is a nice basic sleeping mask, that’s really all I have to say about it. It’s pleasant in texture and absorbs well without feeling like I have something heavy on, but it’s not revolutionary. I’m glad I didn’t spend $59 on the full size. I also wish it was in a pump or tube as the jar format is kind of unsanitary for a liquid product. The mask does have a more “whole foods” ingredients list than the moisturizer, so if I had to go back I would probably rather own just the mask.
Overall I’m glad I tried these Glow Recipe watermelon products and they’re nice but they don’t blow me away. I think the pink packaging and yummy scent is what made these so hyped up, but they’re overpriced for what they are, imo.
P.S. Also pictured are these super cute watermelon cleansing wipes from Sephora Collection that I actually love and highly recommend!
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