Shangpree is a luxury spa located in Seoul, Korea offering only the best facial treatments, using only the best products, and performed only by the most knowledgeable Estheticians who have gone through a rigorous, customized training. To visit here would be the ultimate in skincare luxury that I hope to experience one day. For now, reading and living vicariously through the wonderful Katherine over at Skin Full of Seoul will have to suffice. She has a must read blog post about her visit and experience with Shangpree & their spa services here.
Until I am able to experience this little piece of heaven, the opportunity given me to test and review their products has been nothing short of amazing. During our email interaction, Cassy with Shangpree, was warm and informative and despite the emotional disconnect of the internet you could detect the admiration and pride she has for Shangpree. The moment the package arrived I was giddy with excitement and with the patience of a toddler, I tore into the box, revealing much more than just the items we spoke about. Each item was wrapped with care and attention. The expertly selected products included a box of their signature gold modeling masks, cream/sleeping mask, brightening ampoules, headband with Shangpree embroidered in gold lettering, the prettiest PINK hand mirror, and copious amounts of samples, along with a sweet note.
Over the last few months I have tested all of these products and have given them more than enough time to provide a thorough, detailed review. My main focus of this review will be on the
My modeling mask skills or lack thereof:
I was kindly sent a pack of five masks, I’ve used three so far and feel like this was sufficient to get a good feel for the product and to share my thoughts. My previous experience with modeling masks have been dismal, most ended in a mess and not worth the extra fuss for minimal results. The powder kind that come in a tub where you add your own liquid are frustrating. These always have a short window of time to get the texture just right and applied to your face before it starts to congeal, leaving dry patches while other areas are a dripping mess. My observation of these lackluster powders is they are poorly packaged, containing minimal active, fresh ingredients that you further dilute with water or toner leaving you with a mixture that varies depending on water quality, environment, user error, and so on. Not fun, and most certainly not my idea of luxurious pampering. That said, I have tried a few that were pretty good, one of which is very similar to the Shangpree. With my past experiences in mind this was going to be interesting,
Preparation for a pampering session:
If you follow my Instagram @MindYourBeauty you may be familiar with my weekly Sunday pampering sessions (you can explore the hashtag: #MYBPamperingSunday). Putting focus on a weekly self care session (no matter how small or big) allows me to relax and center my often over stimulated injured brain to process the upcoming week’s happenings. I often plan my pampering sessions with a combination of a few of my favorite things like masks I’m hoarding, a luxury brand mini, some sort of tea or flavored water, and a hot bath. I’ve only been impressed by a few modeling masks and though I enjoyed the results, I wouldn’t necessarily reach for one to pamper myself with. Until now. The Shangpree Gold Premium Modeling Mask has been on my wishlist for quite some time and if slathering your face in gold doesn’t scream luxury, I don’t know what does.
Ingredient line up:
Shangpree doesn’t take any shortcuts and the ingredient line up for these products are no exception. I love the use of only the best tried and true, backed by science, moisture building essentials and the skin loving extracts. I am linking the ingredient lists from ingredient site CosDna. Note: I take the data from this website with a grain of salt, and though it’s a wealth of information the safety and comedogenic ratings are not up to date nor backed by any research that I’m aware of. for your reference
As easy as 1, 2,…
The pretty gold box houses a set of five masks with simple, easy to follow instructions in Korean and English. The labeled, two step packets are the perfect packaging for this mask as they are tightly sealed, minimizing any spillage while keeping the ingredients sanitary and fresh. The step 1 packet is a gold gel and the Step 2 packet is an active collagen powder. Mixing the two together is as easy as 1, 2…I find that this is where things get tricky with most modeling masks. The powders and water often don’t mix well making for an uneven clumpy mess that is a struggle to spread smoothly in the short window of time it takes before they start to dry. This product is different, it comes together easily, is smooth without clumping, and is relatively easy to spread. It’s not flawless, but it’s without frustration (why do these never look like the photo on the package?!) making this a stress free, minimal fuss pampering session.
Ready to slather my face in gold
As I mentioned, Cassy kindly sent a few other goodies that pair perfectly with these masking treatments, but I found they work better in a different order than suggested. Though I’ve tried and enjoyed the modeling mask treatment on it’s own, the Gold Premium Ampoule and S-Energy Hydro Cream are nourishing with brightening boosts that take this mask treatment to a next level spa quality facial while never leaving my home. Not only do these products feel, look and smell luxurious they perform as such. On Shangpree’s website, they demonstrate steps to include these boosters into the modeling mask session. I have tried them a few different ways and feel like I got the best result when using the ampoule and cream after the modeling mask, rather than before. When I did use the ampoule and cream first, I noticed the mask congealed with clumps due to the wonderful oils included in these products. Instead, sealing off the mask treatment using the rich luxurious cream with a few drops of the ampoule as a sleep pack for my last step in my nighttime routine provided me with a nourished bright glow that lasted well into the week.
Don’t let that goopy mess fool you, this was a successful application! The beautiful gold iridescent goop has a wonderful texture that is near smooth, spreads easily, and feels amazing on the skin. As someone who experiences periodic redness, I absolutely love the cooling effect of this mask and it makes for the best relaxation period. I suggest lying down while the mask sets to help limit some the the drips and allows the mask to set and do it’s magic. And magic it does upon removal of this rubbery substance, revealing happy, plump, bright skin. Each and every time I tried this mask, I was impressed and found something new to marvel over. As I mentioned, I tried using the ampoules and cream a few different ways and these items really took the results to next level of pampering and added that special something that you would expect from a luxury brand like Shangpree. The lasting result is what sets this modeling mask apart and makes it special. Cutting no corners, Shangpree provided only quality ingredients, a spa grade experience delivering glowing skin, like I just got a mini facial.
I really had fun testing these products and look forward to continuing the use of the remaining masks. The cream is such a luxurious nighttime treat as a sleep pack and I already love and use the headband and mirror, they fit perfectly into my other beauty collections. I look forward to discovering more from Shangpree and though they have an equally luxurious price tag, I don’t mind splurging or dropping hints to the hubby for special skin treats such as these
This product was kindly provided to me by Shangpree in exchange for my review.
Places to buy Shangpree:
For my US followers: Peach & Lily (P&L) has a great selection of Shangpree, I’ve always been pleased with their service and have happily purchased from them several times. P&L offers several web sales throughout the year as well as ongoing peach points programs which stack points to earn a discounts off your future purchases. And of course their yearly sample sale!
Amazon carries a small selection, although you would be best off stacking points from P&L and getting stellar service with them.
Kmall24 seems to carry a few items, however I’m unable to recommend them as I am not familiar with their service.