Every week, fashion and beauty editor Jolene Khor, makeup artist Fiona Bennett, hair guru Christian Maranion, and beauty connoisseur Monica Saranya Selva De Roy — collectively known as The Clubbers — test drive the latest (and with hopes, the greatest) makeup, skincare, hair care, fragrance, bath and body drops to land in Singapore. Tools and brushes too. You get the idea. To buy in bulk or to take a hard pass? We give you the 411 so you never have to second-guess again.
In the spotlight this week:
Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Biocellulose Brightening Treatment Mask

Instant gratification is hardly ever applicable to skincare, no matter how formidable your trusty moisturiser or powerhouse toner is. Obtaining immediate results is about as rare as finding a discontinued M.A.C Cosmetics lipstick that isn't expired and won't give you contact dermatitis. Translation: it's just not realistic, henny. The exception? Quite possibly the humble sheet mask. Supercharged with nourishing and soothing ingredients, they are often capable of dispensing an ethereal glow to skin in a matter of minutes. Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Biocellulose Brightening Treatment Mask, for instance, takes about 15 — thanks to a unique formulation comprising citric acid and glycerin, soaked in a biodegradable (yes, biodegradable) sheet. It promises to increase skin repair function, provide intense hydration, as well as even out skin tone. Is it too good to be true? That's what we're here to find out.
A Sheet Above
Here's a lesson you don't learn until you're in your late 20s: that SPF 50 PA ++++ sunscreen isn't bulletproof. Heck, it isn't even completely sunproof. If you love the surf and turf (and I don't mean seafood) as I do, you're bound to feel the burn sooner or later. As it turns out, when you have fair skin, it's sooner. So what's a girl to do? Get that vitamin C game on, bish.

I've been an occasional user of Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Remover, for which I have nothing but good things to say. Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Brighten & Firm Vitamin C Serum is a newer acquaintance, one I adore even more for its persistent yet gentle formulation. Imagine my glee when I learned that its sheet mask cousin is underway.

The C+ Collagen Biocellulose Brightening Treatment Mask is Dr. Dennis Gross's first sheet mask, and they're clearly not playing around. For one, the sheet is eco-friendly. Read: don't expect a bleached, white sheet that does the Tango around your face while you beg it to heal you. Nope, this paper-thin treat wraps you like a cocoon until you're ready to set yourself free. When I did, my skin felt smooth like butter, plump like jelly, and beaming like a friggin' sunflower that was freshly watered. I didn't need to mask again for another week or more, but hey, I've never been one to restrain myself from blessings. 5 gold stars.

Jolene Khor

Crazy Little Thing Called Love
I'm going to be honest right off the bat: Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Biocellulose Brightening Treatment Mask a massive YAY. Stop scrolling. Go out and buy it, come back, throw this mask on, and read the rest of this review as you're masking. Trust me. It's that good!

This is no ordinary sheet mask; it's one of the best ones I've tried in a long time. It's a thin sheet that conforms to the shape and curves of your face. It clings to the skin and never feels like it's about to fall off, and it holds the liquid that much better. It is instantly cooling, so any puffiness you may have had, say goodbye to it.

After 15 minutes, I was left with clear, radiant, hydrated bouncy skin, and my it continued to feel this way after many many hours as well. Perfect as a little pick-me-up. I want to fault this product in some way because I'm super critical, but I can't! It's great, I really really like it. I always ask myself whenever I try a new product, if it is good enough for me to buy again. The answer here is 100%.

Fiona Bennett

More, Please
Vitamin C is one of the greatest things I've ever added to my skin routine. So a mask that can treat me to more of it (with added benefits!) is more than welcome. The Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Biocellulose Brightening Treatment Mask is a rinse-free mask with a film-like texture which sinks into every contour and crevice of my face.The texture of the mask grips to the skin too, so you don't have to worry about it slipping off.

While I do prefer to use the mask at night, I'll add it in my morning skin routine should I feel like I need a booster for a long work day ahead. Vitamin C is light-sensitive so sunscreen is a must. If all this vitamin C wasn't enough, the Dr. Dennis Gross mask also contains vitamin B3 in the form of niacinamide. Together, not only will they protect my skin, they can also improve the appearance of large pores, uneven skin tone, and fine lines.

My skin clearly responds to the mask — any residual product left behind after its removal is absorbed easily and quickly. I get ample hydration out of it too, making it a great way for me to start, and end, my week.

Christian Maranion

Out of the Shadows
Without looking at the ingredients, you'd know right away that the Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Biocellulose Brightening Treatment Mask is filled with vitamin C; it smells just like the vitamin C creams in my kit. This ultra thin mask feels like second skin and stands out from the usual sloppy masks. You know those messy, drippy things… this is nothing of the sort. Dr. Dennis's tidy application is all the more rewarding because the formula actually works.

You're meant to use it once a week to see results within a month or two, but I tried it twice a week for a couple of weeks hoping I can speed up the benefits. I was pleasantly surprised. I have naturally slightly darker skin around my lips as compared to the rest of my face, and this area showed the greatest improvement. Brown girls will be able to relate, because it's very hard to reverse darkening that occur in this part of the face.

This mask is also meant to free congested pores and treat fine wrinkles. I for one, did not see these results in the mirror. Exfoliation and eye creams still work best, respectively. The natural, biodegradable mask is a huge win. I like being able to enjoy my pampering while being environmentally-friendly, though I'm not too sure if the external packaging is biodegradable as well.

Monica Selva De Roy
Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Biocellulose Brightening Treatment Mask will be available at Net-a-Porter and Sephora soon.
The Clubbers
a.k.a. the people who will never lie to you, the beauty enablers you never thought you'd have, the voices of reason when logic goes out the window on payday, and when Sephora goes on sale.
Jolene Khor
Beauty Editor of Buro. Singapore
The fashion and beauty editor at Buro. Singapore swiped on her first glitter lip gloss at age 12 and have never looked back since — except the rare (only not so rare) occasions when she wants to feel better about her makeup skills as an adult. That kohl eyeliner look wasn't working out despite the fact that she was listening to The Cure and quoting Oscar Wilde. Her mother is thankful that K-beauty happened though that means her glow isn't just genetic. These days, her worst crimes are knocking out with full makeup on and forgetting to apply sunscreen on her neck. Old habits die hard.
Christian Maranion
Hair Specialist & Makeup Artist
Nine years. That's how long Christian Maranion has been in the hair game. Having honed his craft, he then began dabbling in makeup, finding equal joy in killing it at both. He has worked with the likes of Vanessa Fernandez aka Vandetta, Tabitha Nauser, and Charlie Lim. He also frequently collaborates with names such as Sephora, Elizabeth Arden, and Kat Von D to up their beauty game. Don't be fooled by appearances — though he may love dark humour and even darker outfits, he is a pocketful of sunshine.
Fiona Bennett
Makeup Artist & Hairstylist
Fiona Bennett is a makeup artist and hairstylist by profession, and a wife, mother, and part-time Kardashian expert when she's not hustling. Hailing from Australia, she reluctantly came to Singapore with her husband almost six years ago but she's grown to love it so much she wouldn't want to be anywhere else. She began her journey (sometimes by force) pinning her friends down to make them up before going out — only now she gets paid for it! You might find the self-proclaimed beauty-obsessed Fiona snapping up the latest products in the department stores on weekends. You name it, she has probably tried it.
Monica Selva De Roy
Henna & Makeup Artist
Monica doesn't have enough heads for the hats she wants to wear. When the sun's out, she's selling ultra cool tech that makes logistics look sexier than ever. Then, she slaps on some face cake to moonlight as an actress on Vasantham; from nasty stepmother to varsity mean girl, she's seen them all in the realm of antagonism. Oh, her makeup and henna businesses keep her busy during the weekends too. Amidst all this, she's finding time to test and review makeup — if that's not true love, what is?
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