Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask: Reviewed

Price – £40

Quantity – 80ml

Product Claims 

It claims to be a pillow-proof overnight mask that soothes irritated skin; smooths and perfects it overnight. It provides intense hydration, gently exfoliates, and clarifies your skin. Basically, a possible holy grail sleeping mask.

Main Ingredients 

Watermelon extract – as you can probably guess, watermelon is one of the main ingredients. In Korea, it’s been long used to restore vitamins to the skin and act as a soothing agent.

Hyaluronic Acid – aids in synthesising collagen and retaining moisture. It is a super ingredient when it comes to moisture retention.

AHAs – or alpha-hydroxy acids, are stronger acids than BHAs and can penetrate the skin deeper to provide overnight exfoliation.

A word of caution: it contains alcohol and added fragrance, which might be a recipe for redness and irritation if you have particularly sensitive skin. If you don’t have the cash in your bank to experiment on pricey products, skip it and add some other products suited for sensitive skin.


It has a gooey consistency and is very pleasant. You need a very small amount to cover your whole face and I love the weird jelly like texture. It’s advised to mix around the ingredients as sometimes the mask can separate (which is apparently no biggie, as stated by the brand).

Scent and colour


Think super artificial watermelon scent. It reminded me of watermelon chewing gum. It’s quite tacky, I have to admit, but it doesn’t bother me too much. I would’ve highly preferred smelling something a lot more natural or scent-free, but it’s not a deal breaker for me.

Packaging weight and materials 

The jar is quite small and contains less product than I had imagined, but it lasts long as you only need to use a small amount at night. You’d be better off applying the tiniest amount ever and building it up. The couple times I tried it, I thought every time that the amount was just enough, but it was a bit too much. All. The.Time. The packaging is quite handy during travels.

First Impressions

Well, the smell is quite strong, so my nose took a second to take that in. Now, if you’re one of those people who can’t tolerate ‘fake’ scents, this might not be the next addition on your shopping cart.

The texture is quite unique so I spent a good 8 seconds playing around with the spatula and then plopped more mask on my face than I needed. It took me exactly 1.5 seconds to realise I could’ve covered my face twice with the amount I applied, but I had to wing it; I stretched it down my neck and shoulders and made myself believe it wasn’t just a ‘pamper-your-face’ night. 

Being quite skeptical about overnight masks transferring on my pillow, I tried my best to sleep on my back, but of course, my sleeping positions are nothing but normal. I was pleasantly surprised the next morning to find out that nothing had transferred! When I washed it off, I felt some of it coming off, as if the mask had dried (but doesn’t feel the slightest bit drying) and then come off with water the next day. Really loved that.

Pairs well with other products? 

It might be wise to wait for a bit after your usual skincare routine to apply this mask. I didn’t notice any problems. It’s a great follow-up after a harsh acid application or exfoliation (I applied it after The Ordinary AHA 30% BHA 2% – yep, harsh). Doubt if you can apply something after it…

Long term impressions

To be honest, I haven’t seen any major changes in my skin. I like this mask because it provides my skin with a soothing, calming effect, something I really need after acid treatments, which I absolutely LOVE. Hence, for me, this is not a product I’d use to see long-term results, but more of short-term treatments.


Would I recommend this to my friends?

Definitely a tiny amount for the 40 pounds I paid. But then again, it will last for a bit. Given that it can be a problem for people with sensitive skin, and the fact that it has (only for me) no long-term benefits, I would give it a pass. If I’d buy it again, it’d be for getting some fancy photos for the ‘gram. You can skip it and try the other face masks that are probably cheaper and friendly for all skin types.

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