Review: Omorovicza Midnight Radiance Mask
As a lover of any products that promises "Radiance", I was excited to get my hands on Omorovicza's Midnight Radiance Mask. I was already in love with the Hungarian brand's luxurious Thermal Cleansing Balm, and their Deep Cleansing Clay Mask that somehow manages to not only clear your pores, but leave your skin feeling moisturized (a property that's essentially unheard of in a clay mask). Omorovicza has this unique way of levelling up your skincare routine, Re-imagining products like cleansers, mists, and masks, adding rare and treasured Hungarian ingredients that manage to take things up a notch or twelve.
I like to keep my Omorovicza products for nights when I really need to overhaul my self-care ritual and feel like I'm pampering myself, but let's face it - we don't always have time to carve out for an extensive or luxurious skincare routine. Some nights, we're lucky if we can keep our eyes open long enough to wipe the remnants of the day's lipstick off before bed, let alone double cleanse and tone or let a mask work its magic for 30 minutes.
The concept of overnight masks is new to me, and one I used to think was gimmicky at best. Is it still a mask if you keep it on? What makes it different from a moisturizer or a serum? I wasn't buying it. But like many buzzy things in the skincare industry, you have to try it to believe it.
The mask promises to brighten your skin while you sleep, as it gently exfoliates while promoting skin cell turnover which helps with skin tone and discolouration. It contains Willow Bark which is a natural source of Salicylic Acid, an exfoliating BHA that not only fights acne, but gets to work on hyperpigmentation. Sodium Hyaluronate, a Hyaluronic Acid derivative that is a moisturizing powerhouse, along with Omorovicza's patented Hydro Mineral Transference which is designed to help skin retain moisture for soft, supple skin.
The aptly titled Midnight Radiance Mask stays on overnight night, but doesn't get all over your pillows or disappear. I diligently followed the directions on the box, applying a generous, but not too thick layer of the mask on clean skin, after a good, even spritz of the brand's Queen of Hungary Mist. I massaged it in my skin for about 30 seconds, ensuring that I had applied it everywhere on my face and neck. Within a minute, it had partially absorbed to a state where it was only slightly tacky on my skin. Not fully absorbed, but not ready to slide off my face at any moment. I was ready for the ultimate test. I took my contacts out for the night and prepared for some beauty sleep... literally.
The next morning, I fogged up my vanity mirror with my breath as I eagerly inspected my skin just centimeters from the glass. A noticeable improvement in overall skin tone at a glance was enough for me to give Omorovicza another gold star and the Pur Opulence seal of approval. Now a fortnightly ritual, the Midnight Radiance Mask has reached holy grail status.