Tested on animals:Yes
With its compelling name, Dr. Brandt's Needles No More 3-D Filler Mask may prompt you to rethink getting dermal fillers injected as a means of reducing wrinkles and lost facial volume—but we urge you to think twice before considering this mask and its misleading name. As it turns out, this isn't even remotely a replacement for what dermal fillers can do. At best, this mask will make normal to dry skin feel tighter (more on that in moment) and look smoother overnight.
The jar packaging this is housed in is the first letdown. That's because this formula contains some beneficial ingredients that also happen to be sensitive to light and air. So, each time you remove the lid from the jar, those delicate ingredients can lose some of their potency, eventually becoming ineffective. (See More Info for the full story on why anti-aging products in jar packaging isn't a good idea.)
If you try this mask, you'll notice that as it dries, it makes skin feel tighter, almost constricted. That sensation, which tends to last for quite some time, is from the high amount of film-forming agents (chiefly, polymethyl methacrylate) this mask contains. Unfortunately, the tight feeling doesn't translate to skin being visibly lifted or that any amount of facial volume is being restored. These benefits are just not possible from topically applied skincare (and if they were, there's zero chance such products would be sold without a prescription).
Also disappointing is that most of this mask's most intriguing ingredients, including several peptides and sodium hyaluronate, are listed after the preservative (phenoxyethanol). For what this mask costs, you should expect greater amounts of those ingredients, not to mention better packaging to help keep them stable during use!
On the plus side, applied as directed (whether with hands or with its accompanying synthetic brush) and left on overnight, this mask will make skin feel smoother. It contains some effective moisturizing ingredients, including shea butter, though as the film-forming agents tighten on skin this mask doesn't feel moisturizing. In other words, we wouldn't advise using this as a moisturizing mask despite the fact that it contains some good moisturizing ingredients.
This mask contains fragrance in the form of lavender extract, which poses a slight risk of irritation. However, its scent is on the subtle side and doesn't linger once the mask absorbs, which reduces the risk of irritation.
Dr. Brandt's Needles No More 3-D Filler Mask doesn't have enough positive traits to make it worth strong consideration. Its smoothing benefits are possible from many other, less expensive products, and its tightening sensation is just that, a sensation, not a solution for sagging skin or lost facial volume. Despite its tempting name, this mask for normal to dry skin isn't a viable replacement for the results you can get from dermal fillers. Looking for a mask that doesn't have this formula's shortcomings? Check out our top recommended Facial Masks section.
- Contains some effective moisturizing and smoothing ingredients.
- Makes skin look and feel smoother overnight.
- Cannot "revolumize" skin or reshape facial contours as claimed.
- Several of this mask's most intriguing ingredients are listed after the preservative.
- Jar packaging won't keep key ingredients stable for long after opening.
- Fragrant lavender extract poses a slight risk of irritation.
- Overpriced for a product that cannot deliver on its attention-getting claims.
Jar Packaging: The fact that it's packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air. Therefore, once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria that further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients.
The vast majority of ingredients that are most beneficial for your skin are not stable in the presence of light and air, which is exactly what happens when you take the lid off a jar (Pharmacology Review, 2013 & Journal of Biophotonics, 2010).
One of the critical factors in any anti-aging or skin-healing formula is the amount and variety of antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-repairing ingredients, and the more the better. These function in a variety of ways to reduce the effects of the constant environmental stresses your skin experiences (Dermatology Research and Practice, 2012 & The Journal of Pathology, 2007).
Once you open that jar you bought, you immediately compromise the stability of the anti-aging superstars it contains. (You can visualize their benefits disappearing like puffs of air each time you open up that lid!)