Image of Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask

I’ve been excited to share my thoughts about this sleeping mask! I’ve heard so many good things about the Glow Recipe brand, and watermelon is one of my favorite fruits…. so I figured I would at least like how this mask smells.  I remember growing up in Taiwan, some women would use watermelon rinds to moisturize their face. I thought it was the strangest thing at the time, but now looking back at it those women might have been up to something! Watermelons are, after all, mostly water.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask is a “luxuriously bouncy, breathable sleeping mask that smoothes and perfects skin overnight.”

What are Sleeping Masks?

First things first. Let’s look at what sleeping masks are. Sleeping Masks are rich, nutrient dense moisturizers that you use before bed. The body repairs itself as you sleep, and skin is no exception. With the right nutrients, you can wake up to refreshed, rejuvenated skin in the morning.

How to use it: there are several ways you can use this mask, the first two of which are suggested by Glow Recipe, and the third I’ve seen floating around YouTube and the internet.

  • As a wash off mask: apply on clean skin, leave on, and rinse off after 10-15 minutes.
  • As a leave on, overnight treatment mask: apply on clean skin as the last step of your skincare routine at night. Leave on and wash off in the morning.
  • As an in-shower mask: apply on clean skin before you shower. The steam from the shower will help open up pores and allow product to work faster in shower.

3 Ways To Use Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask


  • Price per ounce: $45.00 for 2.7 oz.
  • $16.67 per ounce

It’s not a cheap product by any means – definitely requires a little investment. It’s not the cheapest, nor is it the most expensive. I pulled some price comparisons for reference:

Price comparisons:

  1. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask $25 for 2.3 oz ($10.87/oz)
  2. Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask $35 for 3.4 oz ($10.29/oz)
  3. Shiseido Ibuki Beauty Sleeping Mask $40 for 2.8 oz ($14.29/oz)
  4. Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask $45 for 2.7 oz ($16.67/oz)
  5. Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins™ Mineral-Enriched Renewal Cream $44 for 1.7 oz ($25.89/oz)
  6. Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Night Concentrate $110 for 1.7 oz ($64.71/oz)

Key Ingredients:

Watermelon Juice, AHA, Hyalurionic Acid

Key claims:

Hydration, softening, radiance

Where to buy:

Sephora, Glow Recipe website

Who this is for:

Someone who has dry skin, or someone who lives in drier climates
Try a sleeping mask but haven’t liked the rich, too creamy texture sometimes associated with other sleep masks
Introduction to a product with AHA – very gentle, very hydrating, no issues with sensitivity

Who this is not for:

Someone who doesn’t like product in a jar
Doesn’t like gel, jelly like consistency
Someone who likes products with no discernable fragrance

What I liked about it:

There are a lot of things I liked about this sleeping mask – usually sleeping masks can be difficult to use because of the way it sits on your skin makes it hard to sleep. Especially if you’re like me, who’s a stomach sleeper!

I also liked the fact that this mask…

  • Smells good
  • Is hydrating
  • Doesn’t just sit on top of the face/absorbs well – comfortable to use for a sleeping mask
  • Pretty good value – get a lot of product relative to other sleeping masks out there that are higher end.
  • And let’s face it…. the packaging looks adorable (I am a sucker for packaging)

What I did not like about it:
All of that being said, there are some things I didn’t like so much about this product.

Numerous people have pointed this out already, but this product is a little difficult to use, even with a spatula.
After using the spatula the first couple of times, I just went ahead and dug my fingers into it. Not proud to admit it, but sometimes too lazy to deal with mini spatulas you know 😛


It’s a very pleasant product to use, but the price is on the higher end of the spectrum. That being said, you do get a decent amount of product, especially compared to higher end brands such as Tatcha. There are a couple of ways you can use this product, and it does make your skin feel refreshed and well moisturized, especially after you leave it on overnight. It absorbs into the skin and doesn’t just sit on top of your skin and make sleeping uncomfortable and difficult. If you have the budget and want to try it out, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. If you want cheaper options, or more bang for your buck you could also try Laneige or Clinique! (Although I haven’t tried these other brands yet – just included them as reference in case you are interested!)

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If you are too lazy to read all of that, here’s a YouTube video I made of the review!