SNEAK PEEK: The Uniqlo AIRism Face Mask

We got to try the face masks and of course we're giving you the lowdown.

Uniqlo AIRism face mask
PHOTO BY Joanna Calasanz ILLUSTRATION War Espejo

(SPOT.ph) We ask a lot of our face masks—you wear it on your face for long periods of time, after all, so it has to be comfortable. Breathability is a big consideration, too. So it’s not hard to understand why pretty much everyone was excited when we first got wind of the fact that Uniqlo would be making face masks out of their AIRism fabric. Well, the wait is finally coming to an end because Uniqlo’s AIRism face masks will be available online and in stores starting on Friday, September 18. We got to take a sneak peek at the masks; here’s the lowdown.

Uniqlo AIRism face mask
Our package came in a gift-ready box.
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Uniqlo’s AIRism face masks are made with AIRism technology, which features a lightweight cool-to-the-touch, fast-drying fabric that's stretchy and form-fitting, but doesn't constrict the skin. The masks are available in size small, medium, or large, and each pack comes with three masks in your chosen color—black or white.

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The masks come in black or white.
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As with everything else in life, read the instructions before washing or wearing!
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While the mask’s measurements are written on the package, it’s hard to gauge the actual size because the dimensions only apply to the mask itself, not the straps. We initially tried on the small, but found that the straps were too short to loop comfortably around the ears. Generally, we’d suggest going for the size medium or large for adults. As the package instructs, the “AIRism” logo should be worn on the inside. The mask feels snug along the bridge of the nose and jawline, but comfortable over the nose and mouth. It’s machine washable, too.

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You can see how breathable the material looks up close.
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The AIRism logo should be worn on the inside, according to wearing instructions.
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The material feels very light and breathable, but as previously reported, the mask features a triple-layer structure with a high-performance filter between the outer mesh fabric and the AIRism layer—try rubbing the mask between your fingers and you’d feel the layers. The filter has a Bacterial Filtration Efficiency rating of 99%, and a Pollen Particle Collection Efficiency rating of 99%, but the package warns that the masks are not intended for medical use.

The masks have already stirred up plenty of excitement elsewhere: customers in Malaysia were limited to one pack per person when the masks became available there on September 14, and they’ve been described as breathable enough to “run, jump, or skip” in aside from blocking UV rays. Are they so breathable that you’d forget you’re wearing a face mask? We’d say yes, you just might.

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The Uniqlo AIRism face masks are priced at P590 for pack of three and will be available online and in stores on Friday, September 18. 

Check out our unboxing video below:

For more information, check out Uniqlo.com.

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