Just in case there is someone out there who doesn't know what a sheet mask is, let me explain. A sheet mask is basically a mini-facial done at home. You get a packet that has a thin paperish-fabric (think facial wipe but thicker and softer) single-use mask saturated in a serum that targets some type of skin issue - hydration, anti-aging, tone, etc. You mold it to your facial contours, leave it on for at least 15 minutes, and wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am, you're looking refreshed! Of course, you're sort of going to look like Jason from the Friday the 13th movies while you're wearing it, but you're probably used to sacrificing for beauty, right?
When I first bought mine at Sephora, they only offered four or five different versions. Now they have eight:
- Lingzhi: anti-aging and soothing
- Lotus: moisturizing and soothing
- Honey: nourishing and balancing
- Pearl: perfecting and brightening
- Ginseng: toning and revitalizing
- Green tea: mattifying and anti-blemish
- Rose: moisturizing and brightening
- Pomegranate: anti-fatigue and energizing
Each of Sephora's masks is color-coded and comes sealed inside a pouch that is tucked inside a matching circular cardboard holder (for lack of a better word). The first three that I purchased were the Ginseng, Pomegranate, and Pearl:
The masks come folded inside the sealed pouches:
And when you unfold the mask, it looks like this:
It's pretty saturated, but the serum is fairly thick, so it stays on the cloth well. I didn't have any problems with it dripping, and I wore the mask while lying down. I do find that the sheet is too wide for my face, and the cut-outs for the eyes are too large. This means that the mask doesn't really cover my undereye area - which to me, kind of defeats one of my main objectives - plumping my undereye area. So after a couple of times, I started cutting strips off the sides of the mask to make it more narrow, and I used those strips to place under my eyes! Genius moment!!
You can see in the picture below, if you look carefully, there are crescent-shaped pieces of the mask under each eye. These are the pieces that I cut off of each side of the mask. (Note: I do smooth the mask out better than it appears in this photo - I was just being silly!)
The mask "fabric" itself seems to be pretty sturdy. I've used about eight of these without any incidences of tearing, and I'm not particularly careful with them when I unfold them.
The recommended time to leave the mask on is 15 minutes, but I usually leave it on for at least 45 minutes. I apply the mask at night, lay down with my iPad, and set the timer for 45 minutes or so. It's relaxing, and it's certainly not going to hurt to leave it on longer because it's a leave-on serum anyway. Once I remove the mask, I massage the remaining serum into my skin.
I can always see that my skin is plumper and more hydrated right away. Other than that, it's really difficult to say if I see anything else, but I'm okay with that. I only use the masks about once a week, and I really only use them for hydration and plumping. So if that's all they do, then I'm good. I'm certain that to see any other type of benefit, you would need to use the product on a daily or every other day basis.
Of the ones I have tried, the only one I really don't care for is the Ginseng, and that is strictly because of the smell. Since I snapped the photos for this review, I have also tried the Honey and Rose masks. I really want to pick up the Lingzhi because I've read some good reviews from women with mature skin.
The cost of these sheet masks is $6 per mask. Sephora has an offer right now that if you buy 5 masks ($30) and use the code MASKLOVE, you will save $6 (the equivalent of getting one mask free). I haven't purchased them in the brick and mortar store, so I'm not sure if the price is the same there.
Here's the thing: I honestly couldn't really tell a big difference between the different masks. But again, I also did not use the same mask weekly for several weeks. So maybe that makes a difference. That said, I do like these masks. The one thing they all did was provide a lot of hydration.
As a side note, they also make these in eye masks - same formulas, same ingredients - they're just shaped to go under the eyes (although they look a little odd to me). These sell for $5 for one pair. And the latest addition to the collection is the sleeping mask. Also available in the same eight formulas, this mask is designed to be worn overnight. This time when I say "mask", I'm talking about a gel that you apply and leave on overnight. Apparently it comes in a little plastic "pod", and if you're careful, you can get more than one use out of them. These sell for $4 each. I haven't tried either one of these products, so I can't give you a review on them - I'm just telling you they're in the same line and available.
Have you ever used a sheet mask?
If so, what's your favorite?
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(Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I purchased these products myself, and the links to Sephora are not affiliate links. All opinions are, as usual, 100% mine.)