Since I began partaking in the joys of Korean skin care I’ve been sheet mask challenged. Butylene Glycol, my nemesis (cue: mega breakouts), seems to be in pretty much every sheet mask anyone raves about, leaving me wishing I could find some cost-effective-no-breakout way of joying the party. Luckily, after spending time (more than I’m willing to admit) looking around, I finally found two brands/flavors of masks I can use. Hooray!
Some Thoughts About Cost & YMMV:
A small caveat, before I begin this glorious review. I must admit that I have limited experience with sheet masks (see above, BG sensitivity), which leads me to believe that the opinions I will share here might not be the same opinions a more experienced sheetmasker would share. One must always remember the “your mileage may vary” mantra.
Moreover, when choosing sheet masks, I find that the cost of the mask is something I care about deeply. I can (and do) spend lots of money on scarves and bags, but it came as a shock to me how resistant I am to the thought of spending $11 for one mask (looking at you, Whamisa). Here’s the deal: sheet masks stay on my face for approximately 30-45 minutes. The effect of a single mask is limited to that one time use, so really there’s no effective “cost per wear”. I’d also rather spend that money on let’s say face cream, since I am highly doubtful that one single mask will make my skin magically a dry-free zone for a full six month like a face cream might. That is to say, I prefer to pay for masks I can use regularly (twice a week or more), and the following masks mostly fall under that category while still being BG free.
With this in mind, let’s discuss the following sheet masks:
Cost per wear: $1.45
Calculation: cost of 5 masks on TesterKorea is approx. $7.45. This does not include shipping costs since these vary based on speed chosen at checkout.
Feel: Super silky-smooth. It’s made out of Tencel, which is a fiber out of wood that’s presumably sustainable. Before I realized my issues with BG I tried your basic Innisfree masks, and I think this Tencel mask is actually much much softer.
Serum: It’s somewhat viscous-y, and the liquid itself is clear. It can take a while for it to absorb once the mask is removed, and I have to admit that I occasionally wipe it off if I’m too tired to wait for it to sink in. The serum itself feels really cool and pleasant, especially during warm summer afternoons.
The sheet itself is really soaked in the serum, and is quite liquid. I find that I can’t move much when using it or it will drip all over. Still, I don’t mind that since the whole goal of using a mask is part hydration and part relaxation. It forces me to stay still and futz for a while.
Smell: Very light, and almost not noticeable. Perfect.
Claims: Presumably, this mask is supposed to help with blemishes. The first time I used it was after a major breakout/allergic reaction, and I truly felt that it helped turn my skin around back so semi-normalcy. Upon further use, with small blemishes, I can attest that it hasn’t fulfilled that claim. It hasn’t helped diminish them or reduce their size. So, possibly great when suffering from a major skin-mishap, but not so much for your garden-variety pimple.
Hydration: It certainly helps my skin feel more soft and hydrated right after use. I usually use my Camellia Seed Oil, Whamisa Double Lotion, and Whamisa Nourishing Cream after using the mask, and by the time I wake up my skin is not so flakey or not flakey at all. That’s about it, though. My skin reverts to its usual dryness by mid-day, so I can’t say this mask truly hydrates my skin noticeably.
Overall Thoughts: It’s not the world’s most amazing mask, but the cool sensation of using it and its overall calming effect are certainly not to be ignored. I’m not always drawn to using it, but I like having it around.
Cost per wear: $1.73
Calculation: cost of 5 masks on TesterKorea is approx. $8.69. This does not include shipping costs since these vary based on speed chosen at checkout. You can get it cheaper by buying a ten mask pack.
Ingredients: water,organic rice bran extract(40%),Glycyrrhiza Inflata Extract,Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract ,Xanthan Gum,Rose extract,Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower water, Panax Ginseng Root extract,Rithospermum Officinale Extract,honey,Malt Extract,Lonicera Japonica(Honeysuckle)Flower Extract. **I found these posted here.
Feel: These masks are made of cotton, so they feel quite similar to the It’s real squeeze masks made by Innisfree. The sheet itself feels slightly heavy at times, and if you like using gel masks I’m not sure you’ll enjoy this one as much.
Serum: It’s a clear liquid, and the sheet is again quite soaked in it. I find it hard to unfold this mask at times because of the serum. Although it doesn’t irritate my skin, I do feel some tingly sensation when I wear the mask. It’s pleasant, overall.
Smell: Again, so soft it’s barely there.
Claims: The mask is supposed to calm your skin and hydrate it. I haven’t used it post-irritation, so I am not sure how calming it would be. It does, however, makes my skin feel very soft and smooth. That softness is actually noticeably there for about two days after use, so I really enjoy that effect.
Hydration: Again, the level of hydration I get lasts until morning and that’s about it.
Overall Thoughts: If you are looking for a mask to soften your skin, this one might work for you. I will and have repurchased this mask simply for that reason. The ingredients in this mask are also quite natural, so that’s a another huge selling point.
I just made an order of an order of two flavors of My Scheming masks, so I will report on those once they arrive and I’ve had a chance to try them a few times.
Also, this being a glorious mask-purchasing day and all, thanks to a comment by a reader I also stopped by my local Marshalls store and picked up five Collagen masks that didn’t contain any BG and seem to be made by JLC International (mentioned on Reddit here). Stay tuned!