Hello! Ive been considering deleting this blog as I seem to be having an on-off relationship with it, with only 18 posts last year and 20 in 2014. This will be my first post of 2016, and I’ve got this Instagram photo to thank:
I received a very generous care package from Martesa recently, and she filled it with so many sheet masks and lots of other skincare goodies!
Oh, I haven’t actually mentioned that I made my Instagram account public late last year and started posting my everyday skincare routine to pass time and to also slowly ease myself back into writing regularly. I haven’t written in so long that I feel my grammar / sentence structure is all over the place. Pretty darn embarrassing for a lit grad, no?
Anyway, I thought I’d review these masks briefly and reveal my thoughts on what it felt like to be sheet masking nightly – and a bonus comment from Paul* the husband!
Dr. Wu Deep Hydrating Capsule Mask with Vitamin A
Pros: Very hydrating and brightening! Paul* remarked that this turned my face two shades lighter and that I looked “very white”. Kept my skin happy and moist all night with no side effects. Managed to wear this for 20 minutes before it dried up completely on my nose.
Cons: For a Taiwanese sheet mask, there was very little leftover essence in the packet (a teaspoon’s worth perhaps?)! The mask itself (a three layer one) was nice and wet though.
Price: RM16.30 (US$3.90) or RM49 for a box of 3.
Ingredients: Aqua, Butylene Glycol, Methyl Gluceth-20, Glycerin, Jojoba Wax PEG-120 Ester, Sodium Levilinate, Glycosyl Trehalose, Phenoexyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Chlorphenesin, Chondrus Cripus (Carrageenan), Sodium Anisate, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Saccharide Isomerate, Sodium Hyaluronate, PPG-1 PEG-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether, Coceth-7, Lactic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, Archis Hypogea (Peanut) Oil, Glycolipids, Adansonia Digitate Pulp Extract, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate.
Repurchase?: No. I prefer sheet masks with lots of essence in them!
The husband picked this up from Sasa as he wanted to get sheet masks for Tesa! I had to try one out to see if it’s any good! Can’t give a lovely person rubbish sheet masks, can we? 😉
Annie’s Way Witch Hazel Anti-Acne Mask
Pros: Incredibly soothing, a generous helping of essence (each pack weighs 25g and the sheet mask itself is so thin and adheres like second skin). I am also rather fond of witch hazel as it’s a much gentler astringent than lavender and I wore this on a day when that dreaded cluster of zits appeared on my nose. It didn’t get rid of them, but calmed them down. I need more! The essence is light and not sticky and my skin just drank it up! Wore this for a little over an hour with me patting on with the remaining essence on top of the sheet mask and spritzing a good dose of Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray. Hehe.
Cons: None. I need more!
Price: I’ve got no idea, this was a gift from Tesa! <3
Ingredients: Distilled water, Carbopol 980, Hyaluronic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Witch Hazel Extract, Meristem Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate (licorice root extract!), D-panthenol B5, Methylisothiazolinone, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.
Annie’s Way Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Mask
Pros: Hyaluronic Acid and I aren’t always friends. For one, I can’t use the famous Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid lotion – it breaks me out and I’m too lazy to decipher every ingredient on the list to see what’s causing it! But this, this left my skin looking plump and ‘chok chok’ – Paul’s* words. Skin is also left slightly brighter, but incredibly hydrated. I always apply my facial oil / cream / sleeping pack after I sheet mask, and they all glided on my face smoothly with near to no resistance at all. Whoa. Stayed moist for over half an hour before I topped it up with more essence and a generous amount of Avene’s Thermal Spring Water spray!
Cons: None. Definitely need more of this, and I’m fervently hoping they are affordably priced as this may just be better than my HG L’herboflore masks!
Price: Again, a gift from Tesa. Bless her kind soul!
Ingredients: Distilled water, Carbopol 980, Hyaluronic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Natural Moisturising Factor (WHAT IS THIS), Collagen, Vitamin E, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate, D-panthenol B5, Methylisothiazolinone, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.
Repurchase?: You bet!
Haruhada Lift Up Mask
Pros: This is a mask that covers both the face and chin, love the perforated lines down the nose area that provide a more comfortable, stretchy fit.
Cons: This had no extra essence in the packet, but the cotton mask was nice and moist. Poor fit for my big, fat face. Other than it hydrating my skin, I didn’t experience a lift up effect. Stayed moist for around 20 minutes, which isn’t great for me.
Price: RM15 (US$3.60) or RM59.90 for a box of 4.
Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxethanol, Xanthan Gum, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin.
L’herboflore Pearl + Ginseng Whitening Mask
Pros: Lots and lots of essence (30ml), not overly fragranced and great fit for my big face. Brightens and hydrates well! Stayed on for a good 45 minutes. One of my all-time favourite L’herboflore masks!
Price: RM14 (US$3.33)
Ingredients: Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Citric Acid, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Propylene Glycol, Chondus Crispus (Carrageenan), Phragmites Communis Extract, Poria Cocos Extract, Allantoin, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Kernel Extract, Triethylene Glycol, Magnesium Chloride, Magnesium Nitrate, Hydrolyzed Pearl, Sea Salt, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Xanthan Gum, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Trehalose, Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Mannitol, Sodium Citrate, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-15, Beta-Glucan, Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Sulfite, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.
Rating: 5/5 (HG)
L’Herboflore Hyaluronic Acid Moisture Energy Biocellulose Mask
Pros: This is the first hydrogel mask I’ve tried, and it isn’t as fiddly as the Pearl + Ginseng Mask (material is rather thin) and fits like a glove. Comes with a ton of essence too, more than enough for me to mask again the following day (with peelable cotton pads) but I decided to treat my arms and legs – there was more than enough essence to go round! This seriously brightens my skin and lightens any PIH temporarily (for at least 4 days). Started drying up at around the 35 minute mark – the hydrogel starts to thin and really stick on the face. You’ll know because your face will start feeling tight and slightly uncomfortable.
Cons: This is L’herboflore’s most expensive mask, but I don’t think it hydrates as well as the other L’herboflore masks. Great for special occasions but not ideal for daily use as it’s not cheap!
Ingredients: Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Citric Acid, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6 II, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Ceramide 1, Phytosphingosine, Cholestrol, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Isopropyl Alcohol, Cellulose, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate, Disodium EDTA, Beta-Glucan, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Sulfite, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Acetate, Methylisothiazolinone, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.
Price: RM36 (US$8.60) or RM180 for a box of 5.
BRTC Make Over Mask Purity
Pros: It’s a character mask! I’ve never tried one before! It really brightened my skin but it didn’t provide that much hydration. Just a whole lot of laughs and badly taken selfies. Stayed on my skin for over an hour as I kept spritzing Avene’s Thermal Spring Water.
Cons: Not very hydrating for me!
Price: Another gift from Tesa, the main reason why we have this blog post today!
Rating: 3/5 (but fun factor = 5/5)
Repurchase: YES. I want to put this on and scare the daylights out of my nephews. Hehe!
Did I enjoy sheet masking everyday? I sure did, it was incredibly therapeutic to rip open a sheet mask and enjoy the coolness of it on my face just before I hit the sack (sorry, am not a morning sheet mask person) and surprisingly, Paul* really enjoys it too! He hasn’t been sheet masking everyday, but every other day and his face has been looking less flushed and dare I say… glowing! =D
Will I continue sheet masking daily? I’m not sure, but we’ll see how it goes! I’m liking the effects of daily sheet masking – skin is considerably brighter and definitely more hydrated, but doing so isn’t cheap. Looks like I’ll have to look up more affordable sheet masks!
Do you sheet mask daily? What are your favourite sheet masks?