Sheet Mask Showdown Vol. 4


Y’all, it is time for the final Sheet Mask Showdown. I had bought a few of these back in August when Sephora had that customer appreciation sale for changing their rewards program and then added on a few others while I procrastinated trying them out. I used to like trying out sheet masks but the older I get the more dry, sensitive and reactive my skin seems to get and thus the less I enjoy trying sheet masks out of fear of a negative reaction. Sheet masks are also not the most eco conscious or economical so I’ve gotten more into face masks (that come in a jar or tube) over the past six months; not only are they more eco friendly and money saving in the long run but it’s also a bit more rewarding, at least to me, when you find a really good face mask that works well for your skin. The Youth to the People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask is my current favorite, I use it like a moisturizer every night (it says it works best if you use it nightly). Anyways, back to what we’re here for and we’re going out with a bang on this series because we’ve got some pretty bougie brands in this one. If this is your first time with this series here’s how my rating system works for sheet masks:

  • ☆ = I had a negative reaction and possibly had to remove early because it was irritating my skin so badly and/or had prolonged negative reaction.

  • ☆☆ = Zero benefits shown and possibly a minor negative reaction but nothing that lasted.

  • ☆☆☆ = Meh, it's fine, skin looks okay and there was no negative reaction but it's not doing anything special for me beyond what my normal skincare routine does.

  • ☆☆☆☆ = This is some pretty dang good stuff, skin looks visibly better with no negative reaction(s) but there’s still room for a little improvement.

  • ☆☆☆☆☆ = Perfection, this is the best thing that has ever touched my skin and I look like an angel baby. Definitely no negative reaction but practically impossible to reach this level since I have incredibly high standards and finicky skin.

I also might take off half a star if something is overpriced (LOL with this group) or is only sold in multiples since those are negatives to me. I’m going to go in order in which I tested these because that’s what order my notes are in so let’s get to it!


My Rating: ☆☆☆☆ 1/2

Duration: up to 30 minutes

What It Is: Hydrogel mask that is supposed to give the skin instant radiance, hydration, smoothness, and plumpness and is suitable for all skin types.

Performance: Very scented, like this would give you a headache if you’re sensitive to fragrance. Because of the fragrance I was really worried about having a breakout since fragrance is a common skin irritator but I did not have any negative reactions to this mask. There’s three layers to the mask, the mask itself and then it has a protective layer on each side, so that makes it difficult to apply imo and adds more waste which is not ideal but I like that it’s not a cloth mask since those tend to dry out my skin. The directions say you can leave it on for 10-30 minutes so of course I had to do the full 30. Afterwards my skin looked incredible; super plumped, hydrated and just very healthy looking. There was not much excess serum left in the packet, which is a pro to me because that means it stays in the mask which goes on the skin, so I applied whatever was left and was able to sleep with just the serum on since it was hydrating enough for my dry/dehydrated skin. When I woke up my skin still looked really good and didn’t have any sort of reaction. This mask is almost perfect except for the price and scent which is why I took off a half star.

Would I Recommend: Yes, I would definitely recommend this mask if you have the coin for it. It’s expensive but it really does work.

Sephora Rating: ☆☆☆☆.3


My Rating: ☆☆☆

Duration: 10 minutes

What It Is: Soothing sheet mask for extremely sensitive skin that will help with dryness, dehydration and puffiness and is suitable for all skin types.

Performance: I judge with my nose first and even though this doesn’t have any added fragrance it had a strong smell to me which I did not enjoy. I don’t have a large head/face and this mask didn’t cover my entire forehead which I found a bit annoying because I would consider my face to be of average to even slightly small sized. The thing that really takes the rating way down for me is that the directions say to wipe off the excess serum that is left on your skin afterwards which is a bit disappointing because it doesn’t feel “worth it” when you can’t leave the serum on and continue reaping the benefits. Otherwise I didn’t have any negative reaction and my skin did look good afterwards but I just wasn’t overly impressed.

Would I Recommend: It works fine and if you have very sensitive skin it might be worth checking out but just wasn’t my favorite user experience. I can see how this one might be good though for skin prep before an event or photoshoot since you don’t have to leave it on long and removing the excess would make sense in those situations.

Dermstore Rating: ☆☆☆☆.7


My Rating:

Duration: 8 minutes

What It Is: Sheet mask containing a full ounce of The Treatment Lotion that hydrates, plumps and adds a healthy glow to the skin and is suitable for all skin types.

Performance: Well, the fragrance is headache inducing for those sensitive but at least you only leave this one on for 8 minutes. The ingredient list is a mile long which I think might have something to do with the stinging sensation I experienced upon application. Probably the most moist sheet mask I’ve ever used and was dripping all over my clothes and making a mess (I feel like you would just have to lay down on a towel for the 8 minutes to avoid getting serum everywhere). Directions say to massage excess serum in so I did so and then it dried down and made my face feel very tight. My skin was red and inflamed afterwards and did not feel or look very good. I had to add my regular skincare over top to try and soothe the irritation and dryness.

Would I Recommend: Absolutely not, I do not understand the Sephora rating or the hype/love for this brand. One of, if not the, worst sheet masks I have ever used and it was ridiculously expensive. Save your skin and bank account, skip this one.

Sephora Rating: ☆☆☆☆.3


My Rating: ☆☆☆☆

Duration: 15 minutes

What It Is: Intensely hydrating mask for all skin types. Solution for dullness and uneven texture, uneven skin tone and loss of firmness and elasticity.

Performance: Finally, no fragrance/scent. On application there’s a bunch of slits around the edges that allow for a better fit but the thing was pretty darn wet, which made it slide a little, and it dripped just a tad (nowhere near as bad as the La Mer though). I could actually feel the serum absorbing into my skin but it didn’t dry me out like most do when it feels like the serum is sinking in. My face didn’t feel tacky or tight afterwards and looked very good, nice and hydrated. Before bedtime I did add my moisturizer because it was on the border of feeling a little dry and I didn’t want to chance it getting dry overnight, this was several hours after use though so the serum had plenty of time to sink in. I felt like it made my skincare apply and sit better on the skin which was really nice. The next day my skin was still looking exceptionally good and had zero negative reaction.

Would I Recommend: That price is crippling, I was lucky enough to find one sold individually on TJ Maxx for $13 but it’s a lot of money up front regardless of which count you go with. However, if you have the coin I do think that this is a very, very good sheet mask and would be worth checking out - I would have given this one a 4.75 if the price wasn’t so high. It’s included in some of the SK-II travel/value sets which I think would make a really nice luxe gift for someone that enjoys skincare R&R.

Sephora Rating: ☆☆☆☆.4


My Rating: ☆☆☆

Duration: 15 minutes

What It Is: A two step system that provides instant hydration, firmness, and radiance for normal, combo, dry and sensitive skin types.

Performance: At first I was not excited about the two step system but it’s actually pretty cool; first you apply all the serum in one ampule and then immediately apply the two pieces of the sheet mask. The mask is thick and gelatinous, but not wet, on one side and like dry fabric on the other - it really locks in the serum because it’s not porous so only your skin can absorb the serum and not the mask itself. I really like the user experience in that it isn’t a wet drippy mask and it stays in place really well. I accidentally left mine on for about 20 minutes but the directions say 10-15. The serum completely absorbed and my skin looked nice; hydrated, plumped and felt good with no tightness or redness. The serum is extremely fragranced and it lingers; smells like “old lady” + patchouli (you know what I mean). After several hours my skin did start to feel quite dry and look dry so the hydration doesn’t last and I had to apply my usual skincare routine. The mask is intended for photoshoot prep and I can see how it would be good for that since it gives immediate but not lasting results.

Would I Recommend: Wouldn’t really recommend this one, I like the way it works but it just doesn’t work well enough and the scent is maddening. Plus, it’s pretty darn expensive and for that price I’d expect something spectacular.

Sephora Rating: ☆☆☆.6


My clear favorite out of this group was the Lancôme mask, it worked really well and I actually like when you can leave a mask on for longer because then I feel like I’m getting reaping more benefits from the product. I also really liked the SK-II mask but I wish it was sold individually so people could try just one to see if they like it before committing to the six or ten count (especially for that price). Out of the 29 sheet masks I’ve tried in four Sheet Mask Showdowns I wanted to give my top recommendations, some of these I have not used in over two years so I’m going off of my old reviews so keep that in mind:

  • Farmacy Hydrating Coconut Gel Mask Deep Moisture $9 for one at Sephora - I rated this ☆☆☆☆ about two years ago and it currently has ☆☆☆☆.1 on Sephora’s website

  • Skin Laundry Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask $48/8 at Nordstrom - I rated this ☆☆☆☆ 1/2 two years ago and my review has me convinced I’d want to try it again because I liked it so much. I originally bought mine at Sephora but it seems as though they no longer carry this product and Ulta sells it individually for $10 but they’re currently out of stock

  • Patchology Hydrate Flashmasque Facial Sheet $30/4 at Dermstore - This one I rated ☆☆☆☆ 1/2 as well and it has a perfect ☆☆☆☆☆ review on Dermstore but that’s based off of only three reviews. I bought mine individually at Ulta but it seems as though they don’t carry this mask anymore.

  • Sulwhasoo Snowise Brightening Mask $130/10 at Beautylish - Another ☆☆☆☆ 1/2 review and I distinctly remember not expecting to like this one at all and being very pleasantly surprised. I received mine as an individual in a Beautylish Lucky Bag and I believe the only way you can purchase this one is in the 10 pack which is a bite but it was a really good sheet mask.

  • Lancôme Advanced Génifique Hydrogel Melting Mask $15 for 1 or $55/4 at Sephora - As we saw today a ☆☆☆☆ 1/2 and love that it’s sold as an individual to try first.

  • SK-II Facial Treatment Mask $95/6 or $135/10 at Sephora - Also saw this one today as a ☆☆☆☆ and despite it’s hefty price tag and lack of single purchase opportunity I still have to recommend it in the top six since it was a memorable favorite.

Half of those were some of the most expensive ones I’ve tried so it seems as though I have bougie skin to go along with my already bougie taste. As I said in the beginning I don’t see myself doing anymore Sheet Mask Showdowns, just not very exciting for me anymore and quite frankly doesn’t seem worth it when I’ve had so many duds. I would rather spend my time and money on makeup, that’s what I get the most excited about when it comes to editing photos and writing for the blog so that’s what I’m going to do. Regardless, I hope you enjoyed the last installment and I hope to see you back here soon for the next blog post!

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