By now we’ve all discovered that the get-good-skin-quick trick is the hard-working sheet mask. You know, that thing you carefully remove from its wrapper, unfold and slide onto your face, making you resemble an unimaginative thief, a horror movie monster or an extra member of Pussy Riot (which, bonus: feminist face mask!). Like most beauty products, sheet masks are not created equal. Some are overrun with product, which can make for a goopy mess; some never properly adhere to your skin and sit there like a saggy sack.
But when they’re good, they’re gooood. Here’s a closer look at four different sheet masks that are upping the game.
THEFACESHOP 3D Ampoule Mask Sheet The Korean skincare giant has a mask for what ails you and this one, infused with collagen and pine mushroom, is the mother. With flaps that go around your neck and a two-step process that has you applying the “ampoule” concentrate first and then slipping on the full-coverage mask, it was just the thing I needed when I work up bleary-eyed after a car alarm started clattering at 4am.
Peter Thomas Roth Un-wrinkle 24K Gold Intense Wrinkle Sheet Mask For when you want to treat yourself, a premium, all-natural 100% cotton mask from Peter Thomas Roth is the way to go. Infused with 18 anti-aging neuropeptides, the mask goes to work immediately and fits like. a. glove. I was even able to blow dry my hair—fringe included—with the mask firmly in place as the Hyaluronic acid and pure 24K gold went to work.
Holika Holika Prime Youth Placenta Mask Sheet Holika Holika is a Korean cosmetic retailer that’s been around since 2010 and the technicolour store on Queen St. W. in Toronto is full of wall-to-wall products with ingredients that are unfamiliar to North American sensibilities—a lot of snail stuff—and endlessly fascinating. Their best-selling Prime Youth Placenta mask contains anti-aging snail mucin to battle dullness and dehydration as well as wild Ginseng and Canadian willowherb.
Patchology FlashPatch Eye Gels Five minutes in the morning to reduce the sizable Vince Vaughn-level bags under my eyes? Yes please! These hydrogel eye patches—essentially mini masks that target one area—take five minutes to kick in and the cooling sensation is both soothing and effective, thanks to caffeine and hydrolyzed collagen. I keep mine in the fridge for that extra jolt.