Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tell Me If It's Worth It! Sephora Fiber Masks

I have a confession. I am a mask junkie. But these are not your average mask.

On one of my leisurely trips to Sephora recently I saw these babies on a huge display at the end of a center aisle. They were conveniently located to spy as soon as you step in the store so naturally, even if I wasn't a mask junkie, I gravitated towards them.

There were 8 shelves of kinds to choose from but all were full except for the pearl mask edition which were almost completely gone. I jumped on that bandwagon, always thinking I'm missing something everyone else knows, and also bought a rose mask for my perpetual dry skin problem.

Before I continue on my masque journey, below are the different kinds of masks and basic facts straight from the Sephora website.

Facts Lingzhi Mask: Creates the appearance of smoother, plumper, and younger-looking skin.
Lotus Mask: Refreshes tired skin and reduces signs of strain and fatigue.
Honey Mask: Nourishes and balances to soothe and refresh dry or sensitive skin.
Pearl Mask: Perfects and brightens with natural-origin pearl to create high luminosity.
Ginseng Mask: Tones and energizes while providing a tightening effect for a plumped and supple complexion.
Green Tea Mask: Mattifies and purifies to soothe skin, absorb sebum, and reduce the appearance of outbreaks.
Rose Mask: Provides deep moisture and brightening properties through natural rose extract.
Pomegranate Mask: Awakens, energizes, and protects the skin with antioxidant-rich natural pomegranate extract.

Each mask is $6 and they come with one towel like mask, already soaked with the special formula you picked, in each package.

I somewhat foolishly asked a sales associate if I could get more than one use out of each thinking it was a cream. Cream masks are the only ones I have used to date mind you.

To use you take it straight out of the package and it is folded into a square. It was kind of challenging unfolding the mask while trying not to rip it. I'm also impatient and if it takes more than 3 seconds, I'm over it and it is "challenging".

Then you put it on your face LIKE SO...

You have to line up the holes of the mask with your eyes, nose and mouth. I was afraid to get any in my eyes or mouth. Yuck.

You let the mask sit for 15 minutes with no need to wash your face afterwards.

After this time passed I removed the mask, threw it out, and there was definitely a residue left on my face. I just let it sit there and it ended up soaking in and feeling better after about another 10 minutes.

My impression at first was that both masks were similar. Seemed to be the same gooey formula and it left the residue on my face the same way. I definitely enjoyed the rose mask more. I noticed my skin was more moisturized and that it lasted a couple of days. The pearl mask was unimpressive for $6. Especially for the amount of hype that seemed to be around them. It left my skin brighter at first which was nice but that left relatively quickly. By the next morning my skin felt the same as the morning before the mask.

Would I purchase again? Debatable. I was in Sephora again today (... No need to tell me I have a problem, I know it) and I had picked up the Ginseng mask to help my tone problem I feel I've been having recently but then I put it back down. $6 for a mask is steep when I can't reuse it and feel I get more of my moneys worth out of the masks in bottles and jars where I can decide how much to apply and where.

Bottom line, the masks are good for a quick one-time need but I don't think they're worth the money.