For some, sheet masks are the best things to ever happen to them, their schedules and their stressed-out complexions. But for others, the K-beauty innovations are nothing but goopy messes that should be phased out ASAP. I happen to be a member of the first camp, but some (read: quite a few) of my own subpar experiences led me to understand how these masks can sometimes be more chaotic than beneficial. Here, seven no-fuss exceptions that even the biggest sheet mask haters will fall head over heels for.
The instant the package is opened, the spa-like floral scent already invigorates your senses. Plus, a thick cream replaces the traditional serum or essence commonly found in sheet masks in this groundbreaking option, changing everything we once knew about these K-beauty staples. In just a few minutes, a full-face of cream is delivered via a sheet mask application—which, according to the brand, delivers 10 times more cream into the skin than traditional application—and sticks right onto skin without effort.
Most sheet masks are comprised of a thin slip of cotton or fiber drenched in an essence or water-like serum, which makes for a not-so-pleasant situation. This one isn’t. The cellulose sheet is infused with the formula itself (which is based on marine collagen to moisturize, boost elasticity and visibly reduce lines) and clings to skin which means no slipping or sliding off your face, only serious anti-aging and youthful suppleness here.
A thick, jelly-like ampoule—the ingredients differ based on the mask (choose between Firm, Hydration, Clear and Bright)—goes all over the skin first before a dense, two-piece rubber mask comes up next to seal in the formula and ensure it doesn’t go anywhere. You can remove the mask after 20 minutes, or leave it on for up to 40 (either way, the rubber won’t move so you can multitask as you please). Once removed, massage the remaining ampoule into the skin for baby-smooth, silky skin.
Everyone with congested pores or oily skin loves a good clay mask, but the messy application and multiple rinses they require can be a little too much to handle all the time. This revolutionary mask marries the delivery system of a sheet mask (this one is made with fine, stretchable gauze to form to your face) and the formula of a clay mask to deliver the same purifying benefits with none of the fuss. Apply it as you would any sheet mask and once you feel the clay harden in 20 minutes—the clay is embedded into the gauze itself for as little mess as possible—lift away the sheet, rinse and go.
Dry to the touch, this mask skips the serums, creams and liquids completely (meaning it doesn’t harbor bacteria and you can wear it up to three times!) and contains a high content of active ingredients that seeps into skin and last for up to eight hours. How does it work? The textile is imprinted with a combination of ingredients like vitamin B3, plant stem cell matrix, peptides and crocus bulb extract (plus the brand’s must-have magic oils and butters) to reduce wrinkles, temporarily lift, brighten and hydrate skin in just 15 minutes.
This easy-to-use lace mask combines the benefits of high-performance ingredients—think active fruit enzymes, including papaya, and marine collagen to resurface, unclog and brighten skin—and unique compression to tighten and refine skin while you wear it. To use, press the lace side of the mask onto skin, peel off the outer shell and hook the provided slits around the ears. Then, pull the ends of the chin strap up and loop over ears for a super secure fit. Wear for as long as you’d like while you clean, work or do whatever you’d like—this mask will not budge.
Verso Deep Hydration Mask ($75 for 4)
This gel-like sheet mask comes in two sections to better fit your face and stop any messes before they start. There’s no liquid to be found in the package and none dripping from the mask—just the patented artificial moisturizing factor (AMF) to help skin retain moisture for up to 120 hours—making for the easiest, most hydrating application and experience yet.
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