Firstly can we just address that the top image is probably the most terrifying you’ve ever seen on a beauty blog? Yep, yep I agree too. I scared myself. And secondly I have a confession to make. Despite being the skincare addict that I am, I have never once indulged in a sheet mask. The whole slap on, wait and wash-off formula is a weekly occurrence in my bathroom but the pre-soaked sheets that you manoeuvre onto your face for a big ol’ dose of skin slurping goodness, nope, never been there. So when the Astalift Intense Replumping Moisture Mask* hit my desk I’d thought I’d venture into a whole new form of face masks. And let’s just say things got a little soggy… and scary…

A little sheet mask history first to wet (sorry) your appetite. These face shaped formula-infused cloths complete with all the relevant holes have been all the rage in Asia for a long while. Formulated to treat a long-list of concerns, sheet masks supposedly trap in the ingredients, forcing them to absorb and seal in the moisture. Interesting little theory, huh? The sheet mask I trialled was tailored from two pieces; a chin section sporting a rather small mouth hole and an eye and forehead sheet complete with its own fetching nose flap. I ripped open the packets and applied. On first impressions these were very wet. Super wet. Like runs into your mouth when you lay down wet. But I persisted and laughed away as they boy, looking more horrified than ever, snapped away. Cheers babe.

The debacle was made that little more humorous by my Dad interrupting the 10 minute leave on sesh with a FaceTime call. ‘You look like Hannibal Lecter’ was the general response, followed by yelling for my Mum to come to the iPad to witness my soggy state. Once I was left back in peace, I peeled off the mask, towelled off some of the excess and massaged in the rest of the remaining serum before calling it a night. For all the hilarity that ensued the results the next morning were a bit of a let-down; my skin felt tacky, congested and was crying out for a clarifying mask clear-up, or was that just me? Perhaps I haven’t found the right sheet yet, but right now I’m back to happily slathering on my more traditional face mask favourites.

So there you have a diary of my very short dalliance with sheet masks. A hilarious episode nonetheless but just a little too moist and messy for my tastes – I’ll be sticking to my clay-based ‘laugh and you crack ‘em‘ bad-boys from now on. However if you’re on the market for something that will scare the absolute bejesus out of your parents via FaceTime I can recommend nothing more highly.

*PR Sample

  • BlushBug

    Oh my, not only the scariest, but probably one of the funniest. You never seem to disappoint! Cheers to your boy though, he’s such a sport. I’ve been needing to pop my sheet mask cherry, but these seem to be not my type. Liquid running into my mouth would not be enjoyable, and are these not roughly $15? Yuck. Let us know if you ever find one that does more than frighten! Xx

    Ashley
    BlushBug.blogspot.com

  • Oleta

    That picture is so funny! I love my clay masks too because there so easy to work with and leave my skin feeling amazing so I don’t think I’d be swapping them for a sheet mask any time soon, great review and post though as usual xx

    http://www.oletaeilis.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://norwegianelephant.blogspot.com/ Romila Marie

    Hahaha I love your face Anna!

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  • Olga P

    Anna don’t do this again please… :-) A very informative and entertaining blog post, nice.
    http://www.monikasmirror.tumblr.com

  • Rocio

    Hahaha, oh Anna… I’ve neve been a fan of these masks either! I first tried those sachets they sell in boots and superdrug, the ones with the picture of a woman with huge cucumber slices on her eyes, and really hated them. They are really messy and it means you can’t really do anything but lay down in bed as they slips off so easily…!!!

    Rocio x

    http://www.letitbecosy.com

  • sarah beth

    Equally terrified by the prospect of a sheet mask- definitely sticking to good old clays!
    101studentbeauty.blogspot.co.uk
    x

  • Denise F.

    You look so creepy :D

  • Maddy Cane

    You do look very scary! I am sorry that this didn’t work for you though! xxx

    http://unstitchedd.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Gita Bončina

    Ooooh sweet baby potato, I really wanna try this stuff! Yes, looks creepy, I laughed my ass off when I saw the first photo :D but as long as it works it’s totally worth it ;) .

    xx

    http://gita-oddsandends.blogspot.com/

  • Tania Lie

    You should try SK-II masks. It is one of the most luxurious sheet masks out there.

  • http://www.daisybutter.com Michelle

    I’d recommend SK-II and My Beauty Diary sheet masks, Anna, leaves my skin feeling baby soft for those pesky Monday morning commutes. (:

  • kamidozono

    Anna, I really recommend that you don’t use either Astalift or SK-II sheets (or actually any of their products) because you are 20 to 30 years out of the targeted age group. Both of these lines have been developed for ‘mature’ skins, so at least from the mid-40s. None of my friends here in Japan use these lines. I’m in my early 40s and haven’t bought them either, though sometimes get SK-II samples. Even in Japan, they are premium lines for older women who don’t mind spending a fortune on them!

    If you do decide you want to try a wet mask again, try it in the bath :) That is where many Japanese women use them.

  • NotSoFrivolous

    This has to be the best sheet mask photo I have ever seen! lol.

    http://notsofrivolous.wordpress.com/

  • ohsoflawless

    I’m loving sheet masks, they make everything so much easier imo!

  • Selena

    I would recommend sheet masks from FANCL. They don’t contain preservatives or any harmful ingredients.

  • liane eff

    That photo of you with the sheet mask is gold! Xx

    lianerrr.blogspot.ca

  • Aimee

    Such an interesting post, I almost picked up this Astalift sheet mask today as Debenhams currently have them on sale, now i’m pleased I didn’t buy!

  • Emilie Garnes

    ooohh I absolutely adore the way you write! you should have a column in a magazine or something! Really you should! I know I would love reading it just as much as I love reading your blog :) I am not a huge sheet mask fan either so you are not alone on that court :) Lots of love, Em xx

    http://www.someoneinthecorner.blogspot.com

  • Lorna – Studs and Dreams

    I used to use sheet masks as my skin used to be so sensitive that was all i could use. now i’ve ventured into the world of normal masks and am loving it. i was never a fan of the sheet masks but that could have been down to my skin type or the ones i was using, i never quite ventured into the quality of these bad boys! they look so nice.

    Love Lorna xx

    http://studsanddreams.blogspot.co.uk/ // http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/3793754/

  • Maria

    You should definitely try the Karuna Hydrating mask, I love it! Both my roommates commented on how my skin looked like porcelain after using it, and it left my skin feeling super soft!

    http://www.theycallthewindm.blogspot.com

  • Emily

    This post should have come with a warning notice. I nearly flung my salad across the room when I saw your mask covered face. I think I’d be too scared to use one of these masks if there was even a possibility that anyone else who be home.

    -Emily

  • Kiera

    The first picture scared me :o , I have never used a mask before as I am scared how it would react on my skin, do you know any face masks for sensitive skin?

    classicquirk.blogspot.co.uk

  • Ann Lin

    Though Asia (where I live) is known as a hub for sheet masks, I am personally not a fan of them. I just don’t feel like they actually do anything! And trust me, I have tried many. Hilarious tidbit about your parents though. (: I have scared my siblings many times with my aesop chamomile concentrate anti-blemish masque (recommend to anyone having trouble with spots!).

    cheers, ann.

    http://pollyannalin.blogspot.com

  • http://www.honeygo-lightly.com/ Honey Go-Lightly

    I really don’t like sheet masks! Too wet, slip off, feels uncomfortable. Nah not for me!

  • Claire

    Try the Taiwanese brand My Beauty Diary. The ingredients are a lot simpler and tend to have a more brightening effect without being overly sticky. Some of the Korean face masks are made from an infuses gel sheet so it’s not a juicy. I suppose Asian women feel like the wetter the better because it means more active product. You might even be able to get two uses out of excess serum in the packet if you can get your hands on the actual paper masks which are sold set serum-less for you to infuse with your own favorite serum.

  • Maxine Whitney

    I’ve tried a few of these over the years, but I’ve never been won over. I’m much happier to stick to my mud masks like you!

    Maxine, xx

    http://www.beautybeatsbooks.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://www.facebook.com/RoseWaldherr Rosie von Waldherr

    I never tried those sheets before and I don’t think I want to after seeing that picture haha I feel like the regular masks work well with my skin and I’m gonna stick with what I know works! But it was a great review!

    xoRosie

    The Austrian Rose

  • m

    Hi Anna,
    I read your blog with great interest and I think you have great style. However, I cannot help but notice the amount of skincare and cosmetics you use. Ok, make up is one thing. But you seem to use too many creams, masks, serums and so on for your face. You are only 23 years old, at this age you dont need that much skincare. Let your skin breathe a little bit. I saw your pic with bare face and I noticed you have some lines on your forehead. Which should not be the case at 23! I would advise you to cut a little bit on skin care.

  • Leigh F

    I used a sheet mask for the first time recently too. You can find a bunch of good ones at http://www.prettyandcute.com !! I tried one that was for “whitening and brightening” and I TOTALLY noticed a difference in my skin tone and texture the next day. Definitely worth a shot looking for the caviar mask. Cheers! xo

  • Millie

    This looks so flipping scary aha, masks in general are scary but this is on a whole new level! I love clay masks too, something addictive from your face not being able to move aha.
    Thanks for sharing:)

    Millie
    xxx
    milspiration.blogspot.co.uk

  • cocochic

    Hahah I love this post!! Next halloween I’m just gonna grab a sheet mask – scary enough I think!xxx

    http://www.cocochicblog.co.uk

  • Pippa Jones

    Ahh looks scary! :)

    Pipp xx

    http://pippjones281190.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://twitter.com/Beauty18Claudia Claudia

    such a funny read! Sounds fun but annoying that after all that, it didn’t seem to be that great afterwards.

  • Anne

    If you want an ACE sheet mask try the lululun masks from japan. I have really acnaic skin and this leaves me feeling very soft. I use it once a week and a clarifying once a week as well.

  • shelly

    loooove sheet masks! got mine at http://efacemasks.com

  • Spelling brigadier

    It’s ‘whet your appetite’, not wet…

  • Phoebe

    I tried my first sheet mask in Asia and loved it! I actually had really good results from it and found it a whole lot more fuss free than the traditional option. Definitely loved having the Hannibal Lecter look for 10 minutes as well.

    http://www.northoflondonblog.com