As you may already know there’s a new collection of Bath & Body Works Face Sheet Masks that launched recently in stores and online. As you may know I am an avid user of Korean and Taiwanese facial sheet masks. They are very much apart of my daily skincare routine and they are part of the reason my skin is smooth and well hydrated. I have long since bemoaned the fact that there are no affordable facial sheet masks in the US. The Asian market is heavily saturated with a variety of brands and formulas that will run you around $8 to $12 for a box or ten or more masks.
The good news is that more and more US brands such as Garnier, Yes To, Burt’s Bees, etc…have introduced a slew of different face masks at the drugstore. Not to mention many brands from Asia are now easily accessible at places like Target and Ulta. And as we head deeper into the Summer months we’ll see even more brands like Flower Beauty and Olay introducing facial masks.
But I admit after trying many, many US brand facial masks I always revert back to Asian ones. I feel like Asia has perfect the sheet mask. Formulas here in the US are uneventful not to mention I’ve run across many ill fitting masks from US brands. I see actual results from Korean and Taiwanese ones I know, love, and use daily but I can’t say I see the same visible results from ones I’ve used from brands here in the US.
When Bath & Body Works introduced a selection of Sheet Masks I did scoff at the idea. The first thing to enter my head was how heavily fragranced they’d be. Because, hey, it’s Bath & Body Works right? Turns out the two I tried had absolutely no scent at all. Not to mention they do contain some fairly good ingredients.
I am still not convinced they are a perfect formula by any means but Bath & Body Works didn’t do an entirely bad job creating their line of sheet masks. The price is iffy at $4.95 each or 3 for $12 because you can get access to any number of Asian brands such as My Beauty Diary which offers a box of ten for around $8 to $12 and even after airmail and paying the more than retail price you’d still be scoring a deal compared to purchasing one or even three sheet masks from Bath & Body Works. Now the reason, they aren’t bad might just be because they are made in Korea! The fit is good, they are saturated quite well with essence, however, I didn’t see visible results sadly but sometimes I don’t with Korean masks either!
I picked up the Keep It Fruity and the If You Shea So Sheet Masks and found it confusing that the packaging never really explains what the masks are for. You can guess at what they are for I suppose like If You Shea So would be best for hydration but Keep It Fruity apparently contains papaya and tea extracts but what does that do? On the site there is some explanation:
On the site it says: Our soothing face sheet mask with the fruity goodness of papaya & invigorating tea extracts is designed to infuse your skin with supercharged ingredients. Even better? Goodies like these are known for their skin-brightening properties. Trade your dry winter woes for skin that glow. But it also says the same on the shea mask.
It would be nice though if they addressed all this on the mask packaging.
The masks have some good ingredients such as Sodium Hyaluronate which is fantastic for hydrating and plumping skin however, it’s lower on the list which means there’s not a lot of it in the mask. There are other harmful ingredients such as linalool which is a skin sensitizer but also, this appears lower on the ingredients list.
Sodium hydroxide is higher on the list which is also a skin sensitizer. Higher on the list are glycerin, water, and panthenol which will hydrate and also hold moisture into skin. So, there’s a mix of some good stuff here and some not so great stuff.
After using both I didn’t have visible results. My skin didn’t appear brighter nor did it feel super hydrated. Both provided decent moisture but nothing too dramatic. Results were decent enough but I’m spoiled by the crazy amount of moisture that Korean masks provide.
All in all, Bath & Body Works Face Sheet Masks weren’t nearly as bad as I thought they would be however, they aren’t great either and likely not something I’d re-purchase due to price and performance. But I give Bath & Body Works an A for effort. They are well on their way to creating a nice range of facial masks.
Get these in store and online now.
Tried them already?