March 6, 2018

Bath & Body Works Face Sheet Mask A Not as Bad as I Thought Review

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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!

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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.

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Adrienne

    Thank you for that honest review. I have seen them both at Bath & Body Works and also Victoria Secret and chose to pass on both bebecause I couldn’t find any reviews and figured this was not their “lane” bit were trying to cash in on the trend. I appreciate your saving me the money no matter how much it costs.

    • Isabella Muse

      I didn’t see them at VS, are they the same ones? Curious minds! They are actually made in Korea which surprised me. They fit is good, the essence decent, but not fantastic. They are a bit $$$! You can do better grabbing a box of good ones from well known Korean brands though ;-D Cheaper!

      • Adrienne

        Not the same brand but they are along the counter where you checkout. Oddly enough I got an email saying these would be on sale for $1.75 tomorrow at BBW. Still a No for me.

        • Isabella Muse

          Oh! I gotta go see! They are likely made by the same brand that did the BBW ones but still curious 😀

  • kjh

    As to the sodium hydroxide, which, after all, is LYE, pretty common for a pH adjuster, but the very idea…. If it’s high on the list, either the rest of the ingredients are massively alkaline, or they are overcorrecting the pH. Either way, not so hot. I’ll go for something that has a lengthy list, if the lye is ~1\5 from the bottom. There are too many suitable sheets that are cheaper, better, etc as you pointed out. Despite liking to buy American, rather than from the Olympic host that has dog farms for meat, can’t support any US sheets i’ve seen yet.

  • ChynnaBlue

    Thank you! Your post title made me laugh.

    I’m surprised they don’t say what the mask is for on the actual package. That seems like a no-brainer to me – packaging fail! I am glad to know they didn’t make these smell like their other products! That would have been so overwhelming.

    I know papaya enzymes are often used in peels and exfoliating products, like Exfolikate. I don’t know if papaya fruit extract also has the enzymes, but anything with papaya enzymes gives me bad, including a chemical burn and a rash.

    • Isabella Muse

      Haha ;-D Glad you liked it. On the website they sort of give a vague description but you’d think the packaging would say something!? Yeah, I would imagine that the papaya is called brightening because it exfoliates perhaps. Omg that’s horrible sorry to hear. I’ve used it in Herbivore’s Brighten Pineapple + Gemstone Mask and had really great success with it.

  • Gummigirl

    Just got an email that these masks will be on sale tomorrow (3/7) for $1.75 (max 15) online & in stores. Sounds like at that price point they’re definitely worth a shot.

  • bebe

    Thanks for the review, Muse. I was going to try them, but even on sale they are a bit too pricey, and I use sheet masks three to four times a week, so I’ll pass on B&BW’s line, especially if the results aren’t that great. Also, like yourself, I prefer the Korean and Taiwanese masks..especially My Beauty Diary and My Scheming. 🙂

    • Isabella Muse

      I love my scheming ;-D def a fav of mine! They are on sale today for $1.75 that might tempt you!

  • Debra Voigts

    Where are they on sale for $1.75. My fave My Scheming is the Goat’s Milk. What’s your all-time favorite?

  • Sandra

    Thanks for the review. I bought 6 and yesterday I used the blue with sea minerals but don’t see any change. I’m going to return the rest. Can you tell me where did you buy the Korean mask and which is your fav?

  • Mikayla C Cates

    I went during the sale, I’ve used three and connected their use to a MASSIVE breakout, my mom said its the worst shes ever seen my skin. That being said, I returned the rest today and was not a happy camper. Waiting for my typically clear skin to return to normal now that I have 15-20 pimples each on my cheeks, forhead, and a few on my chin as well.

  • Lala

    B&BW is having their big sale at the moment, so I added the tea tree one to my cart (@ $1.50!) to make free shipping. Tried it yesterday and I was actually impressed. I didn’t look closely at the ingredients, but my skin felt smooth and moisturized after – and still does, about 18 hrs later. I might try the others, IF I can figure out what they’re for….. they definitely need to address this on the packaging.

    • Isabella Muse

      it would be nice if they said what each mask was used for!