Like most other people, every January I always feel the desire to be an overall better person. As it relates to my skincare hobby, I’ve resolved to be a more conscientious and less wasteful consumer. The main goal for the first part of this year is to get my stash of products down to a manageable quantity, and to that end I am trying to focus on finishing products I like before buying new ones. You might even see a few empties posts!
Also in the spirit of reducing waste, I’m trying to streamline my sheet mask collection. I think I’ve come to the somewhat sad realization that sheet masks for me are an means to an end – I love how plump and hydrated my skin looks with regular sheet mask usage but I don’t feel like I enjoy them in a proper, treat yo’self manner. I love seeing instagram posts of the prettiest, silkiest trendiest masks, but I can’t help but feel they would be wasted on me. More appropriate for my needs, I think, are Japanese bulk sheet masks, the “low-cost airline,” as RatzillaCosme puts it, of sheet masks. First on my list of bulk sheet masks to try are these Cosme Award winning masks from Quality 1st.
At a Glance
QUALITY 1ST ALL IN ONE SHEET MASK
Size: 105g, 7 masks
Price: $5 at Image Beauty Store and Imomoko.
Packaging: All masks in one resealable, plastic bag container
Fragrance: Mild, naturey scent. I’m not a fan of the scent, but it is faint and disperses almost immediately.
Sheet Material: This mask is made out of a thick, sturdy cotton. It’s a little stiff, but conforms to the shape of my face really well.
Acne Triggers & Irritants: Roman Chamomile Flower Extract (2) and Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (1) flagged as potential acne triggers.
Water, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Hydrolyzed Silk Protein, Platinum Powder, Sodium Hyaluronate, Succinoyl Atelocollagen, Clematis Vitalba Leaf Extract, Equisetum Hyemale Extract, Bladderwrack Extract, Hedera Helix Leaf / Stem Extract, Spiraea Ulmaria Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Soybean Extract, Ceramide 3, Roman Chamomile Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Flowers / Leaves / Stem Extract, Tilia Cordata Flower Extract, Bilberry Extract, Sugar Cane Extract, Sugar Maple Sap, Orange Extracts, Lemon, Soluble Collagen, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Saxifraga Extract, Chtoligopeptide-1, Polysorbate 80, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Xanthan Gum, Mannitol, Damask Rose Flower Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil, Palmarosa Oil, Lavender Oil, Grapefruit Peel Oil, Rosemary Oil
These are definitely budget sheet masks. Because there are 7 masks packaged together in one pouch, there is less essence to go around. As a result, each of these masks only last about half an hour on my skin, which is significantly shorter than the individually packaged cotton masks I’m used to (which usually last an hour +) and a bit shorter than silk sheet masks (which last about 45 minutes).
If you can get over that hurdle, these masks are actually quite nice. The material is thick and a little stiff, but conforms to the shape of my face surprisingly well. The flap that goes on my chin refuses to sit still, but every other part of it stays firmly put once on. I was wearing one of these masks earlier this week while cleaning and doing laundry, and it stayed glued to my face. I feel like I could’ve done an entire Olympic gymnast routine and the mask wouldn’t have budged!
My two pet peeves when it comes to sheet masks are fragrance and residual stickiness. These masks avoid both of these pitfalls. These masks are not entirely scent free- when I first remove them from the pouch they have a mild, natural-type herby/floral scent that I’m not a fan of, but the smell dissipates as soon as the mask is unfolded and once on my face, I really don’t notice the scent. Also, when I remove these masks, my face feels clean. There is no stickiness or tackiness, and there is no residual product. I can continue with my skincare routine without having to mist and pat at my skin, waiting for the mask essence to absorb.
There are 7 masks in a pouch and I used them all up in a week. After which, I can totally understand why these masks are so popular and so highly ranked in Japan. They are not the most pampering masks in the world by any measure, but if you’re just trying to get your daily sheet mask in to maintain your skin, these sheet masks are one of the easiest, least annoying ways to do so. Their ability to stay put on my face and their lack of scent means I can wear these while doing household chores and forget that it’s even on my face. The lack of stickiness and quick dry time makes them a very low time / effort commitment mask. As for effects on my skin, they’re pretty middle of the road, maybe even above average. Given how cheap these are, I’d say that’s pretty good!
Disclaimer: I purchased these. There are no affiliate links.