Beauty

JS Editors Tested 6 Top-Rated Face Masks, and the Results are In

With all the hype surrounding sheet masks, it can be nearly impossible to know which to buy—it seems like all of them are just so incredible, per the many overzealous reviews on the web. To make things a little easier for you, we put some top-rated internet favorites to the Jetsetter test. Each of us on the team tried out multiple masks, and below, we're delivering our honest reviews to help you make the decision.

1

Magic Stripes Magnetic Youth Mask

About: This magnet-covered mask from Magic Stripes is designed to eliminate toxins and impurities, while moisturizing skin with its lightweight natural plant essence.

Reviews: “I’ve never tried a mask with magnets in it before and was pretty skeptical, but I loved how cool and refreshing it felt against my skin and the coverage it gave to my face—not to mention the dots made me look like a Lichtenstein painting, which was super fun! I didn’t notice a huge change in the clarity of my skin afterwards, but my cheeks were definitely glowing.” — Lindsey Olander, Senior Editor

"This mask was my favorite of the ones that I tried. It’s a sheet mask covered with a bunch of tiny magnets, which makes for a crazy look, but it was worth it. The mask claims to accelerate cell renewal, slow down aging, and help prevent little wrinkles from becoming big wrinkles, and I feel like it actually delivered. When I took it off, my skin felt full and hydrated, and some fine laugh lines looked filled in and less noticeable." — Gretchen Dorosz, Senior Photo Editor

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2

Grace & Stella Anti Wrinkle + Energizing Eye Masks

About: Grace & Stella's Anti Wrinkle and Energizing Eye Masks market themselves as "an energy drink for your eyes," promising to brighten and de-puff the under-eye area with nano-active gold and hyaluronic acid.

Reviews: "I’ve never used eye masks before, so this was new territory for me. I was skeptical that they would stay on my face, but I had no issues with sliding. Afterwards, they left my under-eye areas feeling soft and smooth." — Tyler Schoeber, Production Specialist

"I usually stick to clay or mud masks, so the Grace & Stella Anti Wrinkle + Energizing Eye Mask was a nice change! I tried them right after I got back from a wedding that involved many late nights and long flights, and my under-eyes desperately needed hydration. The masks felt great on, and I could tell that they were soothing and de-puffing my eyes. They did slip off a few times, but that was probably my fault for moving around too much. I also loved that there was no mess and I didn’t have to wash my face again after taking them off. I would definitely recommend using after a long trip or a sleepless night." — David Hattan, Photo Editor

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3

Acure Seriously Soothing Biocellulose Mask

About: This 100% vegan biocellulose mask from Acure uses fermented coconut, hyaluronic acid, argan, geranium, and plant peptides to soothe and hydrate skin.

Reviews: “My skin is sensitive and tends to dry out by the late winter, which are two ailments this mask is said to address—but if I’m honest, I wasn’t a big fan. The area around my eyes started to burn by the 10-minute mark, and I ended up taking the mask off earlier than recommended because of how uncomfortable it felt.” — Lindsey Olander, Senior Editor

"I was super excited to try this mask because it has really solid ingredients—it's paraben-free, sulfate-free, phthalate-free, mineral oil-free, petrolatum-free, silicone-free and cruelty-free. It says it's meant for normal to sensitive skin, but I found that it stung my face a lot, so I wouldn't recommend it for sensitive types." — Jackie Homan, Editorial Assistant

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4

TONY MOLY I’m Real Sheet Masks

About: K-beauty brand Tony Moly's I'm Real sheet masks come in several varieties, featuring different natural extracts and essences to target various skin needs. All of them are based on a 3-layer pulp sheet and are free of parabens, talc, and color additives.

Reviews: "The Tony Moly purifying I’m Cactus sheet mask took me by surprise—in a good way! I usually have a hard time getting sheet masks to stay on my face, especially around my beard area, but this mask stayed put. It left my skin feeling refreshed and soft." — Tyler Schoeber, Production Specialist

"I tried the I'm Lavender sheet mask from Tony Moly, and I absolutely loved it. It was my favorite among the ones I tested. From a comfort standpoint, the mask was extremely thin, molded perfectly to my face, and didn't get in the way while I let it sit for half an hour. Results-wise, my skin felt and appeared more hydrated afterwards, and it smelled amazing." — Jackie Homan, Editorial Assistant 

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5

Alder New York Hydrating Face Mask

About: This light green, three-minute liquid mask from Alder New York uses super-algae spirulina, vitamins E and B5, and hyaluronic acid to provide skin with major hydration. 

Reviews: "When I actually remember to use a mask, I don’t always have the 30 or so minutes it needs to work its magic, so I liked that this one had a quick 3-5 minute wear time. My first impression was that it had pretty yet simple packaging and an appealingly natural, clay-like scent, and it felt cooling and refreshing on the skin. This mask is meant to hydrate and detox skin, and while I didn’t find it to be super hydrating, it did make my skin look smooth and a bit glowy. I would definitely try it again." — Gretchen Dorosz, Senior Photo Editor

"One issue I had with The Alder New York Hydrating Face Mask was that it was very runny—I made a bit of a mess putting it on. On the plus side, I really liked the smell, and it felt as though I had just rubbed lotion all over my face, which was extremely refreshing." — Tyler Schoeber, Production Specialist

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6

Innisfree Sheet Masks

About: Innisfree is considered the K-beauty queen of sheet masks, with its fitted forms that use a variety of quality ingredients to target different skin concerns.

Reviews: "I'm a huge fan of face masks when I travel, and I was really impressed with the Innisfree collagen face mask. I’d heard a lot about the South Korean brand and it did not disappoint: my skin felt incredibly hydrated, my fine wrinkles diminished, and my face had an overall dewy look the whole day." Clara Sedlak, Executive Editor

"My Innisfree green tea mask felt really refreshing and lightweight on my skin. I usually always do masks at night, but this one felt rejuvenating for a morning or mid-day boost. I loved the way the mask fit tightly to my skin and had some leftover serum in the pouch, which I used for my neck." — Jackie Homan, Editorial Assistant

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