Hi guys, so today we’re talking about sheet masks. I have a post coming soon (translation: being planned but don’t know when it’s going up) comparing traditional Korean sheet masks to their western made counterparts. However, my first order from Korea arrived recently and I was too excited not to share it.
All of these masks are from the brand Innisfree for a couple of reasons. The first being that as much as I’d love to try loads from different brands, shipping costs aren’t exactly cheap (we’ll get to that in a minute) so it was far more economical to order a wider range from one company. Secondly, their website is very user friendly for someone who does not read Korean, as is the packaging of their products. And finally, they offer a huge range of options so there’s still plenty of choice when sticking to one brand.
Cost and Shipping
I ordered 10 masks, the masks and the shipping combined came to around £20. Working out around £2 a mask including the shipping costs seemed like a pretty good deal. As for the breakdown of items, I paid £7.01 for the shipping and the remaining £13.28 on the masks. I did not get charged any customs or handling charges. I’m very grateful about this because it wouldn’t have been such a great deal if I did have extra fees to pay. After my order was placed, with the cheapest economy shipping, they took 10 days to arrive. I thought this was perfectly reasonable especially as this was in December.
I got two different mask formulas; six masks from the ‘My real squeeze’ line, priced at £1.08 each and another four from the ‘Skin Clinic’ line priced at £1.70 each.
All the masks I bought had similar properties except for two. My skin is dry and sensitive so most of the masks I bought were either moisturising or calming properties: oatmeal, aloe, shea butter, manuka honey. That kind of thing. Although I did also pick up a BHA mask from the Skin Clinic line as well as a vitamin C one, for the sake of variety.
I’m trying to only use one or two a week to make them last a little longer, so I’ve only used a few so far.
The first thing I will say is that I’m quite small and the ‘one size fits all’ is a bit challenging. The masks are way too big for my head, I look ridiculous wearing them. Not like anyone doesn’t look ridiculous with damp cotton all over their face but I looked more ridiculous. If that’s even possible. With this in mind, I do think you get a very generous amount of product. After using each mask and leaving them on for around twenty minutes, there was still quite a lot left on the sheet. And even more in the packet. If you wanted to be frugal about this (and also have a small head), I think you could get away with using them twice. I haven’t actually tried this, but I do think it’s a viable option.
The first one I tried was the oatmeal one, which was incredible. My skin had been tight and looking a little red and irritated with the harsh winter weather and after using this mask my skin felt great for about three days. I would definitely use these again. I was so impressed with the results; my skin was instantly soft and smooth. Worth looking ridiculous for. This mask was from the My Real Squeeze line. The only other one I’ve tried from this line was the shea butter one. As oat and shea have similar properties the results were practically the same as the oatmeal one.
Skin Clinic Masks
The next one I tried was the BHA one. I was a little nervous about this as exfoliating anything and sensitive skin can be a dangerous combination. But, the BHA was salicylic acid which my skin usually reacts reasonably well to, so I felt comfortable using it. After excessive Pringle consumption over the festive period my skin was a little overdue a good exfoliation treatment anyway.
As with the other formula, I left it on for around twenty minutes. Although the mask felt comfortable on my skin, it did sting a little afterwards. I was okay with this as my skin is usually extra sensitive after exfoliation. These masks also contain a lot of product and could potentially be used twice as well.
The skin clinic line masks are thicker than the My Real Squeeze ones so they feel more durable. However, this is the only real difference I noticed so unless you’re desperate for a specific mask from this line, I’d recommend saving a little money and going with the My Real Squeeze ones instead.
Overall, I have been happy with my purchases so far and would definitely buy from Innisfree again despite the shipping costing as much as five or six masks. The shipping process was easy and my products were in great condition when they arrived. Next time I order, I would be tempted to bulk buy some of my favourites and pay a little more for shipping as I think that would be more cost effective in the long run.
Until next time,
To see my last skincare post, click here.