September Sheet Masks: From Meh to "Men-Boong"

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Though I'd like to sheet mask every day, my laziness dictates that I get around to it every other day or every couple of days. So any given month, I get to try about 10-15 masks. This month, instead of doing a favorites post, I thought I'd rank the sheet masks I got to try over the past couple of weeks.

There are 12 in all. There are some meh's and many "men-boong's" ("so good it caused a mental breakdown"). Let's begin the countdown!

INGREDIENTS Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Lactobacillus/Leuconostoc/Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Lactobacillus/Leuconostoc/Coconut Fruit Extract, Sugar Maple Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Matricaria Flower Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Betaine, Hydroxyethylacrilate/Sodium Acrolyldimethylaurate Copolymer, Ledum Palustre Extract, Ecklonia Cava Extract, Artemisia Capillaris Flower Extraact, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Saururus Chinensis Extract, Xanthan Gum Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance.

Disclosure: Bought it, and a side note - I've started to refer to the EWG for health and safety ratings, and CosDNA for acne trigger warnings. This mask has butylene glycol (mild acne trigger) and fragrance (mild irritant).

This mask is the LEADERS INSOLUTION COCONUT GEL MASK WITH TOMATO. It's made out of coconut jelly instead of your typical biocellulose hydrogel. It's also extremely slippery and hard to keep in place. I found that the effects were a bit lackluster (slightly moisturized, no brightening or increase in elasticity) for the hassle to keep it on your face. I couldn't pinpoint the smell but it wasn't terrible. What was annoying about the mask was that it felt slimy and not in a good way, so I couldn't get myself to keep it on past the 30 minute mark. But that's okay because it was about to dry out anyway. The feature ingredients in this mask are the fermented tomato extract which is rich in lycopene, a potent antioxidant. The coconut is also fermented and contains vitamins B and C. Tip to know: the mask comes between two mask backings, I completely goofed and wore the backing for the first 5 minutes.

PURCHASE AT-> KoreaDepart ($1.49) / LadyMoss ($2.50) / Memebox ($2.75) First time buyers use code WELCOME20 to save 20% at Memebox use this link to save 20%! Referral

INGREDIENTS Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Ginger Root Extract, Poria Cocos Extract, Licorice Root Extract, Honey Extract, Wheat Flour Extract, Sesame Seed Extract, Red Ginseng Root Extract, Mushroom Extract, Deer Velvet Extract, Alcohol, Gold, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Agar, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Sodium Hyaluronate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, Ferric Oxide, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Hydroxide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.

Disclosure: Bought it, and this mask has butylene glycol (mild acne trigger), chondrus crispus (strong acne trigger), and mild irritants/health triggers: PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, titanium dioxide, potassium hydroxide, methylparaben, phenoxyethanol, and fragrance. Avoid if allergic to bee stings and bee byproducts.

This mask is the MISSHA MISA GEUM SUL ORIENTAL GEL MASK. Rounding out the bottom two is another hydrogel! Imagine my surprise! This mask has some great oriental medicinal ingredients like ginger, ginseng, licorice root, various lesser known root extracts, mushrooms, and deer velvet made out of deer antlers. It also has some great moisturizing factors like the collagen and sodium hyaluronate. I expected a lot out of this mask (moisture, brightness, and firming) and it failed to deliver. The only cool thing was that the mask had little flecks of gold in it. The mask smelled lightly botanical and came in two pieces - one that drapes over the forehead, nose, and cheeks, and one that covers your chin and mouth area. There is a mask backing which while environmentally unfriendly, is totally awesome if you drop your mask. The mask slid down my face and again, was a hassle.

PURCHASE AT-> Missha ($7.00)

INGREDIENTS Water, GlycerinButylene GlycolSodium Hyaluronate, Acer Saccharum Extract, Betaine, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Opuntia Ficus-indica Extract, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acyloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Xantham Gum, Aloe Ferox Leaf Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance, Ecklonia Cava Extract, Saururus Chinensis Extract, Artemisia Capillaris Flower Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Ledum Palustre Extract. 

Disclosure: Press sample from W2Beauty. This mask has butylene glycol (mild acne trigger). It's a clean list when it comes to irritants, there are only achillea millefolium extract and fragrance to watch out for.

This mask is the LEADERS STEP SOLUTION ALOE SOOTHING MASK*. I'm going against the crowd here, but it just didn't do it for me. It's probably just a matter of taste. This really smells like aloe, which gets on my nerves. I couldn't really enjoy it while aloe fumes were swirling around my face. Leaders cotton sheet masks are very high quality though. The cotton is super soft and thin like a premium pima cotton shirt, the fits are great, and they really stick onto the face. I'll begrudgingly admit this mask did moisturize really well.

PURCHASE AT-> W2Beauty ($4.43, don't forget to get $5 off your first order with code 1019734207) / It can be found for cheaper if you search around.

INGREDIENTS Water, GlycerinButylene Glycol, Polyglutamic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Carbomer, Allantoin, Olive Oil, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ammoinium Acryloyl Dimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Hydrogenated Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Fragrance, Potassium Hydroxide

Disclosure: Free sample with order. This mask has butylene glycol and olive oil (mild acne triggers), PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil (health), fragrance (mild irritant), phenoxyethanol (mild irritant) and potassium hydroxide (potential irritant).

This mask is the SOO ARGAN ESSENCE MASK. This is a very average sheet mask made of average cotton with an average scent that matches its argan oil flavor. It moisturizes and soothes the skin. It's also got polyglutamic acid sourced from fermented natto which is a very effective humectant. The reason why it beat out the Leader's mask? These masks are about 20 cents each, not counting shipping. Unfortunately I couldn't find these particular masks, but one site was carrying the green tea flavor. I've linked to it below.

PURCHASE AT-> Danawa ($16.72 for 100 pack) / Requires a shipping service like or

INGREDIENTS Water, Butylene GlycolGlycerin1-2Hexandiol, Polyglutamic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caulerpa Lentillifera Extract, Nelumbo nucifera leaf extract, Prunus mume fruit extract, Portulaca oleracea extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Allantoin, Panthenol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan gum, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid.

Disclosure: Free sample with order. This mask has butylene glycol (mild acne trigger), and lactic acid (potential irritant). It seems to me that this would suit even sensitive skin types.

This mask is the SIDMOOL WATERFULL PURE ESSENCE MASK SHEET. The mask is an average cotton one, but the fit is extremely nice as it's got enough real estate on the bottom half of the mask to tuck itself neatly under your chin. The 1-2 power humectant combo of the polyglutamic acid and sodium hyaluronate makes this mask extremely hydrating. It's also got some antioxidants in the non-fragrant botanical extracts, and a few brightening agents in the lactic acid, ascorbic acid, and licorice root extract (dipotassium glycyrrhizate). This mask is also another great value buy at $0.50 per, and something I would most definitely repurchase.

PURCHASE AT-> TesterKorea ($0.50) 

INGREDIENTS Water, Carbopol 940, Butylene GlycolHyaluronic Acid, PropanediolGlycerinClary Extract, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Hydrolyzed Soy, Panthenol, Licorice, Methylisothiazolinone, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate. 

Disclosure: Press sample from This mask has carbopol 940 (mild acne trigger), butylene glycol (mild acne trigger), hydrogenated castor oil (potential irritant), methylisothiazolinone and iodopropynyl butylcarbamate (2 preservatives that may have health effects). 

This mask is the ANNIE'S WAY SNAIL REPAIRING JELLY MASK*. It's a wash off mask which means after cleansing, toning, and prescription topicals, you apply the mask, leave it on for about 30 minutes, and wash it off. I liked it! It has a plushy gel texture that smells like tropical fruit sorbet. As you would expect from a mask with glycerin, hyaluronic acid and snail, it's very moisturizing. This is another one I would repurchase. You can buy a big tub of the stuff or a small mask pack. Little tip about the mask pack - you can get 2 uses out of it. :) Oh yeah, and it comes with a sturdy spatula with a long handle that comes in handy in the kitchen, and for using to scoop out your All In One ampoules

INGREDIENTS Water, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil,  Sodium Hyaluronate, Mineral Oil, Sasa Veitchii Leaf Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Propylene Glycol, Transexamic Acid, Glycerin, Arbutin, Acetyl Tyrosine, Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Aminopropyl Ascoryl Phosphate, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Glutathione, Acrylates / Cq0-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Jojoba Wax PEG-120 Esters, Xanthan Gum, Prunus Domestica Fruit Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Prunus Speciosa Flower Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Urea, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance. 

Disclosure: Bought it. This mask has no acne triggers per CosDNA, but mineral oil has been known to cause breakouts for some people. The mask also containts two forms of hydrogenated castor oil (mild health), and iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, methylisothiazolinone (preservatives, health), fragrance (irritant). 

This mask is the MY SCHEMING 7-IN-1 BRIGHTENING ESSENCE SILK MASK. The point of this mask is to fade and lift hyperpigmentation, though its effects will probably only be visible if you use it for an extended period of time.
It is GREAT at hydrating, like all My Scheming masks. I especially love the soft and thin silk material. My Scheming is always two thumbs up. :)

PURCHASE AT-> Amazon, Pack of 10 ($14.95) / Also while you're at it, you should pick up some of my favorite My Scheming masks, the Rose Dews here.

INGREDIENTS Water, Butylene GlycolPropylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Betaine, Triethanolamine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil,  Carbomer, Allantoin, Centella Asiatica Extract, Methylparaben, Chondrus Crispus Extract (Carrageenan), Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Fragrance, Propylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Palmitic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Alcohol, C12-16 Alcohols, Astaxanthin, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, rh-Oligopeptide-1

Disclosure: Bought it. This mask has butylene glycol (mild acne trigger), chondrus crispus (severe acne trigger), and some fatty alcohols (potential mild acne triggers). The mask also contains trioethanolamine (health), hydrogenated castor oil (health), metyl and butyl parabens (health), fragrance (irritation), tocopheryl acetate (vitamin e, potential irritant), phenoxyethanol (health, irritant), alcohol (potential irritant), 

This mask is the MEDIHEAL E.G.T. TIMETOX AMPOULE MASK. I have to admit, I tend to love any mask with the word "ampoule" in the title. It usually means the mask has an ingredients list that contains potent anti-aging ingredients, wrapped up inside a very substantial and richly moisturizing gel ampoule texture. It also usually means the mask contains at least 30 ml of formula. I bought this because I was intrigued about the E. G. F. in it. E. G. F. stands for epidermal growth factor and refers to the rh-Oligopeptide-1 in the mask. This particular peptide curbs wrinkles by stimulating cellular growth. There is a bit of drama with this ingredient though - the topical application of E. G. F. has been thought to potentially stimulate the proliferation of cells that have sustained free radial damaged... so these "bad" and potentially pre-cancerous cells may spread. Read more about it at the BareFaced Truth blog. In any case, there are more good ingredients than bad,  and I really wanted to try E. G. F. It was on my ingredients bucket list. Ok, back to the mask review - this was one of the most moisturizing masks I'd ever used which is honestly probably the best way to reduce the appearance of your wrinkles - fancy peptides be damned. The material is premium pima cotton-like and it doesn't dry out for well over an hour. No offensive smells either. If you want to walk on the wild side, you can pick it up at the links below.

PURCHASE AT-> KoreaDepart Pack of 5 ($7.42) / Amazon Pack of 10 ($18.90 Free Shipping) / Only want one? Memebox ($2) First time buyers use code WELCOME20 to save 20% at Memebox use this link to save 20%! Referral

INGREDIENTS Water, Glycerin, Butylene GlycolSodium Hyaluronate, Acer Saccharum Extract, Betaine, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Tocopheryl Acetate,  Fragrance, Ecklonia Cava Extract, Saururus Chinensis Extract,Artemisia Capillaris Flower Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Ledum Palustre Extract

Disclosure: Press sample from W2BeautyThis mask has butylene glycol (mild acne trigger), and potential irritants fragrance and tocopheryl acetate. This mask may be suitable for those with sensitive skin. 

This mask is the LEADERS STEP SOLUTION VITA BRIGHT MASK*. It's another Leader's mask! So you know it's good. I have to admit though that the mask doesn't brighten as well as one might expect. But what it is amazing at is moisturizing (so what else is new), and soothing and calming skin inflammation. The formula is packed with anti-inflammatory botanical extracts. It smells like plants, not aloe, so I was able to keep this one on for over an hour. The fit is great and it really sticks onto the face. The cotton is very soft as well. Repurchase-able. This one is totally repurchase-able.

PURCHASE AT-> KoreaDepart Pack of 5 ($7.42) / Amazon Pack of 10 ($18.90 Free Shipping) / Only want one? Memebox ($2) First time buyers use code WELCOME20 to save 20% at Memebox use this link to save 20%! Referral

Sorry, 3rd place. 

INGREDIENTS Saccharomyces/Xylinum/Black Tea Ferment(18,000mg), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glycereth-26, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride/Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water/Octyldodecanol/Hydrogenated Lecithin/Ceramide 3/Caprylyl Glycol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Triphenyl Trimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Saccharide Isomerate, Arginine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Honey Extract/Ginkgo Biloba Nut Extract/Angelica Gigas Root Extract/Paeonia Lactiflora Bark/Sap Extract/Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract/Zizyphus Jujuba Fruit Extract/Panax Ginseng Root Extract/Laminaria Japonica Extract/ Punica Granatum Fruit Extract/ Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract/Artemisia Vulgaris Extract/ Yeast Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Propanediol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit Extract/Maltodextrin, Ceteth-20, Ceteth-12, Tocopheryl acetate, Cetearyl alcohol, Water, Fragrance

By the way, I'm back on Instagram after a 4 month long hiatus! I post hauls, sales, my skincare routines, and various mini-reviews. I'm also a little too in love with Dubsmash, but I try to keep it to a minimum. If I sound like your kind of Instagrammer ;), you can follow me @nonsonoquitter.

#selfiesunday ! #today in #pamper A. true Real Black Tea True Active Mask Score: πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹.5 Final reading: 23% oil 50% water It's a #hydrogel #mask with a light perfumey #tea scent. Really really thin and sticks onto the face like a layer of elmers glue. It comes all in one piece! The essence absorbs well & the skin feels almost matte afterwards while it raises the oil and water content of the skin significantly. Mine waffles around 15% 40% in the AMs Tip: the mask doesn't feel like there's a lot of essence in it so use the leftovers in the mask package and apply on skin before putting the mask on for an even greater effect! Mask comes between two rectangular wire mesh sheets - don't be alarmed. And the eye holes and mouth hole is wide enough for me to #nom a bit. This was my pamper Sunday what was yours? πŸ’žπŸ’ŸπŸ’žπŸ’Ÿ #μ—μ΄νŠΈλ£¨ #ν•˜μ΄λ“œλ‘œκ²” #마슀크 #팩 μΈλ°μš” μ§„μ§œ μ’‹μ•„μš”. 밀착이 μ©”μŒ. νš¨κ³Όλ„ 짱! 건성 ν”ΌλΆ€ νƒ€μž… ν•œνƒœ μΆ”μ²œ! 근데 쫌 λΉ„μ‹Έμ§€μš© ν•˜μ΄λ“œλ‘œκ²”μ΄λ‹ˆκΉŒ >< #koreanbeauty #kbeauty #λ·°ν‹° #κΏ€νŒ #건성 #리뷰 #review #skincare #bbloggers ~~~~~~~~ Got mine from @cupidrop.official for 5 buckaroos 😍
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Disclosure: Bought it. This mask has butylene glycol (mild acne trigger), cetearyl alcohol (mild acne trigger), shea butter (acne trigger). It also contains potential irritants fragrance and tocopheryl acetate, and PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil (mild health). I would say this could be suitable for sensitive skin types. Beware if you tend to break out from shea butter edit: or fermented ingredients though: here's a cautionary tale from AsianSkincareBlog.

This mask is the A. TRUE REAL BLACK TEA TRUE ACTIVE MASK. This is the only hydrogel that managed to impress me this month. You can read my first impression in the Instagram post above. The mask contains "finest tippy golden flowery orange pekoe" tea leaves harvested from the Castleton Tea Gardens in Darjeeling, India, which are then heated, rolled, and twice-fermented. The black tea already contains many antioxidants, but fermented, their superpowers to scavenge out and fight free radical damage on the skin only get stronger. The biocellulose in the hydrogel, I learned, contain nano fibers which are responsible for the strong adhesion on the face that I liked so much. I'd repurchase that.

PURCHASE AT-> Cupidrop ($5 - on sale) 

INGREDIENTS Water, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate (1000 mg), Niacinamide, Ethanol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polysorbate 80, Diamond Dust (0.3 mg), Black Cherry Fruit Extract, Pomegranate Extract, Tangerine Extract, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance. 

Disclosure: Bought it. This mask has niacinamide (causes some to break out), alcohol (mild irritant), triethanolamine (health), phenoxyethanol (midl health), and fragrance (mild irritation). 

This mask is the SNP DIAMOND BRIGHTENING AMPOULE MASK. The mask comes out of the package dripping milky essence and it smells like peach. The cotton is a soft pima cotton-like material and the fit, just amazing. It also adheres really well to the contours of the face. So important. I wore it comfortably for 1 hour. It plumped and even delivered some brightening results!!! It may have been a placebo effect, but I swear my skin glistened from the diamond dust too. I was also surprised that my skin handled the alcohol in the formula. Love it, will repurchase it. A big bonus is that it's widely distributed. I found 5+ carriers!

PURCHASE AT-> StyleKorean Pack of 10 ($10.99) / KoreaDepart ($1.22) / Beauteque ($1.87) / Amazon Pack of 10 ($19.60) / Memebox ($2.20) First time buyers use code WELCOME20 to save 20% at Memebox use this link to save 20%! Referral

The undisputed champs! The Mediheal Dress Codes have captured my <3 2 months in a row!

INGREDIENTS Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol NiacinamideSodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Trehalose, Betaine, Hippophae Rhamnoides Water, Glycine Max Soybean Seed Extract, Pisum Sativum Pea Extract, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Cocoa Extract, Pearl Extract, Honey Extract, Caviar Extract, Propolis Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Licorice Root Extract, Polygonum Multiflorum Root Extract, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Sophora Flavescens Root Extract, Cimicifuga Racemosa Root Extract, Sesame Seed Extract, Angelica Gigas Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Methylparaben, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Beta-Glucan, Allantoin, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate 80, Fragrance. 

Disclosure: Bought it. This mask has niacinamide (causes some to break out), butylene glycol (mild acne trigger), methylparaben (health), triethanolamine (health), and fragrance (mild irritation). Avoid if you're allergic to bee stings or bee byproducts. Typing out this ingredients list, I have to admit I was impressed all over again. I just wish the triethanolamine wasn't in there BUT it is at the end of the list.

This mask is the MEDIHEAL MASK DRESS CODE BLACK WHITENING. The red ginseng dress code mask was one of my favorites from last month, so this wasn't a big surprise to me that the black dress code mask came out on top this month. The mask is SO soft, and saturated. Again, it wears for over an hour and the essence actually absorbs into the skin, plumping all of your wrinkles and turning your face into botox face. I'll take it. It plumps, it brightens, and soothes. Unfortunately, it didn't firm as much as the red ginseng flavor, but it's still positively amazing! 

PURCHASE AT->  Memebox ($2.50) First time buyers use code WELCOME20 to save 20% at Memebox use this link to save 20%! Referral / YesStyle Pack of 5 ($13.48) Amazon Pack of 10 ($30.95 + $5 shipping) 

Still new to this sheet masking business? Check out my guide to sheet masking here.

Still new to this Korean beauty routine business? Check out my guide here. Get a cup of coffee or tea, it's loooong.

Which sheet masks did you love in September?

Disclosure: Some press samples, some affiliate links. Press samples are marked with an asterisk; samples were kindly sent with no obligation to review or review positively.  If you're curious about my policy on press samples, affiliate links, and sponsors, please see my disclaimer and policies.

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