When it comes to TLC, there’s nothing quiiiite up there like smothering your face with a lush mask and laying back waiting for it to completely transform your skin.
Thing is – face masks. They can be pricey. When they’re not pricey they can still be good – but they also have a strong chance of being really, really terrible.
To save a) your wallet and b) your face, P.TV & friends put their mugs to the test and trialled literally like 50 different face masks for you. Here’s the top 10.
EVE LOM RESCUE MASK
“I used this after a long-haul flight and big week travelling. Like, my skin couldn’t have felt more shit. It smells intense, like a smell that you think would indicate the mask’ll burn or something but it absolutely doesn’t. It felt great, dries like a clay mask (so think dry) but washes off to soft, clear-looking skin. I mean I want to say “radiant” I just hate the term for skin. But there you go. RADIANT.” – Mel
SKIN REPUBLIC CHARCOAL PEEL-OFF MASK
“I was super keen to try a charcoal mask, those Instagram marketing campaigns really worked on me. This one ticked all my boxes. It made my skin feel super soft and supple, and I really did feel like I was glowing. I even put it on my boyfriend and he gave it his tick of approval too.” – Elise
DR. JART + MASK WATER VITAL HYDRA SOLUTION
“I loved this mask. It was super cooling, and helped with dryness after being in the sun all day. It was slightly messier to apply due to the gel texture, but otherwise I would highly recommend, especially if you have dehydrated skin.” – Chris
THE BODY SHOP AMAZONIAN ACAI ENERGISING RADIANCE MASK
SAND & SKY PURIFYING MASK
“I’d seen this all over Instagram so I was skeptical as to whether it’s popularity was all hype or legit. Turns out, for me at least, it was legit – I really felt like it left my skin looking clearer and less congested, but it didn’t leave my skin feeling dry after rinsing off, like most clay masks do.” – Kate
ENDOTA SPA HIGH PERFORMANCE LIFTING MASK
“This was soooooo sooooo luxe! My skin instantly felt so hydrated and plump after using it. Its a great pick me up mask.” – Dana
GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD TINGLEXFOLIATE TREATMENT
“The weird green bits in this threw me at first, my face looked like a swamp monster – but once it set and I rinsed the clay-based mask off, my skin felt smoother, looked brighter, and felt soft as hell.” – Grace
REN FLASH RINSE 1 MINUTE FACIAL
“This mask is crazy – it goes on normal, and then you massage it in with wet fingers to activate the Vitamin C, which makes it go all warm and weird and grainy. Experience aside I felt like a) this mask genuinely make my skin feel fresher and look glowy, and b) didn’t take 400 years to do it. I used it in the morning before my shower to make rinsing easy.” – John
SUKIN SUPER GREENS DETOXIFYING CLAY MASQUE
“This felt like I was actually putting something good onto my face. The aloe vera and rose hip oil left my skin feeling super soft, but still fresh and clean thanks to the kaolin clay. There wasa slight tingling sensation just after application, but it felt cool, not uncomfortable.” – Gordy