Thursday, March 28th, 2013

The Hit List

What’s the Best Face Mask you’ve tried?

Share your favorite! ¬†And don’t forget to share why :)

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44 thoughts on “Hit List: Best Face Mask

  1. Hmm, I’ve never actually bothered with face masks! My philosophy has always been: What you do in your regular routine (and with products that are left on the face), will have a more significant and meaningful impact on the skin overall, than with something that is applied 2-3 times a week for 15-20 minutes.

    Some would argue that strong(er) at-home chemical peels–basically chemical exfoliants, are an exception to this rule. However, I wouldn’t characterize them as being part of the facial masks category. And even so, using a milder “peel” more often will be more effective than using a more potent one sparingly.

    But hey, everyone has their own prerogative, right?

  2. Avatar of chris CHRIS

    Borghese Fango Mud, Regular, Sensitive and the soap.

  3. I really love Lush’s BB Seaweed. It tightens my skin, absorbs oil, and exfoliates as you rinse it off. It stinks, and expires after two weeks, but it benefits my skin enough to make it worth it.

  4. Boscia’s Luminizing Black Mask. It’s expensive but it’s always made my skin look AMAZING after use.

  5. The best face mask I’ve ever tried and still use was actually a gift my father brought me from the Middle East. It’s from the Dead Sea and it feels so amazing after I take it off. It completely cleans my face and gets rid of any impurities that might have been hanging around causing breakouts. Just love this stuff!

  6. Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask. Hands down. You can get it cheaper through Amazon. Just check seller feedback as some like to try and pan off outdated product. Perfect for maturing skin or anyone looking to plump and increase radiance.

  7. Avatar of Heather Heather

    I use a Lush face mask called Mask of Magnamity its brilliant and smells (and looks) like mint chocolate ice cream. My face always feels so clean and fresh after using it and i can even skip my moisturizer afterwards because it is so moisturizing

  8. Avatar of Julia Julia B.

    GlamGlow Super-Mud Clearing Treatment. It is really expensive, but totally worth it. It always leaves my face feeling so soft, smooth, and clear.

  9. AMANDA

    I love Lush’s Fresh Face masks! My two faves are Catastrophe Cosmetic, and Cosmetic Warrior.

    • Avatar of Heather Heather

      You should check out the Lush Mask of Mag! All the benifits of the fresh masks with a better shelf life

  10. Avatar of Audrey Audrey

    Hi Christine,

    I would LOVE it if you would put your response to the “Hit-List” questions so we know what your picks are.

  11. Avatar of Laura LauraR.

    One of my favorites in the winter or when my skin is irritated/red is just 1-2 Tablespoons of clover honey (manuka honey works best, but it’s so expensive). If you take organic clover honey and smear it on your face (making sure not to get it in your hair), leave it for 20-30 minutes, then rinse with water your skin is left soft and moisturized, and it really takes away redness. Plus honey is anti-bacterial and is an anti-irritant. It doesn’t leave any sticky residue behind either. Honestly I’ve bought tons of face masks, but this truly works the best.

    • Avatar of futuralon futuralon

      I love honey masks too! I use domestic honey (honey imported from the east coudl easily be adulterated or over-filtered), preferably from the farmer’s market :)

  12. Avatar of Nina Nina

    Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic is really good for my sensitive skin.

  13. Avatar of stef stef b

    Lush Brazened Honey!

    • Avatar of stef stef b

      oops, forgot to say why! it’s exfoliating and deep cleansing but also moisturizing and brightening. i can definitely tell my skin looks better (more even-toned and smooth) when i use it.

  14. Dominique

    Estee Lauder ” Triple Creme ” so moisturizing, a very good mask. I love the scent which is soft and fresh, and the texture which is amazing.

  15. Avatar of Tigerlily Tigerlily

    Dermalogica’s ultracalming relief mask. It always makes me look like I’ve had a 10-hour sleep.

  16. Avatar of Amber Amber

    Queen Helene Mint Julep! It soaks up all the oil, loosens all any gunk in my pores and leaves my skin feeling soft but not dried out. It also does not irritate my sensitive skin and helps to clear any breakouts I may have. I use it 2x a week all year and sometimes more often in the summer.

  17. Avatar of Jennifer Jennifer

    Queen Helene Mint Julep. Cleans up blackheads, prevents breakouts, and makes the parts of your face already breaking out hurry up and get it over with in another day or two rather then a week. Matching scrub is also a fave.

  18. Avatar of Megan Megan

    Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque. I love the price and the it really does make my skin feel different. I also love the mint. It is cool and refreshing.

  19. Avatar of Amy xamyx

    Calcium Bentonite clay; you can get a fairly large tub for under $10, and it’s the key ingredient in many of the HE masks on the market. You may not get the pretty fragrance, or the fancy packaging, and you have to mix it yourself, but the end result is the same, at a fraction of the cost. Also, because it’s a powder, it won’t dry out in the tube if you decide to take a break from it for a while.

  20. Plain, low fat yoghurt mixed with some clay and my own personal oil blend of frankincense, palmarosa, lavender and rosewood in good quality olive oil. My skin loves it. I use it twice a week to keep my skin looking smooth, plumped and lovely!

  21. Nicole

    One of my favorites is the Origins Charcoal Mask! It’s amazing for breakouts!

  22. Erica

    Hello! I am a skin therapy student and the best mask that I have used by far is TEI Spa Hydra Skin Bio Cellulose Facial Mask. It is amazing for hydrating and rejuvinating the skin, especially if you have mature skin.

  23. Tinose

    I mix my own. Powdered green clay, manuka honey, crushed asprin, aloe gel, lavender/tea tree oil extract. Mix it together, toss it in an old Lush mask jar, store in the fridge until I’ve used it all up (usually around a month). It’s moisturizing and I never have a breakout when I put it on once a week.

    It especially works great after I’ve done a full steaming and oil cleansing/facial massage to get absolutely all possible gunk out of my face.

  24. Avatar of Jill AnGeLwInGz

    Has anyone ever tried Fresh Umbrian Clay treatment bar or mask? I’ve been thinking about purchasing one of these but they are so expensive.

    • beck

      i tried the bar form, and didnt cAre for it, you have to re wet the bar over & over to get a decent layer on your skin. its also extremely overpriced as it is a clay called Fullers Earth.

  25. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    Another thumbs up to Borghese Fango. If you can believe it, I got a jar of it at Costco for next to nothing. I wish I’d bought more as they no longer seem to carry it though they do have some other “Borghese for Kirkland” products. I also really like Pur Minerals Mud mask and while it’s not a typical mask, Vasanti Brighten Up is an amazing treatment/exfoliator and you do leave it on for a few minutes like a mask. Oh, and I also really like Queen Helene on my T-zone in summer.

  26. Avatar of Mar A. Mar

    LUSH Oatifix. My skin is dry and this mask is perfect. Between this and my moisturizer, my skin has never looked better. Or felt softer!

  27. A simple green clay mask always works for me!

  28. Avatar of rebecca blueraccoon

    I don’t know if it counts as an actual mask but when I use ExfoliKate (usually 2-3x a week) I leave it on for a few minutes (2 or 3) before washing it off. I don’t tend to use actual masks that often, but after reading comments I’m tempted to pick up the Queen Helene Mint Julep one :)

  29. Erin

    Dr. Hauschka moisturizing mask is amazing

  30. Nekona

    Boscia Black Peel-off Mask!

  31. Jaime

    Another vote for Lush’s Brazened Honey – I’ve tried a few other of their masks, and none works so well on my crappy skin as this. It stings very slightly if you’ve just exfoliated your skin, but it does a good job of dissolving the deep crud in my pores.

    I haven’t used it in a few years, but Villainess’ Grundy was also a pretty effective face mask.

  32. I love the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask, the Oatifix-Mask by Lush and the Drink up-Mask by Origins.

    Tina xo

  33. Avatar of erin Erin

    I love the origins moisture mask. the 10 minute out of trouble mask is also nice.

  34. LUSH Mask of Magnaminty <3

  35. Jessica

    Epoch Glacial Marine Mud by NuSkin. It is amazing! I have sensitive combination skin. I swear I could see it pulling stuff away from my pores. Love it!

  36. Avatar of Ella - FaB Girls Blog Ella

    I tend to rotate between 3 – Queen Helene’s Mint Julip Masque (amazing for the price), The Body Shop Tea Tree (great for calming down any red spots or patches on my face) and Bliss’ Steep Clean (it lasts for months and months, smells incredible and makes my skin feel so clean and soft – WELL worth the purchase price).

    Soap and Glory do some nice ones too though that smell divine.

  37. Monica!

    Has any one tried the Rose mask by Fresh? it smells divine but it is expensive for a face mask so I would love to know opinions on it Thanks!

  38. jenni

    I think the best face mask that i have ever tried would have to be kiehl’s rare earth pore minimizing clay mask. makes my skin flawless!

  39. karye

    I really do like Dermal korea’s mask! Especially their ‘Dermal Collagen Essence Mask’ there are so many types of them, even though i have sensitive skin, but it works well on my face and there are so many essence left that i can apply it on my hand and legs.