As beauty editors, we get bombarded with a ton of new products every day (we know—tough life). Reviewed is a series where we report on some of the best products we’ve tried. Whether it’s a drugstore lipstick that lasted all day or a hand cream that saved us this winter, you’ll find all our favorites in this column. Enjoy!
I take sleep very seriously, which is why I love the idea of an overnight mask. Keyword: idea. A skincare product that works while you’re sleeping/having really vivid dreams about that one person that must mean something? Sign me up, or rather, allow me to slather it all over my face before bed so I can wake up with cherub skin.
But I’ve gone through this process many times, taking these so-called overnight wonders home with me and eagerly applying them, only to be less than impressed by my reflection in the morning (well, less impressed than normal). Masks that promise to give me plump, glowing skin like Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s baby have never really delivered results that are more obvious than when I use my normal nighttime moisturizer. It’s disappointing, and I’d all but given up hope until I tried Allies of Skin’s Bright Future Overnight Facial ($120). It’s ironic because I’ve used a similar-sounding overnight product from Allies’ line and didn’t notice crazy results, but this product has fully blown any preconceived notions I had out of the water.
The main thing that prompted me to bring this sleek silver tube home was the ingredients list. I scanned it and saw a powerhouse combination of AHAs, retinol, and probiotics, all encapsulated in a hyaluronic acid gel. The brand is declaring it the world’s first hyaluronic acid-based peel, which is intriguing because a lot of peels can be drying or irritating for sensitive skin; the hyaluronic acid draws moisture to your skin to prevent that from happening. The lightweight gel texture sinks in quickly and smells faintly citrusy; I liked that it didn’t leave stains on my silk eye mask. After the first use, I noticed that my skin felt noticeably softer and smoother. My interest was piqued. The brand says to use the product two to three nights in a row for the full effect, and surprisingly, I managed to do all three nights with minimal sighing or complaining.
The second morning, I knew it wasn’t an illusion; my dark spots looked less noticeable, and more importantly, my skin texture had a post-facial smoothness I hadn’t seen in a long time (mostly because I haven’t gotten a facial in a long time). At this point, I was hooked. By the third morning, I could not believe my reflection. My skin had been feeling and looking dull and lackluster (I blame the muggy New York weather/pollution/air and okay, fine, my recent habit of falling asleep with my makeup on after one too many tequila sodas), but this overnight mask made all of that irrelevant. This was not my skin.
This was my skin after a $200 facial, or after using a pricey brightening serum for a full 30 days. It’s been a long time since I’ve used a skincare product that produced results this noticeable in such short time, so please believe me when I say that though this mask may be expensive, it really, truly delivers. It’s already sold out on the website (with a full five-star rating), but you can still snatch it up at Barneys.com. Apologies in advance to your foundation, because chances are high you’ll be ditching it very soon. Sleep tight.