The 7 Best K-Beauty Face Masks of 2019

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Masks are a great way to replenish, correct and nourish your skin while getting in a bit of self-care. They come in a variety of formulas from ampoules, sheet, and clay formulas. If you find yourself looking for a new face mask or just want to dive into the world of K-beauty, these masks are the top picks on the market. 

Best Overall: Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask

Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask
Courtesy of Sephora

Unless you’re absent for social media, chances are you’ve heard of Glow Recipe and their ability to release products that sell out in hours (literally). The excitement from consumers is not solely based on the hype alone, but users are raving about the brand’s top-notch formulas including this glow-boosting watermelon mask.

The nighttime treatment works while you snooze to resurface and hydrate your complexion so you wake up dewy, glowing skin with no effort, literally. The formula itself is oil-free and super lightweight so it won’t be a bother while you sleep and it’s chock full of skin-loving ingredients like hyaluronic acid and AHAs, too. All in all, this fan-favorite is sure to be a staple for years to come and a great starting point if you’re new to the world of K-beauty.

Best Budget: Too Cool For School Coconut Ceramide Mask

Too Cool For School Coconut Ceramide Mask
Courtesy of Ulta

If you’re looking for a masking option, but don’t want to break the bank, this coconut-y option is for you. It’s a sheet mask that is all about hydration with a blend of coconut water and ceramide. These two moisture powerhouses work together to give a skin burst of moisture and lock it in so you can stay hydrated for days to come. And since the first step to glowing from within is hydrated skin, this mask will give you radiance all year round.

Best For Acne: COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch

COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch
Courtesy of Ulta

These pimple-reducing masks are exactly the cure we need when waking up to those pesky breakouts. Unlike most masks that you apply all over, these concentrated dots were made to be placed directly on the pimple itself. Infused with betaine salicylate and white willow bark to help reduce redness and inflammation while preventing unwanted dark spots. While these pimple patches may not magically erase your blemishes, they’ll certainly speed up the timetable for getting rid of them.

Best For Hyperpigmentation: Mediheal I.P.I Lightmax Ampoule Mask

Mediheal I.P.I Lightmax Ampoule Mask
Courtesy of Walmart

If you suffer from hyperpigmentation, you’ve likely tried everything under the sun to lighten up unwanted dark spots. Whether it’s due to sun damage to acne-scarring, lightening and diminishing those pesky spots can be a full-time job. Reddit users can’t stop singing praises of this mask for lightening and brightening their entire complexion. With a stable derivative of Vitamin C and Morus Alba Bark extract, this formula will not only brighten but revive dull skin after each use. Because tackling skin conditions like hyperpigmentation can take time to see results, you won't rinse to a spot-free complexion, but the brand recommends using the mask up to three times a week for the best results.

Best Sheet Mask: Dr. Jart Rubber Masks

Dr. Jart Rubber Masks
Courtesy of Sephora

We don't know what we love more about this mask: the unique rubber texture or its ability to improve nearly every skin concern out there. This mask comes in four variations, depending on your skin needs from hydration to acne-clearing to anti-aging. They work for all skin types and are applied in two easy-to-follow steps.

The first step is the concentrated serum. You can thank this potent potion for doing all the work. Each formula is infused with active ingredients to improve texture and tone while addressing the specific concern at hand. The second step is the selfie-worthy rubber mask. It fits snug on the skin without sliding off and helps to keep those skin-nourishing ingredients on the skin instead of evaporating away. 

Best for Minimizing Pores: Innisfree Pore Clearing Clay Mask

Innisfree Pore Clearing Clay Mask With Volcanic Cluster
Courtesy of Innisfree

The key to smaller-looking pores is clearing them of dirt and debris. This clay formula is like a magnet for impurities on your complexion. After only minutes of this creamy formula sitting atop your skin, the volcanic clusters absorb dirt, oil, and sebum while sloughing off dead skin. Clogged pores, no more. You’ll rinse to a brighter, smoother and hydrated complexion. But trust us, it feels so good, you won’t want to rinse this off.

Best Sensitive Skin: Peach & Lily Reset Button

Peach & Lily Reset Button
Courtesy of Peach & Lily

If you have sensitive skin, being selective with skincare is a must. You can’t just lather on any old serum and cream without worrying about an unwanted reaction. Thanks to K-beauty favorite, Peach and Lily, you can soak in this fragrance and alcohol-free mask with no concern. It’s ultra-soothing and calming with a blend of antioxidants, rosewater and aloe extract to helps to reset tired skin without any irritation. 

Our Process

Our writers spent 2 hours researching the most popular K-Beauty face masks on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 14 different face masks overall, screened options from 6 different brands and manufacturers, read over 17 user reviews (both positive and negative) and tested 3 of the face masks themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

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