I love a sheet mask as much as the next beauty sucker. There's just something oddly satisfying about the grossness of hunkering down underneath a layer of soggy, sticky tissue (not to mention peeling the slimy sheath off after 30 minutes). In fact, I adore the whole experience so much that I can be found tearing open a sheet mask sachet practically every other day.
By and large, I was never really bothered by the results of a potent face mask. Of course, drenching the face in any kind of serum is undoubtedly going to leave you a little glowier than usual, but I've been so caught up in the process that I've never even thought to reflect upon the results—it's always been a matter of moving on to the next one for me.
But I recently tried what is perhaps the fanciest sheet mask to ever grace my face—La Mer's The Treatment Lotion Hydrating Mask (£120 for six)—and in the days that followed, I was feeling my sheeny, shiny face so much that I didn't use another mask for a good 10 days after. That's how impressed I was.
Thankfully for me, it had all the trappings of a regular stomach-tensing sheet mask experience. It is suitably soaked in drippy, dribbling serum—a whole 30 millilitres of the brand's beloved The Treatment Lotion, to be exact. In fact, the sachet contained so much liquid that when I squeezed it out, I was able to slather the excess across my chest and up my arms. What? This is pricey stuff! Plus, it was as cold as the first toe dip in the school swimming pool, which usually feels pretty bracing, but on a day where the temperature was 30º, that kind of refreshment was more than welcome.
Unlike any other masks that start to slip and slide, the carefully woven fibres hug every contour of the face, so it didn't move an inch—even when I found myself horizontal on the sofa while watching Broad City reruns.
Like I said, this wasn't just a case of instant gratification or a quick fling to be forgotten the next day. I skipped makeup for the entire weekend that followed because my skin looked so bloody glorious. It was like I'd spent three hours jade rolling or had seven facialists pummel my face's muscles from the inside out. I know it isn't the cheapest sheet mask out there, but I'd go as far to say as it's one of the best, and the pack of six will easily last you at least six months (if not the entire year).
And on that note, I think it's just about time I rip open another one.
Note: Between now and 23 August, if you spend over £180 on La Mer's website, you'll receive a free luxury sample.
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