I love a sheet mask as much as the next beauty sucker. There's just something oddly satisfying about 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. And let me tell you, the end result is magnificent.
- Hydrates skin
- Leave skin glowing
- Plumps skin
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.
La Mer's The Treatment Lotion Hydrating Mask
Best for: All skin types
Uses: For hydrating and refreshing skin
Star Rating: 4.5/5
Potential allergens: None
Active ingredients: Miracle Broth, Revitalizing Ferment, and microfiber technology
Clean?: No, contains PEG ingredients
About the brand: La Mer is a luxurious skincare and makeup brand using sea kelp and other ingredients to transform the skin.
The Feel: Moist and cold
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 milliliters 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. This is pricey stuff so I utilized every drop. 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 approaching 90 degrees, that kind of refreshment was more than welcome.
Unlike many other masks that start to slip and slide, the carefully woven fibers of La Mer's Treatment Lotion Hydrating Mask 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. The face mask is to be left on clean skin for five minutes.
The key ingredients in this mask are Miracle Broth (La Mer's proprietary complex that includes giant sea kelp), Revitalizing Ferment (sea minerals and algae), and micro-fiber technology. With the excess liquid after removing the mask, massage onto skin for an extra boost of hydration.
The Results: Bright and glowing skin
As 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 muscles from the inside out. End result of this mask? Glowing and smooth skin for days.
I skipped makeup for the entire weekend that followed because my skin looked so bloody glorious.
The Value: Pricey but expected
There's no denying this is a pricey sheet mask, but it's not one you will be using daily or weekly. You get six sachets for the price tag, but with its praising and refreshing benefits (along with powerful ingredients), it's worth the splurge. Compared to La Mer's other various products, it's also not the most expensive.
Similar Products: You have options
Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Lifting Mask: If you're in the market for a luxurious sheet mask, this is another great option that is coconut-derived and includes a blend of anti-aging Japanese superfoods. A single mask is $25, or get a pack of four for $95.
SkinCeuticals Biocellulose Restorative Mask: For sensitive or damaged skin, this mask is made up of biocellulose fibers to calm any skin irritation. Six masks are in a pack for a total of $120.
Our Verdict: Worth it
I know La Mer's The treatment Lotion Hydrating Mask 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.