As beauty editors, we know a product gimmick when we see one—for example, any kind of tingling sensation in a face wash is usually added just so you think it's working better, even if it has nothing to do with the cleanser's effectiveness at all. But that doesn't mean that we don't appreciate the showmanship anyway. Case in point: We happen to be huge fans of rubber masks, specifically because the drama of peeling it off is just so satisfying.
Satisfying, and well, sometimes a little painful. One woman learned this the hard way when trying out Shill's Deep Cleansing Black Mask ($7) for the first time—which is kind of like a giant pore strip for your entire face. (Appealing, no?) Cachet Raynor was kind enough to post a video of the peeling process on Twitter. There are screams. There are tears. And it's simultaneously cringeworthy, hilarious, and just so relatable. Watch for yourself:
The funniest part? Even after witnessing this, we at Byrdie HQ are still dying to try this mask.
That being said, we do have some favorite peel-off masks that are equally satisfying but a tad less painful. Shop them below.
This formula relies on clay and other natural minerals to deep-clean pores and balance oil production.
This drugstore fave comes in a variety of scents to choose from, according to your mood. (We're particularly smitten with refreshing cucumber.)
This ginseng-infused mask also uses coffee beans and fruit acids to perk up and brighten the complexion. Use it to get a luminescent, pore-less finish.
Managing editor Lindsey is a huge fan of this new offering from Dr. Dennis Gross, which uses marine ingredients and hyaluronic acid to hydrate deeply and boost collagen.
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