NEW IN – Neutrogena and Garnier Mask review – Sheet Masks YAY or NAY

As the British weather is continuing to spoil us with glorious summer weather I embarked on testing a few new masks again. There’s no better time for a cooling HA perk-up and a good boost of Vitamin C when our skin is a bit weather-worn from all the sun exposure we’re not used to. I have to admit though, I am changing my mind on sheet masks questioning their validity, or at least of some of them.

First things first, let me take you through a short review of these new masks. It is pretty easy, they are all good and decent but there’s a thing that bothers me that I will tell you about later.
Garnier SkinActive Fresh-Mix Tissue Mask – Glow Shot

Packaging: easy to use, instructions are clear and easy to understand. This is designed to be a new, DIY take on sheet masks where you mix the dry algae tissue mask with the juice yourself. As you fold the packaging, the seal burst and transforms the tissue into a gel-like soft material and it’s ready to use.

What it is: a dry algae tissue mask with a hydrating Vitamin C serum.

What it does: brightens, hydrates, energizes.

Who it is for: all skin types.

How it worked for me: I like Garnier masks in general and this one is decent too. It is refreshing and lovely but there is so much serum in the bag that you only use a little portion of it and I felt I wanted to save up the rest for later, which I couldn’t do because the bag was open already. I was looking for additional instructions or a trick how you use the rest of the juice but I couldn’t find anything so I ended up using it on my whole body and threw away the rest.

Value for money: £3.99 in Boots stores, it would be great was it not for the product waste.

All in all, I loved the serum itself and how it made my skin feel but if it would be in a small glass container there would be no waste and we could have a lovely serum without the tissue mask that we could use over time.

Garnier SkinActive Fresh-Mix Tissue Mask – Replumping Shot

Packaging: easy to use, instructions are clear and easy to understand.

What it is: a dry algae tissue mask with a hydrating Hyaluronic Acid serum.

What it does: hydrates.

Who it is for: all skin types.

How it worked for me: just like the Vitamin C formula, this is a decent one too, it is cooling, refreshing, super-hydrating and lovely but again, there’s so much serum in the bag that you only use a little portion of it and I just felt I wanted to save up the rest for later, which I couldn’t do. Just one more time, I was looking for additional instructions or a trick of how you use the rest of the juice (please, let me know if there is any) but I couldn’t find anything so I ended up using it on my whole body and threw away the rest.

Value for money: £3.99 in Boots stores, it would be great was it not for the product waste.

In the photo above I drew a white line around the area of the leftover serum after already soaking the tissue mask, the waste is incredible, there’s nearly a whole bottle of serum there!

Again, let me stress the fact that I love the serum itself but if it would be in a small glass container there would be no waste and we could have a lovely formula that we could use over time if needed. I cannot help but think that this DIY mask idea is more of a gimmick than anything else. Am I the only one thinking that?

Neutrogena Hydro Boos Hydrogel Recovery Mask

Packaging: standard sheet mask packaging, easy to use.

What it is: a Hyaluronic Acid mask,  a unique 100% hydrogel material that holds up to 5% more essence than a paper face mask.

What it does: hydrates.

Who it is for: all skin types.

How it worked for me: this is also a decent 15-30 minutes hydrating mask, it is cooling, refreshing, super-hydrating and lovely. This one is not over-soaked in serum so it is quite comfortable to wear and leaves the skin refreshed, bouncy.

Value for money: good value for money, it is £3.50 in Boots stores.

Originally a K-beauty technology, sheet masks have flooded the beauty world (the idea was to create a physical barrier, a sheet that allows the serum penetrate more and not evaporate), even the most budget brands are taking their turn in trying to get a slice out of the mask market. Everyone on Instagram is, taking pictures wearing one from celebrities to bloggers and beauty lovers alike. Of course, not all sheet masks are the same, one can be superior to another and it’s all about the formulation of the serum itself of course.

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I’ve tried enough sheet masks for a lifetime recently but here’s the thing: these sheet masks can be messy, inconvenient, bad for the environment, its effects might be only temporary, furthermore, I have wasted too much product and created a lot of paper/plastic rubbish with it. During this latest trial, I realised I can’t keep this up much longer, the environment suffers enough as it is and I don’t want to contribute to it even more. Ignoring the fun factor of sheet masks, wouldn’t we be better to use serums or essences in the long run if we need a boost? This doesn’t mean all masks are bad, but this particular kind, I think, as for now doesn’t make much sense to me anymore.

Let me stress again, the juice these sheets were soaked with were very decent but I think I will stick to my other serums, essences and masks in bottles and jars for now. Couldn’t Garnier come out with their very own budget serum range in small glass bottles? What a nice challenge that would be! 😉 And if they went cruelty-free, vegan too maybe, I would be totally sold on the idea!

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