Another budget beauty post today reviewing some 99p masks I recently picked up from Superdrug! I’ve never actually been much of a mask person as I never felt like they did a lot for my skin until I found The Body Shops Himalayan Charcoal mask which always does wonders for my skin, I have spoken about it here, here and here if you fancy a read because I love it that much, oops.
I’ve seen a lot on social media about drugstore masks either making or breaking peoples skin and these looked really intriguing to me so I decided to pick them up as they weren’t going to break the bank and my skin has been a bit of a state recently anyway so I don’t really see how it could get much worse…
The “self-heating” claim drew me in massively as I’m all for being as warm as possible at all times, especially at this time of year. This mask contains apricot seeds and bamboo powder for the exfoliant particles and claims to buff away dead skin cells whilst the heat opens the pores and “melts away” impurities. This one is for normal to dry skin too so with any luck it shouldn’t dry the skin out like some cheaper masks do.
I applied this with an old The Body Shop foundation brush like I generally do, the directions say to put some warm water on your face first and then apply the mask. Immediately I felt the mask heat up on contact with my skin which felt super relaxing. The smell was subtly fruity but a little artificial, what more can you expect for 99p really?
It was still nice though and the texture is sort of similar to an oat based mask but with smaller sand-like exfoliant particles. The mask was actually quite abrasive when washing it off and did buff the face nicely as my face felt super soft afterwards. I’m actually really pleasantly surprised by this mask as my skin felt so clean and supple afterwards, I can’t say it did anything for my blemishes but I’d definitely repurchase this for the lovely heat and exfoliant properties of it.
This mask says it’s ideal for all skin types so immediately it makes me wonder whether it’s more of a novelty one as you really don’t see many effective masks under that heading. It contains an “exotic blend” of mango fruit and noni fruit juice with the scent of the mask being coconut and pineapple. It claims to revitalise the skin and lift away any dead skin cells and impurities leaving a nice glow behind.
The consistency is very gel-like and it smells just like a coconut cocktail. It reminds me of being on holiday sat in the sun which is nice but also slightly depressing looking out the window after in late November England… You’re advised to rub it onto the face with fingertips and leave it until it dries, it took about 10 minutes to dry down for me and makes the face feel really right. Peeling it off was relatively easy with minimal pain which is good but you will need to wash your face afterwards just to get rid of any stray bits of mask you missed.
My skin felt quite tight after removing the mask so I feel like it did dry it out slightly but there were quite a few blackheads on the mask when pulling it off so it must’ve helped clear my skin of some impurities which I’m happy about as I’m always skeptical of peel-off masks.
Chocolate orange is my absolute FAVOURITE, both smell and taste-wise and the fact this is also a self-heating mask really just made me want to buy about 10 of these. This mask contains dark chocolate, orange oil and Mediterranean clay and it claims to moisturise and nourish aswell as purifying the skin from dirt, oil and impurities in general. It’s more aimed at normal to dry skin.
Like with the other self-heating mask it advises you to splash the face with warm water before applying and then popping it all over for 10-15 minutes, the smell and thickness of it is really satisfying and lovely on the face but it is definitely not as warming and effective as the apricot one unfortunately. The only real area I felt any warmth was under the nose and that’s more than likely because my breathing was heating the mask up!
After removing the mask I can’t say I noticed any real difference to my skin either so I feel like this one was a bit of a waste of time which is such a shame as it smells so glorious.If you fancy sitting with a very nice smelling, useless mask on then this one is for you – haha! Otherwise, I’d probably give it a pass.
My favourite was by far the Apricot Exfoliating Self-Heating Mask, I’d definitely repurchase it but I’m not so sure about the other two. I think they’re a bit more for novelty purposes and maybe a younger audience to have a bit of fun with. The sachets also have so much product in that I almost felt it was a waste that I wasn’t sharing it with two other people, which is way better than not enough but a shame I had to throw it away! I would recommend them as stocking fillers though for 99p, they’re nice to try and would be great for girly nights or to go in a pamper pack!
Have you ever tried any 99p sachet masks?