Paper Face Masks are all the rage. I’ve been a long-time fan of this concept, back before they became so present in the western market. However, I’m I glad that they did catch on because it means we now have access to a wide range of brands. It’s a lazy girl’s masking dream. No mess to fuss with – when you’re done, you can throw them away. I’m a huge face of the Karuna Paper Masks – which I’ve never talked about on the blog but are super expensive. I also love the Sephora brand (which I reviewed here). Though more affordable than Karuna, they are still $6.00 USD a pop. So you can imagine my excitement a few months back when, while browsing in Walmart and Target during a U.S. shopping trip, I came across a display of Freeman Face Masks.
Freeman is a drugstore brand that offers a range of facial products (mainly masks) which are widely popular. And I suppose they too are getting in on the paper mask craze. At just under $2.00 USD a piece, I had to give them a go. I picked up the Rose Brightening Facial Paper Mask, the Blue Agave Hydrating Facial Paper Mask, the Coffee and Chai Energizing Paper Eye Mask and, for good measure, a regular old clay mask, the Anti-Stress Dead Sea Minerals Clay Mask.
Before I get into how each mask performed, to avoid repeating myself, I thought I’d give you my general thoughts on the mask logistics, so to speak. The Freeman Facial Paper Masks are, generally speaking, average in size. They are smaller, for example, than the Sephora Fiber Masks which are actually quite large. Good news for those will petite faces. 🙂 It is also worth pointing out that the eye cut-outs are also on the smaller side. I had to take a pair of small scissors and snip the openings a bit to make them fit comfortably. The eye mask, on the other hand, was perfect. I felt like Robin (Batman) whilst wearing it. You’ll see what I mean in the photo below. As far as moisture levels go, all of the paper masks were well saturated without being too wet. Per the directions, I did not rinse my face after use (of the paper masks).
Rose Brightening Facial Paper Mask
This was my favorite mask of the bunch. It smells faintly of roses (and is tinted pink!). I found it to be gentle and cooling on the skin. The directions say to leave on for 10-15 minutes, which I did. It was moderately hydrating and I did notice that my face seemed more alive after use. I recommend.
Blue Agave Hydrating Facial Paper Mask
While this mask was definitely very hydrating, my skin felt plump and smooth upon removal (after about 20 minutes), it made my eyes water. Must be one of the ingredients.
Coffee and Chai Energizing Paper Eye Mask
I left the eye mask on for about 15 minutes and followed with a light application of my usual eye moisturizer. Definitely noticed that the area seem more awakened and bright. I was going out that evening and also found that my eye makeup applied extremely well.
Anti-Stress Dead Sea Minerals Clay Mask
A typical clay mask that is decent and affordable. I think it works just as well as the Origins Clay Mask, for example, at drawing out impurities. Face can be left feeling tight and dry afterwards, however, so I recommend following up with a good moisturizer. Also, the bright smurf-blue colour is so fun. Walking around like that was definitely the best part. 🙂 I’ll definitely repurchase at some point.
Final verdict: you can’t go wrong with these very affordable masks. If you don’t end up liking one (as was the case with the Blue Agave), at the end of the day, it was only two bucks. 🙂 What are some of your favourite masks, paper or otherwise?
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