Sheet masks are all the rage right now and there’s a shift in the function of a mask now. It used to be that a mask was designed to draw out oils or blemishes or to generally “clean up” the skin. Now though, we seem to have a split in the mask market. Some are designed to do the traditional clean up job while many others are now an intensive hydrating and moisturizing treatment… and then there’s sheet masks.
Sheet masks are originally an Asian idea (the Koreans come up with some pretty innovative skin care and cosmetic ideas don’t they?!) and the prime function of the sheet mask seems to be to give it a thoroughly intensive application of hydrating and nourishing goodies.
You can get gold infused sheet masks, collagen infusion masks, diamond and crystal masks, all aimed at providing the skin with a full on dose of nourishing goodness.
The Estee Lauder Micro Essence Infusion mask follows those principles. I bought mine from trusty ol’ David Jones for $80. Theres 6 masks in the pack so at $13 each, these have a pretty hefty price tag. For just before special occasions though, I think these are a luxury that’s a ‘nice to have’ and certainly cheaper than going for a professional facial. For a regular mask though two to three times a week, that’s going to be a huge dent in the old bank account. My bank account would groan under that pressure so these will remain as my ‘special event’ masks.
I have to say though, despite the price tag, these are divine! The spun woven paper mask has eye and mouth cut outs and a flap across the nose. The edges are snipped so that when you lay the mask on your face, you can bend and wrap the paper to fit the contours of your face beautifully.
The Micro Essence fluid infused through the mask is cool and gentle on the skin and to my surprise, the mask stays put once you apply it. I was expecting it to slide downwards and fall on the floor when I stood up or moved around but nope, it stayed put even when I did the washing up and bent down to feed the dog (who I think was a bit concerned about my Hannibal Lector appearance ?).
The instructions say to keep the mask on for 10 minutes and then pat the remaining Micro Essence fluid in the sachet all over the face. There’s a generous amount of that fluid in the gold sachet and there’s no way I could have patted that all in so I felt a bit wasteful letting the last of it go into the bin.
The fluid is crystal clear, has a thin gel like feel and glides over the skin. I did think when I took the mask off that the fluid left on my face and the extra I patted on would just sit there but nope, wrong again! After only a few minutes, it had soaked in well and my skin felt like the proverbial baby’s bottom. Honestly, my skin felt really smooth, fantastically hydrated and refreshed. It was gorgeous! I really noticed the difference and that’s saying something coming from this skeptical ol’ girl!
My makeup went on like a dream afterwards and the hydration feel lasted for around 24 hours. Lovely!
Let me reiterate though, at this price, these masks are a luxury and I won’t be using one twice a week as instructed on the pack. On the plus side, these would be deliciously soothing on a hot day when you need to cool down and of course, they’d be amazing to use just before a special occasion. So they’re a ‘nice to have’ but not an essential.
What’s your fav mask? Please share your most loved mask product in the comments below.
Smiles and hugs,