I love a good face mask, the relaxation that washes over me as soon as I sit back and let it do it’s thing, the at home spa feeling, the skin nourishing benefits. Face masks are my bae when it comes to skincare, so when I finally got around to trying the much hyped Charlotte Tilbury Instant Facial Dry Sheet Mask I was super excited to pop it on and see just what magic would happen!
Dry sheet make are a whole new world to me, and I find the concept very weird. I’m use to sheet masks that are soaked in product, so you can really feel it sinking into your skin. Even with liquid masks, that feeling when it comes into contact with the skin, that’s when the moment starts for me. So to put a dry piece of cotton cloth against my freshly cleansed skin just felt wrong. Very wrong.
The idea behind the mask is that all its oils and goodness are contained within the dry sheet. To activate you massage the dry mask against your cleansed, dry skin, which causes the mask to release its contents, then you sit back for 15 minutes and chill. The mask itself fit my face like a glove, but was very uncomfortable to wear. I hoped that after massaging it and releasing the oils it would be much more comfortable to wear, but the massaging process itself was even more uncomfortable!
I thought a gently does it approach would be best, so massaged in circular motions over different parts of my face, but the dry mask against my skin felt really irritating. Nothing seemed to be happening, so I would massage a little more, a little harder. You really have to be vigorous with this, and that just took all the relaxation out of it as it was so scratchy against my skin.
15 minutes later I gladly peeled the mask away. Product had certainly released from the mask but it certainly hadn’t felt that way! I will admit, my skin looked good and had a really awesome glow to it, but you could see where more product had released in some places than others.
At £18 a mask, it’s a punch to the purse strings. But they say it can be used to to three times! As long as you store it securely in the hygenic pouch it comes in, it shouldn't attract any dirt or contamination. The multiple uses makes the price tag a little less eye watering when you break it down to £6 per use.
Then came my 2nd use of the mask. Either this mask just really doesn’t agree with my skin, or that pouch isn’t as hygienic as they say, but this time around it didn’t end half as well. I had the same issues with how uncomfortable the mask was to wear, and had to work at it even more to get it to activate. After 15 minutes I whipped it off and again, my skin shone as bright as anything, it did look great - but overnight half a dozen little bumps appeared on my forehead, around my nose and cheeks. I almost never get breakouts on my cheeks - and after a little thinking, these where the places I felt I had to massage the mask in most. These little bumps became spots, and irritating ones at that. It took me over a week to rebalance my skin and calm these little buggers down. I did wonder if I had done something wrong but after chatting with a friend who loves these, she agreed that you do really have to rub against the mask to get it to activate, so I'm thinking it was more of a disagreement with my skin than me actually using it incorrectly!
As much as I wanted to like this one, it just wasn’t for me and I can’t see myself giving any other dry sheet masks a try for a long while! The texture just felt grim against my skin, and the breakouts were some of the worst I’ve had in a while!
Have you tried this CT dry mask? Did it work for you?
Until next time,