Monday, February 27, 2017

Makeup Wars Favorite Face Masks

 Press Sample & Purchased (Affiliate Links)

When the Makeup Wars Team decided to feature our favorite face masks, I was very excited because I am a face mask fanatic. I have a very large selection of them, and I decided to feature my favorite luxury masks. I chose a selection of my favorite face masks, but made sure to include the sheet masks that I love the most.
Colbert MD Illumino Anti-Aging Brightening Mask is a concentrated Bio Cellulose mask that was conceived to brighten, smooth and hydrate the skin while plumping fine lines, reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation, and by encouraging skin cell turnover. I definitely noticed that my skin had an unprecedented luminosity, that it had a pronounced clarity, and that fine lines were plumped. I don't have a lot of hyperpigmentation, but I can attest to the fact that this mask gently exfoliates dead skin cells to reveal beautifully glowing skin, and after repeated use it should have no problem reducing the appearance of dark spots.

It is important to note that Colbert MD is exceedingly generous with the amount of serum used in each mask, and that you want to be mindful not to throw away the packet before using all of the serum that pools at the bottom of each pouch. 

Whether you want your skin to look red carpet ready, or you just want to pamper yourself– this is a really exceptional quality mask that makes a significant difference in the appearance of your skin. To really take the glow to the next level, I like to use Colbert MD Illumino Face Oil (Reviewed HERE) in conjunction with the Illumino Mask, and my skin looks so dewy, refreshed and luminous that one might think that I had a professional peel to get these results.
According to Colbert MD,

Utilizes our unique Triad Delivery System™ to rejuvenate damaged, tired skin. Visibly reduces dark spots and skin imperfections, stimulates skin cell renewal and regenerates the skin. Ideal as a pre-treatment before makeup application and/or as post-laser recovery treatment.

Key Ingredients and their Attributes:

  • Niacinamide Influences skin pigmentation by down-regulating melanin production, reducing the appearance of dark spots and hyper-pigmentation.
  • Swiftlet Nest Extract Promotes skin regeneration, and acts as skin barrier and prevents water loss.
  • Lactic Acid A gentle natural exfoliant that helps to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and hyperpigmentation.
  • Symcalmin® Calms and soothes the skin. Helps reduce blotchiness.
  • Hyaluronic Acid Increases hydration and improves skin’s elasticity.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Peg-12 Glyceryl Dimyristate, Niacinamide, Phenoxyethanol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol Acetate, Glycerin, Algin, Chlorphenesin, Butylene Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Olea Europaea (Olive) Husk Oil, Pentylene Glycol, O-Cymen-5-Ol, Fragrance, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethoxydiglycol, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Glucose, Lactic Acid, Swiftlet Nest Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Caramel, Sodium Benzoate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Potassium Sorbate, Caprylhydrocamic Acid, Bisabolol, Tocopherol.

Directions: Apply the mask day or night on cleansed skin twice per week. First remove the protective white film and place the mask on the face, starting from the chin. Gently peel off the mesh and adjust the position for the eyes and mouth. Press gently with both hands to adhere. Remove the mask after 15 minutes, do not rinse. Massage the remaining serum into the skin.

$110.00 for 5 Masks from Colbert MDColbert MD's Official Amazon StoreBarneys New YorkSpace NK and Net-A-Porter.

TATCHA LUMINOUS Deep Hydration Lifting Mask is a truly extraordinary mask that is sure to delight sheet mask enthusiasts. I tend to leave it on for the recommended 15 minutes, if not longer, and then massage the remaining serum into my face, neck and décolleté. Not only does it make my skin indescribably luminous, but it was likewise is more even-toned, and all of my fine lines are plumped and smoothed. Use this mask before any special event, or whenever you want to see your skin at its very best. I am truly astounded by the results. That said, this product is not recommended for anyone who is either sensitive or allergic to coconut.
According to TATCHA,

This mask combines a proprietary red algae blend with our HADASEI-3™ Bioactive Complex. The silken serum infuses skin with powerful moisture-enriching actives resulting in smoother, more luminous skin in minutes.

The unique coconut-derived biocellulose mask, developed originally to speed healing for burn victims, forms an occlusive layer on the skin that enables 53% deeper penetration vs. paper masks. Ideal for dry and combination skin

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Methyl Gluceth-20, Alcohol, PPG-6-Decyltetradeceth-20, Inositol (Rice Extract), Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyglyceryl-10 Eicosanedioate/Tetradecanedioate,  Polyglyceryl-10 Isostearate, Chondrus Crispus (red Algae) Extract, Fragrance (Natural), Sericin (Silk Extract), Xanthan Gum, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Algae Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Thymus Serpillum Extract, Phenoxyethanol. 

FORMULATED WITHOUT: Parabens, Mineral Oil, Synthetic fragrances, Sulfate Detergents, Urea, DEA, TEA or Phthalates.

$28.00 (single), and $95.00 (set of 4). Available from TATCHASephoraQVC, and Barneys New York (Affiliate Links).

RODIAL Pink Diamond Lifting Face Mask is an intensely hydrating sheet mask that is formulated to tone, tighten, lift and moisturize the skin. You simply separate the protective fabric sheet from the bio-cellulose mask and apply the latter to a freshly cleansed face. Rodial generously drenches each mask with an abundance of serum, and there is enough left at the bottom of the packet after I mask that I like to use what remains as a traditional serum for several days following my mask treatment.

I  tend to prefer to maximize the potential from my sheet masks, and therefore leave them on for about 30-40 minutes– which proved to be very effective with this mask as well. When I remove Rodial Pink Diamond Lifting Face Mask, I notice that my skin was exceedingly hydrated, fine lines are plumped, my skin appears lifted and it boasts a dewy radiance.

According to RODIAL,

The Pink Diamond Lifting Face Mask is a skin tightening bio-cellulose face mask thats gives intense hydration and a visible lift - with the use of diamond powder. Combining expertise in bio-cellulose technology to intensely hydrate and moisturize with a skin tightening complex to elevate the appearance of facial contours. Skin is visually firmer, energized and radiant.

Key Benefits:

  • Diamond powder reflects favourable light for naturally radiant skin.
  • Skin tightening complex provides immediate anti-gravity effect.
  • Vitamin C from pink grapefruit brightens and evens skin tone appearance.
Directions; "Remove from the plastic sheet and apply bio-cellulose mask over the face, directly onto cleansed skin and remove protective fabric sheet. Leave for 20-30 minutes and peel-away. Gently massage any residue into the skin. Discard mask after use." 

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Alcohol, Glycereth-26, Peg/Ppg-17/6 Copolymer, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Phenoxyethanol, Peg-32, 1,2-Hexanediol, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenyl Trimethicone, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Pvp, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Diamond Powder, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, Arginine, Disodium Edta, Parfum, Sodium Hyaluronate.

$90.00 for 8 masks from Space NK.
African Botanics Marula + Plant Stem Cells Mineral Cleansing Mask moisturizes and nourishes the skin while it purifies and draws out impurities that congest the pores. One look at the unique list of ingredients is all one needs to understand just why this clay mask is peerless, and is appropriate for all skin types. Even those for whom dry skin is the norm will be astonished by the results from this mask. This mask does not dry out the skin as do the standard clay-based masks.

I use Marula + Plant Stem Cells Mineral Cleansing Mask once a week in order to reveal gorgeously clean and clear skin.  However, this magical mask does so much more than typical clay masks. It hydrates the skin, restores a healthy glow, and firms and lifts the skin. The antioxidant rich anti-aging ingredients stimulate cell turn-over while simultaneously softening the appearance of fine lines. I immediately note a pronounced clarity, and my skin always looks healthy and glowing after use. I like to apply a thin layer to freshly cleansed skin and leave it on for about 15 minutes so that it has completely dried. I then re-moisten my skin and employ the mask as an exfoliator by gently massaging my skin in a circular motion in order to remove any excess dead skin cells, and the results are always phenomenal.

According to African Botanics,

Clay-based treatment mask that deeply cleanses and refreshes fatigued skin while providing hydration, vitamins, and energy to your skin. Replenishes skin with minerals rich in iron, zinc, magnesium and amino acids to boost circulation and stimulate cell renewal. The antioxidant and omega-rich fusion of Marula, Baobab and Africa’s legendary botanicals purify, clear congested pores, brighten, firm and smooth the skin.

Enhanced with the latest plant stem cell technology, this mask deeply rejuvenates while addressing facial blemishes, breakouts, discoloration and oxidative stress. Resores a healthy glow without drying or leaving your skin feeling taut.


-Helps prevent and clear breakouts
-Extracts surface impurities and absorbs excess oil
-Balances, restores and evens skin toneleaves skin soft, noticeably radiant and glowing
-Soothes and reduces redness
-Offers DNA and CELL protection from free radicals
-Counters signs of aging
-Congested skin
-Loss of firmness and youthful density
-Dull, uneven skin tone and texture
-All skin types subjected to urban stress and city life

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Kaolin (White Clay), Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil**, Adansoania Digitata (Baobab) Oil**, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Cetyl Alcohol, Myrothamnus Flabellifolius (Resurrection Plant) Extract, Asparlathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract, Smithsonite Extract, Hematite Extract, Rhododendron Ferrugineum (Alpine Rose) Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Rosa Damacena (Rose) Essential Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Roseum (Rose Geranium) Essential Oil, Citrus Clementina (Clementine) Peel Oil, Isomalt, Lecithin, Sodium Benzoate, Lactic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocoperhol Acetate (Vitamin E), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Xanthan Gum, Disodium Edta, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Iron Oxides, Citral*, Citronellol*, Eugenol*, Geraniol*, Limonene*, Linalool, *Methyl Eugenol*, Neral* May Contain ± [Ci 77499] *Constituents Of 100% Natural Essential Oils Used. **Certified Organic Ingredients. 100% Vegan. Gluten-free. Formulated without mineral oil, toxic preservatives, colorants, silicone, synthetic fragrances, sulfates, triclosan, parabens, PEGs, PPGs, DEA, TEA, urea or phthalates.

$85.00 for 1.7 oz. from African Botanics, Bloomingdale's and Space NK US.
May Lindstrom The Honey Mud is a luscious product that can be used as a daily cleanser, or as a mask. It is formulated with raw honey, White Halloysite Clay and a lovely selection of pure plant oils that together balance skin, eliminate toxins, dead skin cells and dirt, and leave the skin deeply hydrated and silky smooth. The "pudding-like" consistency has a silky smooth, velvety texture that is soft and creamy to the touch, and it feels ultra-luxe and sumptuous against the skin. It has a warm, sweet and delectable natural aroma– that frankly smells good enough to eat!

As a cleanser, this soothing, creamy mud thoroughly, and gently, cleans the skin without ever hinting at stripping it. Instead, it cleans pores, removes dead skin cells and removes all dirt and debris. Skin is left remarkably soft, supple, silky smooth, hydrated and luminous. 

The Honey Mud can also be used as a brilliant treatment mask to gently exfoliate dead skin cells, to decongest pores, to brighten and to hydrate the skin.

According to May Lindstrom Skin,

Reveal a calm and balanced complexion that is plush, clear and breathtakingly soft.An exquisitely distinctive union of raw honey, white halloysite clay, and aromatic pure plant oils marry to envelope you in a truly intoxicating and highly addictive cleansing ritual. This silken, pudding-like treat gently frees you of the day’s pollutants, infusing your skin with active enzymes and nourishment while restoring  your optimal hydration and individual rhythm.

Directions:  As a cleanser: Massage a plump pea sized dollop into warm, damp skin, making circular motions with the pads of your fingertips to release makeup and debris before rinsing clear. As a mask: Apply liberally to clean, dry skin. Allow to penetrate for 10-20 minutes as desired.

Ingredients: ***Raw Honey, White Halloysite Clay, *Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia Nut Oil), *Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Argentum Metallicum (Colloidal Silver), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Absolute) Oil, *Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Oil, *Cananga Odorata (Ylang-Ylang) Oil, *Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) CO2 Total Essential Oil, *Juniperus Virginiana (Cedarwood) Oil, **Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense) Oil, **Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Oil. * Certified Organic ** Wild Harvested ***Collected from unsprayed and unfertilized fields of Michigan wildflowers.

$90.00 for 3.38 oz. from May LindstromBarneys New YorkCult BeautyShen BeautyNet-A-Porter and Follain.
May Lindstrom The Problem Solver is an antioxidant-rich purifying mask that is formulated to clear clogged pores, boost circulation, heal blemishes, reduce inflammation, tighten the appearance of pores and restore luminosity to the skin. When water is introduced, The Problem Solver transforms into a fluffy mousse that feels phenomenal on the skin, and it boasts a level of efficacy that is truly impressive. In fact, the results are so pronounced that my skin looks as though I received a professional facial from this treatment alone. The results are truly phenomenal.

According to May Lindstrom Skin,

A jet-black fusion of antioxidant-rich raw cacao, healing bamboo, charcoal, soil nutrients, salts, and exotic warming spices go deep on a mission to reveal your most radiant self. This intense treatment masque effectively purifies & tightens pores, extinguishes inflammations, fights & heals blemishes, jump-starts circulation in the epidermis & detoxifies skin with delightful ease and power. The radically different powder-to-mousse formula activates on contact with water - only releasing its magic at the exact moment of use so you experience full potency every time.

Directions: Activate a tablespoon of powder formula with equal parts water in a bowl, blending to form a soft mousse. Massage over skin and relax. Treatment time is 45 minutes (or until fully dry). Expect a slightly hot and tingling sensation. Rinse and follow with The Youth Dew or The Blue Cocoon.

Ingredients: Fuller’s Earth Clay, Red Moroccan Rhassoul Clay, **Theobroma Cacao (Raw Cacao), Red Alaea Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Sodium Bicarbonate, Bamboo Carbon Charcoal Powder, *Vanilla Planifolia Bean, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower, *Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root, ***Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense), *Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola), *Archangelica (Angelica) Root, *Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon), *Myristica Fragans (Nutmeg), *Syzygium Aromaticum (Clove), *Curcuma Longa (Turmeric), *Capsicum Annuum (Cayenne) Pepper. *Certified Organic **Fair Trade Certified ***Wild Harvested.

$100.00 for 8.45 oz. from May LindstromBarneys New YorkCult BeautyShen BeautyNet-A-Porter and Follain.
The Organic Pharmacy Flower Petal Deep Cleanser & Mask is a very effective  duo mask/scrub for a multitude of reasons. It has a lovely soft texture and has the natural scent of Rose (there are even beautiful crushed rose petals in the powder). It turns from powder to a paste by drizzling a little water at a time until you reach the desired consistency, and once you have done so then you simply apply it to your face with a gentle circular motion.  Once you have finished this step simply allow the paste to dry (as you would with a clay mask), and then rinse it off after about 5 minutes. The first time that I used it I followed the instructions and left it on for 5 minutes, and the results were amazing. However, the following times that I used it I left it on for about 20 minutes, and the results were utterly miraculous. Skin is left baby-soft, smooth and utterly luminous. Furthermore this mask clears congested pores with impressive efficacy, and is one of my go-to masks whenever my pores get in the least bit clogged.

According to The Organic Pharmacy,

For all skin types. A duo of deep cleansing and exfoliating mask that draws out impurities, removes dead cells and brightens the complexion. Oats and milk (rich in lactic acid) gently exfoliate without abrasion whilst Lavender and Chamomile soothe inflamed skin leaving it radiant. Oats and clay bind with impurities and remove them deep from within the pores. Rose purifies and calms. Dead skin and deeply embedded impurities are removed leaving radiant skin. 

The Organic Pharmacy's suggested use: Add 2 heaped teaspoons to a bowl or the palm of your hand, add warm water drop by drop until a smooth thick paste is achieved. Apply it to damp skin pressing the paste well into the skin. With a pressing and lifting movement work the product all over face. Leave for 2-5 minutes and rinse off with a muslin cloth or sponge. The skin is now ready to receive any special treatments. This may take a few attempts to master but it is well worth the effort. Oily skin use 4 times a week and follow with Seaweed Clay Mask. Normal skin use twice a week and follow with Collagen Boost Mask. Dry skin use once a week and follow with Honey & Jasmine Mask. 

Ingredients: Milk Powder, Oats (Avena Sativa)*, Bentonite Clay , Lavender (Lavandula Officinalis), Rose (Rosa Damascena)*, Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis), Essential Oils, Rose Geranium (Perlagonium Graveolens)*, Geraniol, Linalool, Citral , Citronellol.

Overall Assessment: These seven wonders are definitely my favorite luxury face masks, and I highly recommend all of them without any hesitation. 

What are your favorite face masks?

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  1. I loveeeee Tatcha products! I haven't tried out the sheet mask yet!

    1. You really need to try their mask, Brooke! It is #amazing!

  2. You always have the best recommendations. I need to try that Tatcha mask. Brightening and hydration are right up my alley.

    1. Thank you so much, Erika! You will LOVE the TATCHA mask– it's truly extraordinary!

  3. Your choices are always amazing. I love to see what you choose since you know skincare so well. One of these days I'll try the Tatcha and the Rodial.

    1. Thank you so much for saying that, Marcia! You just put a big smile on my face! I think that you will really like TATCHA and Rodial!

  4. Love your mask collection! The honey mud mask looks super interesting :)

    Oh Dear Bumblebees

    1. Thank you, MITCH! It is a really lovely mask, indeed!

  5. Replies
    1. Hi Magan, They definitely have luxury price tags to match!

  6. I totally forgot about the Colbert mask, I loved it--must get another!

  7. The bio cellulose mask sounds nice.

    1. It is definitely one of the very best sheet masks that I have ever tried!

  8. Love your picks! I desperately need to try Tatcha!

    1. Thanks, Julie! I am so glad that you like them! Yes, you really must try TATCHA!

  9. i love Tatcha, I recently bought their essence!

  10. Replies
    1. I really think that you would be very impressed with their products, Carleen!

  11. I love tatcha products so I definitely want to try one of their sheet mask.

    1. Then you would REALLY love this TATCHA mask, Melody! I I highly recommend it!


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