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๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜Œ Mask of the Week Challenge ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ’–

Itโ€™s May, Hurray! ๐ŸŒธ We are almost 1/2-way through this yearโ€™s challenge๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ


Thank you @Aaliaa for starting this thread, and giving us a place to share our love for masks๐Ÿ’— Post as frequently or infrequently as you would like, with or without following the challenge. We love hearing about every masking experience, and suggestions are always welcome. 


This Weekโ€™s Theme: Mask with a Partner! @Alphaboo gives us this weekโ€™s fun challenge: Letโ€™s make an excuse to mask togetherโ˜บ๏ธ

Letter of the Week:  T

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Mask of the Week Misc. Info & Previous Year's Links:


To Post:

Each week features a different theme, as well as a letter of the alphabet for coming up with new masking ideas. 

Please include the brand and name of the mask you are trying out, as well as a photo if possible. Any other details are greatly appreciated, including scent, if it's an exfoliating mask (include acid info if known), your overall experience, and whether or not you would repurchase. Don't forget to include a grade (thanks to @ShortErica for the idea) to help others along the way.

Most importantly, have fun and merry masking!

2020 Mask of the Week Challenge:

2019 Mask of the Week Challenge:

2018 Mask of the Week Challenge:   


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I was inspired by the collage of masks in @haleyvvvv's last post. Here are the rest of my green tea masks from last week.

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Mask:Missha Pure Source Cell Sheet Mask (Green Tea)The Crรจme Shop Green Tea Latte Fusion Sheet MaskSephora Collection Clean Matcha Tea Face MaskWhole Foods Air Wrapping Mask Moisturizing Green Tea
Claim(s):Moisturizing and calmingAnti-aging, nourishing and  repairing (correcting discoloration)Mattifying and clarifyingMoisturizing and refreshing
Material:"Compact cell fabric" which I've taken to mean thin-ish cotton material.  This one has a grid/gauze like pattern to the material.Thin-leaning cotton maskEucalyptus fiber2 piece mint green foil mask
Fit:Extra large width- and length-wise. Holes for eyes and mouth are very narrow and require adjustments.Like most of the masks from The Crรจme Shop, the fit on this one is overly large all around. It means it'll be suitable for many face sizes and shapes and for me, it means I just need to pull out my mini scissors to make some adjustments. Fit is fine - I like that the eye holes and mouth hole are wider than most sheet masks. It is too long at the chin/jawline for me, but that also is very common with sheet masks.Fit is pretty good, but requiring incision to the corners of the eyes to keep them from being smooshed and also to reduce the likelihood that the essence would get into my eye.
Adherence:GoodGreat; the material clung to the skin comfortablyGreat; gently hugs the contours of the face.Good. It stayed on for the entire wear time and I was able to get some things done around the house at the same time.
Essence:Clear and wateryThin, slightly runny, clear watery essence.Light, slightly viscous, clear essence Clear liquid
Scent:Soft, fresh, partly medicinal, partly herbaceous minty scentMy recollection was that this had a green tea creamy scent but when I reached for this last week, I didn't really pick up a scent. Hmmmโ€ฆVery light green tea scentNot really any discernible other than it having a fresh scent.
What I Liked:Affordable. Green tea extract is the 5th ingredient listed. Ingredients list supports claims though some are rather low on the list - allantoin (soothing - 6th); jojoba esters (emollient - 11th); camellia japonica flower extract (antioxidant, anti-pollutant and soothing - 19th); and sodium hyaluronate (hydrating - 24th).When I read milk proteins on a sheet mask, it makes me think the essence will be a creamy or milky serum, a treasure for those of us with dry or dehydrated skin, or really, for anyone who finds their skin looking dull or in need of some nourishment, which could be anyone in the cold, winter months. Has a cooling and refreshing effect on the skin.The ingredients really are the stars of this mask. The ingredients list is great, with the key ingredient (green tea extract) being the 4th ingredient listed and a host of other good-for-the-skin ingredients that follow, all of which are vegan. The price point for the mask is very nice too - comparable to many sheet masks from Asian brands.
Area(s) for Improvement:(i) Denatured alcohol - that it's there and also that it's listed before green tea extract; (ii) added fragrance; (iii) tingling sensation lingersMost of the key ingredients appear in the middle of the ingredients list. Also, that list includes (i) denatured alcohol; and (ii) added fragrance, neither of which irritated my skin, but I'd prefer a mask not to contain either.This one had a tingling effect that while not overwhelming, is definitely noticeable. It's recommended that the mask be worn for 5 minutes, which, given the tingling, is probably a good duration.More accessibility to these masks. Some versions are available through amazon now but it's limited. 
Performance + Results:I experienced some slight and brief tingling around my under eye and cheek bone areas - my skin is normally sensitive in those areas, but the tingling lasted for a while and I removed the mask after about 5 minutes. My skin looked dewy after I removed the mask but it was also slightly pink in those areas where I felt the tingling. A one-time use isn't going to shed much like on a mask's anti-aging claim. I didn't notice any mattifying or clarifying from this mask. What I did notice was that there was no stickness after removing the mask and my skin felt lightly hydrated.My skin felt soft, hydrated and plump afterwards.
Overall Thoughts:Generally speaking, this Missha mask is what I think of as a standard daily sheet mask. The tingling for me is too much and this isn't one I'd repurchase.This is one of the first masks from The Crรจme Shop that I used, following the recommendations of some maskers on BIC, so it holds some nostalgia for me. At that time, it was a mask that I would consider a staple in my collection. It's still what I would consider a good mask, and I'd happily use it again, but having tried other similar masks through the years, there are ones that I prefer more so it's not one I would seek out. ETA: it seems this mask has been discontinued, which actually makes sense because I received it as a surprise gwp in a couple previous orders. FWIW, pre-covid,  a box would pop up occasionally at TJ Maxx or Marshalls.I haven't tried all the sheet masks in the new clean collection (yet) but of the ones I have tried, I'd classify this one as a good, but not great mask. The tingling keeps it from the great category. I'd use the mask again, but it's not my first choice of the masks in this line.I'm not aways the biggest fan of foil masks but this one isn't bad. My preference is for 2-piece masks like this one for me, that's an added plus. Results are good and I would probably repurchase but it's not my first choice of mask from within the Whole Foods collection.

All the green tea drinks and treats were tasty, too! ๐Ÿ˜‹ I would definitely repurchase or make them again. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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I have to ask @itsfi what are the food items in your photos??

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@lmaster, love this question!!! โ™ฅ๏ธ

* upper left (Missha mask) - green tea mochi - a Japanese rice cake with a green tea filling - it's sweet but not overly sweet. Here's a pic of what the inside looks like:

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* lower left (Sephora mask) - green tea ice cream mochi - Japanese rice cake filled with green tea ice cream



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Wow!! I wish I could find items like this around me,, even the bigger towns don't offer anything like this! @itsfi 

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This is a really nice comparison, @itsfi. It's a shame there was more tingling with the Missha but at least it didn't seem to leave too much in the way of a negative effect. 

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Thank you @quspork! ๐Ÿค— The green tea version was the first from that line of masks where I experienced tingling. Maybe my skin was extra sensitive that day? I have a couple different ones left from that line and if I donโ€™t get any tingling from them, I may try out the green tea mask again at a later time. 

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@itsfi  That's a lot of Green Tea! ๐Ÿต๐Ÿ˜ณ Everything looks so delicious too! ๐Ÿ˜‹

I would agree that these masks would fall under the category of "good but not great." I feel like out all the them, The Creme Shop one is my favorite, but it's been a long time and honestly I might be a little bias since, like you, it was one of the first Creme Shop masks I tried....and I totally forgot about the alcohol! 
Whole Foods has a good, solid line of masks, but I think foil in general is just not my favorite material.

Do you have an all-time favorite Green Tea mask? 

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@Shosh85, I forgot about the alcohol in TCS mask too until I was looking through the ingredients. Alcohol in sheet mask doesn't usually cause issues for me, but I'm incorporating more acids into my routine more frequently so I try to minimize the opportunities to add more things that could potentially dry out my skin. It's dry enough on its own. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I remember doing a comparison of all the TCS green tea sheet masks and this one from the fusion one came out on top so I'm a little bummed that it's no longer being made. 


Ooooh, my favorite green tea mask? Hmmm... ๐Ÿค” Wash-off mask would be Origins Ritual-Teas which they don't make any more because ... because of course, they would have discontinued it; I like it, so it has to be discontinued or headed in that directions. ๐Ÿคฃ I didn't discover it until later, too late apparently, and the next thing I know, poof! Gone.


For sheet masks, I like Tosowoong Pure Green Tea Mask - I like most of the masks from that line and that brand in general is one I really enjoy for skincare. I also like that it's $2 regular price. ๐Ÿ˜‰ AmorePacific has a lovely sheet mask too, but that one is $25 and while I like my face, I don't know if I like it enough to use a $25 mask on it regularly. That's just me though. ๐Ÿ˜„ Besides, green tea extract in that particular AP mask is near the bottom of the inci list and I would splurge on the AmorePacific essence before the sheet mask. I plan on giving the A'Pieu green tea daily sheet mask pack a try later in the year. 

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@itsfi  Tosowoong makes some nice masks and I think there's only been one so far that I haven't really liked. 
I had no idea AP had a Green Tea sheet mask, but that's probably because I'm cheap and try to ignore the brand. ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜†

I had never seen that Origins mask, but I bet I woulda loved it - and OF COURSE it's discontinued, OF COURSE  it is! โ˜น๏ธ

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@Shosh85, I have one sample packet left of that Origins mask and I'm holding onto it, though I may only be able to do that for one more year. My hope is to get my masks stash (wash off and sheet masks) to where I want it sometime this year, then I'll pick up some masks similar to the Origins one and do some testing to see which is the most similar to the Origins. 

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Are those Mochi in the bottom right, @itsfi? My family broke the sugar fast with green tea Mochi - they are too irresistible ๐Ÿ’š Now to go back and read your reviews ๐Ÿ˜‰

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@eshoe, the two photos on the left have mochi in them - the top left, with the Missha sheet mask is green tea mochi (filled with a green tea paste) and the bottom left, with the Sephora Collection Clean matcha tea sheet mask is mochi green tea ice cream. Lots of green tea last week. ๐Ÿต Sorry to hear the fast was broken. I find it can be harder to do the second time around. Going out with green tea mochi isnโ€™t a bad way to go. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Was it mochi ice cream or regular mochi?

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Mochi ice cream, @itsfi - I had no idea Mochi  could be anything else๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ 

The Missha sounds most promising to me, adding it to my to-do list. Looking to add more jojoba into my routine, thank you for the detailed side-by-side comparison!

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@itsfi  Loving all your pictures super calm feeling! Note to self I need to drink more green tea!!! I was disappointed when you said the creme shop mask was discontinued. I generally enjoy them and I would have seemed it out. Iโ€™ll keep my eyes open for it when Iโ€™m in the city!

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Thank you @ather! ๐Ÿค— I need to up my green tea intake too, so your note to self is a note to myself too ๐Ÿ˜‚ I used to drink green tea all the time. Need to make that a habit again! ๐Ÿต 

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This is from the theme from @itsfi last week (the sample-sized mask that you had to have immediately): 


I'm way behind on reading posts so I'm guessing this has been posted a bunch, but this is one of my winter masking loves:

Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask 


I'm sure I've written about this one before, but I enjoy everything about this mask. I love the gentle warm feeling after you rub it in, and it keeps my skin soft and hydrated throughout the day. I also love honey stuff, so this is a nice, comforting treat for me each time I use it. ๐Ÿ

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@PrettyPaint  Such a great mask!!!

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@ather  Glad you love it too! โค๏ธ

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Truly one of the best masks, @PrettyPaint!!

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@haleyvvvv  I think I will keep repurchasing this one forever! 

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@PrettyPaint love the warming sensation

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