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๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜Œ 2024 Masking Challenge ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ’–

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Welcome to the 2024 Masking Challenge! 

 

This year is going to be a little different - simplified. Easy. Every month will have a new theme, and that's it. Feel free to join in whenever and wherever. Most importantly - have fun!

 

February: Winter โ„๏ธ Love ๐Ÿ’— - Whether it's a mask you adore, or something extra-special to care for dry winter skin, this month is for some soothing TLC.

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JanuaryFresh Starts - Time for a re-set, or morning masking? However you see it, this month is all about new beginnings.
FebruaryWinter Love - Whether it's a mask you adore, or something extra-special to care for dry winter skin, this month is for some soothing TLC.
MarchMarch Madness - Competition is in the air! Find a $ dupe of a $$$ mask that is share-worthy? Or find a dupe that works even better than the original? Details, please!
AprilSpring Fling - Baskets and bouquets, showers of much-anticipated rain...this month's focus is herbal and floral sensory delights.
MayDew Drops - May Day lore says to wash your face in the dew you collect in the morning of the first day of May for radiant skin. This month is for absorbing all of that good-for-you H2O.
JuneSummer Sunshine - Ice cream, sunglasses, SPF, check! Once the sun is down (or before it's up), extra care is most necessary. How do you give your skin cooling repair?

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

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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, fit, adherence, mask type (hydrating, brightening, exfoliating, detox, sleeping, etc.) as well as your overall experience.

Most importantly: Would you repurchase it? 


Second most important: Have fun and merry masking!

2023 Mask of the Week Challenge

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2022 Mask of the Week Challenge

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2021 Mask of the Week Challenge

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2020 Mask of the Week Challenge:

https://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Aware/2020-Mask-of-the-Week-Challenge-PART-1/m-p/4995162/h...

2019 Mask of the Week Challenge:

https://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Aware/2019-Mask-of-the-Week-Challenge/m-p/4497678/highligh...

2018 Mask of the Week Challenge:

https://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Aware/Mask-of-the-Week-Challenge/td-p/3615125   

Thank you @Aaliaa for starting this thread, and giving us a place to share our love for masks๐Ÿ’—

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February 2024 

I went through more masks this month, not sure why. More new-to-me sheet masks as well.  I was delighted with most of the masks I used; disappointed with just one. Details in the spoilers.

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I'm thinking the Creer Beaute The Rose of Versailles Princess Antoinette Moisturizing Facial Mask Peony takes the prize for longest sheet mask name. Wow. The sheet leans on the thicker side, but not as thick as other Japanese cotton sheet masks. It is drenched, and I mean drenched, is serum, with plenty more in the packet. This is one of the older sheets in my stash so that was surprising. Adherence was good and despite the sheet being saturated in the unscented, slightly viscous, clear essence, none of it dripped down my neck when I applied the sheet to my face. Instructions say to keep the mask on for 10-15 minutes, but I had it on for 20 and given the amount of essence, could have easily had it on for at least another 15. Once I removed the sheet and pressed in the serum to help it fully absorb, my skin felt plumpy and hydrated. 
 
The illustration on the packet for and the print on the sheet of Vitamasques Love Struck Face Nourishing Metallic Sheet Mask are super cute - definitely Valentine vibes. Performance-wise though the mask fell flat for me, which was surprising because I've generally had good experiences with Vitamasques masks in the past. The biggest issue was the fit of the mask - the sheet felt stiff and, as such, it did not adhere well. Rather than mold to the contours of my face, it just sat on top of my face, and stuck primarily to my forehead and cheeks. The material covering my chin and the area above my upper lip popped up and off my face occasionally. Better results were had after making some incisions and adjustments, but the stiffness of the material and the lack of serum meant that the challenges with the mask staying in place persisted, and I ended up removing the mask after 10 minutes. I haven't used many new Vitamasques masks in a while and I'm hoping this is a one-off. The mask is pretty (see below) but sadly doesn't perform as beautifully as it looks.
 
The SEPHORA COLLECTION Clean Eye Mask Caffeine is a staple in my collection. I love them for travel or after a long and/or late day. The latte-hued, faintly coffee scented gels adhere well to my undereye area and the serum that saturates the gels do a wonderful job of hydrating an area of my face that is prone to dryness year-round. They infuse my undereye area with some hydration and add a brightness to my complexion, making me look more alert and awake. The beauty of these under eye gels is that they don't interfere or present a challenge to drinking coffee and that is a beautiful thing that also helps me feel more alert and awake. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 
 
A bit of a purple themed skincare session with the Mediheal The H.P.A. Glowing Ampoule Mask. Mediheal is one of my favorite sheet mask brands so I was excited to try this mask. My excitement was taken down a bit when I learned the mask contains PHA - polyhydroxy acids. They're great actually - supposedly as effective if not more than AHA but much more gentle on the skin. Or, on most skins. Mine is a rarity in that it has exhibited some sensitivity to PHAs, usually on my cheeks (not surprising as that's a sensitive area of mine) and on my forehead (which is a surprise because my forehead is like Teflon when it comes to most skincare ingredients). Since I know my skin's sensitivity to PHA's, I decided to only keep the mask on for 10 minutes, paying particular attention to check how my skin was reacting, if at all, around the 5-minute mark. There was a little tingle that initially gave me pause but it dissipated completely. I was feeling alright about the mask and stretched the total wear time to 15 minutes. Glad I did. I didn't experience any negative reaction; the results, in fact, were quite the opposite and lovely - soft, bouncy, hydrated skin, zero tack or stickiness. This turned out to be one of my favorite masks this month. 
 
Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Sleeping Mask calms, hydrates and soothes my skin overnight. It has a light floral scent that dissipates quickly upon the product being applied to the skin. I love that it reduces redness and makes my skin soft, smooth and hydrated when I wake up in the morning. I had some dry patches on my face and applied this as a spot-treatment sleeping mask. The next morning, voila, no more dry patches. ๐Ÿ™‚ 
 
The OG masks, all in one masking sesh. lol. fresh Umbrian Clay Pore Purifying Face Mask, a gray clay mask with a heavy, khaki green undertone is one of those masks that can be used as a cleanser after your mask treatment is done. I normally just use it on my T-zone or along my jawline, but this time elected to apply it all over my face and down my neck as well. Left it on for 5 minutes then rinsed it off like a cleanser in the shower. My skin feels clean and refreshed after using this one.

After washing my hair, I used the amika Soulfood Nourishing Hair Mask, a luxe hair treatment that conditions and hydrates my hair. It smells great, too, but the scent doesn't linger, which could be good or bad depending on the user.  Onto skincare, I followed my moisturizer with  a thin layer of the LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask with Squalane 2.3 oz/ 70 mL, which I have history wit - it was my intro to sleeping masks, gosh, almost 10 years ago, one of the first Kbeauty masks I used and definitely my first overnight mask. It hydrates and moisturizes my skin while I sleep, giving me softer, more hydrated skin that looks well rested. Similarly, the LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask Intense Hydration with Vitamin C Original softens and moisturizes my lips overnight; the consistency has a tack to it that can be bothersome for some folks; I don't have any issues with it and find that it is less tacky once applied.
 
BOM Honey & Milk Cicadula Mask comes from a new-to-me brand. I initially wondered whether it was an offshoot of the A by Bom brand - nope, turns out it's its own separate brand and not affiliated with or related to A by Bom. In addition to honey and milk proteins, the serum saturating this cellulose fiber sheet mask contains 10 types of hyaluronic acid. 10! That's a first for me. The sheet was light and thin-ish, felt comfortable and adhered well for the entire half hour I had on the mask. Also a plus, the openings for the mouth and eyes were wide enough that I didn't need to make any adjustments. The serum absorbs quickly and smoothly, with no tack or stickiness. My skin feels soft, silky and smooth, feels hydrated and moisturized, and has a beautiful bounce and dewy glow to it. This is one worth checking out. 

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Overall, another good month of masking. Will be interesting to see what March masking looks like, as my allergies / hay fever can start to act up. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ 

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  • Not going to pretend I wasn't disappointed to realize there's no banana scent
  • However..I actually was completely impressed by everything else this mask has to offer
  • The fit was amazing, it was so gentle and soothing, no added fragrance for those sensitive to scents
  • My skin loved the serum and there was no tackiness
  • Overall heck yes I would seek this one out,, even without the banana scent

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  • This was a two piece hydrogel mask
  • It was actually really easy to wear and didn't slip around
  • I didn't notice any specific scent
  • What I did notice was that the mask didn't seem to have much serum on it
  • After wearing it for 15 minutes, I removed it and my skin literally felt dry as if there was nothing going on here
  • I did take some of the creamy serum from the package and applied it without the mask
  • If I used this again, I would definitely apply the serum to my face first and then lay the hydrogel mask on top

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I haven't been doing a whole lot of masking lately, and wasn't planning on buying these, but cookies and hot cocoa pulled me in ๐Ÿช๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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Hot Cocoa ๐Ÿ‘‡

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Que Bella Revitalizing Hot Cocoa Mud Mask

 

Texture:

Thick and creamy, sort of a body cream kind of consistency.

 

Scent:

Sweet almond oil was what stood out the most. I was hoping for more of a chocolaty/cocoa scent, but it still smelled pretty great to me.

 

Wear Time:

About 20 minutes. It didn't really dry down - it stayed pretty soft and comfortable.

 

Tack:

None

 

Results:

Soft and smooth skin that was noticeably brighter. My skin was a little dry, (which I expect with mud masks) but not overly so.

 

Repurchase?

Great results at a great price, so I probably would. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ


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Cookie ๐Ÿ‘‡

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Que Bella Nourishing Cookie Cream Mask

 

Texture:

Soft, thick and creamy, though not quite as thick as the mud mask it came with.

 

Scent:

Like a combo of cocoa and almond oil. Delicious ๐Ÿ˜‹

 

Wear Time:

About a half hour

 

Tack:

None

 

Results:

I did this one directly after washing off the mud mask that came with it and it did make my face feel slightly less drier, but that's really about it.

 

Repurchase?

By its self? No. But because it comes with the mud mask, (and it's cheap) I probably would. It was fine and smelled delicious, but it just didn't do much.

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Oooooh the hot cocoa side of this,๐Ÿ˜ @Shosh85 Happy to hear this made it worthwhile for you! Miss you, also!!

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@eshoe  Yup, the cocoa side was definitely my favorite, and both sides smelled yummy, so that's a win in my book! ๐Ÿ‘

 

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Awwww @Shosh85 ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ˜Š

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@Shosh85 I knew you would deliver!! ๐Ÿคฃ These look flipping scrumptious 

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@lmaster  Ha ha ha! You crack me up!๐Ÿ˜‚  They both were definitely delicious! ๐Ÿ˜‹

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@Shosh85, cookie and hot cocoa sound like a delicious duo for the tummy ๐Ÿ˜‹ and now with this mask pack, the face. There are some fun sheet masks that come out during the holidays. 

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@itsfi  Yeah, the food related masks always lure me in! ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿช

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This is a fantastic mask I believe @Shosh85 showcased this beauty, miss you sweet friend!!

  • The sheet on this one fits so good
  • Extra serum in the pack
  • The scent of ๐ŸŒ banana is fabulous
  • Wear time was 20 minutes
  • My skin absorbed this serum fully
  • No lasting tackiness
  • Soft hydrated and moisturizer skin for the win 

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@lmaster, itโ€™s nice to have a banana scented mask to go for that also works, especially since the other ones which were great have been discontinued. 

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@itsfi I know it's like anything we really like gets discontinued... Looking at you pixie and bliss bubble masks ๐Ÿคฏ

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Hey friend! @lmaster  Yup, I love this one! ...... and it's only $1.50 at Ulta right now! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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@Shosh85 ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’‹โค๏ธ I hope you are going good!!! Thank you for the info!! Can't have enough delicious banana scent

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Oh goodness, I just picked up a handful of these @lmaster, love the scent on these!!! 

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They are so good!!! @eshoe 

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January 2024 Masks - a medley of wash off, sheet, & hair masks to kickoff the new year! 
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It's amazing how fast a month goes by, masking mavens! I've been listening to my skin and trying to give it what it needs in this finicky, Bay Area winter weather we've been experiencing - some days, we're dealing with heavy rain and strong winds that come with the atmospheric river storms; others, we're frolicking about in warm, bright, and sunny temps, with not a cloud in the sky. The one thing they have in common is the need to keep skin happy, healthy, and hydrated. 
 
Hair Mask:
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The rich, thick-leaning, but not heavy feeling Amika Nourishing Hair Mask (gratis - thank you @TeamBIC!) is good at detangling and feels more like a conditioner than a mask. It's quick and easy to use, taking as little as 3 minutes to work its magic. This one includes that signature Amika scent, which to my nose, is a blend of fruity, floral, creamy amber and sandalwood notes - I find it pleasant but it is a very pronounced scent that may be too much for some. The mask is well suited for all hair types though those with fine hair like me will want to avoid using this immediately on the crown and instead use whatever product remains in the palm of your hands after running it through the length and ends). This is a loved mask - it leaves my fine, thin color-treated strands that use a heat styling product of one kind or another about 3+ times per week, soft, smooth, and moisturized, without weighing it down, in just one use and in as little as 3 minutes! Highly recommend. 
Wash Off:
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Let me be the first to say that I've not always been a fan of Tata Harper products - love the brand conceptually and what they stand for, but the mix of essential oils in many of their products can be too much for my sensitive skin. So I was particularly intrigued when I saw this Tata Harper 5 Minute Facial for Sensitive Skin  set, consisting of an exfoliating cleanser mask and a brightening wash-off mask, released at Sephora.  Both can be used separately or as a duo mask; the set itself is great for travel an I'm glad I decided to pick it up. Recommend for those with sensitive skin.
 
  • Exfoliating Cleanser Mask - This fragrance-free cleanser contains very finely milled granules blended into a soft whipped gel cream makes application soft & gentle, not abrasive on skin. It contains AHAs, is easy to spread, and does a good job at gently buffing away dead skin. A little goes a long way and there's quite a bit of product even in this mini tube. It can be used alone, as a cleanser and/or a mask. As a cleanser, I like this as a second cleanse in the evenings or a morning cleanser on mornings I feel I need a cleanser. Whenever I've used this cleanser this month, my skin is left feeling soft and smooth; with no irritation or redness, and looking fresh and bright.
 
  • The Radiance Mask is lightweight and creamy, spreads easily onto the skin, without tingling or stinging, making it an ideal mask for those with sensitive skin. It's a quick and easy to use mask, with good results - my skin feels lightly hydrated and my complexion has a healthy glow to it after just 5 minutes. This mask, with the refining cleanser or on its own, would work well as part of your skincare prep before makeup application for a night out or special event. While there are other product out there that can deliver similar results, this one is particularly good for those with sensitive skin. 
The Sheets:
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My sheet mask usage ranged from 1 - 3x per week this month, with most weeks being once per week. Two of the sheet masks in the photo were new to me; all three were good, with two being standouts. 
 
Mask:
Dr. Jart+ Cicapair โ„ข Sensitive Skin Serum Face Mask for Redness 1 Mask / pack 
Type:
Sheet
Material: 
Cellulose - thin-ish (but slightly more thick than other cellulose masks)
Fit: 
Very good - openings for the eyes & mouth are wide enough to fit a lot of face features and shape; the amount of material for the area between the eyes, above the lip & for the forehead
Adherence: 
Good; not quite second skin but adheres well to contours of face
Essence: 
Serum like, and there's A TON of it - the sheet is saturated in it
Viscosity: 
The serum consistency makes it more viscous than most sheet masks but not goopy or gooey
Scent: 
Faintly herbaceous, somewhat sweet; I pick up a slight honey scent but did not see anything to suggest that in the ingredients list
Performance: 
Wears comfortably for the entire 30 minutes I had on the mask. With the amount of serum, it seemed like I could have easily had it on for at least another half hour, at least. It will take a while for all the serum to absorb once the mask is removed, that's more due to the sheer volume of serum than the consistency of the serum. No tack or stickiness.
Results: 
Skin is soothed, calmed, with redness reduced (albeit temporarily). Skin looks and feels hydrated and supple long after the masking time ends.
Best suited for: 
All skin types, including and especially those with sensitive skin. Would be great for those prone to redness; after a day outdoors; and after a peel or intense exfoliation treatment
Buy or Bye?: 
A definite BUY
 
 
Mask:
Mediheal Ocean Black Toning Gel Mask 
Type:
Sheet
Material: 
Coconut Black Charcoal (I've used black charcoal masks before but not a coconut black charcoal one, until now)
Fit: 
Good - openings for eyes & mouth are wide enough so that your features don't feel smooshed. Decent amount of material covering the areas between the eyes, but there could be more material for the philtrum (area above the lips). There's a lot of material around the perimeter, making the sheet suitable for more face sizes.
Adherence: 
Good; adheres well to skin and contours of face
Essence: 
Clear, essence-like consistency
Viscosity: 
Slightly viscous - enough to keep the essence from running down the next or dripping everywhere, but not so viscous to be goopy or unwieldy
Scent: 
Fresh, soft floral - makes me think of honeysuckle but that isn't a listed ingredient
Performance: 
Good - Because of its larger overall size, the mask was a little heavy for me, along the perimeter but that can be easily adjusted by snipping off the excess material at the side and length at the chin. Otherwise, it wore well; I was able to multi-task while I had it on. 
Results: 
My skin was left looking brightened and feeling slightly more hydrated and bouncy.
Best suited for: 
All skin types, unless there's an ingredient you're allergic to or if you're sensitive to fragrance.
Buy or Bye?: 
This is a mask that I like. I'd be happy to use it again and would BUY.

Not a new mask as I started this pack last year; finished the pack this month.
Mask:
BCL Saborino Night Time Face Mask (Peach)
Type:
Sheet (multi-pack - 30 sheets)
Material: 
Cotton, thinner and smaller than most sheets, but pliable and stretchy
Fit: 
Good, because the material is stretchy, it can be adjusted to fit most face sizes and shapes. The opening for the eyes and mouth could be wider, but they're not so small that your features feel smooshed. Again, the pliability of the material means it can be stretched out with relative ease.
Adherence: 
Good, especially for sheets in a multi-pack. Each sheet held enough essence to make it adhere easily to the skin. 
Essence: 
Clear, light, thin essence
Viscosity: 
Slightly viscous, a little more watery than most sheet masks but not so much that it was running or dripping everywhere
Scent: 
Fresh, peach scent - not entirely natural but it didn't have that somewhat cloying artificial peach fragrance that some Asian beauty products can have
Performance: 
Very good for sheet masks in a multi-pack. Instructions recommend leaving the mask on for as little as 60 seconds. With 30 sheets in this pack, I've worn a mask for various durations, ranging from 1 minute to 20 minutes. Even at the 20 minute wear time, I did not feel the sheet drying up anywhere and there was no lifting as a result from drying of the material while worn.
Results: 
I'm impressed with the light moisture one sheet provides. My skin feels soft, smooth and slightly supple. 
Best suited for: 
All skin types, but it may not be moisturizing enough on its own for those with dry or very dry skin types
Buy or Bye?: 
I'm pretty selective when it comes to repurchasing multi-mask packs but this is one I would happily repurchase and recommend. An easy BUY. 
 
 

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@itsfi I've been curious about the Tata Harper one - good to hear it was a winner for you! ๐Ÿ† 

LOVE that Cicapair mask! It is definitely high on my list of favorites! ๐Ÿ’š

Exceptional reviews, as usual Fi! ๐Ÿ™Œ

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