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Guest Review by Aakanksha (Skin type : Normal to Dry)

Winter has set in nicely and here in Delhi, I feel like it is slightly chillier than it was last year. All the aunties, at least, are informing me that this time betaaa it will be as cold as kingdom come. While it’s not really cold cold, my skin has started to behave like we’re chilling at the top of Everest. It’s been dull and has dry patches and I just felt like it needed a boost. Everyone has been obsessed with sheet masks for ages, but as usual I’m late to the bandwagon. Innisfree has this thing called ‘Sheet Mask Day’ every month or every other month (it seems erratic) where they have a Buy X, Get deal (like Buy 4, Get 3 or sometimes Buy 5, Get 5 but usually it’s Buy 5, Get 2). So last month I went ahead and picked up a few masks.

Innisfree has three types of sheet masks. I picked up the ones that retail for Rs.100 (they’re the lowest ones with a triple layer sheet). These come in a few varieties for different problems –

  • Hydrating & Moisturizing (Green Tea, Cucumber, Aloe, Bamboo, Shea Butter, Manuka Honey, Rose, Blackberry, Kiwi)
  • Brightening (Strawberry, Lime, Rice)
  • Firming (Pomegranate, Acai Berry).

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Some of these do multiple things; all of them are hydrating. I went for the green tea and kiwi masks and had two completely different experiences. I absolutely loved the green tea one. It was like a jolt of freshness to the skin. It had an amazing cooling effect as soon as the sheet touched my skin and was extremely hydrating. It didn’t leave any residue that some sheet masks leave; my skin felt satiated and healthy and glowy and just all around great.

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Now the kiwi mask on the other hand, was the complete opposite. While it was hydrating as it’s meant to be, it left a terrible sticky residue. My skin felt all heavy after use and I ended up just washing the excess off because it was unbearable. It was a little too heavy even for me and my skin gets super dry in the winters.

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I went around to Innisfree again and spoke to the people there. Apparently they have some weird classification and I was told that the green tea mask is “moisturizing/hydrating” while the kiwi one is “nourishing”. My two cents are go for all the green, leafy masks as the fruity ones seem to be the sticky ones. The strawberry and rose ones might be all right though, since they’re brightening masks. I wanted to try the Shea butter and manuka honey ones, but I think I’ll be avoiding those since the green tea mask did the job pretty well. If you’ve got intense dryness though, you could give those a try. All in all, a good experience. I was a little skeptical of sheet masks, but they’re great for when you need a little pampering.

Cool tip I picked up somewhere (Refinery 29 or Man Repelller, not sure which) – Halfway through, lift up the mask and work your regular serum into the skin. It’ll give your skin that extra kick.

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Pros

  • Super hydrating
  • Good price point (especially during sales)
  • Feels luxurious and spa-like
  • Leaves skin soft and supple

Cons

  • Some of the masks can be heavy
  • Some might feel sticky

 

Verdict : Green Tea Mask – A+

Kiwi Mask – D

Price : Rs. 100 for 20 ml

Recommendation : A great sheet mask for days your skin is in need of a little pampering. I’d say go for the green/lighter-seeming masks. Definitely keep a watch out on Innisfree’s Instagram handle and Facebook page for the monthly Sheet Mask Days and offers.

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