I love using face masks, and I think that they are a necessary part of any skincare routine because they can really do wonders for the skin at different points throughout the year. I try to review as many of them as I can because I think that the search for a mask that does exactly what it claims to be able to do, whilst standing at an appealing price point, is a never-ending struggle. In this post I'll be focussing on two masks; one which retails from around £4-£6 depending on where you get it from, and one which is usually around £10 but can be found cheaper. 

Palmers Purifying Mask

Palmers is a brand that I generally do enjoy; their products are usually on offer, and they tend to work really well with my skin. In fact, I think I've only disliked a small handful of their products, and this mask doesn't fall into that category. As you can see from the picture, it's got quite a thick formula, and the longer you have it the harder you have to squeeze to get it out of the tube, which is a bit annoying. This mask is one that claims to tighten the skin as well as cool it, and draw out impurities. I'll admit that I love using this when my skin is feeling dull and in need of pepping up because it does an amazing job at brightening it up and cooling any kind of irritation. It also really tightens really well. However, I don't feel like it really penetrates my skin enough to clear out the impurities, and I think that's something to keep in mind. I have oilier skin so I need something a bit more intense, but for those with drier or more combination skin types this is probably ideal.

One thing I have to mention is that the smell of this is pretty unpleasant when it comes to washing it off. When you first apply it it's not too bad, but every time I wash this off I have to hold my breath because it's not great! If you're super sensitive to scents then maybe avoid this one because it's the one thing that puts me off using this more regularly! Because it's so thick, I find that it's easy to not use too much product in one go because you can spread an even layer onto the skin quite easily. It's also one of those masks you can just leave on and ignore whilst it does its thing.

  • 120g/4.25 oz of product
  • Use within 12 months
  • Kaolin Clay to draw out impurities, Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter for hydration, and Aloe Vera, Chamomile and Milk Proteins to soothe and cool.
  • Also contains Vitamin E and Almond Oil.
  • Apply a thin layer onto the face, leave on for 10 minutes and wash off. Use around 3 times a week.
  • Get it here

Sukin Anti-Pollution Oil Balancing Facial Mask

On a slightly different note, this mask from Sukin is one I reach for every two days pretty religiously. I love the fact that it comes in a pot - it is a tad messy as you can see, but the plastic stopper keeps the product fresh, and it makes it easy to scoop out as much of the mask as you need in order to apply it evenly to the face. This smells amazing - it's very herbally and spa-like, but it's not overpowering or intrusive at all which is really nice in the morning or the evening. I like using it to dry up any blemishes and remove excess oils and dirt from the skin. I've found that a thinner layer of this all over with a bit more applied to oilier areas works the best, but you can also apply this onto damp skin. It's one of those masks that dries in patches, and you really feel like it's working to balance out the skin and make it feel more refreshed and clear.

  • 100ml
  • Use within 6 months
  • Bamboo Charcoal, Rooibos Tea and Willowherb target impurities, Bilberry, White Tea and Pomegranate impart antioxidants to enhance the skin's healthy glow, and Quince helps limit shine and reduce the appearance of pores.
  • Apply to face and neck, leave for 15 minutes, then rinse.
  • As I said, this retails for around the £10 mark, but keep an eye out in TK Maxx because I found mine in there for only £5.99!
  • Get it here

I hope you found this useful! Have you used these before? What did you think? Do you have any recommendations for masks I should try next? Let me know in the comments!

Published by Avni Bhagwan