So you want to look brighter and you want it like, now. Well, if you’re all about instant gratification, then you’re my new best beauty buddy. 

Here’s a terrific trio of pampering pep-me-up masks that should lend that skin-saving spark you’ll need to ignite your way to a brighter, better complexion.

Best bit? They’ve been carefully curated to rack up results in a blink of a mascaraed eye – five minutes or less, by my count at least.

Psyched yet? Let’s line ‘em up for judgment, shall we. For your perusal and prospective purchase, please!

 

#1 Skin Inc Get Glowin’ Brightening Mask, from $98 for 30ml

The Singapore-spun skincare brand is one savvy social media machine – the press notes come complete with their own hashtag (#ohmyglow, in case you’re wondering), and the visuals are #flatlay-friendly, natch.

Which is all very apt really, considering how this beauty of a brightener functions more or less like an Instagram filter on standby.

Pulled one too many all-nighters? New York-based warpaint warrior Nick Barose says you can slather this wipe-off mask for about five minutes as part of your pre-photo prep: “It’s a fabulous quick fix for fending off signs of fatigue, especially if you’re pressed for time.” Duly noted, personal makeup hero!

(FYI: Nick has gilded the faces of some of the most high-profile glamor girls on this planet; alas, celebrity contractual obligations prevent me from name-dropping.)

In any case, the Get Glowin’ Brightening Mask comes in the form of a reassuringly sciencey salve that’s packed with all manner of purifying peptides plus botanicals like ginseng root extract, all of which are said to work in tandem to ramp up your skin’s resistance to freckle formation.

The texture is terrific, too; a smidgen of this snow-white creamy concoction goes a long way, especially when it comes to ironing out the creases and crinkles around my mouth.


#2 Cle de Peau Beaute Intensive Brightening Mask, $35 for 1 piece, $165 for a box of 6 pieces

Ah, Cle de Peau Beaute, my go-to for posh beauty. This sumptuous skin treat comes in two sheets, with the top half steeped in a sebum-balancing serum-like salve and the bottom drenched in a creamier emulsion for lifting sags and bags along the jowls.

Fair warning: This mask is ridiculously rich – some might even say “sticky” –but hey, I dig it. The “slip” means I get to skip my usual moisturiser; plus all the plumping action going on with the formula does double duty as the perfect priming agent for makeup application. Big bonus: My “kwali” complexion was comfortably satiny after an afternoon’s worth of cavorting on a beach.

All you need to do is to leave it on for five minutes or so (make it 10 if you’re “kiasu” and want your money’s worth), then whip off and massage excess into your mien. Ta-dah! With any luck, your skin should be feeling supremely soft, pleasingly plump and pore-free. Bonus points for the sensorial pleasure afforded by this treatment’s cool whiff of citrusy!

Of course, this being CPB, the mask also packs in all of the burnished bells and whistles to be expected from the jazzed up Japanese brand: Opulent opalescent sachets et cetera. Worth every pretty penny.


#3 Chanel Le Blanc Brightening Cheek Mask, $125 for 6 pieces

An ace showcase of the Chanel’s somewhat surprising sciencey prowess, here’s why you should give this cutting-edge cheek mask a shot, which boasts a blend of berry oils and pearl extracts, both of which are said to breathe life back into sickly sallow skin.

On to application. Encased within one-half of a slender tear-off sheet is the cotton patch proper; the other half of the rectangular holds a jiggly jelly-like fluid. What you’re supposed to do is to sort of scrunch the two together so that the liquid oozes onto the mask and – bam! – the whole shebang whips itself into a fizzy frenzy. When this happens, whip it out of the casing and mold the mask onto the contours of your cleansed cheeks.

Kick back your kitten heels, enjoy the pleasantly prickly tingle as the bubbles crackle and pop, then remove after just five minutes to reveal what the brand promises will be a noticeably brighter visage.

Oh, yeah. One more thing: Slapping this on results in a really refreshing tingle that should soothe sensitive skin, especially useful if, like me, you suffer from heat-induced blotchiness.

Right, then. If I’m sorting my skin brighteners into baskets of gotta-haves and want-to-haves, I’ll plonk these three products firmly in the first category. So yes, will repurchase all three in a heartbeat!

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