Beauty & Style

9 best face masks of 2016

Whether your skin is in need of a brightening moisture boost, or to maintain a well-hydrated mien, these are the best face masks to get.
 

1. Shiseido Ibuki Beauty Sleeping Mask, $60

This creamy jelly textured, leave-on overnight mask leaves your skin radiant, smooth and firm the morning after. It has ingredients that work to strengthen the skin, maintain optimum moisture levels and brighten your complexion. We liked that it doesn't leave the skin greasy or sticky, too!

2. Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque, $49
In 10 minutes, the mask flushes out impurities and neutralises free radicals with turmeric extract, while polishing skin with cranberry seeds. Free of dead skin cells, my skin looked more lustrous. The skincare I used after that penetrated better and my makeup stayed put longer.

3. Biotherm Life Plankton Mask, $72

This seriously boosts moisture levels in your skin, soothe skin irritation and redness quickly to leave your skin significantly more supple and smoother!

4. Cle de Peau Beaute Intensive Brightening Mask, $165 for six pieces
This comes in two sheets, with the top half steeped in a sebum-balancing serum-like salve and the bottom drenched in a creamier emulsion to nourish and lift sagging skin along the jawline. It’s so rich that you can skip your moisturiser after!

5. For Beloved One Melasleep Brightening Lumi’s Key Bio-cellulose Mask, $63 (three pieces) 
The organic bio-cellulose mask hugs face contours without slipping, and I found the sheet mask to be the perfect thickness. It nourished and cooled my fatigued skin, and revitalised skin texture after I left it on for 20 minutes. Powerful brightening ingredients combat melanin production to leave skin looking brighter and clearer. Even my dark under-eye circles were visibly brightened.

6. Dr. Jart+ Dermask Micro Jet Brightening Solution, $9 (one piece) 
The perfect fix for parched skin, this ultra-fine sheet mask cocoons the face and soaks skin in moisturising ingredients. Leave it on for 20 minutes. Skin is softer and suppler. The antioxidant glutathione evened out skin tone, and niacinamide – a form of vitamin B3 – gave my skin a soft radiance. 

7. Estee Lauder Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening Intensive Hydrating Essence Mask, $154 (six pieces) 
Enriched with powerful spot-correcting and anti-inflammatory active ingredients, this mask evens out skin tone and lightens pigmentation. Leave it on for 10 minutes. My skin was plumped up and had a visible glow. I didn’t need to use as much foundation as usual and I still managed to achieve a beautiful soft, matte finish.

8. Bobbi Brown Radiance Boost Mask, $64 (75ml) 
The fast worker illuminates skin in just two minutes. It exfoliates with walnut grain beads, detoxifies with kaolin clay, and energises with orange oil. We loved how clean, smooth and matte my skin looked – it’s the perfect radiance booster for the time-strapped.

9. Kose Sekkisei Herbal Gel, $56

This multi-purpose mask (also a moisturiser and makeup base) cools and comforts the skinwith calming coix seed and other herbal hydrating ingredients.
 

 

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