I’m picky when it comes to face masks. If we’re being honest, I’m picky when it comes to just about everything in the beauty realm, but masks, in particular, are of high importance. Out of all the products that come across my desk each week, they’re one of the few (along with mascaras and balms of any kind) that I’ll always throw in a bag and take home that night to test. If they don’t feel great and deliver noticeable results after a couple of uses, they’re out.
It’s easy to feel the immediate effects of hydrating and pore tightening ones; the ones that promise brightening, glowing, awakening benefits are a little trickier. I first tried the Instant Revitalizing Mask after two weeks of traveling and slacking on my regular skin care routine—my skin wasn’t congested or breaking out, but I wanted a fix for the general dull, tiredness. It goes on like a heavy serum, then suds up into a rich foam on its own (or as you massage it in) within a minute. If you look closely, you’ll see little bubbles popping as it activates (one of those effects that always makes you feel like something is definitely working) and after three to five minutes, it settles and you wash it off. Though the directions advise using the mask twice a week, I’ve been applying it every day—partly for the novelty of it, but mostly for the way it makes my cheeks look rosy and fresh, like I’ve just exfoliated even when I haven’t, my dark circles temporarily less obvious and my whole complexion more well-rested.
Radical Skincare Instant Revitalizing Mask, $65, sephora.com.