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best drugstore sheet masks

This week the Lipstick League wants to know: Do you have a favourite sheet mask?

I love sheet masks for giving my too-often dehydrated skin a good long drink of moisture. Favourites from Sephora include Dr. Jart Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Masks, but there are a couple of drugstore masks I like just as much – or even more if I factor in the lower-cost advantage.

Sheet masks I bought from the drugstore

Sheet masks I bought from the drugstore

The masks in this snap were all purchased by yours truly at a (Canadian) drugstore, either Shoppers Drug Mart or London Drugs. And sadly for me, one of them has been discontinued. (I know it's weird that it's still included in the post, but I shot this image a few months back. Re-shooting seems an inefficient use of time.) Also, one of them I won't repurchase, and another wasn't right for me...

the discontinued

I shed a tear upon confirming that Indeed Labs Hydraluron Sheet Masks are no longer available. I suspected when I couldn't find them in store any more. Made in Japan, they were about $20 CAD for a box of 4 and they were FRAGRANCE-FREE. (Fragrance-free sheet masks seem rare. The Faceshop's $6 CAD Dr. Belmeur Advanced Cica Hyaluronic Face Mask Sheet* is unscented – and pretty good. Then there's the Skinceuticals Biocellulose Restorative Mask, a sterile sheet infused with just water for post-procedure skin-soothing, and it's a whopping $20 per. Might be better to soak a compressed face mask sheet in Avene thermal spring water and cover with a reusable silicone face mask like this one – warning: tends to fit small.)

the unlikely to re-purchase

On the unlikely-to-be-repurchased list are Skin Republic Vitamin C and Masque Bar Charcoal. I've heard good things about Skin Republic, but the Vitamin C didn't hydrate as much as I had hoped it would. Why didn't I try the hyaluronic acid hydrating version? Because I haven't yet found it in store. (The Skin Republic Collagen Serum Mask* might be an option; collagen as an ingredient in skincare boosts hydration.) 

As for Masque Bar, um... I haven't tried the Charcoal mask yet because I am obsessed with hydration. Bought this one on impulse; will get around to trying it eventually. I've tried other Masque Bar sheet masks though, and they're just too thin, material-wise and formula-wise, to provide my skin with enough moisture. Results are more like having my face licked once – *blech* – than a therapeutic hydration session.

Also, I'm unimpressed that Masque Bar has an "egg cream mask" that they've put in packaging clearly ripped off from the excellent Too Cool for School Egg Cream hydrating mask I geeked out about here.

favourite drugstore sheet masks

Now for the winners, starting with the $9 CAD Neostrata Hydrating & Plumping Sheet Mask with .15% hyaluronic acid. That's a high percentage of HA; apparently standard only goes up to about .05%. By the way, Neostrata is now owned (including all worldwide rights) by Johnson & Johnson, and has been re-formulated and relaunched globally. I worried this mask was going to be culled from the core products, but yaaaaay, it's still in the lineup, although the packaging will be a bit different. (When I get a look at the probably updated ingredient list, I'll post it below.)

I also like the Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb sheet masks in the blue and the pink packages, although I grumble that the "soothing" version (pink packet) has damn fragrance in it. They're less than $5 CAD each, though, and moisturize very nicely.

And finally, my fave drugstore sheet mask is from Neutrogena, even though it isn't fragrance-free and there aren't any plans to release a scent-free version. *shrug.* All the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrogel Mask geeky details are here.

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So, do you have a fave sheet mask? Doesn't have to be drugstore, of course. And if you know of a fragrance-free hydrating sheet mask, please tell me about it! 

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DR. JART WATER REPLENISHMENT COTTON SHEET MASK ingredients: Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Water, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glycerin, PEG-32, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Glycereth-26, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Flower Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Panthenol, Polyphosphorylcholine Glycol Acrylate, Arginine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA.

GARNIER SKINACTIVE MOISTURE BOMB THE SUPER HYDRATING SHEET MASK ingredients: Aqua/Water, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Alcohol, P-Anisic Acid, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Hamamelis Virginiana Leaf Water / Witch Hazel Leaf Water, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Limonene, Mannose, Methylparaben, Parfum / Fragrance, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate Propylparaben, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Pvm/Ma Copolymer, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sorbic Acid, Sorbitol, Xanthan Gum Fil D193032/1

GARNIER SKINACTIVE MOISTURE BOMB THE SUPER HYDRATING SHEET MASK SOOTHING ingredients: Aqua/Water, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, P-Anisic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Mannose, Methylparaben, Parfum / Fragrance, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Propylparaben, Pvm/Ma Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sorbic Acid, Xanthan Gum F.Il D199142/1

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