The Face Shop Face Mask Roundup

The Face Shop Face Mask Roundup

I know I’ve mentioned it in previous posts, but I used to have a horrible skincare regime that didn’t extend past washing my face with regular soap & water, followed by slathering on a cheapie drugstore lotion. I never wore foundation or used eye creams, toners or serums… and I definitely didn’t use face masks. I remember a couple times I received (as gifts) face masks when I was in my early teens. You know the typical spa-like gift bags you receive on your birthday from friends or relatives that usually includes a loofah, some nail polish, and a few individual bright colored clay masks for your next sleepover party. I remember I would always forget to use them and they would end up lost in the back of my bathroom cabinet, only to be discovered years later well past the expiry date.

When I moved to Toronto I really started to become more aware when it came to skincare, as I was immersed in the world of blogging and started taking note of all the different products my friends incorporated in their daily skincare routines. With my newfound knowledge, I made a concerted effort to up my skincare game. I started buying Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic day & night creams, I started applying eye creams religiously, I even started washing my face with proper face wash (shocking I know). And I finally started using face masks. Fast forward to a year and a half later, and face masks are a huge part of my skincare routine. I use them at least once a week, and to be honest, I love it. On a Friday or Saturday night I would love nothing more than to be relaxing on the couch with a friend, a bottle of wine, Netflix, and some face masks. There’s something so relaxing, rejuvenating, and healing about applying them, and I just love how my skin looks after.  I truly believe that regular use of face masks makes an unbelievable difference in not only how my skin looks, but also feels.

Of course, there are a wealth of amazing face masks out on the market, from anti-aging to collagen boosting, brightening to firming, and moisturizing to tightening… sometimes it’s really hard to sort through them and pick the one that’s best for you. We all have such different skin, and there really is no one stop product that caters to everyone, but I thought it would be fun to do a review on 3 different face masks that I tried from the Face Shop, and share with you my thoughts and experience. If you’ve tried any of these I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. xox



Real Nature Red Ginseng

  • What it is: A sheet mask drenched with emulsified moisturizing serum with revitalizing  Red Ginseng root extract which provides skin with a boost of energy and vitality. No added parabens.
    Formula is without added parabens.
  • Use and Wear: Take out of package and apply to freshly cleansed and toned skin for 10-15 minutes. I had it on for 15 as I always feel the need to wear it the maximum amount of time, I guess I have this belief that it gives my skin more time to absorb all the nutrients!
  • Price: $3.00 – At only $3 a pop, this is the kind of face mask I wouldn’t feel guilty using a few times a week
  • My thoughts: I actually really liked the herbal ginseng smell of this face mask, it had a very fresh aroma that wasn’t too overpowering. What I wasn’t expecting was for the sheet mask to actually be brown, and I quickly found out this was because of the redish brown tint of the serum. I definitely recommend not wearing light or white clothing when applying this sheet mask, as it does tend to drip. The package was loaded with lots of product which I always like because I apply it to my neck and upper chest area to allow them to reap the benefits as well. The sheet mask was easy to apply, and pretty standard compared to most masks I’ve used. It was more than big enough to fit my face, and it quickly started to air dry and stick to my face so I didn’t have to worry about it constantly sliding down. After using the sheet mask my skin felt rejuvenated and awake. It almost had a sort of tingly, alive sensation. The serum is quite sticky, and I did notice my skin still felt sticky for quite a while after using it so I would say it’s better to use at night rather than in the morning. Overall at only $3 a pop I would say this mask is a win. With the only downfalls being the stickiness and color of the serum, my skin felt fresh, rejuvenated, awake, and tighter.



Dr. Belmeur Soothing Gauze Sheet Mask

  • What it is: A low-irritant calming and moisturizing sheet mask with Lanseal, an excellent moisturizer that keeps skin hydrated and cool for a long time.Contains phytoshpingosine, moroheiya, birch tree sap and Skin-sync Rx™ which helps form a moisture layer to calm dry skin. Great to target dry and delicate skin.
  • Use and Wear: 15-20 minutes.
  • Price Point: $6.00
  • My Thoughts: This was unlike any sheet mask I have done before. When I took the mask out of the packaging I noticed it was protected by a hard gauze exterior, which you apply (wet product side facing you) to the face. It was a little more difficult to put on because of this, but once in place you peel the exterior part off and the soft mask underneath stays in place. To be honest it kind of felt like applying a crest white strip to my face!  The product in this mask was very thick and almost goopy in nature. While there wasn’t any extra product left in the pouch, there was plenty extra while applying to my face and I was able to slather it on my neck as well. My skin immediately felt a cooling, refreshing, and hydrating sensation. This mask didn’t have an overpowering scent which is probably a plus for many but I actually prefer my sheet masks to have a nice smell to them. Throughout the wear my skin had a cool, tingling sensation, and once removed it felt super moisturized and refreshed.



Brightening & Soothing 3-Step Programming Kit

This is the one I was the most excited to try. I’ve never tried anything more complicated than your typical sheet mask, so I was really looking forward to seeing what the benefits were of the added steps.

  • What it is: An at-home skincare program kit for clean, fresh skin that does it all from exfoliating and soothing to moisturizing.
  • Use and Wear: 
    • Step 1 Clean Skin Peel Cotton Swab ~ the jumbo cotton swab is soaked with Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. Lightly pat or wipe the entire face or problem areas to remove accumulated dead skin cells and reveal smooth, clear skin. 
    • Step 2 Soothing Serum ~ Formulated with Madecassic Acid, Asiaticoside and Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, this soothing serum instantly calms sensitive skin after the peeling process. 
    • Step 3 Skin-Fit Moisture Mask ~ This finishing skincare sheet mask replenishes skin with rich, moisturizing ingredients. The Skin-Fit Facial Mask hugs skin tightly to effectively deliver moisture. Aloe Vera and Hyaluronic Acid leave skin looking healthy and radiant. 
  • Price Point: $5 .00
  • My Thoughts: I almost didn’t get around to testing this sheet mask out before I left for Europe. The night before I left I didn’t finish work till midnight, and the last thing I wanted to do when I got home was test out a face mask at 12:30 at night. I’m SO glad I forced myself to though. I absolutely loved this 3 step face mask, and it was my first time trying one with multiple steps. The AHA soaked swab left my skin feeling clean and tingly. The serum, although difficult to get out of the packaging (I had to roll it up like an almost empty tube of toothpaste) left my skin feeling moisturized and fresh. Although it was difficult to get out of the packaging, there was more than enough to apply all over my face, neck and chest. Once the serum had dried I applied the sheet mask which was not any different than your typical sheet mask. It was loaded with product which was a nice plus, and my skin immediately felt a calming and cooling sensation. The sheet mask left me feeling rejuvenated and completely relaxed, it was such a perfect way to unwind at the end of a long shift. My skin felt refreshed, cool, moisturized, and had a bright youthful glow to it.



The Final Verdict?

My favourite sheet mask of the three? This is a tough one. I honestly really liked all of the sheet masks, they each had their own benefits and left my skin feeling amazing. If you’re looking for a quick fix I would say the Dr. Belmeur Soothing Sheet Mask would be a great go-to. Although a little more difficult to apply, it did wonders for my skin. If you happen to have an extra half an hour kicking around, I highly recommend giving the Brightening and Soothing 3 Step Programming Kit a try. It was totally worth the extra time and effort it takes to do all 3 steps, and my skin never looked better!


What are some of your favourite sheet masks?




  1. June 2, 2017 / 8:18 am

    Dear Kirsten,
    Thank you so much for this completely thorough review. I actually have never ever had a face mask treatment of any kind. I recently received one and it is still in my bath cupboard. I definitely am going to try it this weekend after hearing this about the 3 you tried. I am interested in trying the third one you described as well. I definitely think I would enjoy the 3 step brightening and soothing! Thank you so much!

  2. June 2, 2017 / 11:39 am

    Great insight on these masks. I used to thing sheet masks were all created equal until recently. The Dr. Belmeur Soothing Sheet Mask sounds amazing btw!


  3. Aimara
    June 2, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    Wow! These all sound amazing!
    I just recently started to take care of my skin. I feel like the blog has helped on that but also, moving to Chicago hahaha Winters are rough!
    I didn’t know they were making red ginseng masks! They sound amazing for sure!
    I’m not big on masks, but I definitely need to include them on my regime 🙂
    Thanks for sharing such a great review!

  4. Coco
    June 3, 2017 / 2:23 am

    First of all: is there a Face Shop where I can buy all sorts of face masks? Exciting and dangerous lol. I love face masks and I’ve been using them from a young age. They have definitely improved over the years, see these sheet masks you have tested. Unfortunately I tried a mask which broke out my skin, and I’m on a face mask break right now, but I will definitely check out the Face Shop and browse their range. I’m particularly curious about the ginseng mask! Baci, Valeria – Coco et La vie en rose FASHION & BEAUTY

  5. June 3, 2017 / 2:37 pm

    I’m right there with you. Before I began blogging my skincare routine was basically water and soap and I was a hopeless case. My skin has gotten so much better in a short timespan and I owe it all to actually using and investing in good products and wearing a face mask is no exception from that. I’m what you’d call a face mask addict nowadays, haha. As for the ones you’re showcasing here I haven’t tried any of them, but will try each and every one of them! 🙂

  6. June 4, 2017 / 10:11 pm

    I’m a huge fan of skincare and masks! I actually make my own from scratch but I’m always interested in new ones on the market for when I’m in a pinch!

    Happen to know which of the above are all natural? Would be interested in knowing so I can try!


  7. Steven Lai
    June 5, 2017 / 8:39 am

    I’m surprised you didn’t focus on skincare before. I always thought you had great complexion. Always even skin tone as well.

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

      June 7, 2017 / 1:03 pm

      Thanks so much Steven I really appreciate that! I think it was never a focus really for me because I felt like I didn’t know anything about it. I’ve just been lucky enough to have good skin genetically.. but now that I am starting to learn more I think I’ll be sharing a lot more about it!

  8. June 15, 2017 / 1:24 pm

    I have been using face mask lately and been loving them. These are going to be added on my list because the Real Nature Red Ginseng sound like it will wake your face and skin right up. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  9. June 18, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    Hello my friend. I loved reading about these face masks. I really need to get into something like this. For some reason I feel like I’m hitting puberty so late because I legit keep breaking out, and I’ve been trying many different things to keep it down and from flaring up. I never had breakouts before but when I turned 22 it was like BAM! So thank you for this great review. I will sure look into this.
    Love, Dom

  10. July 1, 2017 / 1:15 am

    Sheet masks are my absolute favourite as I’ve been using them for about two years now! I have used a few from The Face Shop as well, however the 3 Step Kit sounds AMAZING and I cannot wait to try it out myself 🙂
    If you want to try some new one’s as well I would highly suggest Tony Moly masks, Egg Cream mask by Too Cool for School as well as Garnier’s new Moisture Bomb! I’ve bought each of them multiple times <3


  11. July 1, 2017 / 1:16 am

    Sheet masks are my absolute favourite as I’ve been using them for about two years now! I have used a few from The Face Shop as well, however the 3 Step Kit sounds AMAZING and I cannot wait to try it out myself 🙂
    If you want to try some new one’s as well I would highly suggest Tony Moly masks, Egg Cream mask by Too Cool for School as well as Garnier’s new Moisture Bomb! I’ve bought each of them multiple times <3

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