We're just going to come right out and say it: Sometimes, we don't like sheet masks. Because as awesome as they are, they can be kind of a pain sometimes. Sure, they're convenient, easy-to-use and deliver instant results — but still. They can drip, slip and slide around your face, leave behind a tacky residue...which means sometimes we find ourselves skipping out on sheet masks.
If you're one of those who finds sheet masks to be more of a hindrance than a help, keep reading: We've rounded up a list of unconventional sheet masks, each with its own way of getting around some of the more annoying aspects of your standard masks. Hydrogel masks, dry sheet masks, rubber masks — turns out, there's more than just one type of sheet mask in town.
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H2O+ Oasis Water-Infused Hydrating Gel Masks, $5
If it's the drippiness that turns you off from standard sheet masks, allow us to recommend this gel mask from H2O+: Though it may be "water-infused" (and super-hydrating) it's almost dry to the touch — think of it almost more like a sticker or hydrocolloid bandage. It applies easily in two pieces and works its magic fast, leaving your skin dewy and noticeably more moisturized.
Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Sheet Mask, $60 for 5
Yes, this mask is very expensive, but if you're looking to treat yourself, we'd go out on a limb to say it's worth it. The mask is actually made up of a netting material rather than the usual cotton-paper hybrid, which makes the user experience somewhat unique. Because of the material, it conforms to your face extremely well and feels breathable, while delivering a ton of serum straight into your skin.
Miss de Gaspe Brightening & Revitalizing Dry Mask, $32
The term "dry sheet mask" may sound like a bit of a contradiction, but let us assure you, it's not. This mask comes packed with ingredients like shea butter to pack a moisturizing punch, along with brighteners like vitamin C-rich kakadu plum extract. Just loop it over your ears to keep it in place, massage to activate, then relax: You'll feel like you're wearing a warm blanket on your face (with breathing holes, of course). Oh, and another bonus? This can actually be reused up to five times.
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Jelly Sheet Mask, $8
Looking to sheet mask on the go? You might almost be able to get away with it incognito with this clear jelly mask option. It's not quite as noticeable as your traditional cotton mask (though you may still get an odd look from your Uber driver if you pop this on in the back of the car). It feels so nice and provides a lovely, dewy glow.