Review | Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask

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This mask is a miracle. Let’s address the elephant in the room first. The word ‘dry’ threw me off initially because I was skeptical about this new technology. The mask felt completely barren unlike the normal sticky messes I’m use to dealing with. The way I believe this functions is that the heat emitting from the facial skin activates the oils infused in this mask. Upon taking it off, I found this oily residue left over after the 15 minutes. My face most definitely appeared brighter with a glow and a natural highlighted sheen. Having only one mask, I can use it a maximum of 3 times. Therefore, it is hard to gauge if my face has become lifted or if there are less defined signs of ageing as I am only 21 years old.

The effects of this mask lasts for about 3-4 days, after which the skin begins to go back to it’s prior state. Therefore, to have long-lasting impact, one would need to use this mask around 2 times a week. Currently, you are able to buy packs of 4 masks. Each individual mask can be used three times, so you would be paying between $60-80 every six weeks for this skincare regime to fit in 12 uses in total. This is quite an investment but it has noticeable impact after only one use. Each use costs about $6-7 which is a standard one-off mask price tag.

Nevertheless, I would not find myself feeling the need to make this mask a ritual. Instead, I feel like it acts as a one step facial treatment that can aid in my skin’s appearance before an important event such as graduation, red-carpet, parties, or important dinners. Because the difference is so perceptible, many people were complementing my skin which is a reaction I barely receive. Although you end up looking like a hockey player whilst wearing the mask with its various cut outs, it definitely does what it says on the packet.

A primer is not required if I use this mask before applying makeup. My foundation (L’oreal True Match) applies seamlessly and does not appear cakey which tends to be an issue considering my dry spots around my mouth and jaw area. Furthermore, my Revlon PhotoReady Foundation Powder has always been my go to for setting my face. This does not stick to dry patches either. Hence, I do not believe that you would need to apply a moisturiser either but if your foundation does not contain SPF then do not miss this step. Overall, it acted as a great base.

A few tricks I would like to include to ensure you get the most out of the mask is to use a facial cleansing brush to gently rub the mask into the skin. It says on the packet that by massaging near the forehead, you are indeed activating the mask. To reap the benefits, I started using a light hand whilst pressing in my facial cleansing brush from Vanity Planet. This ensured that the oils were worked into my skin more so than before, getting deep into the pores. In addition, you can either work the fluids into your skin after taking the mask off with your fingers or use the brush again. I preferred my fingers for this process as I feel the brushes would pick up too much product.

It is very important to ensure that the mask airs out and is completely dried before putting it back into the pouch to prevent the moisture build up and hence bacterial growth!

In essence, this mask is 100% worth the money, although I wouldn’t splurge at this moment of time to make it a dedicated product in my skincare routine. I feel this is more of a luxury item for people who do not have the money or time to get a facial before an important event or simply to pamper yourself. It fits perfectly on the face with cut outs that wrap around the ear to prevent it from falling. This means you can carry on with your daily chores and tasks without being conscious of anything bar looking like an actor from The Purge. I most definitely would repurchase this product in the future as a pick-me-up before applying makeup or simply to treat myself.
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