As many will know I am very much enamoured with the sheet mask trend (I do think slowly they will outgrow the phase stage and become a skincare staple), an almost novelty concept that hasn't fully gripped the UK just yet. As such home grown brands and offerings are fairly few and far between, particularly within the budget market. After a little search (a quick trawl of Google if I'm entirely honest) I discovered that Superdrug have not one but four in-house sheet mask offerings. I of course purchased all four to see if they could love up to my beloved Korean counterparts.
In case you are new to sheet masks let me quickly explain. I'm guessing you will not be surprised to learn that a sheet mask is just that - a fabric, cut out, sheet that features nose, eyes and mouth openings that you place onto the face. From experience, most face masks of this type have a similar structure to a face wipe rather than a cotton wash cloth texture; don't let that admission put you off, on the skin they feel nothing short of wonderful: cooling, calming, relaxing and refreshing. Each mask is doused in serum to moisturise and generally care for the skin - think of sheet masks as an opportunity to deeply hydrate your skin without overwhelming. They can be used at any given time, due to the convenience and are ideal for frequent flyers or just a little down time in the evening.
Now that we have that out of the way, on to the review - rather than offering one mask to suit all needs, Superdrug have four varieties to treat different skin types, all of which come under the Superdrug Spa umbrella: Hydrating, Deep Cleansing, Purifying and Calming. The masks are fairly thin in texture and dripping wet in serum which surprisingly makes for easy application and comfort. All four are comfortable to wear and not overly prone to drips, I'm afraid that this is where my praise ends.
You see one of the first ingredients, if not the primary addition within all four masks is alcohol which results in the masks being a little drying and generally harsh. Typically speaking, the concept of a sheet mask is to nourish, calm and hydrate the skin - the Superdrug Spa versions don't really offer that. If anything after each use my skin felt a little overwhelmed, dry and tight - the opposite of the intended purpose. My other problem is that a sheet mask is not intended to cleanse the skin as you don't rinse the serum off the face after use, as such I can't really fathom the concept behind the Superdrug Spa Deep Cleansing Mask.
As a huge fan of most of Superdrug's own brand products, it pains me to say that I don't rate the Superdrug Spa Sheet Masks at all. Yes they are affordable at just £1.29 each - on par with some of the best Korean/Asian Mask Sheets I have tried, which as such means you do naturally draw comparisons. Out of sheer convenience and loyalty to all things homegrown, I do wish that the Superdrug Spa Sheet Masks were better but they aren't and as such I won't be ditching my favourite Tony Moly masks any time soon. Sorry not sorry.
Superdrug Spa Sheet Masks £1.29 each via Superdrug - link.