I Tried 10 Sleep Masks So You Don't Have To

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Sleep Masks--ever tried them?

Nope, I'm not talking about those sleeping masks you place over your eyes to block out light. Sleep masks are overnight facial treatments that are becoming a big trend. I've been using sleep masks for the past two years, and am sharing 10 of them today.

Out of all of the products I test, sleep masks have to be the easiest. Just apply and go to sleep! And rinse off in the morning.

  • Sleep Masks are usually a gel-cream product
  • They sit on the skin, sealing in moisture, and usually don't absorb as thoroughly as a cream
  • Apply to clean, dry skin before going to sleep
  • Sometimes I will apply other products, like a serum or essence, and then this on top
  • Use as directed--some indicate nightly, some indicate a few times a week.

1. Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial
  • "This overnight facial-in-a-jar is a breakthrough in beauty sleep. More than a mask, more than a night cream, it contains the Korres Phos Compound, a proprietary blend including a brightening agent and stabilized vitamin C. Day after day, week after week, uneven tone and dark spots will continuously improve. After only 14 days you'll see skin that's brighter, more even-toned, and exceptionally radiant. "
  • $48, Sephora
  • Scented
    • Loved this on my skin, as it soaked in. I woke up with hydrated skin, but I didn't love the heave rose scent. It gave me a headache every time.
2. First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Overnight Mask
  • "Wake up to a luminous complexion with FAB Facial Radiance® Overnight Mask. This leave-on mask is a rich gel cream that is formulated with a powerful combination of ingredients to brighten, hydrate, and deeply nourish the skin. It goes on like a normal moisturizer and should be blended in until just a slight residue remains on the skin. Upon application, the skin looks brighter; overnight as the actives are absorbed deep into the dermis, the mask performs its magic. Upon awakening, skin is hydrated and refreshed, revealing a brighter, more even-toned, and smoother complexion."
  • $38, Sephora
  • Not artificially scented, but it does smell after 6 months
    • This is a thicker product and it took a bit of time to find the right amount that wasn't too sticky on my face and on my pillow. It made my skin glow and hydrated, but not too much. Since the container is so small (typical of FAB products I find) I just don't think I would repurchase. Those with allergies or combo skin might want to try this!
3. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
  • "Recharge dehydrated skin overnight. Highly concentrated, ionized mineral water and ceramides deliver intensive doses of moisture to stressed, parched skin. Aromatic Sleepscent -- orange flower, rose and sandalwood -- relaxes and rejuvenates while apricot and chestnut extracts brighten and purify fatigued skin. The result: skin looks and feels radiant, refreshed. Wake up to soft, glowing skin with Water Sleeping Mask."
  • $23, Target
  • Slightly scented, and to me it doesn't smell like what it described above
    • This gel sleeping mask is one of my FAVES. It gives the right amount of hydration and the best price for the ingredients. Great for all skin types. Would repurchase in a heartbeat!
4. Mizon Multi Function Formula Snail Wrinkle Care Sleeping Pack
  • "Intense overnight skin treatment from Korean cult faves Mizon. The hard-to-find beauty insider must-have Snail Sleeping Pack is formulated with nutrient-packed snail extract, the all-natural, cruelty free way to get smooth, rejuvenated skin. Smooth the intense hydrator to clean skin 1-2 times a week before bed and let it work its magic overnight. It penetrates deeply to moisturize, brighten and rejuvenate your skin. You wake up to supple skin with a radiant glow."
  • $14-$26, depending on where you purchase. Amazon is the cheapest. Urban Outfitters is the priciest.
  • Slight citrus scent, but I like it.
    • I lost you at snail, didn't I? I promise it isn't gross. This Korean beauty product was the first sleep mask I tried, and I'm using it to represent the other Korean ones I have tried. Searching for "Sleep pack" was how I found most of the ones I tried until last year when they started showing up in American stores.
    • This is a very thick gel-cream and you have to apply it a good 30 min before sleeping, otherwise it sticks to the pillow something awful.
    • It worked wonderfully, but I have others I prefer since this is so tacky-feeling.
5. GARNIER Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Night Cream
  • "Combines the hydrating and recharging power of a mask with the light refreshing feel of a cream. This anti-aging formula reduces signs of dull, dry and tired looking skin. Infused with Lavender Essential Oil, Rare Plant Extracts & Adenosine, it absorbs fast and works nightly boosting cell renewal to regenerate skin¿s surface layer, helping to repair skin¿s moisture barrier and reduce wrinkles. Skin is firm, looks younger and well rested."
  • $16, ULTA, Walmart, Target, drugstores
  • Scented
    • Does this look familiar? I actually reviewed it here. I used this the most right after my dad died and I was unable to sleep, and it helped my skin so much. I have repurchased it, but I know a couple of you broke out due to the fragrance, or if you applied too much, so keep that in mind.
Posting the list again so you don't have to scroll up :)

6. LancĂ´me Energie de Vie the Melt-In Sleeping Mask
  • "This Melt-In Sleeping Mask deeply hydrates skin, creating a healthy-looking glow and a refined texture as you sleep. In a fascinating journey of the senses, this cooling formula infuses skin with an instant burst of deliciously invigorating freshness and a natural fragrance. Instantly, its refreshing texture decreases skin’s temperature to help prime the skin for optimal nighttime conditions. During the night, the formula melts into skin to help reinforce skin's barrier and maintain ideal an ideal hydration level. In the morning, skin looks hydrated, glowy, and plumped-up."
  • $65, Sephora
  • Scented
    • This reminded me of the Laniege in terms of texture and results. While it was lovely, I can't justify the price for the results.
7.Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Water-Max Sleeping Mask
  • "Sleep is when the body repairs itself. Make use of this precious healing period with this weightless, leave-on mask that creates a protective barrier on your skin, locking in vital moisture and nutrients while you “beauty sleep.” Hyaluronic acid macromolecule feeds continuous moisture deep into the dermal layer, replenishing skin’s nighttime water supply, while olive leaf and cranberry strengthen the skin barrier to boost elasticity. A fragrant blend of nine essential oils promote a deep, comforting sleep, leaving your skin ultimately revitalized and you refreshed."
  • $48, Sephora
  • Slightly scented
    • So far I haven't noticed overwhelming results with this. I do like it as a sealer to lock in other night time skin care products.
8. Pure Oils Sleep Spa Mask
  • "These 100% Natural Bamboo face masks are infused with Argan and Baobab Oils to intensely hydrate, smooth and regenerate skin. (Pure Oils) And Papaya and Pineapple Enzymes to slough off dead skin and leave your skin looking radiant. Extremely easy to use, you first, cleanse your face, snuggle up in bed, apply the fabric mask to facial contours and relax for 10 minutes. Simply remove the fabric mask and massage any excess product into the skin. Then drift off to sleep and wake up to amazing results."
  • $14, 3 pack, online. Since originally crafting this draft several months ago, I see they are no longer sold at ULTA.
    • I originally shared this here.
    • This is different from the others out there. Essentially you wear a sheet mask for 10 minutes, remove, and then massage in the product. It surprisingly did work.
  • "Each of these masks is infused with a different active ingredient for relaxing the skin and achieving a brighter, more revitalized complexion. The luxurious cream-gel texture melts into skin for penetration of the active ingredients while you sleep."
  • These come in 8 different types, and come in small pods similar to the Nug Masks, if you've ever tried those.
  • $4, Sephora, and you can get two uses out of it.
  • Scented
    • Unlike the other sleep creams, which are gel-creams, this is a colored gel. I found them all to work very similarly despite the type.
    • These are ok, but I would skip them.
10. Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Power C x 30™ Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Mask
  • Treat while you sleep—wake up with the appearance of brighter, more moisturized skin. This must-have Sleeping Mask contains camu camu berry, a potent superfruit that has 30 times the vitamin C of an orange and powerful absorption properties.
  • $62, Sephora
  • Scented
    • I don't like the scent of this--smells like vitamins.
    • I like the pump, very sanitary and prevents sunlight exposure.
    • The sleep mask is brown, so be sure to rinse away in the morning and it is sticky, so give it time to soak in.
    • Since my skin is very sensitive to citric acid, it took me a while to see positive results from this. It is a very good mask, but that smell!
While not a necessity, sleep masks are a great addition to a night time skin care routine.

Extra Elle:
  • I just finished the Magic Art of Tidying Up--let's just say I spent 4 hours cleaning out my makeup room and product closet. Yikes! Have you read it?


  1. What a great review, Elle. I still want to try that PTR one because I like all of their stuff. But, I now really want to try that Laneige one.

  2. This is wonderful! I love masks and no I have a few more to try!

  3. Super helpful! I currently use Origins Night-a-Mins which isn't a sleeping mask but it is a moisturizer intended for nighttime. I used to think it helped my skin, but now I don't really notice any results. I really want to check out that Laneige and the Mizon one as well!

  4. I've had that Peter Thomas Roth mask sitting on my Sephora "Loves" list for a while, and just haven't pulled the trigger due to price. Thank you so much for another wonderful review pretty lady <3

    Green Fashionista

  5. I've never tried a sleep mask before but you have me curious now! If I try one I'll definitely do the Laneige one! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  6. Interesting- I just started using an overnight cream a couple weeks ago actually. Funny that although these price points very so much, you were able to find pros and cons to most of them!

  7. Such a great review, I cant believe you tried all these masks for us, thankyou x

    Zoe Mountford x

  8. My skin needs some serious hydration, but i fear that I would get the mask all over the place at night! Great reviews, you've convinced me to try them out! And you crack me up that you gave a makeup room!

    Whitney & Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

  9. great reviews! that laniege one sounds like a good pick for the price. and i get you on the scent stuff - i would think these should all be unscented! especially to sleep ha

    xoxo cheshire kat

  10. Sleep masks always break me out! I tried the Laneige one and it messed up my skin for a while. Such a shame because they seem like a great idea, but I'm kind of glad I don't have to worry about buying a ton. Thanks for all the reviews!

  11. Great reviews - you've tried so many! I've never tried a face mask but now I'm thinking that maybe I should.

  12. Haha I totally thought you meant the fabric sleep mask at first - I sleep with one every night. If you're ever looking, Zara Home has really great ones. ;)

    xx, Carly | carly blogs

  13. I have been thinking about incorporating sleep masks into my nightly skin routine lately, so this will definitely help. I will have to check out the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask -- love that you can get it at Target since I always seem to be making Target runs! haha

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  14. im so lazy when it comes to masks! i dont have the patience to put them on then wait and take them off... i know so. so lazy. but i appreciate the reviews! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  15. I have never tried an overnight mask before, but they sound interesting! I do love Korre products, but the scent of rose as you said might not fair well. Thank you for sharing! Xo, Ellese


  16. I wish I wasn't so afraid of face products... my mom just basically used Ivory soap on her face - that's it. I never used a moisturizer ever much less a mask. Could explain all my spots & wrinkles :)

  17. Thank you for sharing all of these! I've really been wanting to try something like this. I remember when you reviews th garnier one and I think that was the first time I've heard of it. I use aloe Vera gel all over my face at night kind of like a mask and it works well for my acne!

  18. I have the Laniege mask and I looooove it! Super hydrating. :)

    Le Stylo Rouge

  19. The wild rose also gave me a bad headache!
    Must be the floral notes


  20. I haven't read the Magic Art of Tidying Up, but I definitely want to. I'm afraid I'd go nuts in our apartment trying to purge everything. Thanks for the reviews of the sleep masks. It's interesting how they are all at different price points, but sometimes that doesn't matter for how much you actually like them!

  21. I recently received Laneige Water Sleeping Mask from Influenster and oh my, it's sooooo good! Glad to see you approved it too, Elle!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  22. lol i totally thought you were talking about the old school eye masks haha. thanks for reviewing these so detailed! i will try the garnier one or the target one i think. i like garnier products, so maybe i'll try that one first.
    i have read the magic art of tidying up or whatever it's called. i think some of her points were a little drastic, but i liked the overall message.

  23. I've tried the Pure Oils sleep mask which was nice. I would love to try the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask.

  24. I've never tried a sleep mask! I might meet to pick up that target one for when the weather cools down and my face likes to get dry!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  25. I have tried sleep masks occasionally but wanted one that was a little lighter for my sensitive skin. Great post. I will have to check out these!

  26. I barely remember to take my makeup of, i know so bad. The fragrances would bother me but I am getting older so it might be worth trying out some of these.

  27. Great roundup Elle! I've tried a few of these myself but haven't found one I really like/has given me much benefit. I'll definitively check some of these others out!

    Xo Ally


  28. I got a water mask in one of my allure boxes and liked it alright so I am tempted to grab that one from Target! I saw that book on audible. Would you recommend listening to it or reading it? I need some inspiration to get rid of some stuff and get my life back to organized!!

  29. I have the book on hold. I'm anxiously awaiting it.

    I love the idea of masks but I'm not sure I could sleep in one. I'd be too terrified it'd get all over the sheets or my dogs would try to lick it off my face. Especially the scented ones.

  30. I tried the Garnier mask and it broke me out. I hate that it because I liked it and it smelled so good. I hear great things about Laniege products but I've never looked into them. I consider myself a neat & organized person but I might need to check that book out any way.

  31. this post was super helpful! I just adore all face masks that are hydrating because I have awful dry skin! You've definitely inspired me to pick up a few others to try out the next time I'm at Sephora!

    xo ClassToCloset

  32. What a great list! I've used the Korres and was happy with the results. I want to try the Garnier! Thanks for the reviews!

    Doused In Pink

  33. What a list! I actually have never used a sleep mask, so this is very helpful!

  34. I rented that book online from the library and had to wait months for it to be my turn to read it and then once I finally had it I chickened out on reading it! I was scared that it would overwhelm me and make me hate everything I own :/

  35. Thanks for such a comprehensive list! I am in the market for some new face masks, and this post was such a helpful guide.

    ​xx katie // A Touch of Teal

  36. Brilliant post! I love overnight masks & would highly recommend the Origins one. I need to try some of these though! xx


  37. I've never used a sleep mask before, but it sounds like I need to! This list was so helpful.


  38. I've heard of them before and always wanted to try one, but what about the pillows? Would I need to cover it with anything? Fab review, as always! x

  39. great review!!thanks for sharing this interesting post

  40. I have a sample of the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, but I hadn't taken the time to learn much about it. Thanks for the info! I will use it soon!

  41. I like the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack as well. I'm also good with snails. I'm using a Missha Snail Sleep Pack that's just great and not tacky at all.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  42. I just love the title of this post. You always save me some cash with your reviews...which my husband totally appreciates!

  43. I've never tried a sleep mask but they sound great! Maybe I'll try the Garnier one and go from there if it works well for me.

  44. I've been wanting to try a sleep mask! I love these types of posts! You are so detailed and awesome! Now I have a few that I want to try! I want to read that tidying book so badly!

  45. Thanks for the recommendations! I love the Korres mask!

    A Little Dose of Makeup

  46. Thanks so much for the review of them all! I haven't tried a sleep mask but I think they are definitely needed in winter when you need some extra moisture! :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  47. Love your reviews! I tried a sample of the GARNIER Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Night Cream, and I really liked it :)

  48. I've never tried a sleep mask before, but the ease factor does sound appealing. They're kind of pricy though--I'd have to try one of the cheaper ones.

  49. I am loving this round-up! I'm always so clueless when it comes to sleep masks, but they always seem to intriguing.

    Connie | Sponsored by Coffee | Etsy

  50. THanks for the extensive review! I'm not sure how I feel about sleep masks but they seem intriguing!

  51. I have been using the same sleeping mask for about a year and I was surprised it didn't make your list. I love the Olay Luminous overnight mask. It comes in a blue jar, it's about $20-$25 and I love it! I use mine on days my skin is having issues with the makeup I wore that day. I have really acne prone skin, when I test out foundations, it tends to break out. If this happens, I just apply this all over my cleansed face and go to bed. It feels cool, refreshing. I wake up the next morning and every last pimple is GONE! You should totally give it a shot!

    I do think out of all of these the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask sounds the most intriguing. Let's be real, it's about time I make a Target run. (;

    I couldn't get over the smell of the Garnier one. haha Good thing I only had a sample.

  52. I have never tried a sleep mask at all. I feel like I would wake up a mess in the mornings, but I bet it would benefit my skin so much.


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