7 High-End Facial Masks That Are Worth The Price

When it comes to beauty products, facial masks are my favorite splurge. It’s a power item — unlike something else that’s on the lower end of the price spectrum (like a facial wash), masks are products that cause an immediate change you can see. Plus, they’re fun to do with your girlfriends while you’re, say, drinking wine and watching Bachelor in Paradise. The beauty market in general, is full of products and trial and error is fun… but not cheap. I’m going to help out by talking about some of my favorites. I had a LOT of research to do so I had my friends at the biggest brands for masks — GlamGlow, Eve Lom, and Boscia — to send me some new things to test out in addition to my tried and true favorites I’ve discovered over the years.

GLAMGLOW YouthMud Mask

What drew me to the GLAMGLOW masks is the fact that they were developed for professional backstage use. Any products that are made for specialty use instead of popular use are automatically hardcore in my book, those are the ones I want. I tried all four of their masks and you can see what they look like applied here:

PowerMud, ThirstyMud, SuperMud, YouthMud
PowerMud, ThirstyMud, SuperMud, YouthMud

My favorite was the YouthMud mask which bills itself as a “tinglexfoliate treatment.” What this means is that the actual mask isn’t a smooth texture like you’re used to, there’s some grit to it, which tingles as it starts to dry on your skin.

My skin felt SO smooth when I washed it off and clean of any dirt that lives on my face since I am bad at washing it. Since it’s also a brightening mask, I’d recommend doing this one 2-3 hours before a big event, your makeup will go on smoothly and you’ll feel clean and glow-y all night.

Great for: special occasions

Boscia Luminizing Black Mask

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I’ve been hearing about this mask forever so I was super excited to finally try it. It’s a black peel-off mask which is cool — most peel-offs are clear, I’ve never seen one like this before. The texture of this mask is unlike any other, it’s thick and heavy. You need to do a thick layer in order to be able to peel it off later, so keep this in mind when you’re comparing prices (you’ll need a lot per use). Also, you need to leave it on for 30 minutes, so this is one to leave for when you have a lot of time to spare. However, it’s totally worth it and instant gratification — unlike any other peel-off mask I’ve ever used the Boscia one peels off very easily in one piece, and if you inspect it closely you’ll be rewarded by finding a bunch of gross looking stuff it pulled out of your face, leaving it super clean.

Great for: Oily skin, Once a week deep cleaning (and I mean like, REALLY deep cleaning)

Origins Out Of Trouble Mask

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Origins has a few masks I really like: the Out of Trouble mask, the Clear Improvement charcoal mask, and the Dr. Weil mushroom mask (a complete lifesaver if you get sunburned). But Out of Trouble is my favorite because it works SO well. You can use it all over your face to prevent and treat breakouts, or you can put a generous amount around a single blemish and leave it on overnight — it’s a miracle worker with those, you’ll see an improvement by morning.

Great for: treating breakouts

GLAMGLOW PowerMud Mask

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I also LOVE GLAMGLOW’s PowerMud mask. This feels insane when you put it on your face but in an awesome — not uncomfortable — way. You just can feel it working on your skin. After I did this one the first time I passed it around when I had a few friends hanging out at my place. It’s especially fun to do in groups because everyone wants to react to the sensation of it.

Great for: Deep cleaning, at home spa night with your friends

Boscia Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask

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This is an overnight mask — meaning you put it on before bed and don’t worry about washing it off, most or all of it absorbs into your skin over the course of the night. This is perfect for me because I usually work late at my desk and then go to bed, so I can put it on while I’m finishing up and it can be more “set” by the time I’m in bed. Whatever you do, you have to figure out how to sleep on your back if you’re not used to doing this. For some reason putting my hands behind my head always helps me fall — and stay — asleep this way.

Some overnight masks are greasy and weird, it just makes your skin feel wet. This one doesn’t, plus it smells SO good which is impressive considering they don’t add any fragrance to it — it’s just the natural ingredients. I also woke up without a mess on my pillow and my skin was super duper soft.

Great for: People with sensitive skin (It’s fragrance and dye free), hydrating skin in winter, softening skin

Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Sleeping Facial


I’m not sure if this actually qualifies as more of a mask or more of a night cream, but it carries out the duties of both and it’s truly the best smelling product I’ve ever encountered. I’m highlighting it on this list because it’s one of the few things I continually buy when it’s out instead of trying something new.

Great for: Correcting dark spots, daily use

Eve Lom Moisture Mask

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My biggest pet peeve is dull skin. I would seriously (okay figuratively) rather die than have dull skin. It’s why I’m fanatical about exfoliation. The Eve Lom Moisture Mask is great for this, just slick it on and wait 15 minutes (remove excess with a tissue) and your skin is bright and glowing again. I want to hand it out to people I see on the street with dull skin.

Bonus: it comes with an applicator which is actually designed incredibly well. I don’t mind getting my fingers dirty and I was surprised to find that this actually works, and I didn’t need to. I’m going to use it for all the masks I use from now on.

Great for: dull skin, people who like low-maintenance routines

These are my favorite masks. Which ones have you guys discovered? Or, which ones do you really want to try? Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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