5 Budget Friendly Face Masks that Work

Happy Tuesday!

Fall has officially arrived in NY! Yesterday was crisp, windy, and chilly.

Whenever I am in Sephora, I feel like I am in the Matrix of overpriced skin care products that are not worth our hard earned coin.

Yes, some masks are legendary and great, but I have rounded up for you the best expensive masks, and some of their cheaper dupes for you to choose.

To Lift And Firm

Splurge: La Mer The Lifting and Firming Mask


Though crushingly expensive (like most of La Mer’s products), their lifting and firming leave-on cream mask will make you look like you are rolling back time, minus living under your parents’ roof. The mask uses La Mer’s exclusive Miracle Broth, which is a serum strength formula that works in synergy with the skin’s natural renewal process to refine, treat, and firm up the face and neck.

Save: Bio-Miracle Anti-Aging and Moisturizing Face Mask, Vitamin C


The antioxidant not only stimulates collagen production to give a lifting effect, but it also acts as a preventative to protect skin from aging free radicals. This five-pack of Bio-Miracle’s Vitamin C sheet masks for a cheaper alternative to lifting and firming your face and neck like you got a facelift without the downtime.

To Clean Your Pores

Splurge: Glamglow Super Mud Clearing Treatment


If you’re one of those people who passes out on the couch with makeup still on then Glamglow’s Super Mud Clearing Treatment should become a staple in your beauty arsenal. In just one use the mask clears and purifies the skin to get rid of impurities and blackheads. Your face will look brighter and smoother so you can instantly reverse the damage of sleeping with your makeup on… at least until next weekend.

Save: Sephora Mud Mask Purifying & Mattifying


Sephora’s Mud Mask also does an excellent job of ridding your face of impurities and excess oils. It will leave your skin with a matte finish without the drying effect. You can be $10 away from a clear complexion, so you afford that Pumpkin Spice Latte you have been craving.

To Exfoliate

Splurge: Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial


The exfoliating face mask is perfect for any skin type. It exfoliates, clarifies, dramatically improves texture, and leaves you with a glowing complexion. Like all of Drunk Elephant’s products, Babyfacial is made with only clean ingredients, meaning you won’t find silicones, chemical sunscreens, dyes, perfumes, or any other stuff that you shouldn’t be putting on your skin.

Save: L’Oréal Exfoliating & Refining, Pure-Clay Mask


I have been using L’Oréal’s Pure-Clay Exfoliating mask for a full year. It is one of my drugstore faves. The mask uses red algae (in addition to three detoxifying clays) to exfoliate, unclog and tighten pores.

To Hydrate

Splurge: SK-II Facial Treatment Mask


Sk-II’s Facial Treatment Mask is my go to when I am desperate at the Duty-Free counter when I am traveling, and I am in need of a quick well-rested look. This luxurious mask treatment is like immersing your skin in really expensive saki and water. Your face will look as hydrated as possible. It loads the skin with Pitera—a fusion of vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and some other stuff—that helps to refine texture and address dryness, large pores, and an uneven skin tone.

Save: Dr. Jart Dermask Water Jet Vital Hydra Solution


Dr. Jart’s $6 Vital Hydra Solution sheet mask is made with fine cellulose fiber to deeply penetrate (the skin) and give you a longer lasting hydration. This mask comes to the rescue after a boozy weekend.

To Brighten

Splurge: Peter Thomas Roth 24k Gold Mask


Nothing says decadence like applying a face mask that is dripping in actual 24k gold to brighten your skin. Peter Thomas Roth’s 24K Gold Mask is infused with real gold to help improve the appearance of skin firmness and leave you with an opulent glow. After using this mask just once, you’ll not only notice an insane difference in your complexion, but you also won’t ever want to go back to any other low budge face mask.

Save: Mario Badescu Rose Hips Mask


Mario Badescu’s Rose Hips Mask is your next best option to take your dull, hungover complexion to bright and glowy in just one use. While it isn’t full of luxurious ingredients, it is packed with rosehip oil, and rose hips extract to brighten your lackluster complexion.

Feel free to share with us in the comments below your favorite mask.

Sending happy beauty vibes! 💋

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