One of the perks of working from home is that midday masking is possible, and actually happens quite often. I mean, why not give my skin a quick pick-me-up while I’m working on the computer and sipping my bulletproof coffee (#livingthedream)? I’ve been gradually working my way through the Peter Thomas Roth Mask-A-Holic mask set from Sephora (prgifted). This set is an amazing value at $75 for over $200 worth of masks, and is a great way to try them all out.
I’m trying to post more mini-reviews on the blog as I feel that they’re often more useful than one long involved review of a specific product, and this set gave me the chance to review each mask. Because I’ve only had a couple weeks to review these, these mini reviews are more of first impressions. But in general, I don’t expect wash-off masks to do the heavy lifting in my routine, since I don’t use them regularly enough; they’re more mini pamper sessions for me.
These products were provided free to try out for my honest review.
Peter Thomas Roth Mask-A-Holic Kit Review
I will say that it was very difficult getting the jars out of the gift box. They were really stuck in there and it took about 10 minutes of wrestling to free them from their packaging. A minor quibble that didn’t affect my enjoyment of the masks though.
This set includes pretty generous sizes that will allow you to enjoy each mask many times. The cucumber mask is the largest at 5oz, and the other wash-off masks are 1.7oz. There are 30 eye masks (15 pairs) which will last you a couple months if you just do them a few times a week.
Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask
Super pretty glittery gold in a normal feeling gel mask texture. After about 20 minutes my face felt slightly tingly and warm, which I’m not sure why since there are no exfoliants. I later found out you’re only supposed to leave it on for 5-10 minutes, oops. Had to use a washcloth to wash off. Skin felt plumped immediately, but nothing like later that day when I couldn’t stop touching my face because it felt so incredibly smooth and soft! I don’t think I experienced much firming or brightening after just a couple of uses, but my skin certainly felt smoother. Surprised and impressed.
Used this in a bath and it felt super refreshing. Left skin feeling cooled and hydrated. Left it in the shower. Later that night, my husband tells me he used “that green stuff” and was surprised at how soft and moisturized his skin felt. Husband-approved (glad it’s the largest container since now I have to share). To me this seems like a good basic hydrating gel mask that actually keeps skin hydrated even after you wash it off.
This mask has an interesting texture; it feels almost gel-like rather than mud-like. Felt very refreshing, and did not dry out on the skin, even after the full 10 minutes you’re supposed to leave it on. This mask was pretty difficult to wash off, and I did have to use a washcloth to gently rub it off. Not sure if it was the washcloth, extended rinsing, or the mask itself, but my skin felt a little dry after using the Irish Moor mask and I had to quickly put on some moisturizer. But a couple patches of dermatitis (almost healed yay) I had on my chin felt soothed and calm, so I’ll probably use this again for that reason.
I approached the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask with a little trepidation because I don’t LOVE the ingredient list. I don’t have any problems with the other masks in this set, but the Pumpkin mask has triethanolamine 5th on the ingredient list, as well as BHT and cinnamal (a fragrance element that can be sensitizing, a concern for my eczema-prone skin). As a result, I avoided using it on any areas of dermatitis or sensitivity.
In practice, this mask smells delightful, like pumpkin pie. After spreading it on, it immediately began to tingle (but not itch or sting, thank goodness). I left it on for just 3 minutes (3-7 min is recommended) and rinsed it off without massaging (it contains aluminum oxide beads for physical exfoliation). My skin did look better afterwards, brighter and fresher, and didn’t feel dried out. I may keep this around to use once in a while, but I’d suggest being careful and patch testing this thoroughly if you have sensitive skin.
These guys were not quite as juicy and soft as some of the Korean ones I’ve tried, but they seemed to fit my eyes better as they weren’t quite as elongated. They were comfortable to wear and did the job of plumping up my undereye area very well — skin was noticeably smoother and more refined looking as well. Unlike other patches I’ve tried, these didn’t cause any itching on the sensitive skin around my eyes. These are a win in my book, and are perfect for prepping for a special event!
At $75 for this set, I think the Peter Thomas Roth Mask-A-Holic Kit is a steal. This will give months of enjoyment to anyone who likes to pamper themselves, and the masks themselves are for the most part solid workhorses that do what they claim. Bonus points for the unisex appeal.