Korean/Asian Sheet Facial Masks

It’s become a routine. Every Sunday night, I relax with a facial mask. I don’t get much sleep over the weekends, so a mask is the perfect way to unwind and give my skin some extra TLC.

Lately, I’ve been really into sheet masks.They’re so easy to apply! Etude House, The Face Shop, Skin Food, Leaders Clinic, Qiora, are just a few Korean/Asian brands that manufactures sheet masks.Β There are tons of brands and masks you can choose from. Just depends on what you’re looking for. Collagen? Hydration? Whitening? Lifting? Calming? Whatever your skin needs, there’s a mask for it. πŸ™‚ Here’s my current stash…

I typically purchase my masks at local Korean beauty stores, but you can also purchase them online at stores like PrettyandCute.com (they offer a TON of asian makeup and skincare options).

To apply a sheet mask, all you need to do is open the package, unfold the sheet, and lay on your face! 10-20 minutes later, you simply toss the sheet mask away and you’re ready for your night time skin regimen. There’s always too much product in the packet, so I rub the excess on my neck, hands and/or arms. πŸ™‚

Tonight, I opted for a Vitamin C mask ($2.99) which should help brighten my tired/dull skin.

My favorite mask:

Masks by Leaders Clinic (about $5 each) are a favorite because these masks are super thick and adhere to the skin SO~ well. Notice (below) how the mask is like a second skin on my face? Amazing! It almost seems like the sheet has tiny quilted pillows that holds the product and sticks to your skin! I tried the collagen mask, but they make masks to address different skin care needs too. πŸ™‚Β  (in case your interested.. my favorite non-sheet mask of all time is Bliss’ Rubberizing Mask, but that mask requires some additional steps)

At a higher price point… Qiora Spa Masks ($38 for a pack of 4 masks) are awesome! Each packet comes with 2 pieces, a top and bottom, which is designed to better fit your face. The gel (blue) side goes on your face, and the other side is covered in cotton making the application easy and clean. Your hands don’t get wet! I have sensitive skin, but I love that I can leave this on almost an hour and not have my skin get irritated at all! Super hydrating, soothing and smoothing. πŸ™‚

Hope you had a great weekend!~ Until next time, stay pretty… inside and out.

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  1. Kezia
    May 28, 2016 / 2:11 pm

    hi, i want to ask, I’m not a type to use any make-up, but recently the season in my country was so hot and my face got burned. I live in Indonesia, tropical country. Can you recommend me which mask should I use? I want to maybe whitening my skin, since my face is more tan than my arm skin :'( My skin is normal not too dry and just sometimes a little bit oily, I don’t have pimples and as long as I use some product I don’t have any allergic too. And, could you also recommend some UV lotion for my face so my face will not get burn again? thank you so much ><

  2. November 28, 2015 / 12:42 pm

    I think I’m doing it all wrong…I wash it off after 30 min. Should I leave it on and not wash it off like other masks?

    • December 3, 2015 / 8:57 pm

      Hi! Don’t wash off! Just pat in the excess πŸ˜‰

      • JANEFAH
        January 4, 2017 / 4:20 pm

        Can i appy a cream?

  3. June 17, 2015 / 11:38 am

    Hey! I’m just wondering if you have any suggestions for Korean sheet masks that are non whitening? It’s currently summer and I’d love to put a mask on, but it seems like a lot of the masks whiten plus something else haha. Just wondering which don’t . Thank you in advance! ^^

  4. lee
    December 29, 2014 / 5:32 pm

    your review is very useful and comment is more interesting.

      • Mina
        September 16, 2015 / 10:45 am

        hi! i just wanna ask about what kind of moisturizer should i use after applying face mask? i have a sensitive skin though.. I’m using etude house i need you tea tree face mask sheet for my acne prone skin now..

  5. bibo
    October 25, 2014 / 9:05 pm

    i can’t find them in Tunisia i’m soo sad

  6. Abby
    September 9, 2014 / 7:16 pm

    Hi…Enjoying this site so much! I decided to try a sheet type mask after watching so many of the characters on Korean dramas using them. First of all the dramas were a totally new thing for me (I live in the US) and not only so many of them excellent I’m also learning Korean and have even started learning how to make Bulgogi, Kalbe and Kimchi! πŸ™‚ Anyway, the skin care and attention to beauty in these shows is extraordinary. In searching for a facial mask I came across one by Qiora. Pricey and it ended up being a Japanese product but really looking forward to trying them out.
    Thanks for creating such an interesting and fun “Pretty Gossip” place to visit!
    Ka Sah Mee Dah!

  7. james
    July 3, 2014 / 12:41 am

    i wish for everything they made scented cotton masks, i am having to use scented toilet paper, i am trying to work with people to have it done professional and they are so childish they wont work with anyone for anything

  8. Amber
    April 16, 2014 / 8:01 pm

    Hey πŸ™‚ great review!
    I was just wondering, what are the benefits of the aloe vera mas (the one in the green packet) and the pearl face mask (the one from the face shop that you have there in the picture)?
    Does the pearl mask make your skin lighter?

  9. angelina
    January 30, 2014 / 5:43 am

    i have pimples, what mask should i buy?? Im 14 years old

  10. Jade
    January 17, 2014 / 6:40 pm

    Haha, I got like 20 of these on my previous trip to Korea for just Cheonwon each! πŸ˜€ I got it from Nature Republic, Etude, TonyMoly, and Innisfree and there are like TONS of those stores!

  11. linette
    December 22, 2013 / 1:16 am

    hi! love the topic. thank you for the info! but i also have a few questions about sheet facial masks.

    is it ok if i leave it on overnight or does it really have to be 10-20 mins. only? and if i leave it on longer, what would be its effect on the face?
    until how many uses would it take for the result of the facial mask appear?
    and also, what if the person using this mask is a busy person, therefore lacks time to sleep, would the result of the application be positive? what does a person who lacks or has no time to sleep have to do to make her face still healthy?

    beep me back pls. thank you :*

    • December 28, 2013 / 3:51 am

      Honestly, sleep and water are SO important… There’s no replacement for that long term. As for the masks, you should only leave on for 10-20 and never go to sleep with it on unless its a sleeping mask! Good luck!!!

  12. Anj
    December 21, 2013 / 4:43 pm

    There are korean shops in the philippines πŸ˜‰ like face shop and etude.

  13. Lizzy
    July 10, 2013 / 1:34 pm

    I was wondering , what affordable moisturizers ($12 or below) would you recommend using after the mask?

  14. Milie
    May 16, 2013 / 6:22 am

    hi, i have a question…im pretty confused to whether apply toner before mask / apply toner after mask?..and can i apply the eye mask after i wear a sheet of mask or should i wait for a few days then can i apply the eye mask?

    • Moser
      May 29, 2013 / 2:31 pm

      You apply toner before you put on the mask, then after 30 mintues take it off and apply moisturizer.

  15. miracruz
    April 9, 2013 / 2:12 pm

    I just bought a GOLD essence mask sheet pack ( cucumber, green tea ) in one of the asian markets here in houston for a 1$ each. It is made by i-cosline.co.kr. – korea. Do you think these are okey to try or i have to buy the expensive ones. thanks

  16. Bonnie
    January 28, 2013 / 9:43 pm

    Hi, I was wondering after using a sheet mask, how long should i wait before using it again?

    • January 29, 2013 / 8:58 pm

      I recommend 2 times a week! More or less based on your skin’s needs. πŸ™‚ Good luck!

  17. Michelle
    January 12, 2013 / 1:00 am

    Hi! I’m just trying to figure out the order. I cleanse, tone, put serum and moisturizer then use the sheet mask. Is this the correct order? Or serums after the mask?

    • January 12, 2013 / 2:38 pm

      Thank for the comment… So here’s the deal. Required: cleanse. Recommended: tone. Optional: serum of choice. Sheet mask. No need to rinse. Moisturizer after. Good luck! Thanks for visiting!!

  18. January 6, 2013 / 10:25 pm

    Hey love! This was such a great, detailed post that I mentioned this in my newest blog post on how to achieve glowing skin! πŸ™‚ Read here>> http://ellechoi.com/blog/88


    • January 6, 2013 / 11:53 pm

      Hi Elle,
      Thanks so much for the mention!~ I love face sheet masks too! So much so, I’m giving away Korean masks in my current “favorites giveaway.”

  19. Elly
    December 30, 2012 / 8:38 pm

    hi do we need to rinse our face with water only or also with soap after applying face sheet mask to our face?

    • January 6, 2013 / 11:55 pm

      No need to rinse your face after a sheet mask!~ xoxo.

      • Lily Brown
        May 3, 2013 / 4:51 am

        ahhh nature republic.. i am american-korean and i am currently living in seoul, south korea.. the product should be good though even though it sounds kinda gross.. i mean they EAT snails in france right?

  20. Meggie
    November 7, 2012 / 10:59 am

    My coworker just got back from Korea and gave me facial masks that are made from snails.
    Is she kidding with me? The brand is called republic nature. Have you tried this brand?

    • November 10, 2012 / 10:28 am

      It’s an it thing in Korea now, apparently it has good moisturising and anti ageing benefits!

    • November 14, 2012 / 3:05 pm

      I haven’t tried that brand, but I did pick up some snail masks from Korea too (from Skin Food). Snail excretion based skin care products are all over asia… Check out this post (click here) for more information! Thanks for visiting and commenting. πŸ™‚

  21. November 4, 2012 / 9:41 am

    can i get the masks in Belgium? where?

  22. City Hunter
    October 28, 2012 / 4:07 pm

    When it supposed to be use, before sleeping or after waking up?
    Follow up question , if i use in day before going to work.. Is it okay after using mask sheet can i apply bb cream? ..
    Thnx in advance beautiful πŸ™‚

  23. September 26, 2012 / 9:58 pm

    yeah. I have recently discovered leaders or medi heal which is what they have been renamed as. I have tried the Placenta, NMP and PDF masks from theor range. Just super good quality and their PDF is very good for acne skin, atleast nice for me and I just tried it yesterday. In the morning I had little bumps which signify onsatrt of a pimple and I today the size has visibily diminished. Available in watsons as leaders and Guardian as medi heal.

  24. Malaine
    August 30, 2012 / 11:06 pm

    Hi I want to order it how can i? and can you tell me how much is it? I live in Oakland, CA USA so where should I find this produce?

    • August 30, 2012 / 11:33 pm

      All the prices are on the post. πŸ™‚ Here is the link you can find most of the masks. Thanks for visiting.

      • September 23, 2012 / 5:01 am

        are these available here in the Philippines?

        • September 23, 2012 / 11:22 pm

          I don’t live in the Philippines so I don’t know exactly where you can get it… but I’m sure you can get them online. πŸ™‚

  25. August 30, 2012 / 3:09 am

    how can buy facial mask..?that facial mask that have in philippine

    • August 30, 2012 / 11:36 pm

      Maybe you can purchase on Amazon?!? Click here. Hope you’re able to get it and try them out!~ xo

  26. August 29, 2012 / 1:24 am


    • August 29, 2012 / 2:42 am

      Links are included on the post! Please click on the link to be directed to online retailers! Good luck!

  27. mary ann
    August 14, 2012 / 9:40 pm


    • August 19, 2012 / 3:26 pm

      Hi!~ I’m sorry you’re having problems with them. I don’t work for them or have any affiliation with them, so I won’t be of any help. πŸ™ I hope you’re able to reach them and get it figured out quickly!!!

    • December 31, 2012 / 6:23 am

      Hello – momomango here! We already responded to Mary Ann back in Aug, but just in case anyone else was wondering, sometimes your packages will be dropped off in a nearby canada post office if there is no one home as they do not want to leave it outside the house in case of theft. They do leave you a slip to pick it up at the post office. Hope that helps!

    • August 19, 2012 / 3:31 pm

      Not sure where you can buy wholesale… Sorry. Please let me know if you find a good deal~

  28. August 2, 2012 / 9:24 am

    Thank God for Korean sheet masks!! My Korean friend once gave one to me, and since then I’ve never stopped using them! Too bad they’re not in Morocco, I have to order them online πŸ™‚

  29. hillary
    July 31, 2012 / 9:12 am

    hi i just bought a face mask from the face shop, do i have to use a cleanser before using a face mask?

    • July 31, 2012 / 10:28 am

      Hi! Great question. Yes! You should always put on a mask onto a fresh and clean face. This will help your pores absorb the benefits of the mask! Thx for the question and I hope you’ll visit again soon! Xo

  30. July 26, 2012 / 6:22 am

    Nothing to do with masks, and I apologize if you’ve covered this already, but have you tried any of the BB lines from prettyandcute.com? What’s your take on it/them? Any recommendations for this REALLY, EXTREMELY, UTTERLY OILY gal?

  31. linlin
    July 19, 2012 / 3:32 pm

    Hey! Thanks for what you wrote above. Im actually starting to use sheet masks as well. I bought them from the Grand Asian Market and the sheets are japanese. One question:what do i have to wash my face after using the mask? Or can i just take off the mask and leave it like that? Thanks!

    • July 19, 2012 / 5:39 pm

      No need to wash your face! πŸ˜‰ thanks for visiting and commenting! Hope to see u back soon.

  32. Jane
    June 1, 2012 / 9:39 am

    Thanks for the review.

    May I know where in korea did you get the leaders clinic mask? Is there a shop (like faceshop, skinfood, etc) or we need to get it from local pharmacy (similar to watson)? Thanks again!=)

    • June 2, 2012 / 8:58 pm

      Hi! I actually go the face masks at a local korean beauty shop. Not sure where you can get it in Korea…
      If you want to order, you can order them from MomoMango or BeCleo. I’ve included links to the products in the post! Thanks for visiting and gossiping with me! xoxo

  33. Patrica
    March 29, 2012 / 8:19 pm

    So, my cousin mailed me some Korean skin care items, including 7 cereals powder, and some bran/collagen face sheet masks. I think I understand the usage of the 7 cereals powder for cleansing and making masks, but as for the sheet mask, I wasn’t sure whether to use this before or after cleansing or whether to rinse after mask application. What do you think?

    • March 29, 2012 / 9:23 pm

      Hi! Great question.
      1) Sheet masks, as with any masks, should be used on a clean face πŸ˜‰
      2) Unlike a cereal mask, you don’t have to wash your face after a sheet mask. I typically just apply serum and/or moisturizer directly after I remove the sheet mask… or when I feel like the sheet mask let a residue, I’ll use my toner + cotton pad to lightly ‘cleanse’ my face.
      I hope this helps you!~ Please visit again and ask more questions!~ xoxo

  34. Alexandria
    March 28, 2012 / 11:09 pm

    Are the Korean masks better than the Japanese? I just started ordering Kose sheet masks from a Japanese site. I like them so far ^_^

    • March 28, 2012 / 11:53 pm

      Not sure if Korean ones are better than Japanese ones… i just have more experience with Korean ones. I’ll have to try the Kose sheet masks! πŸ˜‰ Try a couple of the Korean ones and let me know how you like them!~ xo

  35. March 19, 2012 / 12:55 am

    So I hope this doesn’t sound totally dumb, but I’m wondering, what is the difference between Korean skin care products and other skin care products?

    • March 19, 2012 / 1:00 am

      No question is dumb!
      In this post, I made it a point to call out the fact that the products were Korean, because almost all of them were Korean brands (except Qiora which is Japanese). I hope this answers your question?!? If you want more clarification, please email me! πŸ™‚