I’ve never been one to spend a substantial amount of money when it comes to skincare. Argueably, luxury skincare brands aren’t on a whole one hundred percent ‘the best of the best; yet I’m not claiming that all high-end brands lack the ability to better the condition of people’s skin: it depends on a brand or product as an individual. The point in which I’m trying to make is that it’s not always necessary to strive to purchase sheet masks that are sold in single packages and cost double if not triple the price of so called ‘first generation’ or standard mask packs. I very really am able to use my favourite Tea Tree or Collagen sheet masks by Mediheal, and since then have been searching for a similar if not more preferable alternative that costs a fraction of the price of said products by Mediheal and comparable favourable brands.
On a whim I purchased 4 formulas of the Anna Holtz Sheet masks, mainly based on the fact that they are made locally to an area of South Korea I am familiar with (honestly not a relevant aspect to the Skincare itself); regardless I now own a rather hefty box consisting of the following sheet masks (in multiples):
- Shea Butter & Olive
- Royal Jelly & Acai Berry
- Rose & Tea Tree
- Green Tea / Aloe
To be straight forward I love the formula. I’m over familiar with very watery essences that soak sheet masks so much that excess, or should I say the majority of the essence drips to the bottom of the packet and onto my pyjamas. These Anna Holtz masks however are fabricated with a thick gel formula: resembling highly concentrated aloe vera gel. Due to the gel texture I feel as if the mask adheres better to my face. I can sit or stand upright while wearing one without the annoyance of it sliding off of my face. Each of the masks have pleasant scents consistent with the ingredients highlighted on the front of each packet. Thankfully they don’t have ‘that’ generic skincare scent. Rather biasedly the Rose & tea tree mask is my favourite in all areas, though particularly for it’s aroma.
According to various sources online, Anna Holtz masks are made from 100% Tencel.
“TENCEL™ branded lyocell and modal fibers are produced by environmentally responsible processes from the sustainably sourced natural raw material wood… TENCEL™ branded fibers can offer a range of features including botanic origin, sustainable production, gentleness of skin, long-lasting softness, silky smoothness, enhanced breathability, color retention and biodegradability.” – Source https://www.tencel.com/about
Not only does this type of fabric enable customers to comfortably use the sheet masks for the alloted 20-30 minutes, (bearing in mind most sheet masks are advised to be worn for 15-20 minutes to allow sufficient absorption of the essense/ampoule) it is biodegradable; thus making it additionally appealing to anyone who is conscious about minimising the amount of waste products they produce. I.e. Alike the debate about the over production and usage of wet wipes and cotton pads that end up in landfill sites.
There isn’t too much to say about the mask in terms of sizing and shape, although what is noticable it that the size and shape is smaller than that of masks produced by Korean roadshop/highstreet/drugstore brands. I have always had an issue with masks being too large for my face, but accepted the inconvenience because I know my face is small compared to the average. I think these masks are wide and long enough for 70% of people and will fit around oval and heart shaped faces as well as common round or oblong face shapes.
Brief Summary of each
Rose & Tea tree – Suitable for moderately dry skin that has spots and blemishes already in the process of healing.
Royal Jelly & Acai Berry – Hydrates very dry skin; best for Winter months.
Shea Butter & Olive – For dry skin that has a minimal amount of clogged pores.
Green tea / aloe – Best for soothing sensitive, combination and/or oily skin.
Overall I would rate these sheet masks 8/10. To be truful, and clearly from what I have stated in this review, the products have limited bad points. The only reason why I haven’t rated them a full 10/10 is purely based on the fact that I know they might not be as easily as obtainable outside of South Korea, and if they can be found online in the Western parts of the world they may not be as inexpensive. Furthermore, I think it is unfortunate that only four types are available. For those who are interested I have linked below some websites which sell these sheet masks, just be mindful about added importation fees etc: