Along with DIY manicures, long baths and expensive scented candles (we’re looking at you, Diptyque) the humble face mask is one of those at-home pampering things that you don’t actually need… but at the same time really do need, especially if it’s a Tuesday evening, you’re PMSing and you can’t be bothered with the rest of the working week.
The problem with face masks, though, is they can be a little misleading. Since we’ve grown up and (mostly) graduated from the 99p Montagne Jeunesse face masks we stockpiled in our early teens, reasonably priced face masks that actually do something to your skin are actually quite hard to come by. If you can afford to indulge on Eve Lom‘s Rescue Mask or a tub of Glamglow, count your blessings.
Thankfully, here at The Closet we’ve tried a lot of cheap face masks over the years and, as it turns out, they don’t all suck. Click through the gallery to find out which five budget masks we definitely approve of. The cheapest is £2.99, so you don’t really have an excuse not to give them a try.
Images via Mario Testino
Lush – ‘Cupcake’ Fresh Face Mask, £6.50
To be fair, Lush’s fresh face masks are all wonderful, but we love Cupcake the most because of the skin-calming magic it provides to particularly aggravated, problematic skin. Perfect for oily and combination skin types, Cupcake’s added charm is that it smells and looks all chocolate-y… though buying this is obviously not as satisfying as buying a bar of chocolate.