I am unable to separate the idea and reality of the luxury that is the Tatcha Deep Hydration Lifting Mask - at $24 apiece, I cannot say whether it is truly better than the sheet masks I can get for less than $2 because price=luxury is quite firmly ingrained in my mind, but I can say having it on feels like having the most hydrating type of moisture ever sit on your face. I thought the sensation would dissipate with time, but thirty minutes in (instructions say to leave it on for fifteen) my skin was still soaking in what seems like a never-ending well of moisture, like an eternally moist giant slice of cucumber, if you will. Above all, it soothed the very raw area around my eyes I've been trying and failing to calm with eye cream.
When I reluctantly pulled the mask off, my cheeks were pink in the way that would suggest I came back from a hearty run [Edit: To clarify, this is not a scary pink that suggests inflammation of any sort. I am usually deathly pale, but for some reason after using the mask I look "healthy." Does this make sense?] I hate to marketspeak you, my dear readers, but I looked positively radiant. Unfortunately, the effects of all sheet masks are instantaneous but fleeting, so while you might experience better, happier skin for the next few hours, that's about it.Ingredients:
The Tatcha Deep Hydration Lifting Mask is sold in a set of four packets for $95 at Tatcha.com and select Barney's locations. The price sets off exclamations in my mind, but truth be told, I would rather pay for this rather than a session at a spa. It's cheaper and delivers the same effects.