November 3, 2014

Beauty Discourse: Gel Masks versus Fabric Masks & 100th Post GIVEAWAY!

      This is my 100th post! I can't believe it myself since it doesn't feel like I've written that many posts at all. To celebrate the occasion, I'm doing a giveaway at the end of this post! If you would like to enter to win the prizes and/or read about gel & fabric masks, please click through the jump for details!

      I've always been a big fan of sheet masks - they're cheap, easy, travel friendly, and you really see the results after using them. Lately though, there has been a new type of sheet mask on the market - gel masks. These gel masks are described as a mask that "gradually melts over time" because the mask itself is partially soluble. With a description like that, I was definitely curious to try it out and see how it compares to traditional fabric sheet masks!

Skinfood Deep Sea Water Fabric Mask

      Many fabric masks like the Skinfood Deep Sea Water mask (and the Naruko Magnolia mask reviewed here) are usually made of a thick cotton like material. They soak up and contain a lot of essence. They usually come in one singular piece and stick pretty easily onto your skin without too much slippage. However, fabric masks are notorious for being ill-fitting since everyone's face shape is different. It also tends to trap air bubbles underneath the fabric which isn't ideal. The results from a traditional fabric mask are very noticeable - plumper, smoother, and extremely hydrated skin are always a given. I'm sure most of you have used fabric sheet masks before, so I will move onto gel masks below.


Skinfood Glacier Water Gel Mask

      As you can see in the photos above, the gel mask is usually in two pieces. The material is definitely not fabric, but it's more like a network of very thin flexible netting. Compared to the fabric masks, it doesn't contain nearly as much essence. I assume it's because the mask itself it made out of soluble essence and subsequently not as much essence is needed for the gel masks.
      I put on the top half first and then the lower layer second. When you first put it on, it's really slippery and you have to be careful that the mask doesn't slip out of your hands! It will slide quite a bit on your face for the first few minutes or so, but once you are happy with the placement of the masks, the gel layer on the material starts to make a seal. At this point, the mask sits very securely onto your face unlike traditional fabric masks which can still fall off rather easily. You can even smooth out the mask so that there are no air bubbles under the mask.
      In terms of moisturization and hydration, you're better off going with a traditional fabric mask. These masks aren't as hydrating as their fabric counterparts. Instead, they deliver moderate hydration. The results are also not as noticeable as a sheet mask.


Concluding Remarks 

     All in all, gel masks provide less moisturization but they offer a better and more secure fit than traditional fabric masks. I hope I piqued your interest in these gel masks! Although they won't replace traditional fabric masks for me personally, I'll be using them when I just need a little pick me up for my skin. 

      To celebrate A Glossy Discourse's 100th post, I'm giving away a small bundle of sheet masks (including some that I will have picked up during my trip in Korea!) that will have both fabric and gel masks so you could try them both out for yourself! To enter, you must do two things:

1. Comment below in this post and mention what your favorite skincare product(s) is at the moment.
2. Follow & subscribe to A Glossy Discourse on Bloglovin!

      You may also retweet this giveaway on Twitter and/or follow me on Instagram to gain additional entries! You must provide a valid email where I can reach you should you win the giveaway. The winner will be chosen at random at the close of the giveaway. The giveaway is open internationally and will end on Friday, November 15th at 12am EST. Please read the terms & conditions for other details.

Good luck!


  1. Yay giveaways! Fave skin care product - the face shop mango seed heart volume butter!

  2. i am currently obsessed with laneige water EX sleeping pack

  3. I just got the Olay ProX cleaning brush a few weeks ago and am obsessed with it now!

  4. Giovanni D:tox System Purifying Facial Cleanser

  5. Farmec's mattifying moisturizer.

  6. grape-seed and avocado oils, Avene rich compensating cream

  7. I like nivea creams and moisturizers and I like to use natural serums and olive oil :D


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