We Tried 5 K-Beauty Masks Under $3 And These Are The Results

I am hopeless when it comes to skincare. In fact, my skincare routine mostly consists of wiping my makeup off with a baby wipe before I go to bed and the occasional Frank Body Coffee Scrub, whenever I remember that I have it. My 17-year-old sister, however, is a skincare queen with a nightly 10 step K-Beauty routine. I am constantly asking for her advice and she always comes through with the goods, so when she told me that she had ordered a cart full of K-Beauty masks I was keen to try some.

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Alex, a 29-year-old writer and skincare novice with Eilish, a 17-year-old student and skincare queen.

What Is K-Beauty?

With a surge in popularity around the world, K-Beauty, which stands for Korean Beauty, has found its way to the Australian market and is taking the beauty industry by storm. As the K-Pop craze started to grow so too did the demand for South Korean beauty products and now women all over the country are looking to K-Beauty gurus for all the latest skincare tips. I wanted to get the low down on this beauty phenomenon so I went straight to my own guru…

Alex: Eilish how did you get into K-Beauty?

Eilish: I was watching YouTube tutorials one night and a K-Beauty video came up as a suggestion. I am really into K-Pop so I was really interested in learning about K-Beauty.

Alex: You know so much about it now. Who are your main influences?

Eilish: I get most of my information from The Klog, it’s a blog by Charlotte Cho. That’s where I learnt about the 10 Step Routine for Treating Hormonal Acne that I do every night. I also watch Joan Keem’s YouTube tutorials and follow her on Instagram.

Joan Keem is a K-Beauty and fashion icon.
Joan Keem is a K-Beauty and fashion icon with an Instagram account that defines the term GOALS!

Alex: What do you like most about K-Beauty?

Eilish: It has really transformed my skin. I have oily skin with hormonal acne. Since I’ve been using K-Beauty products, I’ve noticed a huge difference in my skin. I also love the whole culture surrounding it and I look forward to doing my routine at night. I think K-Beauty is really innovative and they are always ahead of all the latest trends.

Alex: Where do you buy your products from?

Eilish: I mostly buy all of my products online but lately there have been more stores popping up which is really exciting! W Cosmetics has quite a good selection of masks and makeup and they have stores in selected Westfield Shopping Centres.

W Comestics K-Beauty mask section at Westfield Carindale
W Comestics K-Beauty mask section at Westfield Carindale

The Masks

We bought all 5 masks from the South Korean site, I Buy Beauti for under $3.00 each (this is in Australian Dollars, the site is in US dollars so make sure you convert the currency before you checkout). Shipping is calculated by weight, it was only $4 for our order, but it is free if you spend over $65.00. We went with 5 of the most popular masks and though it did help having Eilish to translate some of the Korean, most of the site is in English, as are all of the ingredients on the packets.

It’s Skin Power 10 Formula Mask Sheet

The first mask we tried was the Power 10 Formula by It’s Skin. According to the website, the Vb mask is supposed to balance and moisturise oily skin, leaving it feeling refreshed. Which is perfect for us as we both have oily skin.

K-Beauty It’s Skin Power 10 Formula Mask Sheet

Prepare yourself, the following image is genuinely terrifying and could definitely be used to promote the horror film, Goodnight Mommy. You’ve been warned…

K-Beauty Mask It's Skin Power 10 Formula Mask Sheet

The Verdict

Eilish: I liked the It’s Skin mask. The texture of the mask itself was thick and not as breathable as some of the other K-Beauty masks that I have tried. The formula was cold and left my face feeling nice and fresh. I’d definitely like to use it in the morning to wake me up. It made my skin look… is glowy a word?

Alex: I don’t think so… luminous? I feel like you look luminous. I loved this mask! It made my skin feel tight and refreshed. It did feel really cold which I liked. I feel like if I used this every day it would really help with some of my fine line wrinkles.

K-Beauty Mask It's Skin

It’s Skin Aloe Relaxing Mask Sheet

The Aloe Relaxing Mask also by It’s Skin is described on the site as soothing and cooling. I was worried about trying this one because I have reacted to creams containing aloe vera in the past.

K- Beauty It's Skin Aloe Relaxing Mask Sheet
K- Beauty It's Skin Aloe Relaxing Mask Sheet

The Verdict

Eilish: This one was very cooling and refreshing as well. I think it would be good to do when your skin is feeling inflamed or puffy. It didn’t affect the redness of my acne but it did soothe the pain. I think it’s a good one to do in the morning before school.

Alex: Or when you’re hungover! I like the ingredients in this one, it has cucumber, ginger and liquorice which are all anti-inflammatories. It didn’t give me the same ‘glow’ as the other one but it didn’t irritate my skin which was surprising.

Eilish also informed me that the reason that this mask didn’t fit our faces properly is because our features are too small for our very round faces. This was news to me but could explain why I always found it so easy to peak through the ‘Pin The Tail on the Donkey’ mask as a kid… using my big lemon-shaped head to make lemonade.

K- Beauty It's Skin Aloe Relaxing Mask Sheet

Etudehouse 0.2 Therapy Air Mask

Etudehouse is a popular K-Beauty brand and Eilish is a big fan of their other products. The description on the website says that the Manuka Honey Rich Moisturization mask improves wrinkles, so I was very excited to try this one! I am turning 30 this year and I feel like my wrinkles are getting worse by the minute. Although I don’t believe that there is actually a mask on the planet that can help with my ‘smile lines’ or ‘judgement frown line’, I am willing to give anything a go, especially when it is only $1.70.

K-Beauty Etudehouse 0.2 Therapy Air MaskK-Beauty Etudehouse 0.2 Therapy Air Mask

The Verdict

Alex: This mask was my absolute favourite. The cream was so soft and when I took it off, my skin felt as smooth as a baby’s butt. More importantly, this mask fit my face which helped my recently bruised ego. It made my skin look so tight and fresh that I would feel confident going out without makeup after doing it. My friends reading this might not think that that means too much as I often leave the house fresh/zombie faced depending on how much sleep I’ve had but, I mean I would go ‘out-out’ with no make-up on after this mask, like to a restaurant.

Eilish: This mask definitely made our skin glow. I really liked the essence of this mask. There was a lot of extra cream which I love. I learnt the best tip from one of my favourite YouTubers, BeautybyBriddy, in her Formal/Prom GRWM + Vlog 2017 video, that when you are left with excess cream on the mask, squeeze it together and rub it on your legs as a moisturiser.

K-Beauty Etudehouse 0.2 Therapy Air Mask

Skinfood Beauty In A Food Mask Sheet / Innisfree My Real Squeeze Mask

For our final mask of the week, Eilish was keen to try the Watermelon Beauty In A Mask, mask by SkinFood as she uses their other products. I love anything rose water flavoured so I decided to try the Innisfree My Real Squeeze Rose mask.

K-Beauty K-Beauty Etudehouse 0.2 Therapy Air Mask
The Verdict

Eilish: This mask was my favourite. It smelt amazing, good enough to eat! It did exactly what it said it would on the website, it left my skin feeling moisturised and looking glossy. The mask itself was really thick and it was freezing which was cool considering it was only kept at room temperature. My skin felt hydrated for the whole day which is a lot longer than it does when I use my regular moisturiser.

Alex: The Innisfree Rose mask was a gel rather than a cream like the other masks we tried. It made my skin feel kind of sticky but very clean. I think I would use this mask before doing my make-up for a special event.

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10 Real Women Share Their Favourite Budget Beauty Products

I love nothing more than discovering budget beauty products that work just as well as their high-end counterparts. Sometimes the best way to find these little gems is through recommendations from friends who actually use them.

We asked 10 real women what their favourite budget beauty products are and they delivered…

Alex Whittington, 29, How To Hustle, Brisbane (AUS)

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“I am in love with my NYX blush, it is $9.95 from Priceline. I used to use Pure Envy Sculpting Blush by Estée Lauder which was $55.00 until my sister recommended NYX, it works just as well and lasts just as long!

Eilish Moloney, 16, Student, Sunshine Coast (AUS)

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“I got this 6 pack of Jeju Volcanic Nose Strips by Innisfree from W Cosmetics, for $6.00. I am a big fan of K-beauty (Korean Beauty Products) so I was excited to find these at Westfield! I have used heaps of different nose strips in the past but these definitely work the best.”

Ruby Schmidt, 26, Producer/Production Manager, Brisbane (AUS)

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“I don’t even have to think twice about this one! My favourite is Face Base Primer by Face of Australia it’s $11.95 and is just as good as Auto Pilot by Napoleon Perdis.”

Jenny Kennedy, 29, Occupational Therapist/Fitness Guru, Glasgow (SCT)

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“My favourite budget beauty product is MAYBELLINE Lash Sensational Mascara Washable in Blackest Black. It’s £8.99 here in Scotland ($21.95 in Australia, available at Priceline). The brush is sort of a half moon shape which is great for getting all the tiny wee lashes right in the corners without smearing it all over your nose and face. It doesn’t go clumpy, defines all of your lashes, and you can build it up as you apply! I wear one coat for work/daytime and then reapply it for my nighttime eye make up.”

Laura Appleyard, 29, Gym Manager/Personal Trainer, Gold Coast (AUS)

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“I use T.N Dickson’s All Natural Witch Hazel Toner. You can get it from Coles for $7.70 or on sale at Chemist Warehouse for $6.49. It is so great for my skin and prevents breakouts!”

Amber Schmidt, 21, Marketing Graduate, Brisbane (AUS)

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“I used to use Mac foundation but I have changed to Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation. It is normally $18.95 but it is always on sale at different outlets! I recently bought it on sale from Woolworths for $9.50.”

Cassie Davis, 27, Mum/Small Business Owner, Mackay (AUS)

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“My favourite would have to be Nude By Nature Mineral Cover. It is $39.95 which is half the price of the Estée Lauder powder that I used to use. I buy it from Priceline and would definitely recommend it as it is the best powder that I have ever used!”

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“I have tried bronzers by Nepoleon, MAC and Lancôme but now I use DB (Designer Brands) Glow Get Em Bronzer and I love it! I get it from my work because I am a Pharmacy Manager but it is also available online for $11.99.”

Danielle Head, 27, Nursing Student, Sunshine Coast (AUS)

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“I have recently discovered Olay Moisturising Lotion For Sensitive Skin and I swear by it! I spend a lot of time at the beach which can leave my skin feeling really dry, so I like to apply a good moisturiser at the end of the day. I find Olay leaves my skin feeling hydrated and fresh! I buy it from Woolworths for $13.00.”

Roxy Lewis, 31, Naturopathy Student, Gold Coast (AUS)

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“My favourite budget beauty product is Corta’s Rose Water. I get it from my local Middle Eastern Grocer for $4.00 a bottle but you can also order it online from Amazon. I use it as a toner and apply it every night before bed and even bought a tiny spray bottle from the chemist so that I can carry it with me at all times. It just smells so beautiful!”