A “dry” sheet mask? I was skeptical—until I saw the results.

By Nina Huang
October 29, 2019
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As a longtime devotee of sheet masks soaked in essences, I was rather skeptical when I heard from a friend that the best sheet mask she’d ever used was Trish McEvoy’s Instant Solutions Hydrate & Glow Dry Sheet Mask. “A dry sheet mask? Like…with nothing on it?” I had so many questions: How would it hydrate and moisturize your skin if it’s dry? How does it work without liquid ingredients? And—in all seriousness—how was it different from a piece of tissue? 

I was ready to wave my friend’s favorite new dry sheet mask off as a fad, but seeing her no-makeup face glowing under the sunshine at our brunch table, I decided that I owed it to my skin to try it out. I was enticed by the fact that each Trish McEvoy dry sheet mask is reusable for up to three times (yay for sustainability!). And as much as I love the extra formula left over on wet sheet masks that I often pat onto my neck and elbows after taking it off my face, I had to admit that sheet masks have always been a messy affair. Therefore, I was very intrigued by the idea of a liquid-free sheet mask. 

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The dry mask’s instructions said to gently massage my face to activate it, so I glided my Herbivore Rose Quartz Facial Roller all over my cheeks and forehead after putting the mask on. At first, I’ll admit I was slightly reminded of Dwight Schrute from the classic CPR episode of The Office, but I was determined to see if I could obtain the same glowy skin that my friend had. To its credit, the mask was the most comfortable (and best-fitting) sheet mask I’ve ever used. The hooks held the mask perfectly on my face, and I didn’t have to worry about dropping my precious sheet mask on the floor whenever I bent down to pick something up. 

To my surprise, I started feeling the sheet mask warming up. As detailed by the brand, it reacts to your body’s inner temperature to judge your skin’s immediate needs, and then accordingly releases a dry combination of superstar anti-aging ingredients like hyaluronic acid, peptides, and antioxidants. I waited 15 minutes, as instructed, before taking off the (still completely dry) sheet mask. I was wowed by the results. My skin was glowing as if I had just gotten an expensive facial, and the gentle pre-mask massage combined with the mask’s warmth had completely relaxed my tight facial muscles. 

I followed the brand’s recommendation to use the sheet mask for consecutive days as an intense treatment, and to my surprise, I woke up every day for the next three days with a consistent glow. Ever since, these masks have earned a permanent spot in my beauty collection—and luckily, Nordstrom sells them in packs of four, so I don’t have to re-purchase as often and can still keep my supply stocked. These sheet masks honestly blew me away, and though I’m still devoted to my traditional wet sheet masks, I now have my go-to solution whenever I’m craving a simple-yet-effective skincare treatment without the mess.

Trish McEvoy 4-Pack Instant Solutions Dry Sheet Mask

To buy: $85; nordstrom.com.