Drugstore Face Masks That Feel High End

It's no secret we love a great DIY: You can find us making our own candles at home after one too many TikTok tutorials, knitting a winter cardigan ourselves aprés an impromptu craft store trip, or painting an accent wall on a whim. Creating something from scratch is truly rewarding, especially if the finished product is functional and downright-amazing. We've made Pinterest-inspired pastel jack-o'-lanterns for Halloween, at-home sparkly clay ornaments come Christmastime, simple-yet-adorable handmade barrettes, and tons of beauty concoctions in the kitchen. We're onboard with surprisingly-potent DIY all-natural face masks, chock-full of all-star ingredients like antimicrobial honey and exfoliating Greek yogurt. Still, no one can deny the power of an amazing store-bought masks — especially beauty insider-approved ones.

Zoom over to our bathroom cabinets and you'll find tons of K-beauty-inspired fare, ranging from skin-refreshing essences, to pore-refining toners and oil-based cleansers. Joining our über-hydrating skincare army is our array of face masks we can't live without: Single-use sheet masks, creamy potted masks, and cooling gel masks for a zing of morning energy. We love them all — even more when they're cost-effective to boot. While face masks can get really pricey, especially when going for mega-luxe options like La Mer's The Hydrating Facial ($260) or Dr. Barbara Sturm's Face Mask ($120), impossibly-cheap drugstore finds are just as effective. Of course, not all drugstore face masks are made equal, but some will make you second-guess all the expensive masks you've ever purchased. Here are our all-time favorites.

The best drugstore masks for sensitive skin

Some of us with sensitive skin might be apprehensive about trying a drugstore face mask — thinking the ingredients might do more harm than good. Luckily, that's not always the case. We've found über-effective, low-priced face masks that will never irritate a sensitive complexion, and give you the serious glow you're craving.

No brand list for sensitive skin is complete without Avène, a French-based skincare line that uses fresh thermal water to soothe everything from psoriasis to dermatitis. We're absolutely obsessed with the brand's Soothing Sheet Mask ($9.50), made specifically for sensitive skin to even out texture, bring out radiance, and even calm irritation. As per Marie Claire, this mask can also calm redness, even from rosacea.

We also love Bioré Charcoal Instantly Warming Clay Facial Mask ($6.49) as a drugstore-fave that's all grown up. This mask warms up on contact, perfect for winter nights, and uses activated charcoal to absorb oil and get rid of impurities. Stylecraze recommends this one for anyone looking to unclog pores, improve acne, and clean skin of environmental pollution while still keeping the process gentle. Including four masks for less than the price of a cappuccino and thousands of five-star reviews on Amazon, this is a must-buy.

Also try Nugg Youth Boost Antioxidant Gel Mask ($3.99), combining vitamin B3, white tea extract, and aloe to soothe your complexion while smoothing out fine lines. Byrdie says this is the absolute best drugstore mask for sensitive skin, especially for balancing.

Double duty masks

Nowadays, we need do-it-all products that save us time and money by working overtime to give us all the benefits we want. We've found to-die-for drugstore masks that do just that, serving as face washes, scrubs, and moisturizers all at once. Intrigued? Here are the absolute best double agent masks we've found.

If you love the idea of more counter space, why not go for a mask that's also a cleanser? Neutrogena's Clear Pore Facial Cleanser/Mask ($8.99) works as both, gentle enough for washing sensitive, acne-prone skin while majorly-effective as a mask for shine-control. This two-in-one product combines oil-absorbing clay with salicylic acid, which dermatologist Dr. Morgan Rabach tells Real Simple "helps to clear pores, remove dead skin, and dry up active pimples."

As recommended by Allure, Garnier SkinActive Glow Boost 2-in-1 Facial Mask and Scrub ($9.90) will exfoliate your skin when used as a gentle scrub, or bring out radiance when left on as a mask for a few minutes. This formula combines apricot seeds with salicylic acid for leaving skin extra clean and downright luminous.

Although Weleda Skin Food Original Ultra-Rich Cream ($18.99) is technically a moisturizer, it works overtime as one of the best hydration masks out there. As dermatologist Dr. Shereene Idriss explained to Real Simple, it's a perfect nourishing mask for skin and lips. Leave on a thick layer for 10 minutes, which "will seep through the mucus membrane while you're getting ready." Once clear, remove it and marvel at your super smooth skin and pout. 

Top-rated overnight masks

If you're just a tad lazy, you're not alone. We've all slathered on a mask just before bedtime, only to find ourselves dreading the walk back to our bathroom to wash it off. Not to fret, overnight masks solve this problem, while injecting skin with tons of benefits for those whole eight hours of sleep. Multitasking at its finest. We've found drugstore options that are cost-effective to boot, so what's not to love?

If you're looking for a major glow and an "I just woke up like this" look upon waking up, Bliss What a Melon Overnight Facial Mask ($12.85) is your best bet. One Marie Claire beauty writer says this is the best mask for brightening "dull" skin, giving a radiant complexion "for a whole 24 hours post this overnight mask." Combining vitamins C and E, aloe vera, cucumber, and oat, this mask also manages to smell like watermelon Jolly Ranchers. Score!

Burt's Bees Hydrating Overnight Mask ($12.72) blends avocado oil and prebiotics to deeply hydrate skin and nourish an effective microbiome. With 99% natural ingredients, hundreds of 5-star reviewers say this mask is "amazing" and perfect for combatting winter skin. Dermatologist Dr. Patricia Wexler tells Real Simple that this mask is perfect for waking up with a super-moisturized complexion.

When in doubt, go for Olay Regenerist Luminous Overnight Facial Mask ($20.96), a formula rich in vitamins C and E, mulberry extract, and humectants that work to brighten and hydrate all at once.

Best drugstore masks for oil control

If you suffer from oily skin, you might think twice about using face masks at all, worried they will clog your pores, lead to more breakouts, or increase oil production. Thankfully, there are tons of masks that are tailor-made for oil-prone skin and even decrease shine. We've found the absolute best drugstore options, and we're obsessed.

Ever feel frustrated at an always-oily T-zone? While you might think this is an impossible evil to avoid, the right mask can solve that problem stat. Try prepping your skin with Pacifica Mattify Prep Pineapple and Hyaluronic Facial Mask ($9.51), which Byrdie says is the "best budget" mask on the market, perfect for using before makeup application to avoid a telltale shiny complexion. It combines vitamin C, pomegranate, green tea, papaya, turmeric, and pineapple extract to tone and brighten skin, while keeping oil down and moisturizing. Whew!

As per Marie Claire, Cetaphil Pro's Dermacontrol Purifying Clay Face Mask ($10.98) is a "gold standard" classic for a reason, unclogging pores and keeping oil at bay through dermatologist-approved ingredients. Hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, use this mask if your skin is sensitive and acne-prone: Bentonite clay, kaolin clay, apple extract, and cucumber seed all work to draw out impurities and keep skin shine-free.

We also love The INKEY List's Kaolin Mask ($6.99), which is a simple, to-the-point product that uses a mix of kaolin and smectite clay to absorb oil and exfoliate the skin. Marie Claire also recommends this one for spot-treating pimples.

Extra-hydrating masks for dry skin (even in the winter!)

You might be dealing with the opposite problem — a dry, flaky complexion. That's where a good, thick mask comes in, injecting your skin with elasticity and a glow while avoiding dryness at all costs. After lots of searching, we've found some seriously-luxurious options with truly-appealing drugstore price tags.

TONYMOLY I'm Real Hydrating Lavender Mask Sheet ($3) is a total win, with Stylecraze naming it the "best hydrating sheet mask" out there. All you need to do is apply it for 20 minutes, and let the avocado and apricot soothe and hydrate your complexion. As per the outlet, this mask is great for aging skin and plumping fine lines. Plus, lavender makes this mask extra-calming, chamomile brings antioxidants, and rosemary leaf decreases hyperpigmentation.

If you want a go-to classic that's always a winner, try Neutrogena Moisturizing Hydro Boost Hydrating Face Mask ($3.19). As per Byrdie, this is the "best overall" drugstore mask with a dose of hyaluronic acid to inject skin with optimal moisture. Real Simple also recommends this mask, with dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner telling the outlet that it's great for winter and comes in two pieces to fit any face shape.

We're obsessed with all things Bliss, and their In the Honey Moisturizing Mask ($15.99) is no exception. Recommended by Who What Wear, this mask simply requires a 10-minute application to do wonders for a dry complexion, combining soothing honey with sleep-ready lavender oil. It's also great for sensitive skin.

Need to get rid of a breakout? Try these drugstore masks

If breakouts are your issue, not to worry. There are masks that are made specifically to fight acne at its source. Made out of clay or mud, these masks absorb oil and virtually erase spots in minutes. Curious? Here are the most effective drugstore buys we've found.

Sometimes, we want options: This L'Oréal Pure Clay Mask Multi-Mask Clay Tripod Kit ($5) gives you three masks in one set, bringing together a pore-purifying eucalyptus mask, a red algae exfoliating treatment, and a brightening charcoal version. Recommended by Allure for answering all our "skin-care prayers," these masks take just 10 minutes to work and can be applied all at once on different areas of the face. The eucalyptus one is great for eliminating a shiny T-zone!

Charcoal is a must-have when it comes to fighting pimples, and Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Face Mask ($13.99) will work to give you clear, smooth skin in no time. One Who What Wear editor recommends it wholeheartedly, saying they still prefer it over more expensive options every time. Combining salicylic acid, activated charcoal, watermelon, and tomato extract, this mask brightens and purifies at the same time.

Marie Claire suggests trying SheaMoisture Clarifying Mud Mask with African Black Soap ($15.62), an all-natural mask that brings antimicrobial tea tree oil and tamarind extract to fight breakouts. As per the outlet, black soap is "a clarifying all-star," and will work to get your dream skin.

Cost-effective anti-aging face masks to shop right now

Concerned about wrinkles and aging skin? While a hydration mask might do the trick, chances are, you need something stronger in your beauty arsenal that will truly plump up your skin. We've found specialized anti-aging face masks that won't break the bank, and will give you that special glow you're craving.

No7's Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum Boost Sheet Mask ($5.99) is a drugstore cheapie that will lift, tighten, and tone your skin by injecting it with seven times the average amount of age-fighting serum. Using this mask just once will improve texture, while using it for four weeks will decrease fine lines. As recommended by Marie Claire, you get doses of hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, and peptides for optimal anti-aging benefits.

L'Oreal is a go-to for all things drugstore skincare, especially for its age-defying formulas. The brand's Revitalift Triple Power Intensive Overnight Face Mask ($17.97) is no exception, suggested by Who What Wear as an unbelievably-luxe pick. Apply at nighttime and revel in major hydration, boosted by anti-aging ingredients Pro-Xylane and Elasti-Flex for smoothing out wrinkles. Retinol, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid make this mask a powerhouse.

If you want something with anti-aging benefits that will combat acne, try Cocokind Sea Kale Clay Face Mask ($21.49), which Marie Claire says is amazing if you want something fragrance-free and super-smoothing. This all-natural mask is made of purifying clay, nourishing blue sea kale extract, and cucumber seed powder for exfoliation.

These masks are perfect for soothing irritated skin

Whether you have sensitive skin that's flared up from a DIY gone wrong or have deeply dry winter skin that's flaking off more and more by the minute, you need a nourishing mask on your bathroom counter. Something creamy, hydrating, light, and simple is just what the doctor ordered. Here are the best drugstore options we've found!

As recommended by Allure, e.l.f. Supermask with Soothing Centella Asiatica ($12) is super-soothing to sensitive skin, using the antioxidant centella asiatica to deliver deep moisture. You'll love the cool-to-the-touch gel texture of this mask plus its calming lavender scent. Perfect for hydrating your complexion, this mask also includes ceramides and cocoa butter to lock it all in. Use this if you're dealing with redness and your skin will thank you!

Aveeno's Oat Face Mask ($7.42) is a classic with prebiotic oat, pumpkin seed, and feverfew extract to hydrate skin and wrap it in sweet-scented fall goodness. As per Allure, the pumpkin in this mask works to "rebalance skin," especially if dealing with dryness or any kind of inflammation. It's also paraben and phthalate-free as well as allergy-tested.

As per Marie Claire, if you're dealing with an "angry" complexion, look no further than Bioderma's Sensibio Mask for Sensitive Skin ($19.99). An "iconic" mask for calming down frustrating skin woes, it's especially great for battling breakouts in the gentlest way possible. The combination of enoxolone and glycerin lock in moisture.

Brightening masks to get rid of dark spots STAT

If your biggest skin concern is hyperpigmentation, you probably already have a roundup of exfoliants, ranging from cleanser scrubs to lactic acid-infused serums. While your daily routine is crucial to get rid of dark spots fast, using the right mask once or twice a week can speed up the process. Luckily, we've found three drugstore buys that are low-priced and extremely effective.  

Who What Wear recommends Vichy Mineral Double Glow Peel Face Mask ($20) for anyone looking to achieve a megawatt glow, utilizing AHA's like orange, lemon, blueberry, sugarcane, and maple. Volcanic water and rock particles round out the formula, making it a chemical and physical exfoliant all in one. Use this for multi-masking, combining it with a clay mask on different parts of your face for the ultimate beauty ritual.

Prefer a sheet mask? Sweet Chef Ginger Vitamin C Fresh Pressed Sheet Face Mask ($3.50) is another great option, blending ginger and vitamin C for skin-brightening vibrance and evening out your complexion. Free of parabens, this sheet mask is made of tencel so it's safe for sensitive skin too. Marie Claire says this mask is "reinvigorating."

Or, go for Yes To Grapefruit Vitamin C Glow Boosting Peel Off Single Use Face Mask ($2.59), named by Byrdie as the best drugstore mask for dull skin. This mud mask is made of pink kaolin clay for absorbing oil, plus antioxidants like vitamin C and grapefruit to improve hyperpigmentation.

Amazing anti-stress drugstore masks

It's no secret life can get stressful, especially with a hectic daily commute, work, or even relationship troubles. For some of us, anxiety shows up on our skin through acne, redness, or even dermatitis. That's where de-stress aromatherapy masks come in!

Named the best drugstore mask for a hangover by Marie Claire, Pacifica Stress Rehab & Caffeine Facial Mask ($3.99) is the answer to all our stressed out skin prayers. Combining coconut, green tea, and caffeine, this mask will make you look awake after the longest all-nighters. Turmeric works to brighten skin, while the formula works double-duty to help you achieve ultimate hydration. And who doesn't love the relaxing beach vibes of a coconut scent?

We're also obsessed with Bioré Rose Quartz + Charcoal Stress Relief Clay Mask ($7.99), and not just for its adorable rosy color. According to Allure, this kaolin clay mask is infused with a hefty dose of charcoal for getting rid of impurities, and rose quartz for a much-needed feeling of pure calm.

Alternatively, Freeman Dead Sea Minerals Facial Anti-Stress Mask ($3.27) will bring you serenity through a mud-based formula that's rich in sea salt and oceanic minerals. This mask will transport you to the Dead Sea in no time, unclogging pores and clearing your complexion all at once. Plus, its calming lavender and bergamot scent will get you ready for sleep. As per Stylecraze, this is the best mask for stressed-out skin.

Seriously-satisfying peel-off mask options

If you catch yourself watching way too many TikTok videos of slime, soap shaving, or even ASMR, chances are you'll love a peel-off mask. We've rounded up the best drugstore peel-off masks that will get your skin prepped, glowy, and gorgeous.

Clean & Clear is a mainstay skincare brand for a reason, amassing millions of die-hard fans for acne-fighting products. Their Mask One Rubbery Peel-Off Mask ($16) is a total powerhouse, grabbing a hold of blackheads and sebum as it clings to your every pore. As per Allure, peeling it off is a cinch, visually removing gunk and dirt to reveal fresh, clean skin. Plus, this mask is neon blue, so we're naturally obsessed with it.

Or, go for I Dew Care Disco Kitten Illuminating Peel-off Mask ($23), a formula Who What Wear says is perfect for anyone "suffering from dull and drab skin." Made out of diamond powder (the luxe life chose us), pearl powder, and rice bran extract, this mask will tighten and brighten as soon as you peel it off. White water lily extract soothes your complexion, and turnip leaf gives it extra vibrance.

If you want something anti-aging, try this Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Pre-Tox Peel Off Antioxidant Face Mask ($11.07) instead. According to Stylecraze, this mask is antioxidant-rich through its Blackberry Complex, shielding skin from environmental pollution that causes aging. AHA's exfoliate the skin, while vitamin E is great for moisture and plumping fine lines.