The 16 best facial masks for every skin type

We compared customer ratings to find the most-loved beauty face masks for every skin type.

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The best beauty face and sheet masks for all skin types in Australia

How did we pick this list?

Our editorial team selected the facial masks on this list based on both real customer reviews and our own personal experiences with the products. For each category, we carefully selected parameters based on research and identified the products with the highest review score within those parameters.

Get more detail on our methodology below.

Best drugstore face mask: Sukin Super Greens Detoxifying Clay Masque

Pros

  • Many customers say it left their skin soft and glowing
  • Vegan, cruelty-free and Australian made

Cons

  • Clay formula may not suit very dry skin types
  • No applicator included
Price (RRP): $19.95 for 100mL
Amazon Price: From $9.97

eBay Price: From $17.80
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Why we chose it

To determine our best pick for this category, we considered products priced at $25 or less that are available in popular Australian chemists.

Our winner was Sukin's Super Greens Detoxifying Clay Masque, which is priced at $19.95 and came in with a score of 4.6 out of 5 stars across more than 1,100 reviews sourced from Chemist Warehouse, Priceline and Google Reviews.

Crafted from a mix of kale, goji berry and bentonite, the formula is ideal for those looking to brighten the complexion and minimise the appearance of fine lines.

The addition of avocado, baobab and rosehip oil also leaves skin feeling replenished and stops the mask from being too drying, making it a great choice for most skin types.

Many reviewers said the mask left their skin soft and firm without drying it out, which can be an issue with some clay masks.


Best clay face mask: Sodashi Gentle Repair White Clay Mask

Pros

  • Reviewers say it helped calm inflammation, eczema and rosacea
  • Suitable to use on sunburn and sensitive skin

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • Some reviewers say it isn’t effective at detoxifying skin
Price (RRP): $115 for 50mL
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Why we chose it

Though it is quite pricey, Sodashi's Gentle Repair White Clay Mask was the highest-scoring mask we considered across all categories, with customers from Adore Beauty, Nourished Life and Google Reviews scoring it a 4.9 out of 5.

Reviewers say the product is great for calming redness and irritation, with some reporting that it even helped with issues such as rosacea.

Made from a blend of pure botanical extracts of chamomile, damask rose, calendula and neroli, Sodashi has also said that the mask is great for treating eczema and painful sunburn, making it a great product to have on hand during the summer months.

While the mask successfully soothes the skin, those looking for a detoxifying mask may want to look elsewhere. Despite its clay base, some reviewers reported that the mask did not help to detox or cleanse their skin and said the product is instead aimed at improving skin moisture and texture.


Best charcoal face mask: The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask

Pros

  • Reviewers say it leaves skin completely refreshed and smooth
  • Some reviewers report a tingling sensation which some may find unpleasant

Cons

  • Contains alcohol
  • No applicator included
Price (RRP): $35 for 75mL

eBay Price: From $35.00

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Why we chose it

With a 4.7 out of 5 star rating from more than 2,800 reviews sourced from Google Reviews and The Body Shop site, the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask is a customer favourite for a reason.

Designed to absorb excess oil and unclog pores, the facial mask has become a must-have skincare product for those with blemish-prone skin.

Made from bamboo charcoal from the Himalayan foothills, green tea leaves and Community Fair Trade tea tree oil, the mask is a powerful purifier, with many customers saying it leaves skin smooth and refreshed.

However, some reviewers did say that the mask can be difficult to apply as it dries quite quickly. It also does not include an applicator, so you will need to buy one separately or apply it with your hands.


Best sheet face mask: Go-To Transformazing Sheet Mask

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Pros

  • Very affordable
  • Reviewers say it is suitable for all skin types

Cons

  • Some reviewers say that the effects of the mask are short-term
  • Some reviewers struggled with the fit of the sheet mask
Price (RRP): $9 for one mask

Why we chose it

You've no doubt seen Go-To's Transformazing Sheet Mask on your Instagram feed but, if not, you may want it on your radar.

The mask received a whopping 4.8 out of 5 star rating across more than 4,000 reviews sourced from Google Reviews, MECCA and the Go-To site, easily making it the highest rated sheet mask we considered.

Reviewers who usually find moisturising masks too oily for their skin love this product and describe it as super hydrating without being greasy or irritating.

Many also said it's great for prepping the skin before a night out, as the combination of kakadu plum, finger lime and pepper leaf helps to plump and brighten the skin in just 10 minutes.


Best LED face mask: Peppy Co LED Light Therapy Mask V2

Pros

  • Much more affordable than salon alternatives
  • Most reviewers say that they noticed a difference in skin condition after some use

Cons

  • Some reviewers say that the mask can be quite heavy on the bridge of the nose
  • Other reviewers mentioned that the glasses frame is quite tight
Price (RRP): $95 for 50mL
THE ICONIC Price:From $163
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Why we chose it

While not technically a face mask, we would be remiss not to include Peppy Co's LED Light Therapy Mask V2 on this list.

With a 4.4 out of 5 star rating from more than 1,100 reviews sourced from THE ICONIC and the Peppy Co site, the unique LED mask targets numerous skin concerns including signs of ageing, breakouts, inflammation and sun-damage.

Using pain-free, non-invasive light wavelengths to alleviate each concern, the product aims to transform skin in just 4 weeks.

Many reviewers say they noticed results straight away, while others say it took a while to reap the benefits. When compared to the price of salon LED skin treatments though, most reviewers agreed that the mask is great value for money.

We also reviewed the LED Light Therapy V2 Mask ourselves and found it to be a great ongoing skincare tool that was effective at reducing redness and pigmentation.


Best exfoliating face mask: Dermalogica Hydro Masque Exfoliant

Pros

  • Vegan, cruelty-free and artificial fragrance-free
  • Reviewers say it is not a gentle exfoliant that does not irritate the skin

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Some reviewers say the product size is not good value for money
Price (RRP): $95 for 50mL
Buy at Adore Beauty

Why we chose it

This unique Dermalogica product serves as a 2-in-1 hydrating masque and exfoliator, which means you can slough away dead skin and come away feeling like you've just used a hydrating mask instead.

Made from bamboo and snow mushrooms, the formula is designed to provide a gentle level of exfoliation without irritation or micro-tears, which is great news for those with sensitive skin.

In fact, many reviewers remarked on the gentle nature of the product and said their skin was silky soft and glowing after use.

The mask also received a massive 4.8 out of 5 star rating across more than 100 reviews sourced from Adore Beauty, Active Skin and MECCA.


Best anti-ageing face mask: Ole Henriksen PHAT Glow Facial

Pros

  • Many reviewers said it leaves skin glowing
  • Does not leave skin red or irritated like some chemical exfoliants

Cons

  • Some reviewers said the product is quite drying
  • Other reviewers did not like the smell
Price (RRP): $70 for $50mL

eBay Price: From $49.98

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Why we chose it

Having reviewed Ole Henriksen's PHAT Glow Facial ourselves, we weren't surprised to find that it received a 4.5 out of 5 rating from more than 6,800 customers, with reviews sourced from Sephora, Google Reviews and the Ole Henriksen site.

As the name suggests, the mask contains PHAs (also known as polyhydroxy acids), which are designed to plump the skin and fight the signs of ageing.

Many reviewers said it did not break their skin out like other chemical exfoliants and that it left skin glowing and smooth.

However, some reviewers reported that they found the mask to be quite drying and commented that there is a learning curve when it comes to using the product.


Best natural face mask: Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask

Pros

  • Australian made, organic and cruelty-free
  • Many reviewers say it clears up acne and reduces appearance of pores

Cons

  • May be too drying for very dry skin types
  • Some reviewers say it is too expensive
Price (RRP): $60.90 for 60mL
Amazon price: From $60.90
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Why we chose it

With a 4.6 out of 5 stars across 2,800 reviews sourced from Myer, Adore Beauty and the Sand & Sky site, Sand & Sky's Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask is one of the most talked about masks on social media.

Made from a blend of Australian pink clay and Aussie botanicals, the mask is 100% organic, cruelty-free and incredibly easy-to-use, making it a great eco-friendly purchase.

Designed to draw out impurities, toxins and pollutants from the skin, many reviewers commented on how well the mask clears up acne and reduces the appearance of pores.

Many reviewers also loved that the product comes with a spatula for hygienic application.

As it is a clay mask though, moisturising after use is highly recommended. Those with very dry skin types may also want to aim for a more hydrating product.


Best overnight face mask: Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask

Pros

  • Many reviewers said they woke up to soft, hydrated skin
  • Other reviews say it leaves skin glowing

Cons

  • May not be suitable for those with acne-prone skin
  • Relatively expensive
Price (RRP): $56 for 100mL
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eBay Price: From $60.80
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Buy at Myer

Why we chose it

Made from a combination of hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and glycerin, Clinique's Moisture Surge Overnight Mask is made to penetrate deep into the skin while you sleep to restore moisture lost throughout the day.

The oil-free formula makes the mask suitable for most skin types, with many reviewers commenting that their skin felt supple and hydrated when they woke.

Many also said the product did not irritate their sensitive skin and that it left them glowing.

Unfortunately, the product does contain heavier ingredients such as shea and mango butters that may not suit those with acne-prone skin.

The mask received a 4.7 out of 5 star rating across more than 3,900 reviews sourced from Myer, MECCA and Google Reviews.


Best face mask for dry skin: Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Sheet Mask

Pros

  • Free from synthetic fragrances
  • Reviewers say it lives up to its name and leaves skin hydrated and dewy

Cons

  • A handful of reviewers experienced acne after use
  • Some reviewers did not like the smell
Price (RRP): $18 for one mask

eBay Price: From $27.39

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Why we chose it

With a 4.7 out of 5 star rating across more than 4,100 reviews sourced from Google Reviews, MECCA and the Tatcha site, Tatcha's Luminous Dewy Skin Sheet Mask is the best mask option we found for those with dry to very dry skin.

The form-fitting mask contains a hydrating blend of ingredients including Okinawa red algae, Uji green tea and Akita rice, which work to detoxify and deeply nourish the skin.

Each mask is drenched in 20ml of serum for maximum absorption and efficacy, with many reviewers commenting that it gave an instant plumping effect.

Other reviewers said the mask helped calm sensitive, reactive skin, making it great value for money.


Best facial mask for oily skin: Philosophy Purity Made Simple Exfoliating Clay Mask

Pros

  • Many reviewers say it is effective at reducing blackheads and the appearance of pores
  • Other reviewers say it is a good exfoliant and leaves skin clean and smooth

Cons

  • Expensive for size
  • A small number of reviewers say it slightly irritates the skin on application
Price (RRP): $50 for 75mL
Amazon price: From $35.00
eBay Price: From $50.00
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Buy at Adore Beauty

Why we chose it

Having received a 4.7 out of 5 star rating from more than 230 reviews sourced from Adore Beauty, Myer and Google Reviews, Philosophy's Purity Made Simple Exfoliating Clay Mask comes very highly rated.

Made to exfoliate dead skin and draw out impurities, the white clay mask is ideal for those looking to ease skin congestion, with reviewers saying it works well on blackheads.

Despite the small 75ml tube, many reviewers also said that the product goes a long way and that it leaves skin visibly cleaner and smoother.

Some customers have remarked that the product is drying, which is common with clay masks, so following the mask with a serum or moisturiser is recommended.


Best face mask for combination skin: Clarins SOS Pure Rebalancing Clay Mask

Pros

  • Some reviewers say it keeps oily patches in check throughout the day
  • Other reviews say it leaves skin feeling cleansed and balanced

Cons

  • Expensive for size
  • Contains alcohol
Price (RRP): $52 for 75mL
Amazon price: From $30.18
Buy at Amazon
Buy at Adore Beauty

Why we chose it

Finding products that work well for combination skin can be tricky, but the Clarins SOS Pure Rebalancing Clay Mask has been specially made to balance the skin.

The cream-paste formula aims to purify and reduce the appearance of pores, while keeping oily areas in check throughout the day.

Many reviewers say the mask left their skin refreshed and glowing after use, while others say it smoothed the texture of their skin and improved their makeup application.

However, some customers mentioned that they need to use the SOS Pure Rebalancing Clay Mask for their T-zone, with a more moisturising mask on drier patches of skin to achieve maximum results.

The mask received a 4.6 out of 5 star rating across more than 1,200 reviews sourced from Adore Beauty, Google Reviews and the Clarins Australia site.


Best face mask for sensitive skin: Avène Hydrance Hydrating Sleeping Mask

Pros

  • Reviewers say it does not irritate the skin or cause breakouts
  • Many reviewers say it helped improve skin hydration and texture

Cons

  • Skin may require cleansing the morning after as the product does not always fully absorb
  • Some reviewers did not like the scent
Price (RRP): $56.99 for 50mL

eBay Price: From $46.95

Buy at eBay
Buy at Adore Beauty

Why we chose it

Trialling new products when you have sensitive skin can be intimidating, but with a 4.9 out of 5 rating from reviewers across Adore Beauty, Chemist Warehouse and Google Reviews, Avène's Hydrance Hydrating Sleeping Mask is one worth trying.

The formula contains a trio of lipids which, when combined, give skin an intense hydration hit overnight.

With continued use, reviewers found that it refreshed and improved the texture of their skin, without leaving it tacky or sticky.

The gel-like nature of the product also makes it a great option for all skin types, with reviewers reporting that it did not irritate the skin or break it out.

We also reviewed it ourselves and found it to be fast-working and incredibly refreshing.


Best face mask for mature skin: Alpha-H Liquid Gold Ultimate Perfecting Mask

Pros

  • Reviewers say it is an affordable alternative to professional facials
  • We found that it brightened and cleansed the skin

Cons

  • Relatively expensive
  • Some reviewers say the mask can sting a little on application
Price (RRP): $75 for 50mL
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eBay Price: From $87.95
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Why we chose it

Alpha-H's Liquid Gold Ultimate Perfecting Mask is an advanced treatment mask made for mature skin and those experiencing the signs of ageing.

Featuring a powerful combination of anti-ageing and hydrating ingredients, the mask acts as an at-home peel that delivers an immediate boost of hydration to the skin.

It also targets hyper-pigmentation, deep wrinkles, sun-damage and enlarged pores, with reviewers commenting that it left their skin radiant and more even-toned after use.

Many reviewers also found it to be an affordable alternative to professional facials or used it as maintenance between appointments and before big events.

We also reviewed the Liquid Gold Ultimate Perfecting Mask ourselves and found that it visibly cleansed and brightened the skin.

The mask received a 4.7 out of 5 star rating from more than 200 reviews sourced from Adore Beauty, Google Reviews and Activeskin.


Best face mask for blackheads: Philosophy Purity Made Simple Exfoliating Clay Mask

Pros

  • Many reviewers say it is effective at reducing blackheads and the appearance of pores
  • Other reviewers say it is a good exfoliant and leaves skin clean and smooth

Cons

  • Expensive for size
  • A small number of reviewers say it slightly irritates the skin on application
Price (RRP): $50 for 75mL
Amazon Price: From $35.00
eBay Price: From $50.00
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Buy at Adore Beauty

Why we chose it

If you're looking to banish blackheads, Philosophy's Purity Made Simple Exfoliating Clay Mask is our top recommendation.

With a score of 4.7 out of 5 stars from more than 230 reviews sourced from Adore Beauty, Myer and Google Reviews, the mask is popular with customers who sought to ease skin congestion and purify the skin.

The mask also works to refresh skin, with reviewers commenting that the mix of white clay, salicylic acid and natural exfoliants dramatically improved their skin texture.

As with most clay masks, some customers did find the product to be drying, and recommended a serum or moisturiser after use.


Best face mask for men: The Body Shop Nicaraguan Coffee Intense Awakening Mask

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Reviewers say it leaves skin feeling "awake" and refreshed

Cons

  • Only available at The Body Shop
  • Some reviewers say it isn’t as exfoliating as they would like
Price (RRP): $35 for 75mL
eBay Price: From $35.00
Buy at The Body Shop
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Why we chose it

With a 4.6 out of 5 star rating from over 370 reviews left on Google Reviews and The Body Shop online, the Nicaraguan Coffee Intense Awakening Mask is a great option for those who want a simple, yet effective product.

Priced at $35, the mask ticks quite a few boxes – it's affordable, unfussy and it smells great.

Made to invigorate tired skin, many reviewers say that it's effective at waking them up in the morning and in making their skin feel soft and supple.

Others say the product has a very fine texture which makes it easy to apply and wash off, and that it did not cause redness or irritate the skin.


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  • We compared over 70 beauty face mask brands and based our picks on real customer reviews sourced from popular beauty stores and review sites. We also took into consideration first-hand testing by the Finder reviews team to select the list of the best facial masks.
  • The products on this list are chosen by our editorial team and are not selected based on commercial relationships.

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