Bargain Beauty | H&M face mask range review


Face masks are one of the most decadent cosmetic treatments you can buy from the shelves. High end, lower or even homemade; once you’ve found your perfect match your skin will never be the same. Yet some of these miracle potions come with a hefty price tag.

At 99p per mask, H&M steps in with cheap concoctions that promise deep cleaning, hydration and refreshed skin. It all seems a little too good to be true, but I have a confession to make…

I absolutely adore these budget face masks! At 99p and from a retailer that isn’t exactly known for a fabulous beauty range, you might not expect much. Of course, expectation management is key. I can’t say they’re packed full of natural goodies or they’re the best face masks on the market, but they certainly are worth check out.

With a bottle and wine and two test subjects, my flatmate, the neighbour and I put these bargain beauties to the test. Here’s a few individual reviews that may help you narrow down your choice.


Raspberry Smoothie Pore Cleansing Mask
This smells incredible. Instead of a synthetic fruity scent, this mask smells like a fresh punit of berries, which is very reassuring.

It is easy to apply, but I did come across a few lumps. I had to wait a little longer than the estimated 15 minutes for this to dry, which personally I didn’t mind.

As soon as you apply water to this mask, it dehydrates and feels exactly like it did when you reapplied. This did make it rather troublesome to remove, but the rejuvenated feeling of my skin afterwards made the whole ordeal worth it.

Dead Sea Mineral Mask
This one is my favourite out of the whole bunch. I walk to work in the cold mornings and my skin takes an absolute battering. This amazing face mask made my skin so unbelievably smooth and nourished that I didn’t even have to moisturise the next day.

The application is excellent and the smell is gorgeous, like fresh washed sheets. I would have thought this mask could have been drying, because when you think of the dead sea, you immediately think of salt. However, this is not the case, as my skin felt even better than it did when I used the raspberry smoothie.

Coconut Water Moisture Mask
“Put that one in the fridge, that’s what I do when I know I’m going to be hungover!” A top tip from one of the Manchester Arndale team and oh gosh was he right! Whilst they’re cold on the skin, it almost adds to the sense of fresh, clean skin.

With coconut and shea butter, you’d think this was ok for sensitive skin, but my flatmate seemed to struggle. Whilst there was no lasting impact and her skin felt soft afterwards, she did suffer a wave of redness covering her face. This is of course just her skin and no reflection of how everyone would react, but it’s worth baring in mind if you have troublesome skin.

Manuka Honey Peel Off Mask
My neighbor, a face mask virgin, struggled with this mask. As the mask is quite clear he couldn’t see where he had already applied it. We helped, but he’d already made quite a mess of it! Perhaps this isn’t one for novices.

Again, the estimated drying time was a little off, but the results were worth the wait. I’d say this was better at pore cleaning than the raspberry smoothie mask, as you can see the dirt being lifted off your skin.

H&M stock loads more face masks for all skin types and since they’re so cheap you can afford to try quite a few out, to find the perfect one for your skin.

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  1. January 31, 2015 / 3:39 pm

    The raspberry smoothie one sounds pretty amazing. I use a lot of Dead Sea type masks because they are supposed to be so good for skin. I wonder if I can find these in the states?

    • Admin
      January 31, 2015 / 5:29 pm

      I think they deliver internationally, but I’m not 100% sure. It might just be a european service.

  2. February 1, 2015 / 3:10 am

    well indeed when you think of the Dead Sea you think about the salt, but it has many nourishing minerals! This particular one sounds promising and I will hunt it down!!

  3. March 28, 2015 / 7:31 pm

    I had no idea H&M sold any beauty products! I love the sound of the raspberry mask, I might have to check these out 🙂

  4. Monalisa
    April 1, 2015 / 5:45 pm

    I’ve seen these in H&M they look so cute but I was put of by the price, you’re right after reading the description and looking at the price my thoughts were ‘too good to be true’. But I’ll reconsider the raspberry smoothie mask after this review! I’ve also tried a Manuka Honey mask from Boots, absolutely adore it! Probably my favourite type of mask, great for oily skin types like me 🙂


  5. Faith
    May 1, 2016 / 8:20 pm

    So I have bought the coconut water one, and before trying it I tested for irritacy,as I’ve had problems with face masks in the past. It does have a very artificial smell and for any beauty bloggers who try moisturisers a lot, it smelt a bit plasticy.
    After a few minutes it dried transparent, ad left my skin quite soft,however my skin was quite tingly and irritated.
    Overall I wouldn’t use this again and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone unless you have very dry skin,because otherwise it leaves the skin fairly oily or had no
    effect. I hope this helps with some people who are thinking about buying this

  6. Alondra
    August 15, 2016 / 6:24 am

    I’m in the united states and these face masks have been removed!! I absolutely LOVED the Dead Sea Mineral Mask. Any idea where I could purchase the same online? From a different country maybe?

    • Admin
      August 16, 2016 / 11:04 am

      I saw some on Amazon a while back, I loved them too :(!