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Look and Feel Like a Million Bucks With This Affordable Mask Set

Look and Feel Like a Million Bucks With This Affordable Mask Set

As a face mask lover, one cult favorite I've had my eye on for quite some time is Peter Thomas Roth's Pumpkin Enzyme Mask. It's one of Sephora's top selling masks, and it's constantly being featured in beauty blogs, magazines, and the like. Naturally, my interest has been peaked for quite some time. But here's where I start pumping the brakes: This bestselling, Holy Grail, Internet sensation of a mask only comes in one size (a big ol' tub) and it costs $58. I could ask for them to make a little sample for me at Sephora, but that's too much effort for something I'm only casually curious about. 

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Those little geniuses at Peter Thomas Roth must know that their high priced masks were tempting - but not tempting enough for us thrifty skincare addicts - because they recently came out with Meet Your Mask, a set of six of their masks in 0.47oz tubes for $25. Now that's something I can get behind. Apparently, I'm not alone, because the Meet Your Mask set sold out online and in-store very quickly. I was only able to snag one by checking the impulse-buy area near the till. 

Each tube allows for a few mask applications, so you can really get a sense of what the masks are like and if you would want to repurchase as a full-size. The Pumpkin Enzyme Mask is in there, as well as a few clarifying masks and some hydrating ones as well. To be honest, the hydrating/firming masks don't seem to do anything for me, but I do love the ritual of putting on a face mask, and who cares if naught comes from it - I've had 10 minutes of feeling like a swamp thing and it was a good time (I also feel this way about every cheap sheet mask). 

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As for the famed Pumpkin Enzyme Mask? It's good. If your skin is sensitive to physical exfoliants then maybe the chemical/enzyme exfoliation route is for you. However, I wasn't as blown away by this mask as I hoped to be. I'm going to use every last drop of my half ounce tube and love it, but I'm not about to spend $58 on a tub of the stuff. If I did need to justify my purchase, though, this sample pack did convince me that a half ounce of Pumpkin Enzyme Mask is about three (maybe four!) applications, so a 5oz tub would be what? 30 or 40 masks? What I'm saying is, your cost per use is pretty low, despite your initial investment being ridiculous. 

I took two of these masks with me on a recent trip and I can say they are perfect for on-the-go pampering. The tubes are about as long as my index finger and fit perfectly in my toiletry bag like they were meant to be there. If you're looking to try out an assortment of masks, or want to have some chichi skincare that won't get thrown out by TSA, Meet Your Mask by Peter Thomas Roth is a great find. 

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