Go for the gold with this luxurious hydrating mask

Masks are a essential component of my skincare arsenal, because they allow me to tailor my routine to how my skin is acting at a particular time. From exfoliating and hydrating to clarifying and soothing, I’m prepared for anything—and I’m always up for trying something new. In a strange twist of fate a few weeks ago, I received an email from Nancy Reagan, comprehensive beauty expert and the founder of Mi Bella Reina, a top-notch spa that’s literally around the corner. In addition to offering high-end products (think Sisley, Environ and Dermalogica), Nancy created her own line of professional-grade skincare—and just a few days later one of her Collagen 24K Gold Facial Masks arrived.

As you can see from the photo, this is a gel-based sheet mask—not a cream or gel you spread on with your fingertips. The ingredients include collagen, gold and pearl powders, hyaluronic acid, vitamins A and E, grape seed oil and plum extract—which work together to hydrate the skin. After giving it a whirl, I can attest that the mask delivers—although it looks a little Hannibal Lecter-esque. (Fortunately my husband isn’t shocked by anything anymore, and my son was already asleep.)

I was very impressed with how NOT messy this mask was. Upon opening it, I poured the excess fluid into a little cup, and then used my fingers to apply it to my face. Then I put the mask on my face, taking care to line up the holes for my eyes and mouth. It felt cool and refreshing, there was no dripping, and I left it on for about 25 minutes while watching an episode of Ray Donovan (I’m obsessed.)

When my time was up, I took it off (it doesn’t stick to your skin), tossed it in the wastepaper basket, applied a little more of the extra “juice” and admired how smooth, soft and juicy my skin was. This mask is a total winner, and I’d totally recommend using it before an event or big night out because it your skin positively plump and radiant.

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