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Underground Beauty Find: Peach & Lily Sheet Masks

Welcome to the first instalment of our new beauty series, where we introduce beauty things so indie, you've probably never heard of them before. Until now, that is.

When you’re not so well-versed in the language of beauty, it helps when product packagings cut all the fluffy crap and just tell you exactly what a certain thing is for. I mean, how the hell am I supposed to know what snail slime does or what vitamins my tired complexion lacks offhand? Sure, there’s a fancy pomegranate on these face mask packets, but someone tell me what it does without me having to Google about it already!

Maybe this is one of the reasons behind the names of Peach & Lily’s debut sheet masks. (No evidence whatsoever, it is just pure guesswork on our end.) For those of you who don’t know – and you probably don’t, hence this new “Underground Beauty Find” series – Peach & Lily is a leading curator of South Korean beauty products in the US. Locating South Korean skincare is hardly a chore here in Asia, but in the States, Peach & Lily is a pretty big deal. It has been featured in Vogue, Allure and W Magazine, so that counts for something.

Early last month, the beauty retailer launched three sheet masks, each with quirky but very straightforward names. While the research bit is a given, Peach & Lily’s masks are more the result of asking customers exactly what they want in their sheet masks. They’re sort of like the “People’s Choice” of masks. These are also paraben-free, fragrance-free and sulphate-free with the long list skin superfoods in plain sight.

Good Skin Day is more for days when you just need a hydration boost, while Reset Button, as its name suggests, is a quick solution to irritated and stressed skin. I normally like to count on Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Intense Recovery for this, but if I need something lighter to slap on my face before leaving the house, sheet masks like Reset Button do just fine.

My top pick of the trio goes to Chubby Cheeks. Why? Because I have chubby cheeks and I need all the help I can get – don’t laugh – and because there’s this pesky faint line on the side of my nose that I’ve been trying to rid myself of for weeks.

Perhaps it is slightly psychological, but the line did seem to have faded a little after 20 minutes with Chubby Cheeks. My skin was also visibly smoother and hydrated after washing off the excess solution. The mask also itself has a good, thin texture that spreads easily and comfortably on the face. I absolutely cannot stand clumpy sheet masks where you can literally feel the roughness on your skin. In this area, Peach & Lily’s silky cellulose mask excels.

It doesn’t knock off my current champ in the arena of budget sheet masks – the Poretol Milky Mask by a little known brand called Elizabeth – but for an independent debut, I’d say Peach & Lily has a trio of pretty good masks on its hands.

Want more? We reveal the steps behind our go-to home facial routine here and our ultimate guide on the best masking products and how to make the most out of them here. If you’re feeling adventurous, we make a very convincing case for moisturising facial oils here.

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