Sale alert! From today through this coming Sunday, March 26 – March 29 EST, Etude House is having a Spring Weekend Sale with free shipping on orders over $50! And since I’ve been falling more deeply in love with the Etude House I Need You! sheet masks with every mask I use, now seems like a great time to talk about the line.
As I mentioned in my review of the Etude House I Need You sheet mask in Vita Complex, I hadn’t expected anything special from this line. The spectacular results I got from it were one hell of a pleasant surprise. And it turns out that those results weren’t a fluke, limited to the Vita Complex mask. Since then, I’ve tried the Lemon, Acai Berry, and Tea Tree masks from this line (comparison reviews with similar masks from other brands coming soon), and they’ve proven consistently impressive. Each of the masks I’ve tried has left my skin looking translucently bright and feeling incredibly smooth, soft, and juicy-moist. They’ve also all lived up to the specific claims attached to their star ingredients. I’m sold, and Etude House’s I Need You sheet masks have now surpassed my old standby My Beauty Diary as my favorite sheet masks to use when my skin sends out an SOS. The only people for whom I would not recommend these masks are those who are sensitive to alcohol.
Let’s take an objective look at what makes Etude House’s I Need You sheet masks so special for me.
Etude House I Need You Sheet Mask Star Ingredients
Every sheet mask has some star ingredients, and many star ingredients are common across multiple lines. You’ll frequently find honey, aloe, green tea, pearl, pomegranate, and rice varieties in a brand’s sheet mask line, for example. The problem is that with some brands, it’s either hard to tell just how much of that star ingredient the mask actually contains, or else a look at a mask’s ingredients reveals that the supposed star ingredient is discouragingly low on the list.
Not so with any of the Etude House I Need You sheet masks that I own. The ingredients lists state exactly how much of the star ingredient is included in each mask. All of the masks I own that feature natural or botanical extracts contain exactly 20mg of the featured extract; Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen each contain 2mg of their star ingredient, and Coenzyme Q10 contains 1mg. I have to say, I really appreciate Etude House’s transparency when it comes to their star ingredients.
Etude House I Need You Sheet Mask Base Essence
Of course, the star ingredients aren’t the only substances that make or break a sheet mask. 20mg (or 2, or 1) isn’t much when you consider that each sheet mask is 20ml. The base essence the sheet masks use makes an arguably bigger difference, especially when comparing sheet masks of the same type from different brands. In fact, I think the base essence that Etude House uses across its I Need You sheet mask line is probably the real differentiator that makes these masks so much better for me than either the Innisfree or The Face Shop sheet masks I’ve been trying out too.
If you look at any sheet mask’s ingredients, you’ll see a few common ingredients. Sheet masks will always contain some humectants (Etude House’s I Need You sheet masks rely primarily on glycerin and, surprisingly, do not typically include hyaluronic acid), penetration enhancers, film formers, pH adjusters, and usually preservatives. They may also contain a few botanical extracts.
I have a feeling that the botanical extracts in the I Need You sheet masks are what really make them great.
After a look at the ingredients lists on all of my remaining I Need You sheet masks, I noticed several that are common across all of them: camellia sinensis leaf extract, sophora angustifolia root extract, lonicera japonica (honeysuckle) flower extract, prunus persica (peach) leaf extract, paeonia albiflora root extract, gingko biloba leaf extract, and scutellaria root extract.
The use of most of these extracts dates back to traditional Chinese medicine (court ladies needed to beautify their skin long before the advent of modern chemistry, after all!), and they look carefully chosen for their skin-beautifying and skin-protective properties. Nearly all of them are antioxidants and a majority of them are anti-inflammatory. Some, like prunus persica (peach) leaf extract and gingko biloba leaf extract, show promise as wrinkle reducers, while others, like sophora angustifolia root extract, and scutellaria baicalensis root extract, may also be effective at skin brightening. I’ve gotten consistent and noticeable brightening and skin tone evening effects from the I Need You sheet masks even when those aren’t the effects claimed on the packages. I credit those effects to the botanical extracts they all have in common.
An Intro to Etude House I Need You Sheet Mask Varieties
The sheer variety of masks offered in the Etude House I Need You line of sheet masks is staggering. Here are a bunch of them, categorized by effect.
Where to Buy Etude House I Need You Sheet Masks
If you’re just starting to get into Korean skin care, trying to buy products online can be intimidating at first. That’s why I’ll be offering links to recommended vendors in all my product reviews and features going forward. I have used all of the sellers and webshops I link to, and I can vouch for their reliability and trustworthiness, so you can feel confident buying from them.
Etude House I Need You sheet masks are individually available for $0.95 USD apiece on the Etude House website. These will ship from Korea so may take a few weeks to reach you, depending on which shipping option you choose.
If you, like me, are impatient, have a hard time deciding which varieties you want to try, and/or have Amazon Prime, you can find assortments on Amazon at the following affiliate links:
- Etude House I Need You Mask Sheet 20pcs set for $29.98 USD
- Etude House I Need You Mask Sheet 15pcs set for $19.98 USD
Some Amazon vendors also offer individual varieties of Etude House I Need You sheet masks at various price points. As you can see, the Amazon offerings are marked up versus buying directly from Etude House, but those prices include (and significantly offset) the shipping costs, and in most cases, you’ll get your masks very quickly. For those looking for the best deal, I recommend putting together an identical shopping cart at each webshop you look at, then selecting the one that comes out the cheapest after shipping–each webshop calculates shipping slightly differently.
Have you tried any Etude House I Need You sheet masks yet? What did you think of them?