Sheet masks have been a staple of Asian women’s beauty routines since, forever, but it’s only been a couple of years since everyone stopped seeing masking as a once-in-a-blue-moon treatment and started slapping it on their faces on a daily basis. It’s like we’ve finally been given free rein to use our ‘special stash’ every day and splash out on more than 365 masks a year.
So before the Korean beauty wave came along and we started schlepping to Seoul to fill up our luggage allowances with masks on the cheap, there were Taiwanese masks. And when I say Taiwanese masks, I really mean My Scheming and not the other more known and overrated brand with too much fragrance. Before we had hydrogels and bio-cellulose masks, My Scheming was what I shopped in bulk for because
- It’s super affordable
- It’s of better quality than cotton masks by The Face Shop/Innisfree/Skin Food
- It’s effective
- It didn’t irritate my skin
I’m no longer crazy in love with My Scheming masks, but that’s more me transiting out of the budget + drugstore category to budget + premium cool table (*flips hair*) rather than a drop in quality. I don’t get excited by it, but when I don’t have a specific mask I want to try or if I’m feeling particularly uninspired, my remaining stash of My Scheming masks is what I reach out for.
Over 7 years, I’ve tried out pretty much every My Scheming mask, save for limited edition/regional ‘flavours’ and only recently did I start documenting them all. I have five favourites that I wouldn’t hesitate to buy a 10-pc box of, while the rest are purchased as individual pieces. My top absolute favourite is:
My Scheming Bird’s Nest Collagen Hydrating Mask.
It was the first My Scheming mask I’ve ever tried and made me fall in love with the brand – what was a random pick up in a Hong Kong drugstore has blossomed into a full-on love affair, and I’ve probably gone through about 10 boxes of these in years. It’s ultra brightening, hydrating, and plumping without irritating your skin.
I haven’t seen it in the new silk format yet, but honestly I find that the regular cotton version for this is just as effective and good.
How to pick your My Scheming masks and where to buy them
Before I unleash the star-filled table of a simplified review system of all 33 masks below, here are some tips on buying My Scheming masks because while the brand has helpfully incorporate a bit of English into their packaging, some of the pertinent information is left in Mandarin. Also, their website
sucks is very outdated.
Tip 1: SILK VS COTTON
I really love their new ‘Invisible’ material, simply because it’s more comfortable and adheres better to the skin. I also find that the silk ones are less prone to dripping – because holy crap, these pack a whole lot of serum in. The cotton ones don’t really drip, but there are a few exceptions, while I’ve never experienced dripping with the thinner material. May I just add that for the first time in a long time, I tried one of the beloved masks from the other Taiwanese brand and not only was the material rough, most of the serum ended up on my bedsheets instead of my face.
To easily tell if the masks are made with silk or cotton sheets, that top-right happy face icon is all you need.
Tip 2: SHOP AROUND
I live in Singapore, and we are pretty much acclimatized to grisly markups from imported products. If you are in SG as well, you can pick up the very basic and bestselling ‘flavours’ at Venus Beauty, both online and in stores for about $10 per box of ten, before shipping. Sasa stores stock an assortment of masks, from $14 – $17 per box. Sasa’s online store always seems to be out of stock of My Scheming, so I’ve pretty much stopped trying. Outside of stocking up in Taiwan – where you get the newest and limited ‘flavours’ in individual pieces – my favourite place to get these is BGO.
It’s a Taiwanese online beauty store, and most of the masks cost about NT199, which is about S$9. EMS Shipping is free above NT2,800 or S$120. Yes, the downside is that you have to buy in bulk/share but you also get almost all of the ‘flavours’ that are not as easily found elsewhere.
Review of 33 My Scheming masks
|My Scheming Masks||Material||Hydrating||Brightening||Fragrance|
|Bird Nest Collagen Hydrating Mask||Cotton||★★★★★||★★★★★||Negligible|
|Provence Lavender Soothing Mask||Cotton||★★★★☆||★☆☆☆☆||Sweet lavender|
|Mandelic Acid Brightening Mask||Silk||★★☆☆☆||★★★★☆||Negligible|
|Rose Dew Moisturising Mask||Silk||★★★★☆||★☆☆☆☆||Faint rose|
|Herbal Anti-Acne Mask||Cotton||★★☆☆☆||★★☆☆☆||Green tea|
|L-Ascorbic Acid Brightening Mask||Silk||★☆☆☆☆||★★★★☆||Slightly citrus|
|Hyaluronan Hydrating Mask||Silk||★★★★★||★★☆☆☆||Clean|
|Neroli Brightening Mask||Silk||★★★☆☆||★★☆☆☆||Sweet neroli|
|Sakura Brightening Mask||Silk||★★★☆☆||★★☆☆☆||Floral|
|Skin Clarifying Astringent Mask||Silk||★☆☆☆☆||★★★☆☆||Weird|
|Goat Milk Moisturising & Brightening Mask||Silk||★★★☆☆||★★☆☆☆||Creamy milk|
|Apple Brightening and Hydrating Mask||Silk||★☆☆☆☆||★★★★☆||Sweet fruity|
|7-in-1 Brightening Essence Mask||Silk||★☆☆☆☆||★★☆☆☆||Negligible|
|Snail Essence Hydrating Mask||Silk||★★★★☆||★★☆☆☆||Negligible|
|Q10 Collagen Firming Mask||Cotton||★★★☆☆||★☆☆☆☆||Strong citrus|
|Milk Extract Brightening Mask||Cotton||★★★☆☆||★★★☆☆||Milky|
|Mint Collagen Soothing Mask||Cotton||★★★☆☆||★★☆☆☆||Minty|
|Caviar Whitening Mask||Cotton||★☆☆☆☆||★★★★☆||Negligible|
|Green Tea and Barley Whitening Mask||Cotton||★★★☆☆||★★☆☆☆||Green tea|
|Pearl Whitening Mask||Cotton||★☆☆☆☆||★★☆☆☆||Negligible|
|Deep Cleansing Pore Minimising Mask||Cotton||★★☆☆☆||★☆☆☆☆||Slightly fruity|
|Hyaluronan Acid and Sponge Cucumber Hydrating Mask||Silk||★★★☆☆||★★★☆☆||Fresh|
|Q10 and Royal Jelly Double Lifting Mask||3D||★☆☆☆☆||☆☆☆☆☆||Citrus|
|Deep Ocean Water with Saccharide Isomerate mask||Cotton||★★★★☆||★☆☆☆☆||Salty water|
|Bulgarian Rose Whitening Mask||Cotton||★★☆☆☆||★★★☆☆||Strong rose|
|Natto Extract Hydrating Mask||Cotton||★★★★☆||★☆☆☆☆||Negligible|
|Moisturising Jelly Water Mask||Pack||★★☆☆☆||★☆☆☆☆||Negligible|
|Deep Cleansing Black Mask||Pack||★☆☆☆☆||★★★☆☆||Sharp|
|Raw Job’s Tears Brightening Black Mask||Cotton||★★☆☆☆||★★★★☆||Citrus|
|Bamboo Charcoal Volcano Purifying Mask||Cotton||★★☆☆☆||★★★☆☆||Earthy|
|Camellia Japonica Hydrating Mask||Cotton||★★★★☆||★★☆☆☆||Sweet floral|
|Pore Cleansing Astringent Mask||Cotton||★★☆☆☆||★★★☆☆||Minty|
|Hot Spring Water Moisturising Mask||Cotton||★★★☆☆||★☆☆☆☆||Negligible|
Reliable, cheap, and effective. That’s why after so many years, I still keep a stash of these even when newer, younger and cooler masks keep forcing me to cheat. I’ve got a bunch of one night stands, and more than a few The Ones I’m very happy with. What’s a girl to do? *languid sigh*
Do you like My Scheming masks? What’s your favourite?
All products have been purchased with my own money and opinions here are 100% my own, don’t forget that I sell jewelry online so that’s where I get my income from. Links are non-affiliated.