As many of you know from Instagram, I got a little overzealous and snagged up several of Peter Thomas Roth’s masks (as well as all of GlamGlow’s, but that’s for another review!) because I’ve heard amazing things about them. Face masks are my favorite beauty product. My logic is that it’s better than having to spend $150 on facials all the time. Masks are so essential to keeping your skin healthy and glowing, so I never have any guilt about investing in them. Between my mask collection and my Silk’n Revit microderm tool, I can give myself a spa-quality at-home facial for a fraction of the cost, so these products easily pay for themselves. When it comes down to it, buying quality face masks saves you money versus going to the spa all the time. So really, this article is about having healthy skin AND saving you money! FYI: while we do occasionally promote products we like via sponsored articles, this post is NOT sponsored. I just really, really love PTR masks!)
Two of Peter Thomas Roth’s masks are fairly new: the Rose Stem Cell mask and the brand new 24K Gold Mask. I also bought the Pumpkin Enzyme mask and the Cucumber Mask, which have been around from quite some time. I always scour the internet for reviews before I purchase anything to see what other people are saying and while I found some reviews on the Pumpkin Enzyme, Cucumber , and Rose Stem Cell mask, I could hardly find any on the 24K Gold mask (besides one sponsored by Sephora). So, I took the plunge sight unseen and bought the $85 kit from that came with several generous travel size products. The mask alone retails for $85, so the kit is a great deal.
First, these masks are pricey. You can find some of them discounted on Amazon.com, but at retail, you’ll pay $45 and up. The Rose Stem Cell and Cucumber masks retail for $45 each. The Pumpkin Enzyme mask retails for $58 and the 24K Gold mask retails for $85. There are currently no travel sizes available for the 24K mask, but you can find the Rose Stem Cell, Cucumber, and Enzyme mask in a mini-size 3 pack for around $45. so you can try them before you buy the fullsize. I wanted to do an unbiased review on all these masks to give details and compare them because they are expensive and as I consumer I always like to hear extensive information about pricey products before I purchase them. I tried all these masks for at least 6 weeks so that I could give an informative, thorough review of each. I always believe you should try a product for an extended time and let the “honeymoon” period wear off before giving an opinion. I don’t review a ton of products and I only review something if I really like it. Masks by Peter Thomas Roth fall on my list of exceptions!
In my opinion, all these masks serve different functions and I use them for different reasons. The Cucumber mask is great for post-extraction redness, eye puffiness, sunburns, and general soothing. The Enzyme mask is the exfoliator of the bunch and its gritty texture, enzymes, and AHA’s slough off dead skin and really brighten the complexion. The Rose Stem Cell mask is an amazing overnight “sleeping” mask. I primarily use it at night to moisturize and repair my skin. The 24K Gold mask is a great morning treatment because it has caffeine so it depuffs and tightens. It also contains actual 24k gold and a hefty dose of hyaluronic acid so it noticeably plumps and firms.
So, let’s get to it. Here’s the breakdown of each of these masks.
Cucumber Gel Mask – The Soother
Rating: 7.5 out of 10
Best Uses: anti-inflammatory, post-extraction/treatment redness, sunburns and irritations, eye puffiness
This is the most basic mask of the bunch, but it certainly serves a purpose. Its greatest function is the ability to soothe irritation and reduce eye puffiness. While it’s not particularly moisturizing, it is the best option of the masks for calming swollen, irritated skin. Its primary ingredients are cucumber extract, papaya fruit, camomile, and whole leaf aloe vera. All of these ingredients are anti-inflammatory. This is a great sunburn and post-extraction/post-treatment mask, but if you’re looking deep moisture or anti-aging benefits, look to the Rose Stem Cell or 24K mask. Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask $35-$45
Rose Stem Cell -The Sleeping Mask
Rating: 8.5 out of 10
This is my go-to sleeping mask. I use it a few times a week overnight to deeply moisturize and repair my skin. My skin is sensitive and I don’t like wearing heavy nighttime moisturizers, so this light gel mask is the perfect solution. It contains proprietary stem cell technology that blends rose stem cells with rose extracts to rehydrate, promote skin cell regeneration, and clean and tighten pores. It also has a light texture, so it soaks into your skin and you don’t feel like you’re wearing a heavy mask. I know everyone’s skintype is different, but as someone with sensitive, clog prone skin, this mask has never caused me to breakout. And for someone with finicky skin, that’s impressive! I wake up with soft, moisturized, refined skin and I love this mask. Totally worth trying!
Pumpkin Enzyme – The Exfoliator
Rating: 9 out of 10
Best Uses: exfoliation, acne and clog-prone skin, brightening, refining, clearing blackheads, flaky skin
I love this scrub/mask combo! It’s fantastic because it thoroughly exfoliates without irritating -a huge plus. I like to use it first to slough off dead skin so that the the other masks further absorb into my skin. It has a three-way exfoliation: pumpkin enzyme, alpha hydroxy acids and aluminum oxide crystals work together to remove dead skin. You will feel a tingling sensation, but it’s not uncomfortable. The result is reduction of congested pores, unevenness, blackheads, and acne. I will always keep this product in my beauty arsenal. If you want a fantastic, effective yet gentle exfoliator, give this a try!
24K Gold – The Luxury Power Mask
Rating: 10 out of 10
Best Uses: refining, firming, depuffing, plumping, anti-aging, brightening
This mask is truly luxurious. The fact that it contains pure 24k gold and colloidal gold already makes it a real treat. Gold has been used a lot recently for anti-aging and most gold spa treatments cost $300 and up, so this mask is actually a great deal compared to the alternatives. It also contains caffeine to help lift skin and reduce puffiness. I love this mask for daytime and morning use. It goes on as expected in a shimmering gold blanket across your face and leaves your skin positively moisturized, refined, bright and sparkling. This is one of those masks that makes a difference after the first use. Like the other masks, it has a gel texture, so it doesn’t dry on your skin. You can leave it on overnight if you apply a very thin layer, but it tends to get sticky, so it’s best to use in the daytime. Best of all, I’ve experienced no irritation, clogged pores or breakouts. This is one of my all-time favorite masks and I hope they never discontinue it!