Laneige Water Sleeping Mask review and a drugstore dupe

I recently got my hands on the Laneige Water Sleeping mask. This mask has been really popular , has great reviews and I have seen it in a lot of social media posts. The moment I tried it, it remained me of a product that I already have in my bathroom cabinet and have been using for a little over 2 years now. It is the Freeman Gel Cream Mask. I wanted to write a post about the similarities and the differences between both masks.

What they claim:

LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask- Purifying + Moisturizing

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An overnight , moisture-recharging gel mask that quickly absorbs while you sleep to deeply hydrate your skin. It is formulated with hydrolyzed mineral water to deliver high doses of moisture to parched skin.

Suitable for ALL SKIN TYPES

Formulated without



Not tested on animals

FREEMAN Gel Cream Mask – Hydrating + Anti-Pollution

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Lightweight leave-on gel cream mask that boosts hydration and protects from environmental pollution.

Refreshing Glacier Water replenishes dry skin + Pink Peony delicately calms for petal soft skin.

Suitable for ALL SKIN TYPES

Free of harsh chemicals

Cruelty Free

Both masks have similar texture and color, just a slight difference in the blue shade that they both have. But the gel like consistency feels and applies the same. They both give you a wet like finish and I have to use pretty much the same amount of each to cover my whole face ( a little goes a long way for both). There is a slight difference in the scents but both have a light and soft scents. The laneige claims that the fragrance in their mask is supposed to calm you and give you a more restful sleep. This is hard to detect and I am not going to focus on that since I doubt anyone will purchase the mask for this particular reason lol.

Laneige on the left// Freeman on the right

The Lanaige one is meant to be used as a last step in your night time skincare routine and is suggested to go on top of your moisturizer. And be left overnight.

The Freeman can be used for 10-15 minutes, all day or overnight.

I apply both masks after I remove my makeup and wash my face at the end of the day. I apply them straight on my clean and dry face but you can apply face cream or/and serums before that and use the masks as a last step treatment to lock everything in and add that extra hydration.

The laneige one sinks in the skin leaving a slight film that doesn’t feel sticky or greasy.

The freeman mask stays on wet and a bit stickier for longer but it doesn’t go on my pillow it rather stays on my face. I also want to mention that I have switched to silk pillow cases and they make a huge difference in my evening skincare habits. The silk pillow case doesn’t absorb products as a cotton one would. This way the products I invest in stay on my face and don’t end up on my pillow. With the Freeman mask I wake up and still have product on my face as opposed to the Laneige which by the morning would have sank in my skin completely. Which makes the cheaper mask a bit more hydrating for my needs.

After I rinse off my face in the morning both masks leave my skin supple, soft and hydrated.

It is not solely an overnight treatment. The instructions suggest to use it during the day for 15-20 min or overnight depending on your skin and the result you are looking for. Since my skin has been really dehydrated I like to leave it overnight. But I like to use the Freeman after I use a clay or any cleaning mask that is supposed to draw impurities out. Those masks usually leave my skin feeling super tight and I like to follow with the gel cream mask for 10-15 minutes to bring back my skin’s natural moisture. I also always take it with me when I travel. I like to transfer ta bit of this mask in a smaller container (they also offer travel sized packets) and take it with me especially on overnight flights. We all know how the dry air on the plane sucks the life out of our skin and this mask has saved me multiple times. I apply it once I get on the plane and leave it on through the whole flight. It is more inconspicuous than a sheet mask so I don’t have to stress about the person sitting next to me. I land at my destination with soft and glowing skin.

Both masks are a great choice for someone that likes to pamper themselves. If you like spa like experience at home and you are into skincare definitely add either of those to your beauty routine. They are a quick fix for skin that looks tired and parched. You will get an instant smoothness and hydration, brighter complexion and some plump to the face that will smooth out fine lines.

The winner for me is the Freeman because it is a bit more moisturizing and so affordable, also comes in a giant tube. But if you prefer more luxurious products and you like to shop higher end skincare the Laneige will be a better choice for you.

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