I remember when Kim Kardashian’s Skims launched a collection of seamless face masks. I thought they looked kind of like seamless shapewear; very much in line with the brand, but I wasn’t sure if I’d want to wear it on my face. My style of face masks is bold and bright. I like them sparkly and themed for the holidays or luxe when I want to treat myself. As a person who loves mixing bold prints and patterns, I often throw caution to the wind when it comes to matching my masks. However, writing roundups of the great deals at Banana Republic and its variety of masks, I kept coming back to the brand’s True Hues Masks. I loved the display of the shades and the variety, even the name — “True Hues” versus the noninclusive “nude” wording; rarely do I find the color nude being applicable to my nude. The reviews were great so I gave them a try!
I decided to get two. One for me and one for my partner since we’re different skin tones; I wanted to see how they measured up. I think I got pretty close for him in Sonoran Beige, but not exactly for myself in Star Anise Brown. When ordering on Banana Republic’s website, there’s a good amount of models in the different colors, and that allowed me to gauge what different shades would look like on me. Not matching my exact skin tone with the True Hues Mask ended up working out better for me. I didn’t necessarily want my mouth to disappear in the way that nude seamless underwear creates that Barbie effect. Star Anise Brown is a beautiful chocolaty-rich color that proves to be a great earth tone for fashion looks.
For my partner Michele, his mask being closer to his skin tone reminded him of hosiery and he wasn’t into the look. But he loved the design — it’s big for him as he works in fashion in Italy — and he appreciated the breathability! The adjustable tabs behind the ears were a big deal for him as he’s a self-professed “big face” person. With a metal pin to fit around your nose and pockets to insert a filter, this mask is lightweight and very comfortable. In the last few days, it’s been my go-to mask. Check out the Banana Republic collection and see if there’s a True Hues shade that speaks to you!