“Yes, yes…let me see…what do I have for you…very curious…yes, indeed…this might be just the one,” I mutter as I study Mike D’s inability to breathe properly, observe his terribly fogged glasses, and start digging through my magic bag. I have taken it upon myself to be the local “Olivander of Masks”, with a mission to find the perfect face mask that works best for each person in my life.
Now back to Mike D….I had brought him a whole bag of face coverings to try, and after MUCH trial and error, I finally gave up and instructed him to just steal Shana’s black SLIP silk mask when she wasn’t looking. I knew as long as he was okay with the shiny luxe look (which he was), he would love it (full review here). I do think he would like the Outdoor Research mask as well, but my husband wasn’t willing to part with his for Mike’s mask consultation.
Mask Match-Maker: Which Face Covering Is Best For You?
It’s definitely a lot easier to mask up (and stay masked up) when we find face coverings we love and feel good in (that are also effective, of course). Everyone’s mask preferences are different, though, soooooo…get ready for another LONG LONG Linzi Post. I included pros AND cons of the face masks we wear most, as well as pros and cons of the masks we don’t wear at all since those may fit YOUR preferences (keep-a-scrolling—allllll the way to the bottom)—hope that’s helpful! And if you want to see MORE masks I’ve tried (you know when I have a mission…I go hard!) go to this post, this post or this one.
**Face covering recommendations have changed since the first time I folded up a bandana, attached it to rubber bands, and walked out the door. For the general population, the CDC is currently recommending masks that have two or more layers (I personally now look for three), are made of washable breathable fabric, and fit snugly without any gaps. For the most up-to-date info from the CDC, go here.
Face Mask-Matching: My Family’s Favs
My Most-Worn Face Masks For Everyday
**Full Review Post Here**
Pros: Feels AH-MAZING on. Triple layered. 100% silk outer layers w/ 100% cotton inner layer. VERY strong nose wire to help prevent foggy glasses. Adjustable ear loops. Replacement nose wires & ear loop adjusters. Washes well. Good for “maskne.”Pretty design. Luxe look.
Cons: Expensive. Not as breathable as Athleta masks. Hot in really warm weather.
Pros: Super-breathable. Doesn’t collapse in when you breathe. Adjustable ear loops (so they fit the whole family)–their smaller version fits little kiddo faces extremely well too. Three layers (with cotton lining). Soft. Washes well.
Cons: Sometimes fogs my glasses if it’s not positioned perfectly.
Pros: Triple layered with filter. Four removable filters included. 100% organic cotton. Breathable. Nose wire. Pretty fabric. Adjustable ear loops.
Cons: Fabric choices sold out fast, and I can’t find my specific colors anymore, but these new ones are also good in the same style. Wash in delicates bag…one of my straps broke in regular wash.
My Kids’ Most-Worn Face Masks
Pros: Stays put and doesn’t fall down. Super-breathable. Soft & comfortable. Three layers (with cotton lining). Sized specifically for little faces (fits my 7-year-old well, but my 12 -year-old can wear them in a pinch). adjustable ear loops for better fit.
Cons: No nose wire at all in the kid version, so likely a no-go for little kiddos with glasses.
**I have to put a disclaimer here…my 12-year-old’s ACTUAL favorite is my SLIP Silk mask in black (that he steals ANY time he can), but it’s not “his”, and he’s a big fan of the Athleta masks if my silk one isn’t available.
Pros: Super-breathable. Doesn’t collapse in when you breathe. Adjustable ear loops. Three layers (with cotton lining). Soft. Washes well.
Cons: Inside is white and gets dirty easily…especially when 12-year-old is eating chocolate while wearing mask.
My Husband’s Most Worn Mask (Outside Of Work)
Pros: Comes with three filters; Microbe-resistant mask material. Filters greater than 95% of virus, bacteria and particles in accordance with ASTM test standards. Super-breathable. Adjustable ear loops and strong nose wire. Comfortably fits my 12-year-old and hubs too. Comes with storage pouch. Water- and stain-repellent. Doesn’t fog glasses. You can read more about the filter and protection here. Now comes in more colors…yay!
Cons: Expensive. Not super-soft.
*Not my husband below…(ha!)…my hubs is MUCH MUCH balder (and cuter, of course, in my opinion)*
The Face Masks I Wear For A Little Fun
Pros: Made from 100% organic quilters cotton. Pocket for filter. Nose wire and adjustable ear loops. Cute fabric pattern. Great colorways. Unique shape/design (creates space away from your mouth–good for lipstick-wearers). Fun to wear for something a bit different. Breathable.
Cons: Fabric is stiff and not very soft. Design/shape takes a bit to get used to when looking in the mirror, but it’s growing on me.
Pros: Gorgeous fabrics. Unique designs. Reversible.
Cons: Double- (not triple-layered). Pricey. I need to adjust mine tighter than below to limit gaps on side.
Pros: VERY soft and breathable. Pretty fabrics and patterns. Adjustable soft fabric ear loops
Cons: Double- (not triple-layered). No nose wire.
5 Masks That Didn’t Work Out For Me
Pros: REALLY pretty fabrics and colors. Good price point for a set.
Cons: WAY too thin. I added a filter inside of the mask for a while, but it kept falling out. I wouldn’t buy unless you are willing to cut it open and sew in another layer.
Pros: Reviews are ridiculously good for this mask set. Over 54,000 great reviews. Very soft. Good for a basic go-to mask.
Cons: Overall I wasn’t impressed. The large was too big for me (despite trying to follow review recommendations for sizing). My husband said he liked it fine, but it’s not the one he grabs as he walks out the door.
Pros: Gorgeous fabric pattern and design. LOVE that Nordstrom is including more Black-Owned-Businesses in their selections.
Cons: I can’t stand the behind the head straps…I’m an ear loop gal, so I may try this one directly from DIOP instead. Wish fabric was softer.
Pros: Some people LOVE LOVE LOVE this mask. Breathable. Soft. Pretty colors (As of today, looks like these specific ones are no longer in stock…but they may come back because people really do LOVE them.)
Cons: The fit was difficult for me. In order to get it to stay in place, the ear straps have to be very tight. I tried the upside down trick (that some reviewers have suggested on Athleta’s site), but they still didn’t stay put, and they still fogged my glasses. Looks like there’s a brand new version. I was hoping maybe these issues were fixed with the new version, but reviews indicate that people don’t like the new ones as well as the original Athleta Active.
Pros: Less expensive than the SLIP Silk masks. Soft and feels good on. More color/pattern choices than SLIP. PERFECT for when you want to dress as an Oompa Loompa.
Cons: Doesn’t feel or look as luxe as SLIP; Nose wire not as strong, not THAT much less $$ than SLIP brand and not as many great features.
Give the comment section some love, guys! Let us know where you are in the mask-match-making process….what favs have you found for your families? Also, check out the comments from readers in my previous mask posts here, here and here…..I find it super-helpful to get others’ opinions on masks as well!