10 Disposable, KN95, and N95 Face Masks That Actually Look Good
The guidelines to what kind of face mask you should be wearing to help slow the spread of COVID-19 are ever-changing, but it's important to stay up to date with the latest suggestions. As of January 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its face mask recommendations to state that National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-approved N95 and international KN95 masks offer more protection than loosely woven cloth options.
This falls in line with what most health experts have been suggesting recently, which is to opt for a disposable surgical, KN95, or N95 mask instead of a cloth covering. For example, Dr. Leana Wen, MD, CNN medical analyst and emergency physician, recently said on CNN Newsroom that people should be "wearing at least a three-ply surgical mask," and if you're in a crowded place, "you should be wearing a KN95 or N95 mask," which are made with high-filtration materials and typically fit more snugly against the face. (If you do opt for a three-ply mask in a crowd, Wen recommends double-masking.)
If your face mask stash needs a major revamp, we scoured the internet for some of the most vibrant and stylish disposable, KN95, and N95 options that'll ease the mask burnout and help keep yourself and others safe:
- Vida NIOSH-Approved N95 Face Masks, Cyan, 10 Pack, $38; shopvida.com
- Benehal NIOSH-Approved N95 Face Mask, 30 Pack, $50; amazon.com
- Huheta KN95 Face Masks, Various Colors, 20 Pack, $46; amazon.com
- Wwdoll KN95 Face Masks, Multicolored, 50 Pack, $90; amazon.com
- Bingfone Disposable Face Masks, Multicolored, 50 Pack, $13; amazon.com
- Maskc Blush Tones Variety KN95 Face Masks, 10 Pack, $36; maskc.com
- Maskc Neutral Variety Disposable Face Masks, 10 Pack, $18; maskc.com
- WeCare Disposable Face Masks, Variety Mystery Box, 50 Pack, $25; amazon.com
- Evolvetogether Amazonia Green Face Masks, 7 Pack, $9; evolvetogether.com
- Evolvetogether Rio de Janeiro Black KN95 Face Masks, 5 Pack, $15; evolvetogether.com
Vida NIOSH-Approved N95 Face Masks, Cyan
These Vida N95 masks are about as good as it gets in terms of face masks right now. Not only are they approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), but since N95 masks filter at least 95 percent of non oil-based airborne particles that are 0.1 to 0.3 microns, they're also one of the most protective options you can wear. Plus, they're available in a bright cyan color, which is rare for an N95 mask (a majority of them are only available in white at the moment).
Shop now: $38; shopvida.com
Benehal NIOSH-Approved N95 Face Masks
Like most N95 respirators, Benehal's NIOSH-approved N95s are white and feature two head straps, but one tiny detail makes these stand out — a small blue plastic buckle on each side attaches to the head straps, which makes them adjustable. It's a functional addition not seen on many N95s that adds a cute pop of color, too.
Shoppers love that the masks are "good quality," "fit as snug as it should be," and come individually wrapped with "no harsh smell."
Shop now:$50; amazon.com
Huheta KN95 Face Masks, Various Colors
Huheta's KN95s are one of the highest-rated options on Amazon thanks to more than 14,700 shoppers who recommend them. Made with the standard five layers most KN95s consist of — two non-woven outer layers, two melt-blown inner filters, and one moisture-absorbing middle layer — the "sleek-looking" masks come in black or several other colors like navy blue, light gray, sky blue, and burgundy. An ICU nurse called the masks "outstanding" and said they're the "best in comfort, breathability, style, and fit."
Shop now: $46; amazon.com
Wwdoll KN95 Face Masks, Multicolored
If you're looking for a multicolored pack of KN95s, there's this well-reviewed option from Wwdoll that comes with 50 masks in pink, light blue, red, gray, and dark blue. Not only are the "beautiful" masks approved by a self-proclaimed ″fashionista,″ but shoppers say they're "durable, reliable, and stay on."
Even a hospital worker says the Wwdoll masks helped them "survive COVID-19."
"They are comfortable and easy to breathe in," they wrote. "I would recommend these to anyone working in a clinical setting or public services."
Shop now: $90; amazon.com
Bingfone Disposable Face Masks, Multicolored
Simple, affordable, and super colorful, these multicolored disposable face masks are an easy way to upgrade your mask game. The three-ply masks come in a pack of 50 for just $13 (that's about 26 cents a mask) and include five fun colors: pink, purple, yellow, cyan, and green. If you're wondering just how stylish they really are, Rihanna styled a green disposable face mask with a Celine button-down while grocery shopping last spring, so, clearly, they're in. Also, over 6,300 people have left them a five-star rating, saying they're lightweight, "gorgeous," and a good value.
Shop now: $13, amazon.com
Maskc KN95 Face Masks, Blush Tones
In case you somehow didn't know, Maskc's disposable and KN95 face masks have been worn by practically everyone in Hollywood, including Katie Holmes, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Hailey Bieber, Irina Shayk, Hilary Duff, and more (seriously, the list goes on and on). Its KN95s are just as skin-friendly and attractive as its disposable ones, and they come in the prettiest colors, like these blush tones that shoppers say gets them compliments "every time" they wear them. Most of Maskc's KN95s are out of stock right now, but you can expect a restock mid-January, per the brand.
Shop now: $36, maskc.com
Maskc Disposable Face Masks, Neutral Variety
Maskc's regular disposable face masks are just as eye-catching as its KN95s; shoppers describe them as soft, "elegant," and so "breathable," they'll easily get you through Zumba class. They're available in a selection of prints like florals and stars, as well as pretty pink shades and neutral colors.
Shop now: $18, maskc.com
WeCare Disposable Face Masks, Variety Pack
Tie-dye fan? Cheetah-print lover? Perhaps you have a soft spot for plaid? WeCare's variety masks add a pop to any outfit. Its popular mystery box comes with an assortment of 50 masks that feature all sorts of designs. The brand's masks have rave reviews from people who love them so much, they've emphasized in all caps that they're "hands down" their favorite masks, and so "extremely comfortable" they forget they're wearing it. The masks are even approved by a registered nurse who said, "When you need to wear a mask every day all day, it's so nice to be able to express your personality."
Shop now: $25; amazon.com
Evolvetogether Amazonia Green Face Masks
Evolvetogether is another celebrity-loved (and InStyle-approved) face mask brand, worn by stars like Sarah Jessica Parker, Katie Holmes, Emily Ratajkowski, and both of the Hadid sisters. The super sleek masks are available in black, white, navy, gray, dark green, and khaki, and all feature global coordinates of places like NYC, Paris, Milan, Tokyo, Malmö, and the Amazon river. Made with a water-resistant exterior and moisture-absorbing inner layer, the three-ply masks are lightweight, come in 100 percent recyclable and biodegradable packaging, and are made in an FDA-registered factory.
Shop now: $9; evolvetogether.com
Evolvetogether Rio de Janeiro Black KN95 Face Masks
Yes, Evolvetogether created an equally polished "I have my life together" look with KN95s. The KN95 masks come in the same colors as the disposable versions, but feature coordinates for different locations like Rio de Janeiro, Mount Fuji, Copenhagen, Santorini, and Marrakech. They're made with six layers: a water-resistant exterior, two moisture-absorbing inner layers, two meltblown filters, and an odor-reducing activated charcoal layer. Most of the masks are out of stock at the moment, but fret not — the brand says a big restock is coming mid-January.
Shop now: $15; evolvetogether.com
As of July 6, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration revoked its emergency authorized list of non-National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health-approved respirator models manufactured in China due to the increased supply and availability of NIOSH-approved respirators. The KN95 masks included in this story were previously approved by the FDA for emergency use in healthcare settings.