It is: A light green thick cream that smells of avocado and ever so faintly of rose.
Claims to: Purge pores and cool the skin. Dries within 3 minutes.
-I can definitely say it cools the skin. It's not a there's peppermint oil on my face feeling either, it's more of that refreshing feeling you get right after you've splashed cold water on your face. I've gotten really tired of masks that claim to cool and only make me feel rather minty.
-As far as the purging pores goes, I don't have a ton of black heads, all I have are pores that squeeze out some white gunk on my nose, and my dermatologist says that is not supposed to be removed and is totally natural. My face does feel cleaner after using this mask, and any blemishes I have look smaller.
While on the skin, it feels refreshing and a tiny bit itchy. The itchy feeling is a feeling I get with most masks, especially fast drying ones like this one. The mask dries completely in 3 minutes but I start seeing the first dry patches at around 1 minute. (mainly around my nose)
ON THE DOWNSIDE:
-Can slightly burn the eyes even when not in the eyes.
-Hard to get an even layer.
-Itches while drying.
How it Works & What is in it:
Ingredients: Water, Kaolin, Bentonite, Titanium Dioxide, Propylene Glycol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Colloidal Oatmeal, Tocopherol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) oil, Capric Tryglyceride, Montmorillonite, Disodium Edta, Sodium Polyacrylate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance, Yellow 5.
The Clay: Kaolin.
-Kaolin, also called china clay, soft white clay that is an essential ingredient in the manufacture of china and porcelain and is widely used in the making of paper, rubber, paint, and many other products.
-Since this clay is soft, the product is thinner than say, the Queen Helene mint julep mask. The clay dries and as you would expect, clings to dirt on your pretty little face. (this part of the mask removes the dirt)
-Whether you realize it or not, avocado is often used in many rich spa grade products because it is known as nature's moisturizer. Avocados provide healthy doses of vitamins A, B, D, and E. Something unknown about avocados is that they have more potassium than a banana, approximately 60% more. This means that this natural moisturizer sinks into the skin evenly and quickly, while delivering a powerful moisturizing punch.
-This mask cleans but doesn't strip, and I give the credit to the avocado oil.
-Oatmeal is gentle and is used in many skincare products. It reduces redness, and restores moisture.
-I can't actually see any visible oats in this product, but I'm sure it's in there, because after using the mask my barely there to begin with redness is byebye.
Packaging: 5 out of 5 stars
~Comes in a squeeze tube so the product dispenses nicely.
Product: 4 out of 5 stars
~Cleans and moisturizes, but itches while on the skin and can slightly burn the eyes.
Texture: 4 out of 5 stars
~Is light and creamy on, but a little goopy and hard to wash off.
Application: 3 out of 5 stars
~Glides on smoothly, but it is a bit difficult to get an even layer.
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
~It is a nice product to have for the price and does what it claims, but isn't the greatest mask ever.
THE MAIN POINT:
This mask is nice for the price because it cleans and moisturizes while reducing redness and shine, however, it itches slightly while drying and can burn the eyes even when not in contact with the eyes. Overall it's a good product, but there are better masks out there. If you're on a budget and have normal, dry-combination, or oily-combination skin, try it. If not, skip it.
This product retails for anywhere from $3-$6.
|My skin before the mask. Take note of the shine on my nose and the redness on the lower parts of my cheeks.|
|The mask right after application.|
|The mask after 3 minutes. At this point it is dry and cracking with any facial movement.|
|Close up of the dry mask on my forehead.|
|Close up of the dry mask around my jaw and nose.|
|My skin after the mask. The shine is gone and my redness on my lower cheeks is gone.|
|Close up of the product.|
|My Photo of the packaging.|
|Packaging: photo courtesy of http://www.themashidip.com/|
-Avec l'amour de Layla