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I have a few of these Avon Planet Spa Mediterranean Olive Oil Hydrating Face Masks.
My sister bought me a pack of them a while ago. I use face masks about once a week, usually on a Sunday.
~ Packaging ~
Each sachet contains 7ml of product.
The sachets are fairly plain. They are an pale olive green colour with a white circular design on the front and the words, ‘planet spa’ in large lettering.
~ In use ~
The back of the packet advises to apply the mask evenly to clear skin and leave on for up to 20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
I find that 7ml is enough product to apply a thin mask to my face. I like to apply masks quite thinly anyway as they dry more quickly than if you apply them thickly. I like that there isn't two masks per sachet, which you tend to get from Montagne Jeunesse's range and you have to leave the sachet open until you want to use your next mask.
The mask is quick and easy to apply using my fingertips to spread it over my face.
The mask is a cream colour with a tinge of pale green. It is the texture of hair conditioner; it is creamy, but not too thick.
It feels very wet and cool on my skin.
It has quite a subtle, green scent, but it is rather faint and inoffensive.
It starts to feel a bit tingly after about 10 minutes, but I wouldn’t say that it makes my skin feel tight like some other masks do. In the 20 minutes that I leave it on for I don’t feel that it all properly dries.
It is relatively easy to rinse off. I find it takes about 2-3 minutes to rinse it thoroughly.
After I have rinsed it off I find that my skin feels soft and clean.
I think my pores appear reduced after using this face mask and it has caused no irritation or reaction. My skin has quite a matte look after using this so I feel the need to moisturise my skin after using this mask.
I like this face mask, but it is not my favourite. I have a few more of these masks and I will happily use them, but I don’t think I would buy this particular mask for myself.
I prefer to use face masks from the Montagne Jeunesse brand.
On my hunt to find shower gel in "my stash box(s)" I came across 2 tubes of this. Now being on a thrifty month I was extremely eager to give this a try because apparently my twice weekly face mask ritual isn't needed and I promised that I wouldn't buy any face masks until the end of March..
The two I have look the same as in the photograph -the tube contains 75ml and is an olive green colour.I like this style of packaging as it is very easy to get all the product out.
What I quite like about this is that the face mask feels quite thick but not as thick as say a clay mask. The texture was just right as it wasn't runny feeling either.
This does say to leave it on for 20 minutes so I recommend this as being a face mask that should be used in a nice relaxing bath along with a good book and perhaps a hair treatment at the same time.
This did leave my skin feeling moisturised but as my skin is dry the feeling didn't last for that long. Even though it was easy to wash off I felt like I had to clean my face as well afterwards.
I thought I should mention at this point that I currently have a cold so cant actually smell this product.
Overall this was okay. Not my favourite in the range but not as bad as others such as the volcano one which made my skin burn.
**Price and where to buy**
This is an avon product but I cant see it on the website( I haven't bought anything from Avon in about 2/3 years)It can also be bought from ebay or amazon for around £2.
Avon Planet Spa Mediterranean Olive Oil Hydrating Face Mask
I noticed the product has a slightly different fragrance to the Planet Spa Olive Oil Moisturising Body Wash, but it is a pleasant, clean smell all the same, subtle and unisex. So guys, don't be afraid to give this one a try! I use it now and again, I'd like to say I use it every week, but I'm good enough to myself to remember to do that. So it tends to be about every third week. I use the Planet Spa Body Masque and apply a face mask at the same time. This mask can be left on for up to twenty minutes, however, I either get bored after ten or put something on the TV to watch and end up wrapped in a towel and various masks for half an hour! Either way the mask is great, it washes off easily and rinses away clean in the basin. My skin is left feeling soft, smooth, plumped and loved. I always chide myself that I should use it more often. My skin is fairly normal, I have in the past suffered various differences such as dry cheeks, T zone, tendency to oiliness and have particularly sensitive eyes and at times sensitive skin as well. This product has never caused a reaction or problem.
The softer, smoother feeling skin lasts for a good few days and I am reviewing this after using the mask to help my skin recover from a chilly windy walk at the weekend.
I find about the size of a 20p adequate to carefully mask up my face. I apply this small amount to the palm of my hand and then share this between both hands and smooth onto my face, taking care to avoid my eye area. I always wash my hands first.
To remove, I simply splash off with warm water and finish with a gentle cleanser prior to moisturising as usual.
Anyone, male or female who considers their facial skin needs a little TLC.
PACKAGING AND CLAIMS:
The mask is supplied in a suitably coloured olive green bottom down plastic tube. The mask is accessed by flipping the lid and squeezing gently to release a small amount of the cream coloured gel like mask.
On one side of the tube the luxurious looking Planet Spa logo and detailing are prominent, whilst the other side features the ingredients list in several languages and icons to advise that the container is recyclable and that the product should be used within 12 months of opening. The type is so small it is very difficult to read the ingredients and the product is supplied without additional packaging or a leaflet, however if there is any particular ingredient you wish to avoid, just ask and I will be happy to check for you.
Avon state on the tube: "Soothe stressed skin with this replenishing face mask. Skin is left feeling fresh, soft and supple. With a mild and gentle formulation, it's especially suitable for sensitive skin."
A lovely, luxurious feeling mask that goes on working for a few days after use. A treat for your face.
Stars: I am dropping a star, due to poor legibility of ingredients list and use instructions as well as availability.
PRICE and AVAILABILITY:
Not currently in the Avon catalogue to enable checking the price, but I think it is usually around £6-£8.00 for the 75ml tube, however Avon frequently have offers. Look out for it n the catalogue, Avon seem to pop the Planet Spa products in on a rotation. Also available from on-line outlets such as Amazon and eBay and I have noted some new for £1.99 on eBay around the time or writing.
I like to treat myself to a pampering session once a week where I will give myself a mini facial and manicure. I get through a lot of face masks, and this Planet Spa Mediterranean Olive Oil Hydrating Face Mask by Avon is the one I've used most recently. You can buy from your local Avon representative or online at www.avonshop.co.uk. The RRP is £4.50 for a 75ml bottle, and I received a single use application sachet as a freebie.
Product description: "Soothe stressed skin with this replenishing face mask. Skin is left feeling fresh, soft and supple. With a mild and gentle formulation, it's especially suitable for sensitive skin."
I really like my beauty products to feel indulgent, and using a face mask has become a ritual treat that I enjoy. When using this one, to begin with I made sure that all traces of make-up were fully removed and I then went about applying the mask. The sachet came in a pyramid sort of shape that was a little difficult to open, but the full sized tube would be much easier to handle. This sample contained 5mls of product which was more than I required for one application, and I got a full coverage over my face with some excess leftover.
The face mask itself has a slightly emollient sort of feel to it which I suspect is from the olive oil content. It has a cloudy white appearance and spread easily over my skin, warming a little to the touch. It has a pleasant soft scent that was noticeable but not particularly strong. I thought that this mask felt quite light and gentle on my skin when I was using it, and as I was applying it, it felt more like I was applying a moisturising cream rather than the thicker, heavier consistency you would normally get with a face mask.
This should be left on for 20 minutes to allow it to really get to work on your skin, so I left it for this full recommended time. Unlike some face masks, this one remained moist during the whole time that I used it and it did not dry out at all, which meant that it felt completely comfortable on my face and I think it would work well with sensitive or dry skin types.
After washing the mask off I felt like my skin was calm and soothed, as feel as feeling smooth to the touch. However, for a hydrating product I didn't notice any improvement in this area and my skin seemed no better moisturised than before I had used the mask. I always apply my face masks in the evening to wind down and relax, and so I continued my skincare routine by using my regular night cream. This is when I noticed a better result, as the night cream was readily absorbed and seemed to really work into my skin properly. I think that using the face mask had helped to prepare my skin, and it seemed very much like the effect that I get when I use a facial serum as a base before applying moisturiser. I was happy that my skin seemed improved after finishing up with the night cream, but I don't think that the face mask was particularly effective on its own.
Overall I would say that I found this product good enough, but not great. This face mask was nice to use and I do agree with Avon that the gentle formulation would be suited to sensitive skin, there was certinaly no irritation and the mask seemed much lighter than any other I've tried before. However, the real benefits occurred for me when I applied my night cream, so I'd say it's good as part of a preparation stage, but not really effective enough on its own.
My mother is an Avon representative, and often buys me things from their Planet Spa range as she knows it's one of the ranges I particularly like. She recently bought me a box containing sachets of different face masks from the Planet Spa range, including this one, the Olive Oil Hydrating Face Mask.
Having dry skin I decided to use this one first, simply because of the word 'hydrating' and my skin could really do with a drink in all this cold weather.
The face mask is normally presented in a pale green tube, however as mentioned, I got four little sachets of this instead. I must say though, I do prefer masks that come in a tube, as I find tubes less messy than sachets and obviously you get multiple uses from a tube so it can work out cheaper and is easier to store than lots of sachets.
The product claims that it will soothe stressed skin and after Christmas and New Year as well as being ill, my skin was definitely stressed and I was beginning to come out in spots. They say that this product has a mild formulation which makes it suitable for sensitive skin and that using it will leave your skin feeling fresh, soft and supple.
To use, you simply smooth the mask over clean skin avoiding the eye area, and leave for 20 minutes. When I squeezed the product out of the tube, I must admit to being a little surprised by the appearance of the mask. Firstly I had expected it to be green (based simply on the colour of the packaging), and secondly I expected it to be thick and clay like, as many masks are. In fact, this mask was a sort of cloudy white gel.
The mask smoothed across my skin easily, and had a good consistency, where it wasn't so thick it was difficult to apply, yet not so thin it was running down my face. I noticed that it had quite a gentle olive oil scent to it, and although the scent is so subtle it's barely noticeable, I did recognise that this was the same scent that the olive oil hot oil treatment from the same range.
I left the mask on for the full 20 minutes as advised. During this time I did find the mask when slightly hard, but didn't make my skin feel tight or uncomfortable at all. By the time it came to remove the mask it had gone completely clear, and I found it easy enough to wash off with warm water.
As soon as I rinsed this off I looked in the mirror and had quite a shock. My face was bright red...and I mean BRIGHT red! I have quite a reddish skin tone anyway, but this was positively lobster, with two lovely contrasting white rings around my eyes where the mask hadn't been applied - just to add insult to injury! I wasn't a happy bunny, and was thinking I must have had an allergic reaction. Thankfully, after around 30 minutes, my skin seemed to calm down and the redness disappeared, which I was unbelievably happy about, as I didn't want the shame of going to work the next morning looking like that!
Aside from the redness, the main difference I noticed from this mask was that it left my skin feeling hydrated, as it had promised on the tube. It felt like I had applied a very light moisturiser and the worst dry patches were not quite as bad as they had been. My skin felt smooth and supple but I didn't particularly feel that it looked any different.
A 75ml tube of this costs £4.50 from Avon. My sachets were 5ml and I found this was the perfect amount to cover my face. That would therefore mean that a tube should give you 15 uses, working out at 30p per application, which I think is excellent value for money.
Overall I'd have to give this product an average three stars out of five. I like that it's good value for money and that it had a good moisturising effect on my skin, but on the negative side, I wasn't pleased by the redness it caused immediately after application, especially as it is marketed as a product for sensitive skin.