“ Brand: Montagne Jeunesse / Type: Face Mask / Suitable for: Face / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
I like to use a face mask at least once a week, firstly to perk my skin up, secondly as a relaxing treat. I bought the Chantelle Apple and Cucumber masks a while ago alongside a few other Chantelle products and only got round to trying it very recently.
Chantelle is the budget range from Montagne Jeunesse. Considering the Montange Jeunesse masks cost around the £1 mark, you can imagine how cheap that makes these! You get two sachets of mask for just 65p. Although this sounds like a bargain, we probably all know the saying buy cheap, buy twice and so I did wonder how good they would be.
The masks come in two sachets joined together down the middle. Each sachet has a little notch on the side so that you can easily open it without the need for scissors. Instructions are printed on the back of each sachet along with diagrams and are pretty clear.
The mask squeezes out of the pack easily and is a pale green colour. The first thing that I noticed was that it smells very strongly of Granny Smith apples. Despite this being a cucumber and apple mask I hadn't really expected a strong scent - with it being so cheap, I expected the scent to be more diluted
The mask is a fairly thick consistency but smoothed onto my skin very easily. As I applied it I found that I could detect a slightly chemical edge to the smell, but on the whole it did still smell like apples.
The mask should be left for 10-15 minutes and I always go by the philosophy that the longer it's on the more chance it has to work. I found in this time that the mask began to harden and feel quite tight on my skin although it wasn't particularly uncomfortable and I actually found the apple scent quite relaxing.
Once the time is up, you simply rinse the mask off. By this time it will have gone hard and will crack when you move your facial muscles. I did find it took quite a bit of rinsing to get rid of it all with it being so thick and using a flannel seemed to help the process.
Immediately after rinsing the mask left my face looking very red. I tried not to worry too much as it didn't feel hot or uncomfortable and a lot of masks do have this effect temporarily. It did actually take around an hour and a half before the redness had completely subsided, so this I would say that this is not an ideal product to use directly before a special night out or other special occasion.
Once the redness had subsided, I found that my skin felt very soft and smooth to the touch. I have dry skin and the dry areas were hydrated and looked visibly better. I thought my skin looked visibly better in general actually and I looked more fresh faced and not as tired as I usually look! It did seem as though the mask had provided my skin with a little pick me up, but these results only lasted for around 24 hours, after which time my skin began to look its usual tired self.
==Where to buy==
I bought these directly from the Montagne Jeunesse website (http://www.montagnejeunesse.com) but you can also purchase them from Amazon. On the high street the only place I have seen these is Wilkinson's although that was a few months ago and they did not stock the full range, just a few, so availability from there may be limited. As mentioned, they cost 65p for two.
For the price I think these masks are excellent. I wasn't expecting much, but they left my skin looking and feeling lovely and they smell great too. The only downside is the initial redness left on my skin, but other than that I would recommend them!