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I have got very dry skin so whenever I buy face masks I tend to keep my eye out for the ones which claim to moisturise and hydrate the skin.
I came across this particular face mask a few weeks ago whilst I was on eBay searching for bargains and it caught my eye mainly because of the name (hydra-quench) and also because it is a Clarins product. I love Clarins products, especially their skin care range but I can't afford to buy them at their full retail price, so I put a bid in at £5 and I ended up winning the auction!
I was really thrilled about this because the retail price is over £30 for 75ml which I definitely would not have paid as it just seems a ridiculous amount of money for not a huge amount of product. The bottle I bought had been opened but not used for whatever reason and it was full and in great condition.
I don't usually buy beauty products secondhand but seeing as it hadn't been used I wasn't grossed out or anything and I couldn't wait to try it to see what all the fuss was about, I just couldn't understand why it was so expensive at the full price! Clarins claim that it restores the skins ideal moisture balance, leaving skin soft and smooth with a radiant complexion. Not a huge amount of claims considering the price really but it does contain an unusual ingredient called katafray bark which apparently 'helps improve the quality of the corneal layer and encourages the skin's natural hydration mechanisms.'
The packaging for the face mask is surprisingly simple but because it is bright blue it stands out from most of my other skin care products. It is simple but still quite elegant looking and I like the pearly sort of design of the bottle. The bottle stands on its flip top lid and I like the packaging as I find sachets quite awkward to open sometimes especially with wet hands (I tend to use face masks in the bath) and tubs of face mask can be quite messy so a squeezy bottle is a really handy packaging design.
The face mask itself smells nice - it is a feminine & relaxing kind of smell and it has a lovely, light, creamy consistency which feels very luxurious and it spreads over my skin easily. I really don't need very much for the whole of my face and I have already gotten three uses out of my tube and it is still around half full. If i do use too much it can kind of feel like the product is about to fall off of my face as it does feel extremely light and creamy, a bit like shaving foam/whipped cream.
I leave the mask on for around ten minutes whenever I use it then remove it with a splash of water or a cotton pad soaked with toner. It comes away from my skin really easily and isn't too messy or gloopy, and once I have removed it I am able to tell a difference straight away in how my skin looks and feels. My skin always feels really soft, clean and completely moisturised whenever I have used the mask and it looks shinier but in a healthy, glowy kind of way rather than greasy.
Any dry patches are always left feeling smooth and hydrated and they are not as noticeable as they were before using it, and my complexion always looks healthier, more even and brighter too and it is very gentle when it is on my skin - my skin is never left looking red or feeling irritated which shows how gentle it is as I have very sensitive skin.
The face mask can be used daily, however in a bid to make my bottle of it last longer I tend to use it every few days or whenever I feel like pampering my self. After using it the effects are noticeable for a couple of days although I do still need to moisturise sith my cheaper moisturiser twice a day. I have to say that overall I am not massively impressed with this product because my simple, everyday moisturiser that I have from the body shop which is a lot cheaper than this is at the full retail price is just as good, so I am extremely glad I didn't pay the full price for it.
It is nothing special and although it does feel a little more luxurious than my usual moisturiser because of the texture of it and it is effectivet, it isn't worth the £33 price tag and I will not be repurchasing it. Four out of five stars.
This is a cream mask that is supposed to moisturise stressed out and dehydrated skin. The official instruction says that you should use this twice a week after cleansing, smooth the cream mask onto your face generously. You don't have to clean it off with water - you just let it work its way into your skin. But Clarins suggest that if you have any excess mask on your face after 10 minutes, you can wipe them off with cotton pad soaked in the Clarins toning lotion - actually, any toning lotion should do.
What is in the mask?
Hyaluronic Acid with High Molecular Weight: Forms a barrier film to prevent excessive moisture evaporation
Katafray Bark: Boosts the transformation of epidermal keratinocytes into new corneal cells. Encourages the synthesis of natural moisturization factors
Hyaluronic Acid with Low Molecular Weight: Replenishes essential water reserves that keep skin firm and toned
Sorbier bud: Strengthens blood vessels and boosts microcirculation for enhanced skin radiance
32 pounds for 75ml from Clarins website/ store. You can get it cheaper with third party retailers.
The texture is soothing and light weight, so it doesn't feel like you're clogging up your skin when you put it on after cleansing. However, after using it for a couple consecutive days, I have to say I was not impressed. Firstly because my skin doesn't feel any different except for the first 10 minutes after I have put the mask on. It is not cheap either. I have always preferred mask in the form of sheets instead of cream... I find those work so much better. Overall, I wouldn't bother with this product.
Clarins HydraQuench Cream-Mask intensely hydrates dry, dehydrated skin / The non-drying texture of this mask is all-important in the process that restores the skin's ideal moisture balance, to leave it feeling refreshed, radiant and most importantly / comfortable / '