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A luxury that I rarely have the opportunity for, but enjoy indulging in from time to time. The other day while cleaning out the mountain of samples, lotions and makeup from one of my drawers, I found a 5ml tube of this posh mask, that was enough for at least two sessions. One week later I found myself with two hours free, a bathtub full of soapy bubbles and this mask on the agenda.
The Brand Guinot is a salon-exclusive French skincare range available only through specially-appointed salons and spas worldwide. This means that you wont be able to buy it from a store regardless of the other posh titles they might boast. The point is that a beautician would recommend and sell you a product specifically suited to your needs.
To be honest I didn't know much about this brand until I found this sample which must have been a gift which I had forgotten about. The name vaguely struck a bell, so I figured it was worth a try.
This mask is for dry skin, it is supposed to soothe and relax the skin, as well as revive and revitalize the complexion.
Upon opening the container the mask has a very strong smell of lavender with a menthol base note.
It is a Grey paste that spreads on the skin very easily and has an invigorating effect due to the menthol, it is not a thick clay-like paste, but although being semi-thick it is still easy to spread.
I left the mask on for about 10 minutes as the instructions required, and it didn't harden in any way, but rather retains its consistency.
The instructions then said to rinse, which I did with warm water. However, when I looked in the mirror I was no closer to being clean then when I had started. The paste was extremely difficult to wash off, and it took a lot of scrubbing and rubbing with my towel to remove it satisfactory.
This was the negative part of the experience, as my face was now rubbed raw, and any of the beneficial effects were hard to see.
My pores did however feel very rejuvenated and my skin was soft, even if it didn't look like much other then a tomato.
I later found out that on the website it says to wipe off with cotton or a towel, however on the tube I got it only said to rinse.
I did not buy this sample, but on a search on Amazon I have found that it costs 38 pounds for 50ml, I think this is quite overpriced as it was not much different then other less expensive masks, that were allot easier to remove as well. The 5ml tube lasted me for two masks, so I assume that the 50ml tube would last you a little over two months if you use it twice a week as it suggests.
Not a product that I would buy, but I did enjoy it for what it was, an expensive skincare product that felt good. I will only give it three stars as there are better masks out there that don't take so much time to remove, and don't cost as much.
I have used many beauty products and Guinot is a firm favourite in my beauty bag. Of all the products in the Guinot range this product is by far the must have. Especially if your skin needs a boost.
The texture is thick and luxurious and smells of lavender and tea tree. The mask stays on 10 minutes and feels lovely and cool, the texture stays creamy as this mask does not set. It is simple and easy to use and wipes off with damp cotton wool or damp sponges.
After using this mask your skin will look noticably different, it will look smooth and bright. It is fantastic if your skin feels dull and lifeless. If you have dry skin it will really add moisture.
Guinot is a well established beauty range and the masque Essentiel is one of the first ever guinot products and still one of the best. It really is a classic beauty must have!
Since joining this site ive been trying to review the things in my life I love & use lots of. So its come as a huge surprise that no products in the Guinot range have been reviewed - whats going on??!!
I was introduced to this product range over 15 years ago by a friend of mine who had an obsession with "lotions & potions" to quote her. This was despite being a student with really not very much money! Anyway she loved to go for facials & this is where she was introduced to these products.
Guinot is only available in salons, you don't need to have a treatment to buy the products, but if your in there anyway why not treat yourself!
This review is about the radiance mask. It costs around £20 for 50ml
The mask itself is of the non-drying variety, it is lovely & thick & smells wonderful. It is intended for dry skin or skin needing a boost.
After leaving this on for 10 minutes and rinsing off you skin is noticeably softer, plumper and feels really nourished.
I haven't yet come across any masks which come close to Guinot masks so if you are happy spending £20 on a tube of luxurious mask then find out where your nearest Guinot stockist is & have a word with one the beauticians about which of their masks would suit you best. Ive included the link below for the main distributer in the UK