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I have just finished using this mask, and as I can't afford to use Liz Earle anymore, I wanted to review it whilst it was fresh in my mind, as I have finished the tube of deep cleansing mask and am unlikely to buy it again. I used to use this product frequently, but hadn't used it for about 6 months. I found a small tube I had forgotten about and decided to use it up.
I was using the small trial size 75ml version. It is also sold in a bigger tube. When you open the bigger tube, it has a fixed dome shape opening with a hole in the middle. This is so you can squeeze the tube gently and roll it directly onto your face. I find this quite messy and find you don't get an even distribution, so I tend to use my fingers.
The mask has a distinctive smell to it, although I'm not sure what it is. On smelling it a second time, I think it could be the mud. The smell isn't unpleasant.
The first thing I noticed was how soft and smooth the mask was. A bit like butter. It really is a nice texture. Although it isn't runny, it isn't thick and I got it all over my clothes and anything else I touched. The mask does sting a little. The advice is not to use it if you have sensitive skin. I have areas of my skin which are slightly sensitive and this is where it stung. It is surprising given LE always promote how natural the products are. To me, a mud based product shouldn't sting. It is probably the harshest product in the LE range.
The mud does dry quite tight, but I only kept it on for a few minutes as my 1 year old was scared of seeing me with stuff all over my face so I took it off early. When you buy the mask, you get two small sponges to wipe it off. I couldn't find my sponges, so used a muslin cloths, which worked just as well. I found that the sponges tended to dry really hard and stiff, but bounce back really quickly when wet. The mask comes off fairly easily, but if it dries on your skin, it is harder to remove.
Despite only leaving it on for a few minutes, my pores were really clean and my skin looked good. I find most masks are quite drying so I used a bit of face cream, which sorted it out.
Overall I was pleased with this mask. I found that it did what it claimed to "helps draw out impurities and excess oil to leave skin balanced, calm and clear."
A calming, soothing mask that wasnt unpleasant feeling (tight, itchy, dry) at all. Although the consistency was a bit too runny for my liking, and it was blotchy to apply. It dried quickly, was easy to remove (with the accompanying sponge). The smell was strong (manuka honey& propolis) a rather natural scent but I didnt mind it, I found it rather soothing actually. But I do really like the natural scents. I find it quite nice not being overpowered by synthetic perfumes so this is perfect.
The result was as stated. My skin was soft, supple, smooth and brighter. My skin (whihc is usually shiny after moisturising) was matte, and remained so until bed, even though it was a rather warm evening. :)
I wouldn't say you can expect amazing results overnight, but it has made a noticeable difference to my complexion after a little under 4 weeks, and is now a staple product in my beauty regime.
I was given a mini gift set which included a 75ml bottle of this face mask last Christmas. It is designed for people with oily skin so I wasn't too sure if it'd be any good for me as I have very dry skin and it is recommended that people with sensitive skin do not use it which concerned me slightly (my skin is ridiculously sensitive) but nevertheless I was excited to try it as I really like Liz Earle's range of skin care products.
The face mask comes in as part of a mini gift set - the products come in a little mesh type bag which includes the face mask and two foam sponges. The face mask its self comes in tube form which I like as it makes it seem a lot more 'special' and luxurious than the face masks which come in sachets! The bottle is nice and simple but it still has quite an elegant, expensive look to it and I like the simplicity of it. I particularly like that it is squeezable and it has a flip lid as it makes it really easy to get the product out so there's minimal mess.
The face mask smells surprisingly pleasant and it is grey in colour. It isn't too thick and it has quite a light consistency which I found very surprising as this is a clay based mask. I really like that it is not really thick and heavy though and it is easy to apply onto my face evenly as the consistency is nice and smooth. A little goes a long way and i have had several uses (3) out of my tube. Once I've applied the face mask it dries very quickly and it goes really stiff - and I mean to the point where I can't move my face even the tiniest bit.
I leave this face mask on for 5 minutes usually which I know doesn't sound that long but this is long enough to see results and I don't like keeping it on any longer because I really don't like how dry and stiff it goes. Washing it off doesn't take too long and it isn't too messy to remove as the little sponges that come with it do a great job at removing it and they also gently exfoliate my skin at the same time as I am removing the face mask and they wash well too so they haven't become discoloured or anything.
As for the results, I have to say that I am really impressed. The face mask makes a noticeable difference to the appearance and feel of my skin and the results are instantly noticeable once I've removed the mask and washed my face. Any spots that I have look a lot less red and angry after using the mask and they will usually dry up literally within a day or so of using it! My skin also looks brighter, clearer and generally healthier with a more even tone. It also feels nice and soft and smooth and upon initially removing the mask I always get a soothing kind of sensation. After using the mask I have to say though that my skin does feel slightly dried out, but this isn't an issue really as I can just moisturise afterwards and the other (positive) effects that it has on my skin outweigh this slight disadvantage.
This face mask retails at £14 and I have so far gotten three applications out of it and there's still enough product left in the tube for at least one more application, so I do think that it is pretty good value and I definitely recommend it!
I received a 30ml tube of Liz Earle's Deep Cleansing Mask in a gift set from QVC. The mask is aimed at oily/combination skin, and contains naturally active ingredients include green clay, manuka honey, propolis and rose-scented geranium. This mask is designed to draw out impurities to leave skin balanced and calm. It retails at £14.50 for a 75ml tube and 2 cleansing sponges to remove the product.
The mask is a deep green colour and has quite a thick consistency, it is not as watery as some of the clay masks I have used in the past. The natural ingredients can be identified immediately. It has a pungent herbal scent; which is not unpleasant, but it is definitely natural and not synthetic.
The mask applies easily to the face, it glides over the skin without any trouble. I apply a generous amount to my T-Zone and chin and leave this on for around 10 minutes. In this time the mask dries without any tightness, stinging or irritation. I then wet one of the sponges and wipe off the mask which takes seconds and is easy to remove. After removing the mask, my skin looks matte without being dry or tight, and my skin feels soothed and fairly soft thanks to the botanical ingredients. My blemishes and any redness looks a little reduced, also.
Overall, this is a good quality clay mask which helps absorb oil and soothe skin. My skin also looks better following its use, I produce less oil and my blemishes look reduced. It is quite expensive, but I would consider buying this to use a weekly treat.
This is the first time I have used this particular face mask from Liz Earle.I was intrigued to see what it was. I didnt get this product full size ( which I believe normally is 75ml ) as it was part of a kit, and the version I recieved was more a travel size at 15ml. This gave me the opportunity to have a taster and figure out if this was the right mask for me.
Who or what is Liz Earle?
Liz Earle was co founded by Liz Earle and Kim Buckland in 1995. Liz has worked as a beauty editor, TV presenter, and written over 30 books. Some of which could showcase her passion and knowledge for botanical ingredients and well being. Kim took more of the business approach in regards to packaging, retail and marketing of cosmetics. But having Liz's knowledge in the beauty world rubbing off on her, she also became a huge force in regards to formulation of products. There once friendship turned into a partnership in business and the Liz Earle brand evolved.
Liz Earle as a company specialise in botanical based face, body, haircare and perfume products for both ( now ) men and women. Ranging from their infamous Cleanse and Polish, to Superskin Concentrate. They strive to keep their products as natural as possible, and have won numerous arwards for many of their products time and time again.
What is Deep Cleansing Mask?
Deep Cleansing Mask is designed to purify and regulate oilliness in the skin. Wonderful treatment ideal for those with oily/combination skin. It helps to draw out impurities in the skin, thanks to its clay base, which makes the skin more calmer, balanced and smoother. The ingredients of this product are:
Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, Kaolin, Mel (honey), Montmorillonite, Glycerin, Glyceryl stearate, Propolis wax, Hectorite, Alcohol denat., Pelargonium graveolens (geranium) oil, Decyl glucoside, Ethylhexylglycerin, Geraniol, Citronellol, Linalool, Xanthan gum, Lactic acid, Polyaminopropyl biguanide, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic acid, Dehydroacetic acid
This product is not suitable for sensitive skin.
How do you use it?
After face has been cleansed and completely clean, use a generous amount and place over face and neck, but avoiding the eye area, hairline and lips. Leave on for 5-10 minutes. Wipe away with thoroughly rinsed sponges ( two sponges came along with product for removal ). Use 2-3 times a week. For best results follow with Instant Boost Skin Tonic and then moisturiser.
What do I think of this product?
I love the idea that its clay based as this in my mind is quite traditional and reminds me of a back in the day spa treatments. The colouring is dark brown ( so be careful with clothing ) and thick enough for you to be able to place on face and for it to stay put! The smell is a mixture of being on the verge of antiseptic and marine like e.g seaweed ( poor description, sorry, but a hard one to nail down ). Not pleasant but I dont find it offensive. If your somebody who wants a sweet smelling mask, this isnt for you.
It dries out on the skin, and when it does and you have to take it off, I find it abit of hard work to get all of it off I find I have to do it afew times. Its not a quick treatment, remove and go type thing. Once removed I found my skin didnt feel dry, but not nurished either. Next time I would attempt to use it on the areas needed, but thinking about that seems abit of a waste of time. My skin felt alittle smoother but not much. No major difference in skin tone, texture or look.
Would I buy again? Probably not, at least not as an individual item and not full size.Ifs its included i a kit I purchase, then I would use it but not all the time, as I dont feel this is the most suitable for my skin and I would need something which gives moisture rather than taking it away. I did think I was developing oily skin, but this product made me realise maybe not.
This product is available on QVC and Liz Earle website. Not a range thats readily available. Cost is £5.50 for 15ml plus 2 sponges and £14.50 for 75ml and 2 sponges. Sponges alone x2 are £1.75.
Nice product, but only if your skin fits the problem bill.