“ Brand: Montagne Jeunesse / Type: Face Mask / Suitable for: Face / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
I have been using Montagne Jeunesse products for what seems like forever, which is why I was very surprised to see it in this packaging, which I had never seen before. They are very reasonably priced, at about 70p for a double pack. I like to use a face mask once a week or so, just to try and clean out my pores and to help to moisturise my skin.
I was definitely not disappointed by these face masks. The packaging has not changed anything - they are just as good as all of the other Montagne Jeunesse products. I in fact really like the double pack idea, as one side is slightly smaller than a normal face mask packet, which I find good, as I always find with other face mask packets that there is too much for one use, but by the time I come to use it again, it has all dried out and is no longer useable. I find each one the perfect size to cover my face really very thickly, and because the other packet has not been opened, there is no risk of it drying out.
This masque is exfoliating, and I find it helps to remove dead skin from your face, although it is not so good for cleaning deeper into the pores in my opinion, and doesn't help to remove blackheads. On the whole, however, this is a great product that leaves your skin looking, feeling and smelling great!
I love using face masks and do so every week. My combination skin seems to really feel the benefit of this. I look out for new ones every so often because I like experiencing the selection of gorgeous aromas they offer. I have especially wanted to try the Face Food masks ever since I realised that they are made by the well known Montagne Jeunesse. I have had high success with most of the products they offer, and while the MJ standard masks are not expensive, the Face Food branded ones are even cheaper. I paid just 69p for a twin pack of single use [6ml] sachets in Savers. There was several to choose from so I picked a selection to use over the next few weeks. The one I am reviewing today is the Avocado Oil and Walnut exfoliating mask.
WHAT IT IS SUPPOSED TO DO
According to the makers, the mask will gently wash away dead skin cells and deeply moisturize my skin. I have used exfoliating masks before and despite my scepticism that they would work, I have mostly had success with them. The walnut shell pieces are the exfoliating agent in this one. Like all MJ products, this mask is Vegetarian Society and BUAV/leaping bunny logo approved meaning it has not been tested on animals.
GREEN IS GOOD
The sachets are stuck together with a perforated strip in between that did not separate very well at all. In fact the perforations stopped half way up. I realised that I was going to tear both sachets when I only wanted one so I resorted to divide each portion with scissors in the end. I haven't had this problem with the other Face Food duos I bought so maybe this packet was a production error. That aside, the mask itself can be squeezed out easily, to reveal a light creamy green product. The packaging says that the natural ingredients in the mask may cause it to vary in colour but both of mine looked the same and neither appear really natural I must say!
The texture is nice and light, certainly compared to the kaolin masks I usually wear. It feels soft - in between the walnut pieces anyway! There are plenty of the latter in evidence and they certainly feel well distributed when I massage it into my skin. Although the nut pieces seem very tiny they feel much larger when rubbed across your face. However I am pleased to say that far from feeling uncomfortable and scratchy, they add a lot to my pleasure in using the mask, as they make me feel that my skin is being thoroughly cleansed. I enjoyed this feeling in particular after I had been using a not very face friendly sun lotion which made my skin feel oily and "coated". I found that each single sachet contained more than I needed to use to cover my face thickly, so I got about 3 and a half uses from the twin pack in total which obviously makes it fantastic value for money.
Having massaged the mask in, you are instructed to leave it in place for 10-15 minutes before rinsing it away thoroughly. It helps to pass the time if you have a nice relaxing smell to enjoy during this time, and thankfully the Face Food doesn't disappoint here. I can't bear to eat avocados, but having used several skin care products containing avocado oil, I have grown accustomed to the scent and even enjoy it. Just as well, as it is the most obvious scent in the mask. It does also contain sweet almond oil, aloe vera juice, green tea and ginseng extracts amongst other ingredients but I can't really detect any of those individual aromas. The overall scent is just fresh and sweet.
The mask dries slowly and tightens a bit but it doesn't feel uncomfortable. If you are one of those people that doesn't like the sort of masks that constrict a lot, you would probably appreciate this one. Rinsing off is easy and quick. This sort of product does at least have the advantage over peel off ones for me in that I am less likely to find stray pieces hanging around my eyebrows!
My skin doesn't look red as it does immediately after using some masks so this would be a good choice if you wanted a last minute skin boost before going out. There is no need for me to wait for my complexion to settle before admiring the improvement to my skin. The most obvious one is how lovely and smooth and soft it feels. The mask doesn't have a drying effect on my skin later on as a few do, so there is nothing to take away from this nice soft feeling. Overall, my face looks more radiant and I feel beautifully refreshed. I can't say it has done much to clear any blocked pores around my nose. I had to do my usual facial steaming and pore strip to deal with those but they are persistent troubles and tend to be hard for any mask to deal with. It does seem to deal with my oily t zone though as while I cleanse before using the mask, my skin always stays matt for longer having used the mask. So it probably prevents some blocked pores even if it doesn't clear them.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS MASK?
I think it is great value for money as it does just as well at softening and brightening my facial skin as more expensive products. It doesn't specifically claim to be deep cleansing so I will forgive the fact it didn't deal with my pores. I do think the added exfoliating action contributes to the fact my skin feels softer and looks more glowing for a couple of days rather than just a few hours after I have rinsed it away. It doesn't feel rough on the skin in an unpleasant way so don't let the walnut shell put you off if you are not used to exfoliating masks. Overall, I think it is well worth a try. I bought mine in Savers, I have since seen them in Wilkinson's and online at Amazon where they are often available in multi packs which look very tempting..
I try to apply a face mask once a week to give my skin a boost. I am not particularly fussy about which brand I use and as I like to try a variety of products, I tend to use a different mask from week to week. The latest face mask I've tried is the Face Food/Chantelle Avocado oil and Walnut Exfoliating mask which I have used two weeks in a row.
If you haven't heard of the Face Food range of face masks, you may be interested to learn that they are made by Montagne Jeunesse, who are known for their range of face masks in sachets. Before being branded Face Food they were called 'Chantelle', a name which has only been dropped fairly recently I think as some places (such as Amazon) still sell them under that name. Face Food is actually their budget line, as not only do they come in at around 30p-40p cheaper than the standard Montagne Jeunesse masks, but you get two sachets for your money rather than just one.
The Avocado oil and Walnut mask is designed to exfoliate the skin gently, whilst 'deeply moisturising' at the same time. It is gluten free, dairy free and suitable for vegans. Although I cannot see anything on the pack to indicate this, the website suggests that this mask is suitable for combination or normal skin types. I used to have very dry skin but bizarrely it seemed to improve overnight for no particular reason, so I'd say my skin at the moment is mainly normal, although I do still get some mild dryness around my nose.
The two sachets of face mask were easy to separate thanks to a perforation down the middle. There is a small notch which aids the opening of the sachet and I found it to tear open easily without the need for scissors, teeth or brute force as is often the case with sachets!
It states on the pack that the colour of the mask may vary due to the natural ingredients it contains, but I found it to be a pale green colour with beige flecks which were presumably crushed walnut.
To use, you simply need to cleanse your face, massage the face mask onto your skin and leave for between ten and fifteen minutes then rinse off. I found that the mask had a slightly fruity fragrance to it and was a fairly thick consistency, yet easy to spread across the skin. The exfoliating particles were few and far between and I could only feel a mild scratchy sensation as I massaged the creamy mask into my skin. Personally I prefer a scrub with lots of grains as I like to feel it working, but this would be ideal for those just looking for mild exfoliation.
I have used this twice now and on the first occasion I left this on slightly longer than the suggested fifteen minute maximum. I have gotten into the habit of removing my face masks with a damp flannel as I find this the easiest and least messy form of removal, however I couldn't find one. As I rummaged through drawers looking for a face cloth I could feel the mask getting tight on my skin, although not to the point it was uncomfortable. The second time I used it, I rinsed off after exactly fifteen minutes and experienced no tightening sensation at all.
The results I got from this mask were impressive to say the least. Being so cheap I was expecting the results to be OK at best, but this product far surpassed my expectations. The immediate difference on rinsing is how smooth and soft my skin felt. Those exfoliating particles may not have felt as though they were working, but they definitely had an impact!
As well as being smoother, I also thought my skin looked much better. It seemed to look brighter and clearer and I thought I looked more awake too if that makes sense. I didn't experience any excessive redness like I normally do straight after using a mask either. Another bonus for me was that my skin felt like I had just applied a moisturiser. I did worry that because it is aimed at combination skin it could be a tad drying but it wasn't at all, quite the opposite.
On a more negative note, the effects of the mask only seemed to last for around twenty four hours which was disappointing but not particularly surprising.
I think one of the best things about this mask has got to be the price. For two 6ml sachets (which sounds tiny but proved to be more than sufficient to cover my face), you will pay just 59p from Amazon or 70p if buying directly from the Montagne Jeunesse website. On the high street I have only ever seen these for sale in Wilkinson's but that was quite some time ago, so I'm not sure if they still sell them.
Overall I am extremely pleased with these face masks. Considering they are as cheap as chips I was expecting them to be pretty average, but actually I think they're fab and they feel like a real pampering treat. I will definitely be buying more of these and would be more than happy to recommend them.