Product Type: Montagne Jeunesse body care
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A sickly sweet treatment
Montagne Jeunesse Fudge Sauna Mask
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Montagne Jeunesse Fudge Sauna Mask
Advantages: smells gorgeous, gave a light moisture boost
Disadvantages: results nothing special and didn't last for long, messy
I have tried the Montagne Jeunesse range before and really enjoy using their face masks as they are fun and the lovely descriptions on the packaging makes them sound very appealing. I was lucky enough to receive a whole bunch of different masques through a Facebook competition, and this Fudge Sauna face mask is the one I've used most recently. The masques are available to buy in most high street beauty stores and will cost around 99p for a 15ml sachet.
This item is described as a self heating hot vanilla fudge sauna. Montagne Jeunesse say: "With rich Mediterranean Clay, cleansing has never been so enjoyable! Our hot vanilla fudge sauna isn't for eating, instead it gently warms open pores drawing out dirt and grime."
Recommended directions for use: Cleanse face with warm water only. Leave face wet. Apply evenly over face and neck with fingertips, avoiding eyes and lips. Lie back, relax and enjoy the de-stress warming effect for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Pat dry. Use weekly.
Usually I like to give myself a good pampering when I am using a face mask, and would start the process by cleansing with a rich creamy hot cloth cleanser. However I noticed that the instructions for the fudge sauna mask specifically state to cleanse only using warm water, so I followed this advice and then went about applying the masque. The packaging opens easily, so you can squeeze the pouch and the contents come out of the corner through the small tear. This helps to control how much product you want to come out of the packet.
The masque itself has a thin but "gloopy" consistency, making it easy to spread onto my face. As I was putting the mask on the heat from my fingers against my face seemed to activate the heating properties of the face mask, and this felt quite hot to start with. It was an unusual feeling and a little uncomfortable, until the mask was fully applied and I stopped rubbing it over my skin, then the temperature became more bearable. The liquid did not seem to set at all, and it was very messy. It was running down my face and dripping onto my neck and over my lips which was not pleasant! I had to keep wiping at it to stop the dripping, and it became a bit annoying to be cleaning it up when I should have ben enjkoying my relaxation time.
The mask itself had a pale caramel colour which went well with the vanilla fudge theme, and I thought the smell was amazing. It was sickly sweet but in a good way, and it smelled just like the real thing. The scent was probably the most enjoyable aspect of using the mask and it made it feel like a nice treat.
This should be left on for 10-15 minutes to allow it to really get to work on your skin. I left it on for just over 10 minutes because I was getting a bit fed up of the warmth and the drippyness. It was quite time consuming and messy to remove as the mask had not started to dry at all and it was very sticky which made it hard to take off fully and I had to wash my face several times. I noticed that my skin looked red and patchy, but I assume this was because of the self-heating sauna effect as I did not feel any sensitivity or irritation.
The sachet contained a good amount which was enugh for a single application, and it was interesting to try it as a one-off, although I don't think I would buy one of these again. Afterwards my skin felt like it had been moisturised, but this only lasted for a short while and was only really a small boost in addition to the facial moisturiser I use every day. I also didn't notice some of the promised benefits such as the deep clean from the heating effect which is supposed to open pores and draw out impurities but my skin still looked quite dull and mistreated from the winter weather.
This Fudge Sauna face mask is an unusual product and was different to other face masks that I've used before due to its self heating effect. The scent was delicious and I like food themed beauty products, but the average results and excessive mess during use would not encourage me to recommend this particular face mask. There are definitely better products available in the Montagne Jeunesse range.
Montagne Jeunesse are against animal testing, and have been approved by BUAV and the Vegetarian Society. Keep your beauty cruelty free!
Summary: An average face mask