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~ Why I Bought It ~
I usually use a face mask once or twice a week when I feel like my skin needs some pampering and I picked this one up a few weeks ago from Superdrug. I bought it mainly because it was cheap and on offer, but also because I loved the packaging! Rather than being packaged in a sachet like most face masks are, it comes in a squeezey tube which I really like.
~ Price ~
A 75ml tube retails at just £2.59 which is such a bargain! I actually managed to get mine as part of a '2 for £3.50' deal so it worked out even cheaper, but even at the full price it is very affordable and excellent value!
~ My Opinion ~
The first thing that I like about this product is that it comes in a squeezy tube which has a flip lid. I personally find that this packaging design makes it a little less messy than the face masks that come in sachets and I am able to get multiple uses out of each tube too without the product drying out or becoming unhygienic.
I have had my two tubes of this face mask for 3 weeks or so now and I am still on my first tube, which I have had around four applications out of so far and there is still one or two uses left so it really is amazing value for money. That being said I don't use a lot each time I use it - just a blob big enough to cover my face and because its so thick a little goes a long way so I don't have to slather it all on.
I use my hands to apply it and it can get slightly messy but its definitely quicker and less messy than the face masks which come in sachets in my opinion because it comes out in a blob rather than me having to scoop the contents out of a sachet. The face mask spreads over my skin easily despite being thick as it has a smooth, almost creamy texture.
It is not particularly nice smelling but it has a subtle fresh smell to it which is pleasant enough. As soon as I apply it my skin feels refreshed as it has quite a cooling feeling on my skin, which I wasn't expecting but it's a nice feeling. The mask takes a while to dry so I usually use the mask when I'm laying in the bath relaxing or watching tv.
Once the mask is dry it is recommended that you keep it on for 10 to 15 minutes. I usually keep it on for about 20 and then I wash it off. The mask while its on my face does make my face feel stiff but not as much so as some of the more expensive mud masks that I've used in the past and it does not make my face feel so stiff that it feels uncomfortable. Washing it off doesn't take too long. I remove mine with a damp exfoliating glove as it takes ages with just a normal flannel because the product dries onto my skin so well.
Once the product is washed off of my face I find that my skin doesn't look much different to when I first applied to mask - it looks clean and fresh, but my pores aren't any smaller and my blackheads haven't decreased or vanished! Despite the lack of visual improvement, my skin does feel better - smoother, softer and cleansed. The face mask doesn't irritate my skin or leave it red or anything and although I'm a little disappointed that it doesn't make my skin look glowing or anything like that, I do still recommend it because of how soft and smooth my skin feels afterwards.
~ All in All ~
This is a very basic face mask and I am going to give it three out of five stars. I would have given it less stars if it wasn't such good value and the packaging wasn't so well designed. It leaves my skin feeling soft, cleansed and smooth but the lack of a noticeable visual improvement in my skin is why I have knocked two stars off.
I started using this product as a refresher for my skin before a night out. I was so impressed with the results on my skin it quickly became one of my skin routine staples.
Sensitive skin beauty consumers like myself will appreciate the soothing and mild aloe vera properties in this facemask and the longevity of the mask even though it appears to be a small tube.
Price point wise it is very reasonable in the range of the £2.00-£3.00.
The most noticeable thing I found is how it seemed to calm down any breakouts on my skin. I have an oily facial skin type and the mud helped to balance this in a mild way (aloe vera).
I use this product twice a week and find it great value in terms of quality of product, results in my skin and pricing. The product provides me with the same good result each time.
Using a face-mask is an important part of my skin-care regime and I try to use one a couple of times a week. Now if you've read some of my recent reviews you'll know that I am a fan of Lush's range of fresh-faced masks. However as these have to be stored in a refrigerator at all times and only have a shelf life of around 3 weeks they are not the most practical products to be carrying around with you when you go away. For this reason I am often on the look-out for other face masks that have no such storage requirements and a longer shelf-life.
On a recent visit to Superdrugs my Mum snapped up a facemask from the Superdrug 'Mud therapy' range. I believe she paid £2.59 for this. I had previously tried the original clay based version of this mask which I was not to impressed with. This one however differs in that it has aloe vera in it, so I was curious as to whether this performed any better.
The mask itself comes in a 75ml tube that is a fairly dull green colour. The front states that the mask has natural mineral benefits of dead sea mud to detoxify the skin along with soothing an hydrating aloe vera. The product claims to help promote a clearer complexion, leaving skin softer and rejuvenated.
I applied this mask to clean skin. I usually leave my skin wet before applying as I feel this allows the mask to go on more easily. Squeezing the tube revealed a fairly thick mint green coloured paste. I applied this to my face, avoiding the skin and eye areas and followed the instructions, letting this dry over 15 minutes.
As this dried my skin started to feel quite sticky. This was quite surprising as being a clay based mask. I expected this to tighten as it dried. In fact, the longer I left this on the stickier my face started to feel. It was an odd sensation and one that I didn't particularly like. Normally whilst a face mask is on I like to relax with my eyes closed but in this case I couldn't and was quite eager to get this off!
One of my complaints with the previous mask I tried in this range was that the smell was a bit 'chemical' like but I was more impressed with the scent of this, which I would describe as quite light and sweet.
Once the 15 minutes were up I proceeded to rinse this mask off with warm water as stated on the instructions. Even after this length of time the mask had not started to dry and crack, as I would have expected a clay mask to have done. My skin still felt sticky and I found the mask very difficult to remove. It was like it had been glued to my skin and took a significant amount of effort to get off.
After being removed my skin looked clear and it felt soft but the effects were similar to other face masks and nothing particularly amazing. I felt quite annoyed at how long it took to get the mask off and to be honest has put me off using this again. Out of curiosity I asked my mum how she liked the mask and the first thing she said was how awkward it was to get off so it wasn't only me!
Having got used to using Lush facemasks, which have a relatively simple list of ingredients I found the list of ingredients on this a little scary, particularly the parabens, which I try to avoid. I certainly won't be giving up on my usual masks!
Overall I was not too impressed with this mask. It had a pleasant smell and left my skin clear and soft but the issue with taking this off has put me off and I doubt that I shall be buying this mask again.