I received plenty of lovely gifts for Christmas this year and one of these was the Caudalie Purifying Mask.
About the product
The product promises to leave the skin perfectly clean and pure by drawing impurities and excess oils from the skin. It claims that it will leave your complexion brighter and more radiant. It will help to tighten the pores to prevent your skin from becoming too oily. The mask contains Clay to absorb impurities, grape seed oil to nourish and strengthen the skin, lavender to calm the skin and zinc to prevent blemishes.
How do you use the product?
The product is to be applied to clean and dry skin. You need to apply a thick layer of the mask over the face and neck, carefully avoiding the eye area. The mask should then be left to work on the skin for around 10 minutes and then rinsed off with a warm, damp flannel. You can then splash off the excess with cold water. It should be used no more than twice weekly.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within a white tube which is plain other than some silver grapes. It has a white screw top lid on which it can stand so it looks neat and tidy on display in your bathroom. It is an expensive product and costs around £20 for 50 ml of the mask. It can be bought from large department stores and also from a range of online websites.
The product is white in colour and it has a thick consistency which is similar to that of Sudocrem. It has a lavender herbal aroma to it which is not one of my favourite aromas although I do find it quite relaxing in products of this type. The product is easily dispensed from the bottle with a gentle squeeze and it does glide onto the skin easily without any pulling or dragging.
The mask doesn't have the consistency that I expected from a clay mask being neither dry not gritty. It doesn't appear thick on the face at all and it spreads quite thinly on the skin but at least this means that you don't have to use an awful lot of the product. It feels completely comfortable on the skin and I don't experience any irritations or tingling as I wear it. It does feel moisturising and rather like I have applied a thick cream to the face.
This mask doesn't dry out or crack on the skin, in fact it seems to sink into the skin which again I wasn't expecting and by the end of the treatment, there wasn't much of the product left on my face. What was left of the mask was easily removed with a warm damp flannel and the excess was shifted with a few splashes of water. Once my face had been patted dry, I noticed there was no redness to my skin so the formula must be gentle.
As for the results, I can't say my skin looked much different. My face didn't feel tight or dry so it must be hydrating and it did feel fresh and clean but that was about it. My complexion didn't look healthier or brighter and there was no change in the oiliness of my skin. The mask didn't cause any new blemishes to develop but then again it didn't help to banish the ones that I already had.
All in all, this is an average face mask that didn't make my skin worse but didn't make it much better either. It is easy to use and has a relaxing aroma and it did hydrate my skin. leaving it feeling fresh and clean. It didn't however affect the oiliness of my skin or brighten my complexion. Given the hefty price tag, I don't rate this product much.
Main ingredients: Moisturising grape-seed oil, purifying kaolin and bentonite clays, astringent cypress, sage and lavender, soothing camomile, draining sandal wood, strengthing and moisturising Vinolevure / This non-drying purifying mask elimates complexion-dulling impurities to brighten the skin / It cleanses deeply, tightens the pores, and regulates oil production /