L’Oreal Pure Clay Masks – Part 2: Glow Mask
28 Monday Nov 2016
This is the second of the L’Oreal Pure Clay Masks I’ve tested, the first was the Detox mask. This is the Glow mask, which claims to brighten and exfoliate. I’m by no means an expert skin tester, but consider myself an average Joe. Who better to test out this purse-friendly face mask than the average Joe, eh?
Marketing info: For the first time, the L’Oréal Paris laboratories have selected three pure clays and combined them with red algae extract, known for its brightening properties. The beaded, creamy texture illuminates tone by exfoliating the skin’s surface without drying it out.
Ingredients: Aqua / Water, Kaolin, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Dimethicone, PEG-100 Stearate, Prunus Armeniaca Seed Powder / Apricot Seed Powder, Perlite, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer Triethanolamine, Dimethiconol, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Moroccan Lava Clay, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Montmorillonite, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, Linalool, Parfum / Fragrance
Purchased/ gratis: Purchased
- Active ingredients – Kaolin, Montmorillonite, Moroccan Lava clay, Eucalyptus
- Fragrance/ smell – floral fragrance – rose (citronello), spicy florals (linalool)
- Texture – smooth cream with larger exfoliating grains
- Packaging – As noted in my previous review of the Detox mask, it’s a solid glass jar, which is not my favorite option hygiene-wise but perfectly fine for personal use, as long as you don’t double-dip and always use clean fingers.
My trial run
This mask did feel more than a little uncomfortable on the skin, but only for the first 2 or 3 minutes. It gave me a warm and tingling sensation that reminded me of the Glamglow Tingling Mask but to a lesser degree. I soon forgot about the tingling as my dad called and we got chatting about car insurance. So exciting! Or not. Anyway, the call lasted a little longer than I expected, so I had the mask on for about 20 minutes before I rinsed off. After about 10 minutes the mask was completely dry, so a 20 minute mask needed a good but gentle rinse off.
You need to be a bit more gentle with this mask compared to the Detox mask as this is definitely more grainy and has more exfoliating particles. I rinsed and patted dry, and could instantly feel softer skin. I didn’t see new radiance, but let’s be honest, with skincare, very few benefits are instant. You need to try skincare out for a while before you can really see the benefits.
I like this mask much better than the Detox mask. My skin felt touchably smoother and was visibly smoother as well.
Would I recommend it to others? If you have sensitive skin, do a patch test first on your arm (crook of the elbow) or neck, and then if all clear after 48 hours, it should be safe on your face. Do take care if you suspect any allergy, wash off immediately. I only say this as the warming and tingling is safe enough but if it lasts for more than a minute, you should be careful in case it’s actually an allergic reaction. It is a stronger mask than the Detox mask, and so sensitive skins should take added care.
Would I repurchase this mask for myself? Yes, definitely, especially as it’s just £5 (or £7.99 when promotions close). For me, it has helped boost my regular skincare regime and I have been using it once a week since mid-October. It’s a keeper for me.