I received this product via #Influenster in exchange for my honest review.
Before I get into the review itself though, I wanted to preface everything by saying I don’t really use or care much for wash off masks. This is because they are inevitably way too drying and messy for me to want to bother at all. I’ve only used 2-3 wash off masks in the last 2 years and of those, there’s one Id likely repurchase. That said…the things I look for in a wash off mask are: is it drying, is it messy, and does it actually do anything?
Is it drying?
Not at all. I felt like it went on really smoothly and felt almost creamy in texture. I wasn’t totally clear on the directions (do you massage on after covering your full face or do you massage on in patches?) so I covered my face (photo 3) and massaged in after (photo 4).
Is it messy?
Nope. I actually like this mask MORE because getting the product off my hands after massaging in, and subsequently when I washed off was not a hugely messy hassle. I hate how some wash off masks end up sticking to my hairline or stuck around my fingernails, but this was fairly smooth.
Does it actually do anything?
From Sephora’s website…
-Micro-Encapsulated Vitamin C: Releases powerful brightening and clarifying benefits to leave skin looking brighter and more even toned.
-Kaolin and Bentonite Clay: Helps detox skin by removing excess oil and impurities and visibly diminishes the appearance of pores.
-Fruit-Derived Blend Of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Bilberry, Sugarcane, Orange, Lemon, Sugar Maple): Help support natural cell turnover to reveal a brighter, smoother looking complexion.
-Aloe + Superfood Blend Of Apple, Broccoli, Kale, Blueberry and Cucumber: Help nourish, moisturize, and soothe skin.
The claims of this mask are rather intriguing for a wash off, massage activated product. Vitamin C is a well known brightening ingredient but I’ve only seen it in serums or creams (something for sustained use over time) not a wash off mask…I’m not sure how it delivers on the brightening claims, my skin did look somewhat brighter after but frankly my skin is pretty glowy to begin with. I’d say it didn’t make my skin look worse or dull so that’s good I guess? I’d really be curious to see reviews from others who do not use many actives (I use tret, AHA, BHA on a regular basis) to see if they had any noticeable brightening or smoothing.
This product is pretty ok. I will definitely use this until it’s gone and at $38, it might be something I’d give as a gift to a friend looking for a brightening quick fix but wouldn’t repurchase since I don’t have much need for this type of product in my routine.