I’ve been meaning to review this product for quite some time now, but I keep getting distracted with other stuff. Sorry.
Product: Sephora’s Mud Mask Purifying & Mattifying ($20)
I originally got this item as a sample at my local Sephora. An employee recommended it to me after I was looking for a sample of a mud or charcoal mask. Being 100% honest here, I was skeptical about trying it because I’ve had a horrible allergic reaction to another one of Sephora’s products before. I got the sample anyway because a free sample is a free sample. The sample appears really small, but a little bit goes a long away. The sample size allowed me to use it three times, before having to buy the actual product. I did the mud mask once a week, for 3 weeks.
When I first put on the mask, I immediately felt fear because the mask caused a slight burning/ tingling feeling on the apples of my cheeks. Luckily my aunt, who was doing the mask with me, was reading up on the mask and said that the feeling is entirely normal. Although the initial fear went away, I was still a little worried.
I applied the mask all over my face, avoiding my eyes and mouth, using my fingers. The sales associate at Sephora told me to wait about 15 minutes before rinsing it off. I personally didn’t time it. I just put it on, and waited until it felt completely dry. The mask goes on a dark grey color, and once dry, it is a very light grey , almost a chalky color. I do think the sales associate was right because it does take about 15 minutes for it to dry.
Once fully dry, my pores looked gross. That burning I mention earlier, thats were my problem areas are on my face, the spot where I experience the most breakouts. My pores in those areas and around my nose (where I have the most black heads) were completely highlighted. It was just gross looking, but so interesting at the same time. After rinsing my face, I examined it again, and it looked some much cleaner and clearer than when I started (after the first use). My skin felt tight afterward, both from dryness and because it just felt a bit firmer.
I continuously use this product every single week. Some people use it several times a week, but I don’t like over cleansing my skin. Each and every time I use the mask my skin does feel a little firmer, which is obviously a good thing. I don’t sleep very much, so anything that tightens my skins is good.
My problem areas continue to tingle, but again it’s normal of the mask. I noticed after using it every week, I get less breakouts. I have less pimples and less black heads around my nose and chin. I don’t think I’ve ever used a product that keeps my skin so clear. I’m honestly obsessed with this product, and have added it to my skin care routine. As a makeup artist, who is always working on different looks, I think it’s very important to care for your skin.
On a final note, if you have a lot of black heads, the first time you use the mask it will lift them up out of the pores. It will look like your black heads are coming out. My suggestion is you take advantage of the fact that their lifted to take them out with little to no pain, or by using a black head tool remover. After continuous use of the mask, you will have less and less black heads (in my experience).
Do you have this mask? How do you like it? What are some of your favorite face masks? What’s your skin care routine like? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below, and remember to give me a follow so that you can see my latest posts.
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P.S. For your enjoyment this what the mask looks like on me when it’s almost fully dry. You can see how my pores are highlighted on my nose where I have black heads.