This product has had a LOT of hype. A lot. It’s even described as “the world’s most powerful facial” on the tub. Really?
I’m also a bit scared of anything that genuinely puts “FEEL YOUR FACE PULSATE!” in giant, red, capital letters on the back. Terrifying.
I quite like a non-pulsatey face, thanks.
But – is Aztec Secret any good, even with seriously inflated claims?
You can pick up a massive tub o’ clay on Amazon, and cost per use is going to be extremely low – so from that point of view, this is pretty good value for money.
However – it’s not quite as simple as get your tub and go. This comes in powder form – a very, very fine, calcium bentonite clay powder – so there’s a bit of mixing to be done before you put this on your face. The packaging states to mix this with either raw, unprocessed apple cider vinegar, or water, in a non-metal bowl. You can go to the ends of the earth looking for fancy vinegar if you like, but I’ve used this product with both and a combination of the two and have found no noticeable difference in results. It's pretty much odour-free as well, and there is no added fragrance.
Word to the wise – this stuff is messy. Creature-From-The-Black-Lagoon messy. It clags, sticks, and will probably block your drains – so make sure to dilute any excess waaaaayyyyy down before pouring it down the sink!
After mixing – just slap it on yo’ face. It’s got a fairly typical clay mask consistency once applied, and does do the whole drying-down thing – so if you’re not a fan of that feeling, I suggest you leave this and check out my other pore-de-clogger I’ve been rigorously testing out. This will feel pretty tight afer 10 minutes or so. I can’t bear it for much longer than this!
The wash-off – again, with lots of water – partially for your skin’s sake, and partially to protect your drains! I follow this with a little bit of cleanser (Emma Hardie’s Moringa Balm – no surprises there) just to make sure I’ve got all of the goop off my face. Follow with your normal moisturiser.
You will most likely have a red face. Don’t be too alarmed. Redness will reside and the skin will return to normal after about half an hour or so.. but it goes without saying; this is not a pre-night out mask. However - take a look at your pores. A Dementor has kissed them. Blackheads shriek and run for cover when they see bentonite.
Well. I want to love this. It’s cheap, cheerful, and it really does work – blackheads are obliterated.
But I just can’t help feeling that many people will struggle with the faff. it is not easy to use, and the marketing claims are bonkers - if I think of the world’s most powerful facial, I think of Caroline Hirons working her magic, or Emma Hardie whipping my face in to shape – not a tub of powdery clay.
All in all – a good, budget clay mask. Nothing more. Nothing less.
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