Well, that name is quite the mouthful, isn’t it?!
I am a die-hard Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask fan (more about that at a later date!), so I thought I’d try out another fan-favourite from the range, the Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask. The blurb says this is a “purifying, decongesting and hydrating mask… to draw out dirt, oil and impurities as it infuses skin with moisture and vitamins”. This has quite the story behind it – tales of 9000 year old mud chopped out the ground in deepest darkest Ireland, and the ol’ “detoxifying” nonsense on the tub (don’t get me started on the physiology). Putting that aside though, this mega-tub of mud is a pleasure. I’ve been road testing it for about three months, once a week, alongside my other glow giver.
The consistency of the mask is a gel-cream hybrid. Charcoal-black, as you’d expect; don’t get this on your clothes, or you’ll be like Lady MacBeth at the sink for the next hour. It is very comfortable to apply and wear, and doesn’t dry out or crack like many clay or mud based masks, so no excessive drying of oily, dehydrated complexions. I leave it on for about 5-10 minutes before washing off. As this doesn’t “set” on the skin, it’s very easy to remove, and I have never experienced that “tight” feeling experienced with many clay based formulas.
It is fragrance-free, so nothing too offensive for sensitive skin on that front. I’ve heard reports of some people having a bit of sensitivity and reddening of the skin with this product – it may be one to avoid with sensitive skin – but I have had no problems. From what I can see and have experienced, the main benefit of this is the oil-absorbing ingredients – bentonite clay, kaolin, and charcoal powder; all well-known pore-unblockers. My skin is pleasingly clear after a 10 minute sesh with this mask, without feeling like a Dementor has sucked my soul out of my face.
The main downside of this mask is the price. For what it is, you’re paying a lot of money. Beauty Bay are the ones to watch for when it’s on offer – or try to grab a sample at Sephora, if you’re lucky enough to live in a country where this is possible!
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