Hi everyone! I recently picked up a mini of the Glamglow Mud Mask. I love trying new face masks, and I’ve wanted to try this one for a while now. Everyone seems to hype up Glamglow and also mention how freaking expensive they are! Is the price tag worth it? Keep reading to find out!
I picked up the smaller size for $22. This comes with 0.5 oz/15 g. The larger size (1.7 oz/50 g) is $69 and is a better buy per ounce ($40.59 per ounce instead of $44.00 per ounce). But it is still very expensive. For reference, the two masks that I own with a similar price point to the larger size are much bigger, and I still didn’t pay full price for them. These are the Fresh Rose Face Mask ($62 for 3.3 oz/100 g) and the Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Mask ($66 for 6.6 oz/200 g – this size was discontinued). You can read more about them here: Fresh and Peter Thomas Roth.
This size gives me about 10-12 uses.
I feel like this white and silver look, especially with the star on the top, reminds me of some sort of festive American theme or design. Like, you should see a whole row of these in red, white, and blue. It’s flashy. The lid is bulky and looks like the very top is like a button or something. Overall, I don’t really like it. I think the silver works with some of the other Glamglow colors better – the teal of the hydrating treatment comes to mind.
I do enjoy it when masks come in jars, rather than squeeze tubes. It’s easier to get the exact amount of product needed and is less messy. The jar itself is also really thick – about a quarter inch! That does give it a nice hefty weight to the product, but you first open it up to find a lot less product than you’d expect.
From Sephora’s website:
Water, Kaolin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Hydroxide, Eucalyptus Globulus, Mandelic Acid, Charcoal, Fragrance [Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool], Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Pyruvic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Maltodextrin, Iron Oxides, Peppermint Oil, Butylene Glycol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Glycerin, Chamoilla Recutita Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract, Hendera Helix Extract, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Tartaric Acid.
I noticed that the list on my jar has some ingredients listed in a wildly different order. Mandelic acid, for instance, is about three quarters of the way down the list, instead of the fourth ingredient. The Glamglow website also lists the ingredients in the same order as Sephora. The FDA does not require ingredients under 1% concentration to be listed by density (at least for cosmetic uses), so it is possible. But it’s still weird.
This does have fragrance in it; however, it does distinguish what kind of fragrance. The instructions do say that this is not meant for sensitive skin.
This smells strongly of licorice. It also has a slightly medicinal/herbal scent compared to normal licorice. Some of that might be from the peppermint oil? I don’t mind the scent, but I also don’t really associate it with skincare.
I generally use clay masks 1-2 times a week, though the instructions say it can be used 1-3 times a week. The instructions also list that it can be worn for 5-20 minutes, which depends on the thickness of the layer applied. This mask does dry down much quicker than my other masks, but I still usually wear a thicker layer for 10-20 minutes.
This applies easily for a clay mask. There are some pieces of herbs or leaves or something that can be a little tricky, but there are very few of them and they are flat. The mask is a dark gray when you apply it, and dries down into a light blue-ish gray. It’s very easy to see what parts are still wet! The mask stays dark around pimples – I always love seeing that masks are really getting the gunk out! It also has those little dark spots on pores.
This does tingle or sting some whenever I use it. The intensity depends on what cleanser I use beforehand, so I opt for gentler cleansers. The feeling does fade after a few minutes.
When I go to wash the mask off, it has a slightly gritty feel. It’s like very fine sand that’s giving me a bit of exfoliation!
This definitely keeps my skin feeling cleaned out and freshened! It seems to do a slightly better job than other masks at cleaning my pores, but what sets this apart from other masks are the fresh, clean feeling and the fact that it doesn’t strip my skin. The peppermint oil is very invigorating and refreshing.
I noticed that over time, the Glamglow mask did seem to improve the clogged pores on my forehead. I did still get pimples over the few weeks where I used this mask exclusively, but got a bit less than normal. Both active pimples and acne scarring cleared up much faster, though!
This is a pretty good mask! I like the effects, and I can definitely see why people swear by Glamglow masks. It did make a difference on my pores, and I think over time it could help my acne. However, I’m not willing to spend so much money on such little product.