The L’Oréal Pure Clay range has been around for a while but is something I’ve never tried. Why, I have no idea as one mask pot will only cost you around £5. Not bad at all.
I also love L’Oréal’s concept of multi-masking, i.e. applying a mask with a different benefit to certain parts of your face depending on what your skin in that area needs. With such a cheap price tag, it is a very feasible idea when it comes to these masks.
I picked up the Detox Mask as I am a big fan of charcoal as an ingredient in masks. I have pretty clogged skin with enlarged pores, something that charcoal is great for combatting. L’Oréal describe the Detox Mask as “like a magnet to draw out impurities” that “detoxifies the skin’s surface and works deep into the pores, leaving the skin looking clarified and beautified”. Great, sign me up.
Formula & Application
The consistency of the mask is on the thinner side; easy to build up to an opaque layer, but not as thick as some masks I have had in the past. It’s easy to apply on to the skin and sets down hard after around 10-15 minutes. (Below you can see the texture from first application top left, part-dry bottom left and dry on the right).
There is a slight scent which is not my favourite. It kind of smells like soap, but it is not too strong or overpowering as to make it unappealing. Overall the formula is nice and the application is really easy – can’t fault the mask here!
Removal & Results
It also performs well when it comes to taking it off. I hate masks where it feels like you have to scrub at your face for ages to remove it. This one comes off easily with a little warm water.
It’s in the results where this mask falls short for me. Sure, the experience of using it is nice but I just didn’t see enough of a difference afterwards to justify it. I can’t see any change to the texture of my skin or the size of my pores, especially compared to when I use my favourite mask – the Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Mask. That one gives the skin a nice glow, something that was unfortunately lacking in this L’Oréal one.
Overall this is a good mask considering the very low price point. If you’re looking for something just to give yourself a pamper sesh on a Sunday afternoon then this could be a good purchase. Moreover, I haven’t tried it with any of the other masks in the range so maybe a mixture of a few could be the secret to better results.
However, if you want a mask that is going to make a real difference to your skin, maybe look somewhere else. I know that I for one will definitely be going back to my beloved Body Shop mask.