I thought I’d try one of Superdrug’s own face masks as I’ve often walked past them and been intrigued by their low price tag - the chocolate one I bought was 89p. I wanted to find out if the cheapest of face masks actually made any difference to my skin so I put it to the test.
What the blurb says:
“Treat your skin to a mud mask with a difference and give it the nourishment it truly deserves! Packed with rich, luxurious ingredients like cocoa and shea butters, this mask will drench your skin in moisture, leaving you with skin so renewed and re-hydrated it glows!”
Quite a big claim for such a cheap product you’ll agree.
My first thoughts on this product were quite positive:
-First of all its paraben free. I’ve been making a conscious effort to cut paraben’s out so this product fitted the bill nicely.
-Secondly, the smell was absolutely divine. So nice in fact, that at one point I was tempted to lick it!
-The mask was quite thick and luxurious as the blurb promised.
|After 10 minutes|
However, on closer inspection however I noticed a few things that made me question the face mask’s claims:
-Once I had removed the mask my skin did feel smoother and more hydrated however this was only temporary. This was probably due to two of the ingredients in the mask: glyceryl stearate SE and propylene glycol. Both products act as temporary lubricants to make the skin appear smoother, softer and supple after use. Yet these effects are only temporary leading the consumer into thinking that the mask has done its job.
-The mask was quite difficult to remove. I used a muslin cloth which had to be rinsed about 20 times before all traces of the product were gone. If you were just using your hands I’d suggest jumping in the shower to wash it off as it really does make a mess. But then again, which mud face mask doesn’t make a mess?
So does this product work?
Yes and No. Yes in the sense that it is a really nice luxurious smelling product. The aroma did relax me and awakened my senses. On the other hand however the products ambitious claims of ‘leaving you with skin so renewed and re-hydrated it glows’ leaves little to be desired but then for a price tag of 89p you can’t really expect it to work miracles.
I’m on a bit of an eco-beauty rampage at the moment so I will be trying out some home-made face masks in the following weeks to see if their impact is any greater. Look out for them and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in contact! email@example.com