While I was wandering the aisles of Monoprix (kinda like a departmental store + supermarket) in Paris, I chanced upon this clay mask that seems to be taking the internet by storm. I've never seen much of L'Oreal's skincare in Singapore except for the ever famous Youth Code line that is endorsed by our local celebrity, Rui En. As such, being a beauty junkie, I knew I had to put it to the test! Anything clay mask, count me in!
Surprisingly, the packaging of the L'Oreal Pure Clay Mask is pretty luxurious. It has a good weight to it, with the main body being made up of glass, together with a screw on plastic cap. Might I add that it is a stunning shade of green that goes perfectly with their concept. It contains 1.7Oz/48g of product.
There are three different variations targeted to your specific needs. The one I got was the Exfoliate & Refining Mask with red algae. I won't deny, being a designer, I was naturally drawn to the beautiful shade of brick red. On the other hand, how often do you come across a clay mask utilizing the properties of red algae? I was instantly intrigue by it even with my poor grasp of French. With a powerpack formula of Kaolin, Montmprillonite & Moroccan Lava Clay, the Exfoliate & Refining mask sounds like a dream for people with oily skin.
Will get this out of the way since this may be an affecting factor to some, the mask does have a fragrance to it. Personally, I find it pleasant and fresh therefore I was not thoroughly affected by it.
What took me by surprise was the consistency of the mask. Even with it being a thick mask in nature, it applied on smoothly whilst retaining its own moisture. It is unlike any other clay masks that dries up almost instantly into a hard mould on your face.
As a clay mask addict due to my oily skin woes, I know how how drying it is to use Kaolin on the skin. However, this Exfoliate & Refining mask is an exception. When first applied, it leaves a cooling sensation on the skin. After 15 minutes, I added a little bit of water to dilute the formula and massaged the mask on my face for another 5 minutes. As the mask contain granules, it will help to exfoliate the dead skin. My skin felt instantly brighter, fresher and smoother after washing everything off. The best thing? Your skin is not stripped off its natural oils and it does not feel tight to the touch.
With its unique nature, I would definitely recommend giving this mask a try. The touch of Red Algae Extract is perfect as red algae is renown for retaining moisture. Perhaps this could be one of the few clay masks that might appeal to people of dry skin. It is also an interesting innovation to combine micro-granules with clay to provide the ultimate experience of exfoliation and removing deep impurities within the skin. Overall, I had an extremely pleasant experience using this mask and my only regret is not buying all three variations that was available!
Hope you found my review helpful! Thank you for reading.