Drugstore Diva, Clay Mask Edition: L’Oreal Gives Me Life On A Budget

Published on March 24, 2018 by   ·   No Comments

Mask Pyramid 01
Masks are without a doubt one of my favorite (and easiest…and often cheapest!) beauty splurges; there is nothing more relaxing than slathering some amazing concoction all over your face, let it dry, and then wash it away, leaving behind fresh, soft skin.  So when I see a popular drugstore brand like L’Oréal release a line of pure clay masks with tons of great, targeted ingredients and a price point below $15 (I picked these up at the Walgreens in downtown Seattle for $13.29 each), you know I’m going to be all the way here for it.

The display was all about skincare trends and it mentioned “multi-masking”: using a variety of masks to target different areas of the face with different ingredients and formulas to get the best possible results.  There were 5 masks in the series, but I was only able to get 4: Pure Clay with Yuzu Lemon to clarify and smooth (yellow), with Seaweed to clear and comfort (blue), with Red Algae to exfoliate and refine (red), and with Charcoal to detox and brighten.  The final mask that I wasn’t able to get my hands on features the same pure clay formula combined with Eucalyptus to purify and mattify (green).  That last one is actually the most targeted to oily skin, so I’m going to check my local drugstores to see if I can get lucky and track that one down as well.  Perhaps an update or a sequel?

Mask Quad
Although the packaging is rather large and makes it look like there is a pretty generous amount of product, these are actually a little smaller than the containers of masks you get at Lush: Lush has masks at 2 oz while these measure in at 1.7 ounces.  From the Lush pots I get two full applications plus usually one thinner application (I like to lay it on thick!), and for these, I imagine I’ll get about the same, maybe just two and then can mix the remnants of the mask for another full application.  With the exception of the black mask, these never dried down the way that a typical clay mask does (I’m comparing to the Queen Helene Mint Julep mask, my ride or die, which dries to a crust that flakes if you move your face too much).

Mask Yellow 02
The yellow mask was the first that I tried, and though it wasn’t described as an exfoliating mask, it had a fair amount of grit in the formula.  It didn’t have a strong fragrance (none of the masks did, outside of a generic skincare sort of scent) and I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get even a hint of lemon fragrance, but the lemon is definitely present in terms of the results!  After letting this mask dry down for about 20 minutes (double the recommended time, because that’s how I roll!), I washed it off in the shower and found my skin much lighter and brighter – I got a great deep clean from this one!

Mask Blue 01
The blue mask dried down to sort of a rubbery feel and it was also sort of a sparkly metallic look; I’m not sure what would have caused that, but it actually looked pretty cool!  It was a little harder than the others to wash off, and the results weren’t as dramatic as what I saw with the other masks, but it still left my skin looking and feeling better than when I started.  I have a lot of redness in my cheeks, and I did see some reduction in that with this mask, but not as much as with the black or the yellow.  Overall, I don’t think it’s bad, but of the four I would be least likely to recommend this one, especially for my oily skin peeps.  It’s not terribly expensive and I did like it, so it just boils down to your desire to try it and personal preference.  Something about the formula: I felt like I needed less of this one to get a full, even coat.  Not enough that I would get another full mask out of it, but I definitely used less of this one than I did the other masks.

Mask Red 01
The red mask was pretty good; the grit was pretty similar to the yellow, and it’s a nice mild exfoliation (nothing too extreme).  It dried down to a flexible coating, sort of like the blue but not quite as rubbery.  I did this one the night after the yellow mask and I think the double exfoliation was a little much for me as this one stung a bit as I was washing it off.  Again, I didn’t feel like it was too aggressive, but I wouldn’t recommend doing the red and the yellow on back to back evenings.  Overall it was pretty good, but I think I preferred the yellow mask better and since that one also exfoliates, that bumps this one down to third on my list.

Mask Black 01
I love a good charcoal mask, and this one did not disappoint.  This is the only one of the group that dried down to more of the “crust” I’m used to with a clay mask (the others remained more flexible on my face, even after drying completely).  This was my second favorite, close behind the yellow mask.  I felt like I needed a little bit more of this one to get good, solid coverage, but I still think I’ll get two full applications from this container.  This one had a little bit of a charcoal smell, nothing unpleasant, just a little bit of a sharpness that was different from the other masks.  I definitely didn’t prefer this to the Origins black charcoal mask, but it’s just over $10 cheaper, so if you’re looking for a good substitute for that product, this would be it.

L’Oréal is not a brand I frequent, but I’m definitely digging this foray into clay mask skincare products.  Are they as good or better than my other inexpensive favorite, Queen Helene?  Nope.  Are they as good as the Lush masks that cost about the same amount?  Close, but for me that’s also a no.  But the nice thing about these is that they have some good, powerful ingredients, the formulations are comfortable to wear (and less messy once dry!), and they do a pretty good job and clearing up and helping out your skin.  If you are a mask fan, then I can’t think of any reason not to try these!  If you just want a spot treatment to work into your skincare routine, I think the yellow and the black would both be really good for that.  I really can’t think of any reason why any of these would disappoint.

So what are your favorite masks?  Do you like to go drugstore, or lay out the coin for the luxury brands?  Do you prefer clay masks or the peel off kind?  What are some brands that you adore, and which ones do you stay away from?  Let us know in the comments!

The good news is that I’ve never heard of a mask damaging anyone’s face (though the exfoliating ones could cause harm if used too roughly or too often) so if you’re curious, lay out the approximately $15 (or less!) to give this a shot.  I think you’ll be glad you did.  And if you’ve never tried a mask before, these are a pretty solid set of “starter” masks: easy to use, inexpensive, and give some nice results.  Who doesn’t love that?!

Now Go Forth & Get Painted!

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