Whilst I was browsing the aisles of Boots a few weeks ago I happened to stumble across a promotional stand with a selection of new clay masks from L'Oreal. Having been rather out of the blogging loop for a while, these were brand new to me. I had never seen them before or read about them online. In the moment of course I popped two of the three in my basket and went on my merry way. I didn't really consider how good they would be, in fact I had no knowledge of them at all and no blogger reviews to back up any opinion. Therefore, for what felt like the longest time, I purchased a beauty product on a complete whim.
There are currently three masks available from the new L'Oreal Pure Clay range. Each one targets a different type of skin concern, however in all honesty, I found myself a little bit confused as to the major difference between the two here other than the obvious being the colour as I feel as though they aim to do the same job, only one I think does it better than the other.
All three masks are based around the same three clay's, those being Kaolin, Montmorillonite and Ghassoul. Koalin is a clay which I have heard of before, it is a highly effective natural clay which is known to absorb impurities and excess sebum. The second one however was new to me. Montmorillonite is rich in minerals; it is a clay which is recognised for helping to eliminate imperfections. The last clay is known as Ghassoul, which again is a new to me. This is a pure clay which is highly concentrated in minerals which are renowned for helping to clarify the complexion.
First and foremost, I love the packaging of these masks in general. I like the fact that they are in a heavy, transparent jar so that I can see the colour of the product inside. Unlike masks in a tube, I won't have any trouble getting to the end of the product as it is easy to access, the only down side is that obviously this type of packaging is not the most hygienic; although simply keeping your hands clean works wonders.
Out of the two masks I purchased, this is the one that I think isn't as good as the other, that being said it is still a good mask. This happens to be the one which I tried first and at the time I thought wow, this is good! My skin instantly looked clearer and brighter, there is no denying that this works. The product is easy to wash off too which is good and it has not led to my skin feeling tight or dry in any way. The texture is relatively thick and creamy, it is also smooth and not gritty which is quite nice as I know some clay based masks can have a gritty texture to them.
For me personally, this is the mask that I will turn to if I had to choose between the two. Given my skin type, which for review purposes is combination to oily, I find that this works much better for me in comparison to the former. Aside from the set three clay's, this mask contains black charcoal which acts like a bit of a magnet so to speak to draw out impurities, aka, those pesky black heads. Now, I will not go as to far to say that this is a miracle worker, however it does offer a very quick fix at clearing up your complexion within minutes of using it.
The only time I have experienced anything similar happens to be when I first used GlamGlow, which we all know is quite a bit more expensive. Similarly, to GlamGlow, I find the results are not long lasting, therefore I find that it is a product which I have to keep on using. That being said, a clay mask is more often than not featured within my weekly routine anyway, therefore this is no issue for me.
Again like the purity mask I have found this to leave my skin feeling brighter and looking much clearer. The only down side to this particular mask is that due to the very dark colour of it, when it comes to washing it off it can be a bit messy. A flannel is advised, although perhaps not a white one.
Overall I have to say that I have been super impressed with both of these masks, although the detox one for me does pip the purity version to the post. Having now tried both of these and enjoyed the experience, I am incredibly keen to pick up the Glow mask in order to see how that performs.
Have you tried any of the new masks from L'Oreal?