Mud masks are a bit much-of-a-muchness, right? Apart from assuming that different colours came from different types of clay, I have to admit I didn’t know too much about mud masks. I’ve never had any reason to use more than one at once, so it is hard to know the difference. All I needed to know was that it made a difference to my oily skin.
But then! I had some free time and a lot of masks to try. So I did what any sensible person would, and put all of them on my face.
Here’s what we’re working with. Let’s look at price and size, first of all. I’ve ordered them by price per ml, because although their textures varied slightly, I used roughly the same amount of each mask. Surprisingly, the Origins mask comes out on top, thanks to the recent price drop at Mecca Cosmetica. For the masks that came in sachets, I’ve considered the price per sachet as the most important. Realistically, if you don’t use a whole sachet in one go, it’s a pain to save it and use up the rest later, especially if you don’t use masks regularly.
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask, 100ml, $39 NZD (39c per ml)
Trilogy Mineral Radiance Mask, 60 ml, $35.90 NZD (60c per ml)
Linden Leaves Clay Cleansing Masque*, 55 ml, $34.99 NZD (64c per ml)
Sukin Purifying Facial Masque*, 2x8ml sachets, approx. $3.27 NZD (20c per ml, $1.63 per sachet)
Glam Glow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment, 50g, $89 NZD ($1.78 per g)
Living Nature Deep Cleansing Mask*, 50ml, $45 NZD (90c per ml, $4.50 per sachet)
All of these masks claim to draw out toxins and unclog pores. They use kaolin clay to absorb oil and therefore ‘balance’ the skin (although it’s important to note, they won’t do anything to regulate oil production over the long term). These masks also contain oils – like rosehip – for antioxidants and to ‘nourish’ or hydrate the skin.
I’ve ordered them by colour on my arm for frivolous reasons, and to show you the texture of them. It’s actually really hard to take a photo of your arm with your other hand and get everything in focus, so forgive a couple of these for being blurry. Use your imagination, or something. The Living Nature and Glam Glow masks are the thickest and grittiest, and the Sukin and Trilogy masks were much thinner and lighter. The Living Nature and Linden Leaves masks were quite similar, both dry and chalky.
Clockwise from top left: Trilogy, Origins, Glam Glow, Living Nature, Linden Leaves, Sukin.
The Linden Leaves, Living Nature and Glam Glow masks dried to a crust quite quickly, and gave the tight feeling traditionally associated with clay or mud masks. Once they were dry, they constrained the movement of my face considerably. The Glam Glow mask showed dark spots over my pores where oil was being drawn from the skin. On the other hand, the Origins, Trilogy and Sukin masks dried to a thin film over the skin and didn’t show any signs of directly impacting it.
I washed all of these masks off after about 30 minutes, and had no difficulty removing any of them with just warm water and my hands. It has been a couple of days since I took these photos and, as expected, it’s fairly difficult to compare what effects each has had on my skin. I had whiteheads appear where I used the Glam Glow and Linden Leaves masks, but it’s hard to say as these may have come up anyway.
So what’s the verdict? It’s a bit hard to say, really. If you like the feeling of a tight, dry mask on oily skin, I’d suggest going for the Linden Leaves option (it’s cheaper than Glam Glow and easier to get a hold of). For something lighter and probably more normal-combo skin friendly, the Origins and Trilogy options are the most affordable. Beyond that, there’s not a whole lot between them. The next thing I’m going to try is making my own clay mask by mixing clay powder and a facial oil. I’ll post about it when I try!
If your skin is sensitive to certain ingredients then check for that before buying anything you’ll leave on your skin for a while, obviously. That being said, I didn’t see any irritation from any of these masks, and my skin does tend to irritate easily.
Have you tried any of these? What’s your favourite mud/clay mask, or do you prefer to mix your own?