Pur-lisse Blue Lotus Seed Mud Mask + Exfoliant - review


At the moment I really need to get two Project Dent posts up (one update and one intro), but we haven't had any sun peeping through the clouds for days and I need some in order to photograph the pans. Boo foo boo.

Plus I need to edit the photos for the two empties posts I have for June, but that seems like such a big task so I've decided to start off with a little review post before tackling anything else. I also used this mask again last night and I don't have a huge amount left so best I post on it before it's gone for good.

This 15ml sample arrived in one of our Maslow & Co boxes last year, but it took me a while to open it because I've been drowning in face masks and didn't need to bring another one into circulation until recently.

I've now been using it for over six weeks so I've got a pretty firm opinion on it and I'm looking forward to finishing it (it's currently on my Project Pan list) - for the simple reason that it doesn't do much for me and I really hate wasting time on masks that don't do enough. More on that below.

Pur-lisse claims/product details:

  • A 10 minute facial treatment with blue lotus seeds, white clay, bamboo, ginger, white tea and mushroom extract
  • This miracle multi-tasker instantly brightens, detoxifies, tightens and soothes skin while providing gentle exfoliation
  • Our power blend improves skin texture and leaves it visibly youthful and glowing
  • Blue lotus extract is a powerful antioxidant, known for its anti-inflammatory benefits
  • White clay tightens skin and purifies pores
  • Bamboo improves skin texture
  • Ginger detoxifies
  • Mushroom extract helps brighten
  • White tea soothes skin
  • Rice bran water improves skin texture
  • RRP $32 AUD for 15ml, but do shop around

I think it's worth noting from the outset that I'm a really tough critic when it comes to face masks. Unlike eg cleansers, serums and moisturisers, you don't just use them and move on - you need to carve out time for them. You apply them, leave them on for however long and then remove them. It's a 20 minute process at best, so if you're going to do it, then you need to see decent benefits.

This is why you'll hear me say 'not worth the time or money' A LOT when it comes to face masks, as I'm going to say with this one. Unless it moves mountains, then I'm not interested. In this time-poor world of ours, I imagine I'm not the only one.


Yep, you guessed it: this mask isn't worth the time or money for me so it's not one I would buy or recommend.

It's a white clay that's quite thin and creamy so it spreads well and a little goes a long way. It has a light floral scent and it also contains little exfoliating grains that you can use to buff your skin as you're applying the product and/or removing it.

The best thing about this product is the grains. I like that they're fine and not too harsh so they give my face a light exfoliation but don't feel like they're irritating my skin. But I don't need to use a mask to get myself some manual exfoliation so I wouldn't buy this product for that reason alone.

It dries down like a standard mud mask and I do like that it doesn't make my dry skin feel uncomfortable as it does so (too many mud masks dry me out, so it's always good to find one that doesn't). While that's a good thing, the mask itself doesn't actually do anything for me personally so there's no point in applying it.

After use my skin does feel a bit smoother but that's the grains and I suspect they're responsible for making my face look a tiny bit brighter after use. Otherwise this doesn't do anything for me: it doesn't clarify or purify; it doesn't improve texture or tighten; and it doesn't soothe my skin either. So essentially it doesn't meet its claims in my opinion and I can't recommend it.

The other thing worth mentioning is that it's expensive and I don't think you need to spend over $30 AUD on 15ml (lord knows what the full-size would cost in Australia!) to get something that works.

Not for me.

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