Caudalie Instant Detox Mask - review


This mask is currently on my Project Pan list and I've been meaning to review it for a while, it's just that other reviews have come first so I've been a little slow off the mark with it. Still, I've only got one or two applications left, so best I review it before it's gone for good. 

In sum, I don't like it and it doesn't do anything for my skin, so I don't recommend it and I personally wouldn't buy it - especially given how expensive it is. More on that below.

Caudalie claims/product details:

  • A deep-cleansing and pore-minimising clay mask
  • Purifies stressed, city dwelling skin, treating all forms of free radical damage
  • Its 99.3% natural pink clay formula draws out impurities and toxins to leave the skin refined
  • Pores are tightened and the complexion looks even
  • Revitalises and invigorates the skin
  • Brings dull, tired skin to life
  • Dermatologically tested
  • No parabens, phenoxyethanol, phthalates, mineral oils or animal-derived ingredients 
  • RRP $47 AUD for 75ml, but do wait for specials


This mask doesn't do anything for me, and after reading a bunch of online reviews (see eg Sephora's website), I've seen that it's a polarising product: some people think it's amazing while others think it doesn't do anything. I'm definitely in the latter camp.

It's a pink clay mask with a herbal scent. It has a smooth, relatively thin texture so you don't need much each time, and it dries down like a standard mud mask so you'll know when it's time to wash it off.

The main thing I notice about this product when I use it is that it's incredibly drying on my skin as it dries down. Yes I have dry skin so I'm more prone to that tight feeling with mud masks than those with oily skin are, but this one's worse than most and I can't tolerate it well.

The other thing I notice about it is that my skin feels very dry and tight after I've used it, so it leaves my face feeling uncomfortable and that's obviously not what I want. While this aspect might be ok if the mask were actually doing anything positive for me, it's not so I'm looking forward to panning it because there's no benefit to using it in my case.

On the claims: no this doesn't deep-clean or minimise pores (it just strips and dries out my skin); no it doesn't purify my skin or draw out impurities and toxins (indeed, I've had more break-outs than usual when using this - I think because it strips my skin of its natural oils); no it doesn't target dullness or tiredness; and no it doesn't revitalise or invigorate my complexion. 

Overall I don't like this mask and I don't recommend it. While it's not quite bad enough to be given a 'disappointing products' tag, it's pretty close and it hasn't done anything for my skin besides dry it out. Plus it's expensive so I would certainly test this before purchase or you might be disappointed.

A waste of time for me personally.

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