L'Oreal Pure Clay Purifying & Mattifying Eucalyptus Mask - review


I've used this mask four times over the past two weeks and I'm going to stop there because it has completely stripped my skin.

Yes it's designed for oily skin and I'm dry, but I've used masks that weren't made for my skin before and they haven't left my face feeling raw and sore like this one has. I don't know what's in it, but I'd be super careful with it because it's very astringent. 

Yes it mightn't gel with my skin, but I've seen oily skinned lasses say this strips their skin too so that's something to keep in mind.

 L'Oreal claims/product details:

  • Combines three pure clays with the purifying properties of eucalyptus extract 
  • Deeply cleanses and mattifies the skin
  • Has a creamy texture and works deep into the pores, leaving skin visibly purified and matte-looking, without drying it out
  • Skin is left feeling refreshed and revitalised
  • Kaolin: a pure clay that's highly concentrated with silicates, known to absorb impurities and excess oil to help purify delicate skin affected by daily pollutants
  • Montmorillonite: a pure clay rich in minerals, helps purify and re-balance the skin, reducing imperfections
  • Ghassoul: a pure clay able to absorb impurities and oils without causing irritation, leaving skin smooth, fresh and radiant
  • RRP $19.95 for 50ml, but do shop around (I bought mine for $10 AUD)

It's unfortunate that this doesn't work for me because I've heard so many good things about these masks, but I've tried two now and haven't been impressed with either of them.

Note, though, that I've seen a few people say the black one is their favourite, and that happens to be the one that's next on my list to try. Fingers crossed!

There's what it looks like below:


This product doesn't work for me, and given how many people I've seen comment on how incredibly drying it is, I would approach it with caution - even if you have oily skin.

It's a pale green mask that smells of eucalyptus and clay. It's beautifully creamy and smooth in texture, and I like the feel of applying it to my skin.

While it's not super uncomfortable as it dries down, my face does start to feel pretty tight after five minutes, and I make sure not to leave it on any longer than ten minutes - reason being, I left it on for almost twenty minutes when I first used it, and by the time it came to washing it off, my skin was stinging.

On the next three uses, I left it on for ten minutes max, and while my skin didn't feel red raw after use like it did the first time, it still didn't feel good. In my experience, this mask is incredibly astringent and it feels like it's pulling the life out of my skin. 

Indeed, my face always feels unbelievably dry after use, which is why I'm not going to use it on my face anymore: as of today, it's getting used as a body mask so I can get through it.

I'm not sure what's in this that's causing it to strip my skin so badly, but note that it contains both artificial colour and also fragrance. Yes these ingredients are low on the list, but I wanted to mention them all the same.

Overall I don't like this product and I've given it a 'disappointing products' tag. Yes it's not designed for my dry skin, but given how bad my face feels after using it - and also given how many people (even those with oily skin) have said that it strips and dries out their skin - I'd be really careful with this one.


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