The last few months I’ve seen the L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Masks* pop up all over the place. I have been crossing my fingers ever since, hoping that they’d be released in Australia. They landed on my doorstep a couple weeks ago and I trialled them out the exact same night. Honestly, I couldn’t wait.
Charcoal, Eucalyptus, Red Algae Masks freshly applied Charcoal, Eucalyptus, Red Algae Masks 10 minutes after application
The L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Mask range supports the idea that there isn’t really a one size fits all when it comes to face masks. There are three different types of masks, each with their own purpose and benefits. Depending on your skin type and what you’re looking for, you can pick and choose, or get all three and use them in specific areas. This is known as Multi Masking and it’s something that I’ve never tried up until this point.
Formula wise, the charcoal and eucalyptus masks have a thick and creamy consistency. They apply to the skin extremely smoothly and drying time is anywhere between 7-15 minutes, depending on how thickly you layer the mask. The red algae mask has a rougher texture, with little exfoliation bits. I find that this mask dries the quickest at around 5 minutes. I find this mask the most interesting as I’ve never used something for exfoliation, and then let it dry or sit on my skin before.
One thing that is pretty important to note is the scents of these masks. Both the charcoal and eucalpytus masks have quite a strong perfume scent. I personally quite like the scent but if you’re someone who likes something more natural, you’ll love the red algae mask. To me, I find that it reminds me of a natural body bar or shampoo soap.
To cut to the chase, my numero uno mask of the three is the Charcoal Mask, so let’s start there.
Detoxiying + Brightening Charcoal Mask
By now, you’d know that I am 100% down for Charcoal Masks because they work great for my extremely oily and congested skin. This particular one has given me the quickest, most noticable results. Comparing it to my Glam Glow Supermud Cleaning Treatment experience, I’d say this removes more gunk from my skin.
Pores and blackheads that were there a few minutes before applying this mask pretty much vanished. The texture of my skin was also immediately smoother. The area that I apply this mask to is basically anywhere that I have a lot of blackheads or pores. That’s usually around my nose and cheeks. If you’re yet to find a great mask to help minimise your pores, remove dirt and blackheads, I literally can’t recommend this enough.
Purifying + Matifying Eucalyptus Mask
This mask is supposed to help absorb impurities and oil, while also re-balancing the skin. So essentially, this is supposed to help your skin find it’s own oil balance, while also trying to help clear the gunk away.
I haven’t noticed as immediate results with this mask as with the Charcoal Mask, but I can definitely vouch for my skin feeling very smooth. To find out about matifying, I think that’s going to be a more long term thing. I’m going to try use this mask on it’s own all over my face to see if it helps with slowing down my overall oil production. I’ll definitely keep you posted! But for the time being I’ve been enjoying using this mask on my forehead and chin. When I don’t use the charcoal mask on my nose, this will be there instead.
Exfoliating + Smoothing Red Algae Mask
As I mentioned earlier, this mask smells incredible. Immediately you can feel the texture difference between this mask and the other two. If you have sensitive dry skin, don’t be afraid. The exfoliation can be as gentle or harsh as you decide. The grainy bits in the formula themselves aren’t that abrasive and it would depend on how much pressure you apply to your face.
This mask really helps to remove flakes of dead skin and makes my face feel really fresh. I like to apply this mask all around my face for a good all over exfoliation. When multi masking, I only apply it to my driest patches which for some reason is my jaw line.
One last thing I want to mention is that I tried using these masks twice a week and found that they made my oily skin dry and a little flakey. If you’re prone to dryness, I’d definitely recommend using it only once a week.
Each of the masks retails for $19.95AUD and in my opinon, that’s an extremely great price. I can’t recommend these enough and I’m looking forward to hearing how you’ve got on with these products aswell.
Are you going to pick up any of these masks?
What’s your current favourite mask?
*Products marked with an asterisk have been provided for editorial consideration. For more information, please read my disclaimer.