I read an awful lot about beauty, doing what I do, from blogs to magazines to books. And in amongst all of those different media it’s not unusual to see a lot of repetition, particularly when it comes to those ‘trendy’ products of the moment that anyone and everyone seems to be talking about. Some are labeled as being ‘holy grail’ worthy, others are panned as a bitter disappointment, while some manage to completely divide opinion – but I think nearly every single product that I’ve ever read about has still had at least one negative review, no matter how bloody brilliant everyone else thinks it might be.
When it comes to the Glamglow Youthmud Face Mask however, I don’t think I’ve ever heard a bad word against it. Yes, it’s extraordinarily pricey – the full size is $69 for 1.5oz – but every person that I’ve come across who has reviewed it seems to agree that the product is well worth the price tag.
So, after months and months of reading reviews and staring at the Glamglow jars every time I went to Sephora, I decided that enough was enough. It was time to put this supposedly miraculous mask to the test myself. Rather than invest in the full size product right away however, I opted for a travel size version, which is supposed to contain between three and five masks worth of product, depending on how round your face is, how much product you use and so on.
After buying it, I whizzed right home, took my make up off and got to testing.
My first thought about the mask as I started applying it was the rather bizarre texture. It is ever so slightly grainy – which is what helps to exfoliate the skin – and it dries incredibly quickly as you’re applying it, meaning you have to be pretty quick about getting it on there, otherwise you end up with a few dry flaky bits (mmmmm…). Once on, it starts to dry on the face pretty much immediately, making it quite tight-feeling on the face. Not uncomfortable or unbearable by any means, just a bit weird.
Removing it, I won’t lie, is a bit of a ruddy nightmare. At least it was for me…! You’re meant to apply water and essentially scrub the mask off, exfoliating as you go. Sounds easy, I know, but this seemingly simple process left my sink full of grey mask chunks which proved pretty darn annoying to wash away. Other than that though, no major dramas.
Immediately after removing the mask, I did start to notice results. My skin felt smoother, softer and looked noticeably brighter. Hurrah! However, over the next couple of days, my skin became seriously spotty. Spottier than it has been in a really long time.
Now, I don’t know for sure that it’s this mask which caused the spots. I could have been anything I guess – something I’d eaten, stress, a new washing powder. Who knows. But I would be really interested to know whether anyone else had any issues of the same kind? I did give the mask another go – but my spots are still hanging round and I can’t really tell whether the mask is helping, or just making them worse. So, for me, this is an ‘on the fence’ product. Because I’m really just not sure…