The Gloss Report: Deep cleansing masks

October 31st 2013


If Halloween make-up is leaving you with clogged pores and sad skin, fear not - this week the Gloss team test the best deep cleansing masks

Nude Miracle Mask


Price: £38

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Feedback: “I have very sensitive skin and although this said it would tingle slightly after application it did not cause any reaction which was great! I loved the fact that it was almost like a soft face scrub as well as a mask - two for the price of one. After I removed the product with warm water, it made my skin feel instantly softer as well as giving me a subtle glow. The best part was not having to leave it on for much time at all - just five minutes was plenty. The consistency was also quite thin which I really liked compared to some thicker face masks out there. I’d definitely recommend it.”

Reviewer: HS

Score: 9/10

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Purifying Mask


Price: £5.95

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Feedback: “I am a fan of Palmer’s cocoa butter range as it is and this face mask is no let down. Though it has ingredients such as Green Kaolin Clay which can leave skin feeling tight and dry, Palmer’s have dealt with this by adding plenty of vitamin E, sweet almond oil and their signature use of cocoa shea butter which helps keep your skin hydrated and softer after use. On application it had a cooling sensation and the gentle scent of white lily made it really quite relaxing. Even after just one use, my pores seemed reduced and my stress related spots looked a little calmer and less red - and best of all, my skin was lovely and soft.”

Reviewer: CK

Score: 8/10

The Body Shop Blue Corn 3 in 1 Deep Cleansing Scrub Mask


Price: £10

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Feedback: “As you’d expect from The Body Shop this has a very strong, sweet smell - definitely not for the faint hearted. It has a very densely gritty texture so you really feel like you’ll be deep cleaning your skin, but actually once it’s on it’s quite light. My skin felt super clean and fresh but it didn’t perform in terms of a scrub for me - so depends on whether you want a mask for cleansing or exfoliating as to whether you’ll be impressed.”

Reviewer: EP

Score: 7/10

Malin + Goetz Detox Face Mask


Price: £29

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Feedback: “This mask has no scent to it which is favourable considering it needs to be left on for five minutes once applied. It has a smooth foam-like consistency which is easy to apply, perfectly suited to the brand’s minimalistic and clinical style. Once rinsed away after the recommended five minutes, the face mask left me with healthier looking softer skin, and it noticeably lifted pores better than any other at-home care I’ve tried. My skin felt really enriched and wonderfully hydrated - my must for winter skincare.

Reviewer: RB

Score: 10/10

Mary Kay Timewise Even Complexion Mask


Price: £16.50

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Feedback: “I had heard great things about Mary Kay products so I was excited to try this mask which professed it will even out my complexion. I cleansed and exfoliated prior to application. It comes in a tube and looks like a cream; the texture is quite thick and smelled a little like yoghurt. I left it on for about 15 mins, and it tingled initially. It rinsed off easily and my face felt really soft afterwards - so far, so good. However I woke up the next day to find I had a breakout and my skin looked more uneven; I don’t think I’ll be using it again."

Reviewer: IM

Score: 2/10

Clayspray Pore Refining White Clay Mask


Price: £44.50

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Feedback: “I’ve always been nervous around masks as the idea of leaving something on my sensitive skin to work its ‘magic’ leaves me in fear that I’ll be left red in the face. However, this spray can of product had the shortest ingredients list I think I’ve ever seen, promises that it’s natural and doesn’t contain any fragrance which is my main nemesis when it comes to reactions. Wetting my skin first, I sprayed (such a novelty for a mask) some of the product into my hand - be warned, it is quite a thin liquid so comes out fast - and applied it all over my face, avoiding only the eyelids. It felt slightly chalky in texture as it went on and very quickly dried to a pale grey colour, leaving me unable to speak for fear of cracking and unable to show my face around the house for fear of giving anyone a heart attack; note to self, do not do this around people.

"As soon as it was dry all over I gently rinsed it away with a flannel and warm water - it came off like a dream and I couldn’t believe how soft my skin felt having seemed so tight just moments before. The usually prominent pores around my nose seemed reduced and I had the kind of fresh faced glow that comes with a brisk walk. All I needed was a dab of my favourite facial oil to finish off - though my skin was so soft this was more out of habit than anything else. I even wore less make-up the next day to show it off; my sensitive skin is very happy indeed.”

Reviewer: JJ

Score: 10/10

Sensai Silky Purifying Silk Peeling Mask


Price: £55

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Feedback: “I really liked using this product straight away. It is incredibly easy to apply - the texture is rich but not too thick, and it had very fine particles throughout so it felt more nourishing rather than scrub-like. It had a lovely scent but wasn’t too overpowering which is a plus when you have to leave it on for a while. It rinsed away immediately and left my skin feeling incredibly soft and hydrated - I would definitely use it again.”

Reviewer: DT

Score: 8/10

Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask


Price: £57

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Feedback: “I’m definitely becoming a bit obsessed with this brand. The deep cleansing mask uses Hungary’s famous healing waters and mineral infused muds which are used, it claims, to create an effective skin purifier. You can feel this mask get to work as soon as you apply it with its slightly tingly effect, yet its smooth texture is super moisturising and hydrating so it doesn’t feel as though it’s drying out the skin when it tightens. This mask draws out every impurity your skin could possibly be storing so the next day I did have a few blemishes – these quickly clear up though and leave the skin visibly detoxified, a lot brighter and with a much more even and smooth complexion. My skin has never felt so soft or so deeply cleansed – definitely worth it. It has a gorgeous ‘spa-like’ scent too which is a huge plus; although a little pricy it is definitely worth investing in.”

Reviewer: SM

Score: 10/10

Dr.Hauschka Cleansing Clay Mask


Price: £24

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Feedback: “If you enjoy getting busy in the kitchen and are partial to wholesome baking sessions this jar of DIY face food should be just your bag. The mask itself comes in powder form - from here you need to mix it with water and a splash of facial toner or creamy cleanser to form a paste. There are different recipes for different skin types, and the time that you leave it to work is also dependent on your individual skin concern. A bit complicated but a positive that the brand have taken different skin types into consideration - no one is left out here, unless you don’t like concocting your own product that is. I won’t lie - the colour of the mask recalls things I won’t go into and the smell is a bit “earthy” (it also won’t do your bathroom sink any favours); however, I was pleasantly surprised by the mask’s purifying powers. Post-use my skin felt soft, not tight, and the next morning my spots had noticeably shrunk and my complexion looked brighter and clearer in general. A bit of a faff, but used once a week as recommended this holistic healer does the job.”

Reviewer: AH

Score: 8/10

Glam Glow Super-Mud: Hollywood Glow


Price: £39.99

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Feedback: “This mask is a little pot of genius. It does everything is says it’s meant to do, from clearing up those pesky black heads to reducing visible pores and removing those huge blemishes that make you want to cry and throw a bag over your head. I’ll admit it took two days of giving myself an at-home facial to actually see the results but they were so worth it.

This detoxifying mud mask is a dark grey colour that is full of fine, gritty bits that clean the skin while the varying acids exfoliate, ridding it of impurities and giving a refined texture. I applied a thin layer and it gets to work as soon as it hits your skin – it was super tightening so don’t be alarmed if you find it difficult to actually move your face! I removed it with warm water and a muslin cloth – which was white but soon turned black.

My skin felt incredibly smooth with not a bump in sight; it was also tighter, brighter and overall a much more even and matte complexion. It’s a very small pot but a thin layer does go a long way – and on the plus side it is designed to be used as a single spot treatment too. It’s a little expensive for the amount you get it but it’s worth it for glowy skin.”

Reviewer: SM

Score: 10/10

Kiko Purifying Mask


Price: £5.90

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Feedback: “Unscented and therefore great for my sensitive skin, I had high hopes for this product. Though I have combination skin, it did feel a little dry while I was using it; however once I’d rinsed it away it left my skin feeling soft even until the next morning. I'm prone to breakouts and it did bring a couple of impurities to the surface - but I’d expect that with this kind of mask.”

Reviewer: MM

Score: 8/10

Espa Essential Cleansing Mask


Price: £27.50

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Feedback: “I went to a Halloween party at the weekend and I’m not sure if it’s the fact I still have the make-up bug after studying makeup design at uni, or the fact I just really enjoy making myself look uglier than usual but either way I went to town with the face paints, latex and glue. When Sunday came, I woke up with a sore head and an extremely angry looking face. My skin needed some tender loving care and that is when I thanked my lucky stars I brought home the Espa Essential Cleansing Mask with me on Friday. I was sold on this mask after reading its description on the beauty desk; a cleansing clay mask formulated to calm and clarify skin, clear excess oils, impurities and congestion. It contains rose geranium, which is known for its antiseptic properties, benzoin which is known to nourish the skin but not leaving it feeling too oily, and marshmallow to help soften and calm. Yes, MARSHMALLOW! And that is exactly what this mask reminds me of; marshmallows. You know the ones you pour all over your hot chocolate on a cold winter night? It's lovely and creamy, and feels slightly bouncy in the pot.

"Best of all though is how it calmed my skin. I get quite a lot of open pores because my skin is extremely oily, but I found that this mask really soothes my skin and manages to moisturise it without it feeling shiny half an hour later. While it's on your face, you really do feel like you're in a spa. Top marks.”

Reviewer: LW

Score: 10 /10

Thalgo Deep-Cleansing Absorbent Mask


Price: £26.40

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Feedback: “Rich in natural clay, this mask claims to absorb excess sebum and unclog pores in one fell swoop and that, it did. Post-application, my oily T-zone was left smooth and matte minus any nasty stinging or overzealous tingling. It was absorbent without being drying and seemed to calm a crop of annoyingly small yet prickly pimples that had set up camp on my right nostril. Will I be using it again? I think so. I can see it becoming my bi-weekly blemish-busting intensive treatment of choice.”

Reviewer: AM

Score: 9/10

Eau Thermale Avene Cleanance Mask


Price: £15

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Feedback: “This is the first Eau Thermale Avene product I’ve tried, but I will be checking out the rest of the range now that I’ve tested it out. Their Cleanance Mask is designed to exfoliate and absorb oil and it worked wonders for my skin. At first I wasn’t overly impressed; I was confused in that unlike other masks I have tried which have a thick creamy sort of texture, this was more like a scrub. However, I really saw an immediate difference when I rinsed it away - my skin looked cleansed and refreshed and definitely more matte. I wasn’t too fond of the smell, and I felt that it slightly stung my skin after the five minutes was up but the results were certainly worth it.”

Reviewer: LW

Score: 7/10

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Instant Miracle Mask


Price: £38

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Feedback: “This mask truly is a miracle in a sachet. Instead of shelling out for an expensive facial, DIY-it at home (it only takes 15 minutes) with this - the results are really impressive. Of the masks I’ve tried this is probably the most peculiar, down to its rubbery texture and the application process. The Instant Miracle Mask is designed to be used with a shaker; one sachet of powder is mixed with 60ml of water until it becomes ‘silent’. The mask is then to be applied thickly across the whole of the facial area and is even suitable for the palms of your hands, although I can imagine this getting a bit messy and feeling like an episode of Art Attack. A little word of warning though, it sets uber fast so try to layer the face evenly at a quick enough speed. Avoid the hairline, eyebrows and eye area too; I made the silly mistake of getting it too close to my head and ripped a few hairs out, painful mistake. Peeling the mask off is so satisfying and I must admit a fair bit messy, but the result is that I have gorgeously smooth, firm skin which is literally glowing with health; my pores appear smaller too. I’m sold.”

Reviewer: LW

Score: 10/10

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Oil Control Mask


Price: £19

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Feedback: “I’ve had really oily skin over the past few months and I have to say I have become a little obsessed with finding products that help reduce it and prevent my crazy breakouts. Clinique’s clay-based mask is really gentle on the skin, fragrance free as always and has really helped soothe away the issues. It left my skin feeling soft and smooth and most importantly amazingly clean, without feeling dry.”

Reviewer: CH

Score: 9/10

Super Facialist by Úna Brennan, Tea Flower Deep Clean Pore Purifying Clay Mask


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Price: £8.99

Feedback: “I was slightly dubious going into this week’s Gloss Report - my last experience with face masks involved a cheap strawberry product when I was 14 that resulted in my entire face and body erupting into a red and puffy allergic reaction. So, needless to say I was quite nervous but I thought I should give it another shot! This Super Facialist mask had a thick, creamy texture with the colour and smell similar to that of a mud mask, which in all honestly wasn’t particularly glamorous but if it does the job I can’t say I need all the frippery that comes with these sorts of products.

"The one thing I did particularly like about this mask was that it stayed moist during the 5 minutes that I left it on for, unlike typical masks which crisp up and leave your face feeling like you’ve aged 50 years! I also thought that my skin was noticeably smoother and baby bum-esque after this treatment which was exactly what I was after. On the other hand, because this mask works by drawing out the impurities from your skin it did appear to bring a few blemishes up to the surface, which even if they are very temporary, are never welcome. Having said that though a couple of days after I had started using the mask my skin did appear visibly clearer. All in all it’s not the most luxurious or pretty product around but the effects really showed and I can definitely say that I will be using it again. Who needs a spa when you’ve got this little beauty!"

Reviewer: KR

Score: 8/10

Vichy Normaderm Tri-Active 3 in 1 Cleanser Scrub and Mask


Price: £11

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Feedback: “Though it’s meant to be for sensitive skin, this Vichy mask does contain fragrance - a really refreshing, zingy citrus smell. The texture caters for the three actions; a creamy, luxurious feel with tiny exfoliating beads, though it feels very gentle on the skin when used as a mask and more abrasive when exfoliating and washing away. My skin was left feeling quite taut when the mask dried, but once it was rinsed away I was left with supple and soft skin - even my boyfriend decided to give it a go. I’m pleased and will be using it again!”

Reviewer: RD

Score: 7/10

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