I’m obsessed with a good face mask. I love them, either on their own or incorporated with my at home facial. Charcoal masks are especially great because they work like a magnet to attract the dirt out of your pores. Which is fantastic, because that dirt and oil is what makes our pores look big!
Because I love them so much, I’ve tried out a lot. I thought I would review three charcoal masks at three different price points – cheap, moderate, and expensive. I’ve used all three extensively over the past couple of months, so I really feel like I can give you a solid opinion.
Under $10 \\ L’oreal Pure-Clay Mask
This L’oreal Pure Clay Mask was the first charcoal mask I ever tried. It’s super cheap and can be found at the drugstore (I got mine at Target). When I first started my foray into the world of skin care, I thought I’d give it a shot. I will say, you get what you pay for here. This dries quickly on your face and will clean your pores. But, the smell is really powerful and its very thick and tacky to the touch. After I washed it off, I really hated the way it left my face feeling. The tacky texture of the mask transferred to my face, leaving it almost sticky. If your on a budget, I’d give this a go, but if you can afford it, I’d definitely spend a little extra on one of the other two.
Under $30 \\ Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask
Origins is a brand I’ve always trusted. They make solid skin care products at a decent price point. This mask continues that tradition. The origins clear improvement mask is really wonderful. It is nice and thick, but not tacky. Plus, the smell is not overpowering (it’s almost nonexistent really) and it comes off easily. Afterward, my skin felt cleaner and smoother. This is really great to use as an overnight spot treatment as well because of how thick the consistency is. Just apply it to any unwanted blemishes (though are any blemishes really wanted?!) before bed, let it dry, and wash off in the morning.
Under $70 \\ GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment
Yes, wow, $69 is a lot of money for a face mask. You are right. But remember earlier when I said you get what you pay for? Truer words have never been spoken – this stuff is a miracle worker. The GlamGlow Supermud was a product I had wanted to try for awhile but did not want to pay the money for. Then, I came up with the idea for this post and that helped me justify the cost. This has the thinnest consistency of the three masks. It applies nicely and dries really fast. You only need a thin layer on your face too, so it will last you awhile. When I washed it away, my skin instantly felt and looked amazing: cleaner, smoother, smaller pores, even my blemishes felt like they had already shrunk. The only negative is the smell. There is a peppermint-like scent mixed in that I do not love. But, it doesn’t linger and I’m willing to forgive it because of the amazing effects.
Overall, I’d rate them in quality from most expensive to least expensive. But, don’t fret if you can’t afford the GlamGlow, because the Origins mask is a very close second place.
Do you have any charcoal masks you think I should give a try?! Leave me a comment below!