One of the staples of my evening skin routine is to get all of the makeup, sunscreen, and stuff that the world has deposited on my face with Banila Co.’s Clean It Zero balm cleanser, so when I got a little sample of their Claypatra Mineral Salt Clay Pack in a Memebox late last year (hello 2015, by the way!), I put it in the “Yeah, I’ll totally try that!” pile, meaning to get around to it as quick as I could.
Clearly that didn’t happen as fast as it should have. Over the holidays things get disrupted, and one of the things that got disrupted was my habit of doing a weekly mask treatment of some kind. But all good things come to those who wait (or so I’ve heard). So one day I was feeling like I had a little extra time to pamper myself, and I figured I might as well play with something new while I was at it!
I got this product in a Memebox, and here is what the description of the product said:
“The 100% pure mud extracted straight from the Dead Sea (consists 32% of salt and minerals) effectively removes any excess sebum, oil, dead skin cells, and external pollutants clogged up in the pores. The mineral-rich formula also delivers deep hydration and nourishment to dry, dull skin.”
Sounds good to me.
The Claypatra sample jar is plastic, and functional – and the design is pretty cute too. It doesn’t come with a spatula, which doesn’t really irritate me much because there are also only about two uses in the sample tub (unless you really like to cake your masks on thick, in which case you’ll have enough for a use and some spot treatments).
Here’s what the jar looks like after you scoop half of it out to smear on your face:
I’ve seen in other reviews for the same product that some people opened up their jars (both sample and full-sized) and saw that the product had begun to separate, or that there was what seemed to be water inside. I didn’t have that experience – I do think, however, that if I had (and if I had re-mixed everything), the extra moisture would have made this mask a little better.
Here are some of the ingredients, starting from the top of the list: Water, Kaolin, Moroccan Lava Clay, Glycerin, Silt, Heilmoor Clay, Propylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Bentonite, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Titanium Dioxide, Shea Butter, Macadamia Oil, and Honey Extract.
Here’s what my fingers looked like after I finished applying the mask to my face:
If you think that picture looks kind of gritty, you certainly aren’t alone. While the pack spread fairly nicely, it had a very chunky texture and obviously wasn’t just mud – there are bits of what I assume are mineral salt all throughout. My skin can handle some physical exfoliation, so I wasn’t particularly worried, but if your skin is sensitive that might be something to steer away from – or at least add something else to the product to even it out.
The pack itself dried surprisingly quickly. The instructions say to leave it on for ten minutes, so I did, but I was pretty sure it was dry before then. I did feel like my skin itched a bit with the mask on. I’ve never really had that problem with a clay mask before – again, maybe it’s the salt.
Here’s the kind of gross part. You know how most mud packs (at least American ones) will crack once they dry on your face? Well, after ten minutes, I went into the bathroom to wash this mask off, and I wiggled my face around to see if I could crack it.
It didn’t crack – instead, it snowed off of parts of my face. The mask literally fell right off in pieces of dust around my mouth. I’m glad I waited until I was over the sink to test it, because there was dust all over the sink and on my shirt as well. If I’d been relaxing in bed with my mask on and decided I had to sneeze or something I’d be doing laundry forever.
At that point I went “NOPE” and tried to wash it all off. The product got weirdly slimy when I applied water – not in that “you’ve rehydrated this mask so now you have mud again yay” way that all mud masks do, but in an extra oily kind of nasty way. I ended up having to wash my face more than I wanted to – and to scrub harder than I wanted to – to be sure my face was clean, which probably didn’t help me out any.
Afterwards, my skin was ridiculously dry. Like, Sahara dry. It sucked up my evening routine products like it was afraid I’d never moisturize again. I couldn’t tell you for sure whether that was the mask’s fault or whether I had to try so hard to get the mask off that I stripped all the moisture out of my skin, but either way that wasn’t the result I was looking for.
Frankly, I can’t think of a single person I’d recommend this to. It was just a not particularly pleasant experience all around. But if you feel like living on the edge, this product is available on KoreaDepart and Sasa.