Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask Review
The purpose of this mask is to help exfoliate, clean the pores, and clarify the skin. It does so using a mix of charcoal, clay and an AHA/BHA acid blend.
The standard size for the product is a 34g pot. The package suggests this allows for about 17 uses.
Instructions say to apply a thin layer to clean skin and leave on for 5-20 minutes, then remove with water. It can be used as often as needed and either as a full face mask or as a spot treatment.
The texture of the product is a loose clay consistency, with bits of leaves and herbs suspended in it. It also has a pretty strong herbal scent. I personally don’t mind it, but I think it could take some getting use to if you are particular about scents.
After applying the product, it takes about 10-20 minutes for the mask to fully set and dry. Upon drying, it becomes hard and cakey. After about 20 minutes, I can see that the charcoal is drawing out and absorbing the oil from my pores. The mask darkens around the pores like an oil blotting sheet would after it has absorbed oils. This was particularly prominent in areas where I tend to have clogged pores and excessive oil production (t-zone). The effect is definitely something I’ve not seen other charcoal/clay masks do yet (albeit, I haven’t tried that many). This visible effect makes the product feel like it’s actually doing something. Better yet, after I wash it off, I can definitely see a marked decrease in the size of my pores, clearer pores, as well as smoother skin.
- It’s effective at clearing out pores and exfoliating the skin!
- The visible effects of the product feels like it’s actually a result of the product doing its job as opposed to it being some sort of gimmick
- The product expires 9 months after opening – I find this to be a relatively short period of time compared to other skincare products/masks (most of which I find expires after 12 months if not longer), and is especially a concern if you’re more of an occasional mask user (like I was previously)
Definitely yes! It is one of the most effective clearing/exfoliating/oil control masks I’ve used!
- I like to use the Fresh Black Tea mask right after using this Glamglow mask to add some hydration back to my skin (it can feel a bit tight sometimes after doing the Glamglow mask).
- The Glamglow mask combined with the Fresh Black Tea mask makes for an amazing combo that is the only thing that allows me to wake up with a less oily face these summer days (too bad both masks are so expensive, otherwise I’d try the combo every other day).
- Sephora sells the Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment mask in one use packets (in a package of 5) – I find this quite handy especially if you’re more of an occasional user as it avoids the expiration problem.
- I think not only is this a great solution for those who use masks just for special occasions (ie. need to super exfoliate the night before a big day out to ensure a smooth canvass for makeup application) but also for regular mask users who need to take their masks on their travels with them.
- Sephora (at the time of writing this post) also sells the standard size pot in a “Stay Sexy” clearing set, which comes with their Supercleanse Daily Clearing Cleanser at the same price as buying the standard size pot alone (a great way to try out a new product if you want or to give away to a friend to try out!). They also sell it in another set with two of their other masks for around the same price.
- This product definitely can be used as a spot/area treatment for those who don’t have oily and clogged skin all over – be careful of using it on dry areas as I feel like it could dry it out even more!