I figured I would do a quick post on a few complimentary products that were sent to me by Influenster to consider for testing and review. This is the first review I’ve done on products that were sent to me for free, and as you all know, I will ALWAYS disclose that! However, that won’t change my opinion about these products or the fact that this is a completely honest review, so I hope you enjoy reading it!
Also, if you miss my makeup posts, have no fear! There will be a new one up this Sunday and now that I’m done traveling for a while, I should be able to get two to three posts up a week from now on!
I always love trying new drugstore products and skincare in general, so I was pretty excited to get these in my VoxBox. Unfortunately, I have dry to combination skin and I feel like these are both best suited for combination to oily and/or breakout prone skin… Either way, I gave them a shot!
As for the mask, I’ve used it three times now, as it says you can use it that often in a week. Like most masks, you leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse.
I pulled this little tidbit from L’Oreal’s website to see what kind of claims they make:
– “Pure Clay Face Mask Clarify & Smooth addresses your skin concerns for smooth, even, and resurfaced skin. Pure Clay Face Mask Lemon Yuzu Mask is formulated with 3 Pure Clays: Kaolin Clay, Montmorillonite Clay and Moroccan Lava Clay and enhanced with Yuzu Lemon extract to clarify & smooth skin.”
Basically, it’s made to clarify your skin, pulling out impurities, and also smooth your skin by helping to exfoliate and slough off all the rough areas of dead skin cells. For me, the smoothing/exfoliating part was the most effective. It did seem to draw out excess oil and impurities from my skin too, but because of that, I had a bit of a breakout from purging. Overall, it left my skin smooth, but quite dry, since it’s not really targeted for dry skin like mine, although it claims to be for all skin types. That said, I think this would be great if you have oily skin! On the plus side, it rinses off easily, but one drawback that I found is the smell… It’s somewhere between earthy and synthetic, which sounds weird but if you smell it, you’ll know what I’m talking about! The scent also seemed to linger, even after rinsing it off, so you may want to wash your face after removing this mask.
It sells for about $13, according to L’Oreal’s website. I imagine it will also sell for the same price at other drugstore type retailers like Walgreens, CVS, Target, and Ulta. It contains 48g / 1.7oz of product, which is a great value for that price! I did feel like I had to use quite a bit of product for an even application, though, so I went through about 1/3 of the jar pretty quickly, so that is something to keep in mind if you don’t want to rebuy something often.
Now lets move on to the cleanser, which worked for me MUCH better than the mask! I’ve used it nightly for the past week, and I’ll give you my thoughts on it after I share L’Oreal’s claims for this product:
– “L’Oréal Paris created our first range of clay-to-mousse daily cleansers that leave skin looking perfectly clear. Each cleanser is powered by 3 pure clays and enhanced with a nature-sourced ingredient. Indulgently formulated to seamlessly transform from clay-to-mousse, Pure-Clay Cleansers remove everyday impurities such as dirt, oil and pollution without overdrying. Pure-Clay Cleanser Purify-Mattify with Eucalyptus goes beyond daily cleansing to deep clean and remove excess oil for skin that feels refreshed. Immediately after using this Eucalyptus facial cleanser, skin feels purer with a matte finish. Use after use, this cleanser for oily skin improves skin’s overall quality. It leaves skin with a clean, clear look”
This cleanser felt great, and I really like the clay to mousse formula. It feels like a lightweight mask at first, then gets nice and foamy once you add water and rub it around. Because it contains Eucalyptus (which smells great), it feels slightly tingly and very refreshing, which made me feel squeaky clean. It removed most of my makeup too and rinsed off completely and easily, so that’s a plus! It definitely leaves your skin with a matte finish, though, which for me was a major drawback. It claims to be for oily skin and I believe it! I was hoping that since it’s just a cleanser, it wouldn’t dry me out too much but it did, like to the point of my skin feeling very dry and tight before I would use my usual oil and moisturizer. I probably won’t continue to use this product either, but like the mask, I think it would be phenomenal for oily skin!
This cleanser sells for about $10 from the L’Oreal website, as well as from other retailers. It contains 130ml / 4.4 fl oz of product, so it’s a good deal, especially since very little product goes a long way!
Although I’m SUPER stoked that I received these products from Influenster, I wouldn’t purchase them myself and won’t continue using them. However, I am interested in trying out other masks and cleansers from the Pure-Clay line that are more suited for dry skin. My best friend has oily skin, so I’m going to let her try both the mask and cleanser and see what she thinks! After she tests them out, I may edit this review to reflect her opinion as well!
Thanks for reading this post! There will be more makeup posts up this weekend, so check back on Sunday!
*** I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. ***
If you want to receive free stuff, all you have to do is download the Influenster app or go to their website where you can review products you’ve used yourself! The more you participate, the more likely you are to receive products in what they call a “VoxBox” like I did! It’s super easy and I mean come on, who doesn’t love free stuff?!
(That was totally coming from me, btw, and they didn’t ask me to say that. I just want to hook up my readers with free goodies if I can!)