For a while, I’ve been tempted to jump on the face mask bandwagon.
Not too long ago a lovely Sephora sales assistant offered me a sample of Peter Thomas Roth’s Cucumber Gel Mask. Nice customer service and generous samples usually pay off. The trial went great and my skin loved it so I wanted more! I went for the big pot of mask but… it was $52 the jar. Did I really need a refreshing and hydrating fancy bouncy gelly mask that bad? I told myself that I would wait for a sale.
So the Love Note shopping event happened. I was browsing around the Peter Thomas Roth section and this fantastic set came out for $25 and I could also try the 24K Gold Mask and the infamous Irish Moor Mud Mask. To the basket it went!
The ‘Just Mask it‘ kit is limited edition and sold at Sephora. It contains three of Peter Thomas Roth’s best selling masks: Cucumber Gel Mask, Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Mask, and Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask. Each pot contains 0.5oz (15ml), enough for at least 4 applications each.
The Cucumber Gel Mask (5oz, 150ml, $52). As its name suggests, is a hydrating gel mask. It contains a tone of natural ingredients that are soothing and detoxifying: Cucumber Extract, Papaya Fruit Extract, Pineapple Extract, Whole Leaf Aloe Vera, Bilberry Fruit Extract, Sugarcane Extract, Sugar Maple Extract, Chamomilla Extract, Chamomilla Oil, Lemon Extract, Orange Extract… the list goes on. It’s meant to hydrate, soothe and detoxify dry and irritated skin. My skin is both.
It feels nice and cooling when you apply into the skin. Those of you with dehydrated skin will appreciate this one greatly. I have sensitive skin and I have to report that my skin really liked this product. It felt plumped, hydrated and redness was less noticeable. Although, you should respect the instructions and keep it on the skin for 5 to 10 minutes as recommended. I can see myself using this mask till the last drop, specially after days where I’ve been exposed to humidity, pollution and heath.
The 24K Gold Mask (5oz, 150ml, $80). This mask is meant to be a luxurious, lifting and firming treatment. It contains Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caffeine, Olivine Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate (among other ingredients) and the star of the show: 24K Gold! I don’t know exactly, but besides being a luxurious addition, gold is supposed to be a purifying and firming ingredient.
I’ve used this mask once so far and really really liked it. I could feel it warming on my skin for the 10 minutes I had it on, it was pleasant not tingly. After removing it with warm water my skin looked more radiant and plumped, and unexpectedly my redness was gone. I will happily use my whole pot but I don’t know if I would purchase the full size… You see, I think is a great product for mature skins and It would also make a gorgeous gift. I just don’t know if I can justify the price of the big tube for myself.
The Irish Moor Mud Mask (5oz, 150ml, $58). This mask is supposed to be purifying, decongesting, and hydrating. It contains odorless Irish moor that is meant to remove impurities and infuse vitamins into the skin. Some of the ingredients are Hijiki Seaweed from Japan, Glycerin, Peat, Charcoal Powder, Lava Powder and Lactic Acid.
So, how the trial went? I guess application might be fun or not depending on the situation and current mood. The black mud is very pigmented and if you are not careful enough it goes everywhere, specially into the nails. Nothing you can’t wash off but something to keep in mind if you have a fresh white manicure or if you are wearing your favourite white top. In general, I think I would rather apply all this masks with a flat brush that is small enough to fit into the pots. I am in the search for one like that. The product feels a bit warming on the skin but not as much as the Gold Mask. My eyes and skin tingled a bit, nothing too major, but I would definitively recommend trying a sample if you have sensitive skin and eyes. If you keep it on the face for up to 10 minutes (as recommended) the mask doesn’t dry up as other mud masks I’ve tried, it gets sticky. Taking it off was interesting too (black explosion alert). Maybe do it in the shower and preferably the days you wash your hair, specially if you are blonde. If you are a very careful person or you don’t mind getting black mud everywhere then go for it and have fun! It definitively feels purifying and my skin is soft,but my eyes are still a bit tingly. I am not 100% sure about this one, maybe because my skin is mainly sensitive and dehydrated. The Irish Moor Mud Mask might be a better fit for those with combination or oily skin.
Overall I think this Peter Thomas Roth kit is good value for money and a great way to try different types of masks and see what the whole masking trend is about. I would love to try the Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask and the Blue Marine Algae Intense Hydrating Mask next. Maybe I’ll wait for another mask kit…