Review: Glamglow face masks (mini trio, travel size)

Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask

Gravitymud Firming Treatment Mask

Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment Mask

So this was unfortunately long before I thought of taking pictures of products prior to using them, or even taking pictures of me actually using all the masks. I only got a shot of myself using the firming treatment.

Hence, these rather crappy pictures will have to do for now to prove that I actually finished the masks, and I can’t even find the clearing mask empty! Shame on me, I will do better next time. Read on for my thoughts on these masks.

If you have been reading beauty blogs for a while, you will know that Glamglow made quite the splash on the scene a few years ago. People were raving about their masks, and every social media influencer and their mother was raving about how great these masks were.

These masks were always a little off limits for me personally because they were not being sold locally in the countries where I had been living these past few years. I could have ordered online, but you know what – out of sight, out of mind, at least when it comes to groceries and cosmetics, in my case.

So when I finally saw them at Olive Young, where they were being sold, I patiently waited until they had a sale on, when I snapped up the trio for around
โ‚ฉ17,500 (roughly US$15). Yay!

Fun fact: Contrary to popular belief, I am extremely loath to impulse buying. Each beauty product that I buy has to be recommended by a blogger I love or by a beauty website where scores are aggregated. My favourite app here in Korea is ํ™”ํ•ด but I have used similar sites in other countries in the past when I lived outside of Asia/Oceania such as MakeupAlley or BeautyHeaven, or back when my favourite bloggers were still writing in longform.

Pro tip if you are living here in Korea: All roadside shops (Innisfree, Etude House, The Saem, The Face Shop, Espoir, It’s Skin, Missha, vdl, … did I forget anyone?) as well as the chemists (LOHBS, Olive Young, Lalavla) have regular sales.

So if you are interested in saving some serious cash and are not overly keen on getting free samples, which you usually only get when paying full price, I recommend that you note down the products that you want to buy and then pounce once the sales come around, as you can save serious cash. I am talking anywhere between 10 and 50% off – great savings if you are on a budget or like me, have people depend on you with little money to spend on just yourself or on frivolous activities. But back to the masks on hand!

Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask

Source: cosDNA

In a nutshell, this is a clay based mask that is also supposed to clear up skin. While this did not do much for me, I do believe that this mask might be good for younger people rather than adult acne sufferers, for reasons I will get into in a bit.

This mask (ingredients list clipped for review purposes – full list via the link above) has a number of safety red flags, mainly because of its acids but also because of a range of other baddies such as limonene, which is often added as a fragrance.

A quick check online reveals that many consumers have reported that this mask burns their skin, and I can only agree. Though I have been using acids twice daily (ok, sometimes only once daily) for at least 5 years, and therefore consider my skin to be somewhat used to acid treatments, this was highly unpleasant while on.

Nonetheless, this burned my skin quite severely and I did not enjoy using this at all. While the mask was on, I could not concentrate on anything like I usually would have been (meditation, perhaps folding some laundry – I like to be semi-productive at all times). All I could do was have some TV or YouTube on and wait for a couple of minutes. I could only bear to have this on for 7-10 minutes, after which I had to rinse it off, it was that bad. Thankfully, though I did not feel any effects in terms of skin clearing, this ceased to irritate my skin once it was washed off, which was a great relief.

Youthmud Tinglexfoliate

Source: cosDNA

This burning sensation described before brings us to the second mask, the Tinglexfoliate, which is also clay based and dries down much like a regular mud mask would. This, too, was highly unpleasant to use as it burnt my skin to no end and had a couple of red flags on cosDNA as well. Same as before, this thankfully did not exacerbate or irritate skin beyond the time it spent on skin but it did not do much else, either, apart from a bit of physical exfoliation.

These days however, I never ever use physical exfoliants as I find them much too abrasive. I would have appreciated if Glamglow had made it more apparent on the packaging how rough and scrubby this mask was going to be.

Gravitymud Firming Treatment Mask

Source: cosDNA

Just looking at the ingredients listing of this supposed anti aging mask makes me angry. Alcohols are already listed as the second and third ingredients, and if you know anything at all about skincare, you know that alcohols are incredibly drying, and are especially dreadful for aging skin. Yes, I do understand that sometimes some alcohols are added in small amounts to assist in absorption, but come on! They cannot be good so high up on the ingredients list.

Whereas the first two were clay based, this one was a peel off mask. The silvery shimmer was quite pretty! It made me feel like the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz.

Again, this did not exacerbate any skin issues, but it also did not make my skin look or feel better. When peeling this off, I did not see any impurities being removed. My skin did not feel softer or more comfortable. No effect whatsoever, except for the novelty factor of seeing your face in a different (metallic) light. It’s a nay from me.

If you are interested in finding out why peel-off masks may not be great for your skin at all, I highly recommended Musical Houses’ blog entry on this topic.

Final Thoughts

I had been really excited to get these to try out after all the hubbub that had been created online, however, much like my blog idol Paris B from My Women Stuff, I found that these did not do much for me at all. Do read her excellent and in-depth blog post on the clearing treatment if you are interested in more info and much better product shots. Or, you know, just don’t bother with these tiny, expensive Glamglow masks. Just about any old mud mask from the drugstore will do.

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