I try really hard to be as constructive as possible when reviewing products – especially skincare – as I strongly believe that one woman’s trash is another’s treasure; that moisturiser that didn’t really give my skin much moisturiser might be the perfect balancer for someone more oily than me; that foundation that caked all over my dry patches might sit perfectly on a younger skin; so you’ll very rarely catch me laying into a product and not at least attempting a balanced review, since I think it’s quite important to ensure that I don’t put my readers off what might be a potential Holy Grail product. However, very occasionally I’ll come across something that is just so terrible that I would struggle to find anything good to say, and that is the case with the Masque Bar Luminizing Charcoal Peel Off Mask.
I was so excited about this peel-off mask as I thought it sounded like such a great idea; I love a good charcoal deep cleanse and the concept of a mask that dries and then peels away all the nastiness that the charcoal sucked out – it sounds brilliant! Sadly, I ran into problems as soon as I started using this, since as you can see from the picture above, there wasn’t enough in the packet for me to cover my face. I am aware that I have quite a long face, but I wouldn’t say it’s so long that I find myself needing double-sized doses of anything! I stuck with it and figured I could just focus on the lower part of my face which is where all the spots tend to appear. Once the mask was dry, I started work on peeling it off. I don’t know if it was because I’d spread it too thin due to lack of product, or because the mask is designed to be this way, but man alive was it uncomfortable – you know the pain you get when you pull off a plaster? It was that feeling all over the lower part of my face. The mask had dried and obviously contracted as it should, being a peel-off, charcoal formula, but it was extremely uncomfortable – I’d even say pretty painful – to remove. With this in mind, I would definitely NOT recommend it for anyone who’s spot-prone, even though this is who it’s aimed at, since it would probably rip the spots open when being removed; I didn’t have any surface spots at the time (thankfully!) so this is a speculation, but I think a pretty accurate one. It’s such a shame this wasn’t any good as I’ve tried – and loved – quite a few Masque Bar products and I’m always excited when they release something new. Sadly, I wouldn’t recommend anyone tries these as I can’t see them being very good for any skin type. If you’re still intrigued, you can find the Masque Bar Luminizing Charcoal Peel Off Mask here for £7.49 (usually £9.99) for 3.