If you could only keep one mask, which one would that be?
To me, the answer is obvious. I keep repurchasing Glamglow Gravitymud over and over again, be it a full jar or a miniature tube. What I don’t love about it is the price point, however everything else is a skincare fairy tale to me.
The more I discuss effects of various skincare products with other people interested in the subject, the more I discover I may be thinking too low of my skin. It turns out I am not as sensitive as I thought I was and I should probably stop reviewing things from that angle not to confuse you. That being said, let me pinpoint that Glamglow uses some ingredients that may be pretty aggressive to a really sensitive skin. Gravitymud is intense, but it has never caused any irritation on my skin, although it is not targeted at soothing and calming redness (enter my second favorite, the Rose Stem Cell mask by Peter Thomas Roth). The ingredients list reads as follows:
Water\Aqua\Eau, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Alcohol Denat., Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Montmorillonite, Pentylene Glycol, Illite, Polysorbate 20, Canadian Colloidal Clay, Caprylyl Glycol, Althaea Officinalis Leaf Extract, Tapioca Starch, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Colloidal Platinum, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Alcohol, Ascophyllum Nodosum Powder, Polysorbate 80, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Citric Acid, Lecithin, Pullulan, Porphyridium Cruentum Extract, Soy Isoflavones, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance (Parfum), Coumarin, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163)
It may come as a surprise, but Gravitymud is a peel-off mask. In the jar it looks like pearly-colored glue. I use this funny white spatula from Sephora to smear it on. You have to be very careful a) not to use too little, because it will be difficult to take off after it has dried b) not to use too much, because it will not dry entirely, and washing it off is a bit troublesome. As mentioned by the manufacturer, do avoid eye area. Also, avoid family members, especially those faint of heart, as with Gravitymud on your face you’ll look like a tin man. To compensate for that, the mask smells a little of coconuts, although that is apparently an artificial parfum.
Here is the best part, and obviously the most important reason why I wouldn’t think twice if you asked me to keep just one mask from my stash (and I assure you, my face masks collection is huge…). Gravitymud is a firming treatment and I love it in the first place for its lifting effect – although let us not forget that I am 34 and firming my face is not yet that much of a deal. Strangely enough, after tearing the mask off I feel my face gets a little plumped as well. Being a true peel-off mask, Gravitymud also unclogs my pores and cleanses my face thoroughly. Since it is not a hydrating mask, it does nothing in that scope, BUT it does not leave the skin stripped or dried either.
I shall probably repurchase this till death do us part. If you’d like to check it out for yourself, try to grab a miniature set or a travel jar (15 ml) for starters.
Have a good one 🙂