I feel like I’m a little late to the party here. I got sent these masks around a month ago but I wanted to get some proper use out of them instead of posting my first impressions! I’ve seen them popping up everywhere so I was really keen to get stuck in and to see what they’d do for my problematic skin. These are Derma V10s new kaolin clay masks and they’ve been compared to L’oreal’s recent Pure Clay masks. The main difference being the price of course as these are only currently retailing at a bargain price of £1.99 each.
One of Derma V10s promises is to provide their products in recyclable packaging where they possibly can. They do keep their promise in these products as the main body of the pot is glass. Unfortunately there is a hard plastic lid, which is recyclable but nonetheless still plastic. And then housed in a cardboard box which can easily be popped in the normal collectable recycling.
All of the Derma V10 clay mask set contain kaolin clay which is a natural ingredient that is renowned for absorbing and hopefully banishing impurities. Alongside kaolin, they’re packed full of vitamin E and honey to improve the texture and add moisture to the skins surface aswell as soothing it. I used each of these masks three times over the space of a week for each one. So what did I think of them?
One of the first things I noticed about these masks is that they all pretty much smell exactly the same, which I thought was odd as they all claim to do different things for the skin. This one is probably the most individual as it has two defining key ingredients rather than one. But to me, the main tone of the scent of them is a very clean and fresh smell. The brightening mask is a burnt orange/brown colour and it’s individual key ingredients alongside the ones I’ve listed above are walnut shell, which is for buffing away any dead skin cells and allowing new ones to generate. And red algae which is the key brightening element of the mask.
This is the only mask with exfoliant particles in and they’re quite small and delicate. The mask feels a bit gritty applying it to the face. After leaving it on for around 15 minutes, it felt really nice washing it off as the particles provided a nice massage-like effect. I must say I really felt like this mask made my skin a lot softer and noticeably brighter. I was concerned that as the exfoliant particles were so small, that they wouldn’t do much but boy was I wrong. I was very impressed by the effects this one had and will continue to use it!
This is for sure the freshest scented one out of them all which goes well with the colour being an off-white. The key ingredient in this mask is eucalyptus which is an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic ingredient which means it’d be good for people that suffer with spots and redness. It’s quite a cooling one to apply to the face therefore was really quite a perfect product to be using in the heatwave we’ve experienced recently.
I felt that my skin looked slightly refreshed after using this mask. It just made everything look a bit more evened out and made my blemishes look less noticeable which is always a good thing. Other than that I can’t say I have all that much to say about the mask! I’d say for this one the price point is still a bargain. The effect it has on the skin is quite average but for the amount of uses you get out of it, it’s definitely worth more.
This mask was the one I thought I’d like the most out of the three due to often suffering with congested pores. Again, the ingredients are the same as the other masks but with the key ingredient of charcoal. Charcoal in skincare products helps to remove oil that has been excessively produced by the skin and tightens the pores too after removing said oil. I was hoping this mask would be like my trusty The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask, but was it?
Honestly, I was actually pretty underwhelmed by this mask. I was really expecting it to be my favourite as anything with charcoal in usually is but I can’t actually say my skin looked or felt different any of the times that I used it, unfortunately. I kept trying it as I really wanted to like it and to find a cheaper alternative to my current holy grail but I just really don’t feel like it does a lot. Such a shame!
Overall, I think these masks are generally good for a quick fix and to use just before an event or occasion to give your skin a boost. From what I can see, I’m not sure they’d have massively impressive long-term benefits though. I did only use them for a week each and to be honest for the price of them, I wasn’t expecting a face lift effect anyway! Despite this, I think they’d be great for a budget beauty skin boost, for pamper party bag favours/stocking fillers or maybe even good for people who want a treat but don’t want to apply anything too astringent to their skin.
What’s your favourite face mask for giving your skin that needed boost or glow? Do you think you will give the Derma V10 clay mask trio a try?