The weeks seem to fly by these days. But of course its Friday and the weekend has just arrived. I am so ready for the weekend. A lay in and some chilled out weekend. Every Friday I try and review a different face mask for you all. Most are for my skin type, normal to dry but others take my fancy as well. Or gifted to me.
This week’s mask is by the well known brand 7th Heaven. A brand that is very cheap and available online and in most stores! Tonight I am reviewing their charcoal mud mask, which was actually given to me by my sister. So I thought I would give it a go and review for you all. The mask is an exfoliating face mask, that gently polishes your skin. Removing blackheads and built up impurities within pores. It is meant to help add an extra little sparkly to your skin and leave you feeling light and bright, ready for the weekend.
Packaging wise, this is a very simple and ok looking product. You have to see 7th heaven as an affordable brand. Masks are around the £1 mark so really cheap. When I think of charcoal, I think of greys and dark neutral tones. Which this is covered in. A lady is wearing the mask and some leaves and that is about it for the packaging over than the logo and name.
Charcoal was quite trendy in the beauty and skincare market around a year ago. It works good in many products. So to have even the word charcoal on your product will help you sell more. Like this one has. I believe when trending ingredients are written in the title of a product they are instantly more sellable. That is just my personal opinion.
For the backs of packaging, they are all pretty boring and hardly any of us read even a quarter of them. At least look at the instructions and maybe the ingredients. That is really all you need to know. Instructions are pretty important because how to start and timings are varied within masks all the time. Some love to surprise you with a random time or start without a dry face.
Anyway on to the mask its self. I read the instructions, which ask you to start with a dry, clean face. Then simply apply. Personally I find applying with my fingers better than a brush. So I apply a thick layer over my face. The instructions tell you to apply a thick layer and use the whole packet. My face was covered well within just over half the pack so I left the rest. Depends on you face shape etc I guess.
I was surprised at the colouring of this mask. When I think of charcoal I think of black, which I was expecting. But it was a grey tone. Within the first splodge applied to my face, I didn’t like the texture. Really did feel like I had put my face in the dirt. Yes its an exfoliating mask, so the grainy texture in it, is the exfoliator but it just felt weird.
As I mentioned earlier the instructions ask you to use the whole pack in one sitting. My face shape only needed just over half, for a thick layer that is. I guess I could of used more and applied another layer but it felt pointless. Especially as the layer on already was thick.
Once I was happy with the even and thick layer of mask, its time to chill. Or do what you want. This is a 15 minute mask. Leave on and wash off. So what can you do in 15 minutes? For me, I like to relax and I can read a chapter or 2 of my book or a YouTube video in that time. But really if you say you don’t have time for skincare, 15 minutes is a hoover around my whole flat, cook the dinner, catch up on emails, call a friend. Anything! Even fold the laundry!
When the 15 minutes were up, the mask was still wet and the instructions ask you to wash the mask off. Easy to apply as easy to take off. I just wet a flannel and wiped off. To be honest this was really easy to wipe of and took less time than others. Normally I have to wash and rinse the flannel over several times. But more of this mask came off in one go. Which is really good.
This being an exfoliating mask I thought that it would help my skin a lot where I have drier skin. If you follow me, you may know that I have a weird dry patch to the right of my lips. Honestly don’t know where it’s come from, why I have it but it’s there. Improving but I feel this mask has turned it back to the worse stage.
Affordability these are very cheap. Most of 7th Heaven face masks in the packet form are £1. So really affordable for anyone and everyone. What can be that bad when paying £1 for a face mask. Some masks are £5+ for a one time use mask. So this really is a bargain! Again most supermarkets stock these as well as drug stores. Literally on hand wherever you shop.
The mask has worked, my skin is really soft and feels amazing in most places. I just wish it would of helped the dry patch some more. Because it looks like it’s reversing now not fixing. Everywhere else though feels beautiful and fresh.
Based on affordability alone I would recommend this to anyone. Well the brand that is. This mask though is good, just not as good as their others I have tried.
What is your go to mask at the minute?