Welcome once again to Face Mask Friday. I know I only skipped one week but it feels like forever. And I have a new mask today! Well new to me anyway. Annmarie Skincare sent a bundle of samples for me to try out and review. This mask was in the bundle and I just couldn’t wait to try it out.
I have used Annmarie Skincare before and really enjoy it. Once a year I order their Purifying Mud mask. It comes in powder form. I love the ritual of mixing it with water and getting it exactly to the consistency I want. It is one of my favorite mud masks.
But this is not that mask. This is something I haven’t tried before. The sample Annmarie Skincare sent to me is the Charcoal Cacao Mask. While it is sold separately it is also sold as part of a sample bundle. The sample bundle is a trio and includes the Illuminating Pearl mask (which I’ve tried, enjoyed and look forward to using again) and the Kaolin Micro Exfoliant (which I haven’t tried and am looking forward to giving a go this week.) One of the things I love about Annmarie Skincare (besides their products) is that they actually will sell sample bundles relatively cheaply and then give you a coupon with the samples so the samples are pretty much free. That way you can decide if a product works for you before you actually go out and buy the full size.
So what is this mask?
This activated treatment mask infuses your skin with potent antioxidants, gentle clays and cooling botanicals to reveal a smooth and clear complexion. Hydrating aloe vera works to lock in moisture, while coconut charcoal draws out deep impurities. Turmeric’s bioactive compounds leave your skin feeling calm, making this mask ideal for sensitivities. Cacao delivers complex nutrients for healthy skin, visibly improving texture, tone and radiance.
Full Ingredient list: *Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice powder, Charcoal powder (coconut derived), *Glycerin (vegetable derived), *Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) flower/leaf/stem water, Kaolin (white kaolin clay), Bentonite (bentonite clay), *Theobroma cacao (cacao) fruit powder, Populus tremuloides (aspen) bark extract, Aqua (water) and *Glycerin (vegetable derived) extract [*Salix alba (white willow) bark], Essential oil [Curcuma longa (turmeric)], Xanthan gum (wood pulp derived), Essential oils [Lavandula angustifolia (lavender), Leptospermum petersonii (lemon tea tree)]. * *Organically grown or wildcraftedAnnmarie skincare
Looking through the ingredient list I see so many things that I really like. In addition to Charcoal and Cacao both of which do well with my skin, there is aloe vera, which I am a big fan of. In fact it is a compact list with nothing on there that actually bothers me.
And so it is time to open the jar. Inside the mask looks ink black. The last time I used a mask this deep a black it was very sticky and viscus. This feels like you are dipping your finger into ink.
I used my finger to apply because the jar was too small for my spatula and the consistency really works well with a fingertip. I suppose a brush would be fine and then you could actually paint your face with it, but this isn’t a job for silicone.
I think the most surprising was the scent. If you close your eyes and sniff, it smells like rosemary. I know I shouldn’t be surprised because it is right there on the list, but I think because both charcoal and Cacao have such strong scents I expected them to dominate. However it is the rosemary you smell first.
The mask paints on easily and the little jar has enough inside for two applications. Once on the mask needs to sit for fifteen minutes. The one warning they do give with this mask is that because of the charcoal it can stain your wash cloth so you need to use a dark cloth. However, in a recent subscription box I received a cloth specifically designed to remove masks. It is from the brand Glov. So it is only going to be used for mask removal and if it stains there won’t be a problem. It is just something to be aware of if you don’t want to stain your washcloth. Even without the masking removal cloth, I tend to keep one old and battered wash cloth for mask removal anyway so I don’t risk the decent looking wash cloths.
I waited for fifteen minutes. While I didn’t think the mask would run, I was leery of laying down in case I turned my head and stained the pillow case so instead of laying down I decided to pre chop some veg for tonight. I’m making our happy hour treat a little early today, or at least the filling anyway. Its one of those recipes where you make the filling and then let it cool before using it. So I chopped while masking and then will cook, cool and then assemble the delicious happy hour treat just before we eat it.
More on that later.
After fifteen minutes I returned to the bathroom and found the mask dried to a matte black instead of the shiny wet ink look when it went on. I thought it was going to be hard to remove, but I simply wet the Glov cloth , wrung it out and went over my face. The mask came off very easily. There was a little rubbing but not much. I did have to rinse out my cloth periodically but that’s pretty normal. And I can certainly see what they mean by possible cloth staining. There is definitely some discoloration of the cloth. I’ll have to see how the cloth fares when it comes out of the wash (I’ll report back on that along with how I feel about the glov cloth after I’ve washed it and used it with other masks.)
With the mask removed my skin felt really smooth and hydrated. I noticed that there were a few small deeply clogged pores where the blemish is now much closer to the surface. They aren’t blemishes yet, but the clogs are no longer deeply buried and with the help of some zitsticka they should be cleared away asap.
I was pleased to see that there was no mess in the sink. The cloth may be a bit blackish but any charcoal tinged drip that fell from the cloth to the sink rinsed down the sink cleanly. And because of the masks consistency, there was really very little mess at all. The wet cloth rehydrated the dried mask and the cloth wiped it away. I don’t always use a wash cloth to remove masks, sometimes I just splash water and rub with my hands to loosen and wash way the mask. However this is one where a cloth of some kind is really your best bet. This was a really lovely mask and I think it may have to go on my masks to reorder list. In fact I may end up ordering this instead of the mud mask. While I love the mud mask, I do have several mud masks. I don’t really have anything quite like this Charcoal and Cacao Mask in my collection and with the way it worked on my skin, I think it might be one I want to keep around.