I’m jumping on the bandwagon here. I just had to try this stuff after experiencing the overwhelming hype and reading about it nonstop. I blame Sephora: it was just waiting in the checkout line when I went to replenish my eyeliner stock and I couldn’t resist. Those product-stocked waiting lines are calculated to make me spend my hard-earned money that would be better spend on sandwiches brimming with chipotle mayo. But I thought I’d try it out.
I bought a half-ounce bottle for $19. Guys, it was really an impulse buy.
So I tried it out. The subtitle “Tinglexfoliate” of the Glamglow Youthmud is not joking: this thing tingles like nuts, and it borders on painful. The tingling starts to subside when the mask dries, which it does in patches that made my face look like a tortoiseshell for a few minutes, which was pretty cool. The consistency is chalky and muddy, and it has bits of leaf stuck in it.
I put up with the tingling and waited like twenty minutes before washing it off, taking care to rub it off in circular motions to exfoliate well, like the packaging suggested. I didn’t notice any immediate softness like I do with my Neutrogena Exfoliating Mask, neither did I think my pores were very clean.
My skin felt really tight afterward, and I was reluctant to put on moisturizer for fear of clogging my newly purged pores, even though they weren’t all that squeaky clean. I didn’t have the results I expected to have, especially considering that a full-size jar of this product costs $69 at retail price. I think this product is probably better suited to a more stable skin type than I have, but nevertheless, for the cost, it did less than my drugstore mask did.
Conclusion: I am singularly unimpressed. But I’m glad I tried it, because now I know it’s NBD. I’ll stick with Neutrogena, thank you.