So here is a little review that got buried and never published…I received this masque in my Influenster Holiday VoxBox and obviously never got around to sharing my thoughts on it. (Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary of Influenster for testing purposes, but was not compensated in any way for my review. All opinions are my own.)
The product: Montagne Jeunesse Fruit Smoothie Deep Pore Cleansing Masque, $2; at drugstores
The claim: A rinse-off clay masque that is supposed to purge pores with natural ingredients including crushed raspberry and mango.
I tried it: I’m a big masque junkie; I love to kick back on my day off with a masque, a magazine, and cup of tea for some self-pampering. Plus, doing a weekly masque really keeps my skin in tip-top shape! I like Montagne Jeunesse and so was pretty excited to see this masque in my VoxBox.
The good: there’s actually enough product in this “single use” sachet for two or possibly even three masques. The fruity smell was very pleasant and the formula is quite thick, so it applied without any dripping. Once the masque was on I settled in at the computer with some tea and my blogroll to wait for it to dry.
And that’s where the first problem cropped up: as this masque begins to dry, it starts to flake. Horribly. Yawn or stretch your face, and you’ll have little dusty bits of face masque flaking off everywhere! I don’t want to just sit on the bathroom counter and wait for twenty minutes for my masque to set up, I want to move around the house, and that’s kind of difficult when you’re “shedding”, as it were.
The other problem is that I don’t think this masque performs as specified. Once I rinsed it off, I noticed that it really had pulled all of the gunk to the surface: whiteheads, blackheads, oil, galore. The trouble is, it doesn’t remove any of these things, so don’t use this masque thinking you’ll rinse it off and head out the door, because that ain’t happening. You have to follow it up with some sort of blemish-targeting cleanser to remove the now-visible white- and black-heads.
Here’s how I used the masque the second time around, and how I personally recommend it:
- Start with a clean face. Use a gentle cleanser or just rinse very well with warm water.
- Apply pore cleansing masque and allow to dry for twenty minutes. Rinse clean.
- Now give your face a good scrub-down using a lathering facial scrub designed to target acne and blemishes (I like the Alba Botanica Natural Acne Dote Face & Body Scrub, $10). Allow the scrub to sit on your face for a minute so the ingredients really penetrate your pores. Rinse well and pat dry with a towel.
- Finish with a peel-off masque to pull out any remaining gunk from your pores. I like the Queen Helene Grape See Peel-off Masque, $4. When you’re done, rinse again with cool water to remove any last traces of the peel-off masque.
- Apply your regular moisturizing facial cream.
That might sound like a lot of work, and it is; but if you have a good forty or so minutes to commit to all of the washing and multiple masques, this is a powerful way to deep-clean your pores at home rather than head to a salon for the job. When I was done my face was glowing; all of the gunk was gone and my pores looked smaller and tighter. It really felt like I’d had a spa facial.
One last note: Montagne Jeunesse masques are vegetarian-friendly and Leaping Bunny-certified.
My final thoughts: As part of a multi-step routine, this masque will definitely drag all of your impurities to the surface…but it’s not a quick cleansing masque, as the package would seem to imply, and the flaking bugs me. It’s not the worst masque I’ve ever tried, it’s just not the best, and I wouldn’t recommend it unless you’re making a spa day of it and want to really do an intensive cleaning on your face. Otherwise, you’re just going to be left with a lot of visible gunk on your face.