Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Review: theBalm Blueberry Face Treatment Mask

After extensive testing of products I am finally ready to start reviewing everything I scored in my theBalm haul that I picked up last month off HauteLook. First up is this Blueberry Face Treatment Mask! Typically this retails at $22 for 2.36 fluid ounces, but if you catch it on HauteLook like I did it is only $10.  It comes in a nice heavy jar, I"m not sure if it's glass or just really nice plastic but either way it feels sturdy like it won't break on you. On the website it states that it is a mask suited for normal to dry skin (I disagree, get into this more later) that works to tighten and renew your skin while drawing out impurities and gently exfoliating away dead skin cells. With a combination of botanical extracts known to clarify your complexion and combat visible signs of environmental stress while leaving your skin fully hydrated and smooth. This can be used up to two times a week and is a paraben-free, synthetic dye-free, phthalate-free, and cruelty-free!

Was I the only one or was everyone expecting this to be a nice blue mask?! However opening up the jar, it was just a white liquid with the consistency of sunblock, thankfully without the smell. It's like watery lotion that you can scoop up in your fingers and it will stick for a bit and then slowly start to drip off. The scent is very light, a pleasant whiff of fresh blueberries with nothing chemically about it. It feels very cooling when applied to the skin and it tingles as it is drying which is something I enjoy. I feel like when a mask tingles it indicates that it is drawing out those impurities and exfoliating, I've read elsewhere that it's a sign of an allergic reaction but I don't think that's true...It doesn't indicate how long to keep the mask on, just to let it dry completely, but it dries very quickly. Within seconds of applying it I can already feel it drying and about five minutes it is completely dry. I tend to leave it on for about 15-20 minutes, the standard mask time, just to give it a lot of time to do its job. This mask dries to a really stiff chalky consistency, similar to a clay mask. You can't smile with this on even if you tried.
After rinsing it off my skin felt smoother and tightener but it also felt very dry. This is where I don't understand why it is targeted towards normal to dry skin because I feel like the mask really sucks everything out of your skin and does nothing to replenish the moisture. I could see this mask severly irritating dry skin since not only does it dry everything up it takes a good amount of scrubbing to get it off the skin. I think oily and acne prone skin (like myself) benefit more from this mask. I've found that using this consistently once or twice a week has really helped to clean out and tighten my pores and help dry out my acne. I just need to make sure to put a thick moisturizer on afterwards otherwise I wake up in the morning with tight and itchy skin.

Overall this is not something I would have purchased for the full price, I don't see it as some amazing miracle product that you just have to have. It's a decent mask to have if you can snag it at 50% off or more otherwise I would pass on it. I think the marketing is targeted at the wrong people and definitely should not be used on dry skin under any circumstances. It really acts like a clay mask and would just be way too rough on more sensitive skin.

Do you have the Blueberry Face Treatment Mask? What do you think?

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