Sand & Sky: Brilliant Skin Purifying Pink Clay Mask

It’s the sales again. I blame the sales.

If you’re into skincare this brand would be familiar to you. Everyone has been talking about this Australian indie brand and the reviews were highly positive. So, of course, I need to get my hands on this.

On the mother website, it claims to do the following:

  • Detoxify and brightening
  • Tightens pores and boost radiance
  • Protect against damage caused by pollution
  • Restores the skin’s natural defense shield
  • Absorbs dirt & impurities

That’s a lot of promises. And some of the results are also supposedly instantaneous. Hmm…This mask is cruelty-free so that is a plus one for me. It is also gluten-free and vegan with a shelf life of 24 months.

I got the Bestie Kit thinking to gift one for Thunder. I know she does take measures to care for her skin so I thought why not. It’s been about 3 weeks since I got this in my mail (the shipment was super fast) and I’ve used this for about 5 times now.

When you open the lid, you will get hit with a strong odor. It has this very heavy chemical smell, something much sharper than the smell of paint. As the name suggests, the mask is a pastel pink color which I thought was very pretty.

 

And I love love love that they provided a brush to apply the mask because I absolutely hate using my fingers. It doesn’t spread the product out evenly and causes wastage. So with the brush, the mask is applied very evenly. It starts out with the original color but within a few minutes, as it dries up, it becomes completely cast white. The mask gives a cooling and tingly sensation that sometimes you can even feel a tinge of pain while it’s still damp and according to their FAQ, this is because the mask is full of active ingredients and the tingling means that the product is working.

When it’s been dry for more than 10minutes, I noticed that the area where my pores are, the mask would sort of disappear.

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It also starts to tighten on your skin so much so I can hardly smile without stretching and breaking the mask, causing crumbly dust-like particles falling all over my shirt. In fact, after several usages, the clay gets everywhere around the jar and whenever I open the lid, the crumbs would break and make a huge mess. It isn’t related to the effectiveness of the mask but it just gets me.  You can also clearly see my frown lines where the mask adapts to the surface of my skin that looked a lot like crumpled paper.

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After about 20 minutes, I went ahead and washed it off. As I had forgotten to take a before picture of my face, I decided to try on the mask again and this time do a half face instead. I think it’ll be easier to see the difference.

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All this time while I was using this mask, honestly, I felt a little bit let down. I just couldn’t see any difference. But now that I used it just half of my face, I can see there is a distinction in the texture of my face. On the left, you can see how the skin appears so much smoother. My pores are considerably smaller as well. (I just wanna say yes there’s a little bit of red on my inner lips. I was using Holika Holika Bloody Oil Tint yesterday and it just refuses to go away).

And there you have it. It worked.

However, I have used Innisfree Clay Mask and it achieves the same result at a cheaper price point. So if you’re not into Asian Skincare products, you can try this out. For me personally, I probably would not purchase this again. Maybe as a gift but I rather stick to Innisfree’s. Perhaps I should do a half and half of Innisfree and Sand & Sky then you can judge the effects for yourself.

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