Oops, I did it again…

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…I bought another Glamglow facial mask. I got the first one a year ago and didn’t like it much (review here). But then I saw a youtube video where a girl said that Glamglow Youthmud is for people with dry skin and that Supermud is much better. Since it was someone I like and her recommendations are usually good I decided to give the other Glamglow product a try.

(By the way -I’m sorry for the generic photo. My laptop is fried so I can’t access my photos. I will upload a proper photo as soon as I can. )

Supermud is a detoxifying mud mask, much like Youthmud. It’s a clearing treatment. In fact, it resembles Youthmud a lot: the same ridiculously oversized packaging, same tacky marketing and completely random phrases written all over it, such as “Hollywood California” and “very gorgeous”. It’s also resembles Youthmud in consistency only runnier and without green tea leaves in it.It promises super sexy, super radiant skin by working on enlarged pores, problem skin, blemishes, pimples, breakouts, spots (is it me or are all of these one and the same), black and white heads, razor burns, and in-grown hair.

Does it work?

It certainly clears the skin nicely and without drying it out. My face feels and looks fresh. Many reviews mentioned a tingling sensation but I did not feel it. I usually apply a very thin layer of the product on my face and wait for it to dry. It dries quite quickly leaving the face almost unable to move.

I have two issues with this product.

1) I’m not convinced that it’s better than other clay/mud masks? For example, Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Cleansing white clay mask is an excellent product. As for blemishes, I certainly had the worst blemishes ever while using this mask.

2) It’s ridiculously overpriced for what it is and its size. I seriously believe that half of the reason this product exists is that people tell themselves that it must be good since it’s that expensive.

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Just as with the original Youthmud, I think Supermud is good but not nearly as good as people say it is. It’s a very over-hyped product. I might buy this product again, since after the initial disappointment I’ve fallen for the same marketing tick, but only if it’s on sale.

Hollywood Cult Product – Glamglow, an Honest Review

There has been so much hype around this product! I wasn’t going to buy it but it was on sale for £31 so I thought it’s worth a try. I’ve been using it once a week for the past month and have mixed feelings about it.

Hype

This is advertised as celebrities’ favourite. A real Hollywood cult product that gives you ‘camera ready’ skin (so does a face covered with a thick layer of makeup – as an amateur photographer I can say that the camera sees things differently than the naked eye). Nina Dobrev from Vampire Diaries is a fan and she has flawless skin. So are supposedly Jennifer Aniston, Jay-Z, and Miley Cyrus. And the list goes on. Just read this article in the Forbes (here). However, online reviews of this product are mixed. People say it’s too harsh, doesn’t work and dries out in the pot.

First Impressions

The thing that struck me most was how oversized the box was compared to the actual product. A bit unnecessary in my opinion. I paid for 30 ml, I know I’m getting 30 ml, no point trying to convince me I’m getting more than I paid for.

The box and the jar

The box and the jar

Why is This So Bloody Expensive?

It has mud base from the South of France Mediterranean Sea, volcanic rock, patent pending TEAOXI continuous time-release technology and pieces of tea leafs. It has Super-Antioxidants and other ‘super’ ingredients (it actually says so on the box…). It is vegan and cruelty-free. Although I’m not sure if that’s true. Like with the packaging this product is full of lies.

A horrible marketing trick they used: it says paraben-free and in small print it says 99.7. You would never pay attention to this number but in fact it means that 0.3% of the products are parabens. Which is a normal amount. Every product is paraben-free in more than 90% ! I hate when companies use such cheap marketing tricks.

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Using the Product

I put a thin layer on and gently massage it in. The product dries into a stiff hard mask. The green tea leafs do fall off, as many reviews said, and they don’t really do much. The mask tingles at first but this sensation goes away quite quickly and when you wash it off it gently exfoliates your skin. No surprise given that the product’s full name is actually ‘Glamglow Tingling & Exfoliating Mud Mask Super Sexy Super Radiant Skin’.

The mask dries on your face

The mask dries on your face

It dries gradually

It dries gradually

Until it's fully dry

Until it’s fully dry

What It Does to Your Face

The list of benefits described on the package goes on and on. It’s a facial in a jar and you should see the effects for the next 2 days. Personally, I don’t see much difference. It is a really nice product. I must admit, I do like it a lot. I feel that my skin is deeply cleansed and exfoliated. Perhaps it also helps to keep my skin young and healthy in the long run. However, I don’t see why there is so much hype around this product. While I enjoy using it, the results are gone by next morning and I don’t see a noticeable difference.

So here is a list of results from the box and my opinion:

–       Leaves skin noticeably radiant and glowing NO

–       Activates moisturising collagen synthesis MAYBE hard to judge

–       Provides gentle resurfacing exfoliation YES

–       Helps to leave skin smoother, brighter and softer YES

–       Provides tighter skin texture and tighter pores NO

–       Helps to provide a more youthful appearance NO

–       Absorbs impurities without removing natural oils YES

–       Helps to protect against free radical damage MAYBE

Side note: in the time I’ve been using this I started to break out again. I don’t know if this is related but this product definitely doesn’t prevent breakouts.

Before using Glamglow

Before using Glamglow

Just after - not really that different

Just after – not really that different

Final Ruling

I like this product. I like how ‘clean’ yet moisturised my face is. However, what I think I like most about it is how it makes me feel. And that’s a result of marketing techniques and branding of this product. It makes me feel ‘special’ cause I’m using the same product as the Hollywood elite, the most influential, most glamorous and most beautiful. And that’s not really something I’m willing to pay £50 for.

I will continue using this product. Yet, like with many uber-hyped products I think my expectations were a bit too high and as a result I do feel disappointed. With false marketing and average results it’s the quintessence of Hollywood. Form over substance.

 

Normally for £49.99. At the moment also available for £39.99 (here). I would advise you to wait for January sales. I got mine for £31.

Coming up:

Friday: This Works Sleep Balm Review

Monday: Botanics Semi-Permanent Hair Colour Review

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