Face Masks

Although I have used face masks in the past, it’s only recently that I have been enjoying them on a regular basis and I have one from L’oréal and one from Primark to review today.

Both of the masks were under £5 and come in jars and they are both a sort of clay/mud mask which helps with impurities and dull skin.

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L’oréal Pure Clay Detox Mask

£5 (when bought, no more than £10 normal price)


(from the L’oréal website) the Pure Clay Detox Mask with Charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out impurities and clarify normal, congested skin.

The creamy texture of this deep cleansing face mask detoxifies the skin’s surface and works deep into the pores, leaving the skin looking clarified and beautified.


On clean skin, apply a thin layer all over the face, 2-3 times a week. Avoid the eyes and lips. Leave to dry for 5-10 minutes, then remove with a wet towel or warm water.

I use an old small foundation brush to apply to my face and I use a muslin cloth to remove.


The mask is a very dark grey when it is in it’s liquid consitency. As the time goes on it hardens on the face and goes a light grey chalky colour. My advice is that when 90% or more has gone this colour it is probably ready to take it off your face if over 5 minutes.

The thing I enjoy about this is you can feel it hardening. I’m not sure if this actually results in impurities coming to the surface but it feels fun.


Although it says there is a scent it’s not an overpowering one. It sort of smells like clay/earth but not in a dirty way.


After using this my skin does feel plumper and brighter but the effects are short lived which is why this is a mask for regular use.

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Primark PS  Love to Glow Face Mask

£3 (can only buy in store)


Exfoliating and smoothing. Brightening and moisturising. (A brand of little words!) 

This mask contains argan oil and vitamin E. 


Apply a layer to the skin, leave for ten minutes and wash off with warm water.

I apply again with the old small foundation brush but before I rinse off I take a small bit of warm water and work the exfoliants in to the face before washing it off which leaves the skin gloriously smooth.


This does not dry down to a hard mask just sort of sinks in to the skin leaving you with the exfoliants on the face.


Again not highly scented but the scent that is there is lovely and probably from the argan oil.

This mask, out of the two, gives the most instant results. Your skin feels brighter and smoother straight away, as it claims and you can tell when you use your skin care it is more moisturised too.

I have tried multi-masking with the two and used the L’oréal on my T-zone and the Primark one on my cheeks due to the way my skin is at this time of year and it worked ok, apart from taking the masks off as I usually exfoliate first but it wasn’t easy. I think with practice it would be good though.

If you’re like me and have dry to normal skin you will definitely enjoy this pairing.

Have you got any favourite budget friendly face masks you use on a regular basis? Any you could recommend?