He said/she said – Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask
I had been lemming for this Origins mask for ages but I just couldn’t part with £18 for it as it seemed a lot to me – even though I know I spend just as much on Molton Brown shower gel. I got this when HOF was doing their rare as hen’s teeth 10% off beauty stuffs a few months back. Needless to say it didn’t warrant my desire.
First off, this mask doesn’t have any noticeable scent which is really disappointing as I wanted it to smell strong and interesting. It’s a bit gloopy to apply with your fingers so ideally you should paint it on with a brush. The ‘active charcoal’ is meant to draw impurities out of the skin and White China Clay is supposed to absorb environmental toxins. All I know is that it makes my skin feel tight but not much else. I haven’t noticed any improvement in my skin and I’ve used it on days when it’s been fairly greasy. It also takes a decent sponge to get it off and don’t under any circumstances get it in your hair or you’ll be sorry!
I know Origins has a reputation for producing good skincare but to me this is an overpriced tube of grey goo. I think the final nail in the coffin for me was reading the back of the tube with the instructions to ‘open pores with a warm moist towel’ and layer the mask on. Someone needs to tell the marketing peeps at Origins that pores can’t open and close like a door!
The first couple times applied this to my face I really liked it. I have really oily skin on my forehead and this seems to take the grease away and leave my skin feeling clean. Unlike I think this has a good consistency and I really like the tightening effect as it dries.
The smell is neutral so it doesn’t feel like I’m using a girlie product even though it is a face mask. This hardens as it dries so it does take some effort getting it off. I did start to peel it off my skin the first time I went to take it off but I got snapped at and was told it’s not a ‘peel off’ type mask (like I’d know the difference). You will need to be careful when you apply it around your hairline because it hardens like cement and doesn’t come out of the hair easily. I’ve enjoyed using this mask but I think it’s probably because I don’t have much experience to compare it too. I don’t know if it’s really done anything to make my skin look better but it makes it feel better. I guess that’s what beauty products are supposed to do?
I’ve learned that when I guess the price of anything now I am usually way off the mark. So when I told that I thought this was a tenner I was hoping she’d be impressed and after learning is was £18 at full price I had to agree with her that it was overpriced for what it does.