He said/she said – Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask

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He said/she said – Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask

by on July 22, 2017 · 12 comments


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.

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  • { 12 comments… read them below or add one }

    Rebecca July 22, 2017 at 1:52 am

    I am coming to the end of my tube of this product. I use it because I bought it and it was a bit on the pricey side. I am not sure it even really works on my oily skin too well, but one thing I HATE about this mask is how tight/dry it gets once it’s set. I feel like someone wrapped my face in cement!

    ReplyJuly 23, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Yes exactly, I’m using mine just because of how much I paid for it! Thanks for you comment hun. x

    ReplyKizzy July 22, 2017 at 2:49 am

    What an original review, I love it!

    Too bad the product didn’t live up to its expectations. I’ve never tried Origins before, because if its price tag. I guess I won’t be purchasing this one either!

    Thanks, guys!

    ReplyJuly 23, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Your welcome, we wouldn’t want you to spend your hard earned $ on rubbish!

    ReplyJude Dunn July 22, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Thanks to your honest review I will keep my money in my pocket, I have picked this up a few times and then put it back waiting for someone to post about it. I’m glad I waited before I wasted my hard earned cash. Love love love honest bloggers, not only can they save your skin they can save you money too. Thank you. Jude xx @jadlgw

    ReplyJuly 23, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Your welcome Jade. I danced around this for so long before I bought it and even though it didn’t work I’m glad I got it out of my system! xoxo

    ReplyAyshe July 23, 2017 at 10:20 am

    I always love these reviews. The name makes it sound like it should be great, but I don’t think I could handle it being so difficult to remove.

    ReplyJuly 23, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Hey Ayshe – Your bathroom will look like you had a fight with a cement mixer trying to get this off so it’s best avoided! Thanks for stopping by hun. x

    ReplyMeganNoel August 19, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Even after reading this review, I may buy this mask. My sister-in-law works at Macy’s and she raves about this mask, she’s offered to buy this for me with her Macy’s discount so it’s not that expensive. She told me it helped clean up her stray acne so because I have acne prone skin, I’m will to try this if it helps. But at the same time reading all the reviews at how messy this can be makes me not want to get it.

    ReplyAugust 22, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    It’s a shame they don’t samples or smaller travel sizes in this then you could try it to make sure. I know other people that rave about it too – I guess it’s just one of those love/hate skincare products! If you do get it let me know what you think hun. xoxo

    ReplyKat October 26, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    I’m sure you’ve tried it but I use the Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask which sounds like it does what this should do but for much less money – 7 quid from Boots, and they seem to always have 3 for 2s on Botanics. It’s also easier to apply/take off it sounds like, it’s a bit gloopier and easy to layer up. Only thing is, it dries before removal and the instructions suggest wiping it off with cotton wool – no idea how they expect you to achieve that! I just use a warm wet flannel and it’s fine.

    ReplyOctober 27, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    No I haven’t tried this one so thanks for letting me know about it I’m sure Jamie will be pleased (not). I shall put it on my COPD shopping list!

    And no I won’t be taking it off with cotton wool – clearly those instructions were written by a man! lol