This mask is truly one of the best masks I've ever used in my 32 years. I've used all kinds of masks from high end to drugstore, and have never been as impressed with a mask as I am with this particular mask.
I received a 1oz tube of this mask in a beauty sub...can't remember which but it doesn't matter. It didn't look particularly spectacular and wasn't a brand I had ever heard of before, so it went in a drawer with all the other products I'd "get around" to trying out at some point but weren't high on my priority list.
The funny thing is, I had purchased a number of masks in between receiving this and trying it out that ended up being disappointing. I was having some major issues with the tone of my skin and clogged pores, so I decided to give this a shot. I REALLY regret not trying this mask sooner, as it has done absolute wonders for my skin.
This mask is not thick or paste like. It has almost a gel like consistency, is seaweed green in color and is transparent green when you get it onto your skin. It's not heavy, or cakey. It spreads on like jelly on toast. It has a nice earthy, lemony kelp type of scent to it that just smells clean and fresh.
As it dries it does not become tight or hard. This is really nice because it doesn't make you feel like all the moisture is being sucked out of your skin and doesn't make your skin feel tight or throb and doesn't make your face feel like it's going to pop. It's one of the most comfortable masks I've ever had the pleasure of using.
I let this mask sit for 15-20 mins. The directions say 10-15 minutes, but most of the time time just kind of gets away from me when I have this mask on. Washing the mask off does require a washcloth, otherwise you'd be there for awhile rinsing as it foams up into a lather as your washing it off.
After completely washing this mask off my skin is absolutely glowing, clear, bright, and even in tone. Blackheads are melted away, my pores are tighter and clear. My skin is soft, supple, moisturized and overall looks radiant.
The days in between use my skin looks absolutely fantastic. I have a problem with large pores, redness around my nostrils, temples and chin. This mask really keeps things evened out and reduces redness to all these areas.
My skin becomes noticeably firmer and any crepiness has disappeared. At 32, this is remarkably noticeable for me and I find that since using this mask on a continued basis I don't need near as much coverage when wearing makeup to cover imperfections. Days that I don't wear makeup at all my skin looks fantastic, bright and even. I've received so many compliments from friends and family, telling me my skin looks really amazing when I'm not even wearing any makeup.
The only downside to this mask lies in the size. It's available to purchase in 1 oz and 1.75 oz tubes. I always opt for the 1.75 oz after using up the initial 1 oz tube I received in the beauty sub because it's only about $1 more, and does last longer than the 1oz. tube by a few weeks. I wish that Acure would offer this mask in a larger size. Some may not appreciate buying such a small amount of product and may see it as a negative and not worthwhile. However, there are some benefits to the tube being small: One, it's travel friendly. Two, the smaller size ensures that the mask won't go bad, dry, or goop up in the tube before its all used up. So, there's that.
IMO the benefits of this mask and the effect it has on my skin is worth having to repurchase more often. Though one tube of the 1.75 oz lasts me two months.
If you think about it logically, products like Glamglow Supermud only have 1.2 oz and costs $69 at Sephora. I've bought that mask a number of times and don't feel it benefits my skin near as much as this mask does. For the price of one jar of Glamglow, you'd have a year worth of this mask (and that's if you're using it 2-3 times a week).
I highly recommend this mask, especially for anyone that has combination skin that is oily in areas yet dry in others, has problems with uneven skin tone, large pores prone to blackheads, dehydration, fine lines, loss of elasticity, hyperpigmentation, or those that hope to avoid those things in the future.