I first have to preface this post by stating that I have never tried any skincare from MAC, nor had I the intention of doing so- it simply has never been on my radar. That said, when my friend- who also happens to be a MAC MUA said that I had to try the Volcanic Ash Exfoliator, I caved. I am a huge fan of exfoliators- so between my love of this type of product my friend saying this product was amazing I decided to give it a try.
I find it rather ridiculous to make a skincare item part of a limited edition collection. This makes no sense to me whatsoever. MAC periodically repromotes the Volcanic Ash Exfoliator with various collections- most recently with the Heavenly Creature Collection, but the demand for this exfoliator is so high that it really should be made part of their permanent range of skincare products. It makes no sense to get attached to a skincare product only to have to wait and wait for it to be repromoted again, or worse yet to feel as though you have to stock-pile it- which can be a very expensive thing to do!
I am not the easiest person to please when it comes to skincare products- I have always been willing to pay for luxury skincare products because I really believe in taking very good care of your skin. I am also particularly picky when it comes to exfoliators because my skin can be a bit sensitive, and anything too rough is a no-go for me. When it came to the Volcanic Ash Exfoliator I was prepared to be disappointed, and I assumed that it wasn't going to live up to all of the hype. Much to my surprise, I find this to be a wonderful exfoliator. It is gentle enough that it doesn't irritate my skin in the least bit. As soon as you apply it the water activates the sucrose which starts to dissolve- so there is no concern that you will scratch your skin with rough particles (I would definitely use water though-- if you just apply it to dry skin it will be way too rough). After the granules dissolve I let it sit on my face as a mask for a few minutes and then rinse it off. What I am left with is exquisitely clean and soft skin. I do not find this product to be in the least bit stripping on my combination skin, and in fact find that my skin remains soft and supple throughout the day. If you have super sensitive skin I would probably avoid this product, and scrubs in general. However, if you are a big fan of scrubs and have normal to oily skin- you might really like this product. I plan on using it once a week.
$28.00 3.4 oz. where MAC is sold