Thursday, September 19, 2013

GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment Review

It would seem that GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment has had somewhat of a polarizing reaction in face mask fiends. People seem to either wax poetic about it, or bitterly complain that it did not measure up to their expectations- particularly given the steep price tag.There are others who claim that it broke them out, and others still who have claimed that their skin was irritated by some of the ingredients in the mask. Despite the mixed reviews, I decided to purchase it. I purchased mine a while ago, and have been trying to sort out my feeling about it ever since. As one who loves masks, and has always loved mud masks- I had to give GLAMGLOW a try.

According to GLAMGLOW,

A scientifically advanced SUPER-MUD clearing treatment to target, prevent, and heal problem skin. This formula was clinically developed by GLAMGLOW dermatological chemists to help fight all common skin concerns including breakouts, discoloration, black and white heads, razor bumps, and in-grown hair. Powerful, skin-clearing mud visibly draws out dirt and congestion while a proprietary six-acid blend dramatically brightens and softens skin. It works to magnetically draw out dirt and pores with Activated-X Charcoal, leaving skin smooth and healthy-looking. 

-Apply a thin layer to clean skin.
-Leave on for five, 10, 15, or 20 minutes.
-Pore-Matrix™ will reveal dots of vacuum extractions.
-Remove with water.
-Use as often as needed.
-Use as a full mask or spot treatment.
-Free of Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates
Purchased by me (Affiliate links)
GLAMGLOW reports the following research results:

Based on consumer trials:
After 1 day of use: 
- 94% felt their skin looked renewed 
- 91% saw an improvement in skin clarity 
- 94% felt it gently cleared their skin 

On day 7 after using it 3 times in a week: 
- 98% felt their skin looked renewed 
- 97% saw an improvement in skin clarity 
- 97% felt it gently cleared their skin

-ACNECIDIC-6™ 4.4%: A proprietary six-acid blend of AHA and BHA acids perfectly PH balanced to deal with damaged skin, de-clog, and minimize pores, pigmentation, scaring, and breakouts.
-Activated-X Charcoal: An extreme absorption carbon, attracting toxic substances into its mass up to 500 times its volume from all skin types.
-K17-Clay™: Extracts and encapsulates excess sebum oils, bacteria, and toxins in a controlled stasis state.
-TEAOXI™: Delivers daily fresh natural eucalyptol, natural-linalool oil, and powerful flavonoids direct into the formula from real pieces of eucalyptus leaf.

My experience: First I must state that GLAMGLOW neither breaks me out, nor does it irritate my skin. I do note a little tingling upon application, but that does subside once the mask dries. It is very thin in consistency, much more so than the thicker clay masks that I am accustomed to, and I find this to be a strength because it means that application and removal isn't a big goopy mess. 
My skin is decidedly combination, and I generally don't breakout, save for the periodic monthly hormonal breakouts, or negative product reaction breakouts. Therefore, I wasn't drawn to this product to clear acne, but instead to draw out impurities from my pores, to remove dead skin, and ultimately to give my skin a radiant glow. It did all of these things for me-- so their promise to me was fulfilled. Thus, for me I am pleased with the results-- and there is no disputing the fact that my skin glows beautifully after I use this mask. I also find that this mask is quite concentrated, and therefore a small amount goes a long way-- so I would definitely suggest avoiding the temptation to apply a lot-- especially at this price point. I like it, I really do--however, it is very expensive. $69.00 for a 1.2oz. jar is a lot of money--even though a little goes a long way. Truthfully, in terms of drawing out impurities I don't see an appreciable difference in the way that GLAMGLOW functions compared to the many other clay masks that I have tried over the years. However, it markedly differs from the other clay masks that I have used in its ability to impart an immediate and pronounced glow, and for my skin this was the real and tangible benefit. The AHA and BHA acids work overtime removing dead skin, and the result is a pronounced clarity and a radiant glow. I do love the way that it makes my skin look and feel, but I also think that there are other products that can be used to achieve similar results.
Ingredients: Water, Kaolin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Hydroxide, Eucalyptus Globulus, Mandelic Acid, Charcoal, Parfum [Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool], Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Azelaic Acid, Pyruvic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Maltodextrin, Iron Oxides, Peppermint Oil, Butylene Glycol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Glycerin, Chamoilla Recutita Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract, Hendera Helix Extract, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.

Overall assessment: I like GLAMGLOW Supermud, and I think it is worth trying if you don't have a sensitivity to any of the ingredients, and if you are looking for a clarifying clay mask that will make your skin glow. That said, when in doubt get your hands on a sample to see if you like it before you buy it since it is expensive.

$69.00 for 1.2 oz. from Sephora, Neiman Marcus & Nordstrom (Affiliate links)
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  1. I've been very curious about Glamglow, but I have yet to try it because I adore Chantecaille's clay mask. Have you tried it? It's incredible.

    ♥ Jessica

    1. Hi Jessica!!! I had a few samples of the Chantecaille clay mask, and I loved it. It is definitely a far more refined product than GLAMGLOW, and I would probably be more inclined to buy that next time rather than repurchase this one. I'd be curious to see whether you like GLAMGLOW-- I would definitely recommend getting a sample before buying it-- because there is a good chance that you will want to stick with the Chantecaille mask instead. <3 Helen

  2. I bought this, read reviews and returned it without opening it. I just couldn't take the chance that I'd have a reaction to it. I do it with other products but there was just something about this one that stopped me. I have half a dozen masks sitting waiting to be tested too so that's another consideration.

    1. I hear you, I do! It's good, but it's not mind-blowing holy grail status to me. It's a lot to spend on a small little pot. It definitely did a fantastic job removing dead skin and giving my skin a beautiful glow. However, I have lots of other products that can do that. In terms of cleaning out pores it wasn't any more impressive than most clay masks. I'm glad that I tried it, but I don't see myself repurchasing it.

  3. The brand new GLAMGLOW addition is incredible. Hope you enjoy my blog post on the latest addition to the line up - POWERMUD!


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