Glitter mask - seems a bit gimmicky, yes? When glitter masques first hit the market it seemed to be an excuse to capitalize on the mermaid/unicorn trend of bright, sparkly Instagramable skincare so I paid no attention to it, especially considering that the GLAMGLDW #GlitterMask Gravity Mud retails for $75 CAD and I'm not about that bougie life.
I am not about to spend $75 on a face mask that I am pretty much certain would have no real firming or hydrating effects on my skin however, I am a sucker for a sale and when Sephora.com featured the mask for half off I couldn't resist ordering it just to see what kind of results a bright pink glittery mask could really produce. While waiting for the GLAMGLOW glitter mask to arrive I found a more budget friendly alternative glitter mask at Winners for $6.99, retail value of $12 USD from Jean Pierre Cosmetics. I decided to pick up the Jean Pierre Cosmetics Mystic Alchemy Glitz & Glow Peel Off Mask to compare the two sickeningly pink glitter face masks.
Does a glitter mask do anything? And does is there a major difference when something is 6x the price of another?
The GLAMGLOW boasts that it is a solution for pores and boosts firmness and elasticity. The Gravity Mud collection from GLAMGLOW features a patent ingredient called Teaoxi, a complex of liquorice and marshmallow leaf which helps skin feel firmer and more defined. I couldn't find much information about the Jean Pierre version of the glitter masks. The label says that it's a hydrating peel of mask and their site states that it safely minimizes pores and gently exfoliates the skin.
Obviously per ounce the Jean Pierre is a better value than the GLAMGLOW but worth nothing is just the amount of product you get. With the GLAMGLOW you get 1.7 oz of product, with the Jean Pierre you get 5 oz! I looked through my other face mask to see what the standard amount is and for the most part all of my masks are around the 3 - 4 oz mark. The GLAMGLOW does come with a spatula applicator which is nice but not necessary.
I personally preferred the scent of the Jean Pierre mask over the GLAMGLOW. The Jean Pierre smells both sweet and floral-esque whereas the GLAMGLOW is sickly sweet, reminds me of what a pina colada candle from the dollar store would smell like. Upon application the scent quickly disappeared which is ideal because a lingering scent would probably be a reason for me to avoid using the GLAMGLOW in the future.
THE CONSISTENCY & APPLICATION
The Jean Pierre mask was so messy to apply. The formula was sticky yet running at the same time so I had a hard time applying an even layer to my face and within minutes the entire mask started sliding down my face. I ended up having to lay down to prevent the entire mask from dripping off my face. I tried to spread only a thin layer across my face but because if its sticky consistency it would start to pull apart so I had to really slap it on there. Because of it's thick consistency this mask took more than half an hour to dry. Once it dried peeling it off was a pain. Literally, it was so painful. I felt like it was ripping off a layer of my skin. Because of it's inconsistent texture the mask came off in pieces and peeled really inconsistently.
The consistency of the GLAMGLOW mask was significantly better and so much easier to apply. The GLAMGLOW was easy to spread and had a similar consistency to a gel. It was easy to spread an even layer across my face without any patches yet managed to not be overly thick. Once applied the mask stayed put and I didn't have to worry about it dripping or sliding around on my face. Removing this mask was significantly easier than its' more budget-friendly counterpart. It came off all in one piece and didn't feel harsh on my skin. It did leave some glitter particles behind, however it did rinse off easily.
For both masks I was apprehensive of whether or not the glitter would be abrasive on my skin but luckily the glitter was well suspended in the formula. I did find it strange that the Jean Pierre mask had star glitter pieces in it since it makes the glitter more likely to be an irritant.
Do I think glitter masks are still super gimmicky? 100% - this is a mask made for the 'gram. However if you're going to buy one anyways let me just give you my thoughts after trying both of these ones. The GLAMGLOW one actually seemingly did something for my skin. My skin felt soft to the touch after removal. It was easy to apply and remove and between the two it had the better skincare ingredients. Do I think it's worth the $75 price tag? No, I don't - but I have used other GLAMGLOW masks before that I do find are worth the money. As for the Jean Pierre version of a glitter mask I would say it's the perfect alternative if you're just looking for something that looks fun but be forewarned that removing it will hurt and I would not recommend it for sensitive skin.
The fine print:
This post is not sponsored and there are no affiliate links. That's right, I make no money off this post. If anything I lost close to $50 buying both masks and all the peach fuzz on one half off my face.
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