L'Oreal Multi-Masking Play Kit Review

L'Oreal's Multi-Masking Play Kit, a sampler of the ever expanding Pure Clay line, includes "three mini Pure Clay masks, each designed to target specific skin concerns, transforming your skin in just 10 minutes. Use one, two or three clays on different areas of the face depending on skin needs to multi-mask and create your ultimate masking experience." Three 10ml pods are included in this kit, which retails for $9.99 in both the US and Australia. L'Oreal is not cruelty free. This mask sampler was made in Germany.

The Multi-Masking Play Kit contains three individual packets that kinda look like dip, housed in a slim green cardboard box that offers information and a full ingredient list of of each mask, as well as a short overview on the concept of multi-masking, and three diagrams that suggests placement for multi-masking. For being so small, L'Oreal made the Multi-Masking Play Kit very informative - my only disappointment is that the individual pods, which contain more than one use worth of product, are not resealable (I put mine in a little container to keep them from drying out). Packaging is recyclable.

While L'Oreal hardly invented the concept of multi-masking, I believe they were the first brand to capitalize on this Insta-trend and make it mainstream. I never would've tried the Pure Clay masks without such a convenient little sampler, because they hadn't appealed to me before. When these colorful clay masks were first released, I remember looking at their ingredient lists and seeing a really high alcohol content and passed on them. Now I'm not seeing any alcohol in the ingredients? Did L'Oreal reformulate? Am I mis-remembering? Not sure. Anyway, I've been suffering from congested skin with lots of little bumps, so it felt like the right time to try these masks. Since my skin is pretty even, I chose to use the masks individually instead of multi-masking to best assess each mask's effects. I got three full uses out of each pod, so I feel like I got a good grasp (and good value!) on what each mask does.
First up with the L'Oreal Purity Pure Clay Mask, a creamy mint green mask that's "super-charge with the power of Eucalyptus to purify and mattify your skin in just 10 minutes." I was most excited to try this the Purity mask because I adored the coordinating cleanser! This mask spreads nicely over the skin, creating a refreshing, cooling sensation that dissipates as the mask quickly dries down until it's stiff and face immobilizing. The Purity mask is ready to rinse in under ten minutes, it becomes dry, crumbly, and almost unbearably uncomfortable. I highly recommend using a wash cloth to remove L'Oreal's Purity Pure Clay Mask, as its quite stubborn and you'd need to rinse for ages otherwise. After rinsing, my face felt cool and soft, but looked dull and matte - I definitely needed to be more generous with my moisturizer after using this clay mask. While there were no immediate visible results, the morning after using this mask I'd have fresh and glowy skin. This mask aggressively absorbed excess sebum and managed to bring two stubborn pimples to a head, yet didn't completely strip my normal to combo skin of moisture. This mask had a soft eucalyptus scent.

Second in this multi-masking trio is the Detox Pure Clay Mask, which L'Oreal says is "super-charged with the power of Charcoal to detoxify and illuminate your skin in just 10 minutes". This thin, blue-grey mask had a spreadable, lotiony texture with an earthy clay scent (and the ability to stain my masking brush). This charcoal infused mask had a slow developing warm tingle that I didn't personally enjoy. Like the Purity mask, L'Oreal's Detox clay mask dried down and became quite stiff very quickly, with it's tingly warmth continuing throughout it's ten minute wear time. Rinsing the Detox mask off was a challenge even with a washcloth! I had to scrub at this mask to remove it completely, and the removal process left my skin a little red. The Detox Pure Clay Mask is the most "classic" clay mask of the three, sopping up every drop of oil from my skin, bringing black heads to the surface, and leaving my skin looking and feeling tight and poreless. I dreaded using L'Oreal's Detox mask, it was soul suckingly drying and difficult to use, my least favorite in the set by far!

Third, and finally, we have the Glow Pure Clay Mask, which is "super-charged with Red Algae Extract to exfoliate and refine your skin in just 10 minutes". This coral pink mask has a moussey texture with a smattering of tiny black exfoliating granules mixed in. The Glow mask was creamier and smoother than the other two masks, making it the easiest of the three to apply. L'Oreal's Glow Pure Clay Mask has a fruity, minty scent and a pleasant cooling sensation upon application - it's a completely opposite experience from the Detox mask! The Glow mask was slower to dry than the other masks in this set, and remained flexible and comfortable for the duration of use. This mask rinses easily, no washcloth required - or recommended, since the fine exfoliating beads provide a light scrub during removal. The Glow Pure Clay Mask left my skin feeling soft and smooth, though I wouldn't say it created any sort of "glow". This mask did, however, help my serums and moisturizers absorb better (though most exfoliators will do that for you). This was definitely the highlight of L'Oreal's Multi-Masking Play Kit for me.

I had fun trying L'Oreal's Multi-Masking Play Kit! While I only actually liked one of the three masks, I don't regret spending the money on this sampler. Despite having very similar ingredient lists, each of the three masks provided a completely different experience and end result. With a very reasonable price, L'Oreal's Multi-Masking Play Kit makes a nice treat either for yourself, for a girl's night get together, or as a stocking stuff in the holiday season - it's a fun, affordable way to jump on the multi-masking trend. If you've been curious about L'Oreal's Pure Clay Masks, I'd definitely recommend picking up with trio before investing in a full size tub!


Purity Pure Clay Mask Ingredients:
Aqua/Water, Kaolin, Montmorillonite, Silica, Lecithin, Polysorbate 20, Butylene, Glycol Propylene, Glycol, Oryza Sativa Starch/Rice Starch, Eucalyptus, Globulus Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Moroccan Lava Clay, Caprylyl, Glycol Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Methylparaben, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Ci 61570/Green 5, Ci 77492/Iron Oxides, Linalool, Geraniol, Coumarin, Citronellol, Parfum/Fragrance.

Detox Pure Clay Mask Ingredients:
Aqua / Water, Kaolin, Montmorillonite, Lecithin, Polysorbate 20, Butylene, Glycol Propylene, Glycol, Ci 77499 / Iron Oxides, Oryza, Sativa Starch / Rice Starch, Moroccan Lava Clay, Charcoal Powder, Caprylyl, Glycol Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Polyglycerin-10, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Linalool, Limonene, Parfum /Fragrance
Glow Pure Clay Mask Ingredients:

Aqua/Water, Kaolin, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Dimethicone, Peg-100 Stearate, Prunus Armeniaca Seed Powder/Apricot Seed Powder, Perlite Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Dimethiconol, Palmaria, Palmata Extract, Moroccan Lava Clay, Caprylyl, Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Montmorillonite, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499/Iron Oxides, Linalool, Parfum/Fragrance.

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