Review | Patchology SmartMud No Mess Mud Mask

So i talked briefly about the *Patchology SmartMud mud masks here, in my Mintd March 2017 'Spring Clean' beauty box review, but i loved them so much i decided that they needed their very own blogpost. Patchology has somehow managed to combine two popular face masks into one: a mud mask and a sheet mask! I have not heard of any other companies that have incorporated mud masks into their sheet mask collections. It's honestly genius and i don't know why a bigger more well known brand hadn't already thought of the idea, though I'm sure Estee Lauder will copy eventually lol. Good on you Patchology for being so innovative!

The *Patchology SmartMud No Mess Mud Masque offers an innovative take on the traditional mud mask. No more dipping your finger or brush into a pot and messily applying all over your face. The Patchology Smartmud mask is inspired by Korean sheet masks, but instead of being soaked in a hydrating serum or ampoule for hydrating, it's covered in a mud solution (Korean jeju volcanic ash, bentonite clay and kaolin) to help to remove impurities, detoxify and tighten pores. You get all the benefits of a mud mask but without the messy sink to clean up, tightness and mud flaking off everywhere. Whats not to like?

The actual sheet mask comes in two parts, one for the top half of your face and another for the bottom half. Which is brilliant as it will fit many different face shapes (you will see in the photos below that is conforms to the face pretty well). Application is somewhat tricky at first as the mask comes in between 2 plastic sheets, a white and a clear one. You start by peeling off the white plastic first and apply the soaked mud-mask side directly onto your skin. Once its positioned where you like, simply peel off the clear layer. Sounds simple right? Not quite, attempting to do this is very fidgety as the mask moves out of place. However the sheet mask itself is very thin and malleable so its easy to work with to move back into position, it just means your hands get a little messy (and if your like me your clothing also lol, I'm a little clumsy). The material of the mask itself reminds me of wet gauze that you use on a body cast (when you break a bone) and the scent of the mud is truly delightful with a soft floral and herbal mixed scent. It literally smells like a spa.

Simply leave on your skin for around 10 minutes or until it dries. You will feel a very slight tingle sensation, nothing extreme or at all irritating just means it's working it's magic. It honestly feels incredible on my skin, very cooling. I noticed once it dried it was impossible to move the bottom half of my face (no talking eeek) and my son though it was hilarious that i looked like his scary Halloween mask (thanks son, i can always count on you for brutal honesty). After about 10 minutes just peel off. I will say that it removes very easily from the face without any tugging, and you will notice hardly any product is left on your skin to remove. Simply rinse what little remainder of mud there is left with clean warm water. You will notice immediate difference after using this mask. I find that i look less oily as it helps to balance my sebum production, my pores most definitely looked minimised and my skin genuinely looks balanced, purified and clear. I also find that it helps bring the blackheads on my nose to the surface, which are then more manageable to extract.

I have used two of these masks now and have thoroughly enjoyed the results both times. Usually i don't have a good reaction to 'mud masks' with many causing me to break out badly, irritation and a couple have even given me a slight burn. I tell you allergic reactions from skincare are not fun! So mud masks are generally products i try to steer clear of except for my usual trustworthy masks here and here, that i know my skin reacts well to. So i am over the moon that my skin agrees with the Patchology SmartMud Mud Masks and i am happy to have added another Mud based product into my routine that works and doesn't leave my skin super dry. Every mud mask will dry your skin out, it's their purpose; but some balance the skin instead of stripping it, and i feel these sheet masks fit into that category. However i always follow on afterwards with hydrating products. Hydrated skin equals youthful looking skin. I will use one of these masks every couple of weeks when i feel that my skin needs a little extra purifying. I don't see the need to constantly mask 2-3 times a week or over mask if my skin is not in need of the treatment. I will definitely be purchasing more of these masks in the future.

So if you are after a convenient mud mask that will be cooling on the skin, help clean out your pores and leave you face clean without feeling stripped or or dried out, then i highly recommend investing in these. Especially as they wont break the bank at £24 for 2 months worth of product (4 masks), i personally feel that its affordable. If you are someone who just loves trying out sheet masks but also enjoys a mud mask, you would enjoy this also. I cannot wait to try out more masks from this brand and i must say that i am intrigued by the Flashmasque Illuminate 5 minute Facial sheet which i hope to try out next. Anything that claims to brighten the skin i am all over like a kid in a candy shop. I do hope that Patchology will have a British stockist one day, so that these masks will be easier to get for us Brits.

IngredientsWater (Aqua), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Inositol, Trehalose, Taurine, Phenoxyethanol, Betaine, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Pea Protein, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Peucedanum Ostruthium Leaf Extract, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Glyceryl Caprylate, Xanthan Gum, Arginine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexyglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum).

Cruelty Free/Tested on Animals? Unsure nothing on their website states anything, or in Google search.

Availability & Pricing

The Patchology SmartMud No Mess Mud Masques are stocked in the USA through Patchology directly, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus for $30 (for a pack or 4) or  Ulta stock the masks individually for $8 each. Blue Mercury stock both individually and in the 4 pack but are currently out of stock. The only current stockist i can find in the UK is through Mintd Box which retail for £24.

Would this mask be a sheet mask that would interest you? I would love to know your favourite mud masks, please feel free to share in the comments section below.

Thanks for Reading Lovelies

Jamey xo

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