skincare favorites post, I use Paula's Choice 2% BHA Liquid (which is a chemical exfoliant) nightly and lately I have been using Nuxe Creme Fraiche Light (which contains botanical AHAs, another form of chemical exfoliant) as a day moisturizer, so my skin is generally smooth in texture. As such, I didn't expect to see any smoother skin afterward. I was looking for the other claims the mask makes, though: tighter pores, better oil balance, reduced acne, and firmer skin, all without any dryness or irritation.
Now, I do think this mask did temporarily perform in several of the ways it promises to. After using it, I saw tighter, more polished-looking skin that was less shiny, and I did not experience any feelings of irritation or dryness whatsoever during or after using it. However, I'm not sure clay masks are right for me: I feel like, for all the positive attributes, my skin looks slightly duller and ashier after I use them, and I don't want that at all. I do believe this is a quality face mask that does what it claims to do, but I won't be purchasing the full size simply because I don't think it's the right product for my needs. This might seem counter-intuitive because I have combination/oily skin, but I think I will stick to my other (non-clay-based) hydrating and radiance-boosting masks; I like the plump, glowing skin I get as a result of those.
Here is a side-by-side so you can compare my skin before and after using the mask. On the left is the "before" picture, and on the right is the "after." I have absolutely no makeup on in either picture and have done no retouching at all with these photos. Please feel free to click to view full-size.
This sample packet was given to me by a Chantecaille sales associate to try at home, and was not specifically intended for reviewing purposes. I know I'm a broken record here, but if you'd like to order the Chantecaille Detox Mask, call Sarah with Guerlain or Sabrina with Chantecaille at Nordstrom Bellevue, 425-455-5800.