Thursday, January 10, 2013

Chantecaille Detox Clay Mask with Rosemary and Honey

I don't use masks very often, but when I heard a rave about the Chantecaille Detox Clay Mask recently, I decided to pull out the sample packet of it I had tucked away and give it a try. As you may have seen in my 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.

My single sample packet actually had a ton of product in it, easily enough for two uses. I spread a thick layer of the mask all over my face and the top of my neck and left it on for about 20 minutes (the directions say 10-12, but I never feel like that's enough time!). I love that, unlike other clay masks I've tried, the Chantecaille Detox Mask didn't dry and get all crusty on my face; it remained soft and looking like I'd just applied it the entire time, which contributed to the ease I experienced in both applying and removing it. One warning though: this gives you serious mask-face! Beware, if you have little children or pets who are easily scared!

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.


  1. This was a picture of a mask?! I thought it had been a before and after of foundation. This is amazing, there is an actual visible difference in your skin. I must check this out!

    1. You think so?! I can hardly see a difference myself, lol. It's pleasant to use, though, and in my experience most counters have sample packets and are willing to give one out, so why not give it a try?

  2. Thanks so much for your honest review!


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