I’ve always wanted to have ‘goddess skin’ (who wouldn’t?), and after hearing all the hype surrounding Charlotte Tilbury’s Goddess Skin Clay Mask, (CAN $80.00) coupled with my intense
addiction fascination with skin care, I was thrilled to receive a tube to try for myself, but I confess to being somewhat wary that it could actually deliver on all the almost superhuman-like claims. Well, let me settle that right here and now: it does.
If you have ever suffered from combination or oily skin, then like me you’ve probably used your fair share of clay mask products over the years – with little to show for it, other than skin that feels drier than the Sahara desert once the mask was removed. Forget all that nonsense, because this Goddess Skin Clay Mask not only aims to purify and help shrink the look of pores, but leaves a hydrated feeling behind as well. Sounds contradictory and too good to be true? Yeah, that’s what I thought as well … until I put it to the test (PS: now I want a full-body version of this mask).
Housed in a classically simple, yet elegant pale rose tube bearing Charlotte Tilbury’s signature rose-gold accents (via the cap and lettering), this mask was inspired by an ancient Mediterranean recipe that combines Spanish clay and Sweet Almond Oil (being raised on Ibiza, Charlotte fondly remembers “rubbing the clay all over our bodies and then rubbing Sweet Almond Oil on top – it’s an old Ibizan beauty remedy”). Also included in the formula is rosehip seed oil to help further nourish the skin, as well as her patented BioNymph Peptide Complex (also found in her Magic Cream and Wonderglow products) to help boost collagen in the skin (I’m not so sure about this since I’m not a chemist, but I’d swear my skin looks a little ‘plumper’ since I’ve been using this mask on the regular). There is fragrance as well in the formula; a heady, intoxicating scent of frangipani (and a far cry from the noxious odours found in typical clay masks of the past), which instantly transports you to some exotic island locale at first sniff, but still worth noting for those with sensitivities.
I initially experienced some confusion regarding the application method; the packaging directions say to apply a ‘thin’ layer and then leave it on for 10 minutes – which I did the first time I tried this mask, and while the results were good, I wasn’t blown away. Then I did a little research, and found a whole other set of instructions given by Charlotte herself on her Youtube channel; she advocates a ‘thick’ layer which is actually ‘massaged’ into the skin, then left on for at least 20 minutes – to be subsequently removed with a hot facecloth, followed by a second pass with a cool washcloth to further tighten the look of pores. This second method yields SPECTACULAR results: my skin looks even, fresh, totally radiant, and literally baby-soft to the touch. Sort of like … goddess skin.
Some serious goddess skin: The Birth of Venus, Sandro Botticelli (created c. 1482-1485)
Charlotte Tilbury | Goddess Skin Clay Mask
Charlotte Tilbury | Goddess Skin Clay Mask swatch (so NOT my best look!)
Charlotte Tilbury | Goddess Skin Clay Mask (detail)
Ingredients: Water (Aqua/Eau), Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (sweet almond) oil, Kaolin, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Glyceryl Stearate, Triethanolamine, Nicotiana Sylvestris Leaf Cell Culture, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seed oil, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, PEG-8, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Parfum (fragrance), Hexy Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Eugenol, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)
I absolutely refuse to ever be without my Goddess Skin Clay Mask again and even though the CAN $80.00 price tag makes me wince, especially when I factor in the amount needed per application coupled with desired frequency (I’d use it daily, if I could), the way my skin both looks and feels ever since I’ve incorporated this little treasure into my skincare/beauty routine as well as how amazing my makeup now looks upon such a smooth canvas, is worth every.single.penny. Bottom line: I cannot recommend this mask strongly enough.
Available in Canada exclusively through Holt Renfrew at the Toronto Bloor St. and Vancouver locations only (for now), or through www.charlottetilbury.com
Press sample kindly provided for my unbiased consideration/post may contain affiliate links