If you caught my Murad review last week, you know I like to test skincare samples in groups. Glamglow products are pricey and I wasn’t about to fork over the cash without taking them for a test run first. Over a period of a few months I managed to collect a decent assortment of deluxe sample sizes to try out: the Glamglow Bright Mud, Glamglow Thirsty Mud, Glamglow Youth Mud and Glamglow Power Mud. These are minis but each sample contained enough product for me to test several times and develop a reasonable opinion on how they performed. As you will see, Glamglow is really into complex descriptions of its ingredients and formulas. 🙂
Glamglow Bright Mud
The *Glamglow Bright Mud is an undereye and orbital eye treatment. According to the brand, it contains “Non-Dry Tapwipe™ Bioactive Mud” which contains “powerful actives that help minimize puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines while brightening and hydrating the eyes”. Additionally, “[n]atural high bioactivity materials and bentonites absorb toxins delivering high nutrients and minerals essential for ultrabright, amazing eyes”. Ingredients include Nitroffeine, Juvelane, Dihydroxymethylchromone, Cyclicpeptide, Troxerutin, Ectoin, Peppermint and Green Tea Leaf pieces (which Glamglow’s explains is its patent-pending TEAOXI™ technology containing Super-Squalene, EGCG super antioxidants, and Polypenols).
I had two of these, and the sample shown above is one full treatment (1 treatment = 2 pods, one for each eye). A full sized container comes with 12 full treatments and retails for $69.00 USD. I’d heard people say that one packet can be used twice, meaning one of the pods is enough for two eyes. So, with the first sample, I did just that, spreading the product under the eye and on the orbital area. The texture feels gel-like on the skin (it doesn’t feel tight like a clay mask) but I did experience a slight tinging sensation. There are little bits in it from the green tea leaves – which feel weird on the eye. Instructions say to tissue off after 3 minutes which was difficult as it dried significantly. After removal, my eyes didn’t really look any different.
To compare whether there was a difference in performance, I use the second sample as intended, one serving for each eye. In this instance, I definitely noticed more in terms of the eye area looking more hydrated. Also, the mask never really completely dried (as there was more product) so it was easier to tissue off. However, after effectively three treatments, I didn’t experience anything that would motivate me to repurchase at this price point.
Glamglow Thirsty Mud
The *Glamglow Thirsty Mud is a basically a hydrating mask. According to the company, it “delivers instant, extreme hydration” and is designed to “moisturize, restore, replenishes, and calm the skin” leaving it instantly “silky, soft, and supple”. Ingredients include Hyaluronic Acid, Citric Acid, Raw Honey, Ginger Root and Coconut.
Smells like coconut and bananas. It’s delicious but can be overpowering for those who do not care for coconut smells. You can use this two ways. The traditional way you’d use a mask, leaving on for 10 – 20 minutes after which you are advised to “tissue off and massage remaining product into skin or rinse with water”. Alternatively, you can use it overnight “to infuse the skin with moisture and wake up with extremely hydrated skin”. I think this mask works best used overnight or if it left to be absorbed into the skin for a significant amount of time. If I leave it on for only the 20 minutes and then rinse, I don’t feel like it’s actually done anything for the skin in terms of hydration.
Glamglow Youth Mud
The *Youth Mud or Tingling/Exfoliating Much Mask is described as a “10-minute professional-quality mud mask” that leaves skin noticeably radiant and glowing. It claims to “work with the body’s natural moisturizing collagen to provide gentle resurfacing exfoliation” leaving skin smoother, brighter, and softer while improving skin texture and tightening pores”. Ingredients include: French Sea Clay, Volcanic Pumice Rock, and Green Tea Leaf Pieces (Glamglow’s TEAOXI™ technology).
A mask/exfoliating combo that was my favourite of the bunch. As you apply it to dry skin, it gentle exfoliates. After 10-15 minutes it dries, tightening the skin like a typical clay mask. I then gradually add water and gently rinse away the mask while massaging my skin to further exfoliate. There is a mild stinging sensation which, for some, may be uncomfortable but I didn’t have an issue with it. With this mask, I definitely notice that my skin appears very clean and brightened after use. It also soothes breakouts. A good option for combination or oily skin.
Glamglow Power Mud Dual Cleanse
The *Glamglow Powder Mud is described as a “mud-to-oil, gentle, deep cleansing treatment that removes the weekly buildup of dirt, oil, and makeup”. According to the company, it contains “OILIXER™” (a custom blended complex of four powerful, rare, non-greasy, and fast-absorbing deep cleansing oils), “CLAYTOX™” (a four-clay blend specifically developed to provide an ultragentle skin detoxification) and “PUREIFIER” (a complex mix of cleansers, astringents, and exfoliators, to dramatically purify and condition the skin). Ingredients include: prickly pear oil, pine oil, frankincense oil, and myrrh oil (“OILIXER™”), Brazilian white clay, and Teaoxi Velvet Leaf.
Feels like a softer, creamier version of a clay mask. The drying process was very comfortable and I did not experience excessive tightness. After about ten minutes you are meant to add water, at which point the mask turns into an oil treatment. I don’t really get the “oil” feeling. To me, it resembles the milky substance you get when an oil cleanser hits water. At first, I wasn’t too keen on this but then I used over a particular bad patch of breakouts and the next morning, the severity of the breakouts had lessened significantly.
Final Thoughts: Out of the four, I’d probably consider purchasing the Youth Mud and/or PowerMud Dual Cleanse. While the Thirsty Mud smells yummy and is pleasant to use, it didn’t wow me. Nor did the Bright Mud. (BONUS: These products are on the expensive side, so if your interested Beautybar.com is running a promotion right now to get get $15 OFF your purchase of $75+ OR $35 off your purchase of $150+ at with the code: BBLOVE. Expires 2/15/15).
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