Feb 08 2015

Skincare Sundays: A Quick Look at Glamglow

 

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 Review

 

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).

 

GlamGlow Bright Mud EyesGlamGlow Bright Mud Eyes Product

 

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.

 
GlamGlow Thirsty MudGlamGlow Thirsty Mud Product
 

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).

 

GlamGlow Youth MudGlamGlow Youth Mud Product

 

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.

 

GlamGlow Powder MudGlamGlow Powder Mud Product

 

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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  1. I’ve only tried the YouthMud and the SuperMud, and my favourite has to be the Supermud. I’ve also tried a sample of the Thirstmud and while the smell was amazing it made my skin tingle and I was pretty red afterwards, so a big no from me! I’m intrigued by the Powermud, I have to look for a sample! 🙂 xx

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      • Kimmy on February 9, 2015 at 10:13 am
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      I was bummed that I didn’t score a sample of the Super Mud cause that’s the one I really wanted to try! 🙂 So sorry to hear about your reaction to the Thirsty Mud. That didn’t happen to me but I can imagine it could because some of the products did tingle. :/

  2. Ah this was really helpful. I feel like there has been soo much hype around glamglow recently and was unsure of whether it was worth trying them, might try a small version of the youthmud! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

      • Kimmy on February 9, 2015 at 10:17 am
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      Definitely has been much hype around these products. And yes, they are expensive, which was why I was happy to have the chance to test them out first. Let me know how you get on with the Youth Mud if you do end up trying it. xo

  3. I have heard fantastic things about these masks and need to try these at least this year 🙂

      • Kimmy on February 9, 2015 at 10:17 am
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      Definitely see if you can score some samples, Laura! 🙂

  4. I love how in-depth your reviews are Kimmy! I’ve had my eye on the Thirsty mud for a while now, I had no idea it smelt of banana & coconut which in my opinion is amazing as I love both, but I’ll be sure to use it overnight after your tip, thanks 🙂

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    x

      • Kimmy on February 9, 2015 at 10:19 am
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      Aww, thanks hun. I always wish for the best and hope I don’t bore anyone with my lengthy posts. Hehe. Let me know if the Thirsty Mud works for you! xo

  5. I have been wondering about Glamglow and of course it’s always a good idea to try out the samples first. Such a great review you did! Very thorough and informative. I wouldn’t mind picking up a sample to try myself but I am not sure if I can justify spending that amount of money with my budget lol. Lovely review!! 🙂 xo

      • Kimmy on February 10, 2015 at 12:13 pm
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      Thank you, Katie. It always makes me smile when someone thinks a review is thorough. Definitely try to score a sample first or try the travel sizes which I think retail for about $19 USD. 🙂 xo

      1. You’re welcome!! Thank you for the tip!! 🙂 xo

    • Jen on February 16, 2015 at 2:59 pm
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    I love glamglow products but they’re just so expensive. I got a few sample of their bright mud and thrust glow from Sephora and Ipsy. I did a review a while back on their bright mud, it did make my under eyes seem brighter and gave me a more awake look. Great post!

      • Kimmy on February 19, 2015 at 12:57 pm
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      Thanks, Jen! They really are pricey, that’s for sure. I think it would be great if they came out with travel sizes in all of the masks. Especially if you only want to use for a few special occasions. 🙂

  6. I’ve always seen these products, but never thought to try them! I will now!

    God bless,
    XO, Claire
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    1. I’d say try the trial sizes first or see if you can score some samples because they are quite the investment.

  7. Aw I’m gutted you didn’t get a supermud! It’s my favourite! They are slightly expensive but I always enjoy using them! xx

      • Kimmy on September 28, 2015 at 4:22 pm
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      I actually think I have one now, sitting somewhere in my sample bin! I should try it soon! x

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