Hey Everyone! Welcome to my first beauty product review.
First of all, I’d like to say thanks for reading, and apologise if you were following my blog before and were expecting this to be a fitness post. As much as I enjoy being fit and active, I believe that reviewing products and blogging about my life as a whole is something I’d enjoy a lot more, while also being able to post consistently rather than sporadically like before.
Now, today’s review is all about the alya skin – pink perfect Australian pink clay mask. Yes, that’s right. The little pink pot of face mask that you’ve probably seen all over your Instagram and Facebook feeds…
I was luckily able to be gifted this mask to try and review directly from alya skin over Instagram (@alyaskinaus), which is why you’ve probably seen me mention it on my feed. However, I want to be completely and utterly honest with you in every review, including the good, the bad and the ugly; meaning that no matter whether I am gifted a product for review, I will still remain completely unbiased.
I fully believe in never promoting things you don’t believe in or wouldn’t use yourself.
First of all, I’d like to point out that this mask is cruelty free, and states that its purpose is to ‘detoxify and brighten’ your complexion. It comes with 120g (4.23 Oz) of product within a hard plastic pot. This is 105g more than you’d get in a ‘single use’ sachet of mask from Montagne Jeunesse, or around 4.2x more than you’d receive in a L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Mask.
Personally, I’ve already used this mask around 5 times and I’m still not even halfway through the pot. This is most likely due to the thick, paste-like formula.
The pink clay mask retails for around £30 / $39.45 US / $55.24 AUS (all values are subject to exchange rate) and can be found on many beauty retailers, including Beauty Bay for the UK.
Below, I have including before, during and after photos. During this time, I left the mask on for around 20 minutes, rather than the recommended 10 minutes. This is due to the fact that the mask hadn’t completely dried down at 10 minutes, which may be something to note if you’re someone who prefers fast-drying masks.
Did it work? In some ways, yes. My skin was notably softer and felt a lot tighter after just one use of the mask. My pores were slightly less visible and the general redness of my skin was slightly reduced. However, if you’re looking for a mask to reduce the redness of acne, or just soothe problem areas in general – this mask is not for you.
The redness of my actual blemishes did not reduce at all, which is fine for me as my skin is usually relatively clear (having a bad skin week over here), however, if you’re someone who regularly suffers from breakouts or acne then this mask may not be right for your skin. It also lacks the feeling of hydration and moisture which usually is a key element for me during the winter months which we’re heading into in the UK.
Would I purchase this mask again? Personally, no. This is not because I didn’t enjoy the product, but rather that the price point is a little too steep for my usual budget. Although you do get a mass of product, and it did make my skin feel amazing, the mask is just a little too expensive for a student on a budget like myself.
However, if you’re someone who has generally good skin and has a greater budget than myself, I would definitely recommend this mask. It provided my skin with a tighter / more snatched feeling than any mask I have previously tried which would have been great if applied after a day of wearing heavy make-up.
Suitability for all skin types: ★★
Detoxifying effect: ★★★★
Brightening effect: ★★★
Overall Rating: ★★★
Would I recommend this? ★★
Find the alya skin mask here (use code sha.nxh for 15% off – this is commissionary so it’s entirely up to you if you choose to use it, thanks in advance if you do!!)