Here’s a product that my scepticism almost let me miss out on…
Having made a rather impressive splash in the PR world, GlamGlow is one of those brands that could go either way – exceptional, or all hype, no substance. We’re told it’s a ‘Hollywood secret’, used by film stars to achieve the perfect complexion with both immediate and cumulative results. Apparently it was created by a husband a wife team in LA, who had strings of A-list friends all looking for the perfect product to create camera ready skin. They mixed it up at their coffee table and next thing you know, there’s a line of actors and actresses all vying to get their hands on it.
On the other hand, I’d heard feedback from a facialist friend who tried the mud masque – she’d had to do a chemical peel to remove the traces from her pores. Nasty. So when I got my hands on a sample tube, it took me a while to muster the courage to trying it.
Despite my reservations, the promise of skin that’s ‘revived and glowing for 3 days after each application’ was too good to resist. The other benefits apparently include:
- multi-level resurfacing
- softens fine lines and wrinkles
- tightens, tones and lifts
- relieves dark circles and minimises pores
- absorbs impurities
So, cleansed face at the ready, I set about masque-ing myself up. The first hurdle came in the shape of getting product out of the tube. I needed to push tube quite forcefully – and soon realised that there were chunks of something blocking the nozzle. Nice. The chunks turned out to be seaweed, and when I did squeeze the product out it was grey with big dark clumps. Face masques never really look glamorous on, but I seriously looked like something from the deep in this one. As it’s suitable for both men and women, it could make for a very attractive date night (not).
On application, it tingles for a minute or two, in a ‘it’s doing something’ kind of way, then dries and really tightens. So much so that talking was difficult – a bonus for the husband.
When I looked in the mirror before washing it off I noticed I could easily see from the colour where all my pores were – they looked darker than the rest of the skin. I was a little concerned what this might mean, but in hindsight I think it may have been a sign of drawing out sebum.
You leave the masque on for 5-10 minutes (went with 10) and then add a little water and exfoliate it off. It’s quite a rough physical exfoliator, so definitely not for sensitive skin. It comes off cleanly and doesn’t go sticky like some mud/clay masques can.
My skin was left stinging gently for a while after, but also so incredibly soft and really very radiant. I honestly think my pores were less noticeable – and my skin hasn’t felt this soft in, well, I can’t remember when. I would definitely recommend keeping this on hand for when your skin needs a bit of a rejuvenating boost.
The radiance certainly did follow, with my face looking smoother and more refined. Unsure this face is ready to appear on HD big screens, but maybe I’ll get there with continual use…
£49.99 for 50g means this is most certainly a considered purchase. However at time of posting, Feel Unique had it listed here for £37.49, so a little searching will no doubt return some savings. And remember, it’s not an everyday product, rather one to keep in your arsenal for when you want a good old deep cleanse, or to feel extra special.
Have you tried GlamGlow’s masque, or any of their other products? I’d love to know your thoughts.