Do you remember that a while ago, people were going crazy over this pink clay mask? Seemingly appearing out of nowhere, this became an overnight sensation, and was talked about on every form of social media out there. Every beauty blogger out there was raving about it, and it was even praised as being a new miracle mask.
Now clay masks aren’t a new thing, but I was intrigued by this pink version. The hype has died down since it first came out, but this is still one of Amazon’s best-selling masks, and I wanted to find out why. Today, we’ll be putting this Australian Pink Clay Mask to the test, and seeing if those raving reviews were really worth it.
Product name: Sand and Sky Australian Pink Clay Mask
Product type: Face mask
Price: $49.00, £39.95, €46.95
Designed for: All skin types
Overall Score: 9/10
This mask is sold by a brand called Sand and Sky. At the time of writing this, they are only selling two products: this mask and an exfoliator to go with it. They also offer a handy bundle with both products for a discounted price. Sand and Sky was founded by two sisters wanting to share the miracle of Australian Pink Clay, since they claim Australian skincare is the best form of skincare in the world.
They claim that this mask will make you see a difference after only one use, and is suitable for every skin type. Sand and Sky recommend using this mask twice a week for oily or combination skin types, once a week for dry and sensitive types, and for the extremely sensitive skin types among us, just use it on your spots instead of all over your face.
This mask is also 100% organic, cruelty-free, vegan and gluten free.
Those are some big claims! Let’s break down the ingredient list and see if these claims are backed up by the components in this mask. After taking a look on their website, I found this. As always, I’ve highlighted the important ingredients we’ll be taking a closer look at.
Kaolin, Water, Bentonite, Aloe barbadensis, Leaf Juice, Retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A), dl-alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate
(Vitamin E), Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu plum) Fruit Extract,
Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel), Extract, Glycyrrhiza glabra
(Liquorice) Extract, Punica granatum (Pomegranate) Sterols,
Garcinia mangostana (Mangosteen) Extract, Centipedia Cunninghami Extract
(Old mans weed), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract,
Undaria pinnatifida (kelp) Extract, CI 77491 Benzyl Alcohol
Phenoxyethanol Dehydroacetic, Lactic Acid d-Limonene.
- Kaolin is the clay base, in this case Australian clay
- Aloe barbadensis is aloe vera
- Vitamins A and E
- Lots of botanicals like Kakadu plum, Liquorice extract, Pomegranate, Mangosteen, Rosemary and kelp
- Lactic Acid
This is a very good set of ingredients for any face mask, the main component being the Australian clay. Clay is known to reduce excess sebum production, and draws impurities out of your pores. This particular Australian version is known to be kind to skin, whilst still being effective.
Lots of aloe vera to calm and soothe, vitamins A and E, plus Kakadu plum, which is a great source of vitamin C! You’ll also notice that this mask is absolutely packed with botanical ingredients and antioxidants. The Liquorice extract in there will aid in brightening your complexion, as well as fighting breakouts. Pomegranate and Mangosteen will help improve cell turnover, and the kelp and Witch Hazel will work wonders on tightening pores.
The one ingredient I’m not too happy with? Lactic Acid. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great ingredient in the fight against wrinkles, but it could irritate the most sensitive skin types if it is used in high concentrations. Luckily, in this product it’s the last component on the list, so I don’t expect any problems.
Lastly, there are no silicone, parabens, or alcohol in sight in this list. Big plus for Sand and Sky!
What Do I Think?
This product has a rating of 4,5 stars on Amazon, based on almost 1.000 reviews. That must mean people are liking it, right? This mask definitely has a lot of things going for it, like plenty of vitamins and antioxidants, no icky ingredients that will upset your skin, and clay being a fantastic base for any mask meant to thoroughly cleanse your skin.
If you read my Korean skincare guide, you’ll know that K-Beauty is based on including lots of botanicals into your routine, and again, this one fits the bill perfectly! I don’t think they could have packed more antioxidants into this product even if they wanted to.
Okay, so, what will it do for you? Well, first of all, this mask will offer a proper deep cleanse for your face, thanks to the Australian clay. Secondly, you’ll get some anti-ageing and brightening action too. You have the vitamins and anti-oxidants to thank for that!
You might notice some tingling when you put this mask on, and Sand and Sky does mention this on their website. Not to worry though, this is all natural and the aloe vera in there will make sure your face doesn’t get irritated. If you have extremely sensitive skin, I would recommend doing a patch test first, and if it burns at any point when you use it, take it off immediately.
Something that I really like about this product is the little brush applicator that comes with it. It ensures that you’re not putting too much on, since too much of a good thing can still be a bad thing. You’ll want to make sure when applying any mask that you still see your skin through it, otherwise you may be using way too much and wasting product.
The downside to this product? The price. It will cost you $49 for 2.1 oz or 60 grams of product. Granted, it will last you a while if you follow the advice on application, but it’s not a budget proof product in the slightest.
Is It Worth It?
Yes and no. The quality of this product is extremely high and I can see why people are loving this mask, but can that really justify the price? Especially since you’ll be purchasing this off the internet and have no way to try it, how do you know it will be worth your hard-earned money?
Don’t get me wrong, I highly recommend this product if you’re able to spend $50 on a face mask. There’s so much goodness in there and nothing that makes me doubt that this product will work wonders on any skin type. The aloe vera, the vitamins and antioxidants are all there to help you achieve your skin goals.
I will repeat that this mask is 100% natural, gluten free, cruelty-free, and contains no silicone, parabens or alcohol, so it’s completely safe for any skin type to use. The reviews are overwhelmingly positive, and there sure is a good reason for this mask to have become such a cult favourite.
That being said, Revolution has recently brought out their own equivalent of this face mask, and that will only cost you $10.50. It’s also getting just as much praise as the Sand and Sky one, so you might want to check this cheaper version if you’re not willing or able to spend the full $50 on the Sand and Sky mask.
So, what do you think of this mask? Will you be giving it a try or have you tried it? If so, what did you think?