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The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque - 50ml 50ml

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A deep cleanse for the pores. The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque features a high concentration of pore-cleansing BHAs, at the correct pH for optimal action. Additionally featuring black charcoal derived from vegetable matter and Amazonian clays that work together to provide a highly absorbent, balancing action for oily and blemish prone skin.

  • Cruelty Free
  • Vegan
  • Artificial Fragrance Free

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GREAT - 87% recommend

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Skin Concern:

  • Acne, breakouts and blackheads
  • Oiliness and shine

Skin Type:

  • Normal to oily
  • Oily

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The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque - 50ml Reviews

4.4 of 187 reviews

87% recommend this product

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Most Helpful Positive

First mask I’ve used from the ordinary


First mask I’ve used from this brand and was so impressed, cleaned up my skin when using once a week

Most Helpful Criticism

Not as effective as the serum


I don't mind this masque, but I didn't find it to be as effective as The Ordinary Salicylic serum (RIP!). It can be a little rough when washing it off, so if you have ultra sensitive skin then it might irritate. I'll continue to use this as a spot treatment until it runs out but I won't be buying it again.
  1. First mask I’ve used from the ordinary


    verified purchaser
    First mask I’ve used from this brand and was so impressed, cleaned up my skin when using once a week
  2. Amazing !!


    Absolutely love this masque! Everytime I used it, next day my skin feels amazing!!! Would 100% get it again!
  3. Helped my skin texture


    My nose texture has greatly improved and it helps my breakouts.
    Only reason I rate it a 4 instead of 5 is because the amount of product is lesser than expected, doesn't fill up the whole container like most of the ordinary products.

    But I am planning to re-purchase because it has greatly helped my skin.
  4. Great for spot treating

    Anna S

    verified purchaser
    I suffer from hormonal break outs on my chin. I apply this directly onto my pimples and acne scarring. It stops my acne from getting worse, helps reduce new spots and I'm starting to see improvements in my scarring.
  5. best BHA mask


    verified purchaser
    I dont usually go for BHA masks that dont stay on the skin overnight. But even after 15 mins of this 3 times a week, my 27 year old skin absorbs my moisturiser/serums much better to maximise the product's full effect.
  6. Amazing product


    Worked amazing at getting rid of pimples and blackhead. Would 100% recommend for acne prone skin.
  7. Teens love this


    My teenage girls (13 & 17) love this - it helps to reset their skin after a breakout, and reduces the redness and general inflammation of their acne. It has become a household favourite, and I find it is good value for money.
  8. Spot Treatment Mask


    I use this on my nose to reduce blackheads a couple of times a week and I am really seeing a difference.
  9. great affordable mask!


    I use this product twice a week and it leaves my skin feeling so smooth. It's been a great addition to my skincare routine.
  10. Good as a spot treatment


    I use this masque as a spot treatment overnight almost every night. It is great in reducing pimple size, redness and inflammation. I like it as a full face mask too, however I found it can be a little drying on my skin.
  11. Amazing product!


    After trying many salicylic acid products this is by far the best one I've tried. I leave it on for a few minutes and my skin looks so much clearer afterwards. Very impressed and will definitely keep buying it.
  12. Amazing


    I have only used this product twice so far and already I have seen less blackheads on my face afterwards. My siin also feels very soft after using it. Great, pity it doesnt come in a bigger bottle.
  13. One of the best


    I'm in love with this wash off face mask - it really brightens and clears my skin! It's affordable and it does the same as the origin's clear charcoal mask. I'm amazed!
  14. My Favourite


    My favourite ordinary product and mask on the market. I find it more effective then several more expensive ones i own. It always leaves my skin looking clear, refreshed, soft and bright. Would highly recommend!
  15. Best face mask!


    Out of all The Ordinary products I use, this is by far my favourite. I use it once a week, and it leaves my skin feeling so smooth and diminishes the appearance of blackheads.
  16. Super helpful!


    I have acne prone skin and this masque has slowly but surely improved my skin. My skin isn't as oily and my breakouts are less frequent. I leave it on for less than 10 minutes and thoroughly rinse with warm water and apply my night serums. I notice that the size of my pores (especially sebaceous filaments) are slowly appearing smaller. I have less whiteheads than I have before. Will definitely kee...
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  17. Not as effective as the serum


    I don't mind this masque, but I didn't find it to be as effective as The Ordinary Salicylic serum (RIP!). It can be a little rough when washing it off, so if you have ultra sensitive skin then it might irritate. I'll continue to use this as a spot treatment until it runs out but I won't be buying it again.
  18. Great results and affordable price


    I was a little nervous about using this mask as my skin can be sensitive and prone to dryness in winter. However, I've been dealing with hormonal breakouts and thought I would give it a go. I'm really glad I did! My skin is very soft after use and it has calmed any irritated blemish patches down. I plan to use weekly from now on.

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  19. very effective product


    I have found this product to be very effective without being irritating, and a decent price. My only disappointment with the product was how little is actually in the bottle, I would say mine was less than half full and I didn't get as many uses out of it as I expected. I have only ordered once so I'm hoping this was just an anomaly as all other products in the range have been full when they arriv...
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  20. The mask is okay, nothing too special


    I found this masque to be alright, it does sting quite a bit at the start though, I've been using this once a week for 10 minutes per session over the last four weeks and haven't found it to be very special or unique. It just felt like a stingy mask. I'd prefer buying a salicylic serum or exfoliant over this masque.

    Overall, would probably not repurchase and wouldn't recommend.
  21. Best Face Mask


    Out of all The Ordinary products I use, this is by far my favourite. I use it once a week, and it leaves my skin feeling so smooth and diminishes the appearance of blackheads.
  22. Fantastic and affordable!


    After only one use I am in love with this product. It doesn't dry and flake or leave my skin irritated. Exactly as advertised and so affordable for such a good product!
  23. It's ok but not very strong


    This mask is ok but doesn't seem to do very much. I was hoping it would exfoliate a bit better than it does. It's definitely a better choice for those with sensitive skin though, as I've found the liquid exfoliants that you leave on just too harsh.
  24. Great mask, great price


    This is another well priced gem from the ordinary. The more I try this brand the more i love it.
    Mask is great, does what it says. Comfortable on when drying. Will buy again.
  25. Works well for me!


    I like this mask a lot - I only use it infrequently usually when I've had a breakout and when combined with Niacinamide, I find that any blemishes disappear after a day or two so will be repurchasing.
  26. Become my HG right away


    I cannot believe that I buy this before. I felt like I am missing out big time because of this. This is the best mask during breakout time. it doesn't irritate my spot and actually calm it down. Also, it helps the sebum clogging my pores to come out faster if that makes sense! I love this!
  27. Not bad, but not great either


    I bought this product as I was an avid user of TO’s salicylic acid serum before it was discontinued, I have visible pores and get the occasional break out and the salicylic acid really helped improve my skin so was hoping this would do the same. Unfortunately I noticed little to no results from using this and found the effort of doing the mask wasn’t really worth the results.
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  28. fantastic


    Just so happy to find a great masque that feels like it's actually doing something. Doesn't tug on the skin, doesn't irritate it, keep it away from her eye skin, easy to apply and remove, skin feels so fresh afterwards - highly HIGHLY recommend
  29. I dont love it but dont hate it


    I do like this product, i do feel it does give a good clean however i find my pores turn black when trying to wash the product off like its stuck and wont come out and take a few washes before its completely gone. I feel that for the price and the size of the product its not really worth it when there are better options out there. Eager to try TO salicylic acid serum instead when its finished be...
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  30. Hmmm


    This product hasn’t given me any noticeable improvements in regards to blackheads or pores
  31. love using this


    love using this, it leaves my skin really soft and refreshed. Make sure to use sunscreen though
  32. not bad at all!


    This is great for your skin and your budget. Yes, there are better ones out there but this is a great alternative and you can find it in the drugstore too. Can't go wrong! Feels nice and clean but not dry after use too!
  33. The only mask i use now


    I've put aside my S&S Pink Clay Mask, my GlamGlow, my Kiehls rare earth mask... and using my second bottle of this instead! It still doesnt beat PC's Skin Perfecting 2% liquid exfoliant, but this is my #1 for masks. Specifically targeting those hormonal acne that keep flaring up (because you just cant tame acne caused by those raging hormones)
  34. Curbs Breakouts!


    This product really reduces the redness and "angryness" of a breakout after just a single use. My pimples heal so much faster with this product! However, I would only use the masque exclusively on your breakout and not the whole face, because it can be drying due to the high salicylic acid content. Would recommend and repurchase!
  35. Another awesome product from The Ordinary


    Heard a lot of good things about this product and thought I give it a try. Certainly not disappointed!
    It's great value for money, just like all the other The Ordinary products. and does exactly what it says it will do.
    I use it mostly around the T-zone and chin and would not recommend using all over the face. It works well and is purifying, leaving the skin feeling smooth after.
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  36. I wanted to love it


    I have dry skin and larger pores (from bad decisions in my younger years) so when I used this mask some of it got stuck in my pores and was really hard to remove without being rough. That being said it did draw some bad stuff out but overall it was not for me! Also tingles a lot when on your face but nothing too dramatic
  37. So easy and effective!


    Love this mask! As someone with oily, congested skin I was on the hunt for a great salicylic acid product and came across this! So affordable and the easiest mask to put on and take off, I noticed a reduce of breakouts and congestion the next day! Perfect for the lead up to your period to keep those hormonal breakouts at bay
  38. Great clearing mask


    Was looking for a new mask to help target some stubborn breakouts and this has done the job perfectly! It cleared up the spots and left my skin feeling extra smooth. I was concerned about it drying based on other reviews but did not encounter that, just used some extra face oils and moisturiser to counter it. 10/10 recommend.
  39. You dont need heaps


    I have been using this once a week and to be honest I didnt think it really did an awful lot. But I have noticed my pores are getting smaller. I dont use alot of it but blend it over my face. I find my skin actually feels fresh after using it I then use the ordinary moisturiser which I love. Face does not feel tight and dry or red at all. Although I only keep it on for max ten minutes. Tip- shake...
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  40. Salicylic acid


    I love using this on areas where I have enlarged pores - like my nose. It helps to control oil production there and I think it helps make the pores look less enlarged and oily. It's pretty gentle on my skin too, even though it has 2% concentration.
  41. Amazing product


    My skin is very oily and prone to break outs. After using this mask, my skin felt soft and smooth and helped reduce my acne. No overpowering smell and my skin feels so nice and clean afterwards
  42. Worth the buy


    I bought this mask due to the positive reviews and the effect on salicylic acid on oily/acne prone skin.
    Usually my skin doesn’t seem to react the same way like most other of the positive reviews BUT in this case I actually have to say my skin was GLOWING after using this mask. It felt really nice and clean afterwards, but it is really important to make sure not to leave it on for longer th...
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  43. It helped improve my acne!


    I think this product has really help improve my acne.

    I had really bad breakouts on my cheeks and forehead for a few months now, and this has really helped to improve it. I still have pimple, but I have only been using this every 3 days (at night) for the last 3 weeks will continue to use it.

    It dries quickly (and I mean seconds), so you have to be really fast when spread...
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  44. In love!


    I have normal/oily skin, and needed something to help dry out the pimples. I use this as a spot treatment on the pimples when needed. It helps to dry them out, which thankfully gets rid of them sooner! Would highly recommend!
  45. Glowfest


    I recently started using this product (for the last 3 weeks) and its makes my skin feel really refreshed straight after. I have sensitive skin and its not an issue for me - it feels good on for the recommended time and leaves my skin feeling soft, refreshed and glowing. Really happy with it.
  46. Awesome


    This mask is awesome. My skin felt so soft and clear after I used this! I will be repurchasing.
  47. Can’t wait to use this product!


    I have been advised that I should use this Salicylic Acid 2% Masque instead of Glycolic 7% Toning Solution. However, I would like to use both. My question is that if I can use Glycolic twice in the week and then Salicylic Masque twice in the following week.
  48. Effective and affordable


    Like many of The Ordinary's products, this is an affordable and effective that leaves my skin feeling soft and not overly dry, like other similar masks can.
  49. Great for acne


    Surprised at how quickly you see results. Purchased this for my boyfriend's acne. So far the most successful thing we've used.
  50. Amazing mask


    Such a great mask. Easy to put on and didn't sting like some masks do. Was worried that putting it on for 10 minutes wasn't going to be long enough but it really was. My skin felt amazing afterwards and had such a smooth texture.
  51. The real deal


    I love this product and have chucked out a heap of pharmacy brand pimple/acne treatments that are so ineffective compared to this masque. I am 35 and have oily skin. For as long as I can remember my nose and chin have had heaps of tiny blackheads. I used the masque alternate nights for a 6 days and then once a week for two weeks. My blackheads have pretty much gone! Amazing! The product is strong...
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  52. No results yet!


    This hasn't really done anything for my oily/combination skin. I'm prone to congestion but I've found better results from using more concentrated products. I've been using it twice every week for a couple of months, but after it runs out I won't buy it again.
  53. Decongests my skin so well


    I have been using this mask twice a week and my skin feels amazing after washing it off. If I had to pick one flaw I would say the product itself is very thick and I found it a bit annoying to get out of the bottle. But that's nothing compared to the efficacy and low price of the mask.
  54. No fuss, easy and effective


    This is another simple, yet effective Ordinary product. It provides such a deep cleanse, helps to calm blemishes and cystic acne and is fragrance free. For such a great price, oily and acne prone skin can rejoice. My blackheads drastically reduce also.
  55. Left me red, hot in the face, and swollen


    I normally love the Ordinary and struggle with acne/ scarring around my chin and jawline. I used this product once a week twice and both times experienced bright red 'sunburn' like marks on my face. The area feels heated and sensitive to touch. At first I thought it was an interaction with my other skin care products, but that isn't the case. Make sure to patch test before you use this masque!
  56. Go to deep cleanse!


    I use this product once a week and it’s lovely to put on, little skin tingle, and easy to take off. Leaves you with fresh clear skin and for me it adds an extra boost to my anti blemish routine. I wouldn’t recommend for someone who has very dry skin though as it can be a bit harsh.
  57. Cleans and smooths


    I laughed at the colour of this mask when I put it on, was in awe when it came time to wash it off. It draws out all the bumpy bits stuck to your dermis and your skin is as smooth as silk afterward. Remove with your oldest facewashers because it leaves a mark on them that will not wash out completely. I also use it on the backs of my arms to smoothe those tiny bumps away.
  58. It's a 4 for me!


    I dont normally have a skin routine, so I've added in quiet a few things knew was this! Easy to use however, next time I'll probably apply with a brush and not my fingers cos that was a mess! Easy to out on easy to take off! I'm happy with it. Mixed in with the other things i do I've now got very soft skin. One happy girl.
  59. Won't purchase again

    Zoey J

    I love The Ordinary products but this one wasn't that great. After I removed the mask, some of it was left in my pores. Because it is black, it wasn't the best look! So you really have to scrub your skin to remove it.
  60. Love this!


    I love a good mask and this has got to be one of my favorites that even my finance loves to do with me on a Sunday. Leaves my skin feeling amazing and fresh.
  61. My skin feels soft and clean after using this


    I have oily skin that is prone to breakouts. However after using this product my skin feels so soft and my breakouts have reduced. I use the masque once a week, and whilst my skin can tolerate more harsher products, I wouldn't recommend using this product more than that as it is quite strong (tingly burn for about 3-5mins). Definitely give it a go if your skin can handle it!
  62. Great product


    One of my first introductions to The Ordinary and I was pretty impressed. Love how when applying this masque it's like an exfoliant with really fine grains, so nice. Doesn't irritate my skin which is awesome!
  63. Smooth as a babies....


    From the first use, my skin was so soft straight after use. I usually lean towards the more boujie products, but I thought I’d try it after hearing so many good reviews. This will remain a staple in the skin routine.
  64. a great mask


    this is really good, makes my skin feel softer. Not sure if it does all that much but I like the process of doing the mask as it is relaxing
  65. Heaven in a mask


    Within 30mins of this mask arriving I already had it on. This mask is absolutely divine! No strong scent, exfoliating texture and a little goes a long way. I applied this mask with my fingers and left on for 10 minutes. I then rinsed it off using my Face Halo and some water. My skin felt amazing after! So soft, smooth and had a nice glow.
  66. I like


    Only used this a few times which is why I’m giving 4 and a half star. I really like this for my chin! I suffer from hormonal acne on my chin so it where I get a lot of clogged pores that can become pimples. It keep this at bay, I haven’t had a pimple on my chin since. I will mention I use a lot of cosmoceutical products as well so can’t put it down to this product alone. But think it does work and...
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  67. Acne’s best friend

    Face mask

    The product makes my skin feel really soft and helps control breakouts and calm them down, A very straight forward product, exactly what I wanted in a face mask and a very inexpensive product
  68. My weekly refresher


    This was my first time trying a The ordinary masque, I must say at the start I didn't know how I felt about the 2% salicylic acid, felt it might be too strong. But I haven't had any reactions and can see a difference after a few uses. I use it once a week and usually on the weekends.
  69. Great but irritating


    I have sensitive skin around my nose and found that this product made it go quite red. I now try to avoid my nose (which is the main area I wanted to use this!)
    I found that I needed to really hydrate my skin after this product. I used the Ordinary HA serum, plus a few drops of the Squalane in my moisturiser.
    I will try the salicylic acid serum once it’s back in stock and see how that ...
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  70. Not ideal for sensitive skin


    Good product for people with oily non-sensitive skin, is more suitable for sensitive skin as a spot treatment but not sure if it's worth it considering the other spot treatments that are available.
  71. Clear skin


    Easy to use, quick and no irritation! Would love this in 100ml! But great value for money skin is so smooth clear and not dry after it!
  72. Love this product!!


    I've started to incorporate this product twice a week into my skin routine and the results are amazing. My face is always so soft afterwards, really helps clear my face up. I've been experiencing hormonal breakouts lately and this had help reduced then and my breakouts are nowhere as bad.
  73. Great for oily skin


    Been using this product every three days and find that my skin feels amazing afterwards and I've had fewer breakouts.
  74. Deep cleanse


    This product works really well for my congested skin. The salicylic acid works wonders to exfoliate and deeply cleanse my skin without drying it out.
  75. Fast and fabulous


    This feels great and my skin looks smoother and brighter after use. I have sensitive skin but had no issues with this. Great value too!
  76. Lovely!


    This mask works super well to help clear up my skin when I'm breaking out. No strong scent and very effective product.
  77. Just amazing


    You dont usually see results within seconds after applying salicylic acid products. But you know those small bumps under the skin that are acne but does not hurt / you cant even feel them? They are literally gone the moment after i wash this mask off.
  78. good!


    worked really well for my skin, not too harsh and a good price
  79. Intense


    Read the instructions for this one. I only left it on for 5 minutes my first time around because the warnings are a bit intimidating. I’m keen to see if there are any noticeable results from using long term but so far no reaction and my skin is very sensitive and prone to redness when using a new mask
  80. Like it!


    I like this product so far... made my skin super smooth!
    Trying to reduce my milia and i think its working. Have seen a small reduction with 2 uses so excited to see the long term results! I think its also reduced my blackheads, and they dont come back straight away life if you use a pore strip. Definitely dries this skin though so i wont be using it every day and will try to spot concentrat...
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  81. Cleansing Mask that makes my skin feel clean and clear


    I love this mask. I have purchased a few times off Adore Beauty and I can't go without it. It is deep cleansing and has a pleasant smell. The formula is a bit gritty so i wet my face and give it a gentle scrub before removing for that extra clean feel.
  82. Feeling clean


    I started using this product at the same time I started using a lot of The Ordinary products. While my skin has improved immensely (less breakouts, less oily etc.) since using these products I have stopped using this product for a couple of months now and I haven't noticed a decline in my skin quality. For this reason, I will probably not re purchase this, but I do think it is an economic deep cle...
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  83. Fantastic Face Mask


    Really happy i purchased this mask. My skin feels great afterwards, and i think that - in combination with using the ordinary's buffet solution, retinoids and the Niacamide solution my face has really cleared up.
    I've been using this product once to twice a week for a month and am pretty happy.
    will repurchase
  84. Great for when you have breakouts


    I find this product really helps when you have breakouts, it dries them and reduces them in size. Would recommend this to anything who suffers from bad breakouts
  85. Exfoliating Mask


    Dark and gritty texture, can scrub on face when applying. product dries up within 10mins. Once washed off skin is smooth and soft
  86. Its good but not great


    I use it as a spot treatment instead of a mask. For that price, there’s way to little product in this tube. With that beings said, it works well as a spot treatment for my hormonal deep acne. With this, those pesky pimples definitely surface quicker.
  87. Instant improvement in my skin


    My skin always look more refined and smoother immediately after using, but my congestion has not gone down as much as expected overall. I do have oily skin and have been using twice a week. I might increase to every other day and see if that makes more difference, but i'm also a bit lazy for a mask every other night so i might try the syrum next time instead.
  88. It’s a good mask

    Skincare fusspot

    I’ll repurchase this. It’s a good face mask for regular use. I didn’t find it so harsh that I had to stay inside the next day, which I think is a good thing. I felt some very mild tingling which is expected.
  89. Was excited to try the mask and was happy with the product


    A good product was happy with the packaging and easy to apply and remove no mess left my skin feeling good and the price was good
  90. Great mask for oily skin !


    Loved this mask for my skin ! Really helps clean out your pores and leave your skin feeling clean but not stripping to the point of feeling dry. Highly recommend for oily /acne prone skin as it helps correct the ph levels !!
  91. LOVE


    This product is a lifesaver for when I have big angry pimples. The mask calms them down, dries them out and they go away quicker. I only apply the mask to areas of my face that are congested (nose and around the mouth from hormonal acne) as I find it can be drying and not because to cover the whole face.
  92. Easy Charcoal Mask


    This mask seems to resurface and smooth skin and prevent breakouts. I’ve used it every 3 days and will continue to do so.
  93. Great product!


    I have slightly oily and spot-prone skin. I use this once a week or so and it really helps to prevent breakouts. My skin feels amazing afterwards and super smooth.
  94. Potent mask


    I use this mask as a spot treatment at night when I get pimples and I usually notice a visible change in the morning. I also use it on blackheads on my nose and see a visible improvement. It is quite strong though, so would recommend using a timer so you don't overdo it accidentally.
  95. Not a noticeable difference


    I have used this both as a spot treatment for pimples but also all over the face. I haven't noticed a huge difference afterwards with the size of my pimples. I'm not sure if I would repurchase this.
  96. Deep cleanse


    I’d hoped this mask would help with my blackheads across my nose but it really hasn’t done anything.
    Used on breakouts across my forehead and chin and it clears them up brilliantly.
    Super drying and not to be used frequently.
    Depending on your skin concerns, this is a good product.
  97. Amazing when you're breaking out


    This mask is so affordable and effective. I use it when I notice I am starting to break out and this always help put my skin in check. I don't use it everyday as it can be too drying but love it as part of my weekly skin routine.
  98. Great mask !


    This mask is great! The only downfall is that it doesn’t come in a larger size. It’s easy to apply, only slightly tingles, easy to wash off and leaves your skin glossy and smooth. I use it twice a week.
  99. I prefer the serum


    This masque is good, though I prefer the serum which is more effective and easier to use, also more economical.
    I don’t like this trend with the ordinary of replacing simple products and introducing more “bells and whistles “
    And less product.
    They may actually become the ordinary and be like every other brand!
    This is messy ,time consuming and less effective as the serum.<...
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  100. My new favourite


    Love this masque! I have been looking for a mask a few times during the week and this is perfect. It only stays on for 10 mins but afterwards my skin is so soft and clean!
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