I love Vichy and I love face masks, so I was very excited about the launch of these new mineral face masks from Vichy, but when some bloggers started saying they were dupes for some Glamglow masks, I knew I had to try them for myself, so this post is a Vichy Mineral Face Masks review!
Here’s Vichy’s official description of the range:
Get radiant skin from Vichy’s Mineral Face Masks born from earth, water and rock. Whether used alone or for multi-masking, these face masks are empowered by natural minerals to leave your skin feeling fresh and radiant.
This post is long because I am essentially reviewing 3 products, soooo….yeah.
First of all, I’m not usually excited about the packaging of skincare products because they’re usually basic, but these jars have mirrored lids which is so cute and useful too!
There are three masks in the range:
1. Vichy Pore Purifying Clay Mask:
Vichy’s description and claims: Formulated with two white clays, Kaolin and Bentonite, the Pore Purifying Clay Mask purifies and refines pores for the perfect skin detox. This formula’s smooth cream texture is easy to spread and does not dry out the skin. A light minty fragrance leaves the skin feeling fresh and clean.
Mineralizing Thermal Water strengthens for stronger, healthier-looking skin. Kaolin and Bentonite clay absorb impurities and tighten pores. Aloe Vera soothes and keeps skin hydrate
Immediately after application skin feels purified, softer and mattified. In one month, pores look less visible, skin is more balanced.
I freaking love this stuff. I feel like I can literally see the dirt being pulled out of my pores in the areas where I have large pores ie my nose and surrounding areas. Also, it tingles. It’s not uncomfortable, but it’s unusual because I’ve never felt a mud mask tingle before. It leaves my pores clear, without leaving my skin feeling tight. I believe it is as a result of the aloe vera extract which helps with hydration. I think it does pretty much what it says on the box, and I will most definitely be repurchasing. It’s the best clay mask I’ve used so far. My skin instantly looks better and feels softer. Also, a little goes a long way so I expect this jar to last me for a good long while. It is the least pleasant smelling of the bunch. It smells like clay, you know? Nothing off-putting. I only noticed because the other two smell amazing.
2. Vichy Double Glow Peel
Vichy’s description and claims:
Our first mineral mask with volcanic stone and AHA to gently peel off dead cells for a refined skin texture for a bright and luminous tone. This fresh watery gel has a light fragrance of peach, white musk and black tea for a pleasurable masking experience.
Mineralizing Thermal Water strengthens for stronger, healthier-looking skin. Volcanic stone gently exfoliates. AHA gently peels off dead skin cells. Vitamin C brightens skin tone.
Immediately skin looks fresher and gently exfoliated, in one month skin looks more radiant and complexion looks more even.
I’m always here for anything that improves skin radiance, so this was the one I was most excited for. It does both physical and chemical exfoliation because there is both volcanic rock and the AHAs present. This smells like some delicious fruit and it does pretty much what it says. My skin looks extra radiant and refreshed after using it. I love it. It’s a great pick-me-up for the skin. This is possibly my favourite of the bunch.
3. Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask:
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Vichy’s description and claims:
Our first mineral mask enriched with Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water to boost hydration and soothe thirsty and uncomfortable skin. This refreshing water-gel with a light fragrance of green tea, jasmine water and bamboo acts as a cold glass of water for the skin offering a long-lasting cooling effect and instant freshness.
Mineralizing Thermal Water strengthens for stronger healthier-looking skin. Vitamin B3 calms inflammation, soothes skin and leaves skin looking radiant. Glycerin hydrates the skin.
Immediately skin looks moisturised and supple. In one month skin looks comfortable, revitalized and radiant.
I picked this up because Harmattan is coming, and I could use the extra hydration. I also hoped it would work as an overnight mask. The information on the website says to spray with Vichy Thermal Water after the mask has been on for 5 minutes, wipe off the excess, then massage the rest in. I don’t have the Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water, so I spray on my Boots Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz then wipe off the excess with a clean wash cloth. I don’t see why clean water in a spray bottle won’t be another great alternative. I find that it I don’t spray with (rose)water and wipe off the excess, it can feel overly thick and sticky.
This leaves my skin feeling very hydrated. It definitely works as an overnight hydrating mask. I also noticed that it is very soothing on irritated skin (skin that is just post break out). I love it. Also, it smells like the ocean or cucumbers or something. I don’t know what it is but I love the way it smells. 😍
All three masks contain alcohol, all three are paraben free, and all three have been tested on sensitive skin and are “allergy tested”, according to Vichy.
They are all meant to be used 1-2 times a week.
Sometimes I multi-mask by using the Pore Purifying one on my nose and chin, then the Double Peel everywhere else, then I wash those off and apply the hydrating mask everywhere. Sometimes I just do one mask a day depending on my mood. But on days when I have the time, I do all three, one after the other. I start with the Pore Purifying Mask, followed by the Double Glow Peel Mask and I finish with the Mineral Quenching Mask, which I don’t need to wash off. (Although I do wash it off on days when I use my Alpha H Liquid Gold, as I prefer for that to be the only thing on my skin on the days when I use it)
If you’re only buying one, I’d go for the Double Glow Peel Mask, especially if you already have a clay mask you love. It exfoliates and hydrates so it pretty much does a little of everything, plus the effects are instantly visible, which is so gratifying. It also has Vitamin C for radiance and it smells delicious, and who doesn’t need some glow in their life? I love the Pore Purifying Mask and the Quenching Mineral Mask just as much though, and I’d likely repurchase them all.
Dupes for the GlamGlow Masks / Peter Thomas Roth Masks?
I don’t own any Glamglow or Peter Thomas Roth masks yet. (I do have a few samples of Supermud that I can’t wait to receive) I can’t say for sure that they’re dupes, and I want to believe there’s a great reason why Glamglow/Peter Thomas Roth is charging the big bucks for their mud. What I can say is that the Vichy masks are great, and like Glamglow/Peter Thomas Roth there are different masks for different purposes.
I’d say Vichy’s Pore Purifying Mask is closest to Supermud Clearing Treatment and Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment by Glamglow.
The Double Peel mask would be Vichy’s answer to the Flash Mud Brightening Treatment by Glamglow, and the Quenching Mineral Mask would be Vichy’s version of the GlamGlow Thirsty Mud Hydrating Treatment.
These Vichy masks also remind me of a couple of Peter Thomas Roth masks, especially with the packaging and the different colours. The Quenching Mineral Mask reminds me of the Blue Marine Algae Mask and the Cucumber Gel Mask by Peter Thomas Roth, with the colour and the intense hydration they’re supposed to deliver, while the Double Glow Peel Mask by Vichy reminds me of the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask by Peter Thomas Roth, again because of how they look and what they’re supposed to do.
I love the Vichy ones so I’d suggest giving them a try if you’re not willing to shell out the coints for Glamglow or Peter Thomas Roth.
Price and where to buy: Vichy website for $34 CAD and $20USD
In Nigeria via my store for N9000, but please read my disclaimer before purchasing.