I've always been intrigued by charcoal masques, it's the idea of putting something dark and dirty feeling all over your face, and hoping for a clean sparkly finish at the end. That said, I've heard lots of good things about them so I was really excited to give the New Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque a go.
Similar to the Skin Hydrating Masque I reviewed last week, this again is thinner than other masques I've used in the past, which is nice because it doesn't feel like you're really caking it all over your face. Although the masque isn't abrasive, there is a sandy texture as you run it in, which gives you a nice exfoliation whilst applying. This one has quite a strong scent, mainly from the Witch Hazel and Tea Tree, which hangs around the whole time you're using it. Personally I'm a big fan of the smell and wish it would stick around after you've washed it off (alas it doesn't) but I know this type of scent isn't for everyone.
As the masque dries it has a tingling sensation not too dissimilar to the GlamGlow mask. I'd go as far as saying there's not much difference between the two really apart from the slightly cheaper price tag, so I'll definitely be picking up another bottle of this when its empty! My skin felt and looked visibly smoother, with less impurities and clearer pores thanks to the charcoals magic ways.
This product was kindly sent to me to try from the guys at Beautifully Gorgeous. Be sure to check them out if you are looking to try out this masque as they're authorised stockists of Dermalogica, Decleor & Redken, and usually save you a few pounds off the RRP.