AHOY, we’ve got another guest post today! And some purple jelly goo! HOORAY.
Hello everyone! My name is Dana [Ed.: “Hiiiiiiii Dana!]
, and while you usually see me hanging about in the comments or in an OOTRT post or two (or on my own blog Good Red Herring
), today I’m starting a 3-part series reviewing the recent Andalou Mask minis I picked up at Whole Foods.
First up (because I used the other two too quickly and need to repurchase them before having an actual opinion) is the Andalou Naturals Instant Age Defying Mask.
Website Claims: “8 Berry Fruit Enzyme Face Mask Fruit stem cell complex and resveratrol CoQ10 instantly refresh as fruit juice enzymes gently exfoliate dull, dry surface cells to reveal skin’s natural glow and a rejuvenated complexion.”
Package Instructions: Apply evenly to clean, damp or dry skin. Avoid eye and lip areas. Leave on for 10-20 minutes. Rinse clean with cool water.
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Juice*, Purified Water (Aqua), Vegetable Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Tocopherol, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract*, Lecithin, Algae Extract, Manuka Honey, Resveratrol, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Papain, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil*, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract*, Xanthan Gum,Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract*, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract*†, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract*†, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract*†, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Raspberry Isolates, Vanilla Isolates, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil*
*Certified Organic Ingredients †Fair Trade Ingredients
First Impressions: A smooth purple jelly that smells mostly like a Fruit Roll-Up (am I showing my age with this reference? Are Fruit Roll-Ups even a thing anymore?). It’s not really as strong as a Jolly Rancher, but it’s generally sweet and is noticeable even after application.
This is an easy to apply product that smooths over the skin effortlessly, cooling but without any of the tingling I typically get with an exfoliating mask. I left it in on my face for ~20min post makeup removal and shower.
Results: Kind of unimpressive. This mask does dry down, but it’s that slick dry-down that’s annoying to rinse off. I ended up soaking a wash cloth with warm water, holding it over my face, and wiping the majority of it away (after which I still went in with toner on a cotton pad). I didn’t see any immediate brightening, though after I had applied the rest of my skincare I went back by the mirror and maybe noticed a change?
Would/Would Not Repurchase: Would not. I just don’t feel like it did anything worth a second go, and while the other “single use” masks I’ve purchased are really more like 2 uses, this one I finished the whole pod for an even application.
Ever tried any of Andalou’s masks? Are you okay with gelatinous stuff on your face? ARE Fruit Roll-Ups still a thing? Talk about it!