Andalou Face Masks! PART I!

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.

Price: $3.69/.28 oz (at my local Whole Foods & Amazon,  $2.99 at Target), $14.95 for 1.7oz on the Andalou Website

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.

Experience: 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!