Besides face balms and face mists, masks are one of my top obsessions. They are a godsend for my oily skin and I'm often reaching for one at least once a week (sometimes twice a week, depending!). My skin gets clogged so easily and congestion is a constant problem, which affects my acne accumulation and ultimately the possibility of more PIH to deal with (ugh!). Choosing masks has always been a trial and error for me, as my skin is also really picky about consistency and overall texture. I'm biiiiig fan of clay masks but found that sometimes they would dry out my skin to such a severe degree, it would end up feeling so irritated afterwards. Luckily I've found some holy grail masks (a post will be coming soon) that I'm really happy with. But, my search for more high quality masks is never ending.
Complex Beauty came into my life at such a great time. My skin has been turned rundown with stress and the up/down weather changes here in Southern California. I've been needing some masks to really treat a range of factors, including loss of moisture. Complex Beauty's blend of selected natural and high performance ingredients has been an essential factor for helping my skin get to a better place. I also align myself well with Complex Beauty's overall mission of wanting to help women feel and look good in support of positive thinking and uplifting fellow women. They are also a cruelty-free brand, which is very important for me.
They are scheduled to debut this month (!!!) and are coming out with 6 face masks, a lavender water-based facial mist, and a hydrating lip mask. Today I'll just be reviewing their face masks, hope you enjoy and get excited about this amazing brand.
|Top to Bottom: Left row (The Godmother, Baby Face, Smooth Operator) and Right row (Thirst Quencher, Rose Glow, Ocean Potion)|
As I mentioned, there are 6 masks in total that have their own special skin treatment and aim. Each consisting of nourishing natural ingredients, they work as high performance properties that really deliver results. I do need to preface that this brand is not a fully 'clean' green beauty brand, but uses natural and organic ingredients in their products. I've included the ingredients for each mask (in the next section) so that you may make a careful decision about whether you'd like to try them out or not.
Thirst Quencher*: a hydrating mask that plumps and smooths the skin with its complex blend of oils and acids that penetrate deep into the skin. It includes ingredients such as Organic Aloe Leaf Juice, Organic Rosehip Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Amino Acids, Frankincense Essential Oil, Organic Oat Extract, Vitamin B5 (Panthenol), and botanical-sourced Hyaluronic Acid (Cassia Angustifolia Seed Extract).
Baby Face*: a purity mask that hydrates, softens, and clarifies with its antioxidant rich ingredients, promoting supple, soft, and firm skin. The activated charcoal works by pulling out dirt and toxins, while its creamy consistency stops your skin from drying out. Some of its key ingredients are Organic Green Tea Leaf Extract, Organic Aloe Leaf Juice, Organic Jojoba Seed Oil, Organic Rooibos Leaf Extract, botanical-sourced Hyaluronic Acid, Activated Charcoal, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Pomegranate Seed Extract, Soybean Oil, Organic White Willow Bark Extract, and Vitamin C Ester (Ascorbyl Palmitate).
The Godmother*: a pumpkin enzyme mask that nourishes, exfoliates, and brightens with long term usage. It promotes softer and smoother skin with the inclusion of rich antioxidants and glycolic acid. Some key ingredients are Pumpkin, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Organic Bilberry Fruit Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Organic Sugar Maple Extract, Organic Orange Peel Extract, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Ginger Root Powder, Organic Sugar Maple, Nutmeg Powder, and Meadowfoam Seed Oil. (Info: This mask may contain Sodium Bicarbonate as a pH adjuster)
Ocean Potion*: a mineral mask that regenerates, heals, and balances distressed skin with seaweed and a blend of calming and skin nourishing botanicals. It leaves your skin toned and hydrated, acting also as a spot treatment to help reduce and soothe problematic skin conditions such as acne. A few ingredients included in this mask are Safflower Seed Oil, MSM (Methyl Sulphonyl Methane, the most bioavailable and natural form of organic sulphur compound, an essential mineral that is found in all living organisms), Organic Rosehip Oil, Kelp, Rice Bran Oil, Organic Wild Geranium, Sweet Almond Oil, Spirulina, Grape Seed Oil, Organic Dandelion, and Organic Aloe Leaf Juice.
Smooth Operator*: a highly rich antioxidant mask that helps fight against damage caused by free radicals. It promotes preserving youthful skin by its detoxifying, repairing, and nourishing properties. Some vital ingredients in this mask are Coenzyme Q10, Organic Aloe Leaf Juice, Glycolic Acid, Squalane (olive oil sourced), Lactic Acid, Hibiscus Petals, Organic Blueberry, Organic Cranberry, Grape Seed Oil, Wildcrafted Green Tea, Organic Licorice, Seabuckthorn Oil, Red Wine Polyphenols, Organic Jojoba Seed Oil, Phytic Acid, Organic Tamanu Oil, Organic Gotu Kola, Vitamin C Palmitate (Ascorbyl Palmitate), and botanical-sourced Hyaluronic Acid (Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide).
After taking testing each mask and really getting a feel for them individually, I have been so impressed by the dedication to using so many rich botanicals and high quality ingredients. Even ones like Smooth Operator (don't mind me turning on Sade as I write this) that have such a long list of ingredients are filled a big amount of these lush, skin treating botanicals. I didn't have any sort of irritation or reaction to any of the masks, either. Of all of the 6 masks, it's recommended that sensitive skin should be careful when using Rose Glow and The Godmother since they have exfoliating ingredients that may be irritating. The one negative I have about these products is that some preservatives are quite high up on the ingredient list (like Phenoxyethanol), I would prefer them to be lower but it doesn't completely turn me off from using them.
Rose Glow is a cooling, viscous gel mask that works well with a double masking routine (Thirst Quencher, too). It really just smells like a heavenly pot of rose water, it's one of the nicest scents. Since it is on the watery side, it's quite interesting to try and apply it onto my face (take little bits at a time). It reminds me of a gel essence with its thin consistency and texture, rather than a face mask. It sets very softly within a minute or two and it's recommended to keep it on for 5-7 minutes. I swear my skin feels so velvety smooth when this mask is on, I try not to touch it but it's so hard not to! Afterwards my face feels properly hydrated, as the rose damask water provides such refreshing hydration while the acid brightens and exfoliates.
Ingredients: Rosa Damascena (Rose) Distillate, Phenoxyethanol, Glycolic Acid, Amorphophallus Konjac (Mannan) Gum, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate
Thirst Quencher is in complimentary to Rose Glow, another mask that is gel-like but thicker in consistency. It takes about 2-3 minutes to set and smells very herbal, which may put off some but I really enjoy this kind of scent (reminds me of some hanbang products I have). It does leave a bit of a sticky feeling as it tries to set completely but it's nothing too obvious to be irritated about (it goes away once the mask is absorbed). It's recommended to rinse off after 15-20 minutes, I usually like to stay in the 15 minute range. I think I prefer the Rose Glow than this one but I really like that it's a thicker gel consistency, if there was a way to also have that with the Rose Glow then I'd be a very happy camper. I love to just slather a bunch of this on and let it do its work. It does really well at plumping and smoothing my skin, while the Rose Glow takes all the awards when it comes to hydration. I'm in love with the Frankincense essential oil in this, as well as organic rosehip and wild geranium.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Organic Aloe), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Extract (Botanical Hyaluronic Acid), Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (Organic Rosehip Seed Oil), Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Organic Jojoba), Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Boswellia Serrata Oil (Frankincense Essential Oil), Avena Sativa Seed Extract (Organic Oat Extract), Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Centella Asiatica Extract (Organic Gotu Kola), Equlsetum Arvense Extract (Organic Horsetail), Geranium Maculatum Extract (Organic Wild Geranium), Taraxcum Officinale Extract (Organic Dandelion), Carregeenan, Acrylates Copolymer, Hydroxyethyl Ethylcellulose, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin
Baby Face is a cooling slippery gel mask that looks a bit like concrete by its dark grey coloring. It is lightweight and has a grey tint once its fully applied onto your face. I'm honestly not even sure what its scent is, I can't really pinpoint what it smells like? It's the farthest from being floral and I would say possibly a few notches above herbal, but I think the scent may be coming from the charcoal ingredient. This does contain a waxy fatty acid blend (Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, and Polysorbate 60) for emulsifying purposes. It also includes ingredients like DMAE Bitartrate, which has been studied for anti-aging and inflammatory benefits (also known to stimulate the membrane and boost cognitive function). It's recommended to rinse this off after 15-20 minutes and afterwards I did feel like there was some film left over. It is not a heavy film but I can definitely feel that it's there. I usually use an oil cleanser afterwards to get it fully off, which is not too big of a deal since I do like this mask. My skin does feel softer after every use and I do feel like it gets rid of lots of gunk on my face.
Ingredients: Organic Aloe Leaf Juice (Aloe Barbadensis), Organic Alcohol, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Emulsifying Wax (Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60), Organic Olive Fruit Oil (Olea Europaea), Organic Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis), DMAE Bitartrate (Dimethylaminoethanol Bitartrate), Hyaluronic Acid, Activated Charcoal, Organic Rooibos Leaf Extract (Aspalathus Linearis), Organic Green Tea Leaf Extract (Camellia Sinensis), Vitamin C Ester (Ascorbyl Palmitate), Provitamin 85 (Panthenol), Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide), Organic White Willow Bark Extract (Salix Alba), Pomegranate Seed Extract (Punica Granatum), Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Soybean Oil (Glycine Soja), Xanthan Gum
The Godmother is a pumpkin enzyme mask that looks and smells good enough to eat. It smells like pumpkin mixed with lots of spices, which is really enjoyable this time of year. Since it includes ingredients like Nutmeg, Ginger Root Powder, and Cinnamon Bark Powder, it's a right mix that reminds me of Ayurvedic blends. This is definitely a mask that does its work, the glycolic acid, vitamin C, and numerous other exfoliating ingredients really pack a punch. It's recommended to leave on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse off with a wet washcloth. I find that splashing it off and using a wet washcloth does the job. This mask has little black granules that work extra well with exfoliating as you're rinsing it off. I'm telling you this mask is making me hungry for some pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread. I do have to say that this mask leaves the scent on you for a while, I can always still smell it after I've rinsed it off but a good oil or cream cleanser afterwards will get it off.
Ingredients: Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Fruit, Aqua (Delonized Water), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Limanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Xnthan Gum, Glycolic Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Vaccinium Myrtillus (Organic Bilberry) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Organic Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharium (Organic Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Organic Orange) Peel Extract, Medica Limonum (Organic Lemon) Peel Extract, Azadirachta Indica (Organic Neem) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Cinnamomum Zeylancium (Cinammon) Bark Powder, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Powder, Pimenta Officinalis (Allspice) Powder, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Powder; May contain Sodium Bicarbonate as a pH adjuster
Ocean Potion is a thick, white creamy mask that has an airy scent. It uses kaolin clay and purified smectite clay as its base, along with safflower seed oil, coconut oil, and a multitude of other botanical oils as treatments and softeners. What's interesting about this product is its inclusion of an Ocean Mineral Complex, a unique blend of 92 ocean minerals that activate skin enzymes for cellular function and protecting the skin. The clay base starts to set within 2-3 minutes but never gets to that dire, epic dryness that a lot of clay masks get to. It still stays creamy and is soft to the touch as it sets. One vital ingredient found in this mask is MSM (Methyl Sulphonyl Methane), which is so powerful for cell regeneration, anti-aging, and treating skin disorders like acne and eczema, etc. I really enjoy this as a clay mask, I'm still not used to how different it is compared to other clay masks that I've tried but I'm really liking it.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate (Plant Derived), Sodium Stearate, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Cetyl Alcohol, Kaolin, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Cellulose Gum, Purified Smectite Clay, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil), Stearic Acid (Plant Derived), Cetearyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Isopropyl Palmitate (Palm Oil), Spirulina Maxima (Spirulina), Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp), Chondrus Crispus (Irish Moss), Ocean Mineral Complex, Rice Bran Oil, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot Kernel Oil), Vitis Vinifera (Grape Seed Oil), Centella Asiatica Extract (Organic Gotu Kola), Equisetum Arvense Extract (Organic Horsetail), Geranium Maculatum Extract (Organic Wild Geranium), Taraxacum Officinale Extract (Organic Dandelion), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (Plant Derived Preservative), Sodium Carbomer, Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Modifier), Decyl Glucoside (plant derived), Glyceryl Caprylate (Natural Preservative), Sodium Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide (pH Modifier), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Extract (Natural Preservative), may contain Citric Acid
Smooth Operator is another kaolin clay based mask but has little granules in its mixture. It is the thickest out of all of the masks and provides a very cooling sensation when applied. I really enjoy how creamy it is and the granules included are really beneficial to helping exfoliate and clarify the skin. This is the longest ingredient list out of ALL of the masks and it was a bit overwhelming at first trying to break it all down. But since this is an antioxidant mask, I really am not surprised with how many high quality and lush botanicals are included in this. One of my favorites being Coenzyme Q10, a vital antioxidant that strengthens skin cells by making them less vulnerable to sun damage and helps the elastin production our skin needs to fight against aging. I love the inclusion of vitamin C, lactic acid, and glycolic acid, as those three really provide the brightening and detoxifying benefits to this mask. The granules in this are a lot more present than in the Ocean Potion, which makes me want to believe that this also could possibly be used as an exfoliator by itself (as a cleanser/mask duo). I really enjoy the scent of this, you can smell so much of the herbs and botanicals included in this. This mask is probably my favorite out of all of them, along with The Godmother. This mask does have ingredients like Sodium Hydroxide, which can work as a pH adjuster, but it is an exfoliating property so I would be careful using this mask if you have sensitive skin.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe), Kaolin Clay, Glycolic Acid, Squalane (Olive Oil based), Lactic Acid, Isopropyl Palmitate (Palm Oil), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Sodium Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Stearyl Alcohol, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Cranberry Fibers, Hibiscus Peals, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry), Organic Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry), Punus Amygduls Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil), Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed Oil), Wildcrafted Mahonia Aquifolium (Oregon Grape), Wildcrafted Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea), Organic Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice), Wildcrafted Myrica Cerifera (Bayberry), Organic Capsicum Annum ver. Aannuum (Cayenne), Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry Seed Oil), Hippophae Rhamnoldes (Seabuckthorn Oil), Red Wine Polyphenols, Organic Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba Oil), Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu Oil), Organic Rosa Canina (Rosehip Oil), Ubiquinone (CoenzymeQ10), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (botanical Hyaluronic Acid), Wildcrafted Vinca Major (Periwinkle), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot Kernel Oil), Phytic Acid, Phospholipids, Tocopheryl, Cenytella Asiatica Extract (Organic Gotu Kola), Equisetum Arvense Extract (Horsetail), Geranium Maculatum Extract (Wild Geranium), Taraxacum Officinale Extract (Danedelion), Lecithin, Pyrus Malus (Apple), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon), Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane), Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate (Peptides), Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Palmitate), Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Sclerotium Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, FDA Macha Rose Botanical Essence
I really am so impressed with Complex Beauty and their range of masks. I'm so looking forward to trying out their facial mist and lip mask, too! I'm also looking forward to seeing the full results of these masks as I've been using them for over 3 weeks now and have been loving the results I've had. I've also enjoyed using them as double masking routines. As a self-professed mask lover, these get a big thumbs up from me.
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