Saturday 9 February 2013

Speed Review: Clarins HydraQuench Cream Mask

Regular readers may recall that I'm a big fan of the Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase, which is one of my skincare must-haves at this time of year when my dehydrated skin is feeling particularly parched. With this in mind, I had high expectations when I came to try the HydraQuench Cream Mask.

As with all Clarins products, the packaging is chic and desirable. The mask is presented in a functional tube in the signature blue colour of the HydraQuench range. The directions for use are clear- simply apply to the face and neck and leave for 5-10 minutes before smoothing away any excess with a cotton pad soaked in toning lotion.

The creamy texture feels comforting on the skin and I liked that it felt cooling and soothing upon application. As a rich cream, the texture may not appeal to those with oily skin, although it certainly doesn't feel heavy. The mask has a delicate floral fragrance which I found pleasant. It's not a mask which dries on the face so there's no uncomfortable, tight feeling whilst you wait for it to work its magic.

At £32 for 75ml, it's not cheap but a little goes a long way and I feel that this is a quality product which is worth the money. It feels pampering and indulgent to use, whilst also delivering results. I found this to be a lifesaver in restoring my skin when I was ill, especially the dry, sore skin around my red nose!
I tend to leave it on for a little longer than the recommended 5-10 minutes so that my skin really has the chance to drink it up. I've never had any problems with this, despite suffering from sensitive skin.
I'm still trying to find the best way to remove the mask- it's not easy using a toner soaked pad as I find I go through so many- it quickly becomes saturated with the mask and simply slides over the face, not removing any product. However, I also find that a flannel is a little too effective at removing the mask and it seems wasteful to remove every last bit. I don't feel the need to moisturise after use as my skin is left looking hydrated, plumped and feeling conditioned. I'm convinced that it also helps to calm skin and diminish the appearance of redness. I'd highly recommend this if you also suffer from dehydrated skin.



  1. I have been eyeing this up for a while, it sounds really great. I may have to splurge. x

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  3. I really love this product, but had the same issues as you when it came to removal. I now put on a much thinner layer, and find I don't need to remove much as my skin drinks it all up. For an extra treat I layer it over my facial oil and leave it a while before taking off any excess.
    Also - a friend of recommended leaving it on overnight and removing it in the morning - I tried it, and my skin felt glorious. :)


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