Tuesday, October 20, 2009

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Are You Ready To Get Dark And Dirty With MAC Volcanic Ash Thermal Mask ?

I don't usually follow MAC collections because there are so many of them. But once in a while, some collections will catch my eyes. Style Black is a collection that MAC launched on September 24th, 2009 in the U.S. for the Fall season. This all black collection is very unique and chic. It also includes a few skincare products, Volcanic Ash Thermal Mask ($19.50) and Volcanic Ash Exfoliator ($19.50), which are both re-promotions from previous collections. I took the mask to test, and the result is very decent.

MAC claims this as a deep cleansing mask that also moist the skin. I am not so certain about the deep cleansing ability because it clearly is not one of the best I've tried. If you are searching for a good cleansing mask, I would recommend the Borghese Fango Active Mud for Face and Body ($33.50 ~ $61), which I have also reviewed on this blog before.

But that is not to say that this is not a well worth product. My skin feels soft, clean, and moisturized after just a few minutes with this mask. I also noticed that it is extremely good at controlling oil secretion. I usually use this in the morning before I apply makeups, so that it can help keep shine away much longer.

A thermal mask is also known as a heat mask, meaning that the mask can either self or mix produce heat. For this mask, once it touches water, it will start to heat up. Unfortunately, the hot sensation only lasts for a few seconds. You can reapply some water to repeat the process. This is a bit disappointing because I did hope that the heat function is not so short lived. Many seem to be intrigued by this idea, but the truth is that head mask is certainly not a new invention, and this MAC one sure is not the best one out there either. What I concluded is that this is a very decent treatment for the face, but I wouldn't panic if MAC doesn't re-promote this in future collections.

Pick It or Not ? 
  • Quality: 35 (out of 50)  
  • Packaging: 20 (out of 20)  
  • Price: 20 (out of 20)   
  • User Friendly: 5 (out of 5)   
  • Availability: 3 (out of 5)
Angela's Ultimate Pick: B

14 Responses to “Are You Ready To Get Dark And Dirty With MAC Volcanic Ash Thermal Mask ?”

Lyn said...
October 20, 2009 at 7:44 PM

great review! Glad I really didn't buy this even thought I wanted it so bad. The smell really turned me off and now I read it doesn't stay heated up that long.

Jessica said...
October 20, 2009 at 7:57 PM

Detailed review of the Skin Food Black Sesame Hot Mask please?? I'm quite interested in that product. Thanks

Chommie said...
October 20, 2009 at 9:42 PM

i saw this and i skipped it b/c i thought it was too pricey for what they were giving.

i like the color of it tho :P maybe ill keep a look out for it at CCO cuz they might sell it for a cheaper price!

thanks for the review hun!

Kalmo said...
October 21, 2009 at 6:54 AM

Thanks for the awesome review! i was really tempted to get this for a long time but I think I'll try to get the Skin Food one later since you said it was very good too. :)

Jenn said...
October 21, 2009 at 8:54 AM

I feel the same way about this mask.

I'm hoping a friend will bring back the skinfood hot sesame mask for me~can't wait to try that one =)

Marce said...
October 21, 2009 at 10:01 AM

Great review! I tried a warming mask by The Body Shop, it felt pretty cool but as you said, the heat goes away pretty fast. I don't think I'll be purchasing this, but I do like the sond of the exfoliator. Any thoughts on that?

~Lisa said...
October 21, 2009 at 3:55 PM

Great review. I'm a bit intimidated by the black colour, lol

Angela said...
October 21, 2009 at 6:29 PM

@Jessica: sure girl. I will definitely do a review on the hot mask.

@Lyn: my sister hate the smell too. She thinks it smells like dirt?! I guess thats how ash smells?! LOL

@Chommie: if you are really interested in the mask but doesn't want to buy it yet, I recommend you to go to any M.A.C and ask for a sample. That way you can try it out.

@Kalmo: I definitely love the skin food one.

@Jenn: I will be really interested to know how you feel about the hot mask after you try it.

@Marce: I've never tried any warming mask from Body Shop but I'm really interested. Do you remember the name? I've also tried the exfoliator and will do a detailed review soon. Stay tune :)

@Lisa: LOL don't be afraid of the black, girl. I actually like masks with dark color..LOL may be that is just me.

KimWen said...
October 22, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Great review Angela!!! the mask is pretty black didn't know the color was that intense but pretty neat! Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Toothfairy said...
October 22, 2009 at 11:05 AM

I don't like the black color, but everyone's raving about it! but seriously, the black is really holding me back from using it haha!


lindah said...
October 22, 2009 at 5:17 PM

I agree, it's nothing special, but I still like it. I don't like the smell that the volanic ash products leave though. It's just unpleasant for me!

DANA said...
October 22, 2009 at 7:23 PM

Oh I'm getting mixed reviews about this hmm and I'm thinking of getting one, what to do, what to do... maybe I'll just try it and see how it goes.. hahaha It looks so different and so earthy lol, I'm curious to give it a try.
Oh, and I like Skinfood =)
And yes, review on the Skinfood one please ^^

B said...
October 26, 2009 at 6:55 PM

Ahhh yesss, our posts are like twins. Still can't get over how overpriced this stuff is. Boo!

Gabriela said...
October 31, 2009 at 8:49 AM

Thanks for the review. I haven`t bought this product because I think it`s too expensive.