Charcoal Purifying Mask
Revolution Skincare’s Charcoal Purifying Mask has some great things going for it, and in fact, if it were fragrance free and in more stable packaging, we’d give it a five-star recommendation for oily to combination skin.
Housed in a clear glass jar, this gray-colored charcoal mask has a cream-like consistency that spreads smoothly across skin. You’re instructed to leave it on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse. Not all mask charcoal/clay masks rinse so cleanly and easily, but this one is a cinch to remove—no residue left behind.
The blend of charcoal, clay (kaolin), and absorbent magnesium aluminum silicate act like a sponge for skin's surface oil. They also help draw out debris from pores—all without leaving skin feeling overly dry or tight.
As for the inclusion of glycolic and lactic acids “for rejuvenating results,” those ingredients won’t be able to function optimally in this formula as exfoliants (which is how glycolic and lactic acids are often used), but both help improve skin’s hydration.
Regarding the fragrance, it’s minimal, which makes us slightly less concerned about its potential to irritate skin. While fragrance free is always the best way to go for the health of your skin, at least it’s not overpowering in this rinse-off formula.
Unfortunately, the clear glass jar packaging is a setback because dipping your fingers in to the water-based formula introduces bacteria that stresses the preservative system. Typically, we’d be even more concerned about the jar allowing the light- and air-sensitive ingredients (such as antioxidants) to break down prematurely, but this mask is lacking in that department, so no big deal there.
All told, we wish we could give this mask a better rating, but why settle when there are plenty of other top-rated charcoal masks that you can use?
- Absorbent blend acts like a sponge to soak up skin’s surface oil.
- Helps draw out debris from pores.
- Includes hydration-enhancing ingredients to balance out the formula.
- Doesn’t leave skin feeling tight or dry.
- Easy to rinse.
- Contains potentially irritating fragrance.
- Jar packaging impedes formula stability.
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United Kingdom-based Revolution Skincare is the skin care branch of Revolution Beauty (who also has a color cosmetic subbrand, Makeup Revolution). Launched in 2018, the brand’s founder, Adam Minto, says the line’s ethos is the same as its parent brand; providing inexpensive, fast-to-market options designed for a wide range of people.
This skin care collection isn’t exactly a “revolutionary” concept, per se – the brand has a lot in common with other up-and-comers such as The Ordinary and Good Molecules. All of these products have a focus on stripped-down formulas featuring key ingredients (such as hyaluronic acid, for example) that can be mixed, layered, and alternated in to a complete skin care routine based on personal preference and occasional needs.
Revolution’s skin care products are something of a mixed bag. There are some true winners in the bunch (among them a couple of interesting retinol alternatives), but there are also quite a few missteps. Some of the products contain the skin-drying type of alcohol and irritating citrus extracts. Then there’s the concern that most of the products are housed in frosted bottles that need to be stored away from daylight, since the packaging puts their delicate ingredients at risk of light exposure that can cause those ingredients to lose their effectiveness. Side note: We reached out to the brand several times to inquire about whether their glass bottles have a UV light coating, but we have not received a response so far.
Overall, we appreciate the approach of potent skin care at bargain prices – we just wish the execution were a bit better! You can find our more about Revolution Skincare at https://www.revolutionbeauty.com/en/Skincare/c-58.aspx.
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