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Pink Clay Detoxifying Mask

1.69 fl. oz. for $ 11.00
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Revolution Skincare’s Pink Clay Detoxifying Mask is pretty to look at thanks to its rose-colored hue, but the formula itself presents a few problems.

One of the claims that Revolution makes for this mask is that it can draw out impurities (i.e. daily grime that collects on skin and in pores) and absorb oil—all of which is valid due to the blend of absorbent clays kaolin, bentonite, montmorillonite and illite. The problem is that they are paired with witch hazel water and fragrance, both of which pose a legit risk of irritating skin. (See More Info to learn about the hidden repercussions of irritation on skin.) Worth mentioning: the witch hazel cannot moisturize skin as the brand claims. It’s natural astringent properties and alcohol content actually make it dehydrating!

As for the detoxifying claim, forget about it.  That’s what your kidneys and liver are for–no skin care product can “detox” skin. This mask also won’t “moisturize and soothe problematic areas”—if you have dry, sensitive skin, this will have the opposite effect.

The clear glass jar packaging further hinders the stability of the formula because dipping your fingers into the water-based mask introduces bacteria that stresses the preservative system. Normally we’d be more concerned about the jar allowing the light- and air-sensitive ingredients (such as antioxidants) to break down prematurely, but there’s not enough of those here to even worry about. The advertised seaweed extract (Fucus vesiculosus) is in such low concentration it’s hardly worth mentioning.

Pink Clay Detoxifying Mask feels nice as it glides over skin and rinses cleanly after the 10-15 minutes that it’s left on, but ultimately, it isn’t worth the trouble. Check out our top-rated face masks instead.

  • Blend of clays can help absorb oil and draw out pore-clogging substances.
  • Formula spreads nicely over skin.
  • Contains witch hazel water and fragrance, both of which put skin at risk of irritation.
  • Jar packaging hinders the stability of the formula.
  • Cannot detox skin as claimed.

Irritating Ingredients: We cannot stress this enough: Sensitizing, harsh, abrasive, and/or fragrant ingredients are bad for all skin types. Daily application of skincare products that contain these irritating ingredients is a major way we unwittingly do our skin a disservice!

Irritating ingredients are a problem because they can lead to visible problems, such as redness, rough skin, dull skin, dryness, increased oil production, and clogged pores, and they contribute to making signs of aging worse.

Switching to non-irritating, gentle skincare products can make all the difference in the world. Non-irritating products are those packed with beneficial ingredients that also replenish and soothe skin, without any volatile ingredients, such as those present in fragrance ingredients, whether natural or synthetic.

A surprising fact: Research has demonstrated that you do not need to see or feel the effects of irritants on your skin for your skin to be suffering, and visible damage may not become apparent for a long time. Don’t get lulled into thinking that if you don’t see or feel signs of irritation, everything is OK.

Generally, it’s best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to ingredients that are known to irritate skin. There are many completely non-irritating products that contain effective ingredients, so there’s no reason to put your skin at risk with products that include ingredients research has shown can be a problem.

References for this information:
Journal of Dermatological Sciences, January 2015, pages 28–36
International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2014, pages 379–385
Clinical Dermatology, May-June 2012, pages 257–262
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798 

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: No

Congested pores? Unmask your best skin with our Pink Clay Detoxifying Face Mask. This detoxing mask is formulated with Seaweed extract and Witch Hazel to help moisturize and soothe problematic areas. Draws out impurities and absorbs oil to encourage a healthier looking complexion.

Aqua/Water/Eau, Kaolin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Bentonite, Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum/Fragrance, Citric Acid, 1-Methylhydantoin-2-Imide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Montmorillonite, Illite, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, CI 77491 (Iron Oxides).

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


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