I remember trying the Montagne Jeunesse peel off face masks years ago. The colourful display of the full range in shops has always excited me – like some kind of grown up sweet shop. So I was only too pleased to review three products from their range.
Green Tea Pore Cleansing Peel
The product is a surprisingly thick, gloopy yellow/green gel which feels quite sticky to apply, and is a bit messy to get out of the sachet. It also smells slightly worryingly like nail polish remover, which I presume is the alchohol content listed in the ingredients. Having slapped the stuff all over my face, I waited 15-20 minutes as instructed on the back of the packet. I could feel the mask drying and tightening on my face, but not in an itchy way, as I feared. However, after the 20 minute time limit, my cheeks still felt tacky, so I allowed an extra 10 minutes, as I didn’t want to miss out on the full on satisfaction of pulling the mask from my face like a sheet of PVA glue.
After 25-30 minutes my mask felt dry, and I was struggling to move my mouth, so I pulled off the mask in one go (WARNING: DO NOT get this stuff stuck in your hair – it hurts!!). I thought my skin might feel a bit tight, but it didn’t. It felt soft and looked visibly brighter and fresher, and the pores on my nose were less noticeable.
Pomegranate & Passionflower Peel
Second was the pomegranate and passion-flower mask. This one also smelled like nail polish remover, with a sweet, fruity smell too. Strangely, although as instructed I avoided my eye area, this stung my eyes as badly as if I’d been chopping onions! It also made my face sting at first, but this calmed down after a few minutes, and I was hoping this was a sign of it ‘deep cleansing’ rather than a sign that my face was going to be beetroot red by the time I peeled it off! On application, this mask too felt quite ‘gloopy’ and took a while to wash off my hands (and the sink!).
Meanwhile, I waited 15-20 minutes, and checked in to the Montagne Jeunesse ‘Monday’s for me’ Facebook app. This is a great way to kill the usually boring time waiting for the mask to dry. On the app, you select the time that your mask instructs you to wait, then select a category from Fashion, Beauty, Arts and Crafts and Food & Drink. Then you can start the on-screen timer, and read some interesting blogs and recipes while you wait! A great idea although it did stop me doing my usual bathroom clean while waiting for my mask to dry!
Manuka Honey & Jasmine Peel
I left this until last mainly because I am not keen on the smell of honey. The honey smell in this mask was not overpowering, but it did look and feel like smearing runny honey on my face! The main smell to me was the jasmine (which I am also not too keen on!) although this mask didn’t have the nail polish remover smell that the others did, and it didn’t tingle as much on application. It also seemed to dry the quickest out of the three even though all three masks had the same waiting time. It was also the most difficult to remove, and I actually considered washing it off as it hurt so much to peel it off! Not one for the faint hearted!
This one is an antibacterial mask (I have heard that honey has antibacterial properties and is good for your skin) so perhaps this is one that would be beneficial for acne prone skin. The mask did leave my skin feeling very soft, if a little tender! I followed it with some sweet almond oil (my anti-winter skin product of choice) and the next morning my skin was still glowing (in a good way).
If you are looking for last minute stocking stuff ideas Montagne Jeunesse are offering a Stocking Filler Surprise – 15 masks for the price £10.