I’ve been at the high end of price points over my last few Face Mask Friday posts, so I took to my collection last weekend to see what budget options I had in my big box of masks and the one which I decided to try was the Primark Avocado and Oatmeal mask. I picked up a trio of these last year and had a great experience with one, and a mediocre experience with the other – so I was intrigued to see how this one would turn out.Over the bank holiday I ended up spending too much time in the garden and as a rookie error I decided one day – I won’t be out there too long, didn’t apply sunscreen and then over the course of the day saw my skin take on a slightly lobster-y hue, predominately on my chest and face and my face in particular was feeling quite dehydrated and dry. I decided I needed something to calm everything down – and this one from Primark sounded perfect, Nourishing and Softening was just what I needed.
The packaging like the rest of the masks is surprisingly lovely for something that comes in at just 80p, although the foil packets are still way too stiff to simply tear open without applying pressure and accidentally squeezing it everywhere at the same time. A pair of scissors is definitely required when it comes to these masks.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect texture wise when it came to this mask – I was expecting a gel-cream like texture as that’s often what I’ve come to associate with avocado when it comes in skincare form. So I was a bit surprised when I saw it was a thick pastey clay like texture, which then when I checked the ingredients was not too surprising as clay was the second highest ingredient only below water. The mask did have a slight fresh scent. The packet contained a generous amount which I slathered on heavily – but I think you could have got two uses out of this mask – or one and a multi-mask which made it even better value.
When the mask first hit the skin it felt cooling but within 30-60 seconds it started to feel a little bit itchy, I decided to wait it out for a few minutes to see if the sensation got any worse and felt like I needed to remove – but as the clay started drying out the itchy feeling started dying down. I left on in total for around 25 minutes whilst I pottered about the house and taking some blog photos and when I came to rinse off, boy was it stubborn.
The clay had dried down incredibly and it’s slightly sticky pastey texture only went further to solidify it to the skin – and removing with water and a flannel alone wasn’t really cutting it – I had to get out my Magntione cleanser brush to really manage to shift it from every pore it had manage to attach itself too. Once my skin was dry it felt a little bit sore from the aggressive removal, however after 20 minutes or so retouching my face I could appreciate the work that the mask had done, my skin felt soft and smoothed over. I feel like over the past two months or so my skin has become far less oily than what it was this time last year, but I do still have some oilier areas – predominately my T-zone and chin which it helped balance out.
Do I think it was the world’s most amazing mask? No – but I do think it was a mask that was very good for 80p, and it’s definitely left me intrigued about any others which are in their range that I’m yet to try.
Have you tried Primarks Face Masks?