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Saturday, 5 October 2013

this or that: clay masks

clay mask boots botanics ionic clay mask origins clear improvement mask review swatch photo
boots botanics ionic clay mask &  origins clear improvement mask

When I was home I didn't bring any of my usual skincare with me, and it didn't help that I was suffering from a horrible breakout leaving my skin looking clogged up, dirty and an oily mess. I worked out the culprit was a silicone based primer, I always had this suspicion my skin hated silicone but never investigated it. Typically, I usually use the Origins Clear Improvement Mask whenever my skin needs sorting out post breakout. But I live in the middle of nowhere and on a Boots spree I picked up the Boots Ionic Clay Mask to test out. Clay masks are a godsend for oily or spot prone skin as they draw out all the nasties from the skin and work towards a more refined, clear skin.

The Boots Botanics Ionic Clay mask is clay based, it claims to help rid skin on oiliness while clearing out pores and deep cleansing the face. The mask has very slippy, thin, wet texture and it a lot less muddy feeling compared to the Origins one. It's quite lightweight and almost a little watery. The mask dries hard in about 10 minutes you can wash it off with warm water. It removes from the skin easily, and I found it left my skin feeling deeply cleansed albeit a bit stripped. It's definitely reduced the oil on my skin but at the expense of making it feel a little dry. I did notice a reduction in size and colour of my blemishes after use. Origins Clear Improvement is again, a clay based mask with the active ingredients being Charcoal and white clay. This works like a dream on congested skin and is always my go-to whenever my skin looks like it's about to breakout. Overtime it brings all impurities up to the surface of the skin and unclogs pores. It leaves my skin feeling smooth, soft and clean without feeling stripped or tight.

I think overall I prefer the Origins Clear Improvement mask, but I feel a good, highstreet alternative is the Boots Botantics one. They retail at £22 and £6.99 respectively with the latter being on offer quite regularly for 1/3rd off. So in terms of price the Botantics one wins. All clay masks dry the skin out to some degree, but I felt the Botanics one dried it out a little more. I'm just a little happier with the Origins results compared to the Boots Botanics, but essentially they do a similar job!
Do you have any recommendations for clay based masks?

39 comments

  1. I'm tempted to try out the Boots version just because, as you said it definitely wins price wise! x
    Freya's Fashion Chapter

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  2. I really want to try the boots one!

    Emma - masqueradebelle.co.uk

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  3. I love clay masks!the una brennan one is really good x

    Sweet Electric Blog

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  4. I really need to get my hands on the origins mask!
    catrinteleri.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. My favorite one still remains the super drug version but i'm certainly going to try the boots one.
    http://8thspiff.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. Great post, I've been wanting to buy a clay mask for a while now and I was going to buy the Origins one but I think I will try the Boots alternative since the price is a lot cheaper! x

    Elise I Lou

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  7. I swear by the Body shop seaweed range for skincare! All about taming oily and spot prone skin! It has a clay mask too which I purchased yesterday so I haven't tried it yet. On face value it looks thick and smells really fresh.
    Excited to see the results! xxx

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  8. I like the Origins mask. I use it sparingly as a treat so it lasts longer, hehe.

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  9. This is a helpful review, I also have the Origins one and really like it, but it's good to know about good budget alternatives for when funds are lacking!

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  10. I found the Botanics mask to be a bit too drying for my combination skin but good for feeling deep cleansed. I am obsessed by Aesop's Anti Blemish mask at the moment but at £33 it's not as purse friendly as this Boots one! Emma.x
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  11. seriously want to try out the origins one! x

    www.oliviaroses.blogspot.com

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  12. I've been on the hunt for a decent high street clay mask in a tube for a long time now but find them really hard to come by! I may have to invest and sample the origins one though, I think you've almost sold me! ;-)
    http://aworldfullofprettiness.blogspot.com

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  13. I'll be trying out the boots one and hopefully one day i'll bring myself to spend £22 on the origins one to try out and make a comparison for myself. Lovely review, love posts in this format x

    Jessica | Just Say Jess

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  14. the botanics one sounds really nice, I haven't tried this but you really got me interested xx

    Martyna | NEON MIZZLE

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  15. They both sound really good, I may have to try the Botanics one though, just because of the price! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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  16. This is good to know! I never know if I should try the botanics one, sounds like a good dupe!

    www.emandthem.co.uk

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  17. I use the Origins clay mask but was recommended the Botanics one by Caroline Hirons so it does come in high regard!

    Victoria

    FlorenceandMary.com

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  18. I like queen Helene's mint julep mask for a drugstore mask. It doesn't dry out my skin

    katespitz.blogspot.com

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  19. i really need to try the origins mask, might give the other one a whirl to as its a fraction of the price!

    thatgirlcalledlauren.blogspot.co.uk

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  20. The botanics one is so affordable! I've just bought the origins one and love it. It really deep cleans my pores x

    www.crazylins.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. I'd love to give the Origins one a go but I might try the botanics one out first to see if I like the idea of clay based masks before I splash out on the Origins one! x

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  22. I love the origins mask but I will have to try the Boots mask to see if it is just as good and for a hell of a lot less :p xx Emmi

    http://emmihearts.blogspot.co.uk/

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  23. I am a lover of the Boots clay mask! I have been using it for months. Maybe my skin is REALLY oily so it doesn't dry my skin out too much. Thanks for the review!

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  24. I love Clear Improvement, my skin is so oily that I genuinely can't imagine it feeling stripped so I may have to get the Botanics mask as a more purse-friendly alternative :) Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    Jess xo

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  25. I've been wanting to try out the Origins one as I always read you raving about it but I think I'll try out the Boots one first to see if it works on my skin :) don't want to spend loads of money and it not work!

    http://www.blogthiswithhannah.blogspot.co.uk

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  26. I really like the Botanics one, definitely want to try the Origins one though:) x

    www.thebeautymist.com

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  27. I've tried the Michael Todd Kaolin Clay Detoxifying Facial Mask recently and I like it a lot!! I have made a review on it, it will be on my blog on Monday!!
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  28. Ohh thats a great comparison! I really want to try the origins mask!

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  29. Have been wanting to get my hands on the origins one for a while now!

    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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  30. i'm a huge clay mask lover as i have both oily and blemish prone skin so they are ideal for my skin type. therefore this review is perfect for me! i think both of them sound lovely but obviously with origins being such a luxurious and well known brand, i'd probably opt for that one. however, the boots one sounds just as nice and when i'm on a boots binge, i may just pop it into my basket for a comparison review like this one! either way, i definitely need to get my hands on one of them! :) X

    http://theenglishgirl.blogspot.co.uk/

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  31. Oooo will have to check out this botanics mask, I love the Origins one!

    http://itcantbeanotherbeautyblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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  32. I have the origins clay mask and it's really great as you said; especialy as I have oily , acne prone skin
    xAfeeyahx

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  33. Thank to your raving I recently tried the Origins one for myself and just oh my lord, it works so well, I am so happy you posted about it, I never need a mask again.

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  34. I wish I'd have read this earlier as I was in boots the other day and picked up a different mask. Will definitely be trying the botanics one!

    lauragibbmua.blogspot.co.uk

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  35. I just saw the Botanics clay mask at Target here in the US and I was wondering about it, so this came at a perfect time. I'm glad I didn't get it because I can't use anything that strips my skin. I'll just stick to my Origins clay mask :)

    -Nita
    xsimplynitax.blogspot.com

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  36. I have just bought the Origins one and I am in love with it already!!

    egtx3.blogspot.co.uk
    xo

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  37. So useful, thank you!

    www.peonyandpeach.blogspot.com

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