The Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque is a green clay mask that hardens. According to the directions, you're supposed to take it off with warm water and a washcloth (like the Aztec mask). However, I find this process tedious since it's a thick paste that's difficult to take from the tube (around the time that it's half gone). It's near impossible to portion control with this thing - I always end up using more than I need. Product is a thick green paste with a consistency somewhere between play-doh and toothpaste.
|Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask - from the tube|
As you can see, there's a bit of a semi-circular impression when i try to maneuver the bottle without swiping with my fingers. Since squeezing too little gets only a tiny amount of product, and squeezing a lot makes it fly everywhere, covering my entire face can get very frustrating.
|Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask - spread|
Spreading it is not a problem after you get your desired amount out, but I prefer using it as an overnight spot treatment for zits that need to be dried up. Thus, I can't really say I like it as a mask. It dries up in less than 15 minutes, depending on how much you put on. A light layer will dry up in around 5.
While this is much more expensive in the Philippines (P250-P350, depends on where you get it) than in the US ($5 dollars), an 8 oz. tube will last at least a year with me and it really isn't expensive, compared to other products. This used to be hard to find a few years ago, but it's much easier to get now.
Now, this product is not a miracle worker for most of my zits (because my zits hurt :( ), but it does dry out the small zits and shrinks the mean ones enough to make them easier to hide the next day. If I had more obedient zits, it probably would be a miracle worker - as it is for some people. If only I could use this as a color corrector under make-up! I only use it once a day because it's very obvious.
This substance is very drying, so if you have dry or sensitive skin, I suggest you use this product sparingly.
Ingredients: water, kaolin, bentonite, glycerin, zinc oxide, propylene glycol, sulfur, chromium oxide greens, fragrance, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben.
- good drying capability: kills baby zits, shrinks the big ones
- minty smell
- inexpensive, lasts a long time
- tube packaging is horrible: difficult to take product out of the tube, get's everywhere if you're not careful
- hardens, so tube needs to be finished quickly (or cut up to get the bits that won't be squeezed out)
- don't sleep with this on unless you're fine with it going all over your sheets, or if you don't move and sleep on your back
- use a light coating if you're using it as a mask, use a heavier coat if you're using it as a spot treatment
- don't wear it as a spot corrector if you're going outside
- remember to use a moisturiser after use
- cut up the tube when you can't squeeze out anymore to make the most out of your product
- acne prone skin
- anyone with a zit
Yes, it's a staple in my beauty closet! I might ignore it, but I go back to it when I need it.