REVIEW: Glam Glow THIRSTYCLEANSE™ Daily Treatment Cleanser

Newly released from Glam Glow is its new THIRSTYCLEANSE™ Daily Treatment Cleanser. This is a “daily Mud to Foam™ cleanser for dry and dehydrated skin,” and “is a revolutionary daily cleanser that combines the power of mud and the performance of foam for a new daily cleansing experience.” I know that it sounds fancy, and I was sucked into it because I’m a fan of the Glam Glow masks. However, for me, I felt that this product was a gimmick; and, overall, I was unimpressed by its mediocre performance. I’ve noticed that online reviews vary, so please take mine with a grain of salt! :)

The cleanser is just like the mask — in that it’s the same color, consistency, and even smells the same too. Much like the mask, it’s designed to by hydrating and can be great for dehydrated and dry skins. The cleaners “transforms from a luxurious mud into a moisture-rich foaming lather to gently and effectively rinse away makeup, dirt, and impurities while deeply moisturizing your skin. It is formulated with rare Brazilian yellow clay to help to remineralize the skin, pure green coconut water to immediately boost skin for intense hydration, olive milk rich in olive lipids and proteins to replenish skin, and plumeria flower blossom extract rich in omega 3, 6, and 9 to restore the skin barrier function.”

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It’s suggested that you apply this cleanser onto DRY skin, then add water to create a foaming lather. In addition, it’s suggested that you continue to add more water while washing your face to increase the foam. “Indian gooseberry revitalizes and restores natural skin clarity while TEAOXI® olive leaf powder delivers natural linoleic acid to maintain moisture. Designed to create a hydrated, silky, and dewy fresh complexion, it helps maintain results of your current weekly treatments for healthy-looking, beautiful skin.” I’ve also used this on wet skin, but the foam was minimal and it left my skin feeling uncleansed.

My issues with this cleanser is that I didn’t feel like it did anything. While it did smell good and the foaming lather was nice, my skin felt slick afterwards — but not in a good, moisturized kind of way. It felt like the cleanser was still there and that it didn’t remove any of my makeup. On a different day, I tried this after I properly removed my makeup with eye makeup remover and cleansing oil. I used this as a follow-up cleanser, and it still felt the same way. Shortly after, I noticed small bumps that arose on my skin — on areas where normally, it would be pretty clear. Overall, I felt that this product was overly-hyped and there are other cleansers out there that do a better, more thorough and reliable job. For me, I still love the masks and have re-purchased them many times. This cleanser, however, was a bust. :(

Retails for $39.00 USD.

REVIEW: Glam Glow Powermud Dualcleanse Treatment

I’ve been on a major face mask kick lately, so I’m taking a brief break from sheet masks and peel-off masks entirely. As you know, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment to address pores, congestion, and spots; and the Glam Glow ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment has been great for maintaining moisture, hydration, and suppleness of the skin. Recently, the Glam Glow Powermud Dualcleanse Treatment was released and I just had to give it a try.

As with all Glam Glow products, this mask is pricey. Thus far, the Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment is worth the money and re-purchase.

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The Glam Glow Powermud Dualcleanse Treatment is a “mud-to-oil, gentle, deep cleansing treatment that removes the weekly buildup of dirt, oil, and makeup.” It is formulated to “revolutionize your cleansing routine with POWERMUD™,” which is a “mud-to-oil Dualcleanse Treatment” that allows you to “indulge in a multisensory cleansing experience.” By “uniting the power of mud and the power of oil to achieve amplified deep cleansing,” you’re able to deep-cleanse your skin gently to get rid of “weekly buildup,” congestion, pore blockage, and residual makeup/products. For super clean, velvety skin, this mask is a great bi-weekly option no matter what your skin type is.

The Powermud Dualcleanse “features OILIXER™, which is a custom blended complex of four powerful, rare, non-greasy, and fast-absorbing deep cleansing oils. CLAYTOX™ is a carefully balanced four-clay blend specifically developed to provide an ultra-gentle skin detoxification for a maximum yet delicate cleanse. And PUREIFIER™ is a complex mix of cleansers, astringents, and exfoliators, working in synergy to dramatically purify and condition the skin.”

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What I like to do is to do my usual cleansing routine at night and dry my skin. Then, I apply a thin layer all over my face concentrating on target areas such as my chin and nose. Leave the mask on for 5 – 10 minutes and allow the product to dry. For removal, I apply water to my skin and use circular motions to transform into a Cleansing Oil Treatment. The product will get oily and seem to dissolve, which I like since it feels like I’m purging my skin of the bad stuff. I rinse my face and dry it before moving onto my night time skin care routine.

This mask is pretty heavy-duty and I found it be drying if I used it too much or left it on too long. However, it’s a great weekly treatment for me to get rid of excess build-up on the skin. It feels refreshing and cooling on the skin; but, most of all, I like how after I remove the mask, my skin is so soft, supple, and firm looking. My pores appear to be smaller and less congested; and, redness and irritation are feminized on the skin. I’m really impressed with this mask, but the Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment is still my favorite. The Powermud Dualcleanse Treatment is great to have around especially for the hot summer months when you’re more oily and prone to breakouts.

Retails for $69.00 USD.

REVIEW: Glam Glow ThirstyMud™ Hydrating Treatment

I was hesitant to give into the hype around the Glam Glow masks, so I didn’t even bother to get one or try them out until recently. With an early birthday gift card, I decided to treat myself and purchased the Glam Glow ThirstyMud™ Hydrating Treatment. With the purchase, I also got a sample size of the Glam Glow YouthMud™ Tinglexfoliate Treatment, but I admit I’m afraid it may be too strong for my sensitive skin.

The cashier at Sephora kindly packed a few samples of the Glam Glow SuperMud™ Clearing Treatment and the Glam Glow BrightMud™ Eye Treatment as well. I’ll be trying those out as well and will report back as soon as I can. Based on current reviews I’ve read, the general consensus is that pretty much everyone loves the Glam Glow masks.

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The Glam Glow ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment is a “non drying hydration mask to deliver instant, extreme hydration.” This leave-on mask is formulated with “ThirstyMud™ [which] uses the newest, most advanced, and extreme hydration active technologies.” This mask is designed to moisturize, restore, replenish, and calm the skin with “Dewdration™,” which “boosts and locks in moisture for a dewy and youthful result. Another fancy ingredient is “HydraPack™,” which “leaves skin with an instant silky, soft, and supple feel.” And, finally, “GreenEnergy™ smooths and energizes the skin, giving you a healthy-looking, glowing complexion.”

DEWDRATION™: A blend of actives containing hyaluronic acid and citric acid for deep hydration; boosts and locks in moisture for a dewy, youthful look.
HYDRAPACK™: A blend of actives containing botanimoist, moisturizing sugars and acids from apples, oat bete glucan to soothe and calm the skin, and hydraclay to trap and retain moisture in the skin.
GREENENERGY™: A blend of actives containing raw honey and ginger root for radiance and detoxifying; coconut provides immediate skin conditioning.
Teaoxi Olive Leaf: Delivers naturally moisturizing linoleic acid.

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It’s recommended that this mask be used up to 2-3 times per week or when needed. At $69.00 USD for just over an ounce and a half, this product is super pricey. After cleansing and drying your skin, apply an even layer for 10-20 mins. For me, I like to use this at night after my cleansing routine. I leave it on for about 30 mins. while I wash the dishes or I’m painting my nails. Since the mask doesn’t dry hard, it’s low maintenance and will allow you to multi-task. If you want to really pamper yourself or you’re getting ready for a big day/night, this can be used on the neck and chest as well.

After a few minutes, the product will absorb into the skin. It will just feel slippery, but won’t drip or get messy. It’s recommended that you wipe off the residual product with a tissue and massage remaining product into skin. You can also rinse with water — which is what I normally do if I use the mask before a shower. I prefer to wash it off since I have a set nighttime routine with specific products I prefer to use. Another way to use this mask is to leave it on overnight “to infuse the skin with moisture and wake up with extremely hydrated skin.” Because the mask absorbs, it won’t get all over your pillow case and sheets; it just feels like you’re wearing a rich moisturizer/cream to bed.

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The Glam Glow ThirstyMud™ Hydrating Treatment is a great treatment product, and is rumored to have been used by celebrities before red carpet events before being available to the public. Because of the natural ingredients in this mask, it smells like coconuts and feels rich on the skin. You’ve got to apply a good layer onto your skin, so with regular use, this tub won’t last long unfortunately. If you’ve got severely dehydrated and dry skin, this may not a be a cost-effective way to go since it will run out so quickly. For me, I use it as a treatment mask about once a week. I estimate that, in total, this product will last less than 2 months.

I recommend this product if you’re really looking to pamper yourself. It’s like magic — your skin becomes so soft, plump, and hydrated that it naturally glows from within. Pores, lines, and pigmentation appear to be temporarily in check, so I can see why people use this right before an event. I will test out the rest of the samples I got and will report back. Until then, I’d like to re-purchase this item but it’s just too ridiculous for the amount you get and the short amount of time you have to use it. I don’t mind splurging on skin care products — especially ones that work — so I’m a little disappointed that I’ll purchase it only when I really need to. I’ve got SK-II products that are expensive but last a year, so it’s a shame I’m not willing to keep a mask this great on hand!

Contains 1.7 oz.
Retails for $69.00 USD.