L’Oreal Pure Clay Exfoliating Mask – Hers and His Review

July 28, 2016

On my way to the Ulta checkout I spied three new Pure-Clay masks from L’Oreal. Something about red algae ingredient beckoned me, so I bought the “Exfoliate and Refine Pores” formula and decided to try it on myself and my acquiescent husband. 

I’ve tried tons of masks, from GLAMGLOW Super Mud to minty bargain Queen Helene to this disappointment.  I have super oily skin, some sun spots, and the start of fine lines.  I normally like masks that suck all life from my pores. This L’Oreal Pure-Clay mask is pretty unique. 

Here’s the mud in the glass jar:

For about $13, I’d guess this jar is good for  about 8-10 uses.  

I like the terra cotta color and the scent is very spa-like. And it lingers. People sensitive to smells might grow tired of it while waiting for the mask to work its claims. 

The mask sorta makes us look sunburned. 

Unlike many clay masks, this one never fully dries out. Instead it stays pretty pliable, like a thin layer of fruit leather on your face.  You’re supposed to leave it for about 15 minutes before adding some water and massaging it in circular motions for full manual exfoliation effect.  

We left ours on for closer to 45 minutes because we were caught up watching The Lobster. It isn’t the kind of movie you can step away from unless you want to be completely lost. 

During these 45 minutes I worried our skin might stain orange. 

No skin stains, though. Just a messy sink. After our first use, we both noticed soft, soft skin. My husband usually prefers peel-off masks (they’re more fun), but he did say his skin was smoother than before he started. 

I’ll use up the jar, but I’m not sure that this is a repurchase for me. 


  • Slight tingling makes you feel like it’s working
  • Skins feels soft after use
  • Spa scent
  • Not drying
  • Easy to rinse off


  • Messy when you wash it off. Lay a towel around your sink. 
  • Scent can be overbearing for some people

What are your go-to masks? Does price matter? 

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