A face mask with never-before-used properties that makes pores vanish and skin illuminate after just one use. It sounds too good to be true, right? Well I tried and tested the Sand & Sky face mask for over 3 months to find out whether the product is worth the splurge or if you should save your money.
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Winter is a tough time of year for our skin. As if the cold weather and short, gloomy days aren’t bad enough, we also have to deal with winter break outs as our skin adjusts to the change in climate and a vitamin D malnourishment. I, for one, have bared the full brunt of this and I can tell you it isn’t pretty. Witness for yourself below.
Note: My skin hasn’t looked this bad since I was a hormonal teenager. It’s been a while since I felt this level of insecurity. I needed a solution. ASAP.
In my drastic search for a quick fix to my winter breakout, I found a holy-grail product that promised “holiday skin all year round” – just what I needed in this cold weather! It claimed to cure all of my complexion troubles – acne, enlarged pores, blackheads, uneven skin tone and tired, dull looking skin – within just one use. BUT… for a price. And a hefty price, at that.
The Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Face Mask retails at £39.90 (not including postage fees) for roughly only 40ml of product. As a self-proclaimed bargain hunter, I felt uncomfortable splurging this much on a seemingly superficial face mask. But desperate times call for desperate measures. So, I had to find out for myself whether the Sand & Sky face mask was actually worth the money or not.
What makes the Sand & Sky face mask special?
This face mask has been circulating the internet and social media like crazy over the last year and it’s received a lot of attention from some high profile beauty ‘influencers’ and bloggers, as well as the general public. But I had always been reluctant to invest in it until recently. Partly because of the price tag and partly because I questioned how genuine the product and the reviews were. For all I knew, this could just be another overrated and overpriced product with pretty packaging, a clever marketing strategy and a big advertisement budget. But, according to Sand & Sky, 96% of their buyers have said they’ve seen results and would buy the product again.
So, what exactly is it about this product that has got people going crazy for it? Emily and Sarah Hamilton, the founders of Sand & Sky, claim that their mask has up to 40% more clay consistency than regular face masks and that you have never experienced the “wonder and efficacy” of their botanical ingredients in your skincare before. This is because many of the ingredients are completely unique to their Australian shores.
What are the special ingredients?
- Pink clay
- Organic Mangosteen
- Kakadu Plum
- Finger lime
- Old man’s weed
- Witch Hazel
What does the mask claim to do?
- Detoxifies: removes pollution and impurities from deep within the skin and absorbs excess oil
- Refines: tightens pores, exfoliates and smooths the skin and removes pigmentation
- Cleanses: absorbs dirt and fights acne
- Brightens: brightens complexion and perks up tired skin
- Restores: stimulates collagen for firm, plump skin and helps repair cells to prevent ageing
- Works for all skin types
But in reality, does the Sand & Sky face mask actually do what it says on the tin? And could it be a remedy for my problematic skin? I found out the truth behind the hype.
Initial review of the Sand & Sky face mask
- The packaging and design of the Sand & Sky product is pretty and aesthetically pleasing.
- The free application brush that it comes with is incredibly soft and is so satisfying to apply the product with.
- It has a unique smell, which I would describe as quite musky and slightly medicinal. But overall it has a nice scent.
- The pot is small and you don’t get a lot of product for the price (roughly 40ml). But a little bit goes a long way, so you don’t need to apply too much at a time.
- The product applies smoothly and easily. The brush is great – hardly any product gets trapped/absorbed in the brush bristles, so you don’t feel as if you’re wasting money.
- It doesn’t dry down too quickly, so you’re able to blend the product and work it into the skin before it dries.
- It begins to sting after a few seconds of being on the skin, nothing overbearing but enough to make you worry! I do have quite sensitive skin and react to certain things, so I thought maybe I should wash it off. Then I checked the instruction manual and it does say that it’s supposed to tingle. This sensation goes away after a minute or so.
- The mask dries down hard, like you expect a clay mask to do.
- Once it’s dried down, you can see the mask being absorbed into your skin from your pore indentations.
Instant results from the Sand & Sky face mask
After my first application of the Sand & Sky Australian pink clay mask, I had very mixed feelings and questioned whether the product was actually a wise investment. It seemed to only do some of the things it claimed to and any old clay face mask could have achieved the same results. Here’s what happened to my skin…
The immediate results:
- Skin feels very soft and smooth and is squeaky clean.
- No oils left on the skin.
- It reduced the redness/inflammation of the spots on my forehead and other problematic areas.
- More spots appeared after the first use, as it drew my impurities to the surface. I could tell because my blackheads were more prominent and easy to squeeze.
- Skin didn’t appear to be any brighter. I have naturally very dull skin.
- Hasn’t minimised or changed any sizing of my pores.
- My skin was itchy where it had dried out so much from the face mask.
3 month review of Sand & Sky face mask
I continued to use the Sand & Sky face mask two times a week for over 3 months, in the hope that a little time and patience was all that was needed in order for it to work to its full potential.
The long term results:
- The texture of my skin is visibly smoother.
- It began to tighten my pores eventually, almost giving a ‘blurred’ look to my pores, which I would usually achieve by applying a pore-refining primer. I have very enlarged pores, so they’re never diminished, but I’ve noticed a slight reduction in size. Note that this is only temporary and not a permanent fix. It only happens straight after using the mask.
- It hasn’t been able to get rid of my acne-type spots. I still get these. Although, the product description does note that the face mask can be incorporated into any skin routine but it will not cure acne alone.
- My skin tone is much more even and pigmentation clusters have dulled down.
- It has made my skin appear brighter (note that this does not mean dewy like I assumed, the complexion is just more vibrant and healthy looking).
- It keeps the oil at bay in my skin for the whole day.
- I still have very tiny blackheads, but the severity and number of these has been reduced by a lot.
Would I buy the Sand & Sky face mask again?
To answer my question from earlier; ‘is the Sand & Sky Australian pink clay mask worth the money and the hype’?
The answer is yes.
After 3 months of regularly using the face mask, I still have half a pot of product left. So, in my opinion, this is definitely worth the money, as it lasts forever! And the results you get are undeniably amazing. I really do notice a difference to my complexion whenever I use the mask and for someone who has always had problematic, dull looking skin this has been an absolute game changer to my skincare routine. Given it takes a little time to achieve its full benefits, the results are really worth the patience. I can happily say that I would buy this product again.
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It may be an excellent quality product, but I understand that the Sand & Sky face mask if probably still a little too pricey for most budget-conscious people. That’s why I’ve created a blog post that includes all of the best Sand & Sky face mask dupes. These are affordable, budget-friendly pink clay masks that will get the same amazing results as the Sand & Sky mask, at just a fraction of the price!