Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask

OK I know you've seen this picture a hundred times but I'm busy and it serves a purpose. Bear with.

What is it?
A clay mask or in the brand's words:

'This supercharged Goddess Skin Clay Mask is based on an ancient Mediterranean beauty recipe, which combines gentle yet nutrient-rich Spanish clay with Sweet Almond Oil, prized for its nourishing properties.'

Who is it for?
Everyone, but especially lovers of luxurious clay masks.

What’s in it?
Aqua (water), Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (sweet almond) oil, Kaolin, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Glyceryl Stearate, Triethanolamine, Nicotiana Sylvestris Leaf Cell Culture, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seed oil, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, PEG-8, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Parfum (fragrance), Hexy Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Eugenol, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

*all listed on CharlotteTilbury.com - thank you!

What's not in it?
parabens, mineral oil, shea butter

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
A bit of both. But CT makes no 'green' claims (thank God).

Tested on animals/sold in territories that advocate testing?

How does it smell?
Nice, light, subtle - a little floral but not overpowering (to me).

How does it feel on the skin?/Absorption rate?
Feels like a soft cream moisturiser, doesn't really absorb, but then that's the idea. :)

How do you use it?/Where to use in your routine?
Whenever you feel the need. I don't tend to clay more than once a week but that's because I don't have the energy.

How long before you should see results?
Immediately. When you've used a clay mask your skin should feel fairly smooth, pores should appear more under control and the kin should look a little matte, but not feel dry.

How long did I test it for?
I've had this since it came out and used it probably 5/6 times?

How much is it? /Size/Approximate cost per usage?
£45.00 for 75ml. How long it lasts is obviously entirely up to you and how heavy-handed you are. I would expect it to last me over six months, easy.

What’s good about it?
Although it's a complete contradiction in terms of ingredients, they work. Using clay in a glycerin and oil base may seem odd, but I really like this mask. It's extremely comfortable on the skin, and very gentle. Applies beautifully, absorbs to just the right level (the titanium dioxide helps prevent it going deeper), and feels really good. Afterwards my skin is super-soft, my pores look aligned (if that's a suitable word for pores?), and it may just be in my head, but I swear my skin is more even-toned. If you have an oilier skin than I do, you could happily use this a few times a week without it causing further issues. Would reach for this on any day, whether it's a proper full-on Sunday Facial, as in the picture above, or a 'My skin looks like pants, what can I quickly grab?' day.
A good egg.

What’s not so good about it?
Product-wise, it contains fragrance, so avoid if that is an issue for you. The only real problem is with the claims on the product, rather than the product itself. The great thing about Charlotte is the energy and enthusiasm she has for her work and her brand. She is absolutely one of the most inspiring people I have ever met, both inside the industry and out, but sometimes the product claims are a little 'out there'. 
There is no way a clay mask would 'dramatically lift' the skin, without a surgeon and stitches to help it along. It won't 'tighten' pores either - at least not long-term. Clay absolutely absorbs excess sebum (and water) when you use it, leaving the skin looking like your pores have seen the benefit, like I said in the previous section, but it's vital to remember it's a quick fix, not a miracle.
Charlotte Tilbury is a luxury brand so this is an expensive clay product - I have always said that if you are on a tight budget then clay masks are where you absolutely cut costs, but I know there are a lot of you out there that just genuinely love spending your hard-earned cash on skincare *looks in the mirror sheepishly* so this is probably more for you. Like I said, if money is tight, skip this, get a Cattier mask (if you can...) and spend your money on a good serum.

Works well with?
This is actually really good with acid toners. Try it sandwiched between them for lovely, supersoft skin.

What’s the website like?
I love Charlotte's website - and one of my favourite things about it is the video content demo'ing the products. Except this one. It's awkward, with no Charlotte and just a pair of hands applying it to a model from off-camera. Would be lovely to see CT applying it on herself.

Would I purchase/repurchase?
Yes I would.

Similar products?
Lots - all the ones mentioned here for starters.

Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask is £45.00 for 75ml and available from:




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  1. Hi Caroline - could you recommend a lower cost clay mask that is available in Canada? I have to save my skin care splurges for my retinol products. Thanks!

    Angela at blushandpearls.com

    1. There are loads on the blog.

    2. Here's a link to a previous article Caroline has done on clay masks: http://www.carolinehirons.com/2016/05/masks-claymudcharcoal-etc.html
      Cattier is the cheapest and I like it too, maybe if you have access to a French pharmacy there that might be an option for getting hold of some Cattier.

    3. I buy Cattier products in a organic/bio/vegan products store, not in a pharmacy. Maybe you can look those places too! In Portugal it's quit easy to buy them... And they are lovely an very affordable! Less than 5 euros.

    4. Hi Angela! If you're in/near Toronto, I once saw the Cattier in Noah's Health Food store, Yonge & Charles location. I don't know if they still carry it but it was maybe 6mos - 1yr ago that I saw it.

      Otherwise you can prob find a basic one in any other health food store - Whole Foods etc. OR you can make your own easily by buying the clay, oils, glycerin etc. Lots of formulas online. Good luck!

  2. Just for all the Canadians out there they do sell this at Holt Renfrew in Toronto and on their online store :)

  3. CT wouldn't apply it on herself because she's said before that she's never seen without makeup! :P

  4. at which point in a routine would you use a mask?

  5. So far I haven't heard anything good about Charlotte Tilbury skincare, but the mask sounds lovely.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking