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If clay masks and I were to have an official Facebook status, "It's Complicated" would hit the nail on the head. On one hand, being able to actually see a clay mask at work, drying up on my skin and exposing all of my problem areas is oddly satisfying. On the flip side, while my blemishes and clogged pores appreciate all the magic clay masks bring, my consistently dry skin is screaming at me. Enter C'est Moi's Mellow Marshmallow White Clay Facial Mask Tablets. This unique take on masking is unlike anything I've ever come across: candy-sized, floral-shaped tablets that when mixed with water, form a paste-like consistency.
For germaphobe's like me (I cringe at the thought of double-dipping into a face mask), the idea is brilliant. The question, though, is if these tablets actually have a positive impact on my skin. Below, find everything you need to know about these nifty little tablets, including how to apply and noteworthy ingredients.
- Sanitary, as each tablet is single-use
- Softens and soothes stressed skin
- Inconvenient for quick masking
The C’est Moi Mellow Marshmallow White Clay Facial Mask Tablets are a simple, mess-free alternative to traditional face masks, and they've become my go-to clay mask.
C’est Moi Mellow Marshmallow White Clay Facial Mask Tablets
STAR RATING: 4.5/5
BEST FOR: Sensitive, stressed, inflamed skin
USES: Mild exfoliant, clarifying, soothing
POTENTIAL ALLERGENS: Coconut oil
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Marshmallow extract, white clay
BYRDIE CLEAN: Yes
ABOUT THE BRAND: C'est Moi (meaning "It's Me" in French) is a clean skincare, makeup, and body care brand offering gentle formulas ideal for sensitive skin types.
- What's Included: Six tablets
- Full Ingredient List: Here. EWG-Verified and paraben-free.
About My Skin: Parched and stressed
If you've ever tried a clay mask (particularly one made from 100% clay), you'll know the dry feeling that ensues. After all, clay masks are meant to suck oil out of your skin—a dream for someone with oily or combination skin. And while my fellow dry-skinned folks are likely scratching their heads, wondering how such a mask could be compatible for parched skin, there are benefits. These include: drawing out impurities, detoxifying stressed skin, and a more even complexion. Typically, I have to mentally prepare myself pre-clay masking, as I'm well aware that for my skin type, they'll cause a subsequent skin issue (extreme dryness) while treating another (clogged pores). Beyond my usual dryness, my skin stresses out during hormonal and environmental changes—joy.
The Feel: Mild clay-like feel
After mixing one tablet with a half-teaspoon of warm water—really, the water must be warm—I break it up with the end of a mask brush and then apply the paste-like concoction to my face. I opted to leave in a few small chunks rather than crush the tablet completely smooth, as I like a little exfoliation.
When I use traditional clay masks, it's only a matter of minutes before I can feel the mask hardening up, and this one was no different. Where the difference lies with this one, though, is the level of dryness I felt as it hardened. This mask never got hard enough to the point where I couldn't move my face.
Ingredients: Purifying and clarifying
You'd think the star ingredient here is the white clay, but to me the heavy-hitter is the marshmallow extract. I've never used skincare with marshmallow anything, but the extract used in this face mask is meant to soothe redness, relieve inflammation, and help skin retain moisture. It's an anti-irritant with emollient properties, and hypersensitive skin types—along with those with skin allergies—will benefit from its ability to soothe. Of course, white clay is the hardening agent here, and it works to refine the skin, unclog pores, and absorb oil. Basically, it's a match made in skincare heaven.
The Results: Awakened, refreshed skin
The entire collection—this product included—uses clean ingredients and formulations geared toward those with delicate, sensitive skin. And while I don't feel completely transformed after using this mask, my skin did feel extremely clean and detoxified. My pores didn't feel tight and uncomfortable (as they do with most other clay masks), and I was left with clearer, softer skin after using. This is a clay mask after all, so I did follow with a moisturizer—I used the Belif True Cream Aqua Bomb ($38) because its thick, cooling consistency complements clay masks nicely.
The Value: Worth it
The $14 price point for six single-use tablets lands each tablet at around two dollars. For a drugstore-priced face mask that's made without harsh chemicals, it's definitely worth the buy. Generally speaking, face masks vary widely in price, with the lower-cost ones being a couple of dollars and the luxurious ones often hitting the triple digits. This one combines a clean, effective formula with an accessible price point.
Similar Products: You have options
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask: Comparable in price, this clay mask contains more product but is made with 100% natural calcium bentonite clay so it can be extremely drying on already-parched skin.
Fresh Umbrian Clay Pore Purifying Face Mask: This pore-targeting clay mask is just as sanitary as the face mask tablets—as it's in a squeeze tube—and is ideal for blemish-prone skin.
Our Verdict: Don't think, just buy
C'est Moi's Mellow Marshmallow White Clay Facial Mask Tablets are a dream for those with dry skin. You get the pore-refining capabilities of a clay mask but none of the dryness. Plus, I love the uniqueness of the tablets—they make masking while traveling easier, as they take up much less space than a regular mask component, and are much more sanitary than the traditional jarred ones.