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Glamglow Thirstymud 24-Hour Hydrating Treatment Face Mask
Tropical coconut scent
Not Byrdie Clean
Could irritate sensitive skin
Glamglow Thirstymud 24-Hour Hydrating Treatment Face Mask
We put the Glamglow Thirstymud 24-Hour Hydrating Treatment Mask to the test after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand. Keep reading for our full product review.
If you’re anything like me, your skin is suddenly depleted of any hydration when the temperature starts to drop. Unfortunately, turning up the heat indoors and facing frigid conditions outside is unavoidable if you live in a colder climate. One way to combat this issue is with a quality hydrating treatment. Of course, the skincare industry has come up with hundreds upon hundreds of moisturizing products that claim to rid your skin of dryness, but which ones actually work? Thankfully, after trying tons of different masks and moisturizers in my day, I’ve got a pretty good idea. But when I heard of Glamglow’s Thirstymud 24-Hour Hydrating Treatment Mask, I was shocked I’d never given it a go before.
I’m no stranger to the Glamglow brand. I have to admit that I took an embarrassing amount of selfies in the brand’s iconic chrome-colored Gravitymud mask when it was all the rage amongst influencers a few years back. I’ve also tried the Supermud mask, which diminishes blackheads and calms acne. Both of these masks were definitely a splurge for me, so my main priority going into this review was determining if Thirstymud was worthy of its high price. So without further ado, read on to find out my honest opinion of this hydrating mask.
Best for: Dry, dull skin
Uses: Hydrates and nourishes the skin
Potential allergens: Fragrance
Active ingredients: Ginger, coconut, honey, hyaluronic acid
Byrdie Clean?: No; contains PEG-8 and PEG-100 Stearate
About the brand: Glamglow was founded in 2010 by husband-and-wife duo Glenn and Shannon Dellimore, who initially created the brand for Hollywood A-listers. Now, Glamglow is sold in stores worldwide and is best known for its Insta-worthy masks.
About My Skin: Prone to dryness
What you need to know about my skin is that it gets extremely dry, especially during the wintertime. I also have acne-prone skin, and my benzol peroxide gel only exacerbates my dry skin. Thankfully, I’ve discovered an array of products that work for my skin type over the years, but I’m always on the hunt for new hydrating formulas to try out.
Generally, I use a lightweight moisturizer and an eye balm in the morning, and a heavier moisturizer, that isn’t too intense, before I go to sleep. I’ve recently been a fan of the Glow Recipe Plum Plump Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer because it’s lightweight and great for all-day wear. As for an overnight hydrating product, I have yet to find one that I’ve fallen in love with because so many can be pore-clogging and irritating to my skin, but I was using the Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask prior to trying Glamglow’s product, and I felt like to worked well with my skin type.
The Feel: Lightweight and creamy
Even though this product is a mask, I would liken the texture to a moisturizer. It goes on smooth and seeps into the skin just as a regular moisturizer would. The mask’s instructions say to wipe off the excess after putting it on, but in my experience, I found it more beneficial to massage it into my skin 10-20 minutes after applying.
One minor drawback is that upon applying, I felt a tingling sensation on my skin, and my face was a bit red after using the mask. I researched if this was common with this particular product, and a few others with sensitive skin experienced something similar. That being said, feeling a bit of tingling after putting on a skincare product isn’t necessarily dangerous. In my case, because my skin was so parched and dehydrated, it reacted a bit to the formula. Of course, if the product caused burning or long-term irritation, that is another story, but again I think my reaction was just a result of the intensity of the formula on my sensitive, dry skin. So, just keep in mind that if you also have sensitive skin, you may experience a bit of irritation while your skin is adjusting to the mask.
The Ingredients: Hydrating
- Coconut, honey, and ginger: These natural ingredients have been known to revive skin and boost overall radiance.
- Hyaluronic acid: This is a popular ingredient found in skincare products that works to trap hydration into the skin by binding water to collagen.
- Oat extract: This ingredient works to moisturize and soothe skin. Oat extract contains omega fatty acids which help to repair and nourish the skin.
The Scent: A tropical oasis
While this mask's main draw is its intense hydration boost, my favorite part has to be the smell. I was sent to a sweet-scented paradise upon opening the jar, which was quite refreshing considering the heaps of snow outside my window. This can most likely be attributed to the combination of coconut, honey, and ginger in the formula.
However, even though I can't get enough of the scent, it comes at a cost—at least for me. When it comes to skincare, I try to stay away from heavily scented products because of my sensitive skin, so I wasn't surprised when I faced a bit of redness when first trying out the mask. Luckily, after a few uses, my skin adjusted to the product, and I didn't have any redness or irritation post-use.
The Results: Gets the job done
This product does exactly what it says it will do, giving skin an intense boost of hydration for 24 hours. I want to point this out because, in my experience, I didn't notice any long-term results from this product. I think that it does a fantastic job at boosting hydration for an allotted time period, but if you want consistent results, you'll have to use this mask 2-3 times a week. This may be a lot for those with sensitive skin, so I was a bit disappointed to discover that. On the other hand, if you have an event or gathering that you want to look your best for the next day, I definitely recommend using this the night before, particularly if you don't want to pay for a hydrating facial or if you're in a pinch for time.
Additionally, even though this product can be used day or night, I found that it was a bit heavy for my morning skincare routine. Also, if I didn't massage it in or wipe off the excess product enough, I was left with an orange tint on my skin throughout the day. If you don't like the feeling of having product on your face during the day, I would use this mask strictly at nighttime.
I already talked about how my skin reacted to the product, so I don't feel like I need to go into any more detail about that, but overall my slight sensitivity isn't something that solely turns me off from the product. Despite seeing actual results, I'm not sure if I'd repurchase based on the price for the amount of product you get and the fact that it's not a "clean" beauty product.
The Value: A Skincare splurge
If you're familiar with Glamglow, you probably know that the brand's masks run on the pricey side, most of them starting at around $60. With this in mind, the price didn't necessarily surprise me, but it made me pay more attention to if I was getting the most for my money. And even though a little goes a long way with this mask, I still don't think it's worth the price tag.
The jar is relatively small, in my opinion, with the standard size being 1.7 oz. Even though this product does an amazing job of hydrating my skin, I'm not sure it's worth $60. If it were a slightly lower price, I would definitely consider repurchasing, but I rarely repurchase skincare products at that price unless it's an all-time best... which I'm not sure this is for me.
Similar Products: You have options
Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask: The Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask ($48) from Youth To The People plumps and nourishes dry, dull skin. Even though the price is similar to Glamglow’s Thirstymud, you get 2 oz. of product compared to 1.7 oz.
Paula’s Choice Super Hydrate Overnight Mask: The Super Hydrate Overnight Mask ($35) from Paula’s Choice is a great (and budget-friendly) option that will hydrate skin and calm irritation and redness.
If you are in need of a serious hydration boost in a pinch, this product is a winner. However, while this product has the potential to be a vanity staple, the potential for irritation is something to keep in mind before purchasing.
- Product Name Thirstymud 24-Hour Hydrating Treatment Face Mask
- Product Brand Glamglow
- Price $60.00
- Weight 1.7 oz.
- Full Ingredient List Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Peg-8, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Saccharide Isomerate, Caprylyl Glycol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Powder, Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Polysorbate 60, Cetyl Alcohol, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Menthoxypropanediol, Honey/Mel/Miel, Aminomethyl Propanol, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Powder, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin, Kaolin, Hexylene Glycol, Buteth-3, Trideceth-10, Benzophenone-4, Sodium Benzotriazolyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Alcohol, Tris(Tetramethylhydroxypiperidinol) Citrate, Fragrance, Coumarin, Linalool, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Disodium Edta, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol.
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