November's Boudoir Prive box contained two small samples of Luminous Skin Mask, made by natural brand Vinies Ayurveda's Soul. Being a bit overrun with products and a bit low in time, I've only just managed to get round to trying them... and I'm really wishing I hadn't. I applied the brown, potent smelling mask to my face in the bath and washed it off a few minutes later after my skin started to feel overheated and a little bit burn-y. Five minutes later, I was out of the bath, frantically pressing a cold-water drenched flannel against my very red, very irritated face.
These photos were taken after twenty minutes of using a cold water compress, and after taking an anti histamine. In the full face photo, you can clearly see a red line of irritation near my hairline - it's most clearly visible by my temple - which follows the exact area where the mask was applied. The mask left my skin feeling inflamed, overheated, and very, very angry. As it turns out, the ingredients (mostly clay with some spices and oils) are intended to provoke a slight reddening in the skin under normal circumstances- apparently this means that the product is working. The redness is supposed to fade after fifteen minutes or so, leaving the skin looking soft and radiant.. This information wasn't provided in the Boudoir Prive beauty box, nor was it printed on the samples.
Many others have reported severe or slight reactions to this product via Boudoir Prive's Facebook page, and the experience has no doubt been made worse by the fact that not enough information was provided about the product in the first place. I've thrown the rest of my samples out - and from now on, I'm likely to view new products from unknown brands a little more suspiciously. Granted, as responsible owners of skin we should be patch testing every new product before slathering it on our faces - but in all reality, I doubt many people actually manage to do this consistently. In future, I'll do my homework (via a bit of judicious Googling) on new products before I slap them on.
Have you tried a sample of this product? What were your experiences? Let us know in the comments!