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I usually tend to review one product at a time in a desperate attempt to limit the length of my blog posts. I know that SEO tells me “the longer, the better”, as it tells Google you are actually providing value, but I personally wouldn´t read a blog post with 1000+ words.
And of course I know I could just cut back on my “introduction” (the ramble that preceeds the valuable content), but I wouldn´t enjoy it half as much then and it is actually kind of rude to point that out!
This time though I will try to review all three of the Cattier Clay Face Masks at once, hoping to still make it a reasonably long blog post as the ingredients don´t differ too much.
Wish me luck!
What Cattier claims
Gentle and refreshing care, especially suitable for dry skin (or sensitive or combination/oily). Cares for, soothes and nourishes the skin, frees it from toxic substances and clarifies it. The use of a day cream that is matched to your skin type is recommended as a supplement.
Prize and size
One tube contains 100 ml and retails for 6,95 € here.
Texture and smell
Shake and knead the tube generously before applying – this is what the website says, and I found that to be quite important. The product can separate into a liquid on top of a paste if you don´t, giving the impression that it has gone off.
Application and effects
All three are firm, but can be spread on the face without tugging. They dry down as quickly as any other clay mask I have tried and will start to crumble off your face should you try to speak with them fully dry.
Cattier advises you not to let them dry down completely, as that would increase dehydration, but even if you apply a generous layer you still need to spritz your face with thermal water to prevent that.
None of them felt drying or irritating on my combination oily skin, and all of them had a tendency to bring breakouts to the surface, so better not apply them directly before an important event.
All three are made of the same formula with additional ingredients, so here are the ingredients they have in common before I go into the individual formulations.
- Kaolin: Clay, oil absorbing, reduces inflammation, gentle and less drying
- Illite: French green clay, great at absorbing oil from the skin
- Peppermint Extract: Cooling, antiseptic, potential sensitizer
- Peppermint oil: Controls sebum production
- Jojoba Seed Oil: Emollient, moisturizing, lightweight, controls sebum production
- Cetearyl Alcohol: Emollient, emulsifier
- Cetearyl Glucoside: Emollient, emulsifier
- Lactic Acid: At this pH a humectant
- Benzyl Alcohol: Preservative
Cattier Pink Clay Mask for sensitive skin
This mask contains only Kaolin, no Illite and no Jojoba Oil. Instead it contains Shea Butter, an emollient some people react with breakouts to.
It features Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice to soothe and calm, but, oddly enough, is the only one of the three with added fragrance on the ingredient list. I don´t mind fragrance, I just don´t get why it should be added to the formula for sensitive skin only.
Cattier Paris Yellow Clay mask for dry skin
The Yellow Clay Mask has added Hammamelis Virginia (Witch Hazel) Water which promotes healing and helps with oil control as well as Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil which again helps with sebum production.
It features Citronellol as part of an essential oil and potential irritant.
Cattier Paris Green Clay Mask for combination/oily skin
The only added ingredient here is the Rosmarinus Officinalis Oil that offers additional antiseptic benefits.
Do they live up to their claims?
All three are gentle, at least in terms of clay masks and purify the skin. I personally did not see much of a difference when using the different types, but as my skin is neither sensitive nor dry you might feel different about that.
Would I repurchase?
In fact, I already have. The Cattier Green Clay Mask is a tried and tested staple in my routine.
Who do I recommend it to?
I think any skin can benefit from a clay mask, and as these are lovely, efficient and affordable I can wholeheartedly recommend them.
Just look at the difference in ingredients and see which one of the three will fit your skin best, as I don´t think you´ll need all three.