So I’ve been wanting to write this review for ages, but I just could never get in the mood. It’s so easy to write a review about something that’s really fucking fantastic, or something that’s truly awful, but writing a review for something that’s somewhere in between is difficult. And the Banila Co. Claypatra Mineral Salt Clay Pack is right smack dab in that middle of the love/hate spectrum. I bought it on an ‘omg I’m leaving Korea in a few weeks and this packaging is AMAZING’ shopping spree, and yeah…Korea and their adorable packaging gets me every single time. It’s pretty much the only reason why I bought this mask.
So, like the product name states, the Banila Co. Mineral Salt Clay Pack is a clay mask with mineral salt in it. That’s about as much as I could gather about it since everything on the box is in Korean. There was a vague mention of the dead sea and obviously an homage to Cleopatra but that’s about it. You use it like you would any other clay mask, maybe just once a week for dry skin, and maybe twice for more oiler skin. It also features a 02 mircogel emulsion that I read is supposed to make it a little more hydrating than your standard clay mask, and I guess that’s true.
The texture of the Banila Co. Salt Mineral Clay Pack is much softer than the average clay mask, making it a bit easier to apply than the most. It also rinses off your hands pretty easily, something I really appreciate. One thing that does weird me out about it though it that’s not dry. It sort of sits in a little pool of water, and as you can see, the water pools into the mask whenever you take a bit out. I suppose that maybe it’s part of the hydrogel emulsion but it kind of grosses me out. It almost gives the product a sort of slimy texture, which disappears once you spread it, but it’s kind of weird if you’re touching it with your hands (btw, it doesn’t come with a spatula or anything). It also has little tiny exfoliating microbeads in it. I’m not 100% sure what they are, but it makes the texture slightly gritty as well. Basically, the texture is weird as hell.
Upon application, the mask spreads easily, and dries pretty fast. You just need to leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes, and rinse with lukewarm water. The one positive is that this mask doesn’t feel incredibly drying like a lot of clay masks, and it has a slight cooling effect as it’s drying. After the time is up, it rinses off pretty easily, and you don’t have to rub your face for hours (coughinnisfreejejuclaymaskcough). The little microbeads in the mask slightly exfoliate your face as you rinse it off, giving you a little extra polishing action.
But my biggest gripe about this mask is that I’ve never really seen any visible difference to my skin after using it. As a clay mask, I’m assuming it’s supposed to detox the skin and tighten your pores but my skin has always sort of looked the same after I’ve used it. It doesn’t feel any softer or look any brighter, where as with the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask I can definitely feel and see a difference immediately. It’s one of those masks I keep using to see if my results will be different (and I hate wasting money on products) but the results are just mehhh. I’m so disappointed because with packaging as cute as this, it should do something!
Anyway, I guess this is a lesson that cute packaging doesn’t always equal stellar results. I’ll stick with my Innisfree mask for now!
Have you ever been disappointed with a product with super cute packaging? Let me know in the comments!