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SoS: Facial Mud Masks

For several years, I used Queen Helene Mint Julep Mud Mask (left).  It cleans out the pores, exfoliates and rejuvenates the skin.  The mask helps the acne and the redness, but I always found it to be a bit drying.  And when the skin dries out, you need to apply more moisturizer, which causes more acne…it’s a vicious cycle.

For the price, you cannot do better than the Julep, but you can do better.  

The Borghese Fango Active Mud Mask for Face and Body is, in a word, amazing.  It has brightened and detoxified my skin in ways that the Julep mask could never hope to accomplish.

When you put it on, you get this immediate tingling sensation.  Unlike the Julep mask, you only leave it on for a couple of minutes before you remove it, so your skin doesn’t dry out.  And when you remove it, your skin looks smoother, brighter, feels softer and the acne is smaller.  

If I could, I would use it every day.  But you’re only supposed to use it once or twice per week.

Comparing the Julep mask with the Fango mask is like comparing Britney Spears circa 2000 with Britney Spears circa 2009.  In theory, it’s the same commodity but in reality, one is an unsatisfying discount replica of the other.  The Fango is easily $30 better than the Julep.

Verdict: Splurge. Seriously, SPLURGE!


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  1. Dr. Jean Grey says:

    Seriously. Going to Sephora tonight.

    May 19, 2011/Reply
  2. Arlington says:

    You can get that borghese mud at costco without the obnoxious sephora price markup.

    May 19, 2011/Reply
  3. Marie-Christine says:

    Can I ask a stupid question? Why not wash off the Mint Julep after a couple minutes?

    May 19, 2011/Reply
  4. Belle says:

    I tried that. It only works if you leave it on the recommended 10 mins+

    May 20, 2011/Reply
  5. Beth says:

    Thanks to this post and Arlington's comment I read earlier today, I scoped out the health/beauty department at Costco tonight and found a giant 17.6 oz pot of Borghese Fango Mask. I ended up getting the Brilliante (pink) although the Active was there too. I wasn't sure which to pick between the two, hope I chose right. Best part: with a $6 off member coupon I paid $22.99!

    May 20, 2011/Reply