Charlotte Tilbury’s ‘Oh So Soft’ Clay Mask


It’s been a while since I’ve done a full-on face mask rave to Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque standards. The last one to reach that love level was the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, which since the beginning of the year has ruled my mask roost exclusively. I trundle along with my usual skincare routine day-in, day-out and when things are looking a little dull and feeling a little rough, I crack out that cinnamon spiced pot of goodness and my complexion says thank you and repays me with a look of luminosity for once. Thank you epidermis.

I actually don’t own too many masks these days (too many expiry dates, not enough faces), but I like to keep a few that span the exfoliating, hydrating and cleansing categories. Polishing is taken care of by the Peter Thomas Roth, I’m currently in the market for something hydrating (suggestions welcomed as always!) and for digging deep into those pores I’ve found something new and it’s from that lovely lady, Charlotte Tilbury

It’s her new Goddess Skin Clay Mask, which is of course packaged beautifully and adorned with golden fonted claims to ‘lift, smooth, brighten and tighten pores for baby skin’. It sounds too good to be true, right? I can’t say I’ve been too fond of Tilbury’s skincare in the past. The Magic Cream is too heavy for my skin and leaves it feeling greasy and the Take It Off Eye Makeup Remover isn’t as hardy as some of its counterparts, but this mask? I’m into it.

It’s an opaque, white, clay-based (Kaolin is up there in the ingredients list) formula that smooths onto the skin like an extremely rich moisturiser. The difference here to other clay masks is that it doesn’t dry or stiffen on the skin after the suggested 10 minutes – perhaps due to the high Glycerin and Sweet Almond Oil content? There’s none of that wrinkly face ‘cracking’ thing going on here. The lack of drying means that when I remove it with a damp muslin cloth my face feels soft and hydrated, yet extremely clean. Huh? There’s no irritating redness left behind, an extremely rare thing for me to find in a face mask formula, which makes this one of a few that I could actually use in the morning pre-makeup. It’s all a bit unexpected, in a good way.

Being Charlotte Tilbury it’s not the cheapest option out there – I’ll leave the link here if you dare to look – but for a face mask that lives up to its claims and can be used first thing, I’d be happy to make a repurchase. Face masks in the morning? I’m definitely going to be late for the bus now…