Clare Oparo, Blogger, Skincerely Clare

Clare Oparo, Blogger, Skincerely Clare

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A Review of Kudu Cosmetica Masque

A Review of Kudu Cosmetica Masque

I love sharing my mask of the night or weekend on Insta stories. On Sundays, I like to give my skin a deep clean with a clay mask.

Kudu Cosmetica Masque 

Kudu Cosmetica Masque 

For the past 2 months, I've been using the Kudu Cosmetica Masque that was graciously gifted last year.

Ingredients

For a deep clean/ absorb excess oil - Kaolinite, Bentonite, Moroccan Lava (Rhassoul) clay, Illite (French Green Clay)

For soothing - Colloidal Oatmeal, Matricaria chamomilla (Chamomile) flower powder, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Leaf  powder, Althea officinalis (Marshmallow) Root powder, Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice) Root powder, Green Aspalathus linearis (green Rooibos) leaf Extract, Kigelia Africana (African Potato) fruit extract, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) fruit Extract, Adsonia digitata (Baobab) fruit extract.

The ingredients

The ingredients

Ingredient yays

I love everything. Everything!

Ingredients nays

Nope.

Claims

The Kudu Cosmetica Masque claims are:

“A blend of mineral-rich clays (Moroccan Rhassoul, French green clay, Kaolin and Bentonite) to draw out impurities, eliminate excess oil and clarify skin.”

Clays generally have one job when it comes to skincare - give the skin a deep clean by absorbing excess oil. That's the only job I expect them to deliver on. And this mask does.

I don't believe it can draw out impurities. I'm not even sure what impurities those would be, and if there are any, surely my kidneys have that handled.

Sunday masking

Sunday masking


“Powerful botanical extracts, roots and herbs packed with antioxidants and nutrients to nourish, soothe and replenish.”

Definitely. Thanks to soothing ingredients like colloidal oatmeal, chamomile, centella asiatica (one of my current obsessions), green rooibos, African potato, baobab extract and rosehip extract.


“The skin is instantly left smooth, firm and more radiant.”

After rinsing off the Kudu Cosmetica Masque, my skin definitely feels smoother. As for feeling firmer, I give that to the my youth (I turn 31 this year) and antioxidant skincare that encourages collagen production.

Collagen is the protein that keeps our skin firm and clay masks don’t encourage collagen production. At least, not that I'm aware of.

Hydrating experiments

Hydrating experiments


“Significantly reduces the appearance of pores.”

I have no noticeable pores to begin with. But that's how clay masks usually work.

They clear out the oily gunk in the pores, so the pore can return to its original shape, which is usually smaller. So the appearance of pores reduces.

“Mattifies without drying the skin.”

The Kudu Cosmetica Masque absorbs excess oil, but doesn't leave my normal to dry skin feeling tight.

“Helps reduce redness.”

I don't usually deal with redness (except that one time, long ago, I accidentally applied an expired niacinamide moisturizer), so I can't testify to this.

Application and Feel

I use this mask once a week. Clay masks are really good at absorbing excess oil so once or twice a week is enough for many people. More than that could really dry the skin.

The Kudu Cosmetica Masque is a pale brown powder, so you need to blend it with 1 tsp of water into a thick paste.

I did that the first time. Then I got excited because it's powder and I love experimenting. Since then, on different occassions, instead of water I have used hydrating toner, face mist, aloe vera gel or honey to make a paste. All work well.

After the mask has dried, about 10 minutes, I rinse it off and use squalane. If I've made the paste with honey, I can leave it on for upto an hour. The mask doesn't dry. Because: honey. I just get tired of it and off it goes.

Lemme tell you, I made my nephew and cousins do this mask with me one Sunday morning. Followed it with snail gel for them. Everyone kept marvelling how soft their skin felt and how they wanted to keep touching their face.

The mask is said to be best for normal to oily skin. I have normal to dry skin and it works well. My skin doesn't feel dry/stripped after use.

Packaging

As usual with Kudu Cosmetica, aesthetics are on point.

The Kudu Cosmetica Masque is a pale brown fragrance-free powder that comes in a glass bottle that reminds me of an ink pot. I saw it and it took me back to school. (Shout out to Loreto Convent Mombasa!)

The amber glass pot has a wide mouth, with a black cover and holds 50ml worth of product.

I wish there was a spoon of sorts to get the powder from the pot. But then again, I understand. Kudu Cosmetica is an eco-friendly brand, and the spoons are unnecessary. I scoop the powder with the handle of a clean spoon.

Like Tim Gunn says, “make it work!”

Making it work!

Making it work!

Who would benefit from this?

  • If you want to get rid of excess oil or shine.

  • If you have no issue with any of the ingredients.

  • If you're in South Africa and want a soothing clay mask. #SupportAfricanBrands

Would I (re)purchase?

This mask was gifted but I wouldn’t purchase this. It’s a great product, but clay masks are easy to find in East Africa. I don't need to shop online for them. #TeamFrugal

Cost and Where to buy

Online at the Kudu Cosmetica store. The masque costs R 259 which is about US$ 22.

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