There is a foolproof way to inject a little fun into your skin care routine — with glitter. When your regimen feels like a chore that is preventing you from crawling in bed and crashing, e.l.f.'s Pore Refining Peel-Off Glitter Mask will come to your rescue. The product promises to awaken your skin and your brain. Better yet, it won't make any sort of dent in your wallet.
The beloved, budget brand's peel-off mask is black and infused with glitter. Sure, the additional sparkle can feel like gimmick and a non-essential element to skin care elitists. But the overall formula is enriched with good-for-skin stuff like charcoal, witch hazel, and lavender. It strips away dirt and oil. It softens and refines. It reduces the appearance of enlarged pores. Clearly, this cruelty-free and vegan treatment addresses a variety of skin issues.
All you have to do to enjoy the mask's benefits is slather a generous, even layer on clean skin. Employ some extra caution and avoid your eyebrows and hairline. Allow the applied mask to dry. As it dries, the mask will transform from shiny black patina to a matte, black texture. Leave it on your face for 30 minutes.
When it comes time to remove the mask, peel it away from the edges. Rinse away any excess product with warm water. Pat your skin dry and go to bed. Unless, of course, you are using the mask in the morning. If so, you'll want to pat skin dry, moisturize, apply your makeup, and then "face" the day.
The peel-off mask is just $8 — even with all of those magical properties and miraculous qualities.
The masking trend remains one of the most popular in the skin care realm. Sheet masks are efficient, playful, and increasingly Instagrammable. But once you introduce glitter into the peel-off mask mix, it morphs into a skin care soiree.
At less than $10 a tube, this product feels well on its way to earning "cult" status.
It's impossible to not love a face mask that mimics a starry night. But glitter isn't universally revered in the skin care realm. Some shoppers expressed environmental concerns —and beyond — about this ingredient in the comments section. Many voiced their opinions that glitter should be relegated to arts and crafts projects, and feel it has no place in self-care products.
It's not clear if e.l.f. uses environmentally-friendly glitter, which some brands use for similar masks.
Several users were upset about the glitter being rinsed away into bodies or water, which can damage marine life. Others feel that glitter is frivolous when introduced into skin care, and suggest that its components can harm skin.
Meanwhile, other customers were absolutely feeling the glitter. Lots of followers were quick to state that they can't wait to play with this product.
There are other glitter mask options lining shelves. Too Faced launched a peel-off glitter mask last year. The cheekily named product comes in the brand's signature pink hue and has a $42 price tag. If you prefer to explore skin care on a budget, you might be more magnetically attracted to e.l.f.'s entry into the glitter mask sweepstakes.
Glamglow is adamant that serious skin care can be accompanied by glittery selfies. The sparkly, holographic version of its Gravitymud Firming Treatment is super fun and replicates a star-speckled, late night sky.
It's totally cool if you prefer to skip the sparkly skin care in favor of something less driven by a 'grammable marketing angle. But if you want to give your daily routine a shimmery boost, the e.l.f. Glitter Peel-Off Mask is the way to go.