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I hope that you’ve had an incredible week. Personally, I’m glad to see the week coming to an end – I’m hoping that next week is better!
As you may be able to tell, today I’ll be reviewing the Nip + Fab ‘Glycolic Instant Fix Mask’. I’ve been getting more into Nip + Fab recently and have been excited to try out a bunch of their products.
This mask retails for £12.95 but I actually bought this during a trip to TK Maxx (or TJ Maxx) for £6.99!
I’m not going to lie, I mostly just saw that it was a Nip + Fab product, and that it was a mask, and grabbed. So I wasn’t too sure what this mask was supposed to do when I bought it. If I’m honest, I’m glad that I didn’t connect ‘Glycolic’ with ‘acid’ in my mind when I was purchasing, because I probably wouldn’t have bought it. There’s something about a product containing acid that scares me.
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This item comes in a carboard box which is half reflective silver, and half shows what the product tube looks like. The actual tube is a pale blue colour and has the brand, and product name, on it.
I don’t have much to say about this packaging really. I quite like it, it’s relatively minimalist which I enjoy and I like the colour of the tube. I don’t think packaging needs to be over the top to be attractive, and this is an example of this.
The product has the following description on the Superdrug website:
‘An extension to our bestselling Glycolic Fix range, the Glycolic Instant Fix Mask is a high potency, pore-tightening gel mask to perfect and exfoliate the complexion. Our highest level of glycolic acid (5%) combines with Evermat™ technology to gently smooth away the appearance of lines and wrinkles whilst reducing the look of enlarged pores. Skin is more even-toned and visually smoother.
Please note due to the high % of Glycolic Acid present in this product we recommend that you carry out a patch test before first application.
glycolic acid: retextures + resurfaces. Reduces appearance of fine lines + wrinkles
evermat&trade: minimizes pore size, reduces shine, refines skin tone
amino acid: skin brightener, helps fade age-spots, improves clarity + evenness of skin tone
glycerin: moisturises, revives + helps restore skin suppleness’
The mask smells pretty good, I prefer it over the scent of the Nip + Fab ‘Dragon’s Blood’ products (you can read a review for the cleansing pads here). It doesn’t have any colour to it and is a clear gel. For some reason I expected it to have colour, apart from the Nugg masks, and the most recent Superdrug mask I tried, I haven’t used any clear masks.
The directions say to apply a thin layer to cleansed skin, leave for 10 minutes, then rise off with lukewarm water. It explains not to put it on irritated, or raw, skin, and to do a patch test. It’s designed to be used between 1 and 3 times a week.
I did not do a patch test and honestly I think this was a mistake as it contains a high percentage of Glycolic acid. Luckily, I didn’t have any really bad side effects but I would definitely recommend doing a patch test!
I used the product as described, and left it on for the 10 minutes directed. When I went to the bathroom to wash it off, my face was super red and patchy (see pictures above). This was when I realised that the directions had said to do a patch test – always read the directions! The redness did really concern me as I’ve never had this kind of reaction to any skincare products before. However, I did this before bed, as I usually do with masks, and when I woke up the redness was gone. I think how red my skin got was because my skin isn’t used to using acids, so I hope that this will die down as I continue to use the masks. Thankfully, whilst my face did look pretty bad, it didn’t hurt at all.
In the morning my skin felt really soft and looked smooth, even, and bright. However, I can’t say that I noticed a huge difference in the size of my pores or the appearance of fine lines. Both of these I think are more long-term changes though, so I wouldn’t expect a massive improvement in these with the first use of the mask.
Overall, I think this mask is pretty good and I definitely will use it again. Especially as I think that a lot of the effects are more long-term. However, how red my face ended up did concern me, and I wouldn’t want to use it during the day when I’m planning on going out. I’d definitely say it’s worth a try if you haven’t already tried this product, just be sure to patch test and maybe don’t use it in the day!
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