I used Mary Kay products for several years and was generally quite pleased with them. Their masks were among my favorite products. The Clarifying Mask 3 is for oily and/or acne prone skin. It's a mud type mask (it's actually a blueish color) and quite thick, almost like toothpaste. You spread it on and let it dry for about five or ten minutes and then wash it off. I generally used this while I was in the bath since it was just easier that way. I washed my face as usual, dried it, and applied a moderately thick layer of mask. Not too thick, but enough that you couldn't see the skin through it. Then I just relaxed in the bath and let it dry. It was actually fun to check out the way the mask looked before I removed it. I could actually see how it soaked up the oil around my nose and chin and there were little dark spots in those areas where it had soaked into the mask! That was really the best part! This dries quite hard so it's best to try not to get it in your hair if at all possible. It's also a bit of a chore to remove. I found after a bit of experimentation that the best method was to soak a washcloth in the warm bath water, wring it out, and then lay the damp washcloth over my face for a few minutes to soften the mask. Then I could get it off without too much scrubbing. It does require some scrubbing to get off so it did leave my skin pink, but that was from the scrubbing not the mask itself. This is a great mask for oily skin and it does a great job of clarifying the skin and leaving it feeling soft and clean but not dry.
Vernon Rockville, CT
I am a big fan of Mary Kay skin care and I loved this product. I purchased the mask from Mary Kay after having success with their face washes and moisturizers. The mask definitely did not disappoint me. I used it about twice a week. You apply it on your face and let it dry. It makes your skin feel really tight when it dries, but that means it's doing what it's supposed to do. When you wash it off, your skin feels amazing. I felt like my skin had been renewed after each use of this. It works out some of the dead skin cells and leaves your skin looking awesome. I would highly recommend this product. It is one of my all time favorite masks. Effectiveness It was really effective on my skin. I could see a noticeable difference on my face after each use. It cleaned out my pores, eliminated dead skin, and left my face looking great. Ease of Application It is easy to apply. You put it all over your face and let it dry. You have to wash your hands after applying but it comes right off. Scent The scent is pretty minimal. I think that is a good thing since it sits on your face for an extended period of time.
I love Mary Kay products so I had no hesitation buying this facial mask. This was one of those purchases that make me truly happy. I put this on every night for about 30 minutes. It makes my skin feel cleaner than it has ever felt. My blackheads are all gone (even those stubborn ones on my nose), my face feels lighter and smoother. The product also smells great so it makes me feel like I am in spa. My only caveat is that the product is a bit thick so it sometimes gets messy during application
I have been buying this Mary Kay facial mask for maybe 20 years now and it is the best on the market for the price , in my opinion. The mask is in a tube and squeezes out . It is not clay-like but hardens and dries similar to clay masks . It goes on easily and you can feel it drying and shrinking pores . When it turns whitish , it will actually get quite hard and maybe even crack .That is the signal to rinse off with warm water - you may have to use a washcloth to gently remove al traces of the mask . My skin always feels much younger and tighter after using this mask - it refines large pores and makes them appear much tinier . Your skin will feel smooth and soft and have a bit of a glow after using it . I use the mask about once every two weeks or whenever I notice my skin looks dry and dull . I am no a big user of Mary Kay products , but since I bought this maybe 20 years ago , I have kept it in supply since it works that well at an affordable price .
I am not married to many Mary Kay beauty products, but the Mary Kay Clarifying Mask 3 is one that I have used for years. It is smooth (versus exfoliating) and is cool and soothing to apply. During the time that it is on my face I can literally feel my skin tightening. Looking in the mirror you can watch as it pulls your skin tighter too. It is a little difficult to remove, but this can be facilitated by taking a warm, damp washcloth and holding it against your face for twenty seconds or so. After that it wipes nicely off, although it's still often helpful to splash water on your face at the end to remove the last traces of the mask (this is a better idea than just scrubbing and scrubbing and scrubbing until it's off and your skin is red and irritated). I have also used the mask as an overnight spot treatment for my adult acne as well. It dries up the bump without leaving peeling or redness.
I've loved this mask for years. You wash your face first, then swipe it on, then let it completely dry (about 10 minutes, until it turns from purple to white and cracks when you move). Then you wash it off with just a damp rag. My skin always feels *so clean *afterwards--no oiliness at all, which is extraordinary given that I have *quite* oily skin that is prone to pretty severe acne. The back of the tube says it "gently exfoliates and clears excess surface oils leaving skin with a soft matte finish." I don't know whether it exfoliates or not (the mask is completely smooth, not at all grainy), but I *completely* agree with the rest of that sentence--it does exactly that. I only wish I could remember/have time to use it more often...so far I've used it so irregularly that I don't know if it has any real impact on acne or not. (But I'd still use it, even if it didn't, just because I love that it gets rid of oil better than anything else I've ever used.) Ideally, I'd use this mask at least once a week--maybe 2 or 3 times a week. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is the price. Mary Kay stuff *is *pricey. But a tube of this mask does last quite a while, depending on how often you use it, of course.
A friend of mine, whose mother was big into Mary Kay, had been taught by her mother to use the Mary Kay Clarifying Mask 3 not only to keep her skin looking good, but how to use it to quickly help get rid of a blemish. I was lucky enough that when we met fourteen years ago that they passed this product and these tricks onto me. In those fourteen years, I have yet to find a mask that can also help with blemishes without irritating or drying out my sensitive skin that I love as much as this one. It is a gently exfoliating, clay mask that helps reduce surface oil without drying me out as many masks do, which as we all know can actually cause your body to make even more oil to try to fix the issue. Not only does my skin, after one use, feel and look softner, smoother, with my pores far less noticeable, but this mask is easy to use and easy to remove. I simply wash my face, pat dry, and then apply this mask and leave it on for ten minutes or so. Then rinse off or use a gentle, wet, warm washcloth to gently remove it. As long as you do as suggested - using only a thing layer, it comes off easily. However, if you really apply it thickly, as with anything, that will make it harder to remove. I don't like toner, so after I rinse with warm water after removing the mask, I gently rinse with cool or cold water and then follow with my usual serum or moisturizer. As for the great trick my friend's mother taught her that they later passed onto me. When you have a blemish come up, you first either gently apply a warm or hot wet washcloth to the blemish for about five minutes (probably your best bet for the best result for just a zit or two) or steam your face (I prefer this for just regular use of the mask or if I am treating a big area). (Some ppl use a steamer for this, I just use the tricks I know to help open the sinuses and help with breathing that I know from my singing practice and asthma/allergy docs to help open things up before using nosespray so that it works better. I put a large glass bowl, a little bigger around than needed to fit around my face, of filtered water into the microwave on high for five minutes. Then I put the bowl on top of a hot pad to protect the table, put a large towel over my head to sort of create a steaming tent and lean over the bowl. Do NOT put your face in the bowl, it will be too hot for this, just put your face over it with your hands supporting your chin, sides of face or forehead depending on the heat levels and size of bowl. Five minutes is sufficient most of the time, but sometimes I find I need fifteen or twenty if my skin or sinuses are really bad. If the steam feels too hot, let it cool for a minute before doing this.) After the steaming or application of a warm or hot wet washcloth for five minutes or more, this will seem to help open the pores and often if you have a white head and use the hot wet washcloth method, you will not even have to apply any real pressure, the stuff just comes out. If this happens, you'll want to rinse with warm water before applying a dab of the mask. Then gently pat dry and apply the mask. This is one time I say not to do just a really thin layer, I still wouldn't overly goop it on though. Let it thorougly dry, either for ten minutes, or like I find works better if it's bad and I have time, overnight or at least a few hours, and then remove with a gentle, warm wet washcloth. Rinse face with cool or cold water (this can help pores seem smaller in addition to what the mask does) and then just do whatever else you usually would do. Even though it's hard to get if you don't like buying online and do not have a local Mary Kay rep, and despite the fact that it seems expensive at first, I give this product five stars. In my experience, it is really just that good. When you think about the fact that such a little bit goes such a long way, that the tube is a pretty generous size for the price, especially compared to most over the counter products, and actually works without irritating so that you have to spend money on using lots of other products to deal with the after effects of using this mask as I had had to do after using many other products, it's really a good value.
I have used Mary Kay Clarifying Mask 3 for as long as I can remember and have always loved it. My pores always appear smaller when I use it and it pulls the oil and impurities out of my skin, so it does a triple duty. If you have oily skin and want a great mask give it a try!!
This is a good basic mask but not the best out there. My biggest pet peeve about this mask is the difficulty in washing it off. I've tried masks that are equally, if not more, effective that wash off much easier than this. Whenever I use this I have to take a wet cloth and scrub my face to get all of the remnants off. I also end up using a lot of water and often have to follow up with a toner to get rid of all of it from my face. Because of this, I feel that this mask is a bit overpriced. I have better masks for MUCH cheaper (example, Queen Helene). However, I do like that my skin looks very fresh after using it. It leaves it somewhat matte and definitely sucks up the oil from my pores (no question about that). It's not hard to get a fairly even layer all over your face and it's easy to work with (unlike goopier masks that you have to really work with to get to spread easily on your face).
Ann Arbor, MI