Mamaearth C3 Face Mask
Hello! Today’s review is on one of the most talked about face masks available in the Indian market. Charcoal is a trending ingredient in skincare and clays have always been used in face masks to remove oil and dirt from the skin. The mamaearth C3 face mask combined the goodness of charcoal, clay and coffee to provide a skin that’s smoother, dirt-free and oil-free. If you’re looking out for an affordable, cruelty-free face mask that gets the work done without overdrying the skin, you’ve probably come to the right place.
Price: ₹599 for 100ml
Availability: You can buy it from Nykaa or Amazon.
About the brand
With the aim of making products which are mum-baby friendly, toxin-free, meet stringent international standards & are basically ultra awesome, MamaEarth was born. The brand is also cruelty-free!
The list is full of effective and amazing ingredients like kaolin clay, bentonite, vitamin C, glycolic acid, niacinamide and it is never-ending. *phew* Here are the properties of the main ingredients in this face mask:
Charcoal: It helps in getting rid of excess oil and toxins hidden in the pores of the skin.
Coffee: It exfoliates dead skin and helps in getting rid of the external layer of dead skin caused by burnt tanned skin.
Kaolin Clay: A natural cleanser, Kaolin Clay helps in getting rid of excess oil from skin thus keeping acne & pimples away.
Bentonite Clay: It helps in reducing acne marks & scars caused due to popped pimples & acne.
It is paraben-free and silicone-free. While there’s all the goodness inside the mamaearth C3 face mask, is it a classic case of “too many cooks spoil the broth”? Read on to know how it performs.
The mamaearth c3 mask comes in a plastic tub packaging that also has a separator between the cap and tub to avoid any spillage. The container is so lightweight that I thought I received an empty tub as soon as I held it in my hands, definitely travel-friendly. Obviously not better than tubes that take up less space. The cardboard box it comes in mentions the ingredients list and directions on how to use this mask. Does this mask come in two variants, the one that I am talking about in this post and another one with a white and pink packaging? Both of them have a similar ingredients list so I’m thinking that they just changed the packaging. And the one I have is the updated one.
Texture & Smell
The C3 mask has a thick consistency like most of the drugstore masks we have but is easy to spread. However, I prefer face masks that are very thin like Pixi Glow Mud Mask. It is dark grey in colour and has a very strong peppermint smell and feel to it. The ingredient list does mention the presence of peppermint oil & eucalyptus oil but I was taken aback by its strength. It’s right in your face and when you apply the mask you can feel the cooling sensation.
Even after rinsing, the sensation lasts for 5-10 minutes before fading away. Some people might enjoy it but I have a very sensitive nose and feel that it wasn’t necessary. This is an excellent mask but the minty experience is a bit of a letdown. Also, some people are allergic to peppermint oil and this might result in flushing or rashes.
How to use the mamaearth C3 mask?
First, you have to cleanse your face with a facewash to make sure your face is all clear and has no dirt or makeup residue. I am currently using By Wishtrend Acid Cleanser. Then proceed with applying a thin layer of the C3 mask using your fingers or a face pack brush. Leave it for 15 minutes so it dries out completely and wash your face with water.
While washing the mask off, massage it in a circular motion, focussing on the areas where you have whiteheads or blackheads. The mask has a grainy consistency but that is extremely mild. You won’t even realise it’s present unless you start massaging it in. I have very sensitive skin that breaks out while using scrubs but this one was extremely gentle. Ideally, this C3 mask is to be used twice a week and don’t forget to follow it up with a moisturiser.
How does it work?
If you leave the smell & cooling sensation aside, it’s one of the best masks I’ve tried from the drugstore. As soon as you wash off the mask, you can notice how soft & smooth your skin feels. It takes off the texture and whiteheads and gives an even-toned face. However, it isn’t a permanent solution to whiteheads, try The Ordinary Glycolic Acid for that.
If you’ve been neglecting your skin for a while and it feels dull, incorporate this mask in your routine to bring life back to your skin. You’ll get bright and baby-soft skin that is devoid of dirt and impurities.
It does claim to reduce pigmentation but I didn’t find any such change after using this mask alone. I’d recommend you to follow a thorough skincare routine and use this mask twice a week for some skin pampering.
I have oily skin and this mask doesn’t cause any dryness or give stretchy feel post-rinsing. My mom who has dry skin also uses it and it doesn’t dry out either face either. So, it is a good charcoal and clay based mask that seems to work for every skin type. However, you might be allergic to any of the ingredients (since there are so many here), it’s better to do a patch test before.
Does it help with acne?
The product claims to reduce acne, but I’ve used it while I had some acne and I didn’t see any major difference. However, using a face mask that keeps your skin clean and unclogs the pores would help in preventing acne.
Why You Should Buy Mamaearth C3 Face Mask?
- Cruelty-free & Vegan
- Removes dirt & dead skin cells
- Face looks clearer & brighter
- Gives smooth skin
- Has glycolic acid that gently exfoliates the skin
- Contains clays & charcoal to draw out impurities
- Has niacinamide to brighten skin
Why You Should Avoid Mamaearth C3 Face Mask?
- Minty smell is overpowering
- Didn’t notice any effect on existing acne & pigmentation
That’s all I have to say about this face mask. If you have any questions regarding this product or need suggestions, please comment below and I’ll get back to each of them 🙂