Happy Friday, to welcome in the weekend, we’re going to be discussing one of the pampering products in my skincare routine: a face mask. This is the Quick Fix Facials Mega Moisture Gel Mask, which I use as part of my multi-masking routine for my shower routine.
Quick Fix Facials is a brand I’ve featured on my blog in the past, including their Anti-Blemish Mud Mask which I’ve reviewed in the past. The brand claims on their Instagram profile description to be cruelty-free, as well as including a brief claim on their website that their products haven’t been tested on animals. To the best of my knowledge they don’t sell in mainland China either, so assuming they’re not doing anything shady behind the scenes, they are cruelty-free.
The specific mask I want to review today is their Mega Moisture Gel Mask, which is tailored for dry and/or dehydrated skin. I picked my tube up from TK Maxx for £2.99, which is ridiculously affordable. You can also find the brand sold in Boots in the UK, although not for quite as affordable a price tag. This specific mask isn’t listed on Boot’s website anymore, but I don’t know if this means they don’t stock this specific tube physically in stores. Their line of face masks retail for £5.29 each though, so if you’re curious to try another for a different skin concern, that’s the price tag you’d be looking at.
I picked out the Mega Moisture Gel Mask specifically for multi-masking, which I talked about my experiences in a few years ago on my blog. I have oily and sensitive skin, with some of the excess oiliness contributed by my skin being dehydrated. So I work very hard to balance oil control and hydration, and this mask is one I picked up to help with the latter. I also need to make sure that every product I use doesn’t also aggravate my skin. So I have a tendency to use specific skincare products for specific areas of my face, and layer up with multiple light layers, in order to provide my skin the moisture it needs, without suffocating it under heavy layers of product.
The packaging is pretty conventional: a soft plastic tube with a hard plastic cap, which you push open. It has a hole to squeeze the product out of, with a stopper on the inside of the lid. The cap is easy to open, but also has enough resistance to it that I don’t find it bursts open if I drop it on the floor. It gives me reassurance that I can travel with it if I want to, and it did survive the move unscathed.
As you can see, it does have the potential to get gunky, but it’s easy to clean up with a tissue. I’m quite lazy, so the presentation above is purely my fault, but I figured it was better to be honest rather than clean it up beforehand and pretend I’m more organised than I actually am.
I opened this up at the beginning of June, and while it’s tricky for me to photograph, I’ve used just under a quarter of the product. When under direct sunlight, there is a line where the packaging is lighter at the top, and darker at the bottom, and at the time of photographing, that line was roughly in the middle of where the brand’s name is printed at the top of the tube.
One of the claims that the brand makes on all of the tubes is that there’s 10 facials worth of product in each tube. In my experience, I make it last a lot longer than 10 facials, but this is partly because I multi-mask and use masks on specific areas of my face. In the case of this mask, I apply this on my cheeks and jawline, as that’s where my skin is the least oily. I still have oily skin on these areas of my face, but it’s much more manageable than my T-zone, so I can get away with not using clay masks on these areas.
As far as claims on the packaging go, they are follows on the back of the tube:
Thirsty, parched, dry skin in need of some TLC.
Hyaluronic Acid – replaces moisture and helps provide deep hydrating to skin
Vitamin E – full of antioxidants that will help skin in good condition
Marine Collagen – a source of collagen which will help skin retain moisture and elasticity.”
I addressed this earlier, but as far as skin type goes, my skin is half compatible with what this product is tailored for and half not. My skin is definitely parched, but it’s not dry, so the impact of the mask on my skin isn’t as obvious as it might be for someone with dry skin. However, I love that this mask is packed with skin-loving ingredients, especially Vitamin E which my skin is receiving lots of across my skincare routine at the moment.
While this mask is definitely gear more towards dry and dehydrated skin types that will visibly see the difference from the skin being given moisture through hyaluronic acid, and then assisted through the marine collagen, I feel the impact on my skin through maintained softness after each shower. It’s much more subtle, but my skin has maintained a happier balance in terms of moisture, although my skin continues to be oily regardless. As I said earlier, my skin is only partially oily thanks to dehydration, and the rest is purely because of my skin’s natural function. My mum also had oily skin, so I assume this is genetic.
The instructions indicate you should apply a thick layer on the skin, but I personally apply a light-medium layer just to make applying my two masks a faster process. It also helps me not work through the mask as fast, but I haven’t noticed any difference in terms of performance compared to when I first started using the product exactly as the instructions described. I will also quote the instructions for you which are as follows:
Smooth a thick layer onto the skin and leave for 5-10 minutes to infuse the skin with goodness. Remove with warm water or gently wipe away with a warm damp flannel or cloth.”
In my case, because I use face masks before I get in the shower, I wash them off while I’m in the shower to then continue with my normal shower routine. It’s really easy to wash off because of the lightweight texture.
The formula itself is a very lightweight gel, so accurate to the product’s name. While it looks thick in the photo thanks to the white colour, it’s a very light yet creamy gel that is easy to smooth over the skin. The amount swatched above is about the amount I use for each cheek, so I work through the product quite slowly. This is definitely compatible with my T-zone, but I prefer to use clay masks to help declog my skin. My t-zone is especially prone to blocked pores and congested skin, so I put more focus on just maintaining clear and happy pores.
As far as the ingredient list goes, very little stands out. However, if your skin is sensitive to perfume, it is about halfway down the list. I don’t notice a scent with this product, and my skin hasn’t reacted badly to it so far. If that changes though, I will edit this post and add notes. For the benefit of making the ingredient list easier to read, here’s the ingredient list:
” Aqua (Water), Cetearyl alcohol, Kaolin, Glycerin, Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Polysorbate 60, Cera alba (Beeswax), Sorbitan stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Ceteareth-20, Panthenol, Sodium polyacrylate, Sodium PCA, Parfum (Fragrance), Tocopheryl acetate, Xanthan gum, Sodium hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Allantoin, Collagen amino acids, Beta-glucan, Benzoic acid, Sodium benzoate, Potassium sorbate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde, Butylphenyl ethylpropional, Limonene, Alpha-isomethyl ionone.”Quoted from Quick Fix Facial’s Product Page
Overall, my skin has had a really uneventful yet positive experience with this mask. My skin lately has been in a mostly good space: very little acne, usually caused by hormonal reasons like stress or my time of the month. My skin is still quite oily, but it’s in a manageable state. I do feel like this mask has helped play a part in this, so if you’re looking for a lightweight mask to give your skin some love, I think regardless of your skin type, you’ll find this will be a great help. I think drier skin types in the winter will appreciate something more heavy duty, but if you prefer something more lightweight anyway, this is definitely a good option.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it means a lot to me to receive your support. I hope you have a restful weekend, and I’ll speak to you again soon.