I know this is a much awaited review and as requested by KK – I am picking this one up first for review from this month’s haul. I feel MAC’s skin care is not given its due importance in India, of whatever I have tried, things do not seem bad. Oops, have I given the review away 😛 When I went to the MAC store to pick this product up, it was the last piece on the shelf. At that moment, the thought that came to my mind was that either this exfoliator is not too much in demand to stock up or it might be a fast-moving product. Anyway, I was eager to check out this “black beauty.” Here’s the review for all of you :))
A highly effective, dual-purpose foaming, cleansing and exfoliating scrub blending natural Volcanic Ash with fine sugar crystals. Refines and unclogs the skin, adds instant moisture: leaves skin feeling soft and comfortably clean. Mineral-rich. May be used effectively on any part of face or body. Rinses off with warm water.
Rs. 2250 for 100 ml.
My Experience with MAC Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator:
First things first, the packaging is very attractive – both the outer one and the tube. The super black, gritty-looking, thick and sticky textured exfoliator comes in a nice 100 ml tube. The thick exfoliator comes out of the opening of the tube without much effort. Between the fingers, it feels very sticky, a bit gritty, and there’s a little friction to move it around. The added perfume is a bit weird – it’s almost like detergent though I cannot exactly pin to what kind of scent it is; probably they wanted to give it an ashy edge, but it doesn’t work for me. The only thing I dislike about this product is its weird scent.
This exfoliator though appears a bit gritty, isn’t harsh on the skin. It’s a difficult to spread on dry skin because of the stickiness caused by sucrose (the sugar). When the skin is wet, it glides over nicely, but then you won’t feel the exfoliating effect because the sugar tends to melt away immediately upon contact with water and from then on – there isn’t much that happens. Therefore, it’s best to use the exfoliator on skin that’s “just” moist enough so that you can work the exfoliator on the face without melting away the sugar.
Actually, since it’s all volcanic ash and sugar, I sometimes keep it for a few minutes on the face before washing it all way. It’s a bit messy when you rinse it off, but I don’t really mind the black stains because what I get after that is amazing!
Yes, all that hype surrounding this volcanic ash is valid. It works and how! Though, initially, I didn’t get much result when I used it on wet skin – on moist skin, it does the exfoliation brilliantly and I get touchably smooth skin. Initially, I didn’t want to give this exfoliator full credit for smooth skin, but when it happened after every use, I conceded and agreed that indeed this exfoliator works.
I cannot tell you whether it removes blackheads/whiteheads completely, but what I can tell you is that it removes dead cells thoroughly to reveal smooth skin surface. It takes away with it all gunk and makeup, and I would term it as one of the best exfoliators in the market. This volcanic ash exfoliator does what it claims it will do. Also, I have had lesser breakouts with regular use.
Though it’s mentioned in the description that it foams, I do not feel it’s a foaming product. Also, remarkably, it removes all traces of face makeup – from primer to foundation. You would feel your skin to be squeaky clean and refreshed.
However, it’s important to follow up with a good moisturizer after the exfoliation process because it tends to leave the skin a bit dry and stretchy. Even oily skin needs a bit of moisturization and dry skin may need heavy moisturization. Also, thoroughly rinse it off the skin, I mean sometimes when I have kept the rinsing session brief, I thought my face appeared darker *IDK*
It’s suitable for all skin types, does not sting or cause reactions on the skin. I can tell you this because I have got very sensitive skin and it has not irritated my skin at all. This exfoliator can be used on face as well as body, but I am not going to do that, I do not want to finish it off soon!
Overall, I am head-over-heels in love with this exfoliator and do not mind the price because it’s better than getting one high-end product which works rather than getting 5 different products which do not work at all and disappoint.
One word of advice, if you are planning to get the exfoliator, check out the texture at the store itself. Just place it between your fingers and check out if it’s too gritty for you because some people may think it’s a bit harsh.
Summing up the pros and cons:
Pros of MAC Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator:
- A very effective exfoliator, does it’s job perfectly.
- Gives you smooth and squeaky clean skin
- Skin is touchably soft after the process.
- Contains volcanic ash and sugar.
- Thick, sticky texture which aids in exfoliation process.
- Removes all traces of makeup and gunk.
- Gets rid of dead skin cells.
- Lesser breakouts with regular use.
Cons of MAC Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator:
- Leaves skin a bit stretchy and dry post exfoliation.
- I hate that weird fragrance.
Do I Recommend MAC Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator?
Absolutely! I think it is one of the best exfoliators that you can get.
Would I Repurchase MAC Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator?
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