Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask


liz earle deep cleansing maskI was really very impressed with Liz Earle’s Deep Cleansing Mask when I gave it a couple of tries last week. Despite the fact that I think it smells a little bit like black olive tapenade, I like it a lot. It did an excellent job of banishing oil and balancing out the skin, leaving it feeling toned but not too tight. It also managed to single-handedly destroy three spots without making them angry first. The very next morning, they were gone – just a little tiny patch of dry skin in place of each former pustule. Now I say ‘single-handedly’ but I will put my hands up and admit that there was an extra product involved here; Liz Earle’s ‘Spot-On’ treatment. I used that before bed. Which one did the actual blemish-bashing? I have no idea!

Back to the mask. (I’ll review the Spot-On separately when I’ve had the chance to apply it to a virgin pimple.) It smells a little like black olive tapenade, as previously mentioned, but I like black olive tapenade and so this isn’t a problem. It just makes me feel slightly peckish. The mask, strangely, doesn’t contain black olives, but does contain green clay to draw out dirt and oil, manuka honey to ‘soothe’ and other bits and pieces to protect, calm and balance the skin. It does all of these things extremely well. But it’s actually the texture of the mask that really stands out for me; not savagely thick and claggy like many clay masks, this one is surprisingly light and fresh. Deep cleansing treatments can feel quite aggressive, but I think that the addition of Manuka Honey and Aloe Vera to the ingredients keep the formula cool and soothing.

I loved the little sponges that came with the mask – I have had quite a few facials where they have used sponges and I really like the feeling of them. They’re not so easy to use around the eye area, but then this mask isn’t to be used around the eye area! Because they hold so much more water than a cloth, you can effectively remove the mask and rinse the skin at the same time. I also splashed my face with a bit of cool water afterwards, because that’s the kind of gal I am.

My skin has been outrageously clear for the past five days, and (without going into the gory details) it’s most certainly the time of the month when I should be getting blemish after blemish. My skin looks brighter and that’s just after two little goes! This shall be going into my pimple-fighting Battle Chest – it’s natural, affordable and it works.

Liz Earle’s Deep Cleansing Mask is £12.75 for 75ml with two sponges at LIZ EARLE

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  1. Chris
    March 1, 2011 / 12:45 am

    Having received my first Liz Earle order (2 months, 1 week after placing my order) this is a very exciting prospect. Will plan on adding this to the next bundle and ordering far in advance of my needs :) Yes, those sponges are lovely (not sure if you have Sally Beauty Supply there, but they sell bags full of them for a few dollars here).

  2. Amy
    March 1, 2011 / 1:09 pm

    I really love the Cleanse and Polish for its spot busting powers, however there are some that it just can’t reach. I may definitely check this out, and I am eagerly anticipating the Spot On treatment review!


  3. Estelle Kealy
    March 1, 2011 / 8:36 pm

    This has been on my wish list for a while…next pay day maybe…although I hate olives! The more Liz Earle I try, the more I like the brand – I particularly love the body scrub, which I think has ground olive stones in it to exfoliate…she must have a thing for olives!x

    • March 1, 2011 / 8:56 pm

      Haha, I don’t think it actually has olives in it actually, I just have an imaginative nose! x

  4. b
    March 1, 2011 / 8:47 pm

    How funny is it that I have this on right as I type?

    I love this! It’s got rose-scented geranium and I’ve been using this extremely often (almost every other day) as I’m breaking out uncontrollably! Very good, indeed!!!

    The spot on treatment smells very strongly of tea tree oil, but really works well! I’ll leave Ruth to do the full review!!


  5. lindseyb498
    March 3, 2011 / 9:02 pm

    You’re such a bonne viveuse (sp?) with your tapenade references – make me laugh AGAIN. I’m on an aspirin and manuka honey DIY job at the minute because I have several beastly zits because of stress, lack of sleep and a TW*T of an ex-partner. It makes me gag a bit because I dislike honey but I’ll put up with it because I find it helps.

    London town beckons this weekend so I feel a splurge coming on. L x

    • March 3, 2011 / 10:38 pm

      Honey and aspirin?! I still need to try that one!

  6. Lucy
    March 5, 2011 / 9:46 pm

    Love this, realising lately bar one product all of my skin care needs are taken care of by Liz! It would also appear my needs have dramatically decreased since using this line. Yet to try the brightening mask though, have you used it? X

    • March 6, 2011 / 12:43 am

      Love that too! Thought I had posted about it already, but am mistaken – I shall have to rectify that! x

  7. Lucy
    March 5, 2011 / 9:46 pm

    Also, so glad you’ve added bloglovin!

  8. Chloe Elizabeth
    March 6, 2011 / 11:01 pm

    Do you have a preference, this or Clarisonic Mia? x

    • March 7, 2011 / 12:00 am

      They are completely different; one is a tool, one is a mask! xx

  9. Lucy
    March 7, 2011 / 3:43 am

    Look forward to the review xx

  10. Chloe Elizabeth
    March 7, 2011 / 12:35 pm

    Sorry I meant, what one does the job better?! x

    • March 7, 2011 / 12:48 pm

      Aha, I see! Well, still quite difficult to answer, only because they are so different! As a ‘tool’ for ongoing use, the Clarisonic is unbeatable, but it’s also expensive! If you just used the Clarisonic and nothing else, life would get very boring, so it’s nice to have masks and lotions and potions. They both do a great job – I’d say the Clarisonic leaves skin feeling a little tighter and drier than the mask though. x

  11. Chloe Elizabeth
    March 7, 2011 / 12:57 pm

    Thanks! Sorry guess I was just wondering what gave a better cleaning result! Anyway you have convinced me with the Clarisonic Mia, so I’ll be skipping off to Space NK on Friday! :) xx

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