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A little over two months ago, the Sephora Beauty Insider Community mailed two mask samples from Origins to members. The mission was for members to test each mask and vote on the one they liked best. Whichever one the members selected would be available for sale on a limited edition basis. Because this contest was a surprise, Sephora mailed the masks to members without notifying them first. I am not sure where or how they pulled the addresses, because mine got mailed to my ex’s house. As such, it took him a while to get the package to me. Thus, I did not get to partake in the voting, which took place from April 8th through April 10th. Despite missing the voting deadline, I still wanted to give my thoughts on the masks. Though I doubt Origins will ever see this, I also have a plea at the end of the article.
The Origins samples, which do not have a size listed, are probably over half an ounce but under one ounce. I’ve already used each mask three times and still have a little product left in each tube. A little of each masks goes a long way.
The card that accompanied the masks goes over each one and suggests members visit the Beauty Insider Community to share their thoughts. It did not actually mention the contest so members who did not login were probably unaware. As I mentioned above, I did login, but I did not receive the masks until well after the voting deadline.
My favorite mask was the Dragon Fruit. This is a gel cream mask that uses dragon fruit and vitamin C to hydrate and brighten. Like most multi-taskers, it does one better than the other. While it does brighten, it provides so much moisture to my dry skin. It is the most moisturizing, exfoliating mask I’ve ever tried. The walnut shells provide gentle exfoliation. I keep this on a few minutes longer than the 10 it recommends, because I noticed my skin feels even better when it goes a little over.
Even though Ginger Kombucha was not my favorite, it is an excellent mask. This is a creamy clay mask that uses Fermented Kombucha, Black Tea, and Ginger Root to detoxify and condition. It actually does both really well so I would have a hard time determining which one it is better at. My skin looks clearer so I know it is detoxifying. Even when I keep this on over the 10 minutes it recommends, it never fully dries down. Those are my favorite types of clay masks, because my skin is so dry. When masks dry down, they dry out my skin a little with them. Though it does not leave my skin moisturized, per se, it definitely feels conditioned (soft) as it claims. The only mask I can even think of that has a similar feel and effect is the Volition Detoxifying Silt Gelee Mask, which I discuss in detail in this article. If Origins never makes this mask and you want something similar, you can try the Volition one.
The Beauty Insider Community agreed with me on which mask was better and selected Dragon Fruit as its winner. This is a shame. Both masks are incredible and stand alone. They do completely different things so they would be suited for different skin types or concerns. If I were multi-masking, I would place Dragon Fruit on my cheeks and Forehead where I am more dry and Ginger Kombucha on my T-Zone and chin where I need more detoxifying. I think Origins should make both masks a part of its permanent line. I’ve tried a few Origins masks before these and though I’ve never tried one I did not like, I like these two more than any in the permanent line. That includes the very popular Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores, which is a great mask.
The Dragon Fruit Mask retails for $27. At 3.4oz, that is $7.94 an ounce. Given how little you need for each application, that will last a long time. I really hope Origins makes the Ginger Kombucha mask, because I assume it would be around the same price instead of paying $60 for only 2oz of the very similar Volition Mask. Please make the mask, Origins! I would buy it in a heartbeat. For now, I won’t buy Dragon Fruit. While it is the better of the two (for me), I have others that are similar. By the time I use up what I have, the limited edition Dragon Fruit could be gone.
I am grateful Sephora selected me for this gratis. Considering how long I had been absent from BIC, I am glad they still thought of me when selecting recipients. When it comes to trying new things, I am always willing. The only downside is falling in love with something you never would have known about if you weren’t selected. Only now, you are in love with something you cannot by and unless Origins changes its mind on making it, never can.
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