Here is a super short recap: The mask is made with bentonite clay and an Ayurvedic herb called swertiamarin. The brand claims that bentonite clay will help to moisturize and firm lips, while swertiamarin will help to remove dead skin and soothe lips.
I have been using the mask daily since I purchased it on April 15 – exactly one month ago today. Honestly, I did not want to leave Bluemercury until I had tried it!
Here is a quick rundown of my experience:
The mask has a sticky texture with a mild sweet mint scent. Application is smooth, but it can get messy if you aren’t careful. (See tip number two below!) Once applied, the mask feels sticky with a slight tingle. The taste is sweet and minty.
After 30 minutes, I removed the mask with a warm cloth. To my surprise, my lips were super soft and supple. (I did not scrub my lips before use. This is the recommended, though not required first step.)
The mask comes in one size, 13.3g, and retails for $32 (currently the highest priced individual item in the Sara Happ line). The box says there are 30 applications, however I personally feel with reasonable use, you can get many more than that. Yes, I know the product is being marketed as something you “slather on like frosting”, suggesting that you “don’t be dainty” as you apply it, but I think the same results can be achieved when a more controlled amount of product is used.
Here are some tips to maximize the product and to get the best possible results:
1) Don’t bother with using fingers to apply this mask. Use the spatula tool that comes in the box. I feel like there is less product wasted with the tool. Also, using the tool keeps the mask from getting under nails during application. (I hate with this happens!)
2) The box says to leave the mask on for 2 minutes or 20. I like to leave it on for 30 full minutes. To be honest, I lost track of time after applying the mask in Bluemercury. I removed the mask after 30 minutes. I did eventually try the mask for 2 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 20 minutes, and finally 30 minutes again. After 2 minutes up to 10 minutes my lips were softer and plump, but after the 20 minute mark, any loose dry skin that was left after the gentle scrub literally sloughed right off, and yes my lips were still pillowy and super soft after removal of the mask.
3) I know that the main ingredient in this product is bentonite clay. Those of us who use bentonite clay masks are used to waiting for it to dry down completely before removal. This mask is not meant to dry down like that. The mask becomes a bit less tacky after it sits on the lips for a while, but this mask does not dry 100%.
If you have not added the lip mask to your lipcare regimen, I say take the leap and buy it. I really do like it and will continue to use it to see how many more uses I can get out of the jar.
If you don’t own any Sara Happ products, here are a few of my favorites from her line. You can find them at Bluemercury in Dallas, Plano, or a location near you.
Product photo credit: SaraHapp.com