If 2016 was about strobing, 2017 was all about the mask. We had sheet masks, clay masks, bubble masks, Gold masks, dry masks, silicone masks, rubber masks…you name it, and you could have it. Some as little as 40p going all the way to, wait for it…take a deep breath, £230!
Now this is my humble opinion, I personally wouldn’t spend more than £20 (at a stretch… for something that lasts for only 20 minutes on my face once a week) I’d rather invest that money in a good serum, where the results are more beneficial as it’s used more regularly, given more time to penetrate and hence more effective.(My two pennies, you can disagree…respectfully please!) And don’t get me started on brands that have exorbitantly priced clay masks. Clay is one of the cheapest ingredients out there. Save your pennies for a product that contains real luxury ingredients.
I got this Peter Thomas Roth mask (a part of a set as a present) and don’t get me wrong, I cannot diss it. I love it. Love, love, love it. But it’s pricey, like… I need me a sugar daddy pricey, and the cost per wear is £££. But then I randomly bought this Andalou mask, and then I realised OMG this was a dupe for the Peter Thomas Roth Mask!
Ingredients comparison between the Peter Thomas Roth and Andalou Mask:
Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme mask ingredients:
Water, Aluminum Oxide, Glycerin, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin), Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopherol, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Edta Edetate Discodium Dihydrate USP, Methyl Eugenol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol.
Andalou Pumpkin Glycolic Honey mask ingredients:
Cucurbita pepo (pumpkin) puree*, aloe barbadensis juice*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil*, vegetable glycerin, manuka honey, ananas sativus (pineapple) juice*, pectin, glycolic acid, sodium hyaluronate, cyamopsis tetragonolobus (guar) gum*, fruit stem cells (malus domestica, solar vitis) and BioActive 8 berry complex*, lecithin, saccharum officinarum (sugar cane) extract*, calophyllum tacamahaca (tamanu) and limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) oils, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (vitamin C), tocopherol (vitamin E), aspalathus linearis (rooibos) extract*†, phenethyl alcohol, ethylhexylglycerin, cinnamomum cassia (cinnamon), myristica fragrans (nutmeg) and eugenia caryophyllus (clove) powders*. * Certified Organic. † Fair Trade.
I think, the fact that pumpkin was the first ingredient in the Andalou Pumpkin mask tells me that the active ingredients* in the Andalou mask is further up in the ingredients list** and this means this mask is pretty powerful ( yet gentle, the slight tingle is normal). Great…So basically ingredient wise, the dupe is has better active ingredients than the original, but how does it perform? Because let’s be honest, a dupe is only so much fun as its performance, isn’t this true of life in general? Hahaha…
The Andalou mask isn’t as gritty as the Peter Thomas Roth (PTR henceforth,) it slides on smoother than PTR. It’s less of a physical exfoliant, and more of a chemical one (Glycolic acid is a clue) So if Glycolic acid isn’t your jam( allergies or you get reactions), then maybe you’re better off with the PTR one. If however, if you are okay with Glycolic acid then this baby has got your name all over it. It has a lot of fruit acids, which help slough of the dead layers of skin and give you that elusive “Glow”. (Please don’t let the word acid scare you, skin care guru Caroline Hirons has written a great blogpost on this… long and short, it’s not going to melt your face.)
Image courtesy Holland & Barrett
This is a gentle and effective way of getting your acid and mask fix. It does what it says on the tin, Which, let’s face it, rarely happens. I feel that calling the Andalou mask a dupe is doing it a disservice… it stands on its own merit.
I’m sat typing this post, wearing this mask and I know that 20 minutes later- voila, smoother, brighter skin! (Both masks give you this effect, but I feel Andalou wins on the brightness front) It’s only mildly gritty which when applied, but I can’t find the compound which causes this in the ingredients list (Chemistry degree FAIL lol) I reckon it’s the fruit compounds. (If you do happen know what it is, please do let me know in comments section below please?) It has Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) and Vitamin E( Tocopherol) too. (Vitamin C is known to brighten the skin and Vitamin E is an antioxidant.)
The PTR mask has Vitamin C, Vitamin E so it relies on the Vitamin C ,Pumpkin enzymes, AHA’s as its chemical exfoliant. It contains Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A) which is said to brighten the skin. However, in my humble opinion, the Vitamin A ingredient usedis too weak to really work its anti ageing goodness. It’s a physical scrub which I personally can’t get on board with. (minute tears on the skin etc etc. Hey, if that’s the way you like to play, I ain’t gonna judge you) Plus when you wash it away, it feels gritty. I always feel like I need to use a cleanse to clean the grit after this mask (totally defeats the purpose 🙁 )
If you are in a rush, this is a great mask as you only need to put it on your face for a maximum of 7 minutes(minimum of 3)
Image courtesy Cult Beauty
What makes Andalou a dupe of the cult fave Peter Thomas Roth mask? Its The Pumpkin enzyme, which is a fruit enzyme (Exfoliant) and Alpha hydroxy Acids (AHA’s) which gently slough away dead skin cells. And they both smell like pumpkin pie, cinnamon-ey….mmm. Wherein PTR has added Vitamin C , and Vitamin A and has Aluminium Oxide(used in microdermabrasion ) which is what gives it its characteristic grittiness. The Andalou mask is based on all the above (except the Aluminium Oxide) and the added punch of the Glycolic Acid, which is what takes it a notch higher (in my books), And Honey which is said both an emollient and a brightening agent.
If all of this doesn’t sway you, the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask is £55 for 50 ml at Cult Beauty. Whereas the Andalou Pumpkin Glycolic enzyme mask is £9.99 for 50g from Holland & Barrett ( there is shipping involved, so just buy two and throw in a lip balm and a few other bits and bobs too 🙂 and this way you save on shipping. See? I’m a maths genius :). Both claim to be cruelty free, though neither are vegan.
I have another dupe coming up… and I could’ve stuck it in this post, but it was getting so long and science-y (sorry about both) that I decided to break this up as I don’t want to bore you lovely, lovely readers. Besides, absence doth make the heart grow fonder 😉
Love Elle xx
*( the ingredients that cause physical changes in skin)
**( the further up an ingredient is on the ingredients list on a product, the higher its concentration is)
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