Clarins SOS face mask in-depth Review

Clarins SOS Face Mask

The Clarins SOS Face Mask Pure Rebalancing is one out of a line of three, it’s a clay face mask with organic alpine willow herb that is said to be perfect for oily and combination skin. A purifying mask that leaves skin toned, matte and rebalanced. That sounds good, right?
The Clarins SOS Face Mask comes with a price though, this tube cost $34.

The claims

Clarins SOS Face mask has *ahem* proven results, which are: 90%*The skin is matte, 82%* The skin is purified, and 90%* The skin is beautiful. Honestly, that’s just ridiculous. Nowhere it’s stated for how long it’s used and those claims are very empty. Almost all clay-based products will temporarily mattify and purify the skin. It’s astounding how many companies still use such worthless claims. I’d rather see something like “87% achieved smoother skin after 3 months” or something similar. Something that can be truly tested?


The formula of this Clarins SOS Face mask is soft and creamy. It feels nice and cool on the skin and it does not solidify or dry out. Most clay-based face masks will dry on your skin and that’s not always very comfortable. It just feels like any creamy face mask, but a little bit softer. When first applied it might feel a bit cooling, but not uncomfortable and the feeling subsides within seconds. You leave it on your face for 10 minutes and then rinse it off.


The star of the show of the Clarins SOS Face Mask is Organic Alpine Willow Herb. This little plant prevents oily skin due to its sebum-regulating effect. It is also said to reduce pore size. But I feel like that should be “reduce pore appearance” because pores can’t really shrink. Alpine Willow Herb is also soothing and non-irritant making it suitable for sensitive skin.

Furthermore, I don’t think the ingredient list is bad or good. I’m kind of in the middle, it has a lot of preservatives but for a mask, in a tube, it will probably need a lot of preservatives. But on the other hand, all ingredients that are in this product are perfectly safe in the amount that they are in this product. It includes perfume, but to be honest I don’t smell it.

They included some touchy (but safe!), which I think would have been smarter to omit. You know just in case someone digs deep into every ingredient.. like me.

Below is a very extensive overview of all the ingredients, if you don’t like reading this. Scroll down! 🙂

General Good Guys

♦ Kaolin =  naturally occurring clay with great absorbent properties, great for oily skin masks (too much will dry your skin out though)
♦ Glycerin = Humectant
♦ Betaine = hydrating ingredient.
♦ Illite = highly absorbent clay that detoxifies skin
♦ Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract = anti-oxidant, nutritive, emollient and moisturizing.
♦ Pyridoxine HCL = Active form of vitamin B6, which has antioxidants for skin.
♦ Chrysin = skin conditioner
♦ Epilobium Fleischeri Extract = Alpine willow herb extract (see above!)

The Emollients

♦ Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride = emollient and thickener, often made from coconut or palm kernel oils.
♦ Dimethicone = gentle emollient that prevents moisture loss of the skin. Derived from natural silicone. Rumour has it that Dimethicone causes/worsens acne, but this is never proven and seems highly unlikely.
♦ Cetearyl Alcohol = fatty alcohol emollient (and thickener) poses no risk, not even to sensitive skin!
♦ Glyceryl Stearate = emollient (and thickener)
♦ PEG-100 Stearate = emollient
♦ Cetyl Alcohol = Emollient  fatty alcohol
♦ Stearyl Alcohol = Emollient  fatty alcohol

The Binders/Stabilizers/Thickeners

♦ CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide = Thickener
♦ Cetearyl Glucoside = emulsifier
♦ PVP = shortened for PolyVinylPyrrolidone is a water-binding ingredient
♦ Synthetic Fluorphlogopute = bulking agent (which means it’s used to dilute the products or to increase volume)
♦ Polyacrylamide = Binder/film forming agent
♦ C13-14 Isoparaffin = thickener, emulsifier
♦ Tetrasodium EDTA = Binding agent
♦ Alumina = thickening agent

Preservatives/PH Adjusters

 Phenoxyethanol = Preservative
♦ Caprylyl Glycol = Preservative
♦ Ethylhexyglycerin = preservative
♦ Ethylparaben = Preservative (a bit controversial, but in low amounts perfectly safe!!)
♦ Methylparaben = Preservative
 Sodium Hydroxide = Ph balancer, which can be sensitizing in high amounts (it’s not in high amount in this product). It’s the base of many soap bars!
♦ Citric Acid = Ph adjust, could sensitive if in high concentrations (it is not in this mask)
♦ Dehydroacetic Acid = Preservative
♦ Zinc Gluconate = Preservative
♦ Potassium Sorbate (V3047a) = Preservative


♦ Propanediol = helps with the absorption of ingredients.
♦ Aqua = water
♦ Perfume
♦ Laureth-7 = Form of lauryl alcohol (non-sensitizing fatty alcohol derived from coconut oil) that usually functions as a cleansing agent and/or texture enhancer
CI 19140/yellow 5 = color
CI 42090/blue 1 = colour


Yay or Nay?

I’ve used the Clarine SOS face mask for a few weeks now and I enjoy using it, but there are Yays and Nays about this product.

Yay: it’s a soft clay-based mask, that does not leave your skin dry. I think it’s perfect for more sensitive skin.

Nay: it’s quite expensive for a face mask that doesn’t give big results, I personally don’t have super sensitive skin so the softness of this mask is not a real Pro for me. I actually like the traditional hardening clay mask more!

I would personally not buy it again, due to the fact that for me, the price is too high for the results I get.


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