Sand & Sky is an Australian brand that achieved cult status because they recently had their only product, the Purifying Pink Clay Mask, sold over 60,000 jars in the first 12 weeks and even racked up a 2,000 person wait-list! The company was founded by sisters Emily and Sarah Hamilton and their products are Aussie-focused. Hence the main ingredient of this mask is Australian pink clay.
Sand & Sky Brilliant Skin Purifying Pink Clay Mask is gluten-free, cruelty-free, botanically-infused, and can be used as an instant detox mask to tighten pores, invigorate a dull complexion and instantly boost radiance.
Key ingredients native to Australia:
- Australian pink clay – Draws out impurities, toxins and pollutants from the skin. Refines the pores and deep cleanses the skin.
- Organic licorice + Old Man’s Weed – Helps to regenerate skin cells and stimulate cell production. Gently removes pigmentation clusters from the skin’s surface.
- Organic aloe vera + pomegranate – Tightens pores & soothes, stimulates collagen production.
- Kakadu plum & kelp + organic mangosteen – Helps prevent free radical damage. Creates defence shield to leave skin clear and glowing.
Australia will always have a special place in my heart as I went to college there. I’ve had many a good and bad times there, accompanied by her ever-blue skies and beaches. So when I had the opportunity to try out this Insta-famous Australian-made product that has achieved cult status, of course I jumped at the chance!
$39.20 at Sand & Sky.
Kaolin (Australian Clay), Water (Aqua), Bentonite, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Leaf Juice ORGANIC, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Fruit Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Liquorice) Extract ORGANIC Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Sterols, Garcinia Mangostana (Mangosteen) Extract, Centipedia Cunninghami Extract (Old Mans Weed), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Undaria Pinnatifida (Kelp) Extract ORGANIC CI 77491 Benzyl Alcohol Phenoxyethanol Dehydroacetic , Acid Lactic Acid D-Limonene
The product came in a pretty pink box. Upon opening the flap, I was pleasantly surprised by the inclusion of a cute applicator brush, it even came with its own tiny sleeve! Take that out and the next flap reveals the actual product.
The pretty pink clay sits in a sturdy blue jar that felt like it’s made of really thick glass, accompanied by a plastic screw on cap. I really appreciate the inclusion of an inner lid and a lift tab. This reduces the product’s contact with the external environment and thereby ensuring that it stays fresh and does not harden up. The color of the product will really appeal to millennials. I have no idea how to describe the scent, all I can say is it’s not overwhelming.
My skin is feeling slightly dry and slightly irritated today. I’m also sporting a few white heads scattered all over my face as well as a couple of hormonal acne along my chin. I’ve cleansed and lightly toned my skin. Find out how I normally prep my skin for masking.
I was taken aback when I dipped the brush into the pink clay. I was expecting it to be clumpy and hard, instead, it was really soft and creamy and easy to be picked up by the brush. Here’s a demo showing its softness. Note: I wasn’t using a whole lot of strength, it was just a gentle prod.
Application with the brush was easy peasy. The product was smooth and creamy hence a small amount is able to cover an entire cheek or an entire forehead.
Since I have sensitive skin, I decided to go with a thin layer. The brush made it really easy to get an even layer. However, the mask did dry up pretty quickly. Before I could get finish “painting” a cheek, parts of it were already drying, turning the clay from pink to white.
There was a tingling sensation as soon as the product touched my skin. It lasted only 30 seconds and subsided afterwards. According to Sand & Sky “Purifying Pink Clay Mask is full of active ingredients. This tingle is good and means that the ingredients are working to tackle the impurities on your skin while you relax.”
The instructions called for a wait time of 10 mins, but it think my thin layer could use a shorter wait time. The mask dried up really quickly and my skin was starting to feel tight and soul-less.
The pink clay melted off as soon as I splashed my face with water. It rinsed off really easily and did not gunk up at certain places like other clay masks could, making multiple rinses necessary.
My skin felt baby soft and smooth! I was expecting some redness from the tingling sensation earlier but I was surprised to see a reduction in redness instead. Pores looked clean and minimized, so much so that my skin texture looked radiant and smooth. I had to follow up with a hydrating sheet mask immediately after as the product really dried out my skin. The product did not claim to hydrate the skin anyway. I also noticed lesser sebum production the next day.
Below is a side by side comparison of the before and after pictures.
Since I have sensitive dehydrated skin, I will be using this once a week. But oily skin types will really benefit from the recommended 2-3 times a week. A little goes a long way and I foresee this jar lasting approximately 15 times based on my usage.
I’m highly impressed with this product! Just a short 10 min wait and my skin looked and felt dramatically different. As a person with sensitive skin, I give 2 thumbs up to this product! I hype is real guys!
$39.20 at Sand & Sky.
Go be beautiful!